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* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series has one, in which the [[Main/FourIsDeath fourth]] game by the current owner will be considered the worst from that company. Interplay's fourth game, ''VideoGame/FalloutBrotherhoodOfSteel'', flopped so badly that it led to Interplay going bankrupt and being forced to sell the rights. If you ignore third-party developer Obsidian Entertainment's ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', then the fourth ''Fallout'' game under Bethesda's banner (after ''VideoGame/Fallout3'', ''VideoGame/FalloutShelter'', and ''VideoGame/Fallout4'') was ''VideoGame/Fallout76'', which became the worst-reviewed game of the entire series. Even the series as a whole has this problem with the numbered installments; ''VideoGame/Fallout4'', while not as hated as ''Brotherhood of Steel'' nor as poorly made as ''76'', still isn't as adored by the community as ''VideoGame/Fallout1'', ''VideoGame/Fallout2'', or even ''Fallout 3''.

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* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series has one, in which the [[Main/FourIsDeath [[FourIsDeath fourth]] game by the current owner will be considered the worst from that company. Interplay's fourth game, ''VideoGame/FalloutBrotherhoodOfSteel'', flopped so badly that it led to Interplay going bankrupt and being forced to sell the rights. If you ignore third-party developer Obsidian Entertainment's ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', then the fourth ''Fallout'' game under Bethesda's banner (after ''VideoGame/Fallout3'', ''VideoGame/FalloutShelter'', and ''VideoGame/Fallout4'') was ''VideoGame/Fallout76'', which became the worst-reviewed game of the entire series. Even the series as a whole has this problem with the numbered installments; ''VideoGame/Fallout4'', while not as hated as ''Brotherhood of Steel'' nor as poorly made as ''76'', still isn't as adored by the community as ''VideoGame/Fallout1'', ''VideoGame/Fallout2'', or even ''Fallout 3''.3''.
* ''Franchise/DeusEx'' has this issue with odd-numbered games being considered amazing and even-numbered games being {{Contested Sequel}}s. The original ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' is considered one of the greatest video games of all time, the direct sequel ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'' is significantly less popular due to the oversimplification of game mechanics, the prequel ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' is a return to form for the series, and ''VideoGame/DeusExMankindDivided'' received flak for ItsShortSoItSucks.


* In the ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' series, the odd-numbered games are better received than the even numbered ones. The original is a well-liked Hack and slash. The second game is widely seen as [[SophomoreSlump the worst]] to the point that even Capcom rarely acknowledges the existence of the game. The third game is a SurprisinglyImprovedSequel and possibly the best in the series. The fourth game is good but it's considered as a step down from the predecessor because of [[ReplacementScrappy Nero replacing Dante]] and its annoying backtracking. [[VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry The reboot]] broke the trend being by far the most contentious installment.

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* In the ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' series, the odd-numbered games are better received than the even numbered ones. The original is a well-liked Hack and slash. The second game is widely seen as [[SophomoreSlump the worst]] to the point that even Capcom rarely acknowledges the existence of the game. The third game is a SurprisinglyImprovedSequel and possibly the best in the series. The fourth game is good but it's considered as a step down from the predecessor because of [[ReplacementScrappy Nero replacing Dante]] and its annoying backtracking. [[VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry The reboot]] broke the trend being by far the most contentious installment. The fifth game in the main series both plays this straight and inverts it, straight as in as far as main series goes, it has received universal praise while inverted in the fact that it is technically the sixth game in the series if you count the reboot.


* Though all of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'''s expansions tend to be divisive, the odd-numbered expansions barring ''The Burning Crusade'' are generally not remembered as fondly as the even-numbered ones. ''Cataclysm'' originally held the title of the weakest expansion after ''Wrath of the Lich King'' proved to be a ToughActToFollow, ''Warlords of Draenor'' dethroned it for having too much gameplay tied into [[PlayerHeadquarters garrisons]] and its overall short length despite having a slightly higher price tag than previous expansions, and ''Battle for Azeroth'' is loathed by much of the player base because of content gating being worse than ever before, plot developments that seem to be largely in the Horde's favor, and just being an overall lazier expansion than the one before it. Meanwhile, ''Wrath of the Lich King'' is considered by many to be the game's peak, ''Mists of Pandaria'' was eventually VindicatedByHistory, and ''Legion'' is seen as a genuinely good expansion that fixed most of the problems that players had with ''Warlords'' on top of adding a popular new class.

