Originally Posted by Ultracarpet
I don't believe you are the majority of people as you have formed your own opinion. BF3 was not well received, and yet, is now one of the most highly regarded in the franchise by most- especially those who never played BF2 or earlier battlefields.
And therein lies the problem. People who never played
BF2 or earlier can't
possibly have any idea of what has changed and how those titles compare to the newer ones. They can merely go based on what they can observe themselves, which in most cases, is that the latest game is always the "best" game, because its the one they actually have access to and their friends are willing to play.
Without proper understanding, one can never make a proper judgment. The issue you're seeing isn't that individuals change their mind all the time about what they want in a game, it's that gaming is becoming exponentially more popular and every year we have more people who have never played the previous title in a franchise than those who have.
Game makers know this, and this is why they rarely bother to make a proper sequel anymore, since the majority of their potential market wouldn't know any better anyway. It's more profitable to simply follow whatever the current trend in gaming is, and slap on a name that players may have heard thrown around in good regards but never actually experienced themselves. It's the same reason we see developers get bought, shut down, then reopened with 100% new staff and tasked to work on new games. EA doesn't need BioWare to make a game. The people who actually care about that are a tiny fraction of the market. They just need to be legally allowed to slap BioWare's name on the box so they can generate some of that crucial pre-order hype from paid shills buy using that name that your little cousin heard you mention once or twice, so it must be good.