There are some games that just won't ever happen. It's a sad, depressing fact.

So what are the new IPs (or established franchises) that deserved another effort but never got it? Well, here are our top 5 most wanted sequels that will probably never happen in a million years.

5. The Bouncer 2

Oh, shut up. This game took a lot of unnecessary and undeserved flak when it first showed up, mostly for two big reasons: 1. There was no environmental destruction or interaction (and in a brawler, that's mildly disappointing), and 2. It was short; it could be beaten in only a few hours. But look, the game itself was beautiful and tons of fun, the story was great, and each of the playable characters was distinct and unique. Besides, know what it says on the back of the game box? "Play The Action Movie." And that's exactly what you do …or are we watching 10-hour movies? Anyway, I've always a sequel but…oh well. Gotta go without.

P.S. Dauragon C. Mikado remains one of the most bad-ass characters ever .

4. Lunar 3

For many old-school role-playing fans, the Lunar series touches a soft spot. Featuring gorgeous music, heartwarming stories and likable characters, and a traditional turn-based combat system, these colorful and charming titles really left a mark. Silver Star Story Complete was a little short for an RPG (clocking in at only about 15 hours), but Eternal Blue was nearly triple the length. And remember the way Game Arts used to package their products? So cool. The cloth maps, the little hardcover book, soundtrack, etc. Honestly, if they made another Lunarwith the sprite characters, of course – I'd just be ecstatic. Tears-in-the-eyes ecstatic.

3. Onimusha 5

Still not entirely sure why this franchise fizzled out. One of the entries, Onimusha 3: Demon Siege , was plenty good (as were the others), and even featured French actor Jean Reno as one of the major playable characters. It was a little strange, but it worked. The original title was one of the first fantastic titles for the PS2, and was part of a memorable year in gaming (2001). Of course, if Capcom did another entry today, they'd have to ditch the tank controls; can't have hack 'n slash action games moving like Resident Evil these days. But if they could manage it and give us solid mechanics, I think every action aficionado would welcome a new Onimusha . …not like it'll ever happen. Can't really be optimistic here.

And who agrees that Onimusha 3 and Final Fantasy VIII are tied for the most awesome game intros in history?

2. Vagrant Story 2

It's still one of the most impressive new IPs to ever grace the video game world, and it's just so sad Squaresoft never did a sequel. In many ways, this hybrid action/RPG made its mark: It featured an incredible story and a very unique combat mechanic that combined real-time movement with standard turn-based mechanics. I still remember being enthralled at experimenting with different weapons, hitting enemies in certain spots and in certain ways, upgrading your weapons and abilities, etc. The atmosphere was really special, too; it had a very original atmosphere and one I think I'll always remember. Of course, Squaresoft is now Square Enix so such games are dead and buried.

1. Shadow of the Colossus 2

I know Fumito Ueda is still working on The Last Guardian (at least, we all hope he is) and that remains one of my most anticipated games of the generation. But in replaying Shadow of the Colossus , I've realized that we really don't see that level of creativity, innovation and imagination as often as we should. The design and implementation of the Colossi in this game was mind-boggling ; they tested our problem-solving skills and at the same time, maintained the feel of an intense adventure. To this day, I've found little that can equal the satisfaction level of taking down a few of the more challenging Colossi in SotC. There were 16 in all…why couldn't they just make another 16 for a sequel?

And given the technology we've got now? I shiver at the possibility. But what's the point of pining…? 'sigh'

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inkme101
inkme101
8 years ago

sotc2 would be amazing with todays tech!


Last edited by inkme101 on 4/22/2012 9:44:33 PM

GuyverLT
GuyverLT
8 years ago

we should gotten Onimusha 4 at the beginning of this gen, I hate that capcom won't even think twice about making it. This is the franchise that really needs a reboot.


