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How to Kill a Franchise

Seeing a beloved franchise crumble into a defunct mishmash of horrid ideas and misconstrued concepts seems to happen all too often in this day and age of money grabbing bottom-liners. A great game is relatively easy to create in comparison to what it takes to sustain that greatness throughout an entire series. Some franchises are great at keeping a high level of quality, whereas others take a swan dive into the shallow end of the pool. It might not be so bad when a company makes a one-hit-wonder that then flops, but when a series has been in our hearts for generations of systems and then takes a downturn in quality, that's when we have to turn our gaze to the publishers responsible.

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Diselage3502d ago (Edited 3502d ago )

Decent list of games that need rescuing from their own developers.

Madden had a very deserving spot on this list.

Xeoset3502d ago

Splinter Cell doesn't belong their.

Tomb Raider has had a nice revival with the 360's Legends and PC's Anniversary.

Diselage3502d ago

No way is Tomb Raider close to what she use to be or could be though. Far as splinter cell. I think they don't like the evolution the series is going through. Probably would've been better to start a different series or something.

Macdory3502d ago

Really enjoyed Legend and half way through Anniversary at the moment ...

Definately a step in the right direction ...

So, I think it;s a little harsh for Tomb Raider to be on the list ...

Dr Pepper3502d ago

"The look of a game will be passed by as newer games come down the pipeline, but classic gameplay will always be fun to pick up and play."

I agree with that comment. As for Splinter Cell, I will always buy the game (I really like the series) but if something had to be done...drop the Shanghai studio (at least for a while).

Splinter Cell: 9.6 (Montreal)
Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow: 9.5 (Shanghai, not a bad game though)
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory: 9.9 (Montreal, highest scoring game on original xbox and had the most amazing graphics of that time)
Splinter Cell: Double Agent: 9.0 (Shanghai)

The Shanghai studio seems to be bringing the series down, shown by these ratings from oxm.

ud3502d ago

i wouldn't say that the Shanghai studio is bringing the series down, but rather that the Montreal studio rocks !!! Can't wait for Assassin's creed ^_^

Dr Pepper3502d ago

True, the Montreal studio does rock! However, that doesn't change what I said. Since the Montreal studio is so good, the Shanghai studio can't keep up with the quality. Therefore, it's bringing the series lower than what it could be. I did like the Pandora Tomorrow campaign though, the levels were pretty cool.

MK_Red3502d ago

Good list but the games one last page (Splinter Cell & Tomb Raier) DO NOT belong to dead franchises. SC5: Conviction is coming as a 360 exclusive with lots of hype and need gameplay and look. And Tomb Raider was just revived by Legend and Anniversary is just released with acceptable sales.
But I agree that they should stop releasing every year.
And the deadest game there is Sonic. SEGA, please... Make a true good Sonic game.

Diselage3502d ago

I don't think any or at least most of these are dead but they are almost all on a downward slope. Tomb Raider is coming back but it wasn't exactly a triumphant return. Splinter Cell is probably a bit off.

SRuN43502d ago

Good list for the most part, some games like Splinter Cell don't belong on it but Conviction looks great, but I do see the point about how a yearly release could kill it off, games like that should come every other year IMO.

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