History SpiritualSuccessor / VideoGames

26th Apr '16 1:53:25 PM Willbyr
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* The ''[[VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors Zero]] [[VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward Escape]]'' series can be seen as a spiritual sequel to the Infinity series (which includes Never7 and Ever17), including similar themes about existence and involve a shady pharmaceutical company.

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* The ''[[VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors Zero]] [[VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward Escape]]'' series can be seen as a spiritual sequel to the Infinity series (which includes Never7 ''VisualNovel/{{Never7}}'' and Ever17), ''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}''), including similar themes about existence and involve a shady pharmaceutical company.
19th Apr '16 1:40:56 PM Willbyr
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* ''VideoGame/IllusionOfGaia'' and ''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}'' are considered to form a thematic, though unofficial, trilogy as successors to ''VideoGame/SoulBlazer''. Although there ''are'' direct links included; The first boss of ''Soul Blazer'' is a BonusBoss in Illusion of Gaia, with a storyline explanation of why, albeit a somewhat bizarre one. Meanwhile, ''{{Terranigma}}'' is explicitly referred to as "Illusion of Gaia 2" in a DevelopersRoom EasterEgg.

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* ''VideoGame/IllusionOfGaia'' and ''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}'' are considered to form a thematic, though unofficial, trilogy as successors to ''VideoGame/SoulBlazer''. Although there ''are'' direct links included; The first boss of ''Soul Blazer'' is a BonusBoss in Illusion of Gaia, with a storyline explanation of why, albeit a somewhat bizarre one. Meanwhile, ''{{Terranigma}}'' ''Terranigma'' is explicitly referred to as "Illusion of Gaia 2" in a DevelopersRoom EasterEgg.
18th Apr '16 2:59:24 PM erforce
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* ''LEGO Franchise/IndianaJones'' to ''LEGO Franchise/StarWars'', and further LEGO games to both of ''them'' - we tropers have even filed all of them as [[LegoAdaptationGame a single series]].
** Similarly, ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesGreatestAdventures'' was a SpiritualSuccessor to the ''SuperStarWars'' games, being built on the same engine.

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* ''LEGO Franchise/IndianaJones'' ''VideoGame/LEGOIndianaJones'' to ''LEGO Franchise/StarWars'', ''VideoGame/LEGOStarWars'', and further LEGO games to both of ''them'' - we tropers have even filed all of them as [[LegoAdaptationGame a single series]].
** Similarly, ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesGreatestAdventures'' was a SpiritualSuccessor to the ''SuperStarWars'' ''VideoGame/SuperStarWars'' games, being built on the same engine.



* ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' is a SpiritualSuccessor to the little-known and [[NoExportForYou Japan-exclusive]] UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn title ''PrincessCrown'', being created by the same director and company, and featuring several thematic similarities, including the 'little girl reading the game story in a book' narrative device.
** The ''{{Wii}}'' game VideoGame/MuramasaTheDemonBlade is a spiritual successor to both of them, and was in earlier stages referred to as ''Princess Crown 3'', in the same way ''Odin Sphere'' was named ''Princess Crown 2''.

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* ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' is a SpiritualSuccessor to the little-known and [[NoExportForYou Japan-exclusive]] UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn title ''PrincessCrown'', ''VideoGame/PrincessCrown'', being created by the same director and company, and featuring several thematic similarities, including the 'little "little girl reading the game story in a book' book" narrative device.
** The ''{{Wii}}'' ''UsefulNotes/NintendoWii'' game VideoGame/MuramasaTheDemonBlade ''VideoGame/MuramasaTheDemonBlade'' is a spiritual successor to both of them, and was in earlier stages referred to as ''Princess Crown 3'', in the same way ''Odin Sphere'' was named ''Princess Crown 2''.



* ''VideoGame/NeoGeoBattleColiseum'' is a practically a sequel to ''[[SNKVsCapcom SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos]]'', only without the Capcom characters.

