With the PS4 officially revealed and a potential Xbox announcement incoming, the next generation of consoles is almost upon us. This means we’ll have brand new games to look forward to — like Watch Dogs, Human Element, and Bungie’s Destiny — as well as a slew of sequels to franchises we’ve grown to love over the years. It seems like we’ve been inundated with sequels lately, and that includes the horror genre (Resident Evil 6, Dead Space 3, Silent Hill: Downpour, etc.). However, there are a few games that just need sequels. Here are six of them.
Alan Wake is one of my favorite horror games of all time, because it’s different. It’s story is wonderfully strange and as a relatively new series with only two games — the other being American Nightmare — it still has a lot of potential. Remedy has been a huge tease about the all-but-confirmed sequel, and while I would’ve liked to see more Alan Wake sooner rather than later, the possibility of a next-gen sequel is exciting enough to make me more than willing to wait.
The original Condemned was a launch title for the Xbox 360, so I have hopes that the reason we haven’t heard from the series since 2008. That was five years ago. Can you believe it? How dare Monolith leave us with the cliffhanger that was Bloodshot’s ending like that for so long. It’s criminal. The series has seen moderate success, so I can only hope that something is in the works. If a third game is in development, they are doing a mighty fine job of laying low.
Let’s forget about Operation Raccoon City for a minute. Let’s say Capcom was going through an experimental phase — I went to college, I understand, it happens — no judgment. But seriously, get on that. There’s no reason to not give fans the game we’ve been clamoring for since forever. In my opinion, the best way to go about it would be by releasing it as a multiplayer XBLA game. Make it cheap ($10 for each episode), focus on the co-op, and make it episodic. Telltale laid the ground work with The Walking Dead and I dare say the Resident Evil name is more widely recognized than TWD, so I don’t see it failing. Pretty please?
I’ve really been trying to give Eternal Darkness as as many mentions as possible. I do this because I care. Also because I really, really want another Eternal Darkness game. The original was so mind-bogglingly (new word?) awesome that it stuns me we haven’t seen anything from it for over a decade.
Fatal Frame hasn’t gone anywhere, and that’s the problem. It’s been stuck in Japan where it can’t be fully appreciated. Crimson Butterfly is still one of the most unsettling gaming experiences I’ve ever had, as well as one of my favorites. I’d love to go snap some pictures of ghosts, but for some reason the series has been relegated to a small corner of this big beautiful place we call Earth. And no, Spirit Camera doesn’t count.
I hesitated putting this on the list because frankly, I’m sick of Valve. I know, it’s blasphemous, and I don’t necessarily mean that as a slight against them. Valve makes amazing games and Steam is fantastic — I’m just so tired of waiting for them to actually make games. Left 4 Dead, Half-Life 2: Episode 3… it’s tiring being a Valve fan. I’m sure a third Left 4 Dead game is coming and it will almost certainly make beautiful use of the Steam Box, I only hope we don’t have to wait five more years to see it.