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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Relientk774801d ago (Edited 4801d 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 :-/

GWAVE4801d ago

Madden should have been #1 on that list.

mastiffchild4801d 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!

DavePSU4801d 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.

SuicidalTendencies4801d 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?

DavePSU4801d 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.

Raptor4801d ago


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

I believe the series deserves a quick clean death.

Isaac4801d ago

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

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KiRBY30004801d 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.

gintoki7774801d ago (Edited 4801d ago )

burn baby burn disco inferno!

SuicidalTendencies4801d 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.

DavePSU4801d ago

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

foxtheory4800d ago (Edited 4800d 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_Master4800d ago

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

somerandomdude4800d 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.

SuicidalTendencies4800d ago

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

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

kunit22c4800d 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.

DavePSU4800d ago


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

TheReaper424800d ago

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

vhero4800d 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.

ThanatosDMC4800d ago (Edited 4800d 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 Meerkat4801d ago (Edited 4801d ago )

Why is Final Fantasy not on the list?

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

evrfighter4801d 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.

WildArmed4801d 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 -.-

grayscare04800d ago

I agree. Pokemon should be up there as well.

shauzy4800d 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.

vhero4800d 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.

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Noob4801d ago (Edited 4801d ago )

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.

DavePSU4801d 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.

Relientk774801d ago

Thanx for clearing that up DavePSU


WildArmed4801d 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

NotoriousWarrior4801d ago (Edited 4801d 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.

Cenobia4801d 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.