SW VOTE: What is the greatest game franchise of all time?

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#1 Edited by charizard1605 (82438 posts) -

SYSTEM WARS VOTES 2014

Three years ago, I posed this question to all of you- what is the greatest game franchise of all time? And System Wars collectively voted, then, and we got our answer, but it's been three years. A lot of things have happened in the last three years. Resident Evil went to shit, Far Cry was revived, Assassin's Creed went to shit, then somehow came roaring back, same with Diablo, Uncharted's last two games failed to live up to the promise of the series' high point with Uncharted 2, God of War got a title that degraded its quality, Fire Emblem and Persona broke into the mainstream, Zelda lost a lot of standing with Skyward Sword, then managed to regain it with A Link Between Worlds, Halo and Gears of War both eroded with their newest installments, Mortal Kombat had a successful revival, and so on and so forth. My point is, it's been way too long, and what was the answer then is not the answer now. Three years later, a lot of things have changed, and I want to see what System Wars votes as the greatest game franchise of all time as of now.

So, we'll do this the old way. In this thread, you'll name your top three game franchises of all time. Make sure you list them in order.The first franchise on your list will be awarded 50 points. The second one will get 25 points, and the last one will get 15 points. The order you list your favorite franchises in is therefore very important- it will determine the points for the final tally.

There aren't a whole lot of restrictions to how you can vote, but please keep the following in mind-

  • Remember to have only three franchises in your post. If your post has more than three franchises listed, the first three listed will be counted towards the tallies, and anything after that will be disregarded. If it has less than three franchises listed, then the post itself shall be disregarded.
  • A franchise must have had at least two games to qualify as a franchise of series. The Last of Us is not a series. Bully is not a series. The Wonderful 101 is not a series. Bayonetta is (at least as of now) not a series.
  • Meta franchises are not a thing, and will not be counted. What do I mean by a meta-franchise? Well, for instance, consider Xenogears, Xenosaga, and Xenoblade. Technically, they are all part of the same 'meta-franchise.' Or consider Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, and (if it ever releases) The Last Guardian. They are again a part of the same meta franchise. But meta franchises are not properly defined game series. They share some thematic elements, but otherwise lack the mechanical and/or narrative continuity that makes a game series a game series. Please don't vote for meta-franchises, as those will not be counted.
  • If you edit your post, please make sure to make a note of the edits you made, otherwise only your original post will count towards the tally, and your edits will not reflect towards it.
  • You need to have a post count of at least 50 posts for your vote to be eligible.
  • Finally, you have until 12:00am CT August 19, 2014 to get your votes in. That's a pretty long time, so make sure you get your votes in!

Got it? It's not gonna be hard, really. But with all of that said, it's time for me to get my votes in. Here goes:

  1. The Legend of Zelda
  2. Pokemon
  3. Mario Kart

Time for you to vote! What do you think are the greatest game franchises of all time?

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#2 Edited by charizard1605 (82438 posts) -

LEADERBOARD

  1. The Legend of Zelda: 2495 points
  2. Super Mario: 2060 points
  3. Grand Theft Auto: 1010 points
  4. Halo: 975 points
  5. Final Fantasy: 780 points
  6. Metal Gear: 680 points
  7. Mass Effect: 465 points
  8. Metroid: 405 points
  9. Pokemon: 365 points
  10. Dark Souls: 340 points
  11. Half Life: 290 points
  12. The Elder Scrolls: 280 points
  13. The Witcher: 145 points
  14. Super Smash Bros.: 140 points
  15. Sid Meier's Civilization: 140 points
  16. Shin Megami Tensei: 130 points
  17. Fallout: 145 points
  18. Resident Evil: 105 points
  19. Dragon Quest: 105 points
  20. Megaman: 90 points
  21. Uncharted: 85 points
  22. Battlefield: 80 points
  23. Advance Wars: 75 points
  24. Assassin's Creed: 75 points
  25. Pikmin: 65 points
  26. Star Fox: 65 points
  27. Knights of the Old Republic: 55 points
  28. Fire Emblem: 55 points
  29. Persona: 50 points
  30. Tomb Raider: 50 points
  31. Warcraft: 50 points
  32. Streets of Rage: 50 points
  33. Tales: 50 points
  34. Timesplitters: 50 points
  35. NHL: 50 points
  36. Dota: 50 points
  37. Mario Kart: 45 points
  38. Sonic The Hedgehog: 40 points
  39. Bioshock: 40 points
  40. Gears of War: 40 points
  41. Age of Empires: 40 points
  42. Baldur's Gate: 30 points
  43. Call of Duty: 25 points
  44. Legacy of Kain: 25 points
  45. Devil May Cry: 25 points
  46. The Sims: 25 points
  47. Far Cry: 25 points
  48. Max Payne: 25 points
  49. Donkey Kong: 25 points
  50. Command and Conquer: 25 points
  51. Wizardry: 25 points
  52. Macross: 25 points
  53. Suikoden: 25 points
  54. Dark Forces/Jedi Knight: 15 points
  55. Fear Effect: 15 points
  56. Metro: 15 points
  57. God of War: 15 points
  58. LEGO: 15 points
  59. Phoenix Wright: 15 points
  60. Shadow Hearts: 15 points
  61. Max Payne: 15 points
  62. STALKER: 15 points
  63. Crysis: 15 points
  64. Deus Ex: 15 points
  65. Counter Strike: 15 points
  66. Ultima: 15 points
  67. Crash Bandicoot: 15 points
  68. Forza Motorsport: 15 points
  69. Gran Turismo: 15 points
  70. Kingdom Hearts: 15 points
  71. Yakuza: 15 points
  72. Diablo: 15 points
  73. Batman: Arkham: 15 points
  74. Saint's Row: 15 points

