The Burning Question: What games you love never received a sequel?

Sometimes you play a game that ticks all the right boxes, but just never made the sales it originally targeted but, for whatever reason, you’re one of a few people who loved it. It ultimately ends up with that game never seeing a sequel and fans being left with nothing but the original game to experience over and over again. It sucks and, believe me, it’s going to happen again in the future. There will be more great games that we think deserves a sequel that will never see the light of day. Here are my three games I would give my left toe to see a sequel to:

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

I feel like crying. Besides the fact that we’re not going to see a sequel for this in the near future, the Metal Gear series is now dead and buried too. I don’t care what anyone says, but there is no other game where Raiden is as cool as he is in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. It was Platinum Games at their very best. Five years have now past and there isn’t even a sniff of a rumour that there is another game in development. Can you blame them? With Nintendo backing them to work on the next Bayonetta game, it’s very likely that we’ll never see a sequel for this game. I would like to be hopeful that someone at Konami will play nice with Platinum Games, but even that is getting my hopes up too high. If you want to jump on missiles to make your way towards a chopper to slice it to pieces there is still only this one game that’ll provide you with that satisfaction.

Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks

Before the reboot of the main series in 2011 we experienced several years of so-so Mortal Kombat games. Deadly Alliance, Deception and Armageddon were okay, but it was nowhere near as profound as the first three and last two games in the series. Enter the dragon that is Shaolin Monks. Imagine Streets of Rage and Mortal Kombat had babies? That’s what that was. It was fantastic and you only got to play as Liu Kang and Kung Lao who together kicked and punched the hell out of the would-be foes. Other characters could be unlocked later on. Though it could be played as a single player game, it’s the co-op experience that remained in the memory. If it received a sequel with online co-op I would end up being a very happy guy. Ed Boon posted an image about the original concept of the game a year ago, but since then he’s not said a word about it. With the main Mortal Kombat series doing so well, I don’t see any reason for him to return to something we love but won’t sell well.

Vanquish

I remember meeting Shinji Mikami at E3 back in 2010. It was to interview him for Vanquish and I also recall being beyond excited and starstruck. The Resident Evil creator was at it again and this time he was bringing his skills to Platinum Games. Cheesy one-liners aside (it was so bad), this game is one of the best action games we’ve seen in years. Sliding on your knees circling foes and then snapping back up using the AR (Augmented Reaction) to slow down time so you could plant a ridiculous amount of bullets into the enemy – it was the business. It was a very short game, at around 4-5 hours in length, but I’ve not had anything nearly as action-packed in that same amount of time since. I’m a little distraught that we’ll likely never see a sequel for it.

What games that you loved never receive a sequel at all?

Married to a gamer and she kicks my ass at most shooters. If the game is enjoyable I'll play it, no matter the format.

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