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The Best Video Game Sequels 

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List Rules Only the second game in a series. Vote up the best games that followed (and even surpassed) the first game in a series.

Video games have gone from something you did with buddies at the local arcade to a multi-billion dollar industry that spends and makes more money than Hollywood does making films. With so much money coming in, it's no surprise video games get sequels made to keep the cash flowing, but which video game sequels are the best? There are hundreds of them out there, but only a few could be considered to be equal or even better than their predecessors.

This list focuses specifically on direct sequels to the first game—there are no Super Mario Bros. 3s or Tekken IIIs in here. All games ranked on this list are second to one and are considered to be some of the greatest video game sequels ever made. What makes these games good has a lot to do with the games that came before, but in the end, these sequels stand on their own.

If we missed any of your favorites, add them to the list and don't forget to rank the games you think are the best sequels of them all!

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Batman: Arkham City is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
Released: 2011 (Rocksteady Studios)

Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Beat 'em up, Stealth game

Batman: Arkham City is a 2011 action-adventure video game developed by Rocksteady Studios and released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 video game ...more
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Portal 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
Released: 2011 (Valve Corporation)

Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Puzzle game, Platform game

Portal 2 is a 2011 first-person puzzle-platform video game developed and published by Valve Corporation. It is the sequel to Portal and was released on April 19, 2011, for Microsoft Windows, OS ...more
3
Half-Life 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
Released: 2004 (Valve Corporation)

Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Action-adventure game, Survival horror, Action game, First-person Shooter, + more

Half-Life 2 is the well-recieved sequel to Half-Life. Half-Life 2 takes place in the dystopian City 17 and the surrounding area, almost 20 years after the events of the original Half-Life. In ...more
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Assassin's Creed II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
Released: 2009 (Ubisoft Montreal)

Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Stealth game

Assassin's Creed II is a 2009 historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the second major installment in the ...more
5
Call of Duty: Modern War... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
Released: 2009 (Infinity Ward)

Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, First-person Shooter

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is a 2009 first-person shooter political war thriller video game developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Microsoft ...more
6
Halo 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
Released: 2004 (Microsoft Studios)

Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Action game, Adventure, Vehicular combat game, First-person Shooter

Halo 2 is a 2004 first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie Studios. Released for the Xbox video game console on November 9, 2004, the game is the second installment in the Halo ...more
7
Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
Released: 1998 (Factor 5)

Genres (Video game): Horror, Third-person Shooter, Survival horror, Science Fiction

Resident Evil 2, known in Japan as Biohazard 2, is a 1998 survival horror video game originally released for the PlayStation. Developed by Capcom as the second installment in the Resident Evil ...more
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Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
Released: 2010 (Rockstar San Diego)

Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game

This game is an open world, western action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar San Diego and published by Rockstar Games. It was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles on ...more
9
BioShock 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
Released: 2010 (2K China)

Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Action-adventure game, Survival horror, First-person Shooter

BioShock 2 is a first-person shooter video game developed by 2K Marin for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The sequel to the 2007 video game BioShock, it was released worldwide on ...more
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Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
Released: 2010 (BioWare)

Genres (Video game): Third-person Shooter, Action role-playing game

Mass Effect 2 is an action role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts. It was released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 on January 26, 2010, and for ...more
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Borderlands 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
Released: 2012 (Gearbox Software)

Genres (Video game): Action role-playing game, First-person Shooter

Borderlands 2 is an action role-playing first-person shooter video game, developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games on September 18, 2012. It is the second game in the Borderlands ...more
12
Uncharted 2: Among Thiev... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
Released: 2009 (Naughty Dog)

Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Action-adventure game, Platform game, Third-person Shooter, Action game

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is a 2009 action-adventure third-person shooter platform video game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 3. It is ...more
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Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
Released: 1992 (Capcom)

Genres (Video game): Fighting game

Street Fighter II: The World Warrior is a competitive fighting game originally released for the arcades in 1991. It is the second entry in the Street Fighter series and the arcade sequel to the ...more
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God of War II is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
Released: 2007 (SCE Santa Monica Studio)

Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Action game, Hack and slash

God of War II is a third person action-adventure video game developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. First released for the PlayStation 2 console on March ...more
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Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
Released: 2000 (Blizzard North)

Genres (Video game): Isometric projection, Action role-playing game, Action game, Hack and slash, Role-playing video game, + more

Diablo II is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by Blizzard North and published by Blizzard Entertainment in 2000 for Windows and Mac OS computers. The game, with its ...more
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Doom II: Hell on Earth ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
Released: 1994 (Nerve Software)

Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Survival horror, Action game, First-person Shooter, Science Fiction

Doom II: Hell on Earth is a first-person shooter video game, the second title of id Software's Doom franchise. It was originally released for MS-DOS computers in 1994 and Macintosh computers in ...more
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Call of Duty 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
Released: 2005 (Aspyr)

Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Action game, First-person Shooter

Call of Duty 2 is a 2005 first-person shooter video game and the second installment in the critically acclaimed Call of Duty series. It was developed by Infinity Ward and published by Konami in ...more
18
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
Released: 2005 (Square Enix)

Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Action role-playing game, Action game, Role-playing video game

Kingdom Hearts II is an action role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix in 2005 for the PlayStation 2 video game console. The game is a sequel to the 2002 Disney Interactive and ...more
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Silent Hill 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
Released: 2001 (Konami)

Genres (Video game): Horror, Third-person Shooter, Survival horror, Action game, Psychological horror

Silent Hill 2 is a survival horror video game published by Konami for the PlayStation 2 and developed by Team Silent, a production group within Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo. The game was ...more
20
Age of Empires II: The A... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
Released: 1999 (Ensemble Studios)

Genres (Video game): Isometric projection, Real-time strategy, Strategy video game

Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings is a real-time strategy video game developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft. Released in 1999 for the Microsoft Windows and Macintosh ...more
21
Fable II is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
Released: 2008 (Lionhead Studios)

Genres (Video game): Action role-playing game, Adventure

Fable II is an action role-playing open world video game in the Fable game series developed by Lionhead Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios for Xbox 360. It is the sequel to Fable ...more
22
LEGO Star Wars II: The O... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
Released: 2006 (Traveller's Tales)

Genres (Video game): Open world, Action-adventure game, Platform game, Action game, Adventure, + more

Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy is a multi-platform action-adventure video game developed by Traveller's Tales and published by LucasArts and TT Games. It was released on September 11, ...more
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Gears of War 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
Released: 2008 (Epic Games)

Genres (Video game): Third-person Shooter, Action game, Tactical shooter, Science Fiction

Gears of War 2 is a 2008 military science fiction third-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games and published by Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox 360. It is the second installment ...more
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Metal Gear Solid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
Released: 1998 (Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo)

Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Action-adventure game, Action game, Stealth game

Metal Gear Solid is an action-adventure stealth video game developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Japan and first published by Konami for the PlayStation in 1998. The game was directed, ...more
25
Red Dead Redemption II ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
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Genres (Video game): Action-adventure

Red Dead Redemption 2 (stylized as Red Dead Redemption II) is a Western-themed action-adventure video game developed and published by Rockstar Games. It is scheduled to be released for ...more