The 10 Worst Video Game Sequels Ever Made Source:

Video games are one of the most beloved and common forms of entertainment in the world today, and rightfully so. Video games can be a great escape, a great way to work on certain skills and a good way to keep yourself entertained and engaged during down times. Throughout the years, there have been countless video games created, and thus, there have been hundreds of sequels made. Some are great, and some are not. This list will be looking at the latter.

10. Prince of Persia: Warrior Within

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was one of the best reboots of a classic series in video game history. It was well written, performed well and its “time rewind” feature worked extremely well. Fans were salivating at the thought of a sequel, but when it arrived, their mouths dried up real fast. The sequel they got was taken in a very different direction, as it took on a much more dark and “gothic” style, which was a far cry from the adventurous style and feel of the original. Warrior Within was a large step back in the series that didn’t hold on to the mechanics, setting and feel that made the series a success. Source:

9. Driv3r

Driv3r is the notorious sequel to the popular and very fun prequels in the series. It was notorious not only because it is a horrible game, but also because it was revealed that a scandal existed where Atari essentially bribed magazines to give the game a better rating out of 10 than it actually deserved. The best part of this series is obviously the driving, as the on-foot gameplay was never its strong suit. So what does Driv3r go and do? They make a large portion of the game on foot and out of the driver seat. As a result, we got a very disappointing sequel in an otherwise awesome series. Source:

8. Pac Man 2: The New Adventures

This is without a doubt one of the weirdest and most unorthodox games on this list. Pac Man 2 was the sequel to the extremely popular and legendary Pac Man game. However, this sequel was not your average, run of the mill Pac Man game, in fact, it was a whole new direction for the series. It was a side-scrolling adventure game with a slightly off-putting vibe when it came to some of the things you did and how Pac Man reacted to certain things. The game was just an overall weird direction for a sequel, and didn’t seem like a Pac Man game at all. Source:

7. Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts

Banjo Kazooie and Banjo Tooie were some of the most fun and entertaining games of their generation, keeping gamers engaged and having fun for days at a time. After confirmation that the bear and bird duo would be returning for a third game, this time on the Xbox 360, it had fans extremely excited. Unfortunately, the game the fans wanted was not what they got. Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts was a racing game that was a far cry from the adventure platforming game that the fans were hoping for. Though the game wasn’t terrible in terms of its graphics or technical aspect, it was not what the fans wanted or were hoping for and thus deserves a spot on this list. Source:

6. Bomberman: Act Zero

The Bomberman series was a very simple, entertaining and almost universally loved game series throughout the ’80s, ’90s and 2000s. In 2006, however, the series’ first foray into the Xbox 360 was a disaster with the game titled Bomberman: Act Zero. The game was a 3D take on the classic series and screws up just about everything that you could possibly screw up. From poor controls to bad camera angles, the game is just horrific through and through, and is a far cry from the Bomberman games of the past that fans were hoping this remake would be similar to. Source:

5. Devil May Cry 2

The original Devil May Cry, the timeless classic that started the series, was one of Capcom’s greatest games. Devil May Cry 2 is a rare sequel that actually looks worse than the previous game. This is largely because of the detail and the questionable looking aspects of the graphics. Not only does the game look bad, but it also plays bad. The game seemed to have been “dumbed down” from the previous title, as the boss fights, which used to be strategic and difficult, have now been replaced by simple button-mashing hack and slash. The third game is a lot better, but this is an unfortunate stain on the history of the series. Source:

4. Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link

The Legend of Zelda is without a doubt one of the most beloved and popular games of all time and deserves a spot on any “Best Games” list. In turn, its sequel Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link, absolutely deserves a spot on this list. One of the biggest gripes with this sequel is that it moved from the traditional and loved “top-down” gameplay, to a side scrolling adventure approach. There is a laundry list of problems with this game that range from a pathetic story to horrible Japanese-to-English translation. This game didn’t even come close to living up to the hype of the original. Source:

3. Super Mario Bros. 2

This game was just a big trick on Western gamers and is nothing more than an imposter. The makers of this game essentially just took a Japanese game called Doki Doki Panic and basically re-skinned the characters with Mario-appropriate characters. It also doesn’t have any real “connection” to any previous Mario games, and it is amazing that the developers thought they could pull a fast one on the fans and take these types of short cuts. Despite the greatness of Nintendo games since, and the greatness of the Super Mario Bros. series, this game serves as a reminder of how bad games can happen to anyone, at any company, by any developer. Source:

2. Perfect Dark Zero

The original Perfect Dark game has gone down as one of the best first-person shooters of its generation, trailing closely behind Goldeneye. It combined a great atmosphere, an airtight plot and addicting gameplay throughout. Fans had huge expectations for the Xbox 360 sequel to the game, and were greatly disappointed when they played it. The landscape of the shooter genre changed a lot over the years, and Perfect Dark Zero felt very dated and could not keep up to other shooters of this newer generation. They simply could not live up to the level of their first game, which basically led this game to be labelled a huge let down. Source:

1. Duke Nukem Forever

And coming in as the worst video game sequel of all time is none other than Duke Nukem Forever. Duke Nukem was a very popular video game series in the 1990s that developed a cult following. Duke Nukem fans were clamoring for a sequel to the popular ’90s series, and in 2011, after a 15 year break, Duke Nukem Forever was released. Much to the dismay of the fans, the game was pretty awful. The first person shooter genre has grown and matured a ton in the past 15 years, and Duke Nukem Forever was stuck in the ’90s with its played out jokes and awkward gameplay. As it turned out, the 15 year wait for this sequel was NOT worth it! Source:


Kale Havervold

Kale Havervold has been writing about video games, movies, tv and more for Goliath since 2015.