Top 10 Worn Out Video Game Franchises


The Top Ten

1 Call of Duty

Call of Duty and FIFA are pretty much the same game year after year now, whereas there's other series who really innovate and bring a lot more yet still have less sales. - EvilAngel

Even though all of these games on this list are overrated, they are good. Whether it's one thing or another, they all still deserve to be where they are now. It's just that they are getting more controversy.

I think Call of Duty still has polished gameplay. It's just that it feels too overwhelming with them releasing a game each year. This essentially turns it into a cash grab

This has been overrated for so long now, we need something new - YOSHIA2121

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2 Pokemon

What? Are you god damn serious? It's not an abomination! They at least try to mix it up, unlike other franchises! It's far from worn out! The games are so big, there's a lot to do in them and a lot to discuss about them! They could continue making regions and Pokemon forever and nobody would try to stop them! They have side series too! And the series isn't even designed for six year olds! Have you seen the words they use? It's the ANIME which is designed for children! Your argument about Pokemon being a worn-out franchise is invalid.

For anyone who thinks that all adults who still play Pokemon games needs to stop playing Pokemon games right now and play something more mature:
Shut up!
It's okay for adults to play Pokemon games, since adults are technically old enough to do so. Being an adult Pokemon fan is not a crime against nature; it just shows that, well, the adults love Pokemon very much and are passionate about it! Plus, people shouldn't stop doing something they love to do anyways, especially if they're old enough to do so and/or what they're doing isn't destroying the environment. - Jasmine21064

Bare with me. But Pokemon isn't "strategy", you will have to actually care a lot about every element to make this game strategic. The audience which this is marketed to is kids. They won't be able to recognize these details. Even if you are a kid and recognize these details, there are still all lot of kids who will still keep on playing it. Also they hardly have room to innovate. This is why the series is overrated. It will most likely never live up to the potential, because nothing adds up. The system which they based Pokemon around is fragile, and now it's broken.

I used to really love Pokemon, and I still like it. But the more games I played, the more repetitive the series became. You start with a fire, water, or grass starter, go through the region, catch pokemon, beat gyms and the elite four, a lot of it just got repetitive. All these issues just made Pokemon games get stale for me. At least Black & White felt unique being more story focused, and restricting you to only catching Pokemon in that region, on top of more unique areas, and more character interaction. SM/USUM also felt more unique, with islands instead of one large region, trials instead of gyms, and Ultra Beasts. Team Skull also felt more unique than any other evil teams in Pokemon. The Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games also feel unique from each other, so I like them a LOT better than the main series games. But aside Mystery Dungeon, and BW/SM/USUM, the series is just pretty bland and worn out. Hopefully Gen 8 does more unique and creative things to Pokemon.

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3 Resident Evil

Not really worn out out because resident evil 7 got it back up for a good game so this and pokemon do not belong on this list however Sonic and Call of Duty and Sports games do belong here.

This franchise got raped into every dimension and got so far away from its roots that it ended up in a total disaster.

4 Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog, trademarked Sonic The Hedgehog, is the title character and protagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog series released by Sega, as well as numerous spin-off comics, five animated shows, and an animated OVA.

As a former fan it's fair enough to say that this franchise should be put out of it's misery for good. We don't want anymore either low mediocre or awful games made by Sega.

The people who say the franchise had mostly mediocre games have clearly not paid much attention. That said, I'm not surprised since the fan base is the worst gaming fan base ever!

I know. You guys were expecting him to be at the top of this list. I believe it's best for Sega to put this hedgehog out of his misery & end the franchise for good.

So many bad games, and the only good ones (in my opinion) were the ones that emulated the originals.

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5 Final Fantasy

The first 5 games were amazing but there is way too much now.

Final Fantasy 1-6 and 9 and the only good one, and if you MMOs 14 can also be good. other than that the rest is garbage.

6 Halo

Halo 4 was such a disappointment. Bungie needs to come back if Halo is going to be good again. - TheGrammarPolice

Why is halo even on here? At least it changes every once and a while unlike these other games

There are more than 50 OTHER CONSOLES APART FROM YOUR damn X BOXES - Toucan

7 Madden

It needs competition, even though I prefer American football (the actual gameplay is awesome) FIFA has better features that would be great with Madden, mainly due to PES.


Why is this so far down on the list? They launch a new version of the game every year, with close to none differences. Even Call of Duty has more variations in their games.

FIFA is by all accounts a fun game and despite a few bugs has some impressive polished gameplay, however it is becoming increasingly difficult to stomach EA'S ever growing catalog of money grabbing schemes, with the latest price ranges update on ultimate team it is now pay to win gameplay. - SALOCIN3000

FIFA sucks if I want to play football I'll go outside

Two letters: EA, End of story - bjinmaro64

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9 Mega Man

The franchise is getting revived I think.


10 Assassin's Creed

Since AC2 they have begun milking the franchise

After ac syndicate it become utterly trash

Doesn't need to exist beyond the 3rd game. Story was already finished. But Ubi decided to zombify the franchise to milk it

The Newcomers

? Tomb Raider

The Contenders

11 Risen
12 Killzone
13 Battlefield
14 Mario Party

Mario party was once a creative, and fun game with tons of cool mini games and overall a fun time with your freinds. And while I don't hate Mario party, its definitely run out of steam. It's wasn't terrible during the early 2000s, I feel that since the introduction of the "party car" it's become very repetitive and boring. All I can think of here is that either Nintendo gives a good, fresh new idea for Mario party, that's fun and enjoyable for everyone, or should start over, and scrap the series entirely for something diffrent.

