10 video game franchises that "Jumped the Shark"

"Jumping the shark" is used to describe the moment when a TV show sharply drops in quality. But who said we can't apply that principle to video games, too?

Here are several big-name game franchise that, for one reason or another, have ground to a screeching halt.

The BS Police6568d ago

Goldeneye is the greatest example of this, Goldeneye was th best Bond game and then after that they all sucked!

shotty6568d ago

They forgot the Playstation series. Jokes

Schmitty076568d ago

The last good one, I think, was agent Under Fire. I had a great time playing multiplayer w/ my friends. Nightfire, Everything or Nothing, Goldeneye: Rogue Agent, and From Russia with Love sucked badly. Wow I can believe there has been that much of them. No wonder why they sucked.

Legionaire20056568d ago

You list all the corny bonds games except for Tomorrow never dies(PS1) and The World Is Not Enough(PS1 and N64),which sucked real bad!!!! In the world is not enough the characters run like a fireman going through fire. Tomorrow Never Dies was the first third person bond ever that turn out terrible in the end.

PS360PCROCKS6568d ago

anyone notice their all ps2 titles, except 1, lol anyways this just goes to show you that this is what happens when developers make games over and over and over, kinda like alot of the ps3 games

gamerriffic6568d ago

i think the tonyhawk one was incorrect.. THUG1 was revolutionary in the series... it improved greatly from the last one.. and then THUG2 was hardly anything, just spray paint + bmx?

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coolbeans24d ago

Pretty good list. Botany Manor would be the newest addition that encapsulates that title.


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OptimusDK27d ago

There are different games. Some have gamplay at it highest priority, some have the story, some have the replay value and choices... There are a lot of different game experiences.

It is laughable that just now graphics does not have anything to do with that experiene. We have had many games of that type over time. This is just the one that have come closest to feel like playing an actual movie. Just look the the Digital foundry walkthrough it is a masterpiece in that perspective and hence wrth trying. But yes do not do it for the gameplay - but that was never the goal of this experience.

GamerRN26d ago

It's because it's on Xbox. When Xbox has amazing graphics, they don't matter. When PlayStation does, it's a game changer!

Lightning7726d ago

Pretty much my thoughts. They were technical marvel's on PS and still are. The moment Xbox puts out a graphically intense game is doesn't matter suddenly.

4 years ago this month would the UE5 tech demo debut with the girl flying (tech demo said it was only possible on PS5 because of the SSD. Glad to finally see it in its glory.

fr0sty26d ago

FFS, gaming journalism has really gone downhill. At least hire people with a basic grasp of grammar... "Me neither" means the exact opposite of what the "author" is trying to say. That's like saying "I could care less"... lol.

S2Killinit26d ago

Maybe because the gameplay being dull allowed it to have the amazing graphics and people are not as impressed by graphics alone anymore? I mean there is a lot of sites saying the story and the gameplay are lackluster. So what are we supposed to enjoy then? Cgi graphics are beautiful but since they arent interactive, they dont impress me as much as they used to. Thats an extreme example, but you get my drift.

Terry_B26d ago

When Playstation (Sony) does it..its usually a great game and not a cinematic experience..or at least something new at the time..like Until Dawn back in 2015.

1Victor26d ago

@gamer:” It's because it's on Xbox. When Xbox has amazing graphics, they don't matter. When PlayStation does, it's a game changer!”

The game looks as good as any other PlayStation game in my eyes why can’t you and the other hardcore Xbox be happy about it and drag PlayStation into every conversation and force PlayStation hardcore to look into the game and find flaw that most games have in one way or another.
@light: “ 4 years ago this month would the UE5 tech demo debut with the girl flying (tech demo said it was only possible on PS5 because of the SSD. ”
Yes at that time it was only possible on PlayStation SSD how ignorant of you to think that after 4 years the technology wouldn’t evolved and move to a industry standard 🤦🏿I wish your mentality wasn’t so naive and narrow to post stuff like that 😩 in a year or 2 a new game will come out that might look better, it’s the nature of the industry.

Now that the distraction is gone I feel that is a good thing that the graphics in games are starting to hit the rooftop and hopefully the developers will put more thoughts into story and gameplay mechanics than just the next shiny oily skin of old.

Reaper22_26d ago

So true. Not surprised by all the negativity. It's a really good game and looks better than any game I've ever seen. GOTY nominee for sure. Like I said before, sony screwed up big time by not purchasing Ninja Theory.

Asplundh26d ago

Pretty much. It's like how the Switch and Steam controller using haptic feedback in their controllers wasn't a big deal but then Sony did it and it was then a "game changer".

fr0sty26d ago

The game runs at as low as 21fps... That isn't much to brag about no matter how good it looks.

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MajorLazer26d ago (Edited 26d ago )

We've had graphical gamechangers before, such as Crysis but those games still had gameplay to compliment it. Hellblade pretty much has none, and only achieved such graphics through being incredibly linear and having very small, closed off environments where very little is happening.

Vx_26d ago (Edited 26d ago )

GFX does not mean anything if the game is boring. It is simple like that and these major companies need to understand this simple concept.

Games are like your lady, she may be beautiful to look at for a while but then it gets boring if her character isn't interesting and fun to be with.

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Kneetos27d ago

Mario kart 8 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Sonic188127d ago

Horizon forbidden West has great graphics and great gameplay

GamerRN26d ago

Yeah but graphics don't matter, remember?

anast26d ago


I've been pretty consistent in saying that we need both.

GamerRN25d ago

So until dawn, too human, or whatever those series of games were... Graphic masterpieces it garbage with no gameplay?

VincentVanBro26d ago

I agree and I actually think Forbidden West looks better than Hellblade 2. I easily prefer looking at it at least.