What Franchises Went From "Day 1" To "Day Whenever"?
Sometimes there's just no telling what will happen in a generation.
You can go into a new one absolutely certain that the technology is going to realize the full potential of your favorite franchise and come out the other side asking if anybody got the plate number on the truck that ran you over.
You can be absolutely certain that your love of a particular genre is all you need and emerge at the tail end of the console cycle with a whole new appreciation for games you would have dismissed out of hand seven years ago.
If you're the impulsive type you might wind up regretting that particular tattoo you got in that one spot. Hopefully not, but you see some crazy things in this hobby. One theme in my own change of gaming habits has been, much to my chagrin, the degradation of some franchises in my own mind that has led them from a “day one" purchase to a “day whenever” purchase.
Sometimes it doesn't take any more than one problematic game to make the change. The restrictive nature of Dragon Age II made me regret being a day one adopter and while Inquisition is sounding great I think I'm going to need some serious convincing to get back on board that dragon. I used to love me some Resident Evil and Silent Hill but now I get around to them when I can for various reasons I'm sure nobody here can guess. While we're on the subject of horror what about Dead Space? The first made Dead Space 2 a lock for me, and now I haven't even played part 3 yet.
I've seen a number of shooter fans get fed up with Call of Duty, including my closest friend who has been told in no uncertain terms by the United States government that he can never purchase an actual firearm again and so must rely on video games for his fix. Maybe there have just been too many Assassin's Creeds for you to keep up. Our last poll was pretty split over GTAV so maybe something about GTAIV didn't sit well with you. Maybe action invaded a series not meant for it, or perhaps the dreaded “accessibility” has infected your once beloved gameplay and you've found yourself traded in for two other gamers with half your IQ.
What franchises went from “day one” to “day whenever” for you this generation and why? To paraphrase American humorist Artemis Ward, why is this thus and what is the reason for this thusness?
9/4/2013 10:02:51 PM David D. Nelson