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5 Game series that have lost their way

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If the GTA 5 reviews are anything to go by, Rockstar Games gets a resounding thumbs-up for its latest instalment of the open world crime-fest. After roaming the Liberty City streets in GTA IV more than five years ago, Rockstar has managed to keep the series fresh by building a larger world, creating new gameplay elements and keeping the humour and the music that's become synonymous with the series. Keeping the standards so high cannot be easy.

GTA is in the small minority when it comes to successfully delivering consistently great games right from the start. Not all game franchises are so fortunate, especially when you decide to bring a new game out every year.

Like the last three Star Wars films and long-running US shows like the Simpsons, sometimes you got to know when to throw the towel in, or take a break to come up with some new ideas. Case in point, these are five game franchises that have lost their way.


September 20, 2013, 12:07 pm

I always loved Final Fantasy but they haven't made a decent game in a long time... I think 12 was the last one that was worth the time, and before that 10 was the last that actually rocked.
Stay the hell away from MMOs and do Final Fantasy XV right!


September 21, 2013, 6:55 pm

On a far less macho note, I really lament the Crash Bandicoot franchise. When Naughty Dog left the game, it took all of the humour and idiosyncrasies with it. Although, we've now seen the fruit of that reallocation of energy in Uncharted and The Last of Us, I still think it's sad that for a short period of time, that character could've became an icon like Mario and Sonic. The graphics from the PS1 titles have dated remarkably well.

Stuart Moulding

September 22, 2013, 10:26 am

And stop with the pointless sequels to already poor installments. (I'm looking at you FF XIII-2)


September 24, 2013, 12:31 pm

Absolutely loved Crash Bandicoot games... they made me want to complete the whole game whereas now I just want to get through to the end.


November 20, 2013, 9:14 pm

Conspicuous by absence: Diablo. Arguably the biggest fall from AAA gaming grace in history in one fell swoop.


November 21, 2013, 7:43 am

The millions still playing Diablo 3 may dispute that...

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