Just to clarify from the start, I am all for originality and innovation. We wouldn't be where we are now in this industry without both artistic and technological advancement, and I'm as big a supporter as anyone of IPs like last year's LittleBigPlanet and Mirror's Edge . However, the constant complaining about sequels running rampant in the industry needs to stop.

Yes, there are a lot of sequels and new installments in long-running franchises. Yes, many of the biggest games of last year had a number after them: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots , Gears of War 2 , Devil May Cry 4 , Fallout 3 , Resistance 2 , Grand Theft Auto IV , and new entries in the Guitar Hero and Call of Duty franchises. But has anyone noticed that these sequels tend to kick serious ass? We don't operate within the same boundaries as films; they've already advanced to a point where new technology and artistry isn't really playing a significant role any more, and games continue to take great strides every few years. Therefore, when a sequel or new installment in a franchise arrives, there's a damn good chance it'll easily eclipse previous titles in the series simply by default. While some may prefer the original Gran Turismo or Grand Theft Auto to Gran Turismo 5 (whenever it shows up) or Grand Theft Auto IV , nobody on earth can make an argument that the sequels are of "lesser quality" than the original games.

I would be up there complaining with everyone else if the sequels were simply getting stagnant, and publishers were releasing new games in a popular series that feature nothing in the way of freshness or advancement. But I almost never see that. Sure, we can debate all day long on MGS vs. MGS4…but really, the mammoth strides taken in depth, story-telling, fluidity, and presentation (not to mention the obvious technical flourishes in terms of sound and visuals) is undeniable. And if we're being brutally honest with ourselves, nostalgia often plays a larger role than we anticipate when embarking on "original vs. sequel" debates. Seriously, let's just admit that; it must be volunteered to be accurate. True, we still need more IPs and unique ideas, but that doesn't necessarily mean we need less sequels. Get to the end of this year, and the Game of the Year nominees will likely include stuff like Killzone 2 , Resident Evil 5 , Uncharted 2: Among Thieves , Street Fighter IV , etc. IPs like Heavy Rain and Alan Wake should be fantastic, too, but new entries in established series should rule once again.

And so what if they do? We all care about playing the best of the best, right? So who really cares if those games have a number after them? Usually, they're almost entirely new experiences, anyway! Think about it.

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Dewi47
Dewi47
11 years ago

Alan Wake?

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

A game we will never see on PS3 I presume but if you have a 360 as well it is made by the company that made the Max Payne games I think but it is being published by Microsoft game studios

karneli lll
karneli lll
11 years ago

Alan wake has this idea of light as your weapon,sounds familiar.

Kiengo
Kiengo
11 years ago

Light as your weapon sounds a little like Boktai.

killzone100
killzone100
11 years ago

Very true right now im wanting Killzone 2, Resident evil 5, Uncharted 2 and Gran turismo 5. Something about those games is the same but i can't quite put my finger on it.

EddPm6
EddPm6
11 years ago

I had killzone 2 reserved since its release was announced. Disc case is sitting next to me ūüôā

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Very true.

Its the gameplay that matters. I will always love the next GTA or call of duty because they take the original formula and improve or change it.

I really wish they would remake callofduty 2 big red one. That storyline was amazing. You really did bond with the other members of your squad.

dusink
dusink
11 years ago

i think alan wake is for 360

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

By the way Check out this video.

Proof that sequels kick ass.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8w80JXPSQHA

You rule Master Chief.

Naga
Naga
11 years ago

Dragonball z Budokai tenkaichi 2?

Soul Reaver 2?

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Why did you just name random titles?

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
11 years ago

Hey Joshua,
Don't have a 360 or PS3 yet(only the original Xbox & PS2 so far), but planning on buying both, 360 & PS3 later this year.

So 3 questions for ya….
is that vid clip from one of the Halo series? And if so, on which, original X or the 360 console?

Also, I want to get the whole H- series, but I always buy used, so I'm usually more than a mite behind the times. Since I just picked up Halo:Combat Evolved for $5,(haven't played it yet though) is my copy the very first one in the series?
Thanks


Last edited by BikerSaint on 1/26/2009 4:31:22 PM

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Yeah the clips are videos from Halowars and Halo 3. Both are from the 360. Tho the graphics and gameplay on the first 2 are still great.

I can tell you Halo 3 is amazing and so is the online community. Yes Halo CE is the first one and has a great campaign. Some say the best of the series. If you have any other questions just ask.

I still love the original and play mine all the time. What games you got for it?

Douchebaguette
Douchebaguette
11 years ago

Master cheif isn't boss; Solid Snake is. Infact, to be literal, he defeated Big Boss, who the defeated THE Boss. So Solid Snake is like the ultimate Boss.

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Oh please. Solid who? The Chief would own.

Kiengo
Kiengo
11 years ago

Sorry Josh. Even without a rechargeable anti-death shield, I'll be routing for Snake.

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Your regret them words when we have both! MUHAHAHA;)

Then solid and Chief will join together and hang sackboy up on a tree by his underwear!

Godslim
Godslim
11 years ago

lol your on a ps3 site and say master cheif is better! he has the personality of a brick wall!

