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Clyde32 said:

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. 


Sure the interconnected plot may end up been an issue but overall there are many franchises that faced the same problems but ended up overcoming them because the sequels were a vast improvement ...

Many people that played Uncharted 2 did NOT play the first one in the series. The same deal goes for Mass Effect, The Witcher, and some other series as well ...