While thinking about games that I wanted to see sequels for in 2012 I noticed something interesting. Most of them had females for main characters. So instead of coming up with a convoluted conspiracy theory that no one would understand (myself included) about why female protagonists aren’t getting the sequels they deserve–I came up with this list.
Bayonetta was one of the best games of 2010. The story transcended terrible, it was so bad that it was actually brilliant. Seriously though, to everyone that says the story sucks you went into the game with the wrong mindset–it’s intentionally cheesy. The gameplay was over the top and deeply satisfying, and that’s why it has a 90/100 on Metacritic. Its sequel would be one of the best/worst games of 2012.
Mirrors Edge was a good game, but it had some issues. Still you have to respect DICE for attempting to do something different. A sequel could fix the original’s problems, but EA is probably trying to figure out a way to give Faith some guns and turn her into a soldier. Dear EA, every game won’t be able to do Battlefield numbers–it’s time to accept that some will only sell 1-2 million copies. That reminds me, the gaming industry is the only industry I can think of where 1-2 million copies sold isn’t good enough.
Heavenly Sword wasn’t groundbreaking–but it was a solid hack and slash game. Hopefully Ninja Theory is working on Heavenly Sword 2, I know they’re busy turning Dante into a generic angst ridden punk, but they should be able to work on two games at once. Also they’re going to need something to fall back on if DmC flops, Capcom is already doing damage control. For Capcom parallel universe means… if sales tank we can go back to the old Dante and pretend that Ninja Theory’s version never existed.
Beyond Good & Evil 2 has already been announced, but it’s starting to look like we have another Duke Nukem Forever on our hands. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but you get the point. The game is flirting with next generation consoles, and you’re probably thinking that means it can’t come out in 2012. Well, there’s a little thing called the Wii U, sure it isn’t going to be as powerful as Sony & Microsoft’s machines–but it is technically a next generation console. Can you say Wii U launch title?
Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem is one of the most criminally underrated games ever. Silicon Knights needs something to save their studio from obscurity, Eternal Darkness 2 launching on the Wii U could be enough to save them from laying more people off or shutting down entirely. Here’s a quote from a spokesperson about the studio’s next project:
“The company is currently refocusing and returning to its roots, working on one of its most requested titles for the next generation”.
I don’t know about you, but Eternal Darkness 2 is my most requested game from Silicon Knights. Sure the kids that just started gaming this generation will probably ignore it, but I’m sure it’ll actually convince some people to go out and buy a Wii U.
Hopefully we see at least a couple of these games this year, if not we still have Tomb Raider and Mass Effect 3 to look forward to. I know, Mass Effect 3 doesn’t really count since male Shepard appears to be canon–but I like to think everyone uses Femshep since her male counterpart has the personality of a dead leaf.