It's easy to think about franchises that got way better in time. Gran Turismo probably comes to mind or Just Cause. There's the DiRT series and Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. These games have shown excellence in their evolution throughout the years.

Not every franchise gets better with age, though. Some games get sequels that kill all their momentum, and some games slowly decline over time due to mediocrity. This list takes a look at 14 franchises that got way worse, either with a franchise-killing sequel or just a slow decline in quality over the years.

Assassin's Creed
When did it start? What happened? How did it go so wrong? Assassin's Creed was probably the most promising new IP from the seventh generation of gaming, if not the most ubiquitous. The game sells millions of copies each year and constantly tries to push the envelop in one area or the next.

Unfortunately, Ubisoft became locked in an annual outing of the series that has resulted in lower and lower quality releases each year. Assassin's Creed Unity was a breaking point for some gamers who vowed never to return to the series again. A convoluted story, gameplay that went from innovative to gimmicky, and pacing that eventually turned into a grind (with added microtransactions) makes Assassin's Creed nearly worse then Call of Duty at this point, because at least in the latter's case they have been trying to innovate.

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