Play These Games Before Their Sequels Drop In 2024

I know, I know, there’s still like eight bajillion games on your backlog from 2023. You still want to roll credits on Final Fantasy 16 and you think you’ll get around to The Talos Principle 2 eventually. You’re still finishing up Baldur’s Gate 3, but as soon as you do you’ll have time to check out the new season of Halo Infinite, then jump into Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora and WoW Classic’s Season of Discovery. The holidays are going to be a great time to finally dive into Sea of Stars, and what’s this Lethal Company thing everyone’s talking about?



As our own Ben Sledge explains, you’re never going to catch up with your 2023 backlog. Thinking you can play everything you missed is a trap, so don’t fall for it. Instead, let’s look ahead to the future. New games are just going to keep coming out after all, so let’s set ourselves up for success rather than forever playing catch-up with the stuff that wasn’t even important enough to you to play at the time. Get a head start on 2024 by playing these games before their sequels release next year.

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth – February 29

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth - Aerith and Cloud on a date

You’ve got almost three months to get caught up on both Final Fantasy 7 Remake and its DLC, Intergrade, before part two drops at the end of February. FF7R is a weird one for some people that may have felt out of the club if they weren’t already familiar with the original, and while the plot of the original FF7 is important context for the remake’s pseudo-multiversal story, you don’t have to miss out on being part of this phenomenon a second time.

FF7R will take you just over 30 hours if you focus on the main campaign, while Integrade should only take you another five (though you may want to spend a dozen more on its Fort Condor minigame). You can pick up the PS5 version of FF7R, which comes with the DLC, for as little as $40 these days. While slightly less action-focused than FF16, the tactical aspects of FF7R’s combat gives it a nice balance that appeals to both RPG and action fans. Everyone’s going to be simping for Cloud and Tifa again in 2024, so don’t get left out.

Dragon’s Dogma 2

Dragon's Dogma 2

Sticking with the action-RPG theme, the original Dragon’s Dogma is a delight and well worth the 40 hours it takes to complete. If you like games like The Witcher 3, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Skyrim, Greedfall, Dark Souls, or even Monster Hunter, you’ll find a lot to love in this cult classic. Lauded for its magic system and companion NPCs, called pawns, Dragon’s Dogma is still unique among action-RPGs.

It’s a bit dated now, but I played the Switch version and found that the smaller screen did a great job hiding its age. If a crunchy RPG like Baldur’s Gate 3 being a giant hit is any indication, the long-anticipated sequel to Dragon’s Dogma is going to be massively popular. It doesn’t seem like there will be much narrative connection between them, but it’s a classic for a reason, so give it a go. Right now, Best Buy has a Switch code for $4.

Hollow Knight: Silksong

Hollow Knight Silksong-1

I put Hollow Knight: Silksong on this list last year (and, foolishly, on my fantasy draft this year) so I guess this is a tradition now. If I tricked you into playing Hollow Knight last year because you thought the sequel was coming, you’re welcome. If you’re still putting it off, great news, there’s still time to play.

I’m not typically a 100 percenter – that’s the curse of covering games for a living – but I had to see every inch of this game when it launched on Switch in 2018. I spent over 60 hours collecting every upgrade and fighting every secret boss, but you can get through in about 20. This is still the best Metroidvania of all time and if you haven’t played it you’re really missing out. Here’s hoping Hollow Knight 2 comes in 2024, but if not I’m perfectly happy adding this to the list again next year.

Citizen Sleeper 2

Hades 2, Citizen Sleeper, and Hellblade 2 characters over Final Fantasy 7's Midgar, faded into a green background

TheGamer’s 2022 Game of the Year winner is already getting a sequel next year, and I couldn’t be more excited. The contemplative and story-focused RPG told a compelling story about an android on the run discovering itself in a hostile world. It tackled big themes in a thoughtful and measured way while giving the player plenty of agency to tell their own story and come to their own conclusions about the world. I’ve heard from more than one person that it activated their class consciousness, which is pretty much the highest achievement for any work of art if you ask me.

The game only takes about six hours to beat, but trust me, you’ll want to play it again right away – or if you’re like myself and our features lead Jade King, you’ll never want it to end. The free DLC expansion, Purge, will add a couple of hours.

All The Rest

Dragon Age 2 and Dreadwolf screens with the DA2 wings behind Solas

The biggest sequels of 2024 will likely be Hades 2 and Dragon Age: Dreadwolf – though the latter hasn’t been confirmed. The Dragon Age series is a pretty massive undertaking if you haven’t played it already, but Hades is only about 20 hours, and it’ll fly by.

Each Dragon Age game tells its own separate story, though they take place in the same world. However, Dreadwolf following Inquisition is the closest any of the games will be linked canonically, so it’s at least worth hitting that and its runtime of 50+ hours.

Crossing my fingers, Hollow Knight-style, but hopefully Metroid Prime 4 is coming next year, possibly alongside the successor to the Switch. This year’s Metroid Prime Remastered is one of the year’s best, and it’s long been rumored that Prime 2 and 3 are getting the remaster treatment as well, so take the time to play through those because they’re all fantastic.

We’ve also got Path of Exile 2, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend a new player jump into Path of Exile today. Your time may be better spent with Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine before the sequel comes out next year. It’s only about seven hours and it rules.

Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 looks very different from the original, but the original is one of the best immersive sims of all time – at least the first half – provided you play it with the community-made mod that polishes up the bugs. We’ve also got The Wolf Among Us 2, Little Nightmares 3, Rivals of Aether 2, Greedfall 2, Human Fall Flat 2, Hyper Light Breaker, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, and Helldivers 2.

2024 won’t be as jam-packed with games as 2023 was, but we’re deep in the game industry’s sequel era now, so there’s plenty of fresh installments in our favorite franchises to look forward to. If nothing here strikes your interest then just play Half-Life 2. Maybe this will finally be the year that series comes to an end.

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