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Guinness’ Best Game Franchises – As Voted by Readers

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If you’ll recall, last year Guinness put together a list of the best videogames using a panel of “experts”. You may also recall that it was filled to the brim with fail.

This year they decided to do it a little differently- allowing readers to choose the best game franchises. “We decided to take a different approach with this list than we did in the previous edition,” said Guinness gaming editor Gaz Deaves.

“Instead of asking developers, industry insiders and journalists to rank their favorite titles, we approached a different kind of expert: the players themselves. “We are confident that this ‘top 50′ more accurately reflects the tastes of the average gamer and not just the critics.”

While it’s obviously difficult to appease every game with a list, it looks like this one’s still filled with fail. Halo and Call of Duty? Best gaming franchise? Bah! Some of the games in the list aren’t even series! Smackdown above Starcraft, Diablo and Mario Kart? The excessive stupid is quite frankly making my head hurt.

Anyway, here’s the list – take a gander – and let us know which you think belong there…and which quite obviously don’t.


  1. Call of Duty
  2. The Legend of Zelda
  3. Guitar Hero
  4. Metal Gear
  5. Super Mario Bros.
  6. World of Warcraft
  7. Gears of War
  8. Super Smash Bros.
  9. Grand Theft Auto
  10. Pokémon
  11. Resident Evil
  12. Fallout
  13. Half-Life
  14. Sonic the Hedgehog
  15. Counter-Strike
  16. Runescape
  17. FIFA
  18. Kingdom Hearts
  19. Final Fantasy
  20. Pac-Man
  21. Madden NFL
  22. The Sims
  23. Tomb Raider
  24. WWE Smackdown Vs. RAW
  25. Rock Band
  26. LittleBigPlanet
  27. Saints Row
  28. The Elder Scrolls
  29. God of War
  30. GoldenEye 007
  31. Bioshock
  32. KillZone
  33. Skate
  34. Left 4 Dead
  35. Need for Speed
  36. Chrono Trigger
  37. Gran Turismo
  38. StarCraft
  39. Ratchet & Clank
  40. Pong
  41. Tom Clancy’s
  42. Star Wars: Battlefront
  43. Battlefield
  44. Diablo
  45. Lego Batman
  46. Mario Kart
  47. Burnout
  48. Crash Bandicoot
  49. Pro Evolution Soccer

Source : VG247

Last Updated: May 7, 2010

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