Video games have seen quite a considerable boom in popularity recently. Furthermore, almost every year, games are coming up that totally sweep away the market. And console sales like PlayStation and Xbox are at an all-time high. Moreover, with the higher sales comes the revival of many aged but popular game franchises. So, on the event of National Video Games Day, let’s take a look at the Top 10 video game franchises of all time!
Gaming has become an integral part of our culture. There are a myriad of video game studios, franchises, and consoles out there that have proliferated the idea of games. Video Games, for many, are a part of their daily routine or a part of their life. For many, it’s also a retreat. Many video games provide players with a story and an experience of a lifetime, but most of the time, it’s just plain hard to forget.
And that’s exactly why National Video Games Day, celebrated on the 12th of September every year, holds much significance for the gaming community. So, let’s take a look at some video game franchises that left a mark on the community!
One of the popular, if not the popular, FPS genre game series is definitely the Call of Duty series. Call of Duty has created for itself a really sizable player base in billions across all available platforms. The Black Ops series and the old Modern Warfare series were and still are a craze to this day! Furthermore, with the reboot of the Modern Warfare series in 2019, the game’s popularity rose through the roof. And the battle royale game, Warzone is still going strong, with new parts releasing alongside every upcoming Modern Warfare title. Call of Duty is a name memorable to every gamer, even if they have yet to try the game!
The Legend of Zelda
Despite being exclusive to the Nintendo Switch console, The Legend of Zelda series is one of the most popular RPGs to this date. This deserves this game a mention on this list for National Video Games Day. Furthermore, the amount of freedom players have in this game is one of its major selling factors. And Tears of the Kingdom, the third installment of the series, expanded a lot on the story of the game in accordance with the mechanics. From building almost anything to an action-packed campaign, the game has it all. And the hype created is nowhere near dying out.
The Batman Arkham Trilogy
A must-have on any list of best video game franchises of all time would definitely be the Batman Arkham Trilogy. This game brought to life every failed attempt at Batman games and was crowned the most well-made superhero game ever. Every installment in the trilogy is a gem and absolutely adored by the community. The game having famous Batman villains, from Joker to Riddler to Poison Ivy, and others made the game popular in the community! The Batman Arkham Trilogy is one of the most cherished video game franchises to date.
The Grand Theft Auto series
When talking about the open-world genre, one name constantly pops up in every gamer’s mind. It’s the Grand Theft Auto series. The GTA series pretty much introduced gamers to the Open-world genre and gave its players absolute freedom to explore and do anything and everything the game world has to offer. Furthermore, despite being released a decade ago, GTA 5 still has a budding player base. And with the next installment in the series, GTA 6, right around the corner, the hype for this game just gets better and better. Thus, the game being on this list for National Video Games Day is a must!
Far Cry series
Shooting, exploring, fantastic campaign, jungles, well-written antagonists? Yes, that sounds like Far Cry. The Far Cry series is one of the most unique action open-world game series out there published by Ubisoft. The game has loads of elements in it, from explorations to animal-related mechanics and modern firearms. It’s all in the game! However, that’s not the major takeaway of the game. The well-written antagonist loved by every gamer is definitely something the Far Cry series is famous or infamous for. The villain’s quotes from the game are much more famous.
“Did I ever tell you what the definition of insanity is? Insanity is doing the exact… same f*cking thing… over and over again expecting… sh*t to change!”
Vaas Montenegro (Far Cry 3)
The Souls series
A series so famed for its difficulty that it introduced an entirely new genre called “Soulslike.” Formsoft’s Souls games are an amazing game series that hands itself to the players for an amazing but gruesome experience. The game has no difficulty setting and players have to piece everything together. So, what makes this game worthy of being on the National Video Games Day list? Well, the intensive lore of the game, the love the community has for this series, and the spectacular graphics are definitely its major takeaway. Furthermore, Elden Ring, the recent addition to the game-winning Game of the Year 2022, the hype for the Souls series is through the roof!
Final Fantasy series
Originally a classic JRPG, the Final Fantasy series has lived for years and still has a strong hold on the gaming community. From the classic retro pixel graphics to next-gen immersive graphics, the Final Fantasy series has come a long way! The Final Fantasy series is loved by the community, considering its unique action-packed nature along with great RPG elements. The recent addition to the series, Final Fantasy XVI, received a lot of love and would soon be released on every platform!
Assassin’s Creed series
When talking about the best video game franchises of all time, one can never forget about the Assassin’s Creed series. Produced by Ubisoft, this series is definitely something every gamer and even nongamer has played once in their life. The Assassin’s Creed series deserves all the hype it has and much more. Released decades ago, the game receives constant love from the gaming community, with new installments coming in every now and then. The unique mechanics of the game is definitely something fans love all around. Furthermore, with Assassin’s Creed Mirage, the newest installment to the series, releasing soon, fans are looking forward to a new hype!
Resident Evil series
One of the best action horror genre game series out there is the Resident Evil series. The game series’ hype is so well spread out that it has an entire movie series dedicated to it. Furthermore, with the Resident Evil 4 remake, the hype for this series was pushed through the roof. And the quotes from this series have a fan base of its own. The Resident Evil franchise is a well-deserving name to be put on this list!
“I’m Sure You Boys Didn’t Just Tag Along So We Could Sing “Kumbaya” Together At Some Boy Scout Bonfire. Then Again, Maybe You Did.”
Leon (Resident Evil 4)
Street Fighter series
The Street Fighter series is one of the greatest arcade fighting game series loved by gamers in all age groups. From the first installment in the series, released in the late 80s and early 90s, to Street Fighter 6, the newest addition to the series, released in 2023, the game has considerable hype and a player base. Street Fighter is, for many, a great time pass and the best competitive time pass for any get-together occasion!
Well, that’s a list of some of the great video game franchises on account of National Video Games Day. If there’s any you haven’t tried out yet, go play it and have the experience of a lifetime!
Sneh is an eSports journalist at Firstsportz. He has been playing competitive titles like CS:GO, Valorant, Rainbow Six Siege, and more for 4 years. He's currently pursuing IPM at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. Sneh is also keenly interested in RPG titles like Elden Ring, Sekiro, Assassin's Creed series, and similar games. He is a former streamer and was the leading streamer for an Org that held 8th place in the Rocket League Championship South Asia Apac. He is a massive fan of the AniManga culture and loves talking about the recent trends in the community. In his free time, Sneh likes to read Light Novels and Mangas and watch thrillers or philosophical movies.
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