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Submitted by jaggernaut25 1062d ago | opinion piece

8 Gaming Franchises that Need to Die

The Koalition writes: "There are thousands of game developers in the world and even more games that have been developed, especially for this console generation alone. With so many ideas and talent, you'd think it would be fairly easy to come across new and successful IPs and franchises on a fairly consistent basis - but that simply is not the case.

Not only are several gaming franchises releasing on yearly schedule now (and I don't just mean sports games either) but many of them are uninspired and don't seem to offer anything new or innovative to the industry any longer."

Check out the full list right here! (Assassin's Creed, Call of Duty, Gears of War, God of War, Medal of Honor, New Super Mario Bros. U, PC, PS2, PS3, Sonic the Hedgehog, Wii, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360)

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ElectroJade  +   1062d ago | Well said
Why the hell is Sonic in that list? We need more of that hedgehog around town.
classic200  +   1062d ago
I am going to be hated for this but all nintendo franchises need to die if you put 2d mario alone on the list lol. Bring back eternal darkness

halo needs to die and gears from microsoft.

God of war and killzone.

I need 1 more uncharted and then it should die.

For next gen I realize I am looking out more for new Ips.

Human element
Respawn new game
Guerilla games new Ip
Santa monica new IP
Soul suspect from square
Deep down from capcom
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WiiUsauce  +   1062d ago
YOU DON'T NEED TO BUY THOSE GAMES, SO WHY DO YOU CARE IF THEY EXIST? I didn't buy God of War 3, so jumping in to Ascension after God of War Ghost of Sparta on PSP being the last God of War game I played will be awesome.

I didn't buy Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, or Platinum, Black or White, so when I jumped into Pokemon Black 2 after not playing a Pokemon game since Pokemon Ruby, it was AMAZING.

I also didn't buy NSMB Wii or NSMB2, so playing NSMBU after NSMBDS being the last one I played since like 2007, it was a breath of fresh air.

You're not being forced to buy these games, so why do you guys care? I have never bought a Call of Duty game, but I bought Black Ops II, because it had robots and it's set in the future, and I had fun with it.

I didn't buy a Halo game until Halo Reach, and that shit was fun as fuck, and I bought Halo 4, and I'm buying Halo 5 day one.

I don't see the problem with too many sequels. The only problem I have is when people buy every single Call of Duty game that comes out every year, and then they buy NOTHING else. They buy Call of Duty like it was the only game ever made and neglect the awesome games that deserve much attention like Xenoblade Chronicles, Ni No Kuni, Bayonetta, Vanquish, Yakuza, Rayman Legends, Darksiders, Nier, Blue Dragon ect.

I buy sequels, but I also support new IP's.
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corrus  +   1062d ago
I am agreed with you especially for Mario but look if Mario die will die and stupid Nintendo cos their company live cos of Mario they are too stupid
Omni-Tool  +   1062d ago
I believe any series that has more than a trilogy needs to die.

It seems like the developers can't come up with original ideas at all as long as the sequels keep selling. New IPs are a financial risk so backers will not dump money into new IPs.


That's the problem. Majority of gamers go out and buy every single sequel to a series which makes that developer money so the backers support that series further to make more money because they know majority of the players will buy them like mindless zombies.

I think we both agree that this is what is happening which ends up in a downward spiral of poorly rehashed games and companies copying competitors to "cash in" on the current fad.

I have an idea for a game. You are a new CEO to a game developer and you are giving a list of genres compared to profits with FPS and TPS at the top of the list. To beat the game, you have to make the most amount of cash within a 5 year span. I would call it "Call of Devs: Cash Crops".
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Zuperman  +   1062d ago
These games just need a break.. that's all.
patriciajames   1061d ago | Spam
pr0t0typeknuckles  +   1062d ago
i agree,especially since sonic is actually fun again, i mean im anticipating to see whats announced next for sonic and its been a while since ive had those feelings.
showtimefolks  +   1062d ago
here is the problem when new Ip's are released many times they don't sell but when a known franchise gets a sequel or a reboot it gets hyped up and it sells.

publishers invest millions of dollars introducing new Ip's like AC,COD etc, but when these become established with a fanbase we want the publishers to give up and start something new, Its easy for us to say new IP's but we are not investing huge money and taking a huge risk for something that may not sell.

