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Top 10 Amazing Video Games That Never Got A Sequel

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Script written by Shane O'Gorman

With all the annual follow-ups to Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty, you’d think some of these games would have a sequel by now. Join WatchMojo.com as we countdown our picks for the Top 10 Amazing Video Games That Never Got A Sequel.

For this list, we are taking a look at video games that received critical acclaim from both critics and gamers, but for whatever reason a follow-up was never released or announced. Keep in mind that we are only considering games where a significant amount of time has passed so any game released after 2011 won’t be included as it’s still a little too early to tell if those games will get a sequel. We're also omitting Pyschonauts as it already has a sequel on the horizon.

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Script written by Shane O'Gorman

Top 10 Amazing Video Games That Never Got a Sequel


With all the annual follow-ups to Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty, you’d think some of these games would have a sequel by now. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we will be counting down out picks for the Top 10 Amazing Video Games that never got a sequel.

For this list, we are taking a look at video games that received critical acclaim from both critics and gamers, but for whatever reason a follow-up was never released or announced. Keep in mind that we are only considering games where a significant amount of time has passed so any game released after 2011 won’t be included as it’s still a little too early to tell if those games will get a sequel. We're also omitting Pyschonauts as it already has a sequel on the horizon.

#10: “World of Goo” (2008)

Oozing its way to the start of our countdown is World of Goo, a breakout Wiiware game that has since been ported to multiple gaming platforms including PC and IOS. The game has a simple premise; the player’s goal is that they must create an abundance of different structures and shapes out of goo to navigate a variety of environments. Simple doesn’t translate to stale however, as this puzzler proved to be extremely addictive for those who played it along with winning multiple game of the year awards. It should be stated that one of these awards was Gamespot’s “Best Game No One Played”, which might help explain why we haven’t heard anything from this hidden gem since.

#9: “Vanquish” (2010)

A change of pace for Resident Evil creator and horror aficionado Shinji Mikami; his epic futuristic shooter Vanquish was a bombastic display of eye-popping action and exhilarating visuals. The game was just packed to the brim with style, combining all the right elements from various games and movies in the sci-fi genre. Just looking at the game’s stunning presentation and how it was able to run smoothly with all that chaos on-screen earns it a gold star, but then there’s the gameplay, oh boy the gameplay. The fast paced nature of the game provides a sensational rush as you blast through the environments and bash your enemies to bits, bonus points for being able to slow things down at the click of a button “matrix style”.

#8: “Alan Wake” (2010)

Highly praised for its intriguing storyline, tense atmosphere and smart gameplay, Alan Wake seemed to nail every aspect of its design. Putting the management of your light source front and center as the main gameplay mechanic, the game did a good job of conveying a genuine fear of the dark – you basically had no choice but to be. So for a game to be such a hit in the gaming community, it not having any kind of sequel is as big of a mystery as the narrative in the actual game! Hopefully the game’s creators at Remedy Studios ‘wake’ up and get started on the next chapter.

#7: “Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem” (2002)

Why stop at Alan Wake? Keep the horror resurgence strong with a follow-up to this cult classic scare-fest for the Nintendo GameCube. Long before Amnesia was screwing with the minds of gamers, Eternal Darkness had the sanity meter which provided a unique spin to its already unsettling gameplay. If said meter were to drop too low, strange anomalies begin to occur including the infamous blue-screen glitch causing gamers to panic thinking their console was broken. For years there had been hints at a sequel, but any chance of seeing one these days seems unlikely, with Developer Silicon Knights embroiled in 2 separate scandals for Too Human and X:Men Destiny, and a spiritual successor by former director Dennis Dyack unable to get Kickstarter funding.

#6: “Skies of Arcadia” (2000)

Controlling a group of sky pirates as they fight back against the villainous Valuan empire, this epic fantasy adventure was a standout RPG for the Sega Dreamcast and received the critical acclaim to prove it. Unfortunately, we continue the trend of positive reception’s not meaning squat when it came to making more games. It’s a shame too, as Skies of Arcadia had elements not seen in other RPG’s at the time, including its vibrant and colorful detailed visuals along with fully integrated ship combat sections. Another standout was its lively and upbeat cast of characters, a much appreciated change of pace for the genre which usually featured grim, tortured protagonists. No offense Cloud. Fingers crossed this franchise soars back into the gaming world sometime soon.

#5: “Star Wars: Republic Commando” (2005)

Despite what the title and films depictions of clone troopers would have you expect, this game was not your conventionally mindless FPS. Republic Commando was instead a tactical shooter, where the player commands a squad of three other commandoes and must think strategically to make it through every blistering firefight. It was honestly a nice change of pace from all the prominently action focused entries in the universe of Star Wars video games, placing you into the shoes of a group of characters that we hadn’t seen before. Hopefully we don’t have to venture to a galaxy far, far away just to see another game like this.

#4: “Grim Fandango” (1998)

This list is seriously starting to break our hearts. Another injustice in the gaming world is the lack of appreciation for the offbeat and eccentric adventure game from industry legend Tim Schafer. Let us rephrase, the game was appreciated by critics who adored its sense of humor, imaginative storyline and engaging scenarios. Unfortunately, reviews only go so far as the product needs to make some moolah as well and Grim Fandango completely bombed from a commercial standpoint. Making matters worse, its poor sales played into developer LucasArts’ decision to stop making adventure games altogether; ouch. Well, at least we got that remastered edition last year, so that could be to hold us over while they work on the sequel, right? Right?

#3: “Bully” (2006)

Providing a unique spin on the open world genre that was popularized by their Grand Theft Auto franchise, Rockstar shifted their attention from cops and robbers over to schoolyards and studying. The player controls Jimmy Hopkins, who after being forced into a harsh private school, decides to form alliances with other students to bring down a group of bullies who terrorize every clic in the academy. The most remarkable achievement for the game on top of its addictive sandbox environment, was that it made attending class enjoyable as being successful in your courses rewarded you with valuable upgrades. Bully ultimately raked in a bunch of awards and nominations, but it never really soared to the heights of a certain other Rockstar sandbox franchise.

#2: “Conker’s Bad Fur Day” (2001)

Rareware pumped out hit after hit for the Nintendo 64 and its game about a foul-mouthed alcoholic squirrel was arguably their finest accomplishment on the system. Not for the faint of heart, Conker’s Bad Fur Day featured sexual innuendo, tons of swearing, loads of violence and a giant, singing pile of crap (Great Mighty Poo clip). As unorthodox as it may be, these elements are what made the game so wildly outlandish and endearing. There was just simply nothing quite like it at the time; with its combination of stellar graphics, perverse sense of humor and unbelievable use of voice acting. Despite all the positive acclaim, the game was unfortunately released right at the end of the N64’s life cycle and consequently flew right under the radar.

Before we reveal our pick for the game most deserving of a sequel, here are few honorable mentions…

“Braid” (2008)

“The World Ends With You” (2008)

“Jade Empire” (2005)

“XIII” (2003)

“Vagrant Story” (2000)

#1: “Shadow of the Colossus” (2005)


Garnering both critical and commercial success, with multiple game of the year awards and eventually being entered into the Playstation’s “Greatest Hits” line, it seemed like it made perfect sense to develop another entry. The game was pure magic in motion as we traversed the massive landscapes and battled the gargantuan colossus. Keep in mind that this is what the PS2 was capable of when pushed to its absolute limits, so just imagine what could be done now on the current gen PS4! We know that the Last Guardian is supposedly coming down the pipeline to scratch this itch, but we’ll believe that when we see it.

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