Submitted by DavePSU 2119d ago | article

Top 8 Gaming Franchises that Need to Die

PS University writes "Our Top 8 lists make a triumphant return this week and I've decided to do this one up a little differently than normal. While most of our readers cry about how we never included other consoles exclusive titles, we're going to do so now. We may represent PlayStation, but I guess it's only fair to let the other guy compete for our spots in the Top 8 countdown. We're also going to start listing the Top 8 in reverse order and start off at number 8. This Top 8 is all about those franchises that have been going on for a little bit too long now and it's about time the developer and publisher behind the title give it a rest. It's almost as though the team behind the scenes aren't comfortable creating something new and fresh this generation and instead look forward to feeding us the same title we've been playing for the last 10 to 15 years.

Chances are, if you're a gamer and you have a favorite franchise, this list will piss you off and I think that's just something you need to deal with on a personal level. When it gets to the point that you're trying to shove soda down our throats while advertising a game that has already had far too many iterations as it is, it goes too far. When we walk into a retail outlet and the opportunity to buy clothes for your over-produced titles is there, it's time to think of a new IP. Let's try and push gaming forward with something new and exciting. Watching a video game legend have to wear hand me downs year after year is getting a little tiring. If you don't understand the point of the list by now, you're a lost gamer. So without much else to say, let's start the list." (Culture, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4, Halo Legends, Halo MMO, Halo Series, Halo Wars, Halo: Chronicles, Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo: Reach, Metal Gear, Metal Gear : Co-Op, Metal Gear Online, Metal Gear Online SCENE, Metal Gear Raiden, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Metal Gear Sold Rising, Metal Gear Solid, Metal gear solid 2, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Metal Gear Solid Rising, Metal Gear Solid Series, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Metal Gera Solid 4, PS3, Super Mario, Super Mario 64, Super Mario Baseball, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Super Mario Kart, Super Mario PRG, Super Mario Sluggers, Super Mario Stadium Family Baseball, Super Mario World, Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider Underworld - Lara’s Shadow, Tomb Raider: Anniversary, Tomb Raider: Beneath the Ashes, Tomb Raider: Lara's Shadow, Tomb Raider: Legend, Tomb Raider: Underworld, Tony Hawk games, Tony Hawk Ride, tony hawks, Tony Hawk's American Wasteland, Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam, Tony Hawk's Project 8, Tony Hawk's Proving Ground, Tony Hawks: RIDE, Wii, Xbox 360)

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Relientk77  +   2119d ago
Is anyone suprised that Halo and Mario are on this list?

Honestly I want Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon to die unless
Naughty Dog gets the rights back and actually make a good Crash game
again, and same complaint for Spyro with Insomniac Games
These companies are ruining the Crash and Spyro series, give them
back to their creators :-/
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GWAVE  +   2119d ago
Madden should have been #1 on that list.
mastiffchild  +   2119d ago
I'm all for a few new IP myself too-and though I've been a Resi fan from the first moments of the series I'm sure it needs to be at least put away, if not killed off after changing beyond all recognition over the past two games AND going all crap in RE5, killing off it's best, most iconic character and running away from the SH genre while doing nothing to embrace it's new found action direction(i.e if you wanna be an action game chnage the controls and if you wanna be Resi provide some scares and , above all, stop with trying MP til your game suits it).

Too many issues, too much water under the bridge and I just wish now that RE4 had been allowed to be it's glorious swansong rather than RE5 propelling the series towards a nondescript and tawdry end. Shoot it like a mangey dog!
DavePSU  +   2119d ago
Wow Mastiff, no clue why but I completely let Resident Evil slip my mind. I couldn't agree more. I felt the same way as you about the last two titles. They changed the franchise entirely and while both were good games in their own right, they didn't feel like "Resident Evil" anymore.
SuicidalTendencies  +   2119d ago
Dumb article. No game franchise needs to die. As long as people enjoy the games what does it matter if they make 10 or 100? Honestly, you just write these articles to stir up controversy to get hits on your lame ass site, right?
DavePSU  +   2119d ago
Actually, I write them because I enjoy writing them. I also enjoy seeing how other people would change a list or what titles they'd include themselves. Not everything has to be hardcore news, trailers, reviews and previews.

