Video Games That Are Just Cash Grabs

The good, the bad and the cash grabs... Here are games that ask for your money

The Top Ten

1 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Yes most definitely, I mean your releasing a game with no story, and adding in a popular feature from another popular game that just shows we (as in Activision) want money nothing more, nothing less. - htoutlaws2012

You could pretty much put the entire franchise on this list, since there isn't much of a difference between the older entries and the newer ones.

Lol what even is Call of Duty anymore - xEliHbkx

End the series

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2 Star Wars Battlefront II
3 Angry Birds

Crush the Castle rip off. You could definitely tell they were desperate when they made that movie, during a time when nobody played Angry Birds anymore. - Smash64

I still played it when the movie came out cause I was like 7 at the time and I was a fan of the series at the time. - myusernameisthis

Huh? This game is free, the only in app purchases are the power ups. - myusernameisthis

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5 Skylanders

Man Skylanders was awesome 7 years ago. It was actually fun until they made the 3rd and fourth one, at which they had run out of ideas for new characters. - MattAffterburner

Plain cash-grab. - TriggerTrashKid

6 Minecraft Story Mode

Why are you surprised? It was planned to be a century long game, the only way I see it slowing down is if Hytale completely overshadows it.

7 Resident Evil 2

This is awesome. I would sell myself for this game. - TriggerTrashKid

This is not really a cash grab. - B1ueNew

This is not a cash grab. - RadioHead03

Not a cash grab - ElSherlock

Any remake of something popular from the past is a cash grab. Otherwise they would've just made a new and original game. - RobertWisdom

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8 The Sims
9 JumpStart World

Why do you need a membership for this game?! It was single player damnit!

10 Apex Legends

It's decent in my opinion. - B1ueNew

Good game. - RadioHead03

I like it. - TriggerTrashKid

It’s free. - Not_A_Weeaboo

The Newcomers

? Super Mario Maker 2

Let's make an overpriced remake of mario maker with almost NO new features just so people buy our online service! - myusernameisthis

The Contenders

11 Fallout 76

Doesn't deserve the name Fallout - codgtamk34

12 Fortnite

This is so much of a cash grab it went in many of the newly released popular ads, movies and shows in 2018 and 2019 with examples being their floss dance, gameplay footage, cameos, artwork, the word Fortnite and more.

You have to pay just to change the way your character looks.

13 Halo: The Master Chief Collection
14 LEGO Dimensions

Literally a waste. - B1ueNew


15 Disney Infinity
16 Roblox Roblox

I love roblox, but it feels like a cash grab and I think the administration is just bad - TuxIsAPerson

I hate roblox. I absolutely hate it. - myusernameisthis

They removed Tix so they could steal your money

You can’t earn Robux for free and therefore you have to pay real money for clothing

17 Webkinz World

This game is okay in my opinion, I loved it as a kid, now I barely play it at all. - myusernameisthis

You have to buy either a stuffed animal or a Deluxe Membership to do almost anything.

Webkinz used to be amazing! Don’t get me wrong, it still is. However, now you have to pay for EVERYTHING, it feels like Webkinz World is desperate to make money. Still a good game though with a great community.

18 Clash of Clans Clash of Clans
19 Metal Gear Survive

Who thought Konami would do this? - TriggerTrashKid

20 Medal of Honor
21 Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival

This Mario Party rip off only exists so that people will buy Amiibos.

Horrible game. Why amiibos? - TriggerTrashKid

22 Mario Party 10
23 FIFA 19
24 Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

It wasn't necessarily a cash grab, just very rushed. - Smash64

25 New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Made for the Switch. This is already on Wii U, and if this is a remake, at least not 60 Bucks! - TriggerTrashKid

$60 for a game that came out 6 years ago. I don’t mind Wii U ports but Nintendo seriously overprices these ports. - RadioHead03

26 Radical Heights

Rip-off of fortnite - myusernameisthis

Terrible battle royale. - TriggerTrashKid

27 Dungeon Keeper

If were talking about the mobile version than yes, total cashgrab. - RadioHead03

EA! Please stop! - TriggerTrashKid

28 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery

Amazing game, but cost so much money!

This is just a stupid game. - TriggerTrashKid

29 Animal Jam

You have to buy a membership to do almost anything.

30 Club Penguin

Same as Animal Jam. Thank goodness it shut down.

31 Candy Crush Saga

You have to pay for power ups and energy to retry levels

32 MovieStarPlanet

You have to buy VIP membership to do almost anything

33 Moshi Monsters

You have to buy a membership to do a lot of things

34 Bubsy 3D

Only made to compete with the lovable Jump Man and the Blue Blur. Gosh, did people actually fall for this game being a good game?

35 Super Mario Run Super Mario Run
36 Mario Kart 8
37 Spyro: A Hero's Tail
38 Five Nights at Freddy's
39 Evolve
40 Mario Party
41 Metroid Prime: Federation Force
42 Pokemon Pinball
43 PaRappa the Rapper 2
44 Wheel of Fortune: Free Play

That "free" is a big lie

45 Angry Birds 2
46 Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee

Watered down version of yellow with bad forced motion controls. It's also two versions instead of one.

47 Parappa the Rapper
48 Metroid: Other M
49 Um Jammer Lammy
50 Mario Kart DS
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Action 52
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
3. The Sims
1. Fallout 76
2. Resident Evil 2
3. Fortnite
1. Star Wars Battlefront II
2. Mario Party 10
3. Clash of Clans

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