ByKory Glover, writer at
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Have you ever wondered what happened to some of your favorite franchises and video games? Where did they go? Why did they stop making these games? What killed the franchise? Listed below are six video games that killed their franchises. Not slowed down their franchise or put them on hiatus, but killed them dead and buried. Let's start with:

1. Dead Space 3

While I don't think this game is as bad as everyone else says it is, Dead Space 3 did go in the complete wrong direction for the franchise. While Dead Space 3 did still put the player in some pulse-pounding moments, EA Games decided to make the game more action-oriented rather than concentrating on the horror aspect that the franchise was built upon. Yes, the game introduced cooperative gameplay for the first time in the series but that still couldn't save this franchise from the brink.

2. Bomberman: Act Zero

This was a very strange turn for such an adorable and colorful character. They tried to make the series a little bit more mainstream like transforming Bomberman into an ugly robot that looks like Master Chief's hand-me-downs and the apocalyptic world seemed a little too silly for such a light-hearted franchise. On top of that, the game was repetitive, boring and very frustrating due to poor hit detection. This was the first and final nail in the coffin for the franchise. Another Bomberman game has not been in the works in over ten years.

3. Postal III

The Postal series never really had it's up and high point like the other games on this list. The developers at Running With Scissors clearly just wanted to create a lot of controversy with gratuitous violence and racial stereotypes. However, the second game was considered a guilty pleasure to some gamers and it was fairly popular when it was released. I wouldn't be surprised if Postal 2 gave Rockstar Games inspiration for future Grand Theft Auto games.

Postal III on the other hand, finally put the franchise to rest. Not because it was too controversial or insulting but because the game was so technically broken that it was basically unplayable. Not only was this game so terrible that all console ports were cancelled but there was an update for Postal 2 on Steam where you can get an achievement for destroying a copy of Postal III in the game. That's pretty bad.

4. Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tootie were such a big accomplishment in the matters of platformer games that it managed to give Mario titles a run for their money. They were fun, comical, and very creative for a game about a bear and bird teaming up to take down an evil witch. So, it's only fitting that Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts make a mockery of the old classics and transforms the formula into a weird vehicle constructing and racing game.

The game did receive quite a few good reviews when it was first released but fans of the original games did not like the new concepts. Since then there have been no new Banjo-Kazooie games in the works.

5. Medal of Honor: Warfighter

Medal of Honor: Warfighter is stupid. That's really all you can say about it, it is a very stupid game. It is just another senseless, action-heavy, explosion-driven romp through yet another war-torn Middle Eastern countryside that you've come to expect from "realistic war shooters". Warfighter was just a game that felt dated and lifeless compared to other installations of the genre. After a disappointing release week, there have been no plans for a future title in the franchise.

6. Tony Hawk: Ride & Shred

The Tony Hawk franchise was always fun and always found newer ways to improve the gameplay experience. Unfortunately, their latest attempt to improve the skateboarding gameplay experience in Tony Hawk: Ride doomed the franchise. Activision tried to incorporate a skateboard motion controller that worked very poorly, making the game practically unplayable. In the sequel, Tony Hawk: Shred, Activision still did not learn their lesson but the gamers did as the game only sold about 3000 units in the first week of release.

After the utter failure of both Tony Hawk: Ride & Shred, Activision has abandoned the franchise. That's probably why we haven't seen a new Tony Hawk game since 2010.

Do you miss any of these franchises? Which would you like to see make a comeback?


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