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* Though all of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'''s expansions tend to be divisive, the odd-numbered expansions barring ''The Burning Crusade'' are generally not remembered as fondly as the even-numbered ones. ''Cataclysm'' originally held the title of the weakest expansion after ''Wrath of the Lich King'' proved to be a ToughActToFollow, ''Warlords of Draenor'' dethroned it for having too much gameplay tied into [[PlayerHeadquarters garrisons]] and its overall short length despite having a slightly higher price tag than previous expansions, and ''Battle for Azeroth'' is loathed by much of the player base because of content gating being worse than ever before, plot developments that seem to be largely in the Horde's favor, for various reasons, primarily having unsatisfying gameplay and just being an overall lazier expansion than the one before it.a muddled plot. Meanwhile, ''Wrath of the Lich King'' is considered by many to be the game's peak, ''Mists of Pandaria'' was eventually VindicatedByHistory, and ''Legion'' is seen as a genuinely good expansion that fixed most of the problems that players had with ''Warlords'' on top of adding a popular new class.


* ''Franchise/TheAvengers'' seems to have the opposite, if one counts ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' as their third movie.[[note]]While only Captain America's name appears in the title, the film also boasts almost every other Avenger the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse had back then.[[/note]] [[Film/TheAvengers2012 The first movie]], ''Civil War'', and ''Film/AvengersEndgame'' (the fifth title in this system) garnered near-universal acclaim. However, the second and fourth movies of this system, ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' and ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', earned less warm receptions; ''Age of Ultron'' in particular has the lowest Website/RottenTomatoes score of all of the ''Avengers'' films.


* ''Franchise/TheAvengers'' seems to have the opposite, if one counts ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' as their third movie.[[note]]While only Captain America's name appears in the title, the film also boasts almost every other Avenger the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse had back then.[[/note]] [[Film/TheAvengers2012 The first movie]], ''Civil War'', and ''Film/AvengersEndgame'' (the fifth title in this system) garnered near-universal acclaim. However, the second and fourth movies of this system, ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' and ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', earned less warm receptions; ''Age of Ultron'' in particular has the lowest Website/RottenTomatoes score of all of the Avengers'' films.

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* ''Franchise/TheAvengers'' seems to have the opposite, if one counts ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' as their third movie.[[note]]While only Captain America's name appears in the title, the film also boasts almost every other Avenger the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse had back then.[[/note]] [[Film/TheAvengers2012 The first movie]], ''Civil War'', and ''Film/AvengersEndgame'' (the fifth title in this system) garnered near-universal acclaim. However, the second and fourth movies of this system, ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' and ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', earned less warm receptions; ''Age of Ultron'' in particular has the lowest Website/RottenTomatoes score of all of the Avengers'' ''Avengers'' films.

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* ''Franchise/TheAvengers'' seems to have the opposite, if one counts ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' as their third movie.[[note]]While only Captain America's name appears in the title, the film also boasts almost every other Avenger the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse had back then.[[/note]] [[Film/TheAvengers2012 The first movie]], ''Civil War'', and ''Film/AvengersEndgame'' (the fifth title in this system) garnered near-universal acclaim. However, the second and fourth movies of this system, ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' and ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', earned less warm receptions; ''Age of Ultron'' in particular has the lowest Website/RottenTomatoes score of all of the Avengers'' films.

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* Season 2 of ''[[Series/RuPaulsDragRace RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars]]'' is generally considered to be one of the best seasons the show ever produced, ''All Stars'' or otherwise, following the universally reviled Season 1. Season 3 was then widely hated for its lackluster challenges and infamous final episode, with Season 4 being seen by many as a return to form.


* ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' is a weird example, given how all three of its seasons were well-acclaimed. However, the odd-numbered seasons had significant criticisms: [[Series/FargoSeasonOne Season 1]] sometimes had too many [[CallBack Call Backs]] to [[Film/{{Fargo}} the original movie]], and [[ItsTheSameSoItSucks even felt like a retread]] to some viewers. Season 3 had a SlowPacedBeginning that made the season drag, and an AmbiguousEnding that upset some for a lack of closure. Both are in contrast to Season 2, which had [[HundredPercentAdorationRating near-universal acclaim]] for its more original plot and [[GreyAndGrayMorality complex character arcs]].

