411 Games Top 5 03.23.13: Top 5 Video Game Prequels
Posted by Sean Garmer on 03.23.2013
From Resident Evil Zero and Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past to Metal Gear Solid 3, Metroid Prime and more, the 411 staff counts down their top 5 video game prequels of all time!
Hello everyone, I hope it has been a good week for all the readers out there, sometimes you need to learn more about the past to know about the future.
* In honor of Gears of War: Judgment and God of War: Ascension coming out recently I figured it would be cool to see if the staffers had other prequels they enjoyed. If they couldn't come up with a list of prequels, I gave them the option to make a list of games they feel "need" a prequel as well.
Jeremy Thomas (Writes A Ton of Stuff Around 411)
Honorable Mention: Silent Hill: Origins, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Halo: Reach
5. Resident Evil Zero
Resident Evil Zero is set just a few hours before the events of Resident Evil as the STARS Bravo team goes out to investigate a series of murders in the mountains outside of Raccoon City. Not everyone was completely in love with the backstory introduced here but I really enjoyed it and I liked getting the opportunity to see Rebecca featured as a main hero. I'd still like to see her show up in a canonical aspect in a future game.
4. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
A Link to the Past is the first prequel game I ever played and is still one of my favorites. It's set two years before the events in the first Zelda game and features Link running around Hyrule to rescue the seven descendants of the Seven Sages in order to save the world. The Light/Dark aspect was very well-done and it regularly places on lists of the greatest games of all-time for a very good reason. Exploring both sides of Hyrule took up a good portion of my time in 1992.
3. Metroid Prime
Metroid Prime may not take place before the original game but it is a prequel to Metroid II, so that counts by my book. This was the first Metroid game in almost eight years and the game overcame an initial decrying from fans for the switch to an FPS perspective to be one of the most well-received games of 2002. The plot was solid and the gameplay was a hell of a lot of fun, allowing you to spend hours honing your skills and trying to unlock all the different endings and other goodies.
2. Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse
The third (and final) Castlevania game on the NES went back to Simon Belmont's ancestor Trevor, who must take up arms against the threat of Count Dracula himself. Dracula's Curse had some great storyline things going on, especially for the era, with a different ending depending on whether you had Sypha, Grant, Alucard or none of the above. In addition, the gameplay was actually an improvement over the already-good elements in the earlier games. CV 3 was a fun time with a controller in your hand.
1. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Call it cheating if you want, but KOTOR takes place within the same universe as every other Star Wars game but is set in an earlier time. Sounds like a prequel to me. I still love the character flexibility that was offered in this game, both in storyline (light vs. dark) and in mechanics. Add in one of the best Star Wars video game stories and some awesome characters (HK-47, anyone?) and you have an easy pick for my #1 prequel game.
Lee Jones (Reader Voice)
5 - Watchmen: End is Nigh - Not an expected pick I'm sure but since this, THIS rubbish is what Watchmen fans have to deal with I want there to be a chance we can get something better. Let us control all the characters, include powers, get it as close to Arkham City as possible and I'll be a very happy man. I'd love to control Doctor Manhattan for a section, just one, perhaps the penultimate one, so I could devastate my enemies like never before.
4 - Legend of Dragoon - I'm almost scared to ask for this because they would probably ruin it. I'd like to go back to when Dragoons were more common, as were dragons. See the cool videos that show the backstory, that's where I want to be, those fights looked epic. As a bonus you could still get familiar characters like Rose and Zieg.
3 - Gears of War - Okay so technically we now have this but I'd prefer to focus on Marcus again. Why was Marcus in that prison anyway? Lets delve into when the Locusts first arrive, how humanity reacted, what state of the art equipment they were able to use before it all went up in smoke. We'd get to see buildings collapse and the landscape change throughout the game. This is the one I'm most sure could happen one day.
2 - Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare - Because we all know that Captain Price was the Man in the best entry of the franchise and that his sections were the best parts so why the hell not make a whole game dedicated to him from when he was a young man. He's already proven in stealth or full assault so a mixture of gameplay wouldn't be an issue. I would prefer it if this was a more tactical entry though rather than the excess of later games.
1 - Mass Effect - Lets go back to the First Contact War. Our characters (humans of course) would always be outmatched and constantly marveling in our enemies weaponry and abilities all the while determined to overcome. Sure we end up getting our asses hands to us so this would have to focus on a smaller (in galactic terms) victory. Unless they have the balls to make us be the Turians and have humans as the enemy. Actually I prefer that plan, sadly I can't see the accountants agreeing.
5. Valkyrie Profile II: Silmeria - While Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth is one of my all time favorite games, it's follow up Silmeria, while still a high quality game, did not achieve the success or critical acclaim that Lenneth gained. Part side-story, part prequel, but still enjoyable. Fans of Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth were treated with answers and sights such as how Silmeria ended up in Brahms castle and the potential war brewing, not too mention Lezard being even darker than he was in Lenneth.
4. Tales of Symphonia - Yeah, it's a prequel. The Gamecubes best JRPG was a prequel to Tales of Phantasia, set 4000 years prior to Phantasia. While not entirely obvious, the references are there and it's been confirmed, both games taking place in what is referred to as the Aselia Timeline.
3. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - Damn near all Legend of Zelda games are based on one timeline that branches off into three convulated timelines. My favorite is easily A Link to the Past. Based on the timeline where Link, or the Hero of Time fails during the Ocarina of Time. This eventually leads to the Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.
2. Suikoden V - Taking place six years before the original Suikoden, Suikoden V is the story of the Queendom of Falena, the Prince, the Princess, and of course 108 Stars of Destiny and Runes, it wouldn't be Suikoden without the freaking Runes. Recurring characters are usually present in all Suikoden games. Suikoden V features characters that appear in previous Suikoden games, Georg and Lorelai being the most important in this entry, but other recurring characters such as Viki, Jeane, and Leknaat.
1. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake-Eater - Big Boss's tale of revenge and redemption and ultimately sacrifice stands above all the other Metal Gear titles. Fantastic boss fights, enjoyable stealth and action, and the best story and ending on any Metal Gear game. Not just the best prequel but the best game in the series.
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Games Coming Out the Week of 03/24/13
Bioshock: Infinite (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (Nintendo 3DS)
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity (Nintendo 3DS)