Apr 1, 2011
Every Friday a group of editors and writers at We Are Arcade are going to answer the week’s hot question, like a big ol’ melting pot of opinion! As always though, we’re all about hearing from you, so please, feel free to leave your comments and answers in the comment box below (text, images, video, it’s all welcome!), as well as any suggestions for questions you’d like to see.
To kick this feature off, we figured we’d take a look at games that we wanted to see sequels to that just didn’t happen for one reason or another.
Elliot Newman, Deputy Editor
There are so many games that are obvious contenders for this question, like Shenmue III (not gonna happen), or something like a HD remake of Chu Chu Rocket, but my choice has to be UmJammer Lammy. Yeah, I know, predictable old me picking the same old choice, but I really wish I had more of this game!
Parappa the Rapper got a sequel (where he gets to ‘french’ the fries AND sweep the floors!), Vib-Ribbon lived on with pseudo-sequels in Japan, with games like Vib-Ripple, but we never got a second taste of Um Jammer action. She’s a lamb that plays guitar!
It’s always going to be unreasonable to expect people to buy that sort of game for full price (just take a look at Major Minor’s Majestic March for evidence of that), but with downloadable services and PSP, there has to be a platform for one of my favourite music games ever, right?
Jonathan Grier, News Editor
With regards to consoles and gaming I’ve always been living in the past. By the time my friends had outfitted themselves with PS2′s I was still making the most of my Nintendo 64. I wasn’t really bothered, none of my friends could enjoy the Legend of Zelda, Super Mario or Body Harvest. This changed, however, when I visited one such friend and was introduced to a game named “Oni”.
We played it for hours, enjoying its perfect control scheme (bar trying to double tap forward on an analogue stick to sprint) humorous dialogue and intelligent cutscenes. Long story short I got it shortly after on the PC and enjoyed every single second of playing through this wonder of a title. One thing got to me once I’d finished it though…there’s no real closure. Humanity may be saved via the Chrysalis but, as Konoko says, “the chrysalis will change us all, let’s hope it’s for the better” (if you haven’t played the game none of this will make any sense).
Given the jump in technology since the release of Oni there’s huge opportunity for a kung-fu ass-kick fest! The original had some brilliant ways to destroy your enemies, you can grab someone by the head and swing yourself round by snapping their neck. You can sneak up behind someone and literally snap their spine in an incredibly brutal looking way. You can jump onto an enemies shoulders, do a spinning backflip and throw him (or her) into his (or her) friends.
Just try and tell me that this alone doesn’t make Oni deserving of a sequel.