look at THQ few wrong moves could lead to a big publisher going out of business

what's better is for a series to go on a 3-5 years break and than get a reboot, in those 3-5 years learn from other games being released and in between do something new but than bring that old IP back with a bang like Tomb Raider just did and like DMC

but that's just my 2 cents on this, instead if killing gaming franchises don't you think it would be better for a 3-5 years break and than coming back with fresh ideas
NukaCola  +   1062d ago
I get the exhaustion from now another AC game, it's an open world pirate game and that is something I want more than anything. I don't even see AC as we know it, I see a next gen game with exploration and pirateering and getting lots and lots of booty.
Omni-Tool  +   1062d ago
They should change the name to Pirate's Canon then and change the story to fit as such. Oh snap I just created a new IP.
MrKennedy  +   1062d ago
This is a good article about games.
SwiffEpics  +   1062d ago
OMG Call of Duty really? But that's all I play. I need my COD mate.

Other than that I agree with the list. Good stuff.
josephayal  +   1062d ago
Dont worry cod will never die.. Never
maelstromb  +   1062d ago
Uh huh, keep tellin' yourself that. That's exactly what they said about the Guitar Hero craze, and look where that ended--dead and buried after Activision ran it 50 feet into the ground. Two VERY different franchises, but still relevant.
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rbailey  +   1062d ago
Very controversial list and especially so because of the last two choices. Nintendo fans about to go in on you lol
danitanzo  +   1062d ago
I could be considered a nintendo fan, and even I could do without mario or pokemon... :P
maelstromb  +   1062d ago
I agree. Nintendo needs to give Mario and Pokemon a much, MUCH needed rest. Whatever happened to an Earthbound sequel? Or like someone else mentioned above in the comments, Eternal Darkness II? Yes, it was developed by Crystal Dynamics, but published by Nintendo and the fact that they haven't made that sequel, in particular, a priority at all is an absolute travesty.
Rayansaki  +   1062d ago
The last 2, really? 3 and 4 are even more ridiculous, they don't have a legion of games and they remain fresh and with new ideas every iteration.
Sovereign59  +   1062d ago
No franchise "needs to die." Many could use some innovation and refreshing ideas, some could even use a hiatus to get things primed for their next installment, but to say any franchise simply "needs to die" is ridiculous defeatism.
Think of your favorite franchise that you've played for years and have many fond memories of as a ship. If your ship starts taking on water, are you fine with letting it sink, or would you like to see renovations made and then set sail on another adventure?
jaggernaut25  +   1062d ago
The ship analogy is nice, if we were talking about something that simply serves the purpose of having a singular utility, ie: transportation. When it comes to games though, I feel like developers get too wrapped up in trying to deliver an experience "consistent with the property" instead of actually pushing things forward.

I agree that some reboots and overhauls have been successful (Tomb Raider comes to mind, recently) but that wasn't a franchise that was being ran into the ground anyways.

Different opinions though :)
khowat  +   1062d ago
I think this is sorta like satire, obviously no franchise needs to die and I think that almost all the games on this list just need to chill out for a while (do we need AC4 NOW?) but some of these games are literally just formula like mario and pokemon that nothing can really be done to these games to innovate unless you change up the formula (Super Mario Galaxy)
Oh_Yeah  +   1062d ago
What are you talking about.. Mario and Pokemon can't innovate? How bout an open world Pokemon game on consoles with real time ish combat like Ni no Kuni. And Mario.. How bout throw in some realistic graphics and make a mature iteration. I see plenty ways Nintendo could step out the box with all their titles.
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khowat  +   1062d ago
The last 2 would just destroy my childhood but as much as I want to say no, you're right they do need to die
SlavisH2  +   1062d ago
or you could just not buy it.
jaggernaut25  +   1062d ago
That's part of how gamers can let their voices be heard, yes, but that doesn't solve the issue. I like to live in a fantasy land where I believe developers want to make innovative and unique games :)

