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The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

Updated August 6, 2020 245.0k votes 17.5k voters 135.7k 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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  • The Legend of Zelda1
    The Legend of Zelda, subtitled The Hyrule Fantasy in its original Japanese release, is a 1986...  more
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  • Super Mario Bros.2
    Super Mario Bros. is a 1985 platform video game internally developed by Nintendo R&D4 and...  more
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  • Mario Kart3
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    Super Mario Kart is a 1992 go-kart racing video game developed by Nintendo EAD for the Super...  more
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  • Super Smash Bros.4
    Super Smash Bros., originally released in Japan as Nintendo All Star! Dairantō Smash Brothers,...  more
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  • The Elder Scrolls5
    The Elder Scrolls: Arena is an epic fantasy open world action role-playing video game...  more
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  • Grand Theft Auto6
    Grand Theft Auto is an open world action-adventure video game developed by DMA Design and...  more
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  • Pokémon7
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    Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version, originally released in Japan as Pocket Monsters:...  more
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  • Final Fantasy8
    Final Fantasy is a fantasy role-playing video game created by Hironobu Sakaguchi, developed...  more
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  • Fallout9
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    Fallout is an open world role-playing video game developed and published by Interplay...  more
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  • Doom10
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    Doom is a 1993 science fiction horror-themed first-person shooter video game by id Software....  more
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  • God of War11
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    God of War is a third-person action-adventure video game developed by Santa Monica Studio and...  more
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  • Uncharted12
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    Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is a 2007 action-adventure third-person shooter platform video game...  more
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  • Assassins Creed13
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    Assassin's Creed is a 2007 historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth video game...  more
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  • Metroid14
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    Metroid is a military science fiction themed action-adventure video game, and the first entry...  more
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  • Metal Gear15
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    Metal Gear is an overhead military action-adventure stealth video game originally released in...  more
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  • Bioshock16
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    BioShock is a first-person shooter video game developed by 2K Boston, and published by 2K...  more
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  • HALO17
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    Halo is a military science fiction first-person shooter video game franchise created by Bungie...  more
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  • The Witcher18
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    The Witcher is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by CD Projekt RED...  more
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  • Red Dead Redemption19
    This game is an open world, western action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar San...  more
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  • Pokemon Franchise20
    Since the debut of the anime adaptation of Satoshi Tajiri's Pokémon Games, Toho has produced...  more
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  • Mortal Kombat21
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    Mortal Kombat is an arcade fighting game developed and published by Midway Games in 1992 as...  more
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  • Kingdom Hearts22
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    Kingdom Hearts is an action role-playing game developed and published by Square in 2002 for...  more
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  • Tomb Raider23
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    Tomb Raider, titled Tomb Raiders in Japan, is an action-adventure video game developed by Core...  more
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  • The Last of Us24
    The Last of Us is an action-adventure survival horror video game developed by Naughty Dog and...  more
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  • Mega Man25
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    The original Mega Man series is the first series of Mega Man platform games from Capcom, which...  more
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