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Based on tons of hype, magazine covers, and positive reviews, I bought the original Tomb Raider in 1996. I wanted to love it, but just couldn't get into its gameplay for some reason. Despite trying each subsequent title and reviewing a few back in college, I continuously struggled with enjoying the Crystal Dynamics franchise. When I heard about the reboot the series would be receiving this year, I immediately became interested. Maybe this would be the one that finally got me on board. Sure enough, I'm several hours in and absolutely loving the new game.
Do you have a similar experience with a franchise? Was there a series that you couldn't enjoy until one particular sequel or reboot turned you around? Or did the opposite happen...you loved a franchise, only to be turned off by a disappointing installment?
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RE6 completely killed RE series for me...it's not that I think it's a bad game...it's just not a RE game...
Devil May Cry 3. I'd completely written off the series after the train wreck what was DMC2, but the perfection that was Dante's Awakening brought me right back in and assured me that the series has deep, solid roots.
I loved the Devil May Cry games...until 4 came out. I didn't like Nero as a character, it felt like there was no cohesive plot or objective, and the Savior boss fight nearly invalidated the entire series for me.
But when DmC came out this year, I was interested because it was going away from what 4 was. Ended up loving it.
So I went from loving the series to hating the series to loving it again lol.
Skyrim put a lot of great things into the Elder Scrolls Series!
I felt the same way about Tomb Raider. I also really didn't care for the original Assassin's Creed game but after playing 3 I was interested enough to go try out 2. I absolutely loved AC2 and brotherhood. I'm playing through revelations now. Not quite as good but hasn't killed the franchise for me
Halo Reach... in sense. I never was a big fan of Halo (I'm still not a fan of the single player campaigns in the numbered entries) and I found the mp to be alright. Lot's of fun with friends but nothing too exciting. Reach, imo, featured the best sp campaign and I loved the mp.
In the opposite direction... well I would say CoD MW2 was the point when I realized the series had taken a turn for the worse and I stopped after that entry. I can say the same for BF3. Loved the previous installments but BF3 really felt like a letdown. And Resident Evil 6. After that game, I will never blindly buy another RE game ever again.
I had always been aware of Mortal Kombat and had tried it a couple times, but the stiff combat of the early titles never appealed to me. When GI started showing screens of the 2011 reboot, something about it caught my eye. I ended up pre-ordering the game and have played it to death ever since. Now I'm a huge netherrealm fan and have pre-ordered Injustice. And you can bet I'll be first in line for any future MK titles!
I'm a little embarrassed to admit this...but I didn't really get into Zelda games until Wind Waker.
Gears of War Judgment ruined the GoW series for me. I was a huge gear head, and now I feel like the series has let me down. Gears 3 was a great experience, as was Gears 1, and 2, but after playing Judgment, I really lost hope in the series that I had loved.
Halo 4 also slightly ruined the Halo series for me. I loved Halo 3, but that was the pinnacle for me. Reach was good, but I wasn't a huge fan, and 4 sufficed, but not nearly as fantastic as Halo 3 was. Don't get me wrong, Halo 4 was entertaining for a little bit, and I'm still a huge Halo fan, but I really feel that the game was not nearly as good as those before it.
It seems that Microsoft two big exclusive franchises have let me down within the past year, I hope Microsoft does something to change that in the future.
By the way, this is a very interesting topic for a reader discussion.
Pokemon Platinum (my favorite game of all time) changed my view on Pokemon main games!! I am such a Pokemon main game fan now because of that game!
Jak II was this for me. I loved the original, but I did not like the direction the series took. Not that the other games are bad or anything. I had a ton of fun with all of them, but I would like to see an actual follow up to the first game.