I might be in the minority on this issue...but I'm going to blog about it anyway.


Take a look at the below partial list of the latest video game titles that have been released or are soon to be released...




Bioshock 2

Mass Effect 2

Battlefield Bad Company 2

Final Fantasy XIII

God of War III

Yakuza 3

Silent Hunter 5

MLB 10

Supreme Commander 2

Resident Evil 5

Tropico 3

Modern Warfare 2

Command and Conquer 4

Skate 3

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Fable III

Assassins Creed 2

No More Heroes 2

Red Steel 2


No, it's not your imagination...they all end with a number. There's a reason why...they're all sequels. Duh.




I don't mind sequels honestly, I don't. Especially if it’s for a game I enjoy. It's kind of like watching each episode or season of your favorite TV show or reading a series of books that are based on the same character(s) or location. You really don't need to know the season or episode number to know that you're going to like it.


For example...


Before it was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 it was just Modern Warfare 2. One might speculate the name was changed because Activision wanted to make sure gamers knew this title was associated with the Call of Duty product line.





I think it’s safe to assume that gamers can recognize the association between Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare 2. To be honest, I don't even mind the addition of the Call of Duty title. The thing that annoys me is that silly 2; actually all the sequel numbers are annoying. It's like a cop out that relieves the game companies from coming up with a creative name and ensures that the gaming community "knows" the game is a sequel to a previous game that someone obviously thought was special enough to deserve a sequel.



Here's a thought...keep the title so we gamers will not somehow mistake the correlation between the sequel and the original but come on...come up with an original catchy title to go along with the name. Something to make the game stand on its own and not rely on its predecessors to carry it. There are games that exist that don't advertise a sequel number. Splinter Cell, for example. Each subsequent release in the series is titled Splinter Cell and a catchy name, like Conviction.



So, given the list above, here are a few titles that I think sound a whole lot more interesting than ending the title with a number (I'll be nice and keep it to five)...


Mass Effect: The Revival of Commander Shephard

God of War: Olympus Under Siege

Bioshock: Welcome to Rapture

Assassins Creed: The Knights Templar

Yakuza: The Kansai Dragon


I actually think having a sequel number in the title takes away from the title's appeal. Take a game like Final Fantasy. For someone who has never played any of the Final Fantasy games, if you see an XIII following the title, you might feel a bit apprehensive in getting a game that has so much history, but if it has a simple title that just identifies it as a new Final Fantasy game in the series, then a person might be more inclined to give it a shot anyway. Besides, fans of Final Fantasy are going to know the game is coming out soon; they're going to know it's the next one in the series; and they're going to know that they want it. The number is irrelevant.



Game companies, if you need someone to help title your games, drop me a line. I'm sure you can afford my rates.