When an innovative, fresh, new game comes out a sequel is usually required, whether it be due to public demand or to tie loose ends. We then move on to a trilogy which is perfectly fine but then the cycle continues and we see game number 4, 5 and beyond. The recent Tomb Raider got me thinking about when enough is enough, Lara Croft has undoubtedly seen her best days behind her and should be allowed to retire. The same can be said for many games around at the moment, maybe the risk is too daring for developers to create a new franchise, and so stick to tried and tested formulas for the purpose of sales. When is it time to call it a day?
Obviously, Call of Duty should have called it a day a long time ago but continue to slap us in the face with a stale fish year in, year out. Why should the series be retired though? It’s creating huge sales and demand is there so who cares if the integrity of the game has suffered? It’s not so much Call of Duty that I pose the question of retirement to, it’s more of the games that continue to dwindle in sales that keep on releasing game after game.
Here’s my list of gaming franchises that need to take a rest, at least for a few years anyway. I could of added a huge number of titles to this list but these are for example purposes.
- Ninja Gaiden
- The Sims
- Final Fantasy
- Metal Gear Solid
- Resident Evil
- Call Of Duty
The reasons behind many of these is that they were all once great games that have simply not captured the essence of what made the originals great games. This is reflected in sales and public opinion. They are ruining the reputation and integrity of the series by either trying to re-invent themselves too much (Sonic) or are simply releasing the same game every year(CoD).
Let’s take a look at what we are all anticipating this year. The year is 2014 and it’s the first full year of a new cycle of consoles and so far the biggest console game to come out was Tomb Raider. It doesn’t get any better with only a handful of exclusive, new titles to wet our appetites. We are to blame as much as the developer, we are the ones continuously buying the game whilst inadvertently hurting our beloved franchise at the same time. They wouldn’t survive without sales, so let’s make 2014 the year we demand more innovation by boycotting money spinners.
Have you got any thoughts on the matter? Please share!