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7 Best Video Game Franchises Of All Time

Posted on Monday, April 22 @ 16:00:00 PST by Alex_Osborn

5. Grand Theft Auto

While I'm not particularly fond of this franchise, I simply can't ignore the millions upon millions of gamers that absolutely love Grand Theft Auto. The open-ended go anywhere, do anything gameplay is absolutely overwhelming to me, but I can see why others can't help but salivate at the thought of so much digital freedom. When Grand Theft Auto III launched on the PlayStation 2, it took the gaming world by storm and forever changed game design.

Since that time, Rockstar has failed to craft an underwhelming entry in the series, only raising the bar with each subsequent installment. Grand Theft Auto V launches later this year, and the insane amount of hype around it is evidence enough that the series deserves a spot on this list.

4. Pokémon

I rarely ever get addicted to a game, but the first generation of Pokémon is most certainly my kryptonite. After pouring hours upon hours collecting and leveling up as many of the cute little monsters I could in Pokémon Blue, I couldn't wait to do it all over again after purchasing Pokémon Yellow. And then, when I heard Gold and Silver would be on the way for GameBoy Color, I was beside my 12 year-old self with joy.

Nintendo and Game Freak cooked up some magic formula with this series that has gamers hooked to this day despite the rather redundant game design. We're heading into the sixth generation of Pokémon with the release of X & Y later this year, and the franchise has yet to show signs of fatigue. There's also a bazillion episodes of the television series and a collectible card game that has been going strong since the late 90s. If that isn't a picture of success, I don't know what is.

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