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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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1
Red Dead Redemption II is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
kwillymac added 2018
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
2
Batman: Arkham City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
2011
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
3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
2009
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
4
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
Oct 13 2009
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
5
Assassin's Creed II is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
Nov 17 2009
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
6
Portal 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
2011
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
7
Half-Life 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
2004
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
8
BioShock 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
2010
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
9
Halo 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
2004
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
10
Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
1998
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
11
Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
2010
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
12
Borderlands 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
2012
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
13
Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
2000
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
14
Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
May 18 2010
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
15
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
2005
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
16
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
2000
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 is the second game in the Tony Hawk's series of sports games. It was developed by Neversoft and published by Activision in 2000. It was first released for the Sony ...more
17
Silent Hill 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
2001
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
18
Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
1992
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
19
God of War II is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
2007
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
20
Super Mario Galaxy 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
2010
Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a platforming video game developed by Nintendo EAD and published by Nintendo for the Wii. It was first announced at E3 2009 and is the sequel to Super Mario Galaxy. It ...more
21
Mafia II is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
2010
Mafia II is an action-adventure video game developed by 2K Czech and published by 2K Games. It was released on 23 August 2010 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows; a Mac OS X ...more
22
Fable II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
2008
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
23
Gears of War 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
2008
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
24
Wolfenstein II: The New Coloss... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
2017
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a 2017 action-adventure first-person shooter video game developed by MachineGames and published by Bethesda Softworks. The game is the eighth main entry in ...more
25
Hitman 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
2018
Hitman 2 is a stealth video game developed by IO Interactive and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It is the seventh entry ...more