Chris Selogy of Gamer 2.0 writes, "While becoming a franchise is the ultimate goal of any new IP, its developer always has the important task of walking the fine line between staying familiar to its roots and evolving the series' gameplay. One route has the sequel staying largely the same, with some minor improvements that help it feel a bit more fresh and comforting.
That usually only works for so long, so developers must take the other route, which is to take the series in a new direction by reinvigorating the game in all aspects. Like all things in the gaming world, taking a franchise in new direction brings about much controversy amongst its fans that can alienate as many as it pleases. Sometimes one group is right and other times the other group is right, so we've gathered a few of the bigger titles that occupy each realm of success and failure."