Many of franchise we criticize has strong start. they become bad after they dumbed down, consolized or developer switch or most recent scenerio they went full open world. even COD started of good then become bad. even wolfenstein at some point was masterpiece that was RTCW.
here we talk about series that are bad since day 1 shall we?
heres what i think are
Assasssins creed: AC1 was released in 2007 as mediaval Hitman game but it was boring, repetetive. and after AC2 success which was also overrated. it become rehash after rehash of same boring formula over and over again. and now it become some bad RPG. never been good franchise.
Bioshock: It started as system shock 2 spritual successor but in the end it was dumbed down system shock 2 with even same predictable twist. its standard FPS with horrible gunplay and with each installment it turn into worse. as a result infinite turn out to be one of the worst AAA FPS game.
Mass Effect: Many of people consider it bad since Andromeda released but in general it was bad franchise since day one. it was cover based third person shooter that is disguised as RPG and also become worse with each franchsie.
Dead Space: It was suppose to be System shock 3 but EA decide to do a new ip. ok if you are doing new ip. it should have been in First person instead of being third person. but RE4 influnced it to be third person as a result another dumbed down system shock clone.
GTA: didnot it started as top down games? while they were best but still not very good and then franchise become most overrated franchise in gaming history bar none.
Tomb Raider: Early tomb raider games may not age well but they were not even good when they were released. those times Max payne also released and did everything better in a terms of third person as early tomb raider games had terrible controls and camera angle. newer tomb raider games are uncharted esqe movie games. terrible series since day one or i would say imo its worst gaming franchise ever.
Gears of war: A game that ruined Third person genre by introducing wall cover mechanics. it was another series that was never good at first place and now has 5 main installment and all over just cover peak shoot rinse and repeat.
Far Cry: Even though far cry 2 was great and 3 was ok but series has been bad since it started. Far cry 1 was terrible game with terrible AI and world first tech demo and ruined after second half. Far cry 3 introduce so many BS to open world and every game till FC5 is copy and paste of FC3 in different setting.
theres probably more but these came to my mind.
what franchises you think has been bad since day one? lets discuss