Last edited by GuyverLT on 4/22/2012 9:46:34 PM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
8 years ago

Ahem, I think you missed a candidate…

Xenosaga 4

ZenChichiri
ZenChichiri
8 years ago

I would rather they retold the story with what they were actually planning from the start: 6 episodes with Xenogears being episode 5. That's what I've always wanted from that franchise, although I still do love the Xenosaga games in their current states.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
8 years ago

Trouble is that the investment for all 6 parts as originally intended is unlikely to be justified, so I don't believe it would happen. But if, say, an HD remaster of the original 3 were to be done, it could generate enough interest for a Xenosaga 4.

ZenChichiri
ZenChichiri
8 years ago

That's true. I would definitely be all over HD upgrades to Xenosaga, but if they made a Xenosaga 4, I would hope for more linkages to Xenogears (unfortunately in a subtle way because of those pesky legal issues with Square though). They're already there, but some more answers would be nice. I remember hearing you didn't play Xenogears, so I don't want to ruin anything in case you do some day get around to it. It's definitely worth it, especially playing Xenosaga again afterwards and seeing what those linkages in the story I'm talking about are 😉

shadowscorpio
shadowscorpio
8 years ago

Agree with both of you on this one. Technically "Xenogears" is th 5th episode. There has been buzz going around the net for a few years about fans wanting the franchise to continue.

An HD remake or reboot? Yes please. Xenosaga as well as Xenogears still rank as my favorite Jrpg stories ever told.

Oh, and Highlander you seriously need to get onto playing Xenogears. Without giving too much away I'll give you a boost of inspiration.
Remember the Zohar emulators that Jr. kept in the Durandal? Well, they actually play a role in Xenogears…

Shams
Shams
8 years ago

The flying colossus ranks as one of my favorite boss fights of all time. Matter of fact, most of the colossi of the game rank as my favorite battles of all time. I'm not a collector, but the collection is one of the few games I'll never trade-in, and will keep for replay and posterity sake.

Victor321
Victor321
8 years ago

In regards to #3,

I concur.

Qwarktast1c
Qwarktast1c
8 years ago

you mean onimusha 3: DEMON siege?

Riku994
Riku994
8 years ago

What do you call Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams?

YashaZz
YashaZz
8 years ago

Dawn of Dreams was hands down my favorite. No tank controls was great, story was awesome and the finale, oh man.

H0TSHELLZ
H0TSHELLZ
8 years ago

I'm still waiting on Black 2 this Gen because it looked so cool on PS2.

Kiryu
Kiryu
8 years ago

Onimusha 4 should happen.but i dont want it to happen because i dont want another game going to the 360.It should be a PS3 exclusive with samanosuke's return.

JackDillinger89
JackDillinger89
8 years ago

SOTC 2 no doubt

Bigimpactpooch
Bigimpactpooch
8 years ago

Thought Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams was considered 4. I personally loved Dawn of Dreams! We need a new Onimusha! When I found out who Tenkai was that was a great moment haha.

ZenChichiri
ZenChichiri
8 years ago

I'm glad you mentioned Lunar. The charm that spills from that game is unbelievable. I cared for the characters so much in those games. Must have played the original 7 or 8 times. I wonder how a sequel would be? I would still want them to retain the 2D style, but in a slick HD presentation. It would be hard to imagine that world in 3D, although I would still obviously play it 😉

It's hard to say if Onimusha Dawn of Dreams is actually part 4 (although it's my favourite), but the lack of a number does make it seem like it's not part of a main entry. It does have Samanosuke though! I would love to see a revamped Onimusha for this gen. It seems like prime material for an action game actually. It's sad Capcom hasn't tried anything with it.

When I play the HD collection of Ico/Shadow of the Colossus I always wonder what they would look and play like in this current gen. It would be epic! I miss the variation that games like that had. A variation that actually made us think! I dislike games that treat us like morons. Game: "Jump over that rubble to proceed!" Me: "No shit! It's a straight corridor with nowhere else to go! Are you indirectly calling me stupid?!"

