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Game series that got progressively better

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:53 pm
by pratty
So ideally a series should improve from game to game, but often developers make a mistep here or there. Sometimes the original is the best, and a series may even get progressively worse.

So which series of at least three games do you think got progressively better? (i.e. not just maintained a consistant level of quality, or where the most recent game was the best, but where each game was better than the last)

I'll say Timesplitters, though 2 and Future Perfect are very close.

I'm struggling to come up any more.

Re: Game series that got progressively better

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:13 pm
by the_hawk
Outrun < Turbo Outrun < Outrunners < Outrun 2

(All arcade, not counting console only spin off games like Europa & Battle Outrun)

Re: Game series that got progressively better

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:38 pm
by dste
Legend of Zelda - Looking at just home console games the first game was fab for it's time (and still enjoyable now) whilst the second was slated (though I enjoyed it). That was followed up with A Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask and then The Wind Waker. All absolutely fantastic games in my opinion.

Adding in the handheld games you had Link's Awakening between ALTTP and OOT. The thing with Zelda games I think is that it can be argumentative on what you think about them. I sometimes see criticism on some of the handheld games such as The Minish Cap, Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks but I really enjoy them and The Minish Cap could possibly be in my top five Zelda games.

Mario - Mario Bros is a damn good game, the NA/PAL Mario 2 is good but not as good but then you have Mario 3 which is a great game which is then followed up with the fantastic Super Mario World. After that Mario 64, Sunshine (which has it's detractors) and then the two Galaxy games.

Again add in the handhelds and you have the fab Mario Land games as well to go alongside them.

Re: Game series that got progressively better

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:40 pm
by The Laird
Tempest
Tempest 2000
Tempest 3000
Tempest 4000

Re: Game series that got progressively better

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:36 pm
by SJ_Sathanas
Street Fighter 2, though I always personally liked the original.

Re: Game series that got progressively better

Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:24 pm
by ShadowMan
Yakuza is a good example of a newer series. Loved the first game back in the day, but seeing how far the series has come with newer stuff like 0 and Judge Eyes is sure something. Combat, content, writing, gameplay, all improved in various ways.

Re: Game series that got progressively better

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:39 am
by NickThorpe
Sonic the Hedgehog :lol:

I'd say the Fatal Fury series, as the progression from the original to Garou: Mark Of The Wolves is pretty remarkable. The only arguable thing is whether Fatal Fury 3 was a step back from Special - I personally like it, though. Other than that, it's a series that shows consistent improvement from game to game.

Re: Game series that got progressively better

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:32 am
by BellyFullOfHell
the_hawk wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:13 pm
Outrun < Turbo Outrun < Outrunners < Outrun 2

(All arcade, not counting console only spin off games like Europa & Battle Outrun)
I thought Turbo sucked balls when compared to the original. Still desperately hoping for an Ages port of OutRunners though. Amazing game.

Re: Game series that got progressively better

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:50 am
by djcarlos
Assassin's Creed

That got progressively better - twice!

Re: Game series that got progressively better

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:57 pm
by dste
djcarlos wrote:
Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:50 am
Assassin's Creed

That got progressively better - twice!
Genuinely interested as to how as I played the first two and found them to be so dull that I didn't even bother finishing number two.

Re: Game series that got progressively better

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:38 pm
by Antiriad2097
The first one is a bit broken. The sequel fixes all that and is great fun, albeit repetitive.

Re: Game series that got progressively better

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:33 pm
by ulrich7ad
I was going to say assassin's but it has had a few dips for me. Unity, liberation and rogue weren't as good as what came before. Still one of my fave series though

Re: Game series that got progressively better

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:29 pm
by djcarlos
ulrich7ad wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:33 pm
I was going to say assassin's but it has had a few dips for me. Unity, liberation and rogue weren't as good as what came before. Still one of my fave series though
That's what I meant by doing it twice - the series gradually improved, then dipped, then improved again to the heady heights it's hitting now.

Re: Game series that got progressively better

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:37 pm
by DPrinny
Tenchu?
The first two are nearly unplayable these days.

Discounting Z as that was an "OK" end to it all

Im also tempted to say Panzer Dragoon, but haven't really put any time into Orta and Saga is a different style of game

NickThorpe wrote:
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:39 am

I'd say the Fatal Fury series, as the progression from the original to Garou: Mark Of The Wolves is pretty remarkable. The only arguable thing is whether Fatal Fury 3 was a step back from Special - I personally like it, though. Other than that, it's a series that shows consistent improvement from game to game.
Real bout series a side, as Real bout special is the best in that one
HAY COME ON DUDE CHOOSE YOUR CHARACTER!!
SJ_Sathanas wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:36 pm
Street Fighter 2, though I always personally liked the original.
Discounting Ultra that adds two broken characters

Re: Game series that got progressively better

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:06 pm
by ulrich7ad
djcarlos wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:29 pm
ulrich7ad wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:33 pm
I was going to say assassin's but it has had a few dips for me. Unity, liberation and rogue weren't as good as what came before. Still one of my fave series though
That's what I meant by doing it twice - the series gradually improved, then dipped, then improved again to the heady heights it's hitting now.
Ah, I see. Personally haven't got on with odyssey as much as I did with origins but I seem to be in the minority there. Hasn't stopped me racking up 80 hours so far mind😂