Lame Game Franchises That Just Won’t Die
Published: September 7, 2012
Lame Game Franchises That Just Won’t Die, One Wii series has bombed over and over with critics, but still sold more than 3 million copies. The worst game franchises they keep making games for, Despite good intentions, bad games happen. What’s really astonishing, though, is when a bad game gets a sequel, followed by another one.And another. And another.
How do game franchises continue to exist despite critical drubbings and, often, sales that don’t begin to compare to the haul of other titles that never see a second chapter?
The reasons are often budgetary. The games that critics (and most gamers) can’t stand cost virtually nothing to make, so they’re profitable even with minimal sales. Or in some cases, they started strong and built a loyal following of players who are so conditioned to buying each new release that they don’t realize how much the quality has suffered over the years.
And when it comes to quality, you won’t find much left in these seven troubled franchises. But you’ll find plenty of quantity.
As Kotaku recently pointed out, the four previous games in this lousy Wii mini-game series have a combined Metacritic average of 31. That’s humiliating. But the series has sold over 3 million copies, which has earned it a new installment for the Wii U.
Game Party originated at Midway, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment scooped it up (along with more valuable assets), and with the launch of the new platform, the publisher knows that parents are going to be looking for family-friendly software to go with it.
CSI might be one of the biggest television franchises of the past 12 years, but as a video game series it belongs in the morgue.
Ubisoft released the first one in 2003, though the series peaked in 2006 when CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: 3 Dimensions of Murder got a not-terrible Metacritic score of 67. Since 2010, though, scores have hovered in the high 30s and mid-40s, with some titles just being entirely ignored by critics. Most recently, the series made the shift to iOS, bringing bad mystery gaming to a whole new audience.
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