Lightened discussion about gaming topics like this are a nice change of pace and create good discussion sometimes. If it's not your cup of tea, just don't read it. You're obviously not the demographic I'm trying to reach with my Top 8 lists. They're not for everyone, but that doesn't make them "dumb" or anything else.

They're here for entertainment purposes, which is why they're listed as "articles" and not news. If you can't enjoy something for what it is, that's your own problem.
Raptor  +   2119d ago

After 13 main games, numerous remales, portables and films..

I believe the series deserves a quick clean death.
Isaac  +   2119d ago
What about the Wii series, the touch series, shovelware, megaman and pokemon?
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KiRBY3000  +   2119d ago
its ok man
insomniac sold the spyro franchise but they're still makin awesome platformer games now with ratchet & clank. tools of destruction is dope (just started playin it) and i cant wait to pick up a crack in time.

as for crash, same story. naughty dog sold crash and we now have uncharted which is IMO the best new franchise of this gen. i wouldnt say no to a PS3 crash game made by naughty dog but as long as they keep bringin awesome NEW games, its all good for us players.
gintoki777  +   2119d ago
burn baby burn disco inferno!
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SuicidalTendencies  +   2119d ago
You're damn right I'm not the demographic you're trying to reach. These type of articles only cause fanboy wars or are just plain dumb. Maybe you or people who read these articles should realize that maybe they have a favorite game that may never see a sequel again. How about you try and convince them a franchise needs to die? Tell that to Shenmue fans or Chrono Trigger fans. Hell, I can think of a bunch of games I may never see a sequel too again. And honestly, we see about 15 articles a week with a top ten this, or a top 5 that, it gets boring. Write about something useful.
DavePSU  +   2119d ago
I'll write a Top 8 Games that Deserve a Sequel tomorrow for you ;)
foxtheory  +   2118d ago
Here's what I think Kojima should do with the MGS franchise:
1. Finish Peace Walker
2. Cancel Rising
4. Make a game about Zanzibarland (Solid Snake vs. Big Boss)
5. End the series

This would complete the entire series and answer all the questions that still need to be answered without truely milking it. Rising, from what I've heard, is just a filler that is not needed at all. Plus, I just want to see Grey Fox blow up in a mine field!!! xD
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Beast_Master  +   2118d ago
Someone should post the top 8 websites that should die..
somerandomdude  +   2118d ago
The new Super Mario is the only game on the Wii that I wish I could play.
Halo / GTA rakes in to much money to die anytime soon.
Metal Gear should have stopped at 4. No Kajimi = no true Metal Gear
Tomb Raider is on its death bed, especially with the Uncharted series stepping it up.
SuicidalTendencies  +   2118d ago
"I'll write a Top 8 Games that Deserve a Sequel tomorrow for you ;)"

It's already been done....numerous times.
kunit22c  +   2118d ago
I'm not quite sure what you mean by this, do you mean the games are getting bad so they should die off? or they are just getting old and too many games? well either way I would say that sonic should die off already, I mean i'm going to give him one more chance with this new 2D sonic but all of his games since 2000 have been awful, and a new sonic game has came out almost like one a year, but they have all been bad so I don't see how Sonic didn't make the list.
DavePSU  +   2118d ago

Then I guess I'll have to think of something else!
TheReaper42  +   2118d ago
Killing Mario is like killing oxygen. That's never gonna happen.
vhero  +   2118d ago
The list is pretty good and although from a PS site its not biased which is good to see as it has the MGS series on their.
mal_tez92  +   2118d ago
I would like a remake of the MGS series
But no more sequels
KeenanTheSavage  +   2118d ago
exactly. article fail.
ThanatosDMC  +   2118d ago
Sonic needs to die.