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* ''VideoGame/NeoGeoBattleColiseum'' is a practically a sequel to ''[[SNKVsCapcom ''[[VideoGame/SNKVsCapcom SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos]]'', only without the Capcom characters.
16th Apr '16 2:04:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Konami arcade game ''M.I.A.: Missing In Action'' is pretty much an unofficial official sequel to ''RushNAttack'' (aka ''Green Beret''), using what is essentially a more advanced version of the same engine, but with a different setting (being set in Vietnam instead of Russia).

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* The Konami arcade game ''M.I.A.: Missing In Action'' is pretty much an unofficial official sequel to ''RushNAttack'' ''VideoGame/RushNAttack'' (aka ''Green Beret''), using what is essentially a more advanced version of the same engine, but with a different setting (being set in Vietnam instead of Russia).
15th Apr '16 10:07:48 AM SammyDragon92
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* CitiesSkylines is so similar to the SimCity series, despite being made by a completely different developer with no involvement whatsoever from Maxis or [[ElectronicArts EA]], that many consider it to be a better [=SimCity=] 5 than '''[[SimCity2013 The actual SimCity 5]]''!

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* CitiesSkylines is so similar to the SimCity series, despite being made by a completely different developer with no involvement whatsoever from Maxis or [[ElectronicArts EA]], that many consider it to be a better [=SimCity=] 5 than '''[[SimCity2013 The actual SimCity 5]]''!5]]'''!
15th Apr '16 10:07:29 AM SammyDragon92
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* CitiesSkylines is so similar to the SimCity series that many consider it to be a better [=SimCity=] 5 than '''[[SimCity2013 The actual SimCity 5]]'''.

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* CitiesSkylines is so similar to the SimCity series series, despite being made by a completely different developer with no involvement whatsoever from Maxis or [[ElectronicArts EA]], that many consider it to be a better [=SimCity=] 5 than '''[[SimCity2013 The actual SimCity 5]]'''.5]]''!
15th Apr '16 10:02:32 AM SammyDragon92
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* CitiesSkylines is so similar to the SimCity series that many consider it to be a better [=SimCity=] 5 than '''[[SimCity2013 The actual SimCity 5]]'''.
20th Mar '16 1:51:30 PM MarcoPolo250
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* ''VideoGame/FarCry'', as well as spawning a couple of re-imaginings, also has a spiritual sequel, ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'', which was made by the same company, is set in a similar location, and includes similar themes.
** In fact, ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'' plays ''much'' more like a sequel to ''FarCry'' than ''FarCry 2'' does. ''FarCry 2'' was developed by a different team, is highly non-linear in terms of both storyline and gameplay (it's a "sandbox game"), and is ''still'' not connected to the original's storyline in any way. Other than brand recognition, there is really no reason to call it a sequel. Thus, while a SpiritualSuccessor has to "feel like" a sequel, a sequel clearly does not have to feel like a SpiritualSuccessor.
** Even further confusingly, ''FarCry 3'' and its thematic sequel ''FarCry 4'' are both SpiritualSuccessor to ''FarCry 2'', but not the first ''FarCry''.

