Top 10 Video Games That Killed Their Franchise


The Top Ten

1 Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor

What idiot thought it would be a good idea to take a decent mech game by taking away the iconic steel battalion controller and force you to attempt to try to cooperate with a "broken, poorly made, PlayStation eye knock off that actively hates its players" if you want to play the game (you're not even allowed to use a standard controller). It's still better than ninja gaiden 3 through (at least heavy armor had some attempts at innovation and effort). I have an idea from software, release a next gen version for all hd consoles, fix what was wrong with the game, add 60 frames per second, add new features, and give an option to use either a standard controller, game pad (wii u), or steel battalion controller. There clearly is potential and effort put here capcom, don't let it go to waste. Also stop randomly cancelling megaman games just so you can blame it on the fans.

The kinect cannot accurately read movements! Need I say more?

This is why you don't see new Steel Battalion games anymore...

This game is really bad - Ajkloth

2 Duke Nukem Forever

Honestly, why isn't this on the list?

3 Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness

I'm glad this piece of crap exists, why because crystal took the license off core design's hands to make a proper tomb raider game and reinvent the tomb raider formula to turn something outdated and tired to something that still holds up today with a reboot that's in my opinion better than the uncharted series.

There are many bugs - Ajkloth

4 Star Fox Command

After the release of this abomination, the games in the Star Fox series have ranged from meh at best and insulting at worst.

5 Crash: Mind Over Mutant

Am I the only who think this game’s great

Actually, Crash Bandicoot got ruined right after Naughty Dog left it.

6 Bubsy 3D

This is sadly the best game in the series, they gave you the option to turn off bubsy's voice, it's 3D so you can actually see what's in front of you, and the health mechanic came back from Busby 2; the game is still horrible however, the level design and gimmicks are uncreative, dull, and non-exist, the game was extremely out-dated when it came out, the 1st boss is confusing, none of the other bosses are impressive in any way, the graphics are interestingly horrible, and the game is so easy and boring.

Bubsy was pretty much a failure from the start this game pretty much finished off his career. - egnomac

One of the worst 90s games - Ajkloth

Actually, Bubsy was a decent platformer

7 Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts

I know that some people are disappointed about this, but come on everybody. This is a good game. Here's the Banjo-Kazooie timeline.
Banjo-Kazooie -> Banjo-Kazooie:Grunty's Revenge -> Banjo-Tooie -> Banjo-Kazooie:Nuts & Bolts
If Rareware was still owned by Nintendo, this is what would it be like.
Banjo-Kazooie -> Banjo-Tooie -> Banjo-Threeie
That's it. Three Banjo-Kazooie games. If they kept milking it to death, the fourth installment would be Banjo-Fourie. What's next? Banjo-Fiveie? That sounds wrong. Let's just move on with our lives. The Banjo-Kazooie series is over, and it's getting a spiritual successor called Project Ukelele.

8 Command and Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight

Screw you EA

9 Call of Duty: Ghosts

The franchise was already ruined. - TriggerTrashKid

10 F-Zero: GP Legend

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11 Medal of Honor: Warfighter

Too much disappointed that I didn't tried to end the game.

12 Earthworm Jim 3D

Yeah, it’s bad.

13 Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two

The game itself literally led to its own developer's shutdown. While I've only played this game and not the first Epic Mickey game, I could tell there were still many glaring issues plaguing the sequel that were present from the first. While I praise the game's story and voice acting, the poor camera angling was what really frustrated me sometimes. Either way, it's pretty sad that Epic Mickey failed to spark a complete trilogy and get its third and ideally final game. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

14 Alex Kidd and the Enchanted Castle
15 Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
16 Tony Hawk: Shred
17 Bloody Roar 4
18 Darksiders II
19 Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Though I never actually played Sticker Star, people keep saying it is a disaster. It does look quite decent, though. I recommend just sticking with The Thousand Year Door.

It's not bad, it just doesn't live up to the standards of the previous 3. - Solacress

20 Super Mario Party

Did you mean Mario Party 9? This franchise got pretty much ruined before this.

21 New Super Mario Bros.U

Mario is far from dead. But if you're talking about just 2D mario... that makes more sense. Though, I don't think Nintendo will stop making 2D mario games. And, Super Mario Maker 2 is coming out which will be fantastic. - chrrsy

22 Mega Man X7
23 Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

This game is for idiots.

Every single sonic games and sonic fangames killed it.

This Should Be Number 1
This Game Caused Me And Many Other REAL Sonic Fans To Betray The Franchise

How are you a real sonic fan? If you WERE a real sonic fan, you'd be okay with new ideas. - DCfnaf

24 Mortal Kombat 11

It's keeping the franchise alive last time I checked. - BlueTelegraph


25 Mass Effect: Andromeda
26 Socom 4: U.S. Navy Seals
27 Star Fox Zero
28 Mortal Kombat Armageddon
29 007 Legends
30 Samurai Shodown Sen
31 Guitar Hero

Too many guitar hero games - Ajkloth

32 Sonic Free Riders

This list is supposed to be games that KILLED their franchise. Don't get me wrong, Sonic 06 and Rise of Lyric were bad games, but at least the franchise as a whole didn't completely die out. On the other hand, Sonic Free Riders killed not the main franchise, but rather, the Sonic Riders spin-off series itself. With the poor motion controls of the Kinect, it's sad to see that what was a decent Sonic racing game from the start was killed off by the biggest Sonic spin-off killer. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

33 Star Wars: Battlefront II (2017)

Probably. - TriggerTrashKid

34 Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly

For a kids game, it definitely had potential, but the developers put that potential to waste by rushing the game out. - 3DG20

35 Sonic Boom Sonic Boom Sonic Boom is a computer-animated television series, produced by Sega of America, Inc. and Technicolor Animation Productions in collaboration with Lagardère Thématiques and Jeunesse TV, respectively for Cartoon Network, Canal J, and Gulli.

Sonic 06 pretty much ruined the franchise. Then there were some decent games, then this which was decent, so now we just need Silver the Hedgehog or something to help the franchise.

But, Sonic Colors, Generations, and Lost World were all great games! - DCfnaf

36 Final Fight: Streetwise
37 Assassin's Creed III

Black flag boosted it up a little then it went down to where it is now

38 Star Wars: Battlefront (2015)

You mean Battlefront 2? - MrCoolC

39 Rayman Raving Rabbids
40 PaRappa the Rapper 2

Um Jammer Lammy was the true sequel to Parappa 1, enough said - xandermartin98

41 Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier
42 Mortal Kombat X

This game is awesome! how did it kill the franchise? - Ale9991

43 Resident Evil 6
44 Mega Man 9
45 Mega Man 10
46 Virtua Fighter 5
47 Virtual on Marz

This game was so bad that the Virtual On franchise went on hiatus for 6-7 years before the XBOX 360 port of Force came out. - PerfectImpulseX

48 Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe
49 New Super Mario Bros.U Deluxe

Get this the crap off the list

50 Battlefield 4
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Top Remixes (8)

1. Duke Nukem Forever
2. Crash: Mind Over Mutant
3. Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor
1. Star Wars: Battlefront (2015)
2. Mass Effect: Andromeda
3. Call of Duty: Ghosts
1. New Super Mario Bros.U
2. Super Mario Party
3. Paper Mario: Sticker Star

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