These recognized licenses still enjoy the immutable reputation of their first opus today. The problem is, they never really managed to do better.
Generally, for a license to become cult, it needs several games. On the one hand, to conquer many players thanks to several releases, but in addition, to offer improvements compared to previous releases, whether in terms of graphics, narration or even gameplay mechanics. But history shows us that exceptions can confirm the rule: here, we will address these licenses which have never managed to do better than the first opus offered, despite many attempts.
Crackdown, the first of its name, offered extremely fun gameplay, all in a super refreshing humorous universe. Obviously, a sequel was launched, and if it was not bad, it did not reach the level of the first game. The real disaster, however, happened with Crackdown 3 … and now Crackdown may just be a thing of the past.
Bioware’s very first Dragon Age game is one of the pioneers of the CRPG revival of the early 2010s. A tribute to Baldur’s Gate classics in particular with a modern twist that will have allowed it to become cult. The problem is, the sequels, Dragon Age 2 and Inquisition, disappointed a lot. While waiting for Dragon Age 4, and hoping that it rises to the level of Origins …
While there’s no doubt that Bioshock 2 is a great game, it fails to match the storytelling depth of Bioshock, first of the name, however. This first game of the license will have turned everyone’s brains over thanks to its hyper addicting and addicting gameplay, its unique universe and its story with multiple twists. A mastery never achieved again thereafter.
Dead Space 2 is not a bad game, quite the contrary. This is an extremely successful space shooter, but there you go, he never manages to reproduce the atmosphere of survival / horror of the first opus, which brought a real importance to the freak aspect felt by the player. In this sense, the first Dead Space will ultimately be unmatched.
The Deus Ex license offers plenty of great games, but none of the sequels in the series manage to match the narrative depth of the first game. After all, Deus Ex first of the name will have signed a real revolution in the world of RPG in the treatment of the story and the importance of the actions of the player during his experience. A spark that we will never have been able to find again.