Lunchtime Discussion: The Last Sequel

Do you see what I did there? Yup, I’m flipping things on their heads today. Yesterday we talked about what games need to continue, and in a bout of lazily looking for a new title for today I’m just going to reverse things and talk about series that should die. Well not necessarily die, but maybe take a break for a bit. We all know there are series that need this, to either just let the past go, or take a step back and let people miss your game for a while. It’s probably why EA are so reluctant to put out another SSX game.

There are so many series I could write about that just need to end now, but I fear that discussing some of them (Hint: Two words, both begin with F) may get me lynched. So lets talk about series that need to take a step back and see where they can change, what can be added, what can be adapted. I feel this is one of the reasons that Battlefield has stayed so successful, by spinning of several new entities from the core product it always feels fresh and new. If they’d simply moved from Battlefield 2 to Battlefield 3 I think a lot of people would have been sorely disappointed. So what needs this kind of re-evaluation?

The Tony Hawk series is probably a prime candidate here. We all know that Ride pretty much bombed, and that the series has been on a downwards slope for a long time. Activision need to either let the series die, or take a step away from for a few years and go back to games like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 and, dare I say it, THUG and look at what made those titles enjoyable. Without that perspective the series isn’t going anywhere.


What else would I cut? It pains me to say it, but maybe Metal Gear Solid. It’s a great series, but they seem to constantly be adding ‘the last game’ to the existing titles. The main story has finished, hopefully, and now we’re getting more spin-offs to keep the name going. Metal Gear Solid:Rising could have easily been named Metal Gear Rising or Metal Gear Raiden, leaving the main series as needs to happen. The franchise name is Metal Gear, not Metal Gear Solid for gods sake! Just leave it to rest Kojima, move on and tell a new story.

A lot of people seem to want the end of the Halo series, and I can see where they’re coming from. However with Reach at least they’re moving to a different story, and as long as they stay away from the Master Chief (because bringing him back pretty much will kill it) I think it can keep going without feeling to drawn out.

So time to through open the flood gates, I hope you manage to live up to the stellar number of comments on yesterday’s discussion. What series just needs to stop? Discuss.