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    5 video game franchises that should take a break.

    First I don't claim to agree or disagree with the article. I just thought it would be worth posting to see what everyone else thinks of the choices the writer picked.

    I really can't say for certain about the list, last time I played Tony Hawk has to be around the ps2 day's. I just never could get into AC, I tried two of them I believe. I never tried the Sims or Dynasty warriors so can't comment there. As in sonic, I got one of the psn version's awhile back and I guess I just had the memory of how great it was as a kid. So like most thing's you remember from way back that were so great, they don't seem to be as great when you go back and try them again in the present.


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    Time to take a break.The humorist Don Marquis once said that "a sequel is an admission that you've been reduced to imitating yourself." He died in 1937, so I'm pretty sure he wasn't talking about video games. But glance at the sequel-flooded game industry these days and you'll know that he was on to something.
    The good news? Despite their prevalence, video game sequels tend to be technically superior to their predecessors. They often fix flaws, improve visuals, and add features than fans have requested. The best games in most successful franchises are often not the first ones.

    But cranking out too many games in one series can be problematic, too. Nothing kills the fun like oversaturation (we're eyeballing you, Guitar Hero), and sadly, a number of game makers have proven that they just don't understand the old showbiz adage of 'leaving 'em wanting more.' Instead, we get the same old game year after year as publishers try to wring every drop of milk out of their once-healthy cash cows. We don't want more, but they keep giving it to us anyway.
    Here are five franchises that should do us all a favor and take a nice, long vacation.
    Sonic the Hedgehog
    SonicPeople have been calling for Sonic's head for nearly a decade now, and for good reason: the blue blur just ain't what he used to be.
    Beginning with 2003's Sonic Heroes (or thereabouts), a string of pretty lousy games started gnawing away on the mascot's legacy. 2006's Sonic the Hedgehog was a disaster, as was 2008's Sonic Unleashed. If you typed "which game franchises should die" into a search engine in 2009, Sonic's was the first name on every list.
    To be fair, though, he's made a decent comeback of late. Sonic Colors for the Wii was a solid platformer, as was the recently released throwback game, Sonic Generations. But despite these modest gains, it's time for the hedgehog to go on administrative leave. He's been running non-stop for over 20 years now. Give him — and us -- a break, Sega.
    Dynasty Warriors
    Dynasty WarriorsApproximately 6,000 Dynasty Warriors games have been released since the franchise first debuted as a fighting game on the Playstation in 1997, and that is approximately 5,997 too many. Despite being largely loathed by game critics for featuring dull, repetitive gameplay, the series has proven itself to be amazingly resilient, selling over 18 million units en route to becoming Koei's biggest franchise.
    But it's time for this warrior to lay down the weapon for a while. The last Dynasty Warriors game to score higher than a 70% rating was released back in 2005; since then, it's been one disappointment after another (and another, and another, and another.) We've yet to see how the next game -- this one timed as a launch title for the PlayStation Vita -- fares, but unless it's a knock out, we're hoping Koei takes this brawler back to the dojo for a while.
    Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
    Tony HawkRemember when you couldn't wait for the next Tony Hawk game to hit stores? Neither do we.
    Released in 1999, the original Tony Hawk's Pro Skater was a groundbreaking achievement in sports game design, and for a good couple of sequels, it just kept getting better. Then it started doing downhill — fast.
    Like a skater who can't stop trying to nail an impossible trick, the series started pushing the 'extreme' part over the gameplay part, but it didn't truly jump the rail until 2009's dismal Tony Hawk Ride and its crummy skateboard game controller. We were all hoping the Hawkman would take that as a signal to get off the half-pipe, but sure, enough, they tried again with 2010's Tony Hawk Shred, which fell just as awkwardly as Ride.
    No more, right? Well, that depends on what you consider 'more'. Unafraid to beat a dead board, Activision will try to remind us all of better days by releasing Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD, a downloadable reimagining of the first two games in the series. It's bound to be more fun than faking kickflips on a wobbly peripheral, but an even better idea? Take a few years off and rebuild the formula from scratch.
    Assassin's Creed
    Assassin's CreedOkay, settle down. Drop the throwing knives and sheathe your sword. We love the Assassin's Creed series as much as the next stealthy killer. We just think it should breathe a little.
    Why? Because since the first title stormed game consoles in 2007, there have been four main Assassin's Creed games, with 2008 being the only skipped year. Add to that a number of handheld and browser-based games, and you get a franchise teetering on the edge of oversaturation.
    It's beginning to show signs of aging, too. Last year's Assassin's Creed: Revelations was the lowest scoring game in the series thus far, with most complaints focusing on the game's overall similarity to previous entries. That tends to happen when you squeeze out a new game year after year.
    By the way, that's about to happen again, as Ubisoft is already hard at work on the fifth game, due out towards the end of 2012…unless someone stabs it first.
    The Sims
    The SimsIt's the best-selling PC game franchise ever. It seamlessly crosses age, gender and culture borders. It's found success everywhere from your Xbox 360 to Facebook.
    And it's about time The Sims quit working so hard.
    Why? Expansions. It's been expanded so many times, we can hardly remember which game, technically, was the last official core release (it was The Sims 3; we looked it up.) The first game had seven expansions, the second had eight expansions and nine "stuff" packs, and so far we've seen five expansions and five more stuff packs for The Sims 3 since its initial release in 2009. Who knew life was so complicated?
    And that's just scratching the surface of this overproduced franchise. Spinoffs include The Sims Online, The Sims Stories and, most recently, The Sims Social. Then there are the 'MySims' console games, six of which have been released since 2007. Tack on a few iOS releases, numerous ports to various handhelds and, of course, the in-development The Sims movie and you wind up with a product spread thinner than the Kardashians.
    It's not that The Sims are bad, mind you. It's just that we'd like some time to regroup. Get our real lives in order for a while, you know? This laundry isn't going to wash itself.
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    I pretty much agree with them all. Might add Mario in the mix too, alongside Ratchet and Clank and maybe Resident Evil spin-off games.