Mario: Best selling game. Party games aren't that popular, so why not make them popular by making Mario party? - noo7na7

I'm a huge Mario fan but this crappy series needs to end NOW. - Harri666

I truly dislike 9 and 10 with the whole car thing. I hate it how if you land a on a wrong space, it'll ruin the turn for the whole group, not just you. I liked being alone, and not having everybody ruining my game, and visa versa.

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15 Super Mario Bros.

I like Super Mario Bros, but it needs to end at one point, maybe after I'm dead. The fanbase is rabid. They always have a big mouth to insult and mock Call of Duty or Sega, but you cannot mess with their precious Nintendo or you will be called troll, hater, or Call of Duty Fanboy. This annoys me, and I don't even like Call of Duty. (But I like Sonic) - BlueTopazIceVanilla

Look, I hate Mario's fanbase by a longshot but Mario shouldn't be on this list. Neither should Sonic. - DCfnaf

Man, I can't stand how people defend Mario solely because he saved gaming industry. They are willing to use that fact to overlook how little mario's games change.

It's just the same crap every new game!

Peach was kidnapped, Mario goes to save her, she gets saved, and repeats. What goal does Bowser hope to achieve by kidnapping her?

This franchise is overrated. Back in 1985, it was good, now they just do the same things over and over again.

Just because he saved the video game industry, it doesn't mean he's the best. - MasterCreepy

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16 Undertale

The brightest stars always burn out the fastest, as can be seen through this game's fanbase. - xandermartin98

There Will Never Be A Sequel - JPK

I still love it and you cannot stop me

I'll admit, I'll would have loved this game if it wan't rubbed into my face from the internet. it's characters are charming and the story is unique, but I've had a littler bit too much of it. - sdgeek2003

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17 Grand Theft Auto

Grand theft auto is a CRIME, for crying out loud!

The only reason this series sells well is because of the numerous controversies it has garnered. - PerfectImpulseX

18 Parappa the Rapper

We need a sequel.

I have no idea

If the developers had thought just ONCE about putting Lammy Mode and a proper multiplayer mode into Parappa 2, this might not have been the case - xandermartin98

Expecting Parappa the Rapper 3 on PS3? NOPE! NOT HERE!

19 Five Nights at Freddy's

I enjoy this story, but four or five games is enough.

Even though I love this game, stop filling my subscription fees.

Get This Off The List

20 Watch Dogs

When does it end

Watch Dogs is a franchise?

The dogs will always watch...

21 Just Dance

Be honest with me. Do you really see any kids still flocking out to buy the newest yet rehashed and somehow worse than the previous Just Dance game every year that it somehow HAS to always win the Favorite Video Game category at the Kids' Choice Awards? COME ON! What kid is going to want to choose another lame Just Dance game over a new Mario game? - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Ubisoft has been making the same dancing game since 2009. I used to like it. Now, I want the dead dancing to end. Rhythm gaming has faded away, and I believe that the only way for it to be cool again is a reboot of Guitar Hero, Rock Band & PaRappa the Rapper coming back. I want this milked franchise to end.

22 Minecraft

Seriously, Minecraft Is Now Ruined Thanks To It's Fanbase - VideoGamefan5

I'm pretty darn sure this is a single game, not a whole franchise...

The fanbase sucks now, not the game. - MasterCreepy

Minecraft will always be in my heart I'm sad you feel that way😭...💩To you

23 Candy Crush Saga
24 Crash Bandicoot

He used to be Sony's mascot for the PlayStation, until he went multiplatform. It's no wonder nobody knows what happened to this little marsupial. It would be nice if he had a comeback. Maybe, he could be a Nintendo character. Then again, he probably isn't. Well, Activision owns him, so maybe they'll make him a first person shooter. Then again, fans would be disappointed at that.

25 Adventures of Lolo

Duh,it deserves to be 1 - pugiscool

26 Rock Band
27 Banjo-Kazooie

This game sucks. Anyway, what kind of a name is Banjo Kazooie?

This franchise had a good run when Rareware was a second party developer for Nintendo. Banjo-Kazooie & Banjo-Tooie were awesome & fans were expecting Banjo-Threeie. That's when after Banjo-Tooie, Banjo & Kazooie went from bear & bird duo on the Nintendo 64, to Grunty's Revenge as the prequel of Banjo-Tooie, to racing, to Nuts & Bolts. If Banjo-Threeie actually existed, then that would be the last Banjo-Kazooie rather than Nuts & Bolts. There are some news saying that this franchise is getting a spiritual successor called Project Ukulele & Banjo-Kazooie will be DLC characters in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS & Wii U. Is there even a chance Rare & Nintendo will ever get back together?

28 Metroid
29 Super Smash Bros.
30 Guitar Hero
31 Angry Birds

I remember playing this when I was young. It was fun.
Now it's just not the same anymore. After the movie, I feel like the franchise started to die out... - MasterCreepy

Same. Used to be obsessed with this, and the movie, killed this obsession in a way I could not detect. - Ikura

32 Castlevania
33 The Legend of Zelda
34 King of Fighters

When you have to drastically retool the over-arching plot and even change the main character, you should just start a new series.

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1. Sonic the Hedgehog
2. Call of Duty
3. Resident Evil
1. Madden
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3. Assassin's Creed
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