One Franchise You Really Wish Hadn't Changed...
Over the years, many enduring franchises have changed. Some for the better, some for the worse.
Which is the one series that changed significantly - from a gameplay perspective - that you really wish hadn't? And it's too easy to just say Final Fantasy; we all know that went to hell, so it's too easy. Pick something else.
I've got a few. I'll definitely mention Parasite Eve; the original was one of my all-time favorite games on the original PlayStation. It blended real-time and turn-based combat into something that was very special, in my estimation. Then they went and turned the sequel into a Resident Evil clone, and that PSP installment (Third Birthday) was just a third-person shooter. To be clear, I'm not saying either of the aforementioned titles were bad. In fact, both were quite good (and who can forget that shower scene in PEII?).
That's not really the point, however; the point is that the series changed for the worse, in my opinion. I'd also like to add a few more and they're being included for the same reason: Sonic and Castlevania. I know there have been some decent 3D installments in each, but I'm sorry, these games belong in the 2D realm and that's that. Nobody will disagree that each franchise's very best titles were basically all 2D (with the exception of that one Sonic entry on the Dreamcast, which was good).
What are yours?
4/4/2014 Ben Dutka