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Franchise gaming: Rinse & repeat

The franchise is a staple of our gaming diet these days. A game is brought out, turns out to be wildly successful, gets rave reviews and everyone loves it. Fantastic. Then comes the notoriously tricky second album.

Sure, the mechanics might be different and there’s probably been a revamp of the combat system, but there’s still this nagging feeling in the back of your mind that you’ve already played this game before.

Of course Call of Duty stands out here as the biggest offender. Don’t get me wrong, I like CoD – I am one of those countless drones who buy it every November – but like the majority, I buy it for the multiplayer because of this consistency. The campaign however should be an entirely different beast, but it too falls into this trap of familiarity. Any of this sound familiar?

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Ask1139d ago

Call of Duty needs to die so we can get some real innovation here. Not to mention that they need to stop wasting time with pointless fucking gimmicks.

"Fish AI"... whoo wants that? Really?

ShaunCameron1139d ago

Um. COD is not the problem. It's unimaginative developers, the desperate-for-short-term-profi ts publishers and a gaming audience unwilling to step outside their comfort zone and give something different a chance. The truth is most gamers rarely ever gave real innovation a chance anyway at any point in time.

Timesplitter141139d ago (Edited 1139d ago )

oh be quiet franchises are fine

What looks better? A new IP like Alien Rage, or MGS5 which is like actually the 9th (?) installment of a franchise