What Franchise Made You Play Previous Entries?
Watch Dogs has been in the news a lot lately and the topic is success of the new IP.
Ubisoft has been 100% behind the quality and general awesomeness of Aiden and his hacktastic city. If you recall they were committed to making it a new franchise some time ago. If that happens it could join the ranks of their other open world adventure series Assassin's Creed.
I'm a little skeptical that it has the punch behind it to become an overnight success story but as usual it's best to wait until it actually arrives to start predicting with any level of certainty. Maybe it's just good advice for developers not to count their chickens before they hatch. Some of you will recall that Capcom had all the confidence in the world that Dontnod's noble effort Remember Me would be a hit and command franchise status. Even though it scored decently in that 7 range I have yet to hear any plans for a sequel.
Not all franchises begin with smashing records, I think Assassin's Creed was one of those lucky projects that hit people where they live and it's not realistic to expect the same from Watch Dogs. When Killzone 2 dropped I wondered what ever happened to Killzone 1 because I'd never heard of it. As it turns out it wasn't so great. What it does put me in mind of though are the times I got swept up in sequel excitement which eventually brought me back in time to play previous games.
The big money might be in sequels but lifetime sales of games can certainly be helped by the popularity of better-done sequels. Games are lucky in that regard, unlike movies their sequels are often better. I got on board Resistance with part 2 and 3 took too long for my waiting ability so I went back to play the first and found a lot to love. I started the Tales series with Graces F and moved on to Xillia, but when the Symphonia chronicles were released I jumped at the chance to experience the roots of the games I had so much fun with. While the Tomb Raider reboot wasn't my first outing with Lara it did compel me to buy the Tomb Raider Trilogy because I never did finish Underworld or Legend. It was a trip to go back and see how puzzles and platforms were handled before now.
What franchises did you find so compelling you went back in time to play earlier games just to see how it all began?
4/19/2014 David D. Nelson