If you ask my friends what I will completely nerd out for, more than anything else, you're going to get three answers: Video games, Ghostbusters, and Batman. And rightly so, this summer has been a blast. I picked up Batman on release day and played through it from end to end within the week. The fourth-quarter gaming rush isn't over yet, but Batman is definitely one of my favorite games so far this year. Right after finishing that, I was finally able to get my hands on Ghostbusters. It's… not as good.
So why am I bringing up the two? Both are well known, well loved franchises, both games were made with involvement from writers and actors very experienced with the characters. The two are, however, completely different, and it's easy to see why one succeeds and the other fails.
(note, special thanks to Matt Green also of Kombo for linking me on PressTheButtons.com!)