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5 Game series that have lost their way

Michael Sawh

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Reviewed by Michael Sawh

18 September 2013

Pro Evolution Soccer

Back when Pro Evo 4 and 5 were out in the early-mid noughties, Pro Evolution Soccer was more of a level playing field with FIFA.

In fact, PES was arguably head and shoulders above FIFA despite the ambitious ‘team chemistry’ and ‘off the ball’ system features. By FIFA 10 in 2009, the tide was turning and EA Sports was finally putting the work in. Several years later and Pro Evo is now left playing catch-up. It continues to improve on the previous instalment, but FIFA is currently playing in a league of its own. There's little chance of Pro Evolution Soccer catching up any time soon.

Actionable Steps

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!

TheConciseStatement

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)

John

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.

Keith

November 20, 2013, 9:14 pm

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

Evan

November 21, 2013, 7:43 am

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

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