(7) - Chuck Husemann - Halo
Chuck's Comment: I know the franchise is a bit young but this is THE franchise from the Xbox and the game already has 4 million pre-orders. The franchise is finally evolving with the Halo Wars RTS next year.
John's Comment: While I like the Halo IP, I think this was a little high. Not that I have anything against the IP. Atleast they are branching out with an RTS and the highly anticipated Halo 3.
Dan's Comment: This may have been a bit of a reach at #7, but with the amount of fanboys installed and the massive groundswell of games, merchandise and downloadable content, this franchise has only shown the tip of the iceberg.
(8) - Rachel Steiner - Dragon Quest/Warrior
Chuck's Comment: Sleeper pick but solid.
Dan's Comment: I missed many of the Dragon Quest/Dragon Warrior series so I am lacking in first hand experience. However, I know this franchise sold a staggering 40+ million units worldwide which is good enough for me.
(9) - Ben Berry - Guitar Hero
Cyril's Comment: Guitar Hero would have seemed like the perfect pick six months ago, but now that Rock Band is on the way and Harmonix is no longer developing the sequels it seems like a risky pick-up.
Dan's Comment: HA HA HA HA While Guitar Hero certainly has picked up steam as a franchise, it is still a "niche" product for those that cannot afford the substantial costs of the game and bundled controller. Guitar Hero would have been a worthy franchise as a mid round sleeper, but as the ninth overall pick in this draft (and for the second round in a row) Ben has left millions of existing and future sales and dollars on the floor.
Chuck's Comment: A bit of a stretch as the franchise has been sold to Activision and the original developer is working on a newer, cooler game with EA;
(10) - Cyril Lachel - Tony Hawk
Cyril's Comment: I will choose Tony Hawk, if only because the games hit all of the platforms and always sell.
John's Comment: I've liked the first few Tony Hawk games but haven't gotten into the last couple. You can't deny the popularity of the series though and Cyril's got two very popular IPs so far in the first two rounds.
Dan's Comment: I like the series, but I'm not sure it was worthy of a 2nd round pick. How many times can you remake a skateboarding game? While Activision has been squeezing the heck out of this franchise lately, the last two offerings (American Wasteland and Project 8) have been underwhelming at best. I think Tony is getting close to retirement.
Chuck's Comment: Outside of Madden this is one of the top sports franchises of all times. With a massive overhaul this year the folks at Neversoft has breathed some new life into the franchise.
(11) - Dan Keener - Legend of Zelda
Dan's Comment: I didn't think this would get any easier than #2 overall, but with the amount of scrubs being reached for (You would think the Bengals were making some of these picks), I was left with a bounty of choices. The decision was a little more difficult, as the #3 overall video game sales leader in "The Sims" was sitting their ripe for the picking. However, I went with the single best title for the Wii in The Legend of Zelda franchise. While many have critiqued some of those already drafted as being stale or weakening, this franchise is incredibly strong with endless possibilities (including the rumored spin-off for Tingle) involving ports to the Wii Channel, new Wii games and anything on the DS.
John's Comment: Here's a pick I think should have went higher, perhaps in Ben's spot. Zelda's another huge Nintendo IP that is arguably the second most popular character for them. Good pickup by Dan.
(12) - John Yan - Metal Gear Solid
John's Comment: Solid Snake is big in both Japan and the US. It's one of the few games that I know can move consoles as well.
Ben's Comment: This is a decent pick for the end of the 2nd round, but like a few others picked so far, i wonder just how much more can be squeezed from this turnip. I see some of the franchises continue to push out episodes that are either inferior to previous entries with better graphics thanks to the higher end consoles, or simply more of the same. It has pushed product, but with the clear emphasis on new types of gaming, how many frnachises whose best days may be behind them will be supported?
Dan's Comment: A solid pick of an aging franchise (Look at Snake in the upcoming release!) at this spot. While Metal Gear may be slowing winding down, it appears that the PS3 and PSP will still showcase a few more versions of this game before it is put down for good. Frankly, its past history alone warrants the pick.
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