5 Franchises That Got Beaten Like a Dead Horse in 2011
It was a year of sequels. Mostly, they were good sequels, and nice additions to their respective franchises, no matter the genre. But a few were one tired rehash too many, and in an industry that lives and dies by dishing out the same game every year, it’s getting a little tedious dishing out $60 for the same game on a 12-month cycle.
So while 2011 saw a rash of huge sequels, we want a few less in 2012. Maybe a few more fresh intellectual properties stretching their legs, or at the very least, some variety in our yearly refreshers. What follows is a list of five franchises that have gotten absolutely beaten to death — like zombies, they’ve been beaten to death, come back, and been beaten again like a horrific march of gross dead horses. So before this metaphor gets strained any further, lets get on with it — 5 Franchises That Got Beaten Like Occupy Protesters in Oakland this year:
5. The Elder Scrolls
This one isn’t a sin of the developer (although we could talk about all the things Bethesda did wrong with Skyrim if you want), it’s a sin of the gaming community at large. Sure, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a huge, stunningly deep, largely incredible game. It’s a game we’ve all had a great time exploring and adventuring within, a game of which we’ve all loved to share our experiences. Hell, Game Front even has its own Skyrim Show in which our video team just dicks around with console commands, torturing ex lovers and trying valiantly to make sabre cats fight wolves (they don’t seem to realize that sabre cats and wolves just run from each other).
But the franchise has been beaten far, far beyond death by the Internet. Many a meme has sprung from the game — notably, talking about formerly doing something before an arrow piercing a particular leg joint put you out of commission, and knocking stuff down with one particularly fun-to-say Dragon Shout. I won’t deny that I’ve slipped down a YouTube rabbit hole or two clicking links to these videos, but it has to stop. It has to stop now.
…Okay, okay. Last one. Then this gets an arrow to the neck.