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This maybe a bit early but potentially Street Fighter V.  I don't think it outright killed SF. It has damaged it however. Granted the game plays very good but the DLC bullshit and the always online thing. Botched launch. It has a bad reputation that has affected it's ratings even on amazon plus with in a few months was reduced to 20 bucks. The SFV collectors edition was quickly reduced to 40 bucks.

 

Mortal Kombat vs DC. Ok yes Mortal Kombat still lives but under a different company. This game was desperate to get that Marvel Vs Capcom but nerfed the MK characters. Such a mistake. It helped kill Midway.

 

Dungeon Siege III. Here is a series once held in the same regard as Diablo and in some ways bested Diablo. With III they made a unbalanced bland game trying to cash in on Dragon Age half assed Dialogue Trees that don't affect anything. Bosses that are all the same and re skinned but act the same.  They are also heavily unbalanced and difficult..they are designed for you to have online friends play with you so if Solo..sucks to be you.  It is playable and for mega cheap is a just ok fix for Diablo but so many better options. Series is very likely dead.

 



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SegataSanshiro said:

This maybe a bit early but potentially Street Fighter V.  I don't think it outright killed SF. It has damaged it however. Granted the game plays very good but the DLC bullshit and the always online thing. Botched launch. It has a bad reputation that has affected it's ratings even on amazon plus with in a few months was reduced to 20 bucks. The SFV collectors edition was quickly reduced to 40 bucks.

 

Mortal Kombat vs DC. Ok yes Mortal Kombat still lives but under a different company. This game was desperate to get that Marvel Vs Capcom but nerfed the MK characters. Such a mistake. It helped kill Midway.

 

Dungeon Siege III. Here is a series once held in the same regard as Diablo and in some ways bested Diablo. With III they made a unbalanced bland game trying to cash in on Dragon Age half assed Dialogue Trees that don't affect anything. Bosses that are all the same and re skinned but act the same.  They are also heavily unbalanced and difficult..they are designed for you to have online friends play with you so if Solo..sucks to be you.  It is playable and for mega cheap is a just ok fix for Diablo but so many better options. Series is very likely dead.

 

SFV is a great game with a bad business model, right now I enjoy the game quite a lot but yeah it was terrible.



Ka-pi96 said:
Farsala said:

I enjoyed Dynasty Warriors 6 more then a lot of the other games on my list. But it came out at the same time as many other disappointments, and I basically got addicted to WoW.

Dynasty Warriors 7 was a lot better then 6 but I still don't hold it above the PS2 gen Dynasty Warriors. Mass characters are nice, however I really want enemies to be stronger like before. In Dynasty Warriors 3 it was certainly possible and easy to get over 1000 KOs , but if you came across 30 crossbowmen and didn't react accordingly or charged into a group of elite guards without any thought then you could still die.

Well I can't really remember DW3 so well, but I'll agree with the weaker enemies than before, although it's probably more that they are less agressive and your attacks also have greater range rather than them just being weaker. And hey, at least DW still beats SW in this regard. With those hyper attacks the average peons really are completely worthless as an enemy.

I believe range was better before tbh. Also phantom soldiers, due to PS2 HW limitations, if you killed 10 with a nice combo 10 more might appear out of nowhere. While with new gen you can hit them all if you want.

But for real even the peons in DW3 could phase you and stop you midcombo if they snuck in an attack somewhere. All enemies had as good  of range as you did with the same weapons, and they attacked frequently if you didn't control them. It was quite balanced too like this:

Peon/Private: 1 square hit

Sergeant: 2

Major: 3

Elite guards: 4+ charge hit

Officer: All the above and up to 6

The ai/ enemies were good enough that after leveling up your bodyguards and taking 8 of them, that they could solo the entire map of the easy levels if you let them. (Besides last hit on boss) Morale was a thing too, but that is another topic.



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I gave the Lunar series its first real shot with Lunar DS...Pity me...It was one of the worst games I've ever played.



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Dead Space 3, though it seems EA isn't to keen on maintaining franchises that don't fit comfortably into a certain envelope



CWegzz said:
Super Paper Mario killed the Paper Mario franchise. Even though it was a good game, it got rid of most of what was great with the franchise and set the stage for Sticker Star and Color Splash.

Not true, SPM had nothing to do with the way it's sequels turned out. SS was originally a true TTYD successor, until Miyamoto came along. He alone is responsible for ruining the series.



Arkham Knight: Every time I want to go out and do some fun Batman stuff I have to spend about an hour finding a place to park my damn car.

DMC: Devil May Cry was over the top in a self aware bordeline campy kind of way. DMC was over the top in a 40 year old guy trying to appeal to 15 year olds kind of way. The gameplay was solid enough but the rest of it was so cringy I couldn't keep with it. "OMGZ the evil corporations are trying to manipulate us with their evil soda!"

Golden Sun Dark Dawn: Just incredibly meh. Nothing terrible about it, but it's just not great and after a 10 year or so wait it was majorly disappointing.

Final Fantasy 12: I haven't enjoyed a Final Fantasy game since they went away from turn based combat to a real time system. Not that I necessarily dislike rpgs with real timeish combat, but the series just hasn't done it all that well.

Mass Effect 3: Ruined is an exaggeration, but the ending left a sour taste in my mouth that's harshed my buzz for Andromeda.

Mario and Luigi Dream Team: I actually don't dislike this game or Paper Jam, but it's clear that the series is running on fumes at this point. Nintendo should just let Paper Mario take over again as the traditional RPG Mario series, and let this series take a hiatus.

Shenmue 2: Not the game itself, but the decision to put it on X-Box rather than PS2. Aside from being a slap in the face to Sega's most loyal fans, it limited the game to a small audience in the US and a nonexistent one in Japan. Even the Gamecube would have been a better home.