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* ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' is a weird example, given how all three of its seasons were well-acclaimed. However, the odd-numbered seasons had significant criticisms: [[Series/FargoSeasonOne Season 1]] sometimes had too many [[CallBack Call Backs]] to [[Film/{{Fargo}} the original movie]], and [[ItsTheSameSoItSucks [[ItsTheSameNowItSucks even felt like a retread]] to some viewers. Season 3 had a SlowPacedBeginning that made the season drag, and an AmbiguousEnding that upset some for a lack of closure. Both are in contrast to Season 2, which had [[HundredPercentAdorationRating near-universal acclaim]] for its more original plot and [[GreyAndGrayMorality complex character arcs]].


** Another curse ''Power Rangers'' has relates to how well the source material is received - in general, ''Power Rangers'' adaptations of Sentai series that were well-liked (i.e., ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'', ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'', ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'', ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger'') are either considered OK (''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury''[[note]]although this one has been VindicatedByHistory as of late[[/note]], ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'') or are despised by the fandom (''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'', ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive''); on the other hand, sentai series that were seen as OK or disliked by the fandom (''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhRanger'', ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman'', ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'', and ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'') tend to produce well-liked adaptations (''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'', ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', and ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge''). There are a few exceptions to this rule - ''Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger'' and ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'' are both well liked, yet their ''Power Ranger'' counterparts (''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' and ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'') are fan favorites[[note]]although for a while, people recommended watching ''Time Force'' over ''Timeranger'', it was more because of [[NoExportForYou the lack of complete fansubs]] for the latter as opposed to the quality of the show, meaning that unless you could speak Japanese, you had to stop watching after episode 30; nowadays, however, people won't recommend watching 1 before the other, since Shout Factory has licensed the entire series and released it on DVD[[/note]]; inversely, ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' is considered a '''very''' dull Sentai by western fans, and fan opinion of ''Megaforce'' is already mentioned above.

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** Another curse ''Power Rangers'' has relates to how well the source material is received - in general, ''Power Rangers'' adaptations of Sentai series that were well-liked (i.e., ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'', ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'', ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'', ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger'') are either considered OK (''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury''[[note]]although this one has been VindicatedByHistory as of late[[/note]], ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'') or are despised by the fandom (''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'', ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive''); on the other hand, sentai series that were seen as OK or disliked by the fandom (''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhRanger'', ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman'', ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'', and ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'') tend to produce well-liked adaptations (''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'', ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', and ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge''). There are a few exceptions to this rule - ''Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger'' and ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'' are both well liked, yet their ''Power Ranger'' counterparts (''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' and ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'') are fan favorites[[note]]although for a while, people recommended watching ''Time Force'' over ''Timeranger'', it was more because of [[NoExportForYou the lack of complete fansubs]] for the latter as opposed to the quality of the show, meaning that unless you could speak Japanese, you had to stop watching after episode 30; nowadays, however, people won't recommend watching 1 before the other, since Shout Factory has licensed the entire series and released it on DVD[[/note]]; inversely, ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' is considered a '''very''' dull Sentai by western fans, and fan opinion of ''Megaforce'' is already mentioned above. ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaSteel'' are the exception as both shows are disliked by both fanbases due to the former of maligned writing and the latter for it's BrokenAesop and unfunny fart jokes.


* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' fans have an unique version with anniversary seasons ''[[Series/PowerRangersTurbo Turbo]]'' (Season 5), ''[[Series/PowerRangersWildForce Wild Force]]'' (Season 10), ''[[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive Operation Overdrive]]'' (Season 15) and ''[[Series/PowerRangersMegaforce Super Megaforce]]'' (the 20th anniversary celebration but [[SequelNumberSnarl don't ask the exact season number]]) considered among the worst or most divisive.

