Video Game Series That Have Gone Downhill


The Top Ten

1 Sonic the Hedgehog

It all started with the series on Cartoon Network in the '90s

Until the lego expansion - myusernameisthis

Until Sonic Mania - lukemcnamara72

Sonic's an old favorite of mine, but it's no doubt that the series has been doing badly nowadays. At least the music has been consistently good.

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2 Call of Duty

Ever since black ops 2 came out call of duty died.

After Modern Warfare 3, that's where it all started going downhill. Modern Warfare 3 was the last good Call of Duty.

Yeah. so unpopular nowadays. - MarioBros11

Well, you could argue that it was never really uphill... - NorthernEel

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3 Crash Bandicoot

Activition! you know better than to just remaster every crash bandicoot game except the one I actually want to be remastered and call it a new game! - myusernameisthis

Everything went south after Naughty Dog stopped doing the Crash games. - egnomac

Went to good to mediocre - spodermanfan1000

4 Mega Man

Why did Keniji Inafune left Capcom? There were too many Mega Man games. With him leaving Capcom, four Mega Man were cancelled. I am a fan of Mega Man, but I believe that his series has gotten to many sequels.


Mega Man -> Mega Man X -> Mega Man Zero -> Mega Man ZX -> Mega Man Legends


Mega Man Battle Network -> Mega Man Star Force

These are good, but I believe this is enough. Keniji Inafune has created Mega Man's spiritual successor, Might No. 9, so there's a good chance his legacy will still be remembered. Meanwhile, Mega Man has joined Super Smash Brothers, and we were happy. It's still best that the Mega Man series should end, and make room for Beck, the Mighty No. 9.

5 Halo

Wanna know how it happened? Microsoft just couldn't leave the then-perfect franchise alone, and had 343 just ruin it.

6 Assassin's Creed

Assassin's Creed was getting so bad around Unity and Syndicate were awful and boring and ugly. Origins and now Odyssey have changed the franchise and brought AC back to where it was early on in the franchise.

To me, it never went downhill. I personally donโ€™t care what they do. People complain too much.

7 Spyro the Dragon

Activision and Skylanders made it go downhill. However, many say that the series went downhill as early as 2002 with Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly due to the many glitches the game has. - dingodile2603


Original Series-1998-2005-Great๐Ÿ˜ƒ
The Legend Of Spyro Trilogy-2006-2008-Amazing๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘
Skylanders-2011-Present-Spyro Gets Ruined๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ญ

8 Tony Hawk Games

Go to hell, Robomodo. You put the final nail in the coffin of one of the best franchises of my childhood. How dare you.

Had the best glitches on the original X-box, now only glitches

9 Mario Party

My ratings:
Mario Party: 67/100
Mario Party 2: 34/100
Mario Party 3: 56/100
Mario Party 4: 67/100
Mario Party 5: 68/100
Mario Party 6: 69/100
Mario Party 7: 68/100
Mario Party 8: 76/100
Mario Party 9: 76/100
Mario Party 10: 43/100
Super Mario Party: 101/100 - MarioBros11

Mario party games have been going downhill since 9, but Super Mario party should be good

9, Island Tour, and Star Rush were mediocre. 10 and the Top 100 were pretty bad. Hopefully the switch version gets it right. - Randomator

Noe it's the other way around, it has improved with quality and innovation with the newer games, heck, even Hudson Soft (original creators of old mario party) thought the originals were kinda repetitive and they didn't have any new ideas for new installments - darthvadern

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10 Madden

The Newcomers

? Fallout

The Contenders

11 Pokemon

The only good pokemon game since the gba so far is let's go - myusernameisthis

Ugh ever since the stupid ds it put in WAAAY too many cutscenes whenever you take a step! - myusernameisthis

I liked it until Black and White - Gehenna

Since when? It went uphill in my opinion.

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12 Pac-man

Nom nom nom

Five words: Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures. - TheYoshiPyro64

Pac-Man never quite achieved the same success as Mario after his Arcade debut, despite their best attempt at bringing Pac Man to 3D It never quite worked out. - egnomac

13 Mario

That SJW-influenced ending of Odyssey wasn't necessary

Mario isn't going downhill, the new artists that design the wii you games are brillient, super Mario 3d world got almost perfect ratings! - Harri666

He's Still Amazing Unlike The Overrated And Bad Sonic

Mario didn't go uphill. It went downhill by quite a bit throughout the 2000s. Remember, I don't hate the Mario franchise as a whole. But it kinda gives me the feel of straight-to-video sequels of Don Bluth films.

14 Five Nights At Freddy's

It wasn't great to even begin with. Yes, the first game was good, but after that, it was just quickly butchered.

Yeah fnaf 6 is really rushed the jumpscares are not even foucused and creative its like fnaf 3 but drained out the good things - Toptenanimallovers

15 Turok
16 Final Fantasy

This series needed to be put to bed YEARS ago. It's devolved from the illusion of freedom to final hallway - taishisohma

Final means the last. Why are there more than one?

