Top 5: Unfinished Video Game Trilogies (Part 1)

A while ago, I wrote a blog post stating my personal dissatisfaction with the decision of developing games as trilogies right from the get go. In that article, I focused on how some developers spend so much time thinking about all the compelling features that they will include in the sequels that they kind of forget about including some of them in the first game. Of course, that isn’t the case for all the games in this list. But it definitely made me think about all those trilogies that have never been finished. Here’s the list that I came up with:

 

5) Advent Rising

On the surface, Advent Rising is a third-person, science fiction action-adventure game. But the title also happens to be one of the most ambitious projects ever created. In fact, just listening to one of the game’s orchestral pieces shows how much faith the creators had in Advent Rising. Since the game received mixed reviews from critics and failed commercially, the sequels that were supposed to come out on handhelds were eventually cancelled.

Advent Rising screenshot

Unreleased games: Advent Rising II and Advent Rising III

 

4) Too Human

Those who recall Too Human probably remember it for being in development hell for almost 10 years. First, it was supposed to be a four-disc PlayStation game and then a GameCube title. Eventually, the rights were finally sold to Microsoft in 2005. In addition, the game is also remembered for being developed by Silicon Knights, the company behind excellent titles such as Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem and Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes. Too Human eventually came out on the Xbox 360 in 2008 and received some mediocre reviews for having terrible controls and most of all, for its painfully long (and unskippable) death scenes.

Too Human screenshot

Unreleased games: Too Human II and Too Human III

 

3) Viewtiful Joe

Both Viewtiful Joe and Viewtiful Joe 2 were critically acclaimed games. The sidescrolling platformers were praised for being creative, engaging and beautiful (pun no intended.) What was the problem then? As with all the other games developed by Clover Studio (Okami, God Hand,) nobody bought them. Unfortunately and even when fans were lucky enough to get two main games and two spin-offs (Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble and Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble!) the third iteration of the series may never see the light of day. And that’s definitely a shame.

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Unreleased games: Viewtiful Joe III

 

2) Star Wars: Battlefront

Undoubtedly, Battlefront and Battlefront II are among the most beloved Star Wars games. What’s not to love? The series is based on battles in the Star Wars universe and the sheer scope of the skirmishes is utterly impressive. Nowadays, everyone’s expecting that Rebellion Developments (the rumored company behind the Battlefront franchise) announces the third iteration. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

Star Wars Battlefront screenshot

Unreleased games: Star Wars: Battlefront III

 

1) Mega Man Legends

For many, the Mega Man Legends series has been revolutionary. Instead of focusing on the regular platforming popularized by the Mega Man series, Legends deviates from the genre, allowing the player to move in a three-dimensional environment. The integration of elements proper of action and role-playing genres was also lauded by fans. The first Legends was so well-received by critics and fans that it encouraged Capcom to work on a prequel and a sequel. Suddenly, the series wasn’t as popular as it once was, forcing Capcom to cancel the Mega Man Legends 3 project. According to an official announcement released by Capcom, there are no plans to resume production.

Mega Man Legends screenshot

Unreleased games: Mega Man Legends 3

  • ff4-cecil

    What about Shen Mue on Dreamcast And Shining Force on the Saturn?

    I really loved MegaMan Legends 1 and 2, but even better was the spin off: The Misandventures of Tronn Bone. Fantastic game.

    • eric_s07

      Hey! I wrote a second part to this feature (you can read it here http://gamesretrospect.com/2012/08/top-5-unfinished-video-game-trilogies-part-2/) and Shenmue was included in that one. Shining Force wasn’t included, but that was probably because I had a limited number of slot in each list each list.

      Regarding, The Misadventures of Tronn Bone, I haven’t had a chance to try that one yet, but maybe the fact that’s considered one of the rarest PlayStation One game had something to do with it. Nevertheless, I wasn’t familiar with that game, so thanks for bringing it up.

      Thanks for the comment and for sharing ideas!

  • Quizzicality

    HALF LIFE 3!!!!! My GOD how could this game not be on that list? They had a MASSIVE cliff hanger at the end of 2 and here 6 years later Valve still hasn’t said a single word about it’s sequel. I do approve of Advent Rising though, that was a great game /tear

    • eric_s07

      No problem @quizzicality:disqus and I’m glad you enjoyed the article. Nevertheless, the whole situation was my fault for naming the two articles “Top 5: Unfinished Video Game Trilogies”, because I must admit that’s kind of confusing. Since this was one of the first Top 5 articles I wrote, I’m pretty sure it was some sort of experiment, but I promise not to do it again.

      If you have some time, feel free to check some of the other Top 5 and Top 10 articles I wrote. In the meantime, thanks for your comment!