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The Best Video Game Sequels

Updated June 24, 2020 10.3k votes 738 voters 6.6k views119 items

List RulesOnly 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 City1

    DeveloperRocksteady 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...  more
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  • Portal 22
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    DeveloperValve 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...  more
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  • Half-Life 23
    200
    82

    DeveloperValve Corporation

    Genres (Video game)First-person shooter

    Half-Life 2 is the well-recieved sequel to Half-Life. Half-Life 2 takes place in the dystopian...  more
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  • Halo 24
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    88

    Halo 2

    2004

    DeveloperMicrosoft Studios, Bungie Studios, Pi Studios

    Genres (Video game)Shooter game, Action game, Adventure

    Halo 2 is a 2004 first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie Studios. Released for the...  more
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  • Resident Evil 25

    DeveloperFactor 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...  more
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  • Assassin's Creed II6

    DeveloperUbisoft Montreal

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

    Assassin's Creed II is a 2009 historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth video...  more
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  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 27

    DeveloperInfinity 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...  more
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  • Red Dead Redemption8

    DeveloperRockstar San Diego

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game

    This game is an open world, western action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar San...  more
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  • Mass Effect 29
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    81

    DeveloperBioWare

    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...  more
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  • Borderlands 210
    141
    80

    DeveloperGearbox Software, Iron Galaxy Studios

    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...  more
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  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves11

    DeveloperNaughty 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...  more
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  • BioShock 212
    153
    109

    Developer2K Marin

    Genres (Video game)First-person shooter

    BioShock 2 is a first-person shooter video game developed by 2K Marin for Microsoft Windows,...  more
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  • Street Fighter II13

    DeveloperCapcom

    Genres (Video game)Fighting game

    Street Fighter II: The World Warrior is a competitive fighting game originally released for...  more
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  • Doom II: Hell on Earth14

    DeveloperNerve Software, id 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...  more
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  • Call of Duty 215

    DeveloperAspyr, Infinity Ward

    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...  more
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  • God of War II16
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    67

    DeveloperSCE 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...  more
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  • Silent Hill 217
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    43

    DeveloperKonami, 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...  more
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  • Diablo II18
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    DeveloperBlizzard North

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

    Diablo II is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by Blizzard North and...  more
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  • Metal Gear Solid19

    DeveloperKonami Computer Entertainment Tokyo, Konami

    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...  more
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  • Kingdom Hearts II20

    DeveloperSquare 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...  more
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  • LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy21

    DeveloperTraveller's Tales

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

    Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy is a multi-platform action-adventure video game...  more
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  • Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings22

    DeveloperEnsemble 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...  more
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  • Red Dead Redemption II23

    DeveloperRockstar Studios

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure

    Red Dead Redemption 2 (stylized as Red Dead Redemption II) is a Western-themed...  more
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  • Gears of War 224

    DeveloperEpic 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...  more
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  • Mortal Kombat II25

    DeveloperAcclaim Cheltenham, Midway Games, Sculptured Software

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Fighting game

    Mortal Kombat II is a competitive fighting game originally produced by Midway Games for the...  more
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