And alas, a Vagrant Story 2 would bring tears of joy. I played that game so much. I could kill Asura with one combo. I always wanted to achieve Grand Master Breaker rank but that was a little too hardcore for me 😉


Last edited by ZenChichiri on 4/22/2012 10:52:29 PM

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
8 years ago

I meant Onimusha 5. Fixed now.

TheCanadianGuy
TheCanadianGuy
8 years ago

i'd love a shadow sequel. its one of my all time favorites. i haven't played it in a few years but i get chills thinking about some of the battles. the final Colossi is probably one of the greatest videogame experiences i've ever had seriously it was beyond epic

kintaro
kintaro
8 years ago

I'd prefer Shadow didn't get a sequel. Ditto for Ico. Despite the fact that i loved both(two of my favorites from last gen) and both left me clamoring for more, i always feared a sequel to either would take away from the soul of the original titles, as well as tempting Sony to turn them into cash cows.

I think Onimusha 3 is probably still my favorite opening FMV ever, though Soul Blade was pretty amazing, too, for PSX era.

Mystearica
Mystearica
8 years ago

All time: Xenosaga 4!!!

Then some Chronowhatever

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
8 years ago

Indeed!

shadowscorpio
shadowscorpio
8 years ago

Haha! Yes!

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
8 years ago

The music is sotc is kick a$$.
Running up a 60 ft sword & then holding on for dear life while your shook around a rag doll never gets old!

Neurotoxiny
Neurotoxiny
8 years ago

Hey, don't forget to add Legend of Dragoon to the list! 😛

I can't believe they cancelled the sequel to such an amazing game 🙁

bebestorm
bebestorm
8 years ago

You beat me to it I was just about to say Legend of Dragoon!!

bebestorm
bebestorm
8 years ago

I've never heard of 4&5 so I can't say but Im all for Vagrant story sequel.

ValentinoGB
ValentinoGB
8 years ago

Folklore 2!

Excellent underrated gem on ps3. It has its minor issues but being an early game for the PS3 console, simply amazing.

shadowscorpio
shadowscorpio
8 years ago

Probably the first semi-action rpg I tried for the PS3. Folklore that is.

Rogueagent01
Rogueagent01
8 years ago

I'm thinking what my five would be and Vagrant Story is definitely amongst them, that game hit all the right places at the time. So I guess mine would be;

5. Vagrant Story

4. Battlefield 2: Modern Combat (I loved this game and unfortunately Dice and EA just don't see why it was so great)

3. Theme Hospital, Sim City 2000, or Railroad Tycoon II (any of these would count as one for me)

2. Legend of Dragoon

1. Shenmue

I hope any of these have another game made but for the most part I know it is a pipe dream other than Shenmue, maybe.

ZenChichiri
ZenChichiri
8 years ago

Yah that's kind of why I don't want to see Shenmue on this list of "probably won't get a sequel" because the hope is still alive, especially with this HD remake business in the air now.

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

Above all awesome games over the years that deserved a sequel, for me one title stands clearly out from the rest:

Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines

That game were an amazing RPG with tons of atmosphere and a very cool setting. To think how a game like that would have been if it were developed on todays hardware.
Too bad it was PC only, so I guess many of you don't know this title. But it was an amazingly good RPG released back in 2004, and the last title before the studio who made it (can't remember their name now) had to close down.

So yeah, if some studio would pick up where they left and made another rpg from that universe I would probably faint in sheer joy.


Last edited by Beamboom on 4/23/2012 5:09:59 AM

coldbore
coldbore
8 years ago

I wouldn't mind seeing the old streets of rage series brought back, or ecco the dolphin. I think those two titles would be amazing on the new systems. There's countless titles on the older systems that need to be brought back :/

SaiyanSenpai
SaiyanSenpai
8 years ago

Great list, Ben! I couldn't agree more! And you said it Highlander and Mystearica – Xenosaga 4!!!