Final Fantasy is different though. Versus will hopefully revitalize the franchise with it's gameplay and mature blah blah. Kingdom Hearts gameplay FTW!

Good thing there was no more FFX-2 sequel... that was just lame.
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The Meerkat  +   2119d ago
Why is Final Fantasy not on the list?

I know they all have different stories, but they are all just as gay.
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evrfighter  +   2119d ago
Normally I would disagree with that. But with each new final fantasy that main character looks more and more like a chick. So I'm going to have to agree.
WildArmed  +   2119d ago
havnt seen a good FF since FFX. x-2 (which the main was actually a girl), FFXI,FFXII all were... stupendous.
if FFXIII n FFXIII vs dont save SQ nothing can. I'mma boycott if they screw these up. I cant wait for another 10 years for them to pull crappy FF games out of their asses.

Madden needs to go too =/ but i guess its the best football franchise around.. so its kewl.

I disagree with MGS series.
Even though the story of Solid Snake has been covered we got alot of story holes I'd like to get filled up from The Big Boss etc etc. and i hope it comes to next-gen consoles, i dont like PSP mgs -.-
grayscare0  +   2118d ago
I agree. Pokemon should be up there as well.
shauzy  +   2118d ago
shauzy  +   2118d ago
no one talks about ff like that its the best rpg game ever
the best ff game is ffvii then ffiv i hope that ffiv:the after years come out soon, thanks.
vhero  +   2118d ago
I am starting to agree with that FF should stop now but if S-E just released another RPG what would be the difference?? It would only sell less nothing more. So they will stick the FF name on it and use it to sell like hotcakes. FF name is no more than a branding nowadays its not a series like all the other franchises on the list.
Noob  +   2119d ago
Good list
I agree, but some of those games contain classic gameplay elements or characters that make the fans keep picking it up. In a away, they are keeping gaming alive. Pokemon should of been on that list too.

You could say FF but they're all different games.
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DavePSU  +   2119d ago
I was going to include Pokemon, but wanted to really limit this to console-specific titles -- and felt Pokemon is more of a handheld production (though I know they do have some console titles).

Final Fantasy wasn't included because of the fact each game could be titled differently and it would still sell and make sense. If FF was 15 continuous sequels with the same characters like the titles mentioned in the list, it would have came in at #1 or #2 easily.
Relientk77  +   2119d ago
Thanx for clearing that up DavePSU

WildArmed  +   2119d ago
ah point taken. I guess its not really a franchise vs just a title to put on like saying Kojima Productions... in a way
Ron_Burgundy  +   2119d ago
Halo step on up
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Chrisny85  +   2096d ago
Mario Will Never Die!!!
mark my words.
NotoriousWarrior  +   2119d ago
I was hoping that MGS would die with MGS4. The game is best at what it does and the best ending for all the great characters.

I hate the fact that there is a MGS:R. Those of you that have played MGS4 would understand that a new MGS is not needed.

I hope its a prequel to MGS4, that way it still wouldn't ruin the MGS4 ending.
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Cenobia  +   2119d ago
I'm pretty sure it is a prequel.

I agree with you though. They should have at least dropped the "Solid" and started a new Metal Gear series without Kojima. I feel like they have him locked in a cage over there and only feed him if he gives them more Metal Gear.
Roper316  +   2119d ago
I would say RE should just die off, it is just a mere shell of what it was, the core game play and atmosphere are gone and is just another action shooter. I would also say Sonic belongs on that list. And even though GTA IV was garbage I don't think GTA should be on the list nor should MGS.
morganfell  +   2119d ago
Top 8 Gaming Websites that need to die:

148. Playstationuniversity.com
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Alcon Caper  +   2119d ago
Wow, I actually liked one of Morgenfell's comments. Awesome!!
DavePSU  +   2119d ago
So -- This either means that you want us to die after about 147 other sites do or we're too low of a priority to worry about.

