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."

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Relientk775332d ago (Edited 5332d 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 :-/

GWAVE5332d ago

Madden should have been #1 on that list.

mastiffchild5332d 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!

DavePSU5332d 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.

SuicidalTendencies5332d 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?

DavePSU5332d 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.

Raptor5332d ago


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

I believe the series deserves a quick clean death.

Isaac5332d ago

What about the Wii series, the touch series, shovelware, megaman and pokemon?

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KiRBY30005332d ago

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.

gintoki7775332d ago (Edited 5332d ago )

burn baby burn disco inferno!

SuicidalTendencies5332d 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.

DavePSU5332d ago

I'll write a Top 8 Games that Deserve a Sequel tomorrow for you ;)

foxtheory5332d ago (Edited 5332d ago )

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

Beast_Master5332d ago

Someone should post the top 8 websites that should die..

somerandomdude5332d 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.

SuicidalTendencies5332d ago

"I'll write a Top 8 Games that Deserve a Sequel tomorrow for you ;)"

It's already been done....numerous times.

kunit22c5332d 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.

DavePSU5332d ago


Then I guess I'll have to think of something else!

TheReaper425331d ago

Killing Mario is like killing oxygen. That's never gonna happen.

vhero5331d 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.

ThanatosDMC5331d ago (Edited 5331d 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 Meerkat5332d ago (Edited 5332d ago )

Why is Final Fantasy not on the list?

I know they all have different stories, but they are all just as gay.

Alcon Caper5332d ago