Every Trilogy That Has Come and Gone While We Wait for Kingdom Hearts 3
Tomb Raider (Reb0ot)
Crystal Dynamics’ reboot of this long-running action-adventure series proved to be a welcome change to Lara Croft. Stripping our heroine of her past and giving her a fresh start and a new coat of paint changed the game for all future adventure games. Competing with the likes of Uncharted, Tomb Raider managed to stand out on its own and brought about a superb trilogy of games.
With this horror series third entry being quite divisive with fans simply because of the addition of a cooperative campaign that put the fears to the side and action to the front, Dead Space still managed to make a splash with its first two titles. With it’s creepy and frightening space station explorations, throwing you into a quiet world full of terrifying creatures, the series will stand the test of time when we go back and think about the best horror games from the past decade.
Batman Arkham Series
Taking the reigning spot as one of the best video game series to be based on a superhero, the Batman Arkham series took one of the most famous DC heroes and actually turned it into a successful series. Not many people loved the Batmobile in Arkham Knight, but the last game in the trilogy is still regarded as the best of the franchise. Now we have Spider-Man to look at for a top-notch video game adaptation of a comic hero, but Batman started it oh so right.
Oh, Dark Souls, a series that feels like it’s been around for like 15 years but it actually only released 2011, with the series spanning multiple entries in the past 7 years. The Japanese action series proved to be very very difficult, even creating an entirely new genre of video games, so to speak. We often hear the term “The Dark Souls of (insert genre here)” and that’s something to be proud of.
Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy
The RPG that had one long hallway with fights in between. The naysayers would argue with this statement time and time again when it came to Final Fantasy XIII. With the next two sequels –which is a first for the series– Square Enix attempted to remedy the issues that upset fans by developing a more open world for players to explore. Whether or not that did any good for the next two games, the XIII trilogy will go down as one of the most alienating entries in the Final Fantasy franchise.
Depicted as one of the best video games of all time thanks to its immersive story-telling thanks to the dark and curiosity filled wonders present in the underwater city of Rapture. Another series that took quite a turn with its third entry, Bioshock changed the game when it comes to creating a first-person shooter with role-playing and horror elements.
Whenever we think about this series, we think about how much we loved the choices and deep character customizations, but at the same time, we can’t forget about that polarizing ending to Mass Effect 3, the ending that forced Bioware to release DLC in order to fix it. Not a lot of other series focus on player choice as much as Mass Effect did and for that, we will always remember our version of Commander Shepard.
Little Big Planet
Little Big Planet allowed players the opportunity to create pretty much whatever they wanted, which was quite extraordinary back in 2008 when the first game in the series released. And for those that didn’t like to create (such as myself), you can always search for other player’s creations and believe me, there were thousands upon thousands, giving players an almost infinite amount of stages to play with friends.
Before Insomniac Games went out and released Spider-Man earlier this year, they worked on a little series called Resistance, which tasked players with taking down an alien species called the Chimera. In six years time, the series spanned over 3 systems with six different titles.
With the third entry coming this month to consoles, Darksiders has always been known as the “poor mans Zelda” with the gameplay beats taking lots from the long-running Nintendo franchise, but still doing things different enough to stand out on its own. You go in a dungeon, get a special item, and then use said item to defeat a boss and solve puzzles. It sounds exactly the same but the combat is what sets it apart from Zelda, using a more combo-focused approach similar to Devil May Cry or Bayonetta.
Naughty Dog’s action-adventure franchise inspired by movies like Indiana Jones and games like Tomb Raider and Prince of Persia, Uncharted has gone on to become one of PlayStation’s flagship properties. Nathan Drake has scoured the earth for treasures and riches while we’ve been patiently waiting for the next big entry in Kingdom Hearts.
Gears of War
Microsoft’s renowned series that deals with chainsaws, guns, and even chainsaw guns. Exterminating the Locust Horde with Marcus and his crew was so heart-pumping the first time around, that Epic Games went on to develop at least four more titles in the series.
Assassin’s Creed Ezio Trilogy
Ezio Auditore da Firenze, the star of Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, ended up having his own trilogy of games while we’ve been waiting for Kingdom Hearts 3 – that’s quite the impressive feat. While the original Assassin’s Creed shook up the action-adventure/stealth genre, the sequel took it up five notches and will go down as one of the best in the series.
Just like the title of this series suggests, Just Cause revolves around … you guessed it … just causing destruction and chaos to the world around you. Using a deadly hook to grapple on to helicopters, pull yourself up cliffs, and whack enemies in the face, disarray is the name of the game for our suave hero, Rico Rodriguez.
Trapped in a shopping mall with tons of weapons at your disposal to use against thousands upon thousands of zombies, sounds fun yeah? Well, Dead Rising mixed crafting, a three-day time limit, and an awesome sandbox element into an entertaining action-packed beat ’em up.
Tomb Raider (Reboot)
Competing with the likes of Uncharted, Tomb Raider managed to stand out on its own and bring about a superb trilogy of games.