Either one is cool ;)
JOLLY1  +   2119d ago
That was hilarious Dave.
morganfell  +   2118d ago
Think flies at a picnic and you'll get the picture...

Also this will most certainly help:

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sikbeta  +   2119d ago
I'm happy if Mario Die, really I hate him is everywhere in every N game, I expect more dignity from a whore...
Numark  +   2119d ago
What a bad list. Once a series starts to lose quality, then it is too long. come back when mario games stop being a blast
ico92  +   2119d ago
they put mario on there but not sonic the hedgehog that game franchise perfectly fits your descrption a whored out franchise that lost its quality years ago i mean really sonic hasnt been in a good game in almost TEN YEARS and seeing how many sonic games we've seen in that time period thats saying alot, sonic is on life support but its time to pull the plug.
Aclay  +   2119d ago
Mario and Halo will never die because those games is what sells both the Xbox and Nintendo consoles, they literally made the Xbox/Nintendo platform what it is today and to an extent I think both M$ and Nintendo are very dependent on their mascot franchises, so I don't ever seeing them go away.

The GTA series is getting a little stale to me because GTA4 just got boring so quickly, but a future GTA game that had everything San Andreas had and more OUT OF THE BOX (not added in via DLC), would be more than enough to reinvigorate my past love for the franchise.

The Storylines in the MGS series to me are just too amazing and memorable to just kill off the franchise anytime soon.... I'd love to see MGS live on for many, many years to come. The Stealth genre is almost non-existent this gen., so I have to get my "Tactical Espionage Action" fix somehow, and MGS gives me that... I doubt Rising will be a "Tactical Espionage" Stealth game, but at least I can count on Peace Walker.
AliTheBrit  +   2119d ago

Please Microsoft, stop bombarding us with crappy Halo games, we all know the 1 and only reason you keep making them is because you know it makes you lots of money, want to work on something good? put more effort into Fable. Fable II, now THAT was a great video game :)
Alcon Caper  +   2119d ago
Street Fighter should die now.

edit: also dance dance revolution should and guitar games should die
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Cenobia  +   2119d ago
You realize that DDR is probably going to come back huge with Natal.

I'm blaming it on you if it happens.
Alcon Caper  +   2119d ago
I'll take full "jinx-responsibility" ;
George Sears  +   2119d ago
I do agree with the MGS series. Snake's story is over. No need for fillers or wannabe Gray Fox's.

Just carry on my MEME. It is all I ask for
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Whitefox789  +   2118d ago
Well both of your brothers are gone, so I don't know how far Metal Gear can go without them we'll see how well your father and your son can hold up
monkey602  +   2119d ago
I agree with most of that list. I know everyone has their own taste and are still enjoying those games so they are going nowhere for a while yet. I just don't care much for them myself. Just like everyone's obssession with X-factor and how I never want to hear of it again!
FwanK  +   2119d ago
I cant believe there is no Sonic?

Sonic needs to die!
DocHoliday  +   2119d ago
Socom needs to die. Unless if Slant_Sux could give it back to Zipper inc.
Quadrix  +   2119d ago
Mario shouldn't be on the list. You have to actually suck in order to be on a list like this.
drewboy704  +   2119d ago
Biased and written by PS3 fan boys much
Really GTA, MGS, GH all used to be Playstation exclusive and came or r soon to come to xbox. Halo and mario are other console exclusives and the other franchises arent PS3 exclusives either. Shocker. I remember the days news was never biased(not really)
striped94  +   2118d ago
Wtf are you talking about? Yes, some of these games used to be exclusive. & That's what made them so great IN THE PAST. Great games are ruined when they go multi-plat. The reason developers go multi-plat is to rake in the cash, not please us.
Shane Kim  +   2119d ago
I have to say Mario. Im just sick of that Italian plumber. Oh, and Halo too.
gintoki777  +   2119d ago
I really wouldnt mind a new pixelated mario game...go back to the basics.

