Are you being pedantic on purpose? We're talking about a series where the first game is by far the best known and upon which everything else is based. Even one of the games you mentioned is basically a remake and the other was a bomb that almost no one played. The original game is the baseline for the franchise, like it or not.
Nope. The franchise is the "baseline". You missed the point by a mile. Read my first reply to you, you ignored its essence: The major reason "fans" are dissapointed of the new BT, is because its generic artstyle and tone (PC Dark Queen) and gameplay is out of line. Wether you like the original games or not, how they play, how (un)successful they were, is irrelevant in this discussion.
Hunting Season is done...