Try our new beta!Click here
Submitted by Pozzle 1263d ago | opinion piece

5 Gaming Franchises That Should Be Mercy Killed

Some gaming franchises get better with age. These didn't. (Final Fantasy, PC, PS3, Retro, Sonic the Hedgehog, Wii, Xbox 360)

iamtehpwn  +   1264d ago
I'm sorry but I'm getting really sick of seeing these "We should kill XXX franchise."

Besides, it's economics. When people stop buying the franchises, they'll die on their own.
zeal0us  +   1263d ago
I Agree, it would be crazy to kill a whole franchise especially if its still making $$$.

I think Sega is making an recovery on the Sonic series especially with Colors, Generation and Episode 4 selling well.

Pokemon sell better some of the games that come out consoles and pc. The only think I dislike about Pokemon is the anime. Ash never grows up. He's been 15/16 since I was a kid.

SE killing FF would be like Activision killing CoD or EA killing Madden. It won't happen, keep dreaming.
#1.1 (Edited 1263d ago ) | Agree(11) | Disagree(2) | Report | Reply
jeseth  +   1262d ago
Anyone hating on FF XIII or FF XIII-2 haven't played/finished the games.

Great games, great characters, Lightning if one of the best female characters in a long time.

People cry for change, then complain about it ... see COD.
AIndoria  +   1262d ago
@Jeseth : Well said. Lightning is kickass. Was a bit annoyed by Noel/Serah in XIII-2 though :P
Eyeco  +   1262d ago
agreed games like Pokemon, and COD although extremely derivative continue to fly out stores, who are , a few out of the tens of millions people who dont buy these games to call for the end of the franchise, when millions enjoy them and are willing to buy them each year,it would make us look cynical,and selfish.
#1.2 (Edited 1262d ago ) | Agree(4) | Disagree(0) | Report | Reply
sonic989  +   1262d ago
i got sick of those kill sonic thing just like if he isnt gonna get repaired ( in terms of gameplay )
its simple as long as mario is relevant then sonic is too simply he is more cooler but lets just say that his past games let him down
j-blaze  +   1264d ago
i would list Uncharted and Killzone instead of Final Fantasy and Pokemon
#2 (Edited 1264d ago ) | Agree(17) | Disagree(56) | Report | Reply
wanieldiik  +   1264d ago
will you please just leave? Nobody wants you around here
AIndoria  +   1263d ago
Didn't really get into Killzone, don't see what the fuss is about.
Irishguy95  +   1263d ago
Don't you think the graphics are good ;)

No really, I loved KZ2's gameplay

Also lol at FF haters/ One bad game does not write off a franchise
#2.2.1 (Edited 1263d ago ) | Agree(21) | Disagree(5) | Report
MysticStrummer  +   1262d ago
Any particular reason... other than trolling I mean?
Rumplebumpkin  +   1262d ago
That's because you're a known Sony hater.
Old McGroin  +   1262d ago
Loved Uncharted 2 and really liked Killzone 2 & 3, long may they continue! Pokemon is as dull as dish water and Final Fantasy refuses to evolve or innovate so I agree with the article on those two.
AIndoria  +   1263d ago
Don't really think Final Fantasy should be on the list. Sure they've had their ups and downs(Read "HUGE" ups and downs) but yeah, I'm kinda tired of these articles.

Again, FF franchise is still selling well in Japan and If the Western sales really fall low, Square-Enix would just start making it a Japan exclusive, and no, they won't stop making it :P

Parappa  +   1263d ago
I couldn't care less if they killed off Final Fantasy. That franchise is beyond saving now.
123456777  +   1262d ago
Why is it always either 5 or 10 things in these lists?.
#5 (Edited 1262d ago ) | Agree(10) | Disagree(0) | Report | Reply
DragonKnight  +   1262d ago
Because if it were 3 or 7 people would be all like "why such an odd number?"
jghvhv  +   1262d ago
Only two types of people want Pokemon to die,hipsters and people who can't face the power of Rattata!

