The creation of art, no matter its medium, is not only an exercise in expression, but also in moderation, of ensuring that the end product reflects what paying customers expect when they fork over their hard-earned cash.
And while it's certainly great to see artists cleverly subverting expectations in ways most players enjoy, it's an incredibly tough balance to strike, and one which often results in the most hardcore fans feeling burned by unnecessary creative changes.
These 10 video games all made bold, swinging-at-the-fences attempts to switch things up, with unique tonal shifts, jaw-droppingly unexpected storylines, character re-designs, and so on, but in each case fans largely responded with a vocal outcry.
Running with the ball and trying something different is admirable to a point, but with these games the developers clearly didn't know the extent of fans' tolerance, and the result was an embarrassing backlash - if not commercial failure, also.
In most instances it saw the next game in the series pivoting to reflect those understandable concerns, confirming just how ridiculously misguided it all was in the first place...
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