9 game franchises that just went downhill

The games industry tends to get stronger over the years and the development of its franchises. However, not all games manage to overcome the passage of time and continue to present quality to players.

Below, we’ve rounded up 9 game franchises that have unfortunately been showing a considerable decline in their last appearances – which is certainly a shame for all the names on the list.

Check out which franchises these are and then comment: what other game series have been losing quality over the years until their burial?

Duke Nukem

This is one of the franchises that unfortunately should not return anytime soon because of the quality of the last game.Fonte:  Steam

Duke Nukem Forever, released in 2011, is the game that boasts the longest developing title – a total of 15 years. However, this by no means indicates quality as the game was massacred by critics and players, and simply buried the franchise once and for all.

It’s hard to imagine a title from this franchise being released in the next few years, but if that happens it will be difficult to erase the stain that was created by the last game. And that’s really a shame, especially if we remember how iconic this show was in the ’90s.

Fallout

Fallout 76 is the thorn in the side of the franchise that unfortunately left a bitter taste in the public's mouth.Fallout 76 is the thorn in the side of the franchise that unfortunately left a bitter taste in the public’s mouth.Source: PlayStation

the franchise Fallout evolved a lot over the years, from an isometric RPG to an FPS with tactical elements well praised by players. Fallout 4 is still remembered by gamers as a solid title, but it was the last game in the series that made the sauce go awry.

Fallout 76, released in 2018, is a prequel to the franchise that unfortunately failed to maintain the standard of the series was heavily criticized on account of bugs, lack of NPCs, outdated graphics and a focus on multiplayer that just doesn’t work. This is one of Bethesda’s rare mistakes, but unfortunately it put an important name in the gaming industry in the closet.

Mass Effect

Mass Effect: Andromeda failed to deliver the quality of the original trilogy.Mass Effect: Andromeda failed to deliver the quality of the original trilogy.Source: EA

The same way that Fallout, Mass Effect is an established franchise that over the years has built a solid fan base. The original series trilogy is a favorite of many players and an enjoyable experience to this day. However, Mass Effect: Andromedareleased in 2017, brought many technical problems and a story that unfortunately did not please everyone.

Because of this, and because there is not a glimmer of hope on the horizon that the franchise will resurface, it is fair to include Mass Effect in this list.

Banjo-Kazooie

The duo that became iconic at the time of the Nintendo 64 today is forgotten in the studios of Rare.The duo that became iconic at the time of the Nintendo 64 today is forgotten in the studios of Rare.Source: Xbox

The last game in this franchise was released in 2008 for the Xbox 360 and it wasn’t exactly a complete disaster. However, when compared to the two original Nintendo 64 games, the chasm in quality becomes noticeable as we are talking about titles that have become established within the platform genre.

Although Banjo-Kazooie e Banjo-Tooie have inspired many titles in aspects such as game design, soundtrack and even a sense of humor, the franchise today is in limbo and it doesn’t look like that will change anytime soon. The duo’s last appearance was as playable characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimatea nice addition, but far from an adventure of its own.

Dead Space

The third game in the franchise is not as praised as its predecessors.The third game in the franchise is not as praised as its predecessors.Fonte:  Steam

the franchise Dead Space became renowned for bringing the horror genre into outer space – literally. The first two titles in the series managed to do this with mastery, being constantly remembered for their truly frightening moments. Although, Dead Space 3 unfortunately couldn’t keep up.

The game is often compared to Resident Evil 4, offering a greater dose of action than it should – although the game starring Leon is fondly remembered. Dead Space 3 was released in 2013, scored considerably lower than its predecessors, and there is no forecast for the franchise’s return.

Metal Gear

After Hideo Kojina's departure from Konami, the Metal Gear franchise failed to survive with its latest release.After Hideo Kojina’s departure from Konami, the Metal Gear franchise failed to survive with its latest release.Source: PlayStation

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is the game that many would like to consider the last of Konami’s beloved franchise. Although, Metal Gear Survive arrived in 2018 to remind us how easy it is to screw up a series of hits with just one game and still bury the hopes that it will unravel in the short/medium term.

The last game within the universe Metal Gear it got very low ratings in the reviews and the lack of inspiration coming from Hideo Kojima can certainly be pointed out as one of the main problems.

Battlefield

Battlefield 2042, the latest game on the list, unfortunately did not please everyone.Battlefield 2042, the latest game on the list, unfortunately did not please everyone.Source: EA

Considering the history of this franchise, it might come as a surprise to find it here. However, if we look at the release of Battlefield 2042 (the latest game on the list), it’s easy to see why the EA series went into decline.

Of course, there are many people who really enjoyed the game and have a lot of fun playing its games online. But you can’t hide the gigantic amount of bugs and the lack of creativity of the latest title in the franchise Battlefield.

Need for Speed

The famous racing franchise has seen much better days and is now forgotten at EA studios.The famous racing franchise has seen much better days and is now forgotten at EA studios.Fonte:  Steam

The racing franchise was fully capable of being alive and releasing quality games to the public – as well as other well-known names, such as Forza and Gran Turismo. However, the last games of this series unfortunately did not please the public, bringing as defects design choices, baseless stories and the infamous loot boxes.

It’s hard to save any recent game in the franchise, which includes the 2015 reboot, Payback (2017), Heat (2019) e Hot Pursuit Remaster (2020), games that unfortunately caused the series to freeze. However, there are rumors that the franchise should return in 2022 with a new game, but no details yet.

Star Fox

Star Fox is a beloved franchise by Nintendo, but the last game didn't keep up the quality.Star Fox is a beloved franchise by Nintendo, but the last game didn’t keep up the quality.Source: Nintendo

This franchise was once one of Nintendo’s most beloved, although it never reached the level of names like Zelda e Mario. However, Star Fox received quality games over the years – with emphasis on Adventures (2002) for the Game Cube and the remaster of Star Fox 64 for the 3DS – but Star Fox Zero (2016) for the Wii U buried the franchise for good.

Of course, Fox McCloud and company still showed up several times in Super Smash Bros., but a game of its own that brings the quality that the franchise deserves has not yet arrived. Nor is there any hope that this will happen in the next few years for the Nintendo Switch.

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