Total Nerd 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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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

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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

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Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
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

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Assassin's Creed II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
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

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Resident Evil 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 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

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 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

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Portal 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 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

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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
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

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God of War II is listed (or ranked) 9 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

10
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Half-Life 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 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

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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
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Diablo II is listed (or ranked) 12 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

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Halo 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 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

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Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 14 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

15
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Silent Hill 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 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

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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
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BioShock 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 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

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Super Mario Bros. 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
1988
Super Mario Bros. 2, released in Japan as Super Mario USA, is a 1988 platform game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Entertainment System as the North American/European sequel ...more

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Borderlands 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 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

20
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Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 20 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

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Gears of War 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 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

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Hitman 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 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

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LEGO Star Wars II: The Origina... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
2006
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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Fable II is listed (or ranked) 24 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

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Mortal Kombat II is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Game Sequels
1993
Mortal Kombat II is a competitive fighting game originally produced by Midway Games for the arcades in 1993. It was later ported to multiple home systems, including the PC, Amiga, Game Boy, Sega ...more