Three sequels, Left 4 Dead 2, Bioshock 2 and Crackdown 2 are coming out soon and are worth checking out. The common feature of all these games is that they are being developed by members of the same creative teams as the previous games. Due to the phenomenal sales of such games as Halo, Fable and the original Megaman series, there is a good chance that sequels done by the same people will be equally satisfying.
Left 4 Dead 2 is coming out on 11/17/09 and includes an extra weapon if you pre-order it from Gamestop. If you are a fan of Valve's games, which include Counterstrike, The Half Life Series and Portal, you will be used to the first person style of their games. Left 4 Dead is the story of a zombie apocalypse, four survivors and their fight to escape their impending doom. This game included on and offline four player co-op. It also included an eight player versus mode with four players being the survivors and the other half controlling the more powerful monsters. The game also had map packs available online.
Bioshock was made by 2K Games. It may look like a first person shooter game like Halo but it has more in common with the adventure aspect of Nintendo's Metroid Prime Series. It is set in the 1950s in an underwater destroyed utopia called Rapture. This game included an insane storyline, bizarre enemies, superpowers and the introduction of a creature called Big Daddy. Bioshock 2 will be available 02/09/10 and since Bioshock had a Big Daddy figurine as a pre-order prize, who knows what incentive will be available this time?
The original Crackdown is a blending of the abilities to become a supercop with the open ended feel and play style of Grand Theft Auto. This game included online co-op, downloadable content and the abilities that grew the more you used them. This game included a playable demo of Halo 3 which may have added to Crackdown's popularity. This game is slated to come out next year from Ruffian Games, which is made up of the original creators of Crackdown.
With the exception of Crackdown, these games will be coming out for multiple systems. If these three upcoming games are of interest to you, the publishers will most likely be releasing teasers and playable demos that you will be able to download. As the due dates come closer, companies will release special editions with bonuses to get gamers interested in the sequels.
Remember...the original creators have something to do with all these games. Given the evidence presented in this article, these games are worth looking into.