Submitted by Shacks 139d ago | opinion piece

Shawn's Top 10 game franchises that need to end

There are a ton of game franchises out there that just keep having games pumped out. Most of these we don’t ask for, but we keep buying them. As a result, they keep making them. This is a list of the 10 franchises that need to end. Or at least end for a long enough time to give fans time to really appreciate them and maybe for the publishers to really appreciate the fans. Some of these on this list Shawn used to love and others Shawn always hated. Either way, they all have gone past their prime and like an aging sports star, they need to either ride the bench for a while or outright retire. (Final Fantasy XV, Industry, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, LEGO Hobbit, New Super Mario Brothers U, Pokemon, Resident Evil 6, Street Fighter IV Super, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds)

LightDiego  +   139d ago
This guy must hates Nintendo. Terrible article.
dotwithshoes  +   139d ago
You know, just from his paragraph about Zelda proves it's a terrible article, and lacking facts. I agree with you totally, terrible.
kalkano  +   139d ago
The Final Fantasy series did end, after 10. If you're referring to their new franchise that is parading around with the corpse of Final Fantasy grotesquely draped over it...yes, it needs to end. Then, they need to revive Final Fantasy.
PiNkFaIrYbOi  +   139d ago
Eeeee, Final Fantasy XI wasn't too bad. Neither was Final Fantasy XII, the only real problem with XII was weak characters and stuff. Now Final Fantasy XIII was a mess all three parts of it, it just kept dragging on and on. And from what we have heard XIV at least the Realm Reborn part of it is suppose to be very good.

Also, a few of the spinoffs of Final Fantasy have been pretty good as well. But overall Final Fantasy needs some serious work if Square wants to save the franchise and stuff.
Dying_Jester  +   139d ago
While I very much enjoyed 12, I will agree that after 10 the series changed quite a bit.
Spotie  +   139d ago
The series changes quite a bit after every game, and the most drastic changes have always been at the start of a new generation.
kalkano  +   139d ago
^ I'm ok with change. I'm not ok with completely changing genres.
Dying_Jester  +   139d ago
I definitely think that sports games should only come out a few times each console and instead be given patches or DLC with each new season.
Legend of Zelda I think is spread out well enough with just enough changes to avoid franchise fatigue. Mario, however should be spaced out some more.
dotwithshoes  +   139d ago
The thing about "releasing 5 mario games a year", like the article states, is that they are not all the same game. If we look at the past, New Super Mario Bros is not like Super Mario Galaxy, which is not like Mario Kart, which is not like Mario Super Sluggers, which is not like Mario Golf. Just because they all carry the same main character doesn't make them the same game. It's moronic fanboys who are blind to this fact that spout off constantly that they are.
HentaiMasterRace  +   139d ago
I understand the others(although I don't agree), but why Mario? Mario is an iconic character to all of gaming.
KakashiHotake  +   138d ago
I agree with some points in the article, however Call of Duty Advance Warfare looks legit, and I would also take Zelda off the list. Everything else I agree with. A trend I have noticed over the years is it seems like the Japanese only know how to milk franchises now. Seriously what is the last original game any of the Japanese companies have made? It's like they're stuck in 1990's Super Nintendo/ PS1 era minus the innovation. That's just how far back those games go. Capcom has made well over 20 Street Fighters, Square has close to 20 Final Fantasies, that's just insane. I also agree it's time for Sega to put Sonic to rest. I used to love Sonic, but at this point they're just killing the legacy. Well Sega is publishing Alien isolation and that looks promising but other than that I have seen anything new from the Jap studios in a long long time, and that's too bad because the Japanese have some of the most creative imaginations.
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rigbybot127  +   138d ago
Mario is the best game series ever made, and his spin-offs are some of the greatest. Paper Mario, New Super Mario Bros, Mario Party, and Mario Kart are all just great. Sonic needs to be put down like a sick dog, or put into more competent hands. Pokemon isn't very good nowadays, but I think there's a market for it. Call of Duty needs to be more spaced out. Street Fight doesn't come out enough, if we're talking brand-new games. Final Fantasy is always innovating and very different each new installment, and that's very good. I'm indifferent to Madden, though I feel they should quit releasing it yearly. Licensed LEGO games have gotten pretty terrible, and there has never been a good entry in the Resident Evil series apart from 4 which is a perfect masterpiece. The Legend of Zelda is pretty damn good, though repetitive at times. I hope Zelda U comes and revitalizes the series.

I would say Assassin's Creed needs to die. It started out with such great potential, and then peaked with Brotherhood until it started to get progressively worse and worse until it hit its nadir with Black Flag, which is an absolutely terrible, boring mess of a game. I'm really looking forward to Unity, because it looks pretty damn good (like a sequel to Brotherhood, design-wise), and seems to have a focus that Black Flag lacked in all its aimlessness; but it's the last hope I have for the series. I feel Gran Turismo has gotten pretty stale, so I hope Polyphony either revitalizes the series with 7 or creates a new, fresh series. Then there's The Elder Scrolls, which I greatly dislike, but won't try to argue why it should be ended.

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