We all have a certain game franchise that we love to death. We all have shared the experience of goosebumps and hyperventilating when we see a teaser for a sequel in our beloved franchise. And we all have gone tired of it at some point. Well ok, maybe we could never get tired of that one franchise that we keep close to our hearts, but we definitely, at some point in our gaming lives, have said to ourselves: “when will these f*ckers stop releasing games?!”. Unfortunately, such is the case of many video game series in our days. You might already guess what games I am talking about, but even so, some might even hate me for punching several franchises in the head. But I’m just freakin’ tired of them.
Yeah, I’ve said it. Assassin’s f-ing Creed. The first game in the series was one of the best games in the last decade and it definitely proved to be a mark in history for open-world, parkour-ish drama. The sequel was even better, emphasizing the game’s rich universe full of conspiracies and religious ideology. But it just got so old, so quickly. I don’t even know what the game is about anymore. I mean I know, but I’m confused. I’ve kind of lost track of the full picture here and I blame the multitude of sequels and spin-offs. If Ubisoft would’ve just released a single game, on a regular basis (like a 2 year cycle) it would’ve been great. But they had to complicate their heads with releasing two different games, the same year! That’s just too much. Not to mention that all the sequels that have been released so far are not in chronological order. It is plain confusing and incredibly tiresome. I don’t want to play another AC this year, let alone two of them. I can guarantee the fact that no one in this world feels the need for another game in the series. We could have all just relax and mind our own lives if no AC games would’ve been announced, without looking deep in our hearts and say something like “those damn bastards at Ubisoft, I wish they would release another game this year! No, wait, I want TWO!”. Unlike pizza, you can actually have enough of Assassin’s Creed.
Call of Duty/Battlefield
This one is a classic. At least, the CoD one. Battlefield was never in this… sweet spot. Nobody hated Battlefield because it didn’t came up each year. Call of Duty was the jehovah witness that always came knocking on your door, even though you hate him whereas Battlefield was the sexy neighbour that didn’t bother you often, she just wanted some sugar or cooking oil every now and then. But you know what? I got tired of my neighbour. I don’t want her to come. I need my sugar and my cooking oil, I have nothing to give her! Well, actually I do, but for the sake of this argument, let’s say I don’t want to. Battlefield is starting to feel a bit… forced. When Hardline was announced, I was like “wait… haven’t you just announced one a few days ago?”. No one feels the need for another Battlefield as no one feels the need for a new Call of Duty. Actually wait! Some of us DO feel the need for a new CoD because the last 5 of them were ugly as sh*t and we just want to play one with actual modern-times graphics. But other than that? Nobody asked for your games! Battlefield 4 is still one of the best looking games out there, and is still massively enjoyed online, why do another one now? At least wait for another year!
I think I almost got used to this one. Every year – same bloody game. I don’t care what you throw at me, EA, but your Fifas’ are the same. Well, at least 3 or 4 of them. It actually looks like this: one good Fifa, 3 exact copies. That’s the cycle. You said, that with Fifa 14, we’ll witness major changes in game, especially graphic wise because of the new engine used. Bollocks. I bought Fifa 14 on my PS4 because I actually believed them and because the last 3 games in the series were basically the same. I didn’t even know I was playing 14, I thought I booted my PS3 by mistake and I was still playing 13. No bloody difference. Actually there was one: it was worse. I don’t know what they changed, but they actually made it worse, the AI was so f*cked up in the head. So I don’t know about Fifa 15, it looks good in the trailers but here’s the thing: 90% of the gameplay footage in the trailers are what you see in replays. But when you’re actually playing the game and watch from the above – it looks the same! And the gameplay changes that they make – easily done by updates. So why not just release one game, update it with gameplay and real-life changes for several years, and then release a new one? But we already know the answer.
Nah, I’m just messing with you guys. But this one gave you a minor heart attack, didn’t it?
Anyway, I’m sure that there are a lot more game franchises out there that are evolving in the same manner, but they either don’t come up to my mind right now, or they are still at that first awesome couple of games stage. But seriously, seeing developers throw their games in our faces just to get rich because they know we’re going to buy them really annoys me. And those f*ckers up at Valve keep us waiting decades for another Half-Life.