If there’s one thing that any gamer hates, it’s seeing a video game that they love given a terrible sequel. Not only does it mean that you have to wait an extra amount of time to get a worthy successor to your favorite game, but in some cases, you might just find that this terrible sequel means that you will never see another sequel ever again. It stings extra hard when you see certain series given a million chances after bad sequels when your favorite series only gets the one. So with that in mind, I am going to cover what I think are some of the worst video game sequels ever!
5. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360)
The most recent entry on this list, Pro Skater 5 is as cheap a cash grab as you could expect. It’s pretty clear Activision was just trying to bank on being the first big direct Tony Hawk sequel since the PS2 era, because this game was just a complete mess. Not only is it buggy as all get out, it feels like they didn’t even bother to finish the game before release. I mean, heck, it had a day-one patch that’s bigger than the game itself! Worse yet? Activision thought it could get away with charging $60 for it. Even great games can face scrutiny for that price point. But a game like this? Especially from a developer that made three god awful Tony Hawk games in a row before it? Yeah, sorry Activision, but $60 is a privilege, not a right.
4. Devil May Cry 2 (PS2, PS3, 360)
Devil May Cry was a surprise hit for Capcom when it came out, and in fact was intended to be Resident Evil 4 before the change. People liked it a lot critically, and it sold quite well in turn. Then came Devil May Cry 2, and they really did not make smart decisions when they released this game. The game isn’t bad, but in comparison to the great Devil May Cry and fantastic Devil May Cry 3, Devil May Cry 2 has way too many flaws. The story leaves something to be desired, the gameplay is monotonous, and the game is way easier. It’s not something that you should necessarily skip outright, but I wouldn’t blame you if you did.
3. Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS)
Paper Mario: Sticker Star is the worst game I’d ever played from beginning to end. I’d even say it’s worse than the number one game on this list, but it has at least some good qualities. It’s visually pleasing, and the music is as good as ever. It even has a pretty good boss that uses rhythm timing that stood out as a highlight of the game. Sticker Star’s biggest issue was abandoning important things about Paper Mario. The battles lack depth, the sticker system is frustrating and dull, and worse than anything, they took away the story. I mean goodness gracious, Bowser doesn’t even talk in this game! Like, what in the world were they thinking making this game like it?
2. Final Fantasy XIII (PS3, 360, PC)
Final Fantasy XIII’s failure as a game is profound. It took a ton of time to make, it lacked many tropes that people have come to expect from the series since day one (including even a world map for much of it), and many parts of the game are just about going down corridors and fighting enemies. Final Fantasy XIII truly showed just how troubled Square Enix was with the advent of HD gaming. Final Fantasy XIII in and of itself is not a bad game, but it’s easily one of the worst of the series, and for good reason. It also doesn’t do it any favors that much of the cast is pretty strongly maligned. It certainly doesn’t make the top list of Final Fantasy games, that’s for sure.
1. Metroid: Other M (Wii)
There was no way this list was going to have anything take the top spot. Metroid: Other M is the most bizarre and worst video game sequel for me. It does everything wrong that I could imagine a Metroid sequel could do. Samus, a character who was previously stoic and powerful, was now INCREDIBLY talkative, has a crippling fear of an enemy that has been killed numerous times thus far by her, and unquestionably submissive to some jerk named Adam. Heck, they even decided to make her average height! It’s utterly ridiculous. If that wasn’t enough, exploration and item collection is nigh nonexistent. The game constantly paths you where it wants you to go, and almost every item you have is found at fixed intervals rather than on your own using your wit and instincts. Just… miserable.
What are your worst video game sequels?
Bad video game sequels are a lot easier to create than good ones. As such, this list was a little difficult to narrow it down. So how about you? What are your worst video game sequels? What do you think of my list of worst video game sequels? Let me know if I just dissed your favorite game!