Not all sequels are created equal. There are some once-great franchises out there that just need to die (Final Fantasy, anyone?), and some fledgling new IPs that are just begging for a follow-up. So I thought I would spend a few minutes talking about what games I really want to come back, and also to complain about some series that need to play a round of Russian Roulette with a fully-loaded pistol.

There are plenty of sequels already coming that I'm excited for like Diablo 3, Borderlands 2, Assassin's Creed 3, and the recently announced God of War Ascension. I'm not going to pontificate on those. Instead, my musings will lean towards games that I hope are coming (some already rumored). And for every hotly anticipated title on my list, I will also reflect on a former heavyweight whose prime has faded and just needs to retire. So, without further ado, let's get started.

Need: Dead Space 3


Anyone who has followed my blogs here at GameInformer knows this one is a no-brainer for me. The Dead Space series has become one of my favorite franchises of all time. The story is relatively simple, but the atmosphere and sense of immersion are second to none. Granted, the sequel is basically a foregone conclusion, but it can't come fast enough. Easily one of my most anticipated titles.

Kill: Final Fantasy

What have they DONE?!?

How the mighty have fallen. Once the proud, undisputed king of video games, Final Fantasy is now little more than a bad joke. Every iteration of this series tries desperately to outdo the last, to almost comical result. Many consider FF6 and FF7 to be the greatest RPGs ever made. But since those days, the story of Final Fantasy has gotten increasingly more ludicrous, and plenty of questionable decisions have been made in terms of game mechanics. Let's not even discuss the disastrous Final Fantasy 14...

All that said, I would really appreciate a new Final Fantasy Tactics.

Need: Red Dead Whatever

Simply stunning

No one was more surprised than I when Rockstar released this masterpiece into the wild. Grand Theft Auto in the wild west? How's that gonna work? But work it did, and then some. Not only was Red Dead Redemption a masterpiece of open world game design, it looked incredible to boot. Watching the sun rise over a rocky outcropping as you sat atop your horse was a captivating moment, one that more than deserves a repeat experience. Sadly, no sequel has been announced as of yet, and that borders on criminal. Please Rockstar, revisit this world. Few games deserve it more.

Let It Go: Metal Gear

No more ludicrous than what they're already doing

This may sound like sacrilege, but it's time for the Metal Gear series to ride silently into the sunset. I've never been a fan of the games' story...hell, that's an understatement. It's downright stupid. But I've overlooked it because of the fantastic graphics and gameplay. But now...can anyone tell me what they hope to accomplish with Revengeance? I have never been less enthusiastic about a game than I am this one. Snake and Friends had a great run, but it's over. As far as I'm concerned, the series has already become a parody of itself. Kojima needs to call it now before he turns the entire series into an embarrassment.

Need: Dead Island 2

The biggest surprise of 2011

When the trailer for Dead Island first hit the web, gamers everywhere were stoked. The grim and moody tone looked like the most exciting thing to hit the zombie genre since Bruce Campbell held a boomstick. But then the gameplay videos and details began to surface, and we started to feel duped. When the game was finally released, it was more than a pleasant surprise. It was a breath of fresh air. Dead Island was fun in a big way, and it ate up way more of my gaming hours than I could ever have anticipated. The focus on first-person melee combat really made the experience feel fresh and unique. Here's hoping they can do it again. Please, please, please Techland, do this sequel right.

Enough Is Enough: Gran Turismo

And sitting next to Haze. How fitting...

It pains me to say this, but the Gran Turismo series really needs to die. At least, in its current state. Those of us who are fans of the series waited patiently for GT5 through several delays. Then we waited impatiently through several more. When it was FINALLY released, it was with a whimper instead of a bang. And the bottom line was this: Polyphony Digital had created one of the most realistic games in the entire industry.

And we just didn't care.

The truth is Sony should have spent less time on making sure the game was photo-realistic and more time ensuring it was actually fun to play. Gran Turismo has not evolved since its inception. Yes, I understand it's a "driving simulator", but that doesn't mean it has to be just plain boring. If ever a series was in need of new ideas, this one is it.


So there you have it, my opinions (for what they're worth). How about you? Got any favorites you want to see come back, or maybe some old favorites you think should go home before they make a mockery of your childhood? Sound off in the comments.

Shadow out

still waiting for Pong 2