Tallied up to Post #342. Last tallied at 10.17am 8/21/14 CT.

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#3 Posted by Netret0120 (3432 posts) -

1. Grand Theft Auto

2. Final Fantasy

3. Metal Gear Solid

No surprise to see Charizard with 3 Nintendo franchises:-P

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#4 Posted by darkspineslayer (22383 posts) -

1. Super Mario

2. Megaman

3. Metroid

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#5 Posted by Gamerno6666 (5052 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:

  1. The Legend of Zelda
  2. Pokemon
  3. Mario Kart

Lol What a twist?

Mine are,

1. GTA

2. Assassins Creed

3. Witcher.

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#6 Edited by Mr_Huggles_dog (7805 posts) -

3. MGS

2. TES

1. Mario

I guess....not really sure.

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#7 Posted by darkspineslayer (22383 posts) -

Apparently GTAV was not the right jumping in point, because I do not understand that series topping lists. What I got was a rather bland sandbox that gave me little reason to play with any of it's shit.

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#8 Posted by charizard1605 (82438 posts) -

@Gamerno6666: @Netret0120: Believe it or not, I didn't have three Nintendo franchises at the top three years ago =p As for this time around, I was seriously debating having franchises like Persona, Assassin's Creed, Uncharted, Mass Effect, or Civilization in my Top 3, but then I figured I enjoyed individual games from those series more than I enjoyed those series overall, so I ended up going with franchises that I have consistently had fun with for the longest time.

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#9 Edited by happyduds77 (1688 posts) -

Grand Theft Auto is probably the most consistent franchise in quality.

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#10 Posted by Snugenz (13388 posts) -

To add a few different games to the mix.

  1. Halo
  2. Mass Effect
  3. KOTOR
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#11 Posted by smashed_pinata (3747 posts) -

1) Zelda

2) Smash bros

3) Halo

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#13 Posted by CanYouDiglt (8198 posts) -

1-Mass Effect

2-Halo

3-Elder Scrolls

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#14 Posted by 93BlackHawk93 (8395 posts) -
  1. Super Smash Bros.
  2. The Legend of Zelda
  3. Super Mario
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#16 Edited by drekula2 (3349 posts) -

1. Advance Wars

2. Legend of Zelda

3. Uncharted

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#17 Posted by sukraj (27129 posts) -

Halo

Far Cry

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#18 Posted by charizard1605 (82438 posts) -

@happyduds77 said:

Grand Theft Auto is probably the most consistent franchise in quality.

@sukraj said:

Halo

Far Cry

Your posts need to have three franchises listed to qualify.

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#19 Posted by Ballroompirate (25789 posts) -

I'd have to go with

  1. Legend of Zelda
  2. Mass Effect
  3. Final Fantasy (ugh to think FF would be a lot higher if it wasn't for that shyt FF13 saga)

Wish I could put MGS, ES and The Witcher up there but it was hard to choose that 3rd spot.

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#20 Posted by Bigboi500 (35550 posts) -

1. Super Mario

2. Dragon Quest

3. Fire Emblem

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#21 Edited by Soethi6 (425 posts) -

1. NHL
2. Super Mario
3. Halo

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#23 Posted by Litchie (20173 posts) -

1. Zelda
2. Super Mario
3. Metroid

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#24 Posted by hiphops_savior (8411 posts) -
  1. Super Mario
  2. Pokemon
  3. Final Fantasy
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#25 Edited by Opus_Rea-333 (1238 posts) -

1. Super Mario

2. Halo

3. Grand Theft Auto

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#26 Edited by Renegade_Fury (19542 posts) -
  1. Streets of Rage
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog
  3. Dark Forces/Jedi Knight
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#27 Posted by sukraj (27129 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:

@happyduds77 said:

Grand Theft Auto is probably the most consistent franchise in quality.

