Top 10 Games That Almost Ruined Their Franchises

Greg Burke counts down the Top 10 Games that nearly wrecked respectable gaming franchises.


When waxing poetic about particular long-running gaming franchises, the blemishes on the record are usually skimmed over. A shift in ideas, staffing, or something else may have led to a less than desirable experience that fans just didn't resonate with. Sometimes, though, an entry in a series is so incredibly bad that a faint death knell can be heard off in the distance.

We took votes from our Chatty, staff, and Twitter to see what games make the list, so tune in as our Greg Burke counts down the Top 10 Games That Almost Ruined Their Franchises.

If you have a suggestion for a future episode of Shack's Top 10, please let us know in the comments section or tweet @shacknews & @GregBurke85 with #Top10.

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    September 15, 2017 4:20 PM

    Charles Singletary posted a new article, Top 10 Games That Almost Ruined Their Franchises

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      September 15, 2017 4:34 PM

      Street Fighter 5? Mass Effect: Andromeda?

      Greg, you're breaking your own rules.

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        September 15, 2017 4:52 PM


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          September 15, 2017 4:58 PM

          C'mon Greg. In the video, you explain at 0:26:

          Now, I say "almost" because these game franchises aren't dead, but they might've been if the developer didn't learn from their mistakes.

          Street Fighter 5 is the most-recent entry in the franchise. There's no Street Fighter 6. Jury's not out yet on that franchise.

          Mass Effect: Andromeda, however, is the latest entry of the series and for all intents and purposes that franchise *IS* dead.

          C'mon dude.

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            September 15, 2017 4:59 PM

            Also, you put Mega Man X 7 in there, even though the X series never made a comeback and is ALSO a dead franchise.

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              September 15, 2017 5:27 PM

              X8 killed the franchise

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                September 15, 2017 5:50 PM

                Going back to your words, then:

                but they might've been if the developer didn't learn from their mistakes.

                Clearly, they didn't learn from their mistakes.

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                  September 15, 2017 5:57 PM

                  Well if you look at terms of when the game came out. X7 was bad and almost killed the franchise x8, did kill it. These arent top 10 dead franchises, just the games that almost did. X7 didnt but almost did. X8 finally did it

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                    September 15, 2017 8:54 PM

                    That is a dumb technically that is not within the spirit of the rules. I thought this list was supposed to be "Hey what games nearly brought a franchise down, but the franchise made a comeback" because, you know, Doom and Resident Evil both have had happy endings to their storied lives.

                    Megaman X is not one of those stories.

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              September 15, 2017 5:29 PM

              X7 wasnt the last game in the franchise.

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            September 15, 2017 5:03 PM

            Ultra super streer fighter is in the works.

            I dont feel the mass effect franchise is dead. The games not bad, just had a lot controversy at launch. I'd bet dollars to doughnuts that there will be another Mass effect game.

            The gap between dragons age 2 and Inquisition was pretty long if i remember right

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              September 15, 2017 5:51 PM

              It's dead, jim.

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              September 15, 2017 6:04 PM

              Yup, all this "Mass Effect is dead" stuff is ludicrous. It'll probably be a few years before we hear anything, but that franchise will certainly be coming back again eventually. It does bother the hell out of me that it likely won't pick up where ME:A left off though. I enjoyed the story and wanted to find out more, like what the fuck happened to the Quarian ark, or what's outside the small corner of Andromeda that the game is set in.

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                September 15, 2017 8:49 PM

                • Bioware is all-in on Anthem, and as long as that doesn't flop then they're going to keep investing all their resources on it making sequels.

                • The ME:A team has been scattered to the wind.

                • The brand has been tarnished so badly that the only scenario where it comes back is if :
                ----- The Anthem Team wants to make another Yet Another Sci Fi game
                ----- The marketing department at EA is convinced that people still want Yet Another Sci Fi game
                ----- The dev team has something fresh and original (BUT ACTUALLY THIS TIME) to Mass Effect. Like for example, what the God of War franchise is going through. It would have to be on that scale.

                Even in that above scenario, the soonest we see another Mass Effect game is six years at the soonest, but more likely ten.

                It's dead.

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                  September 15, 2017 11:34 PM

                  Naw, it's a strong IP. None of that stuff matters, they'll come back to it eventually.

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                  September 15, 2017 11:39 PM

                  (I'm excited about Anthem!)

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      September 15, 2017 5:00 PM

      I think andromeda did ruin the franchise, doesnt seem like ea is revisiting it any time soon and ea changed the entire direction of the studio based on its failure.

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        September 15, 2017 5:11 PM

        Ya, i mean i was big ME fan and had no interest in Andromeda at all.

        It was a 3 year gap from DA2 to Inquisition.

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      September 15, 2017 6:16 PM

      It's Dragon Age, not Dragons Age (you said the latter a few times). I liked the video though!

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      September 15, 2017 7:05 PM

      This video doesn't have DNF.

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      September 15, 2017 9:08 PM

      Nice, saw some Simcity footage in there.

      Man that video has a TON of fluff in it though. It was driving me crazy, just get to the point!

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