Thanks to the original three Star Wars films, the height of this iconic trilogy is what creators and companies strive to achieve. It’s a great goal to reach as it follows the basic act structure of having a beginning, middle, and an end. And by trilogy, we don’t just mean the first three games in a series. So Super Mario Bros. won’t count since it isn’t continuing a story between each release. On top of that Uncharted, as great as it is, will also not count since that tale was actually finished with the fourth entry.
Now even though some other games on here continued their stories with a fourth, fifth, or whatever, the three games represented are contained within one concrete trilogy. The review scores were then added up and averaged out as denoted next to each header. Using this system we've discovered the greatest trilogies of all time.
10 Golden Sun: Average Score of 85
With the scores of 91, 86, and 79, the Golden Sun saga averages out to an 85 this series had a bit of a diminishing returns effect according to the scores.
That said what the developer, Camelot, set out to do was unheard of at the time. The biggest advancement was that data could be passed between the first two Game Boy Advance titles via passwords. However, when it came to the finale on the Nintendo DS, it was a bit trickier.
Even though that was the case, it was still cool seeing a hero’s story told through multiple perspectives and through multiple timelines across the titles.
9 Tomb Raider: Average Score of 85
Since the second game was a timed exclusive on Xbox One, we wanted to follow the Microsoft path. With the scores of 86, 86, and 82, the Tomb Raider reboot trilogy averages out to another 85.
The first game was a true surprise. Not only was the Tomb Raider series good again, but also it was a Game of the Year contender. How long had it been since that was even possible? PS1 era? The sequel was also great, but more of the same, and the finale sort of trailed off in thought.
8 The Witcher: Average Score of 87
These reviews were taken from the PC versions to make it all uniform, as the first game never went to consoles. With the scores of 81, 88, and 93, The Witcher averages out to an 87.
This trail is not surprising at all as CD Projekt Red started off with a great idea and kept getting better with every sequel. Now The Witcher 3 is on the same fantasy RPG level as Skyrim. In fact, it might even be better, especially in terms of the narrative and its many branching pathways.
7 Max Payne: Average Score of 87
Like The Witcher, we are going with the PC version of these games. With the scores of 89, 86, and 87, Max Payne averages out to another 87.
This is also not that shocking. All of these games are great shooters with excellent bullet-time effects akin to The Matrix. On top of that, this trilogy follows Max’s unraveling life from one disaster to the next. It was both exciting and heart wrenching at the same time.
6 Assassin’s Creed: Ezio Trilogy: Average Score of 87
Just to give the PlayStation some love, we went with PS3 scores for this one. With the scores of 91, 90, and 80, the three games starring Ezio Auditore averages out to an 87.
This started out as just a fantastic sequel to what was a good, but flawed proof of concept. Because Assassin’s Creed II sold so well Ubisoft decided to make a direct sequel starring Ezio, which followed with another in his old age. To this day, because three games focused on him, Ezio remains the best character in the franchise.
5 Batman: Arkham: Average Score of 91
Let’s continue with the PlayStation brand for this round. With the scores of 91, 96, and 87, the Batman: Arkham trilogy averages out to a 91.
This year actually marks the 10th anniversary of Batman: Arkham Asylum’s debut. Who would have ever thought a Batman game could have been that good? For that matter, the developer, Rocksteady Studios, hit pay dirt twice with its sequel, Arkham City. The last game is a bit more divisive thanks to the Batmobile, but still an overall excellent trilogy.
4 Mass Effect: Average Score of 93
We decided to track the Xbox 360 scores for this one since the first was originally an exclusive for that system. With the scores of 91, 96, and 93, the Mass Effect saga averages out to a 93.
We will call this the Shepherd trilogy since BioWare tried to create a new one, starring the Ryders, which ultimately flopped. Anyway as can be seen by the scores, we have to agree that Mass Effect 2 was the pinnacle of this franchise. It still has one of the best openings to a game ever.
3 Gears of War: Average Score of 93
With the scores of 94, 93, and 91, the Gears of War games also average out to a 93.
Microsoft had the market cornered on first-person shooters and this was aimed to do the same thing but for cover shooters. In a way, Gears of War was a more defining franchise for this console generation than Halo.
While the games are still continuing, with Gears 5 due soon, the story has focused on a new set of Cogs, which is why we included it. Let’s call it the Marcus saga.
2 Metroid Prime: Average Score of 93
Moving from the GameCube to the Wii, the Metroid Prime trilogy received an average of 93 with the review scores of 97, 92, and 90.
Now while we do know a fourth Metroid Prime game is coming we can only assume it will attempt to start a new story since it has been so long since these launched. Metroid Prime 3 launched in 2007! On top of that, the third game had a pretty well-executed ending.
1 Halo: Average Score of 95
Halo is actually broken up into two different trilogies. The first, which we are examining here, was called the Reclaimer Saga while the current one is referred to as the Forerunner Saga.
With the scores of 97, 95, and 94, Halo averages out to our highest score of 95. Is there really anything to say? This is Halo!
While we said Gears of War was the bigger franchise of the Xbox 360 era, Halo 3 still had a pretty big impact. How could it not with the slogan “finish the fight” plastered everywhere?