@sukraj said:

Halo

Far Cry

Your posts need to have three franchises listed to qualify.

sorry I could only think of 2 lol

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#28 Edited by Litchie (20173 posts) -

@sukraj said:

@charizard1605 said:

@happyduds77 said:

Grand Theft Auto is probably the most consistent franchise in quality.

@sukraj said:

Halo

Far Cry

Your posts need to have three franchises listed to qualify.

sorry I could only think of 2 lol

You must be an extremely harsh critic if you've only enjoyed 2 series ever..

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#29 Posted by sukraj (27129 posts) -

@Litchie said:

@sukraj said:

@charizard1605 said:

@happyduds77 said:

Grand Theft Auto is probably the most consistent franchise in quality.

@sukraj said:

Halo

Far Cry

Your posts need to have three franchises listed to qualify.

sorry I could only think of 2 lol

You must be an extremely harsh critic if you've only enjoyed 2 series ever..

No you see I don't get much time to play videogames anymore so these are the only two that I have played.

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#30 Edited by _Matt_ (10424 posts) -

1. Dark Souls

2. Elder Scrolls

3. Age of Empires

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#31 Posted by pelvist (6549 posts) -
  1. GTA
  2. Elder Scrolls
  3. Half-Life

People always seem to be wanting more of these more than any other game I see people wanting.

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#32 Posted by Floppy_Jim (25834 posts) -

What does this mean for the Souls series? Demon's & Dark share mechanic continuity but are strictly considered two different franchises by the creators. Which I suppose answers my question. Anyhoo:

1- Grand Theft Auto

2- Advance Wars

3- Halo

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#33 Edited by Perfect_Blue (29636 posts) -

1. Shin Megami Tensei
2. Dragon Quest
3. Super Mario

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#34 Posted by SecretPolice (31292 posts) -

1) Halo

2) Kotor

3) Mass Effect

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#35 Edited by Krelian-co (13274 posts) -

1. Soul series

2. Metal Gear

3. The Witcher

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#36 Posted by stizzal13 (609 posts) -

1. Super Mario

2. Legend of Zelda

3. Elder Scrolls

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#37 Posted by delta3074 (19932 posts) -

1. Elderscrolls

2. Legacy of Kain

3.Fear effect

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#38 Posted by deactivated-583e460ca986b (7240 posts) -

1. Super Mario
2. Mass Effect
3. GTA

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#39 Posted by zassimick (10351 posts) -
  1. The Legend of Zelda
  2. Final Fantasy
  3. Super Mario
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#40 Posted by PurpleMan5000 (9260 posts) -

1. Super Mario

2. The Legend of Zelda

3. Civilization

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#41 Edited by slaves (1445 posts) -

1. GTA

2. Mass Effect

3. Uncharted

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#42 Posted by LadyBlue (4943 posts) -

1- The Legend of Zelda

2- Metroid

3- Pikmin

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#43 Posted by parkurtommo (28295 posts) -

1. Souls (Dark Souls)

2. Assassin's Creed

3. Metro if it counts as a Franchise. If not, Batman Arkham.

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#44 Posted by speedfog (4922 posts) -

1. GTA

2. Call of Duty

3. Halo

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#45 Posted by PAL360 (28652 posts) -

1. The Elder Scrolls

2. Super Mario

3. GTA

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#46 Edited by Demonjoe93 (9869 posts) -
  1. Super Mario - I have never played a series that has had three games I would believe worthy of a perfect score.
  2. Legend of Zelda - Even though some entries in this series weren't as good as others, this has still been one of the most consistently great franchises out there.
  3. Mass Effect - The third game did a few things I didn't like, but that doesn't change how I feel about this franchise.

By the way, Charizard, you have Super Smash Brothers on the leader board twice.

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#47 Edited by bbkkristian (14971 posts) -

Legend of Zelda

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona

Final Fantasy

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#48 Posted by Blabadon (33030 posts) -

Do SMT games count differently from Persona, and what about the Souls games. What about Mario

PS you're fat

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#49 Posted by uninspiredcup (24321 posts) -

Bubble Bobble.

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#50 Posted by Jshoelace (727 posts) -
  1. metal gear
  2. Half Life
  3. Zelda