Submitted by Boysangur 1036d ago | opinion piece

6 Game Franchises That Need to Go Away (as of 2012)

A countdown of gaming franchises that need to take a break. (Casual games, Culture, Dev, EA, Industry, Next-Gen, PS3, Tech, Xbox 360)

Xwow2008  +   1036d ago
No mario or Halo?!
LOL_WUT  +   1036d ago
I know right? They put Sonic in the list but not Mario... What a dumb list.
knowyourstuff  +   1036d ago
There should be a list of troll gaming sites that should take a break from fishing for hits with ridiculous articles designed for flame bait. This website among others should be at the top of that list. Always hating on what is popular for hits. F that.
Blacktric  +   1036d ago
"Hideo Kojima has confirmed that Snake (pictured) is set to return in Metal Gear Solid 5 (the mustache still unconfirmed), but don’t let that “5″ fool you, this series has seen a total of 23 (twenty three) releases up to this point, 17 (seventeen) of which came out in the past 10 years. Yes, that is why you might not be particularly craving a new one."

Probably the single biggest piece of crap of an excuse I have ever read. There are only 8 "canon" Metal Gear games out there to this date. 8 games in 25 years (which gives each game about a little more than three year development cycle). The rest are spin offs and non-canon games like Ghost Babel or Acid or re-releases like Subsistance. Also, way to add those re-releases to your count to bloat the total release count so that you can throw mud at the series.

Also @below

"Overall, your reasoning is sound, particularly with MGS. I felt it ended quite nicely with 4. "

LOL! Way to go buddy...
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Boysangur  +   1036d ago
Well, if you read the article, he mentions that Mario's case is different because his games don't usually suck. Not sure about Halo.
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AlienLion  +   1036d ago

I know what you mean. Though, I feel that Mario is unique in that he fits in pretty much every type of game, and Nintendo makes good use of the fact with different quality entries like Galaxy and Bros and Party. He is less of a franchise and more of a mascot that they stick in their internal titles, in my humble opinion.

When it comes to Halo, I was very tempted to include it, and I would have before Halo 4 was promised to take things in a drastic new direction (whether or not it ends up being the case is another story) so I feel like judgement should be reserved until it comes out. I will be as pissed if it feels too similar.

Thanks all for reading and approving and submitting.
victoryscreeeeeech  +   1036d ago
I think Mario shouldn't be there because there is rarely ever a Mario game that sucks, I haven't played one that was even good, they were all amazing. Same thing with metal gear, that shouldn't be on the list cuz those games don't suck. They're amazing games
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edgeofsins  +   1035d ago
I disagree with Mario. When they release a new Mario at least they find more innovative gameplay mechanics and don't just add new levels and weapons.
AO1JMM  +   1035d ago
No CoD? No Battlefield?
jc48573  +   1036d ago
there's also a big difference between taking a break and going away. I am also surprised that Konami has released this many Silent Hill games so far.
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Boysangur  +   1036d ago
"there's also a big difference between taking a break and going away."

Not really. You can go away for any length of time. Silent Hill did release a crap ton of games that have been sucking lately.
nerdkiller  +   1036d ago
i think theres some games that dont need a break but need to have the franchise sold one is metroid prime sell that to sony nintendo is to soft now look what they did to it with the other m.
ronin4life  +   1035d ago
123456777  +   1036d ago
The author listed Need For Speed but didn't show a picture of a car?!.
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Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1036d ago
maximaz  +   1035d ago
Actually, that's a screenshot from a nfs cinematic. A bit altered though. All of them are.

FF one has pedo bear as an enemy.
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dragon_rocks  +   1036d ago
One type of article which needs to go away: This one.

What is the problem if any franchise is being continued because there is demand from gamers? Companies don't just release games irrespective of whether they are being sold or not. If you don't like the franchise then don't buy or pay attention to the game. The gamers who like it will keep buying it and playing it and companies will keep making it as long as they are being sold. Gamers happy to play more games in the franchise and companies happy as the franchise continue to make money for them.
AlienLion  +   1036d ago
All good points.

I detailed a problem for each of the entries. Some franchises continue to produce great games but they could still benefit from going away for awhile for different reasons.

It would be nice to see something a bit fresh from FF, for example, which would require some time off for re-assessment. In the case of MGS, it would simply be great because it would enable Kojima to concentrate on other things, especially since there is no NEED for another MGS. Anyway, it's all there.

