All right, so as much as I loved this game for its uniqueness, humor, and charm, this is the only game on this list that's almost guaranteed to not get a sequel. If you're a fan of humor, horror, action, or the work of Suda 51 (No More Heroes), Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil), or composer Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill), then you owe it to yourself to give this game a try. It'll suck you in and you'll never want to leave. We can take a little comfort even though Shadows won't be getting a sequel any time soon, because the trio have moved onto an equally as interesting game, and one I feel should win the award for best video game title ever: the wacky and colorful Lollipop Chainsaw.
With Rage finally out of the way, id Software has time to focus on their next big project: Doom 4. I'll admit I've never been a huge fan of the series, but that doesn't mean I'm not very much looking forward to seeing what id can do with the game. The horror genre's come a long way since Doom 3, and if any developer can adapt and evolve with the times, it's going to be id. Only no more pesky monster closets, please.
Ok, I lied. Shadows of the Damned isn't the only game on this list that won't be getting a sequel, in fact, I dare say that Shadows has a better chance than this one at getting attention today. Cold Fear was a seriously overlooked gem that was heavily inspired by Resident Evil 4. It had RE4's controls, and an intensely creepy atmosphere fueled by the ailing Russian whaler the game took place on. Maybe one day it'll be brought back from the grave, but I see that happening the same time Nightmare Creatures is revived. Oh, that's actually a good idea. Nightmare Creatures 3 gets an honorable mention on this list too.
There have been some rumblings about a possible System Shock sequel for some time now, but it's been well over a decade and still no concrete news has come out regarding the game. It might not happen, but because of my undying love for all things System Shock and SHODAN—who is easily one of my favorite video game villains of all time—I have to keep the hope alive. If you missed it when it released back in 1999, here's one of the rogue AI SHODAN's best lines, which you hear right before she reveals herself in the second game: "The Polito form is dead, insect. Are you afraid? What is it you fear? The end of your trivial existence? When the history of my glory is written, your species shall only be a footnote to my magnificence." Fantastic. If an evil, psychopathic A.I. sounds like your sort of thing but the thought of playing a thirteen-year-old game doesn't tickle your fancy, I suggest checking out the Overlord DLC for Mass Effect 2. It's not the same, but the inspirations are there. Or, you could just keep writing the developers and requesting a sequel.
This one's happening, and there's a very good chance it'll be revealed as soon as this year. There have been several rumors about the game and the possible Dead Space flight sim, FPS, and "Uncharted-style action/adventure game" EA supposedly has in the works, but for now we're going to focus on Dead Space 3. This series is known for its incredible lighting and sound design, as well as the strategic dismemberment you have to use to survive against the waves of Necromorphs that are thrown at you. If the rumors are indeed true, some of Dead Space 3 will take place on a snowy planet called Tao Volantis, where protagonist Isaac Clarke might be struggling with his loosening grip on sanity. Apparently, his crazy has reached new heights, and he's actually formed a split personality called Shadow Isaac.
Date: February 22, 2012
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