Which is precisely why the third game isn't as good as you think it might be ...
Getting no good word of mouth must mean there's a fault in the game itself, not the customers ... (Credits to rol for the idea.)
If you had my lens I'm sure you would be able to spot out the issues more easily with the games ...
Which brings me back a few posts. They had no way of drawing you in to the next game(I'm not sure if this part actually made it into the post. It was in a rough draft).
People didn't find a reason to make the jump. Those who didn't buy the second game didn't want to do it because they weren't caught up, and those who did play the second game didn't want to risk being burnt again.
There's a difference between a direct sequel and a new game when it comes to good word of mouth. Even if the word of mouth did spread, most people wouldn't have played it because they would need to know the story of the first two games. And considering the bad word of mouth that went through with the second game, they didn't want to play that one. Much like the way I have trouble recommending the series because of that game in particular.