Top 10 Black Sheep of Popular Video Game Franchises
4. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (PS3 / Xbox 360)
The original survival horror series has gone further and further away from its roots in recent years, eschewing limited ammo and horrifying monsters for mowing down everything in sight. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, a squad shooter set during the Raccoon City incident of Resident Evil 2, ditched any pretense of being an adventure game and just settled for action. However, it offered very little of anything resembling a Resident Evil game beyond the setting, and it ended up feeling like a bland SOCOM copy. Players spent more time fighting other human security guards than the series' Bio-Organic Weapons, and as a result, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City was widely panned. Even Resident Evil 6 has its defenders as well as its detractors, but Capcom probably wishes they could get their own squad of Umbrella Security forces to scrub this game from everyone's memories.
3. Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness (PS2)
The first Tomb Raider was one of the most beloved games on the original PlayStation, but Eidos became overly zealous in capitalizing on that success and cranking out sequels. By the sixth game in the series, Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness, Lara Croft had lost all her spark. Instead, she was trapped in a thoroughly loathed game, criticized for bad controls, poorly designed combat, awkward camera movement, and far too many bugs. Tomb Raider didn't surface for another three years in Tomb Raider: Legend, and that return was far better received thanks to the efforts of new developer Crystal Dynamics.
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