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What are some videogame franchise titles that you feel do not adequately describe or suit the series of games? Sometimes a title made sense in the beginning but not so much anymore as the gameplay and series evolve over time. One recent example is Assassin's Creed. I am not very familiar with the series but some fans have pointed out that recent games do not star Assassins as the main character, such as Assassin's Creed Valhalla being about Vikings.

Other titles for me:

Grand Theft Auto- Stealing cars is one of the mildest crimes and atrocities you commit in these games. It's not really about the cars. It's about building and running a criminal empire.

Resident Evil- I blame edgy American localization for this one. Resident Evil always seemed to imply something supernatural to me. The horror really comes about more because of science run amok. The Japanese title Biohazard makes a bit more sense to me but even then it seems to convey something about medicine rather than zombies.

Metroid- I've played a few Metroid games. As far as I can tell Metroid refers to a specific type of enemy. It does not even seem to be the most deadly enemy Samus comes across.

The Last of Us- There are clearly many survivors left.

The Legend of Zelda- Zelda hardly does anything from game to game. It should be The Legend of Link! OF LINK!

Mario Kart- It's Nintendo/ Super Smash Kart now.

Super Smash Bros. - So sexist. It should be Super Smash Bros. & Sisters!

Infinite Undiscovery- alright this one is not a franchise but the title still makes no sense.

Thoughts?



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Signalstar said:

Metroid- I've played a few Metroid games. As far as I can tell Metroid refers to a specific type of enemy. It does not even seem to be the most deadly enemy Samus comes across.

Metroids are like, the main reason why the story happens? Well, at least when it comes to the mainline series. All four games revolve around events that happened because of them. Individually, they're not the deadliest Samus comes across, not by a long shot, but as a species they are the second deadliest - and prey on the #1 deadliest. So, yeah.

Not even gonna touch on the Zelda one, that doesn't deserve a response.

It isn't a franchise, but one name I really dislike is Pokkén Tournament. It's such a bad choice. The gameplay is nothing like Tekken, and the game would've sold a lot more with the actual Pokémon name. But naming is only one of many ways in which that game is disappointing.



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Signalstar said:

Resident Evil- I blame edgy American localization for this one. Resident Evil always seemed to imply something supernatural to me. The horror really comes about more because of science run amok. The Japanese title Biohazard makes a bit more sense to me but even then it seems to convey something about medicine rather than zombies.

The Last of Us- There are clearly many survivors left.

Resident Evil was fine for the first game. It alluded to the mansion with evil inside. I don't really get why you'd interpret something supernatural from that. Evil definitely isn't supernatural. Regular people can definitely be evil too. In fact I'd say that the name even draws parallels with Dr Frankenstein creating his monster in a castle outside a nearby residential area. That too as a case of science run amok, isn't it?

Biohazard definitely works though. It conveys something medicine? Like... virology? Yep, that definitely fits.

As for The Last of Us, what's the problem there? "The Last" doesn't imply literally just 1. You could easily say a city with many people is the last of a dying empire (Constantinople during the end of the Eastern Roman Empire for example. Or an entire is the last of a defeated army. Or to refer to the last remnants of a dying race (as the game seems to imply).

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Signalstar said:

The Legend of Zelda- Zelda hardly does anything from game to game. It should be The Legend of Link! OF LINK!

Thoughts?

You have every right to be wrong I guess



Signalstar said:

Resident Evil- I blame edgy American localization for this one. Resident Evil always seemed to imply something supernatural to me. The horror really comes about more because of science run amok. The Japanese title Biohazard makes a bit more sense to me but even then it seems to convey something about medicine rather than zombies.

I remember finding this title very strange sounding when I first heard it. Resident Evil? President Evil?
But over the years since I'm so used to it now, it just sounds natural to me. But it was definitely one of the strangest titles for me back then.

And I agree on Legend of Zelda not making a lot of sense. But it sounds better than Link.



Signalstar said:

The Last of Us- There are clearly many survivors left.

You're missing the point.  The 'Us' part of that title tackles a core theme in most zombie fiction: in-group/out-group dynamics.  It's a phrase that's malleable based on someone's perspective (i.e. The Fireflies' circle being more expansive than Joel's).



Smash could just simply be named Super Smash. Or Super Smash Bash.

Ys series. Ys is only the focal point of the first 2 games. Ys IX is about to release, so for 7 games, Ys is not in Ys.

Bravely Default. WTF even?

Frame Gride. WTF even?



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Fortnite. It's been way longer than that.



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