Sadly, I never got to Xenosaga 3, it's still sitting on my shelf in shrink wrap. It's a shame, I know. I had a big backlog and never got to it…

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
8 years ago

If you ever get a chance, you must do it. It's far better as a game than Xenosaga 2, and it brings a few story threads to a close…and of course leaves more than a few open too.

___________
___________
8 years ago

id love to see all of them except for shadow of the colossus.
why would you want a sequel to the game that had 1 level repeated 10 times?
im sorry but i cant see where in the dictionary it describes spending 20 minutes travelling to a boss, spending 10 minutes climbing up, then spending another 10 minutes re climbing up because you fell down because of useless controls, rinse and repeat for a few hours fun.
thats why its not, its under the definition boring and repetitive!
id honestly rather be forced to watch oprah 24 hours a day 7 days a week for the rest of my life then have to play that game again!

fatelementality
fatelementality
8 years ago

Didn't see Heavy Rain in there Ben. I know you would love to see a sequel. Guess you just had higher priority games on your list or you know something that we don't 🙂 How about ZOE3? Think Kojima will make it happen?

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
8 years ago

No, I don't want a sequel for Heavy Rain. That should remain a masterful standalone IP.

Quantic Dream needs to work on individual greatness, not sequels. 🙂

TheCanadianGuy
TheCanadianGuy
8 years ago

i feel the same way about heavy rain ben.

Comic Shaman
Comic Shaman
8 years ago

I don't know if it counts as a "sequel" precisely, but I really liked Norman Jayden. I'd love to see him return in some fashion, with his peculiar accent intact.

TheCanadianGuy
TheCanadianGuy
8 years ago

i think thats kind'a what they were planning on doing with the downloadable episodes. give us a little more time with each character. while also giving us some of their back story without going with a sequel. i'm still pretty annoyed it got canned. >:l

DVE2k
DVE2k
8 years ago

I want Parappa the Rapper 3 that was my s**t back in the day 🙂

slugga_status
slugga_status
8 years ago

Here I thought I was the only one that loved The Bouncer. I beat that game so many times and unlocking all the characters was fun. What really stood out to me about it was at the time it was the first game that utilized the Dual Shock 2 pressure sensitive controls.

I need a new Onimusha as well. Been saying that forever..I just don't understand how they let that series die..

Mogreen
Mogreen
8 years ago

Yes I thought I was the only guy in the world that actually liked The Bouncer. I also wished it was a sequel or a super ex version(No capcom here) with bonus levels and co-op or something coming.

I always liked the insane crazy guy I forgot his name, I should go replay that game sometime soon actually.

My personal sequel I really wanted but i'm starting to think we'll never see is Freedom Fighters 2. What upsets me is after the 1st came out they announced the 2nd to come out 2 years later for last gen, then they decided to can it to start work on next gen with Kane & Lynch. They haven't said a peep about Freedom Fighters 2 since then.


Last edited by Mogreen on 4/23/2012 8:03:15 AM

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

I can't believe, with all the jRPG fans that have commented already, that no one has agreed with another Lunar!

Those were fantastic fun!!!

ZenChichiri
ZenChichiri
8 years ago

I did mention it, and I agree, Lunar was damn fun. One of my favourite JRPGs.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
8 years ago

Oh, I agree with a sequel to Lunar, I just have another priority.

ZenChichiri
ZenChichiri
8 years ago

And Lunar: Dragon Song doesn't count. What a pile of crap that was. Your HP goes down if you run in towns in dungeons. Who decided that was a good idea? I've heard of bad ideas before, but I mean, how does a team of people let that slide?

Dante399
Dante399
8 years ago

Yeah I want to see them all made and add Legend of the Dragoon 2 and Symphony of the Night 2 to the list :'D

Solid Fantasy
Solid Fantasy
8 years ago

Well I think a Vanquish two could thrown in the mix, at least concerning the current gen.