Best 50 videogame series, as voted by Guinness World Record readers

If I had a dime for every time a new ‘Best Games Ever’ list appeared before me, I’d have at least thirty-five bucks. So when Guinness World Records set out to find the 50 greatest game series ever, it decided to take a different approach: rather than ask game critics, developers, and industry folk, it asked gamers. The consumers. The fans.

As it turns out, the fans know jack.

I can live with the Halo series at #1. I mean, I wouldn’t pick it in my top ten, personally – I vastly prefer the Half-Life (#14) games, for example – but I can see why people would pick Halo. It’s highly polished, does what it sets out to achieve well, and the first Halo was a genuinely revelatory game. But there’s also some serious nonsense in this list – Killzone (#33) above Mario Kart (#47)? Skate (#34) above the brilliant Diablo games (#45)?

Debates of taste aside, Guinness readers also seem to struggle with the concept of what a “series” is. For example, quite a few games here (Goldeneye 007, Chrono Trigger) are single games. Honestly, the stupid is making my head hurt. Here’s the sloppy list in its entirety:

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

See also:Batman: Arkham Asylum sets dubious world record

[Via VG247]