Going back to the roots…
October 20, 2009
One thing that strikes me as a new PS3 owner is the number of sequels and instalments in long-running franchises on the system in which I have never even played the original. Were these first games huge critical successes or simply box office smashes that drove the publisher to demand sequels, ‘good’ game or not?
A cursory glance at any sales list for the PS3 will uncover entries such as Metal Gear Solid 4, Grand Theft Auto IV, Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Half-Life 2 – all franchises of which their original instalments all passed me by.
At the weekend, I was in CEX in my hometown, which stocks a huge number of pre-owned PS2 games. Predicating my purchases on some franchises that have at least spawned a sequel, if not a string of subsequent releases, I snapped up the following titles:
Red Dead Revolver
Call Of Duty: Finest Hour
I’m looking forward to finding out what it was about these games that prompted their developers/publishers to further develop the IP and whether they were justified (huge pots of money aside) in doing so. Watch this space.