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The Top 7... Failed Franchises We Know How to Fix

 

Okay, so calling The Lord of the Rings franchise a "failure" is a bit of a stretch. The world of J.R.R. Tolkien and Peter Jackson has inspired some good games and, depending on how big a fan you are, even some great ones. Plus, we've seen a ton of variety. Role-playing. Action. Real-time strategy. Massively multiplayer. Pinball.

But the one thing that The Lord of the Rings games have never gotten quite right - and the one thing that Marvel: Ultimate Alliance absolutely nails - is a feeling of fellowship. Of a band of heroes, each with unique weapons and powers, coming together to fight as a cohesive team. Of multiple players picking their favorite roles and joining up to finish a cooperative story.

LOTR: The Two Towers enabled you to select different characters, but never at the same time. In Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, you choose and control an entire party, switching between members on the fly. LOTR: The Return of the King added two-player levels, but only during certain sections. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance has four-player coop throughout, offline or online. LOTR: The Third Age had four characters, too, but not the famous heroes you know and love. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance includes practically everyone, from Spider-Man and Captain America to Black Panther and Moon Knight.

Look, we're not claiming Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is a mind-blowing masterpiece, and we're not saying The Lord of the Ring franchise has been terrible thus far. We just hope, as more entries are developed, a few of them take a cue from the comics. Watch the video below, then try telling us Gandalf and company aren't superheroes. You can't.


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19 comments

  • Sjoeki - November 29, 2011 noon

    It's just creepy how close your idea was to what would be the best game of 2009 (arkham asylum offcourse)
  • ChuckB - November 24, 2010 2:13 a.m.

    That what I thought, Polar, when Arkham Asylum's details were revealed.
  • Slayer11496 - November 23, 2010 2:09 a.m.

    Needs more Chuck Norris.
  • PolarBarrett - November 23, 2010 1 a.m.

    funny how this description of the batman one is exactly like arkham asylum. i guess gr was ahead of its time
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - November 28, 2011 4:21 p.m.

    You're welcome.
  • cricket0 - September 27, 2008 8:53 p.m.

    I think that every game needs an upgrade like these
  • rel123 - September 22, 2008 7:32 a.m.

    Our solution: Turn every game into Mass Effect. Excellent.
  • katwood92 - October 1, 2008 8:47 p.m.

    If every game was Mass Effect, gaming would get boring fast. However Mass Effect does have many different aspects that a lot of games could learn from.
  • h3110 - September 9, 2008 9:52 p.m.

    cool first comment and i tottlay agree with all of these
  • Corsair89 - August 30, 2009 4:37 a.m.

    Congradulations, GR. Batman: Arkham Asylum did everything you suggested(except the Batmobile) and proved that you were absoultely right. Kudos.
  • MoonPig - June 15, 2009 10:49 a.m.

    splinter cell FTW
  • Blackhalos99 - April 22, 2009 10:27 p.m.

    Yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • crazyjames - February 24, 2009 10:04 p.m.

    Seeing Jaws chucking grenades at beach goers had to be the absolute highlight of this article. Priceless.
  • Anton_13 - January 4, 2009 10:26 p.m.

    good harry potter thought, but wouldn't that have a bit of a niche appeal? I think harry potter needs an RPG. Not like Mass Effect, because then it would lose something, but still more than just a big, open world.
  • Anton_13 - January 4, 2009 10:19 p.m.

    on the star trek note, there's a star trek MMO (MMORPG?) in development
  • Sebastian16 - December 20, 2008 10:20 p.m.

    I shall pray to the non-existant gods that Batman; Arkham Asylum will be the Batman game we've all been waiting for.
  • rghtstff12 - December 18, 2008 8:04 p.m.

    Thank God somebody finally said it! I am DYING for a solid Batman game.
  • PittsburghPirates - January 21, 2009 1:17 a.m.

    No that Mirror's Edge is coming out for PC, someone is bound to make a Mod....
  • Yoshi X100 - December 27, 2008 3:15 p.m.

    I disagree with the Godzilla thing, I think it should be more along the lines of a free roam Grand Theft Auto game where you go on the missions and campaign when you want, build alliances, destroy cities, fight monsters even when your not in campaign, oh and maybe upgrade abilities. Sound Good?

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