Time makes fools of us all. What may have been an amazing game franchise back in the SNES era might now be repetitious tired trash in the world of the PS3. The games that captured our imaginations as kids now are milked again and again. True innovation is lost beneath a sea of buzzwords and shovelware, and the mascots that once stood for gaming greatness now stand as a mockery, a flimsy shell of their former selves. Simply put, few franchises can withstand the test of time, but these are the ten game franchises that have aged the worst.
Both the original Prince of Persia and its eventual time-rewinding 3D remake were revolutionary. Unfortunately, just as the original Prince of Persia 3D was not received well, these latest Prince of Persia games have been failing to measure up. One title dressed the prince in blue and orange scarves like a JRPG protagonist bundled up for the winter, and it removed death from the equation. And the next installment was really just a poor tie-in for the Prince of Persia movie.
Frankly, I don't care about these insect people or robot people or dinosaur planets, I just want Fox McCloud to climb back into an Arwing and have some awesome dogfights in the middle of space. Seriously, how can it be that the last great Star Fox game was Star Fox 64? Don't we all want to see Fox do a barrel roll again?
The original Mega Man series was a triumph of 2D platforming. Later, Mega Man X totally reinvented the franchise and gave us new characters and new abilities to play with. However, you can only reinvent a franchise so many times. Mega Man became a 3D exploration game in Mega Man Legends, a grid-based RPG in Mega Man Battle Network, something I don't even know how to describe in Mega Man Star Force, and even a brand new 2D platformer series in Mega Man Zero and Mega Man ZX. However, Mega Man 9 showed us that all we really wanted was a return to the original Mega Man we knew and loved. Now with Keiji Inafune having left Capcom, the last Mega Man we might ever see is the Bad Box Art Mega Man from Street Fighter X Tekken. Oh, what irony.