But... Dreamfall follows lesson #3 almost to a T. "Dreamfall: The Longest Journey" is never uttered like that. It's always just "Dreamfall", the "Longest Journey" part just serving to indicate it's in the same universe, though it's widely known that it is. Dreamfall by itself is sufficiently distinct and known to be used as the only title. It's distinct enough to name its sequel without the Longest Journey in it. I'm glad since "The Longest Journeyreamfall:Chapters" is way too unwieldly. Not that folks at Activision know this. I mean "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Black Ops [insert number here]". Come on, now, you know they're one step away from merging them all like that to maximize sales.Dondonalien44 said:Halo 4 is a confusing title numerically as well, as it is the sixth fps in the series. Seventh game, if you count Halo Wars.
And can we talk about Assassin's Creed for a moment? Just because your games take place in the same time period doesn't mean they're not proper sequels. It's an annual-release franchise. AC3 deals directly with the events of Brotherhood and Revelations.
Category three is a happy medium, but it does confuse me. As much as I love Dreamfall, I refuse to call it The Longest Journey: Dreamfall. That's just silly. I'd love to see a project with the confidence to use #4, but most examples I can think of are more easily classified as "spiritual sequels" than directly tied by narrative. I was going to say Virtue's Last Reward, but that actually sort of retconned the the whole series as "Zero Escape: Subtitle Here".
Can anyone think of an example of a true game sequel with a completely different title?
My closest attempt is Ico and its tangentially connected prequel Shadow of the Colossus.
But catering to "easily frightened thickos who only want to watch what they're familiar with" is the whole reason sequels exist in the first place. And I can think of at least one franchise that tried the new-name thing and apparently suffered for it because they stopped doing it: the Pink Panther series. The second movie was called A Shot in the Dark, but every movie after that had "Pink Panther" in the title despite having nothing to do with the titular gem.Yahtzee Croshaw said:It's just a thought, but maybe you could give the audience enough credit to assume you don't need to put a big fucking label on everything for the benefit of easily frightened thickos who only want to watch what they're familiar with.
But then again, I've heard some people use the phrase "Double-Oh-Seven Skyfall" verbally, because "Skyfall" is shorter and a bit more generic than most other Bond titles.The same is true of James Bond films, which is just as well, because we'd be up to Dr. No Part 47 by now.