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

A man of few words and many rounds.

Arkhon
Arkhon
11 years ago

Yeah, Master Chief would definitely kick Snake's ass. We're talking about a guy who wears 700+ lb armor versus a guy who hides inside a cardboard box. The fact that his personality isn't really displayed in the games increases the immersion factor for me, because it's easier to picture myself in his position than in Snake's.

pavlovic
pavlovic
11 years ago

I love secuels and I love new IPs such as Dead Space, LBP, Uncharted, etc.

But what I cant's stand is a secuel that is inferior to its predecessor. To name a few, [email protected], GHWT.

I really don't expext Uncharted 2 to be less than amazing. But I'm also very excited about Heavy Rain, and I'm looking for Alan Wake if it make it this year anyways.

So bring new IPs, bring some secuels, but allways bring a great gaming experience

DarKn35s
DarKn35s
11 years ago

Are you kidding me?!
Its insane how many people knock COD:[email protected] just because its set in WWII. Its the same dame game with pluses. Gore!!! More perks, and theirs actually a reason to go prestige other than take away you favorite weapons to earn them again and yes you still the little metal. So please try it before you knock it.

pavlovic
pavlovic
11 years ago

I played this game and IMO it is a step backwards from COD4MW.

And online has issues with the hit detection or I and all my clan members suffered this.

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

WOW is amazing. Why does every new one turn into an argument about the old one?

Hell bigredone has the best storyline out of all of them.

pavlovic
pavlovic
11 years ago

Joshue, because I enjoyed the old one better.

And the hit detection… argh

Prevent
Prevent
11 years ago

Im waiting for a sequel to ZoE2, hurry up Hideo!!!

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

That would be outstanding news

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

Hell yeah!

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

i have no beef woth sequels as long as they're done to a good standard, after a while some games series can just drag on, for modern refferences i mention Sonic (and any other classic platformer), Soul Calibur. S.C got boring by teh 3rd game which introduced nothing new and sonic has just had so many silly characters introduced its unbarable. teh Final Fantasy series has the most effective answer to tired sequels as they can get away with having a different plot and characters each game, which is phenominal.

ps92117
ps92117
11 years ago

coming from a biased standpoint, what do you think of halo wars and halo osdt?

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

I think the whole Halo thing died and should have been buried at part 2 which I thought was decent with some things added that I enjoyed. Halo Wars is an RTS that is going to go back and try to do what Halo was supposed to be from part 1 so it may work now that it has a fan base willing to buy anything that has to do with the name and now that RTS's are not being treated as much like the plague as they once were when they are on a console.

ps92117
ps92117
11 years ago

Thank you that's what I think, but wonder if I am being biased.

DarKn35s
DarKn35s
11 years ago

Coming from me a guy who has played all three HALOs had fun but think that they are overrated IMO. But i do like ODST could be interesting just because its in 3rd person and its graphics are great. They will continue to crank out HALO games because they know if they came out with a clothing line and shoes fanboys would go by it.

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

I think they will be amazing. Stop hating. Master Chief is boss.

SubjectiveTruth
SubjectiveTruth
11 years ago

Can you stop saying that he is "boss" now? What are you even trying to say? Boss of what? Master Chief is a made up character like the tooth fairy or Santa or even..*hesitates*..Solid snake. Think about what you sound like to someone who doesn't share your point of view. What would you think if someone came on here and said, "Harry Potter is boss!"
This analogy will of course not work if your a Harry Potter fan. In that case we will go to an extreme and replace Harry with Winnie the Pooh

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Oh shut up.

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

Wow, Joshua, you really do always have a witty come-back!

/sarcasm

Bill_Clinton_
Bill_Clinton_
11 years ago

i really don't have a problem with sequels but when the developer doesn't make any magor improvement to the games sequel then i have a problem.. MGS4 was totatly differnt than MGS3..
MGS4 was just a awesome game..

Luiscosmo2
Luiscosmo2
11 years ago

True If they make it difrent then the one its continuing then its great. Take the dynasy warriors game(never played it btw) and I've heard in the same damn! game. just difrent stuff.

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

While Dynasty Warriors may not change much from game to game I still love them so so so very much. I have no idea why either but I can't get enough. Well that is my little vice and sin to bear I suppose.

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Im going to love em. New ways of playing is always a good thing. I will miss master chief tho. He is supposed to make a showing in Halo 4 for the next Xbox.

So who thinks I should write for the Xbox section?

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Come on. You guys know I bring justice to 360 owners all over.

Shatterday
Shatterday
11 years ago

Dear Josh,

We regret to inform you that your application for the position of PSXE Idiot has been denied. However we do encourage you to apply for other positions.

Sincerely,

Everyone.


Last edited by Shatterday on 1/26/2009 2:41:49 PM

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

I hope to shit in your Easter basket.


Last edited by n/a on 1/26/2009 3:22:31 PM

MirrorSoul
MirrorSoul
11 years ago

LMAO Shatter……..that was rich

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
11 years ago

LOL, I love all consoles, so I don't get myself caught up in the current "console pissing wars".

