The Top 7... New franchises that already feel old

Mario is a cultural phenomenon. Final Fantasy is epic. Resident Evil, Fallout, Diablo... all of these classic franchises will eventually decay and crumble, but don't expect them to be stamped with expiration dates any time soon.

The less fortunate franchises started molding before they even left the grocery store shelves.

These somehow less inspired games may sell millions of copies, they may contain lovable characters and innovative ideas, and they may even be great, but they lack that slippery something  - the abstract something that inspires gamers to bake Portal cakes and knit Mario socks. The following seven franchises are the best new ideas that won't survive a good fridge cleaning.

Trauma Center was a great idea (who didn’t like playing Operation?), but its failure to evolve has our interest waning.  The games test our ability to move a DS stylus or Wiimote with speed and accuracy, but not much else. We've sutured enough wounds.

Perhaps more focus on discovery and diagnosis would extend the franchise’s shelf life -  imagine navigating an endoscope through a patient’s body in search of a tumor, or growing and experimenting with bacteria cultures to discover new vaccines. Story is great, but gameplay needs to advance with it.

Saints Row may get crap for being a GTA knockoff, but it isn't a bad idea: take the sandbox formula, over-the-topify it and highlight all of the stupid crap everyone loves to do in sandbox games. But great ideas and great execution only sometimes coincide, and the game's flaws seem to have been amplified rather than diminished in the slightly anticipated sequel.

The laughably stereotypical characters, "totally street, yo" story, subpar graphics, and glitchiness aren’t endearing, they're annoying and outdated. The competition is getting tougher, so Saints Row needs to become much more different to avoid becoming a relic.

Wii Sports: Hey, okay, this is fun. Cool, bowling!
Wii Play: It comes with a remote!
Wii Fit: Eh, some people like it.  And there was that girl in her underwear.
Wii Sports Resort: The sword fighting looks cool?
Wii Music: Okay, f**k it, this shit is over.

The LEGO series (LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Indiana Jones) surpassed many expectations, but aside from the upcoming LEGO Universe, which might be awesome, the games are fairly basic platformers which rely largely on family-friendly humor and novelty. We’re not knocking novelty, we love novelty, but we may have had all the unlockables and nostalgia we can handle for a while. Unless maybe they make one of these.


Top 7


  • BladeBlur - July 29, 2012 10:27 p.m.

    Funny how today people LOVE Saints Row. This article was written BEFORE Saints Row 2 so it makes a lot of sense but still. Wow :)
  • vic88 - September 14, 2008 2:46 p.m.

    why does every one say GTA should be on the list, its not my favorite franchise but every new additon in the series has a new feel to it( except VCS and LCS). but i do agree saints row was judged unfairly only one part came out. and from what i can recall GTA4 has one loading screen
  • crazyqazqaz - September 13, 2008 7:54 a.m.

    @ Nin10DOH.Sonic is most definately not new!!!!
  • micleader - September 12, 2008 7:25 p.m.

    i still have lego star wars it well fun
  • deadgeeks - September 12, 2008 7:54 a.m.

    ok lego games r fun till u beat them wii game r feaken awesome trauma center i have no idea what this game is about i wont say anything about cooking mama cuz theres just to much i could say nintendogs wasnt a great idea and guitar hero suks all around
  • lil lewis777 - September 11, 2008 12:45 a.m.

    I agree with ALL of it.
  • anduin1 - September 10, 2008 6:59 p.m.

    I never understood the fascination of Guitar Hero... its like a glorified version of dance dance revolution which is just so lame. I still won't get into any of these music games because honestly, I'd rather play my own guitar but I will give props to Rock Band for doing some cool group play, particularly the drums and singing.
  • londonjack - September 10, 2008 6:38 p.m.

    why r there so many saints row fags? GTA and Saints Row r similiar u dont have to trash talk the one u dont like.
  • TobyW360 - September 10, 2008 2:28 a.m.

    Who the hell reviewd Saints Row? Was it some GTA fanboy fag. Why would you compare it to GTA Saints Row 2 was made way after GTA 4.
  • theworldonfire - September 10, 2008 2:02 a.m.

    Ooo I've just been reading through the comments and the Katamari series was a great one, by the time Beautiful Katamari came out, it seemed like it had been around forever.
  • theworldonfire - September 10, 2008 1:56 a.m.

    i agree with all of these...although i dont personally feel as tho guitar hero is that old, i could definitely see how someone could see that, I think that you could add the marvel ultimate alliance series in there too, because its the same as x-men legends which had two games before that were almost exactly the same. And even though it might be a little too old to be considered new, the spider-man games. You could also add viva pinata to the list :).
  • joe kick-ass - September 10, 2008 12:10 a.m.

    Why the hell is Saints row up there? It should be replaced with GTA. Get your facts straight idiot.
  • EricBratcher - September 9, 2008 11:08 p.m.

    The reason we couldn't include Madden, CalebCarroll14, is that this is a list of new franchises. And Madden has been around for 20 years. So... not really very new. At all. Savvy?
  • georgeguy - September 9, 2008 9:44 p.m.

    great list agree with all of them. GOD nintodo friken anoys me,every bodies like "ooo i want a wii, they are beast" but it only has like 5 good games(ss-brawl, mario kart, zelda(tp), and mario galaxy)and no one picks them
  • Wizrai - September 9, 2008 9:17 p.m.

    Saints Row is obviously based of GTA, however, I feel the gameplay different than GTA, Saints Row is more like a phisically impossible reality, fun with low gravity rag-dolls, a lot of booms...It's kinda between GTA and Mercenaries. That's all, the rest of the list is perfect, a piece of art! P.S. Congratulations guru dude, you made a first post! So what?
  • MW3M - September 9, 2008 9:03 p.m.

    Is it me or is the Wii console in general got a massive expiry date on it? All the big 1st party titles are out now so now all hardcore gamers have now is shovelware before someone at Nintendo pulls their finger out and gives us Kid Icarus Wii (Although tbh, the NES version wasn't that great, just seems to be another case of American games journo getting misty eyed over a game that never got a Western release)
  • kingboruc - September 9, 2008 6:38 p.m.

    I agree with Gutair hero being no 1. as they have not done anthing to it since GH 2 and everyone konws that rock band is the more innovative and better game as it is by harmonix who take time and care with their games, unlike nversoft. Also agree with lego games becoming stale
  • CalebCarroll14 - September 9, 2008 6:17 p.m.

    Gah, What about fucking madden, I mean, Every year, It's the same damned game, BUT THIS YEAR YOU GET AN IQ......Wow, Does anyone care?
  • CAPST3R - September 9, 2008 3:44 p.m.

    sonic and saints row need to jump off the ifle tower. bloody lego games need to break up and i will come round to your house and kill you if you think gta is crap. im kiddin but other ppl might AND STOP MAKING CRAPPY KIDS GAMES LIKE SCOOBY DOO! THEYRE WASTING PRECIOUS SHELF SPACE! KEEP IT TO HANDHELDS AND PC! and halo needs to go rot in a hole aswell
  • SOLIDSNAKE1983 - September 9, 2008 2:10 p.m.

    I don't know about wii sports going stale, it's still the most played game in my house (above anuthing else on the wii or the ps3) and I can't wait for wii resort!!!

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