Posted by Yaw Amanquah @yawoada
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Yaw Amanquah

Have you ever wanted more from a video game series that has already ended? This desire led to my discovery of several fan games. The four fan games that I chose for this list all have a high level of polish that allows them to stand side by side with the games that inspired them. Please keep in mind that I have disqualified mods and ROM hacks.

Mother 4

Mother creator Shigesato Itoi has expressed that there are no plans for a new game in the series but the fans weren't having any of that! Mother 4 is a fan-made Mother 3 sequel set in Pleiades, an idealized, vintage conceptualization of the United States.

Mother 4 however, is in no way a retread as it has its own unique features such as a PSI ability that can be used outside of battle to read NPC's minds. Mother 4 hasn't been released yet but there is a development blog that you can keep up with while you wait.

Merry Gear Solid 2

Merry Gear Solid 2 is a Christmas-themed parody stealth game set in a fictional Metal Gear universe. Merry Gear Solid 2 for the most part functions just like a Metal Gear game except that getting seen does not trigger an alert phase, but instead results in a game over.

What I really like about Merry Gear Solid 2 is the humor which makes constant references to the Metal Gear series and Christmas. Merry Gear Solid 2 can be enjoyed without playing the original but to get the most out it I recommend playing the first Merry Gear Solid game.

Legend of Princess

Have you ever wondered what The Legend of Zelda would look like if it was a 2D action platformer? Then, Joakim Sandberg's Legend of Princess is for you. Legend of Princess is a 2D action platformer that features items and characters inspired by The Legend of Zelda series.

What I find most notable about Legend of Princess is how it incorporates puzzles despite being a 2D action game. Legend of Princess might be a short game but it does have replayability since you can choose a different pair of items each time you play.

Mega Man Battle Network Chrono X

If you miss the Mega Man Battle Network series as much as I do this game will put a smile on your face. Mega Man Battle Network Chrono X is a fan-made sequel to Mega Man Battle Network 6 which aims to be the bridge between Mega Man Battle Network 6 and its epilogue.

What sets Mega Man Battle Network Chrono X apart from the other Mega Man Battle Network games is the ability to battle and trade with other players online. Mega Man Battle Network Chrono X hasn't been released yet but there is a demo available for download.