The Best Video Game Sequels

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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    • Developer: Rockstar Studios
    • 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 PlayStation 4 ...more
    • Developer: 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 a ...more
  • Mass Effect 2
    3
    314 votes
    • Developer: BioWare
    • Genres (Video game): Third-person Shooter, Action role-playing game
    Mass Effect 2 is a single-player, action role-playing, third-person shooter game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts. The game was released for PlayStation 3, PC, and Xbox 360 in ...more
  • Silent Hill 2
    4
    194 votes
    • Developer: Konami, Team Silent, Creature Labs
    • Genres (Video game): Survival 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
  • Resident Evil 2
    5
    282 votes
    • Developer: Factor 5, Gearbox Software, Rockstar San Diego, Capcom, Tiger Electronics
    • 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
  • Batman: Arkham City
    6
    464 votes
    • Developer: 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