Related image(s)
lasersquash  +   1262d ago
*puts on shorts* "My rattata is top percentage!"
lex-1020  +   1262d ago
You read N4G without shorts on.... 0.o interesting...
timemuffin  +   1262d ago
These articles are dumb. Every time. all of these game have more than enough fans to sustain their existance and remain commercially viable. ( With the DNF being the exception. I don't understand why that is on the list. Is it even a franchise at this point? )
I'm especially sick of the FF 13 / all jrpg hate. We get it. It's a devisive genre. If they don't appeal to you don't play them. Why does their very existance inspire rage in some people.
A big who cares what you think to the writer of this article. ( And you're not very funny. Sorry. I can tell you thought you were.)
jeseth  +   1262d ago
FF13 was f'n awesome.. 13-2 also. What is funny is that 13-2 fixed everything people griped about in 13 yet people still bitch.

Most of the sheep that hate on it never even played it. Just stereotypical, generic hate ... awesome games.

Enjoy whatever you play, you missed out on FF13. It was f'n great.
elda  +   1262d ago
AdmiralSnake  +   1262d ago
Lol.. I personally like FF13.... but w/e.
Qrphe  +   1262d ago
Not many have really liked the FFXIII franchise, but Versus and Type-0 will redeem it.
#9 (Edited 1262d ago ) | Agree(5) | Disagree(4) | Report | Reply
XB1_PS4  +   1262d ago
I'm just waiting for another FF IV, FF VII, or FF X. I love Final fantasy. :) ...XIII wasn't on par with them, but I did enjoy it.
#10 (Edited 1262d ago ) | Agree(7) | Disagree(3) | Report | Reply
TopDudeMan  +   1262d ago
Pokemon is still wiping the floor with pretty much everything in sales. I don't see it dying any time soon. Plus, the last game (even though I had my doubts) was great.
AsimLeonheart  +   1262d ago
There is nothing wrong with the Final Fantasy franchise and killing it will solve nothing. Each Final Fantasy is a different game so they can return to the roots any time they want. The problem is that the current management is not admitting that they are going in the wrong direction with the franchise and do not realize what the old fans want. Moreover, sadly the times have changed... western games have risen and western people feel more at home with their characters, stories and gameplay. Thus the hate for traditional Japanese games and RPGs which seem stupid and otherworldly to the kids of today. It makes a guy like me really sad who started gaming in the 90s and grew up with JRPGs like Xenogears, Chrono Cross, Vagrant Story and Final Fantasy games. I really miss those days.
gamelover1   1262d ago | Spam
elda  +   1262d ago
SO 100% TRUE!!
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   1262d ago
A few bad games in a series dose not mean its dead. XIII series are not even bad games SO get off the Final fantasy should die.
gamelover1   1262d ago | Spam
Donnywho  +   1262d ago
This is why game journalists don't get paid the big bucks. They are dumb.
knifefight  +   1262d ago
The problem is compounded when communities like this one submit, promote, and all told, REWARD this type of article.

If BS stupid crap like this is being submitted and approved in the first place, thereby driving extra traffic to the website...what incentive is there to stop?

It's a cycle of stupid.
devilhunterx  +   1262d ago
Halo, Gears & Fable
Revolver_X_  +   1262d ago
Lol, agreed with Fable.
jeseth  +   1262d ago
Fable was so incredible on original XBOX. So much potential.

What a shame.
Killman  +   1262d ago
Pokemon and FF are on this list, but COD isn't? That is a bit....dumb.
morkendo23  +   1262d ago
ya,kno every 3 years articles like this will resurface.
been a member since 2006 every article under the SUN is re-peating its self now days.

when PS4 hit retail watch out for "Article ps4 is DOOM" will surely come.
#18 (Edited 1262d ago ) | Agree(5) | Disagree(0) | Report | Reply
Hicken  +   1262d ago
I can't think of a series out there so bad it needs a "mercy killing." I mean, I currently hate CoD, but I don't want the franchise to die; I want it to GET BETTER. There are like 40,000 Imagine games; I don't want that series to die, but it might do to not have so many titles...

