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characters, "totally street, yo" story, subpar graphics, and glitchiness aren’t endearing, they're annoying and outdated.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


  • doomdoomdoom - July 5, 2009 3:30 a.m.

    I agree with TobyW360 why the fuck is saints row up there there only two of them. They need to add madden, Tiger Woods, and fucking poker games. P.S. The Wii suck monkey dick and truck Nuts
  • kryptkeeper666 - July 9, 2009 10:46 a.m.

    I enjoyed Saints Row, i beat the first one several times over, then beat the second one several times over, and every now and again ill STILL play the second one.
  • likedamaster - July 12, 2009 4:53 a.m.

    Toby's and doomdoom's comment are 9 months apart. LOL.
  • doomdoomdoom - August 8, 2009 2:44 a.m.

    Cool i must have travel back in time and posted a comment on a web site that didn't exist and it appeared now ???? i am confusion my self again??? they need to fix this problem or write a article on it.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - September 8, 2008 9:37 p.m.

    Agreed, bioshocker. Brain training games are passe.
  • Curtis_Stone - September 8, 2008 9:48 p.m.

    This is a great list i have the exact same feelings about the GH franchise...thnx for getting us interested in the music genre but u have been surpassed by Rock Band, just concede to defeat Neversoft and go back to the Tony Hawk games...wait that series is def missing from ur list Tyler
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - September 8, 2008 9:53 p.m.

    @zabu_san: I think Tony Hawk is too old to be considered a new franchise. I believe the first one was released in '99.
  • flare149 - September 8, 2008 9:55 p.m.

    It's really sad, Activision has ruined Guitar Hero. If it had stayed with Harmonix and we got a new good game every once in awhile, it'd still be great, but yeah they're releasing to many and adding a bunch of crud like the stupid boss battles, battle mode, and letting people playing medium beat people playing expert by making their notes count for more Also I agree with the Wii stuff, it annoys me
  • axgamer71 - September 8, 2008 9:56 p.m.

    Honestly Guitar Hero never gets old for me...on the other hang madden over and over again...*sigh* me and my friend recently had an argument over this.
  • NintendoNerd655 - September 8, 2008 10:12 p.m.

    I want Madden in there lol... Kinda agree with Guitar Hero, and "Wii" games need to die.
  • TiredButStillAive - September 8, 2008 10:32 p.m.

    Neversoft has killed every franchise its worked on GH especially. I mean, C'mon look At Tony F***ing HAWK games. Does ANYONE care anymore?
  • bron1417 - September 8, 2008 10:45 p.m.

    you have a nice list there tyler nice. and yea tony hawk started in 99.
  • Curtis_Stone - September 8, 2008 11:08 p.m.

    yeah i'm a retard! I realized after I posted what the initial topic was and it was too late to change it after stupid...!!!
  • iluvmyDS - September 8, 2008 11:22 p.m.

    Sad but true.
  • Tasty_Pasta - September 8, 2008 11:51 p.m.

    Definitely agree with guitar hero. That's just poor quality that hasn't gotten any better.
  • Bigpapa360 - September 8, 2008 11:58 p.m.

    Im sorry I actually liked Saints Row. I think GTA needs to get off its high horse.
  • Nin10DOH - September 9, 2008 12:01 a.m.

    Sonic isnt up there?
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - September 9, 2008 12:03 a.m.

    @Bigpapa360: Agreed that Saints Row isn't a bad game. It's just a bit lowbrow, and with all of the approaching open world competition (games like Saboteur, Borderlands, and Prototype come to mind), I feel like it has to greatly reinvent itself to keep from becoming totally outdated.
  • londonjack - September 9, 2008 12:35 a.m.

    what about halo
  • guitardudezach10 - September 9, 2008 2:24 a.m.

    you know you all love nintendogs. lol

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