I know, I know though...wishful thinking.
Red_Devilz  +   1062d ago
Honestly, after the over killing dose of COD, I got fed up with entire linear FPS genre. Ugh!
vickers500  +   1062d ago
What you need then is 20CCs of Bioshock Infinite.
jakmckratos  +   1062d ago
CoD needs to go away...Assassins needs fewer releases..dont care about the others..I think full priced 3D side scrollers need to go away forever.. God of War doesnt need to die but it needs to switch mythologies and Pokemon is great...that was the worst one on this list.
WeAreLegion  +   1062d ago
You guys seriously gave this guy hits? I'm not clicking that.
jaggernaut25  +   1062d ago
I'm curious as to why not. As you can tell from the comments thus far, people are actually agreeing with the list for the most part. It's just my opinion after all :)

Let me know if you changed your mind and decided to read it.
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WeAreLegion  +   1062d ago
I changed my mind, since you were so nice about it. ^_^

It's a good list. Sadly enough, I must agree with God of War. III was a perfect end to the series. It may never be topped, as far as epic scale is concerned. Gears of War 3 was a great conclusion, as well.

I'm glad you didn't include Uncharted. The series lends itself well to sequels.

2D Mario games can be good, but they haven't given us a fresh one since...oh...Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island?

Good list though. I'll bubble you up and eat my words. ;)
4logpc  +   1062d ago
It shouldn't be read because it's a poorly written piece that is filled with contradicting ideas, and doesn't have any real evidence behind the writers opinion.

I can say The Legend of Zelda is the worst franchise ever in the history of games because I don't like the idea of sequential dungeons with a linear path.

Does that mean the franchise needs to die? No, that means I shouldn't buy a Zelda game.

A franchise needs to die when the developers behind the title stop caring about their creation.

Just because you don't like something, doesn't mean it needs to die.
MysticStrummer  +   1062d ago
If you refuse to read this, then you must refuse to read most of what shows up on N4G.
pr0t0typeknuckles  +   1062d ago
woah,woah dont say assassins creed needs to die,the fangirls are gonna have your head for it,but i agree with all of these except for sonic and god of war

reasons are because sonic is actually getting good again,and im actually anticipating whats gonna be announced next,and god of war just needs to change character and setting, the greek gods are dead and kratos story is done.

oh and as for pokemon,that series still has a chance,but i doubt it will happen,hows about a wii u version thats just like the handheld version but obviously on a bigger scale, and not as linear as the gamecube game,and online pokemon battles,that would make a killer wii u game right there.
Thefreeman012  +   1062d ago
I don't agree that assassins creed needs to die... This article is negative and just trolling to be a dick...yea it may need a break bht fuck off whoever wrote this
Hicken  +   1062d ago
There's one every year. If a franchise needs to "die," that's as good a reason as any.

Of course, I don't think it needs to die, per say, but I DO believe that they need to give many of the named franchises a rest, and Assassin's Creed is among them.
InTheLab  +   1062d ago
I disagree with Medal of Honor. Now is the perfect time to go back to it's roots. No more regenerating health. Upgradeable weapons. Open ended hubs with multiple tactical points. And a return of WWII OR the future. No more modern warfare. Enough...

Now, I love Ascension so far but it is wearing out it's welcome. Here we are fighting the same enemies like the Chimera, except now is spits blue s*** instead of fire. Yeah...time for a break.

100% agree with CoD and AC.

I think Gears Judgement simply came too soon after Gears 3. Now, I'm sure it's been in development for longer than 2 years but it feels like less time since MS intentionally delayed Gears 3 to fill out an empty holiday season.

I disagree with Mario. There is no N without Mario.

List is missing Halo. H4 was awesome for 2 hours but once you realize the game is basically Reach with 2 new enemies...Even with a new dev, Halo is running on fumes.
kamikazepikmin  +   1062d ago
fps's in general need to die. there i said it.
WeAreLegion  +   1062d ago
No Half-life? No Bioshock? No Unreal Tournament? No Metroid Prime? No Counter Strike? No Left 4 Dead? No Portal? No Deus Ex? No Far Cry...after 3 blew us all away? No Borderlands?

Do you know what you're saying?!?
vickers500  +   1062d ago
"No Half-life? No Bioshock? No Unreal Tournament? No Metroid Prime? No Counter Strike? No Left 4 Dead? No Portal? No Deus Ex? No Far Cry...after 3 blew us all away? No Borderlands?"