I do appreciate your feedback. Just for taking the time, you deserve a cookie.
GenericNameHere  +   1036d ago
No NEED for another MGS? No one NEEDS another Mario, but they are still being made. If you decide to keep Mario out of the list, then there is absolutely no reason why MGS is on the list. What was your reason for including MGS? A total of 23 games, 17 of which came out the past decade? Mario has over twice the total amount of Mario games, and over twice the number of games released the past decade compared with MGS. Maybe all those Mario games were perfect? Nope. Some of them were totally trash. I remember not a whole lot of people liked Super Mario Sunshine, and I also remember a whole lot of people not liking MGS2 because of Raiden. Kojima confined to the MGS universe? Kind of true. He may not have worked on as many games as Shigeru Miyamoto, but he still created a few unique games like MGS, ZOE, Policenauts, Snatcher, and Boktai, much like how Shiggy created Pikmin, Mario, Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, Metroid, and other games.

I'm not trying to call you stupid for adding in MGS but not Mario for my own selfish needs, just didn't agree with your reason. Again, sorry if it seemed like a rant! I actually like both games, not just one or the other.
dragon_rocks  +   1036d ago

The going away for a while trick would have worked few years ago when the options for gaming were limited. But in the current generation with so many options for gaming (consoles, handhelds, mobiles, tablets etc.) and several new and exciting games coming out every year there is a big risk that your core group of gamers may switch to some other game and lose interest in your franchise. Also remember that the gaming crowd is growing up and with growth the tastes change as well.

That is why I feel that the decision has to be based on whether gamers are willing to take more of it or not. If a game sales keep declining then that would give a cue to the companies that they need to do something else. I am not into the FF games or the COD games but I know that there is large group of gamers who like the games and if they are getting more of what they want then be it. I understand that this prevents companies from innovating or making new stuff but then in any business they always cater to the majority and in today's world where everything is being driven by investors expectations you don't have the option to fail. With layoffs hitting the game industry left and right no one will be willing to take risk.
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ninjahunter  +   1036d ago
Crysis, after crysis 3, i have a feeling it will have outlived its welcome.
AlienLion  +   1036d ago
"what about Call of Duty?
what about Resident Evil?
what about Dynasty Warrior?
what about the Lego based games?
what about the DBZ and Naruto games? I mean…."

All good suggestions. I'm just not a big fan of them so I had no good personal reasons to include them.
QuodEratDemonstrandm  +   1036d ago
Well crap. Now you're out of bubbles. I hate when that happens.
I still have to tell you that it looks like you miscounted the number of Metal Gear releases. If you're only counting games, I think you're spot on, or at least close, with 23. However, if you throw in interactive media, like Document of MGS2 and the database in the PS store, that total jumps to something like 27, or 28 if you count Snake's Revenge, 29 if you count Rising.

I honestly had no idea it was that many. I've only played MGS 2, 3, and 4.
Overall, your reasoning is sound, particularly with MGS. I felt it ended quite nicely with 4.

Addendum: I'll probably still buy Ground Zeroes. Open World MGS. I can't pass that up.
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mricecreamman  +   1036d ago
take out mgs, final fantasy and replace with god of war and call of duty
Boysangur  +   1036d ago

Bro... first of all, God of War is on there. Second, he explained why CoD isn't.
mricecreamman  +   1035d ago
bro yes he stated gow as god of war, but he is referring to GEARS OF WAR. second, he does not explain why COD is not on there
maximaz  +   1035d ago
If you bothered to read, GoW there stands for both god of war and gears of war. And if you bothered to look up he explains right here in the comments why COD is not on. Retard.
AO1JMM  +   1035d ago
No need to insult the guy. The article lists nothing about CoD so he is right. It doesn't matter that he posted a comment about it later on.

maximaz  +   1035d ago
So I guess, posting without first reading the article or the comments where your complaints are addressed and then acting like a twit is perfectly normal...
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Rock_On_PS4  +   1036d ago
No Final Fantasy? That series peaked with FFVII released 15 years ago. Since then the series has been very hit and miss and now it is a total disgrace.
Mario and Zelda not on the list: those games are the exact same with only graphical upgrades.
Mkai28  +   1035d ago
Here is my list
Call of Duty=milked too much. Same graphics different story/no cover system, ppl camp so why not?
Pokemon= kiddy franchise never ending
Fable= Gayness thrown in your face when you don't expect it.
Dragon Ball Z= because it will never be like legends again.
WWE Series= Did anyone see a major difference between 2010 , 11 , and 12?
Madden= Again, did anyone see a major difference between 2010, 11, and 12?
Mortal Combat= Goofy looking character textures, sounds. Also, because it will never be as good as Japanese fighters, they laugh when interviewers compare Mortal Combat to there games.
garos82  +   1035d ago
i like fighters as much as the next guy, and as "goofy" as mortal kombat may seem to you, it certainly re won my heart with its latest release. imo a fantastic fighter with ALOT of Kontent! graphics were awesome moves were OTT and fatalaties and xrays were also pretty cool. there is space in my gaming library for serious fighters as well as mortal kombat.
Mkai28  +   1034d ago
I respect that:)

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