It’s never easy seeing a series you grew up with or have fond memories of fall off the rails. Much like movie franchises with too many sequels or TV series that go on for way too many seasons, video game series are just as susceptible to the ravages of time and a perpetual lack of new ideas and uninspired creative choices. While it’s easy to lay the blame for the diminished returns of certain game series at the doors of the teams who worked on them, the answer is generally much more complex and often has as much to do with poor business decisions on the part of the games’ publishers as it does the developers. There are just as many long-running game series that continue to innovate and provide players with quality experiences, so it’s definitely not impossible for franchises to continue to stay relevant and fresh years after they began. Unfortunately, the following 10 game series lost their way at one point or another and are simply nowhere near the vibrant experiences they once were.
10. Gran Turismo
Make no mistake: Gran Turismo remains one of the premier series in racing and even though it’s still years away from release, Gran Turismo 7 is easily one of the most anticipated titles for the PlayStation 4. Unfortunately, developer Polyphony Digital will have to pull out all the stops, as the last two entries in the series have damaged the brand to a fair degree, allowing rival series Forza Motorsport on Microsoft’s Xbox platform to emerge as the current king of racing simulations. While Gran Turismo was arguably at its height during the PS2 era with the back-to-back critical and commercial success of Gran Turismo 3 and 4, Gran Turismo 5 on PS3 fell short due to a host of questionable design decisions, such as recycling car models from previous games and an overall lack of polish. Gran Turismo 6 fared even worse and is widely considered to be the worst entry in the series, delivering a stripped-down experience that simply didn’t improve on what came before. Only time will tell as to whether Gran Turismo can reclaim its former glory.http://www.justpushstart.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Gran-Turismo-5-review.jpg Source: justpushstart.com