The "final" is because Squaresoft (way before the merger with Enix) was on the verge of bankruptcy at the time so made what they thought would literally be their final game not knowing how popular it would become let alone that it would get so many sequels and spinoffs. That said, the series has indeed gone downhill; the last really good game was X, and that was over a decade ago.

17 Resident Evil

It was great until resident evil 5 and 6 were released then it was all for the look I love resident evil 3 and 4s story it was great but they wanted more now it bad story, decent graphics, and were leon gone the greatest character in 3 and 4. I have to be real through people are probably going to argue that biohazard sprang it to life, true but 5 and 6 ruined it

18 Paper Mario

Let's hope Paper Mario switch is better.

Why Nintendo no one liked sticker star so why make the sequal the same thing but with paint and more generic - ikerevievs

My Opinions
Paper Mario(2001)-8/10-Great๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘
Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door-10/10๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘‘-Masterpiece
Super Paper Mario(2007)-10/10๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘‘-Masterpiece
Paper Mario: Sticker Star-5/10๐Ÿ˜-Mediocre

19 Mega Man X

You mean Mega Man? - MarioBros11

20 Twisted Metal
21 Need For Speed

I was a long time fan of this series ever since my childhood but all faith in the series was lost when the trainwreck of a reboot of the franchise was released in 2015. - SelfDestruct

22 Just Dance

Just dance is really going downhill since just dance 2017 was released. bunch of features where taken out and the game developers started getting lazy. The tracking is horrible and they released just dance unlimited and there own mobile app. Them releasing new just dance games is unnecessary now and a waste of time. Just dance 2019 was announced and jesus the game looks a hot mess the background has so many bright colors and things going on I couldn't pay attention to the coaches and the menu layout is so bland. Sorry for going on a rant lol

I donโ€™t know which game started the series to get bad, but whenever the case, this game has definitely gotten bad somewhere after JD4.

23 Angry Birds
24 Duke Nukem

Is Borderlands the only series Gearbox does right?

25 Battlefield
26 Far Cry

Far cry 3 and 4 were awesome, anything other than that, just pass - VideoGamefan5

27 Kingdom Hearts

Actually the series is still going strong its just that KH3 is taking forever

Not really but kh3 is taking too long and it better be 2018

28 Skylanders

Sorta, I guess - MarioBros11

29 Devil May Cry
30 Street Fighter

Capcom themselves have gone downhill. Not only are they now overdoing Street Fighter and doing little with any of their other games, but they've also become more reliant on crossovers with other companies than ever. Even Ryu and Mega Man appearing in Super Smash Bros and the cameos in the Disney movie Wreck-It Ralph reek of Capcom waving their arms and screaming that their still here and still relevant.

Oh, definitely. Once a great fighting franchise, now it's just a shell of itself, thanks to Capcom basically hanging themselves.

31 Metroid

Notable for how much better quite a few of its fangames are than the actual official ones - xandermartin98

Who knows if there ever is going to be a reboot of this series?

Other M was TERRIBLE - MarioBros11

32 Star Fox

Star Fox Zero was the BEST Star Fox! People get it together - MarioBros11

Command: A โ€œScrew you! โ€ to the whole fandom.
Zero: A โ€œScrew you! โ€ to anyone to genuinely enjoyed the series beyond 64.

33 Skate

It good but not so good

Even though 3 was good in my opinion it was nowhere near as good as 2.also ea disbanded black box

34 Marvel vs Capcom
35 Ratchet & Clank

Why is it teen? ESRB raters are stupid. - MarioBros11

36 Mortal Kombat

What are you talking about?! Unless you're referring to business decisions, there's nothing wrong here.

37 Banjo-Kazooie

This series is getting a spiritual successor called Yooka-Laylee.

38 Bomberman

Act Zero. Buff said.

39 Ape Escape

If you played PlayStation Move Ape Escape, you had a bad time.

40 Karaoke Revolution
41 Metal Gear Solid
42 Silent Hill
43 Castlevania
44 Prince of Persia
45 Conker

Damn you, Microsoft.

Dear Microsoft

46 The King of Fighters

Stopped being cool when they stopped naming it after the year it came out. Not that having the year in the name made that much of a difference but it does make it easy to pinpoint the exact moment the series lost sight of itself.

47 Fire Emblem

Awakening was awesome, but Fates was a step in the wrong direction if you ask me.

48 Pokemon Mystery Dungeon

Ever since gates to infinity witch was terrible super mystery dungeon brought back all the pokemon but everythingelse was downgraded - ikerevievs

49 Smash Bros.

HEEELL no. No no no. Remove this now. I can't look at this. No. - MarioBros11

Ultimate is only continuing the downward spiral by bringing back EVERY character that had ever been in a previous game and cutting none. That means the roster is now like 75% clones and characters who let's face it never really belonged despite their devoted fans protests are there still.

Ripping off "Infinity War"

It lost itself when they added Solid Snake and Sonic to Brawl, then despite the loss of rights to Snake had a considerable fraction of the roster in 3DS/Wii U be third-party characters. Heck, the mere fact that there even WAS a ballot (never mind who won it) and it was open to third-party characters shows just how this series had devolved into a convoluted mess when it used to be as much a tribute to Nintendo itself.

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