This is a question we tend to only ask ourselves when things go horribly wrong.
Maybe it's a decent question to apply to more franchises than just the ones that are floundering though. Despite the picture I've chosen I swear I'll leave the whole Final Fantasy thing alone for at least a week. 🙂
This week I picked up the Mortal Kombat reboot (finally) for a heck of a price on PSN's Summer blowout sale. I immediately set to work dispatching foes and laughing maniacally just like 20 years hadn't passed. Then something occurred to me, these characters are very comic book-y, and they have been for awhile. The first two titles delivered some of the most realistic fighters we'd seen in an arcade game at the time. They were actual digital captures of real actors instead of digitized drawings.
Maybe the gore was cartoony and the characters themselves weren't based in reality but I couldn't help wondering what Mortal Kombat would be like or look like if it had followed the path of gritty realism and perhaps some better scripting. While I have no problem with where the franchise is it could have been an amazing direction.
There are plenty of other franchises that don't get much press which you may or may not be happy with. My brother has switched to Forza over Gran Turismo , that kind of broke my heart but a lot of gamers prefer that kind of more accessible thing these days. Maybe you're pleased as punch that with new technology Gran Turismo has only become a better simulator, and aims to again with the sixth entry..
How about Metal Gear Solid ? Do you trust the move to open world? Same question for Mirror's Edge . Does the serious crime drama of Grand Theft Auto get you down or amp you up? Maybe Saint's Row has gone too far with the aliens?
It's all well and good to complain now and again but I've got some praise to spread around I think. While I'm not sure if Max Payne will return I must say part 3 really surprised me with how great it was, they even managed to streamline those clunky controls.
Bioshock Infinite was somehow the same but totally fresh. InFamous just keeps getting better in my opinion, and Second Son seems to solidify that trend. Dead or Alive 5 proved to me that the fighter still has plenty of life in it. Finally, while Silent Hill: Downpour may not have been the greatest in the series, as a big fan I was pleased to see that it didn't try to become an action game like some other franchises. Maybe the success of something like The Evil Within can re-energize the Silent Hill franchise.
How would you gauge your favorite series as doing? What kind of directions might be better?