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* ''VideoGame/FarCry'', as well as spawning a couple of re-imaginings, also has a spiritual sequel, ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'', which sequel in ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}''. It was made by the same company, is it's set in a similar location, and includes similar themes.
** In fact, ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'' plays ''much'' more like a sequel to ''FarCry'' ''[=FarCry=]'' than ''FarCry 2'' ''{{FarCry 2}}'' does. ''FarCry ''[=FarCry=] 2'' was developed by a different team, is highly non-linear in terms of both storyline and gameplay (it's a "sandbox game"), gameplay, and is ''still'' not isn't connected to the original's storyline story in any way. Other than brand recognition, there is really no reason to call it a sequel. Thus, while a SpiritualSuccessor has to "feel like" a sequel, a sequel clearly does not have to feel like a SpiritualSuccessor.
** Even further confusingly, ''FarCry 3'' and its thematic sequel ''FarCry 4'' are both SpiritualSuccessor to ''FarCry 2'', but not the first ''FarCry''.
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20th Mar '16 1:35:42 PM MarcoPolo250
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* While ''VideoGame/GuitarHero III'' is obviously the notional sequel to ''Guitar Hero II'', many feel that the "soul" of the franchise has moved along to ''VideoGame/RockBand''; after Harmonix, the series' creator, sold the Guitar Hero IP to Activision, they moved on to Rock Band, making it the game which still employs the ''Guitar Hero II'' development team, game engine, and philosophy regarding note chart design.
** While we're on the subject of ''RockBand'', ''Unplugged'' for the PSP hearkens back to Harmonix's pre-Guitar Hero days, playing much more like ''Frequency'' or ''Amplitude'' (in fact, it was orginally supposed to be a direct sequel to the latter, but Sony then vetoed the idea, forcing Harmonix to slap the ''Rock Band'' label on it). The DS version of ''Rock Band 3'' continues the trend, while the DS version of ''Lego Rock Band'' is similar but more watered-down than the other two. The similarities then ballooned into ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_Band_Blitz Rock Band Blitz]]'', which is little more than a direct self-plagiarism of ''Amplitude''. This means that, in a way, [[FridgeBrilliance Harmonix finally got that]] ''[[FridgeBrilliance Amplitude]]'' [[FridgeBrilliance sequel they wanted!]]
*** Actually, Amplitude will have a ''direct'' successor funded by Kickstarter, which is heading towards PS3 and PS4.
** Also on the subject, there's a disgruntled group of fans of ''GH I'' & ''II'' that feel that the 'soul' of the series isn't the subtle control differences, scrolling note layout pattern or the level of difficulty, but the fun and wacky spirit of the first two games is part of neither Rock Band or Guitar Hero. The closest to this spirit is probably Lego Rock Band.

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* While ''VideoGame/GuitarHero III'' is obviously the notional sequel to ''Guitar Hero II'', many feel that the "soul" of the franchise has moved along to ''VideoGame/RockBand''; after ''VideoGame/RockBand''. After Harmonix, the series' creator, sold the Guitar Hero IP to Activision, they moved on to Rock Band, making it the game which still employs the ''Guitar Hero II'' development team, game engine, and philosophy regarding note chart design.
** While we're on the subject of ''RockBand'', ''Unplugged'' for the PSP hearkens back to Harmonix's pre-Guitar Hero days, playing much more like ''Frequency'' or ''Amplitude'' (in fact, it was orginally supposed to be a direct sequel to the latter, but Sony then vetoed the idea, forcing Harmonix to slap the ''Rock Band'' label on it). The DS version of ''Rock Band 3'' continues the trend, while the DS version of ''Lego Rock Band'' is a similar but more watered-down than the other two.game. The similarities then ballooned into ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_Band_Blitz Rock Band Blitz]]'', which is little more than a direct self-plagiarism of ''Amplitude''. This means that, in a way, [[FridgeBrilliance Harmonix finally got that]] ''[[FridgeBrilliance Amplitude]]'' [[FridgeBrilliance sequel they wanted!]]
*** Actually, And now, Amplitude will have a ''direct'' successor funded by Kickstarter, which is heading towards PS3 and PS4.
** Also on the subject, there's a disgruntled group of fans of ''GH I'' & ''II'' that feel that the 'soul' of the series isn't the subtle control differences, scrolling note layout pattern or the level of difficulty, but the fun and wacky spirit of the first two games is part of neither Rock Band or Guitar Hero. The closest
has its own ''successor'', thanks to this spirit is probably Lego Rock Band.Kickstarter.
19th Mar '16 7:32:20 PM thatmadork
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* ''VideoGame/StardewValley'' was [[WordOfGod apparently]] always designed to be a spiritual successor to the ''Franchisse/HarvestMoon'' games, borrowing many elements from them while also rectifying a number of common criticisms, such as the lack of a GayOption.
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