If there's one thing people can't get enough of, it's underdog stories. Hearing a person with a disadvantage manage to save the day or achieve something special always tugs a special spot in our heartstrings, and gives us a little extra hope.
This isn't different when it comes to video games, especially when covering the matter of franchises that are currently flagging. Though it's easy to disparage them and write them off, most of us want these series to turn around and become better than what they currently are - because at the end of the day, more good games is never a bad thing for anything except our bank accounts.
This goes double for franchises that, for whatever reason, seem to have slowed down or ceased entirely. Although nobody wants to just play reboots for the rest of their lives, it's a unique kind of shame to see a series that could have made a choice next instalment fall flat in its face and seemingly go to sleep.
So it's time to root for a whole bunch of underdogs, in the hopes that their future endeavours are better than their current ones.