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People often complaint that Microsoft has a very poor first party exclusives lineup, with franchises such as Fable, Forza, Halo and Gears of War being recycled over and over. However, contrary to popular belief, Microsoft does have a lot first party IPs which, unfortunately, they completely ignore.
These IPs have great potential, and is utilized properly, they can turn into big, blockbuster franchises. So listen below are ten franchises that we believe have a lot of potential, which Microsoft bafflingly neglects.
BUT PLEASE NOTE THAT this list will cover not just Xbox 360 franchises, but Microsoft franchises on the PC too. So enjoy the list, tell us what you think of our compilation, and which franchises you would like to see more of!
Kameo: Elements of Power, one of the first Xbox 360 launch titles, did have a few issues, but otherwise, it was a great game. The variety of play styles involved was astounding, as I was surprised by just how much fun I had with the game. It was a big shocker, then, to see that Microsoft did not even follow the game up with a sequel, which it completely deserved. It’d have been much better to have Rare working on Kameo 2 rather than stupid Kinect-only titles.
Yes, Crackdown 2 was kind of a broken game, with tons of glitches and bugs ruining the experience more frequently than was tolerable. But you have to admit, both the Crackdown games were also very enjoyable. And with the drought of first party exclusives that Microsoft has right now, most of us are shocked that they’re not making use of what they’ve got. If handled properly, and if all the bugs and glitches in the next game are squatted out before release, Crackdown 3 could really be the start of something new. Here’s hoping the guys at MS are reading this.
Alan Wake was an absolutely wonderful game, despite the minor niggles that it had. And while there have been talks of Alan Wake 2 these days, we’ve not really seen anything solid so far. Alan Wake has the potential to turn into one of the biggest franchises of the industry, if handled right by Microsoft. Just don’t milk it as much as Halo, but don’t just let it sit and gather dust in a corner either.