When should a game franchise call it a day?

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.

We should all walk away from Call of Duty

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
  • Sonic
  • Halo
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Fallout
  • Resident Evil
  • Call Of Duty
  • Mario

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). 

Don’t look so happy Sonic, nobody would care if you disappeared for a while.

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!


5 thoughts on “When should a game franchise call it a day?”

  1. While I think they did a pretty good job of getting Tomb Raider back into the public eye last year, I do think the franchise’s best days are long gone.

    Don’t get me wrong. I’ve enjoyed playing all the games throughout the years (even though Angel of Darkness was glitchy beyond belief and TR 2013 had way too many gun battlers) but I think the last truly great Tomb Raider game was Last Revelation. After that, the series took a bit of a nosedive. Legend and Underworld were fun to some extent but they didn’t have the same feel to them as the first 4 Tomb Raider games. And in my eyes, the best game of the series, Tomb Raider 2, has never been surpassed. The graphics may look terrible by today’s standards but the game had the right mix of action, puzzles and great locations.

    As for other game franchises, I really think they should have stopped bringing out Sonic games circa Sonic & Knuckles. Another example of a great franchise being dragged out for no good reason…

  2. I get where you are coming from, but some of these I will violently disagree with you on.

    Fallout? Why? New Vegas was a great game all-around and one of my favorite in the entire series. The studio that made Fallout 3 hasn’t even had a chance to make a sequel yet, since New Vegas was done by Obsidian. If anything, it is the series I want to see the MOST out of all of these.

    I also disagree on Halo. Halo 4 was a good game, especially for a new studio taking over the reigns. I look forward to seeing what they continue to do with it.

    Mario is a yes and no for me. I am tired of rehashing, but there are still innovative Mario games. 3D World was actually a pretty awesome experience (just like 3D Land before it). Plus Galaxies were two of the more creative entries in the series, and both of those are still in recent memory.

    1. I didn’t like New Vegas, in comparison to Fallout 3 it was poor. This begs another question though, why do developers keep on handing over the reigns to others? It doesn’t make sense.

      I am one of Halos biggest fans, Halo 4 had a great campaign but multiplayer was pretty horrendous. A game should be judged on both in todays world and Halo 4 showed depth and emotion in the campaign which was unrivaled in it’s predecessors, but multiplayer had no lasting effect. I actually prefer the multiplayer of Reach, which is saying something.

      Mario is still doing a pretty good job, but without him you could argue that Nintendo could breathe new life in to their console. Too much reliance is on the little man.

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