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Guinness World Records has officially announced the all-time “Top 50 Video Game Series” as voted on by its readers. The list includes all titles and spin-offs. After more than 13,000 votes were tallied, Halo, Call of Duty, and the Legend of Zelda won the day.

Microsoft’s  franchise Halo took first place. Here’s a description of Halo, according to the Gamer’s Edition:

“Featuring an iconic character, excellent level design, perfect controls and unparalleled multiplayer options, the series sets the bar at near-unattainable heights.”

Call of Duty and The Legend of Zelda took the second and third spots. Call of Duty, with Modern Warfare 2, pretty much had the most successful game launch of all time. The Legend of Zelda is literally a legend, as it is the best selling role playing, puzzle, and action franchise for Nintendo.

Instead of asking developers and others in the gaming business this year, Guinness World Records Gaming Editor Gaz Deaves had another idea in mind, and polled the players instead:

“We decided to take a different approach with this list than we did in the previous edition. 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.”

The rest of the list is as follows: 

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) and Pro Evolution Soccer (#50).

I am surprised to see some games in certain standings. Games like Pac-Man and Pong are influential, no argument there, but I guess I’m just oblivious to the fact they still have such a large fan base still standing in the industry. And my personal favorites like Final Fantasy, Pokemon, and LittleBigPlanet scored much lower than I would suspect.

What are your thoughts on the supposed Top 50 Games Video Game Series of All Time?

Source: News10

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