Big-Name Franchises You Don't Care About/Can't Get Into



  • With all the huge blockbuster franchises a few of them are bound to make you feel apathetic. For me I feel this way about HALO. I wasn't an Xbox gamer back in 2002 so the flood of hype and astonishment never drenched over me, but I guess playing as a green space marine with a helmet for a face just didn't connect with me and hasn't done so since. I've tried HALO, it's alright but I just can't catch onto why its so damn amazing. I kinda feel similarly about Fable but I think the Fable games have some lovely whimsy and charm to them.



  • Sonic.

    2D or 3D, I just never enjoyed any of them, even the "good ones".

    I hate how Sonic controls, and the level design is just not enjoyable to me: when it goes fast, it feels like you're on rails, when it goes slow, it's a drag through bad, imprecise platforming sections.

    I gave Sonic Mania a shot a couple months ago and bounced off it after the first world.

    I will never understand what people like about those games, to me they're among the worst platformers I've ever played.



  • Going off of this wiki article. Ignoring Sports games, because I think that's too easy, Tetris is probably the big one. Tetris Effect is a bit of an exception, but otherwise I've just never cared about Tetris overall. Didn't even bother ever downloading the free Tetris 99. I just know I'm not interested.

    After that, I've never had any temptation to play any of the Just Dance games. They look so stupid every time I see them, and none of the music is appealing to me. The mechanics just look designed for making a fool of yourself at parties. I can comfortably say I'll live my whole life without playing these games.

    I didn't expect Bejeweled to be listed as 50 Million, but go ahead and lump that in with Tetris above. I don't hate puzzle games, but both are the type about mastering an annoying basic loop faster and faster, which I don't find remotely appealing. Is this the one that spawned all the awful Match 4 games that bled into every gaming space too?

    Lastly, I see the Harry Potter games have sold 40 Million. I've always hated Harry Potter as a property, ever since we were forced to read one of the books in school. Of course it took off and for years and years I couldn't even say I didn't like it without people getting upset about that, but now of course we know the creator of the franchise is a horrible person, so even though that's not the sole reason I dislike it, at least it has become an acceptable opinion to state now.



  • Modern God of War.

    he used to look cool back on the PS2. the PS4 Kratos onwards looks weird and tries too hard.



  • Probably Assassin's Creed. My first entry was ACIII, really didn't like it. I did enjoy my short time with Black Flag, and I finished the PSP game (Bloodlines) but that was it. Tried AC2 recently and I also didn't like it. Especially with the recent entries' focus on too big open worlds and action-focused action combat, the series never really clicked with me.

    Another one is Gears of War, which might be weird since I'm a fan of cover shooters. I did give the first game a try back then, I enjoyed it but was quickly turned off by the setting, enemy design, vibes, visual design, etc. The newer games look a bit more interesting to me visually but everything else is still either a turn off or just a meh. I guess it's kinda like being a fan of Final Fantasy but not enjoying FFVII because the setting is very tech-heavy and not fantasy enough.


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    I kinda feel the same way about Halo, but just modern Halo.
    Bungie Halos were absolutely magnificent. The MC Collection is a work of art, save for 4.

    Other than that, most sports games. I just don't have the time or patience to figure out all the different control methods. However, give me a wacky sports game like Blitz or Mario Tennis and I'm all over that shit.

    Call of Duty. Every few entries I'll give it a shot, but most times I just can't fathom how people still play that schlock. MW2018 was a legitimately great game tho.

    Pretty much every Battle Royale.
    With friends they are fun, but I just don't care about competitive online multiplayer enough to give these games any attention other than when I play the occasional Warzone or Apex round with bros.

    Pokemon. Similar situation to Halo. Used to enjoy the games but somewhere along the line they stopped caring, and so have I.



  • @bam541 said:

    Assassin's Creed

    I almost wrote that too. I really enjoyed the original, and then they immediately went this other direction that I just don't enjoy at all. Also, the success of the franchise has undoubtedly kept me from getting more Prince of Persia, so that sucks too.



  • Honestly, this might sounds blasphemous to some, but I haven’t ever gotten into one single Blizzard game in my life. I downloaded the World of Warcraft free trial back in maybe 2006. It took a whole weekend to download and when I got to playing it, I didn’t like it nearly as much as RuneScape. Tbh, I thought it was boring.

    Never played Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo or any of them. They looked completely unappealing to me when I was younger and I’m still not sold on most of their catalogue.



  • The biggest franchise I don't care about is probably Animal Crossing. I've always found these games to be extremely boring and tedious. Catching a fish, finding a new fruit or buying a new lamp just doesn't excite me that much.



  • @shoulderguy

    Animal Crossing was actual child-crack in 2001 on GameCube. My buddy and I rented it upwards of 4 times in a row because we didn't want to return it. I couldn't wait to turn the system back on and see what new events transpire.

    Skip to 26 years old in 2020 and I quite literally couldn't be bothered with such a slow burn.


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    @dipset Oh yeah Animal Crossing is another one. "Life" sims in general were just never my thing. Harvest Moon is the same. Just don't see the point.



  • @dipset I think I only got into World of Warcraft because I jumped in around launch with friends who knew Warcraft lore going in. I still don't love it, and I'm forever upset what it did to the MMO industry. As for their other games, I'd big recommend the Diablo 2 Remake out right now if it wasn't for all the other stuff going on around Blizzard right now. There's enough other games to play that it is an easy skip, despite that game being fantastic.



  • @axel I see your point, Sonic games have usually valued speed over control and the franchise is pretty sloppy as a result. The point of playing videogames is to have a sense of control over what is happening and Sonic games too often bounds you off platforms and trips over itself with frustrating level design that the games just don't give you any real authority over what's happening with movement.



  • @mbun

    I guess I have a hard time getting into the shoot n loot "mindless" repetition, but I don't know enough about Diablo to confirm if it's like that or not. I got my fix in Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance when I was younger which had a more appealing aesthetic for me.

    I have some curiosity about Diablo II with it's darker tone but I also have this disconnect in the sense that I've gone this far in life without needing to play Blizzard games so why start now?

    But like you said, you only went in because you knew some people who cared about Warcraft ahead of time. I didn't have that. I knew roughly two people in school who even played WoW and one of them was outright addicted. Went from an athlete and good student, to complete social isolation and his WoW addiction caused serious marriage tension between his parents. So the appeal diminished even more when I saw him get that way. Nobody really pushed me to play any Blizzard game and nobody at school played them either.

    I'm almost 27 and I feel like Blizzard games in the 2000s were more for people who are 30-35 right now? I could be wrong but it seems like people who are 4-5 years older than me played them.


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    @dipset I will say that Diablo 3 couch coop is fucking awesomely fun.



  • @dipset If you like darker tones, you'd probably eat up Diablo 2 yeah, like immediately. It definitely has the looting but not the "shooting". Well, maybe if you play one of the classes I haven't before. If you're not digging a class you can just swap to another build or class though.

    Like you said though, you've come this far and aren't missing it or starving for games, so why bother? Especially during all the current Blizzard trashfest.


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    Alternatively if you want to play the logical evolution Diablo 2 without having to pay money, check out Path of Exile.



  • Assassin's Creed
    Gears of War
    COD
    Any Far Cry after Instincts.
    Dark Souls
    Most of the old God of War games.
    Ratchet and Clank
    A lot of fighting games.
    Battletfield


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    @brawlman What fighting games are you interested in?



  • @yoshi I never got into god of war but I’m always amused how when god of war got rebooted into a different thing people were all on board in saying the old ones weren’t that good