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The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

Updated August 6, 2020 238.2k votes 18.0k voters 138.2k views178 items

List RulesVote 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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    Tetris is a Soviet tile-matching puzzle video game originally designed and programmed by...  more
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    Dark Souls is an action role-playing game developed by FromSoftware and published by Namco...  more
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    The Last of Us is an action-adventure survival horror video game developed by Naughty Dog and...  more
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    Portal is a 2007 first-person puzzle-platform video game developed by Valve Corporation. The...  more
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    Mass Effect is a 2007 science fiction action role-playing third person shooter video game...  more
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    Half-Life is a science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Valve Corporation,...  more
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    Sonic the Hedgehog is a platform video game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega for...  more
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    Crash Bandicoot is a platform video game originally published by Sony Computer Entertainment,...  more
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    Street Fighter is a 1987 arcade game developed by Capcom. It is the first competitive fighting...  more
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    Borderlands is an action role-playing first-person shooter video game that was developed by...  more
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    Mario Party is a party video game for the Nintendo 64 game console, developed by Hudson Soft...  more
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    Donkey Kong is an arcade game released by Nintendo in 1981. It is an early example of the...  more
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    Fire Emblem, released in Japan as Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken is a tactical role-playing game...  more
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    Silent Hill is a survival horror video game for the PlayStation published by Konami and...  more
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    Sid Meier's Civilization is a turn-based "4X"-type strategy video game created by Sid Meier...  more
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    Paper Mario, known in Japanese as Mario Story and originally known as Super Mario RPG 2, is a...  more
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    Call of Duty is a 2003 first-person shooter video game developed by Infinity Ward and...  more
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    Tekken is a fighting game and is the first of the series. It was released at arcades in late...  more
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