I don't want to live in that world.
Simon_Brezhnev  +   1062d ago
i agree FPS ruined this gen.
Williamson  +   1062d ago
If gow is on the list then halo should be too. One halo title has basically been released every year since halo 3 minus 2008 but 2009 saw two halo games released.
Tito08  +   1062d ago
Another stupid "Game franchises that needs to die" article, slow journalism -_____-ZZZZZZZZZ
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Psychonaut  +   1062d ago
Why is it stuff like this gets a OK to be posted, someone tries to make their feelings, and opinions pure fact and are completely justified.

Like the poster above me said, if you don't like the series don't buy it. the world does not revolve around you.
ajax17  +   1062d ago
Resident Evil needs to die and make way for new stuff like The Last of Us.
RevXM  +   1062d ago
I agree.
Resisdent evil is a franchise with a lot of potential.
But they seem to just screw it up lately.
So the RE devs better put the franchise on ICE for a while.

Dead space is great, yeah they screwed up part 3 a bit, but it doesnt mean it is to late to win us back.
So Id welcome a DS4 announcement. just dont rush it, a tiny break seem to be the best now.

TLOU surely cant be less than amazing, other devs clearly need to take notes of what ND is doing with it now.
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Kos-Mos  +   1062d ago
gears, gow, cod, gta, halo, killzone, me.
nosferatuzodd  +   1062d ago
Halo halo and more halo
4logpc  +   1062d ago
Heres the issue I have with pieces like this. Their reasoning just makes little to no sense.

Lets pick out the most popular franchises in gaming, and say why they suck or need to die by pointing out their flaws, but lets completely forget all of the great things about them.

Gears of War has a cover system that is way too convenient, and now has a game that is a spinoff with characters no one cares about, so it should die? Not only is the statement about the characters flat out false, Epic did a poll of the most popular characters and built a new story around the characters with the highest ratings, but the writer then completely contradicts himself.

He complains about some franchises being the same thing over and over, such as Call of Duty and 2D Mario Games, but then bitches about Judgement even though it is changing the Gears formula in many ways. If Gears of War 4 was made instead of Judgement, and had Marcus as it's main character, they writer would then complain its just the same thing. So how does a developer win when people like this just crap talk anything they do?

Why not actually put some real thought into the list instead of just picking the games that a lot of people love, just to get more hits?

How about Resident Evil, Army of Two, Final Fantasy, Dead Space, Ninja Gaiden. Sure you could argue some of those franchises are still healthy, but you cant deny the fact that games like Resdient Evil Racoon City and Ninja Gaiden 3 were sub par in the eyes of many hardcore fans of the series.
ChickeyCantor  +   1062d ago
Telling people what games should die. While you could know? ignore them?
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dangerousjo44  +   1062d ago
lets be real inorder for new games to live alot of over done games have to die for atleast a little while.

1. call of duty
2. halo
3. mario
4. killzone
6. gears of war
7. god of war
8. assassins creed
9. battlefield
Red_Devilz  +   1062d ago
I agree with you for some of them, but why Uncharted? C'mon! That series has just got from good to great to awesome. There are a lot of cool things they can tap into. (plus, they have a very realistic life cycle of sequels)

I strongly disagree with UC.
MYSTERIO360  +   1062d ago
I only agree with top 3
dangerousjo44  +   1062d ago
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ritsuka666  +   1062d ago
8 Gaming Franchises that Need to Die"

Assassin's Creed for sure.
Saryk  +   1062d ago
I disagree with anything that needs to die. If they make it, it is because it sells and makes money. If it wasn't liked it wouldn't sell, end of discussion..............
Sugreev2001  +   1062d ago
These franchises need to take a break,not die.I think out of all them,Assassin's Creed could really use a break.Call of Duty is Activision's bread and butter,so is Mario for Nintendo.They simply can't take a break,because it would mean financial calamity for both of them.
llMurcielagoll  +   1062d ago
If anything should die... It should be the article writer and not those games. The world will be a better place without you.
jaggernaut25  +   1061d ago
I disagree :)
llMurcielagoll  +   1061d ago
Then simply stop writing articles like that, smiley face.

I highly doubt any of these are going to die. Business wize, it is making those creators BIG money so they will keep making them.
gumgum99  +   1062d ago
They always mention the same entries: the long runners (Mario, Pokemon, Sonic), Shooters (Medal of Honor, Call of Duty, etc.) and other third party games that have more than one entry like Assasin's Creed.

Same stuff, different article. Koalition is bored.
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