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The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up the best franchises in all of gaming.

If someone asked you what the greatest video game franchise of all time was, how would you answer? If you grew up in the 80's and 90's, classic franchises like Mario, Sonic, Final Fantasy, and The Legend of Zelda might appeal to you more. However today's gamers have insanely good franchises to sink their teeth into as well, including Grand Theft Auto, God of War, Halo, Deus Ex, and so much more. This list takes your opinion into account, rather than sales, popularity, and reviews, so vote for your favorite game franchises no matter how mainstream or highly-rated they are. All genres are included here, whether it's a RPG, platformer, first person shooter or an adventure game.

You can add any franchise that's missing to this list of the greatest game series of all time, as long as there have been 3 or more games in the franchise so far. That means we're not including games like Minecraft, League of Legends, and DotA

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Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mass Effect is a 2007 science fiction action role-playing third person shooter video game developed by BioWare for the Xbox 360 and ported to Microsoft Windows by Demiurge Studios. The Xbox 360 ...more
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Tetris is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Tetris is a Soviet tile-matching puzzle video game originally designed and programmed by Alexey Pajitnov. It was released on June 6, 1984, while he was working for the Dorodnicyn Computing ...more
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Portal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Portal is a 2007 first-person puzzle-platform video game developed by Valve Corporation. The game was released in a bundle package called The Orange Box for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 on ...more
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Far Cry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Far Cry
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The Sims is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
The Sims is a strategic life-simulation video game developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts, it was released on February 4, 2000. Its development was led by game designer Will Wright, ...more
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Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Castlevania
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Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Warcraft
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Star Fox is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Star Fox
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Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Donkey Kong is an arcade game released by Nintendo in 1981. It is an early example of the platform game genre, as the gameplay focuses on maneuvering the main character across a series of ...more
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Tekken is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Tekken is a fighting game and is the first of the series. It was released at arcades in late 1994 and on the PlayStation in 1995. It was developed and published by Namco. It is succeeded by ...more
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Half-Life is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Half-Life is a science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Valve Corporation, the company's debut product and the first in the Half-Life series. First released in 1998 by Sierra ...more
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Spyro the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Spyro the Dragon
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Fire Emblem Awakening is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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Fire Emblem Awakening is a tactical role-playing video game, developed by Intelligent Systems and Nintendo SPD for the Nintendo 3DS, and published by Nintendo. The thirteenth game in the main ...more
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Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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This game is an open world, western action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar San Diego and published by Rockstar Games. It was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles on ...more
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Mario Party is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Mario Party is a party video game for the Nintendo 64 game console, developed by Hudson Soft and published by Nintendo. It was released in Japan on December 18, 1998, in North America on ...more
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Doom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Doom
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Pokemon Franchise is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Since the debut of the anime adaptation of Satoshi Tajiri's Pokémon Games, Toho has produced the theatrical films based on the franchise since 1998 in Japan: five based on the original ...more
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Devil May Cry is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Devil May Cry
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Diablo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Diablo
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The Witcher is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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The Witcher is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by CD Projekt RED and published by Atari, Inc. The game is based on the book series of the same name by Polish author ...more
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Gears of War is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Gears of War
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Civilization is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Worf added
Sid Meier's Civilization is a turn-based "4X"-type strategy video game created by Sid Meier and Bruce Shelley for MicroProse in 1991. The game's objective is to "Build an empire ...more
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Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
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Bomberman is an arcade-style maze-based video game developed by Hudson Soft. The original home computer game Bomber Man was released in 1983 for the MSX, NEC PC-8801, NEC PC-6001, Sharp MZ-700 ...more
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Dragon Age is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
nick-slade added Dragon Age
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Ratchet and Clank is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time
Ratchet and Clank