Kill Off These Series, For The Good Of Gaming
There’s often articles, pieces, lists and other such internet-based tomfoolery going on that calls for defunct series to make a return. “We want Jak and Daxter to come out of retirement!” they cry. “I was a fan of the 50 Cent series! They should make more!” they furiously bleat. “Why did Two Crude Dudes never get a current-gen sequel!” they question, except wielding an exclamation mark.
That’s all fair enough – I was one of those people bleating about wanting to see a new Syndicate and X-Com. I got my wishes, though I’m still worried about the Starbreeze property (Firaxis’ take on Enemy Unknown looks to be as close to perfect as my brain could have hoped).
But I don’t want to join in this wall of bleating. No, I want to adopt that other traditional internet attitude of all-out fury. Hatred. Anger. I don’t want to encourage; I want to discourage and destroy. I want to name a few series I want to see die. I don’t hate them. This isn’t based on malice. I don’t even dislike these series. But I have my reasons, as contained within.
First up, and what could be seen as rather obviously, comes Call Of Duty. This entertainment juggernaut is, as far as I am concerned, ruining much of the creativity in gaming. Every developer seems pressed into making their game like COD in at least some way and – while it’s not necessarily bad to play – it’s boring. Screw boring. I want excitement. Creativity. Fun. I would include Battlefield on this list, but as I find it the far superior online game I would want it to carry on – downloadable, online-only, no nonsense single-player game bolted on.
Next up, I would not lose much sleep over the deaths of both FIFA and PES. Why? Surely I must be mad? There is method to the craziness here, though. I don’t want to see no football games. I love football games. FIFA and PES do fine. But I want them to be eliminated so we can out-and-out start again. They’ve become staid. Formulaic. Raze them to the ground so they can be rebuilt anew, fresh and ready for modern gaming. With better tackling systems.
Finally, at least for this brief list (I have many more I wouldn’t mind seeing bugger off, but they’re mainly based on blind hatred so not worth covering), we have Assassin’s Creed. The first one was boring pap, while the second was very good – if not incredibly bloated. Then they increased the bloat. And again. And threw in a PSP version. And other portable versions. And wouldn’t shut up about it. And released one every damn year. And I lost track. And I fell behind. And I never got to play them properly beyond the second game. And it annoyed me. And I want the series to die purely so I can actually catch up with the damn thing.
I’d be tempted to throw Resident Evil in this pile too, but that’s just overkill right now.
Commence comments below. Feel free to add your games/series to the list, but expect to be disagreed with vehemently (while I’m being slagged off for “bad journalism”).