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* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' fans have an unique version with anniversary seasons ''[[Series/PowerRangersTurbo Turbo]]'' (Season 5), ''[[Series/PowerRangersWildForce Wild Force]]'' (Season 10), ''[[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive Operation Overdrive]]'' (Season 15) and 15), ''[[Series/PowerRangersMegaforce Super Megaforce]]'' (the 20th anniversary celebration but [[SequelNumberSnarl don't ask the exact season number]]) [[Series/PowerRangersNinjaSteel Super Ninja Steel]] (Season 25) considered among the worst or most divisive.


** In the 21st century, however, the curse was completely inverted. The tenth film overall and last ''Next Generation'' film, ''Nemesis'', flopped so hard that ''Star Trek'' as a feature film franchise was effectively dead after twenty-three years. With the quiet death of TV series ''Enterprise'' shortly afterwards, the ''Star Trek'' franchise began to fade into obscurity.... And then, enter Creator/JJAbrams. Probably accompanied by a lot of lens flare. Contrary to its position in the franchise, his eleventh film (simply called ''Star Trek'') was a YoungerAndHipper and HotterAndSexier blockbuster that caused ''Star Trek'' to become a household name again, and a box office juggernaut to boot. Aside from the obvious reason for its success--it's a slick, fun film from an expert filmmaker--many tongue-in-cheek theories have been put forth as to how it's "broken the curse":

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** In the 21st century, however, the curse was completely inverted. inverted.
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The tenth film overall and last ''Next Generation'' film, ''Nemesis'', flopped so hard that ''Star Trek'' as a feature film franchise was effectively dead after twenty-three years. With the quiet death of TV series ''Enterprise'' shortly afterwards, the ''Star Trek'' franchise began to fade into obscurity.... And then, enter Creator/JJAbrams. Probably accompanied by a lot of lens flare. Contrary to its position in the franchise, his eleventh film (simply called ''Star Trek'') was a YoungerAndHipper and HotterAndSexier blockbuster that caused ''Star Trek'' to become a household name again, and a box office juggernaut to boot. Aside from the obvious reason for its success--it's a slick, fun film from an expert filmmaker--many tongue-in-cheek theories have been put forth as to how it's "broken the curse":



** References to the ''Star Trek'' curse in other works include:
*** [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=357 Referenced]] in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', where Susan has shelved the odd and even numbered films separately in the rental store she works in.

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** References to the ''Star Trek'' curse in other works include:
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[[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=357 Referenced]] in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', where Susan has shelved the odd and even numbered films separately in the rental store she works in.



* This has wound up being the case for the Creator/DanielCraig-era Franchise/JamesBond films. The [[Film/CasinoRoyale2006 odd]]-[[Film/{{Skyfall}} numbered]] films have wound up receiving critical praise, while the [[Film/QuantumOfSolace even]]-[[Film/{{Spectre}} numbered]] films have received mixed reception.
** The Creator/PierceBrosnan films encountered this too, with the odd-numbered films (''Film/GoldenEye'' and ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'') garnering better critical and fan reaction than the even ones (''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' and ''Film/DieAnotherDay'').

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* This has wound up being the case for the Creator/DanielCraig-era Franchise/JamesBond films. The [[Film/CasinoRoyale2006 odd]]-[[Film/{{Skyfall}} numbered]] films have wound up receiving critical praise, while the [[Film/QuantumOfSolace even]]-[[Film/{{Spectre}} numbered]] films have received mixed reception.
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reception. The Creator/PierceBrosnan films encountered this too, with the odd-numbered films (''Film/GoldenEye'' and ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'') garnering better critical and fan reaction than the even ones (''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' and ''Film/DieAnotherDay'').


* The canonical ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' games: The [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII second]] and [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV fourth]] games in the series are remembered as the games that respectively launched and reinvigorated the fighting game genres. The [[VideoGame/StreetFighter first game]], which played very differently, [[SequelDisplacement has been largely forgotten in the shadow of its successors]], the [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII third is seen as great]] but not ''quite'' on the level of the second, and the [[VideoGame/StreetFighterV fifth]] is highly divisive due to the limited features and it being seen as too unfriendly for casual gamers.

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* The canonical ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' games: The [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII second]] and [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV fourth]] games in the series are remembered as the games that respectively launched and reinvigorated the fighting game genres. The [[VideoGame/StreetFighter first game]], which played very differently, [[SequelDisplacement has been largely forgotten in the shadow of its successors]], the [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII third is seen as great]] but not ''quite'' on the level of the second, second (except in competitive circles, where it's seen as even better), and the [[VideoGame/StreetFighterV fifth]] is highly divisive due to the limited features and it being seen as too unfriendly for casual gamers.


* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'': The even ones win out here: the first installment was seen as an upstart fighting game that had yet to find its voice. ''Melee'' is considered a substantial improvement and widely considered to be the best four-player party fighter of all time. ''Brawl'' was still tons of fun for most gamers, but many people thought the gameplay wasn't nearly as competitive-friendly as ''Melee'' was. The fourth game was widely seen as a return to ''Melee''s form, keeping some of ''Brawl'''s more liked changes while reverting the less popular ones back to how they were in ''Melee''.

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* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'': The even ones win out here: the first installment was seen as an upstart fighting game that had yet to find its voice. ''Melee'' is considered a substantial improvement and widely considered to be the best four-player party fighter of all time. ''Brawl'' was still tons of fun for most gamers, but many people thought the gameplay wasn't nearly as competitive-friendly as ''Melee'' was. The fourth game was widely seen as a return to ''Melee''s form, keeping some of ''Brawl'''s more liked changes while reverting the less popular ones back to how they were in ''Melee''. ''Ultimate'' seems to have broken the curse, seen as a substantial improvement over the fourth game (though whether it'll beat out ''Melee'' is difficult to ever call).


* In the ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' series, the odd-numbered games are better received than the even numbered ones. The original is a well-liked Hack and slash. The second game is widely seen as [[SophomoreSlump the worst]] to the point that even Capcom rarely acknowledges the existence of the game. The third game is a SurprisinglyImprovedSequel and possibly the best in the series. The fourth game is good but it's considered as a step down from the predecessor because of [[ReplacementScrappy Nero replacing Dante]] and its annoying backtracking. [[VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry The reboot]] broke the trend being by far the most contentious installment.

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* In the ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' series, the odd-numbered games are better received than the even numbered ones. The original is a well-liked Hack and slash. The second game is widely seen as [[SophomoreSlump the worst]] to the point that even Capcom rarely acknowledges the existence of the game. The third game is a SurprisinglyImprovedSequel and possibly the best in the series. The fourth game is good but it's considered as a step down from the predecessor because of [[ReplacementScrappy Nero replacing Dante]] and its annoying backtracking. [[VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry The reboot]] broke the trend being by far the most contentious installment.


* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series has one, in which the [[Main/FourIsDeath fourth]] game by the current owner will be considered the worst from that company. Interplay's fourth game, ''VideoGame/FalloutBrotherhoodOfSteel'', flopped so badly that it led to Interplay going bankrupt and being forced to sell the rights. If you ignore third-party developer Obsidian Entertainment's ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', then the fourth ''Fallout'' game under Bethesda's banner (after ''VideoGame/Fallout3'', ''VideoGame/FalloutShelter'', and ''VideoGame/Fallout4'') was ''VideoGame/Fallout76'', which became the worst-reviewed game of the entire series. Even the series as a whole has this problem with the numbered installments; ''VideoGame/Fallout4'', while not as hated as ''Brotherhood of Steel'' nor as poorly made as ''76'', still isn't as adored by the community as ''VideoGame/Fallout1'', VideoGame/''Fallout2'', or even ''Fallout 3''.

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* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series has one, in which the [[Main/FourIsDeath fourth]] game by the current owner will be considered the worst from that company. Interplay's fourth game, ''VideoGame/FalloutBrotherhoodOfSteel'', flopped so badly that it led to Interplay going bankrupt and being forced to sell the rights. If you ignore third-party developer Obsidian Entertainment's ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', then the fourth ''Fallout'' game under Bethesda's banner (after ''VideoGame/Fallout3'', ''VideoGame/FalloutShelter'', and ''VideoGame/Fallout4'') was ''VideoGame/Fallout76'', which became the worst-reviewed game of the entire series. Even the series as a whole has this problem with the numbered installments; ''VideoGame/Fallout4'', while not as hated as ''Brotherhood of Steel'' nor as poorly made as ''76'', still isn't as adored by the community as ''VideoGame/Fallout1'', VideoGame/''Fallout2'', ''VideoGame/Fallout2'', or even ''Fallout 3''.

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