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    I definitely agree with Dynasty Warriors, or at least add a lot more features and upgrade the combat.

    As for Assassins Creed, I'm not sure, I still haven't played Revelations

    The others I don't play so I don't really care as much...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerwan_Ratchet View Post
    Oh look, Call of Duty isn't on there. Go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nagflar View Post
    I pretty much agree with them all. Might add Mario in the mix too, alongside Ratchet and Clank and maybe Resident Evil spin-off games.
    If Ratchet and Clank keeps going the way the last game took it, it deserves a hell lot more than a break.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerwan_Ratchet View Post
    If Ratchet and Clank keeps going the way the last game took it, it deserves a hell lot more than a break.
    Thanks, captain obvious. Insightful as always.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chambers35 View Post
    As for Assassins Creed, I'm not sure, I still haven't played Revelations
    After playing it for around 20~ minutes at a department store, I agree with it's position. It's the same thing you played on Brotherhood, and the hook doesn't really do much for the gameplay.

    Then again, I didn't try the online (for obvious reason), so the supposed 'upgrades' that Curse and antonios say are very refreshing and that add a lot of depth might change my mind.

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    Only play AC and even though I really like it I do think they should take a break.

    As stated before, it's 'surprising' that CoD isn't on there - I wish that series would just get nuked; I like it and all but sheesh, if they milked that series any harder I'm sure I could make a milkshake out of it - Makes no sense but sdeunfre

    Would also add FIFA to the list


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    In my opinion

    Franchises that need to take a break:

    -Call of Duty
    -Final Fantasy (I love FF but seriously)
    -Assassin's Creed (Revelations was crap, and one game per year is a little too much)
    -Dynasty Warriors
    -Resident Evil (3 (more?) games coming out this year...too much.

    Franchises that should come back:
    -Breath of Fire (V was crap but the others were amazing)
    -Parasite Eve (for PS3, classic survival horror, The 3rd Birthday was okay but so different from the first 2)
    -Kingdom Hearts (seriously what's with the games for Nintendo, COME ON WE WANT KH3 for PS3!!!)
    -Megaman Legends (we all know what happened but still, Capcom, come on)
    -Persona (apparently Atlus is working on P5 but it will never be here too soon)

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    I agree that Assassins Creed shouldn't be releasing one a year but the last two games were down to their predecessors success

    Brotherhood was released because AC2 was such a hit, so they made it in double time to catch them players and then lots of players wanted an ending to Ezios story so Revelations was released

    And Assassins Creed 3 kinda has to come out in 2012 to go with the story

    I'm hoping after 3 and the end of Desmonds story they wait a few years before the next part of the franchise

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    I don't play the other mentioned franchises much, but I agree with Assassin's Creed. Though Revelations was a good game, it was extremely short and didn't add much on to what already existed. They need to take their time with AC3.


