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My Top 5 Over-Hyped Franchises in Video Games

Publishers need hype to move product, but is there a such thing as too much?

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When it comes to video games, the various publishers need to create a certain amount of hype to get their products to the consumer. But is there such a thing as too much hype? This is a list, in my opinion, as to the five most over-hyped franchises in video games.          

5.) 'Halo'

Since the release of Halo Wars 2 last year, there hasn't really been much talk about this franchise, which is why it's in this spot on this list. There have been rumors of a sixth installment coming in the future, but it's mostly speculation. However, from its debut back in 2001 on the original Xbox, there wasn't a day I would venture to the local GameStop and listen to various people talking about how awesome the game was, mainly in gameplay and story. At the time, I didn't really care for first-person shooters. Now I do have a preference for this genre, but it's not this title.

4.) 'Call of Duty'

Yes, I believe this franchise is way over-hyped. However, I will admit there are a few titles from this franchise that are a part of my library, but I'm not saying that they get better with each installment. I like the sci-fi aspect they took with Advanced/Infinite Warfare's, and Black Ops. Yet I do regret purchasing the season pass for Black Ops 3 since I only really got into it for the Zombies campaign. I do feel this does need to be said about that particular one though.

I feel Treyarch wasted the talent they hired on for the Zombies mode of that game. That was the reason I bought the pass. I thought they were doing what Sledgehammer had done for Advanced Warfare and was going to do a completely new storyline. I enjoyed seeing Ron Perlman, Jeff Goldblum, Heather Graham, and Neal McDonoguh as the cast of playable characters, only to find out later that they were only there to "assist" their original characters. I never cared for them, which is why I never played the zombies modes in the first two Black Ops games. But that's just my opinion.

3.) 'Forza'

For me, cars in general are not that interesting. I don't even own my own car to get from point A to point B, so playing games that deal with driving in circles, whether in a city or out in the open, really doesn't seem that enjoyable. I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who enjoy this franchise, which is fine. I just don't need it constantly shoved in front of me saying that it's "one of the best racing games ever" or that "the weather is so real looking it seems like you're really there." If I wanted to see realistic rain or snow, I'd just look out the window, thank you.

2.) 'Star Wars'

I grew up watching the original trilogy, but I'm not the type to study every aspect, memorize every critical development in the story, or even get overly attached to a certain character who only has approximately five minutes total of screen time. I'm sure everyone knows exactly who I'm referring to. Anyway, the reason I say this is over-hyped is due to the current releases of Battlefront and Battlefront 2. If I really did get into these games, I wouldn't want to have to pay to win any of the matches I played in.

1.) 'Assassin's Creed'

It seems every other month something is going on with this franchise. How many times have you looked in the New Releases section of the game store to see something with this title on it? I'll admit, when the series started, the idea of being able to travel back to a person's ancestors' time seemed interesting. But, after really thinking about it, and playing through the first two installments, (100 percent completing the second one only,) I find it tends to get old. Especially since not everyone has ancestors who belonged to any type of Assassin guild. This franchise really annoys me most, because there's always another one coming out, and I don't see any true benefit to the technology that's being displayed here.

I also find major flaws in the idea of being able to manipulate history through a machine, because, if it were the case that the individual travels to the past, everything that gets changed should have some type of drastic consequence on the present. And, even if they are reliving memories of the person, there should be no way of traveling to go sight-seeing which would completely eliminate any possibility for the side quests, because the person's life followed a strict path. These are just a couple of things that I find wrong with this franchise.

So, that's my list. I'm pretty sure there are people who would and do disagree with me, but that's the great thing about sharing opinions: they're all different. 

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