Can you think of games that killed off their franchise?
There have been so many great franchises in gaming over the years. The likes of Mario, Zelda, FIFA and Mortal Kombat have managed to enjoy more than three decades in gaming.
However, even some of the greatest franchises can have a bad game that have killed off their legacy, entirely. In fact, some of these were so bad that there was no way to revive the franchise and the developers moved on, or in some cases even closed.
Here are five games that killed their franchise:
1. Mass Effect: Andromeda
A little harsh because I liked this game but if Mass Effect 3 was the first nail in the coffin, Andromeda was potentially the final. In fact, Bioware has seemingly noticed that the game series is pretty much over. The graphics and face scanning was useless at first, the story wasn’t great, and there were just too many bugs.
If we see another Mass Effect game, I will be stunned.
2. Medal of Honor: Warfighter
Being honest here, how the hell the 2010 Medal of Honor didn’t kill off the franchise is beyond me. Incredibly though, the series got another game in the form of Warfighter. It was full of glitches, bugs, a shockingly lousy storyline, moronic AI and some terrible graphics.
A stinker of a game and definitely one of those games that killed off their franchise.
3. Duke Nukem: Forever
More like Duke Nukem: Never again. SWISH! That was a belter, if I do say so myself.
Fans of the franchise had waited so long for this game to come out and when it did, we got a game that was very dated, with a stinker of a storyline, and some jokes that just didn’t hit the mark.
The decade or so of development didn’t seem worth it, and indeed what was delivered was viewed as a rubbish, sexist game.
4. Dead Space 3
A game that I liked, but I can understand why fans of the franchise do not like it at all. The problem with it was that EA decided to move away from the roots of the franchise as a survival horror game, to become a lot more action orientated.
If you take it as an action game, it is a belter, but if you are a fan of all the previous games, then you are less likely to be a fan of this one.
5. Red Faction: Armageddon
The first two games in this series were utterly brilliant and underrated. Armageddon was a long-awaited sequel to the 2009 game Guerilla which was an excellent addition to the series.
This one, though, was just useless. It sold poorly, it played poorly, and THQ had to decide to kill off the entire franchise because of the poor performance.