    Quote Originally Posted by johnny_leyenda View Post
    In my opinion
    Franchises that should come back:

    -Breath of Fire (V was crap but the others were amazing)
    -Parasite Eve (for PS3, classic survival horror, The 3rd Birthday was okay but so different from the first 2)
    -Kingdom Hearts (seriously what's with the games for Nintendo, COME ON WE WANT KH3 for PS3!!!)
    -Megaman Legends (we all know what happened but still, Capcom, come on)
    -Persona (apparently Atlus is working on P5 but it will never be here too soon)
    Besides Parasite Eve (3rd Birthday didn't live up to the PE standards, IMO), I'd like to see a new Dino Crisis game as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brohgrick Talonteeth View Post
    Would also add FIFA to the list
    I'd beg to disagree. FIFA keeps evolving gameplay-wise (unlike all the other games mentioned in this thread). Just look at FIFA 2012 and how different (and harder) it is from 2011.

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    I actually enjoy the Dynasty Warriors games. Even though they've pretty much stayed the same sine creation. But they are still fun to play, at least for me.
    The Sims. I'm surprised they still put that crap out to be honest.
    Assassin;s Creed should have stopped with AC:2. Because AC:B was more like AC:2.2 not even worth a 2.5. Brotherhood almost made me hate the series. I still haven't picked up Revelations yet. But I'm probably going to rent it, and not buy it. That way it only costs me $10. Which from what I hear. IS about all it's worth, story wise. And that's even if I touch the MP. Which I probably wont. Because I wasn't that fond of it in Brotherhood to begin with.

    And how in the hell do they leave Call of Duty of this list. Granted I've bought everyone that has come out. But still how do you make this list. And not include that Series is way beyond me.

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    Franchises that need to take a permanent vacation:

    Dynasty Warriors
    Call of Duty
    The Sims
    Assassin's Creed
    Sonic the Hedgehog
    Final Fantasy
    Mario


    Franchises that need to take a break for a little while:

    Madden
    Resident Evil


    I hesitated with putting the RE series on either list as I'm waiting for Operation Raccoon City & RE6 to come out before I passed final judgement. However, based on the direction the series has gone to this point (not counting the new games that are coming), I'd say the series definitely needs a break.
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    Definitely the Sims, I understand Sonic, Assassin's Creed for sure, Dynasty Warriors yes, and Tony Hawk I'm indifferent. Final Fantasy, Call of Duty, and Spyro should take a break. Uncharted too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cpt-Redding View Post
    I agree that Assassins Creed shouldn't be releasing one a year but the last two games were down to their predecessors success Brotherhood was released because AC2 was such a hit, so they made it in double time to catch them players and then lots of players wanted an ending to Ezios story so Revelations was released And Assassins Creed 3 kinda has to come out in 2012 to go with the story I'm hoping after 3 and the end of Desmonds story they wait a few years before the next part of the franchise
    ^This ~ I really look forward to the ending of the story!!

    Dynasty Warriors and Sims definitely ~ there hasn't been much changes from past games. DW is still just square smashing and the best part in the Sims is building and furnishing your house lol

    Other games that should take a break: Call of Duty and perhaps FF so they can think of an awesome storyline
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    I am a HUGE Assassin's Creed fan.
    I would be fairly disappointed if they slowed down a bit.
    The only thing that would make me happy is if they stopped but made MAJOR improvements to every aspect in the game.
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    call of duty shuld not take a break
    it should go away
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silent Assassin View Post
    Besides Parasite Eve (3rd Birthday didn't live up to the PE standards, IMO), I'd like to see a new Dino Crisis game as well.
    YES! I can't believe I didn't mention that one. I mean, what the hell happened to Dylan? I've been wondering for years...
    I think that if a new Dino Crisis comes out it'd be a FPS but still...the Turok game was kinda boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iToxicityHD View Post
    The only thing that would make me happy is if they stopped but made MAJOR improvements to every aspect in the game.
    That's pretty much why it should take a break: to improve the sequel(s) and stop being so dull and repetitive (again).

    Quote Originally Posted by platzreign View Post
    Assassin;s Creed should have stopped with AC:2. Because AC:B was more like AC:2.2 not even worth a 2.5. Brotherhood almost made me hate the series. I still haven't picked up Revelations yet. But I'm probably going to rent it, and not buy it. That way it only costs me $10. Which from what I hear. IS about all it's worth, story wise. And that's even if I touch the MP. Which I probably wont. Because I wasn't that fond of it in Brotherhood to begin with.
    I actually call AC:B "AC:2.3" and AC:R "AC:2.6" .

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    Games that should come back

    - The Legend of The Mystical Ninja (AKA Goemon)
    - Dino Crisis
    - DOOM
    - Nightmare Creatures
    - Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
    - Super Mario RPG
    - PLOK
    - Syphon Filter
    - Shenmue
    - Contra
    - The Suffering
    - Manhunt
    - Demon's Crest

    EDIT: Frank's Adventure too!
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