Video Game Series That Have Gone Downhill


The Top Ten

1 Sonic the Hedgehog

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.

The last "good" Sonic game, to me, was Sonic Adventure 2. Sonic Generations was cool though.

Sonic Mania saved this franchise. - BlueBobYT

Until Sonic Mania - lukemcnamara72

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2 Call of Duty

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

Play call of duty 4. then play call of duty ghosts. - HeavyDonkeyKong

3 Crash Bandicoot

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 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

6 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

7 Assassin's Creed
8 Halo

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

9 Madden
10 Pokemon

Since when? It went uphill in my opinion.

Oh because its not black and white and I remember the days when oh no I have to be a boy no girl player. Now its 700 Pokรฉmon and its more like Pukemon.

I feel that pokemon has started awesome and gotten even better. every game has built upon the good old originals just perfectly in my opinion. - HeavyDonkeyKong

The Contenders

11 Pac-man

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

12 Turok
13 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

14 Mario Party

Why the "everyone in one car"? Mario Party is about competing, not cooperation. The car only worked in Bowser Mode when everyone was working together.

Remember mario party 7? That Game was AWESOME! Then we have mario party island tour, which was just meh. - HeavyDonkeyKong

Yes it is gonig downhill Mario party island tour got a 4.5/10 why Pokemon on this list Pokemon x and y sold over 12 million -

15 Final Fantasy

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

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

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.

16 Resident Evil
17 Mega Man X
18 Mario

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.

19 Twisted Metal
20 Angry Birds
21 Just Dance
22 Paper Mario

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

23 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

24 Skylanders
25 Devil May Cry
26 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.

27 Marvel vs Capcom
28 Mortal Kombat

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

29 Duke Nukem

Is Borderlands the only series Gearbox does right?

30 Banjo-Kazooie

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

31 Metroid

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

32 Bomberman

Act Zero. Buff said.

33 Ape Escape

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

34 Karaoke Revolution
35 Metal Gear Solid
36 Silent Hill
37 Battlefield
38 Castlevania
39 Star Fox
40 Prince of Persia
41 Conker

Damn you, Microsoft.

Dear Microsoft

42 Skate

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

43 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.

44 Fire Emblem

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

45 Pokemon Mystery Dungeon

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

46 Smash Bros.

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.

The fact that they let a bunch of idiots decide a new and sadly permanent addition to the game just shows what little more could be done with this series.

Smash 4 isn't that bad, but I put Smash here because of brawl - Dragonj37

47 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

48 Far Cry

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

49 Ratchet & Clank
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