Anyways, thanks for the 411.

I like to complete the whole games collection for each console I own, even if I don't really like that particular game. So for my old xbox, I've got 144 games so far, but always looking for more when they go way down in price.

Alias
All-Star Baseball 2003
Airforce Delta Storm
America's Army – Rise Of A Soldier
Amped
Armed and Dangerous
Army Men – Major Malfuntion
Army Men – Sarge's War
Bad Boys – Miami Takedown
Battlefield 2 – Modern Combat
Big Bumpin'(Burger King Game – 2006)
Big Mutha Truckers
Black
Blitz 2003
Blitz The League
Blood Wake
Breakdown
Broken Sword – The Sleeping Dragon
Brotherhood of Steel
Brothers In Arms- Earned In Blood
Brothers In Arms – Road to Hill 30
Brute Force
Call of Duty – Finest Hour
Chicago Enforcer
Classified: The Sentinel Crisis
Combat Elite – World War II Paratroopers
Combat – Task Force 121
Crimson Skies
Cold Fear
Cold War
Conflict – Desert Storm
Conflict – Desert Storm – Back To Baghdad
Conflict – Global Terror
Conflict – Vietnam
Counter Strike
Crimson Skies – High Road To Heaven
Dead Mans Hand
Dead To Rights
Deathrow – Underground Team Combat
Delta Force – Black Hawk Down
Deus Ex – Invisible War
Enter The Matrix
ESPN NFL Football
Fire Blade
First To Fight (Close Combat)
Full Spectrum Warrior
Ghost Recon
Ghost Recon – Advanced Warfighter
Ghost Recon 2 – 2011: Final Assault
Ghost Recon – Island Thunder
Ghost Recon – Summit Strike
Godfather(the) – The Game
Grand Theft Auto – Vice City
Halo – Combat Evolved
Headhunter – Redemption
Heroes of the Pacific
High Rollers Casino
Hitman – Blood & Money
House of the Dead 3
James Bond 007 – Everything Or Nothing
James Bond 007 – Night Fire
Judge Dredd – Dredd VS Death
Kill Switch
Land Of The Dead – Road To Fiddler's Green
Mace Griffin Bounty Hunter
Madden 2003
Madden 2004
Mafia
Max Paine
Max Paine 2
Medal of Honor – European Assault
Medal of Honor – Rising Sun
Men of Valor
Mercenaries – Playground Of Destruction
Minority Report
Mission Impossible – Operation Surma
Narc
NBA 2K3
NBA Inside Drive 2002
NCCA Football 2004
Need For Speed – Carbon
NFL 2K3
NFL Fever 2002
OddWorld – Munchs Oddysee
Operation Flashpoint Elite
Outlaw Golf
Outlaw Golf 2
Phantom Crash
PocketBike Racer(Burger King Game – 2006)
Prisoner of War
Project Gotham Racing
Project Snowbind
Pulse Racer
Punisher (the)
Rainbow Six 3
Rainbow Six – Lockdown
Red Dead Revolver
Red Faction 2
Reign of Fire
Reservoir Dogs
Rogue Ops
Scarface – The World is Yours
Sea Blade
Second Sight
Sega GT
Shadow Ops – Red Murcury
Shellshock – Nam' 67
Sneak King(Burger King Game – 2006)
Special Forces – Nemesis Strike
Splinter Cell
Splinter Cell – Double Agent
Splinter Cell – Pandora Tomorrow
Soldiers of Fortune II – Double Helix
Steel Battalion
Steel Battalion: Line of Contact
State Of Emergency
Suffering (the)
Swat – Global Strike Force
Syberia
Terminator – Dawn Of Fate
Terminator 3 – Rise of the Machines
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2006
TimeSplitters 2
TimeSplitters – Future Perfect
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2X
True Crime: New York City
True Crime: Streets of LA
Trigger Man
Turok – Evolution
Vietcong – Purple Haze
WarPath
Without Warning
WinBack 2 – Project Poseidon
World Championship Poker
World War II Combat – Iwo Jima
World War II Combat – Road to Berlin
Wreckless – The Yakuza Missions
Yager

MISC:

2 Xbox 8MB Memory Cards
1 Xbox DVD Remote w/ Wireless Attachment
1 Saitex FX Adrenalin Steering Wheel Controller
1 Radica Gamester "Reflex" Arcade Stick Joystick w/ Dual Force
1 Nyko Speaker Com- Communication Headset
2 Game Promo Disc- Star Wars-Clone Wars & Tetris Worlds
1 EXHIBITION (DEMO DISC)
1 Steel Battalion Controller ("RARE BLUE LIGHTED BUTTON VERSION", instead of red)

Godslim
Godslim
11 years ago

josh halo is THE most over rated game in the history of games!

aaronisbla
aaronisbla
11 years ago

josh i think halo is the most overrated game in history, but that doesn't mean it sucks

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Biker you are missing the best game on xbox1: Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

A couple of Sony fans say Halo is overrated. Then go on all day about LBP. Go figure.

And BikerSaint im jealous. That is amazing.