In the past decade or so, a lot of gaming franchises have made their name in the market and are still selling like hotcakes just because of their strong brand image and nothing else. The quality of these games has fallen to all time low now. Yet, people still wait in lines in cold, blistering nights when these games launch in midnight. I don't know what is it about these games that attract so many people to them. I have tried playing them but didn't find anything spectacular about it. Maybe, it's the brand which is attracting so many people and making them open up their wallets. Let's see what those games really are.
Call Of Duty
Call of Duty has been one of the staple franchises of Activision. Based on this franchise, everyone at their team has been able to make some huge money. And needless to say, they have hung on to the popularity and appeal of this franchise and turned this amazing game into a cash cow. It isn't long before we are going to see this franchise going down the drain. The signs are already there. These annualized games aren't selling as well as they once used to. Yes, the profits are still up for the company, but soon enough, you will see a drastic change in the tradition as they will either realize what they have been doing wrong so far and correct themselves, or they will be history like THQ.
Just look at what they have done since the launch of critically acclaimed Call of Duty Modern Warfare in 2007. Nothing, to put it simply, they have just re-skinned the same game, included a couple of new features and mods and shoved it up our throats. As foolish as some gamers are "(most of them are kids), they rush out to buy these COD games every year, not realizing that the last one was the same as this one. In reality, this has ruined gaming to some extent. Everyone is trying to replicate the success of Call of Duty games. That's why we are seeing a sudden surge of FPS games in the market with a lot of free to play and buy to play stuff thrown in to mix things up a bit and keep things just a bit interesting for consumers to keep them intrigued. Yes, it worked in the past. Yes, we were allured. Is it a good long terms strategy though? No, not by a long shot. This sort of strategy tends to fall flat on its face. You will see that happening in just a couple of year, and I will be most happy to see them fall.
Assassins Creed series
Assassins Creed franchise was regarded as one of the most innovative franchises up until recently when they revealed their plans to keep releasing a game every year for this franchise. The last thing we want is to keep playing the same game every time with new missions and things to do. As an Assassins Creed fan, I want each and every game to feel significantly better than the last one. And I know that one year time is simply not good enough for a game to be properly cooked.
Surprisingly, though, this game keeps getting a high rating from all the media outlets. I don't know what's wrong with today's industry. The corruption is so rampant here, yet no one talks about it seriously. That's what is happening with Assassins Creed franchise right now. All the media outlets try to talk about only the positive stuff about this game, outright ignoring what's not working, thus encouraging everyone to buy a half-baked game. If you want to refund the game, you can't do it since Uplay service only allows refunds in exceptional circumstances. I have been burned by this company in the past. And I have learned a valuable lesson from it – never buy any game on launch just based on hype. I am not doing it anymore and you shouldn't either.
Battlefield to the first-person shooter is what Game of Thrones to Fantasy TV. It used to be a pretty solid franchise with crispy graphics and some accurate gunplay. Times have changed though. EA, as it normally does with every game, has done their best to ruin an amazing franchise and misuse a talented studio like DICE. Nowadays, we see a Battlefield game releasing every 2-3 years, which not to mention, seems like a ridiculous idea. We all know that they are doing it to compete with Call of Duty, which releases every year. It's not possible to do so. There are 3 separate studios working on COD games, so each game gets at least 3 years. Same can't be said about Battlefield games though. They are not getting as much time as they should be under normal circumstances, which is a real shame. It's a pretty good game. EA should make sure that they are not overusing the good name of this franchise, thereby diminishing the goodwill it has.
God Of War
God of War is one of those hack and Slash games everyone loves. It's phenomenal, to say the least. The action scenes with all the sword slashing are pretty gratifying to everyone. But I feel that they have overdone it to some extent. However, this franchise is still far from being milked as much as COD and Assassins Creed have been milked. There are still chances that this franchise will be saved if they don't overdo it. All my hopes are going to be quashed though. I know it's going to happen as they are already prepping for God of War 5 reveal this E3. As much I would love a new game, I hope they take their time with this game and make it better. We are not dying for this game. Fans like us would rather prefer a good, polished game than an underdeveloped, blocky mess with tons of bugs. Only time will tell what's going to happen.