I dont know about other people but I dont like that new super mario bros and mario playing basketball etc.

a super mario bros 3 style game with tons of new levels and enemies wouldnt hurt for me.
Sie  +   2119d ago
I'm not sure on mario i loved galaxy on the wii, looking forward to number 2!
NicCageMYHero  +   2119d ago
I had trouble...
...falling in love with the MGS series. I mean I love the PS brand so much and maybe I just don't like that type of game (didn't love any splinter cell either) but I think that GOW 1/2, UC, SotC, etc. are better games. I think they control better than MGS 1-3 and I think MGS' story is way too overrated. I'd be cool with Kojima working on something different and Bungie working on something different as well.
bigjclassic  +   2119d ago
If Nintendo stopped making Mario or Zelda
I would probably stop gaming..
Seferoth75  +   2119d ago
A PS site wants to kill the main franchises for the other console makers... Who didnt see that one coming. but its ok for FF to have 30 something games in 20 years, It's completely wrong to have 1 Mario platformer a generation....Oh wait this gen we get 3 of them and 1 is completely different from the other 2. I think SMBWii is as different from SMG is as FF1 is from FF2. Oh well PS site so what more can you expect

List should be..
1. Guitar Hero
2. Madden
3. NFS
4. Final Fantasy
5. Rock Band
6. Sonic
7. Pokemon
8. COD

The yearly releases should be all over this list. Kinda makes me wonder if this guy is an actual gamer or just made the list to take shots at Halo and Mario
Cenobia  +   2119d ago
If you take the word 'fanboy' out of your post you basically just say "I disagree...here is my list".

It is actually a much more compelling read that way...just so you know.
Seferoth75  +   2118d ago
Could you please show me where "fanboy" is anywhere in my post? I reread it twice. never saw it once.
Fierce Musashi  +   2119d ago
I've noticed when talking about Mario that "Super Mario" was mentioned rather than just plain Mario on the title. Interesting. Just saying.

Killing of top tier franchises that have shown very little low quality rather than franchise that have truly seen better days, and need to be kill in cold blood for the sake of what's left of the good reputation it had (Sonic the Hedgehog is a perfect example).

Teh. But whatever, I can't really take this article seriously after seeing where it came from.
djfullshred  +   2119d ago
Why do popular game series that sell well need to die? If people buy them, it means that people like them. Supply & demand.
Guy169  +   2119d ago
Shi**y, opinionated list.

First of, by your logic FF should be on top, lulz. Second of all, Mario should die, but no Sonic? wow.

now TR games get better and better since 2006's Legend. I'd say more like Lara Croft today is everything she should've been in the 90s.. and last I checked there's practically no exploration in that TR clone you've mentioned. no plausible puzzles either. Not to mention that the next TR is going to be a reboot.
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DangerousMali  +   2119d ago
Mario and Gaylo for need to be put down, there nothing in the franchise we haven't seen
VicHyper  +   2119d ago
FF should definitely be there. I'm a fan of the series, but now the name is nothing more than an obvious cash cow for stories that are only tangentially linked at best.
Rmagnus  +   2118d ago
Fan of FF?
And you never knew that FF stories were never link save X-2???
VicHyper  +   2118d ago
Of course I did. And I enjoy most of the games which make up the series as it is today. But my point is I don't want the series to devolve into Final Fantasy XXVIII§: Crystal Babies. I played FF11 for 3+ years only to have it forgotten about by SE for a new mmo with the FF name slapped on it. Let's be honest - the name "rapture" wouldn't get half the players that "Final Fantasy 14" would get - and it doesn't even have most of the class types which have been seen since early FF games (the FF11 classes were included but basically as just a marketing gimmick).
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Guy169  +   2119d ago
" Final Fantasy wasn't included because of the fact each game could be titled differently and it would still sell and make sense. "

No it would not. Chrono Trigger was basically FF, but 6 outsold it 4:1.
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