But I guess that makes me a gamer: I want MORE games, not less. I'd rather have too many good games to play than only a handful of great ones.
Nexgensensation  +   1262d ago
I swear square enix need to obtain the dbz licence
that would truly reinvent both companies negative image. and sell a lot of copies! Theres not a single gamer on this earth would refuse to buy an action rpg dbz game from square enix
Tetsujin  +   1262d ago
If Wada is still CEO, it will suck guaranteed; outside vs13 since we still have little to no recent info about it I have low expectations. Sleeping Dogs was "ok," however until there's at least some new info about vs13 I refuse to buy anything SE related at this point. Some of their older games (Xenogears, Chrono Trigger, FF6, etc) I will still play and buy at the right price, but F- SE, and them making a DBZ game will only ruin the name of both even worse.
Nexgensensation  +   1262d ago
true! but at the same time i really want a good action rpg dbz game
it can be like kingdom hearts to where a warrior like sora helps the Z-fighters tack on the adventure.

in other words instead of helping and teaming up with disney characters like in kingdom hearts, you help and team up with dbz characters.
belac09  +   1262d ago
what a stupid article, no game should just die, every game has its fans, just because the "author" of this article doesn't like these games, he/she is trying to persuade other people into seeing things their way, how shallow.
ThatsGaming  +   1262d ago
We should come up with 5 gaming sites that should be killed. We will start with any that publish another article like this one.

specialguest  +   1262d ago
FF13 is really not a bad game, just not a Top 5 in the series. FF13 is a solid 8, which still makes it a good game. Yeah sure, kill off a franchise because one of the FF game is good, but not great... /s
lksdfnsdfwe   1262d ago | Spam
Godmars290  +   1262d ago
Duke Nukem just needs a better though out game, while FF needs to go in a different direction than its currently going now. One where apparently Square thinks they can get away with yearly releases focused more on style than substance or a half decent narrative.
Magnus  +   1262d ago
Final Fantasy 13 is not my favorite game but every number in the franchise has a fan. Wish SquareEnix would hurry up and release FFVS13. I don't see them killing off the franchise maybe rebooting it and trying to salvage whatever is left to save.

Sonic needs a vacation and need to be rethought out. Sonic Generations and Sonic 4 were great games everything else is either a hit or a miss with him.

I wouldn't call Duke Nukem a franchise he was great back in the day that was when he was a franchise. His newest game I call a reboot that honestly sucked. A person can buy the game for $10 now.

Pokemon I think is a great RPG very addicting to play time to time. Honestly I wouldn't mind seeing Nintendo release a 3D adventure on a console with a first person point of view. Right now its a cash cow and a company cutting off a cash cow would be the stupidest move in history.
A LIVING LEGEND  +   1262d ago
We ultimately hold the fate of these franchises in our hands.
Vanilla coke went away for a reason.
taquito  +   1262d ago
ffxiii-2 seems pretty good, bought it for $15 at Bestbuy, only played 4 hours or so and got distracted by dark souls (again) on pc this time, freaking game is so good, and now, with the resolution fix, playing it with 4k res downsampled to 1080p, it looks ohhh so epic :)

bye bye jaggies, blur, screen tear and horrible framerate!
#28 (Edited 1262d ago ) | Agree(0) | Disagree(1) | Report | Reply
lex-1020  +   1262d ago
Surprising. I was expecting COD or Battlefield to be on the list.

Add comment

You need to be registered to add comments. Register here or login
New stories

Final Fantasy XV Mobile Project Revealed By Artist Resume

8m ago - WCCFt: Final Fantasy XV is soon going to be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but it seems... | PS4

Dying Light: The Following Review - IGN

9m ago - Dying Light: The Following manages to include a new fun-filled environment to explore along with... | PC

Gran Turismo SPORT Beta Testing Begins early 2016

Now - Start tracking GTS with's release date alert service and be notified when the GTS beta launches. | Promoted post

Games Out This Week 09/02/2016 – 14/02/2016

23m ago - With a brand new line-up of games being released this week. Grab your coffee, grab a seat and jum... | Xbox One

That Time A Horse Became Empress Of Rome

35m ago - Only in Crusader Kings II could a horse rise to power and, after decades of war and conquest, res... | PC

Guild Wars 2 Cosplay Includes 9-Foot-Tall Golem

35m ago - Guild Wars fan Enayla has outdone herself here. Not only has she gone and made a fantastic Asura... | Culture