Series where one entry is much better-regarded than the rest Sept 30, 2018 10:01:29 GMT -5
Post by phediuk on Sept 30, 2018 10:01:29 GMT -5
This thread is for those series where one installment is vastly more popular and well-regarded than the rest. When people talk about the series, they are actually talking about this one game, which is near-unanimously considered the series peak. If there's any debate at all as to what the best entry in a particular series is (i.e. one game is more popular than the rest but another entry is still reasonably popular, or a significant minority prefers it), it doesn't belong here. And obviously don't post stuff like Final Fantasy or Zelda or any blockbuster franchise like them.
Star Control - SC2 is a stone-cold classic, unanimously considered one of the best DOS games ever--perhaps the best. The other entries in the series are Star Control 1, regarded as a decent groundwork but nothing too remarkable; Star Control 3, regarded as a horrendous piece of shit better left forgotten; and Star Control Origins, which just came out, and doesn't look like it will be changing the consensus at all.
Lufia -- Lufia 2 is a guaranteed entry on any "best SNES games ever" list; the rest of the Lufia games have received a "meh" reaction at best--even the DS remake of 2.
Toejam & Earl -- The upcoming game may change things, but until then, TJ&1 is regarded much more highly than its side-scrolling Genesis sequel and ill-conceived OG Xbox follow-up.
Postal - 1 and especially 3 are typically considered terrible games. Postal 2, on the other hand, is more in so-bad-it's-good territory, having a loyal following to this day and still selling pretty well after 15 years.
Duke Nukem -- Duke 3D is landmark game in many ways, a blockbuster hit and a big step forward for interactivity in first-person action games. The first two games are okay side-scrollers, but no one would put them above 3D; as for Forever and the various spinoffs? Garbage.
Perfect Dark -- the original; safe to say no one gives a shit about Zero or the Game Boy Color game.
Spec Ops -- The Line has utterly eclipsed the nine games that preceded it.
Age of Empires -- 1 and 3 are decent enough, but who on Earth prefers them over 2? Just look at how the AOE1 remaster came and went, while AOE2 is downright thriving, and no one cares if AOE3 comes back.
Rocket Knight Adventures -- The original Genesis game rocks. The pair of games called "Sparkster" are okay but both clearly a step down from the original, and the less said about the XBLA Rocket Knight, the better.
Painkiller -- first game is great, and the sequels are utter shite.
Crazy Taxi -- 2 is forgotten and 3 even moreso, while 1 is still the object of nostalgia. Remember when they added a jump button? No? Exactly.
Q*bert - Can you believe how many sequels and remakes there's been of this game? Wait, you say. Sequels?
Mount & Blade -- Warband. Both the original and With Fire and Sword are utterly obscure in comparison.
Star Wars: Battlefront -- I don't think I'll ruffle too many feathers here when I say that Battlefront 2 (2005) is the best one.
Heroes of Might & Magic -- Rare to see any entry other than 3 be acknowledged unless it's to compare them unfavorably to 3.
The Walking Dead -- First season swept GOTY awards, the subsequent seasons are footnotes at best.
F.E.A.R. -- First game is great. 2 and 3 are like direct-to-video sequels.