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 Halo  Tops Guinness World Record's 50 Best Video Game Series
Halo Tops Guinness World Record's 50 Best Video Game Series
May 7, 2010 | By Eric Caoili

May 7, 2010 | By Eric Caoili
More: Console/PC

Guinness World Records revealed its reader-voted list of the "Top 50 Videogame Series" of all time, with Bungie's flagship franchise Halo taking the number one spot. The company, which tracks and recognizes record-breaking achievements, notes that the series is the "Best-Selling First-Person Shooter (FPS) Franchise Ever", too.

More than 13,000 readers voted for the list in an online poll hosted on the company's Gamer's Edition website between January and August 2009. The list is featured in the Guinness World Records 2010 Gamer's Edition, a variant of the popular record-keeping reference book dedicated to achievements by video games and their players.

Activision Blizzard's Call of Duty franchise and Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series placed second and third on the list respectively. The full list of Guinness World Records's "Top 50 Videogame Series" follows:
  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. Pokemon
  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
"We decided to take a different approach with this list than we did in the previous edition," says Guinness World Records gaming editor Gaz Deaves. "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."

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Owen McNamara
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I think Guinness should stick to documenting facts and leave the opinion pieces to the gaming magazines.

Achilles de Flandres
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How on earth did Street Fighter not make the Top 50? Street Fighter II is easily one of the greatest games of all time. Only the "fans" have a short term memory and can only remember what they played the past month.

Michael Smith
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Owen's comment ++

At least have the courtesy of calling it "Most Popular Video Game Series." "Top" or "best" lists are just horrible, especially for any artistic medium.

Chris Needham
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I would just rather they just said Top 50 Video Game Series "at the time" rather than "of all time".

Mark Venturelli
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Yeah, because everybody knows that "Runescape" is a more important series than God of War and Final Fantasy, and "WWE Smackdown vs. RAW" is far more important than Diablo or Starcraft. Mr. Gaz Deaves, you failed before you started.

Michiel Hendriks
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So, just another popularity contest.

Joseph Vasquez II
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Less than 10% of gamers in America heard of an obscure poll and voted for their favorite games over a period of 7 months. The series with the highest votes are now the top video game series "of all time!"

Bauke Regnerus
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Halo also tops my personal 50 most overrated franchises of all time.

Kevin Butler
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I wonder who these so called 'different kind of eXperts' who obviuosly have Halo and Call of Duty on top of their list?

And Mario is not on top?

C'mon, what's wrong with him!!!

Terry Matthes
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Who the hell did they ask? This has got to be the most ridiculous "fact" I have ever read. Just by looking at that list you can tell they polled a bunch of high school boys who have probably never played a Zelda game that wasn't published later than 2006.

I reject this list.

Germain Cout
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Okay everyone, let's not drop this comments section into a hate contest. We're not on Kotaku. I don't believe Guinness world records has any authority on this matter, and I also think this Top 50 is pretty ridiculous, but that doesn't mean Halo is the worst game ever. C'mon that's just immature.

I'm sick of people bashing games solely for their popularity. Halo's a pretty good game in my book. Not the greatest of all time, but it certainly deserves some of the praise it gets. It's got solid mechanics, polished gameplay and one of the best multiplayer experience out there.

Why don't you haters go personally tell the hard working guys at Bungie that their game is the "worst shooter" ever. I judge a game by it's makers, not by it's audience, and that's what matters.

Amir Sharar
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Mark Venturelli said: "Yeah, because everybody knows that "Runescape" is a more important series than God of War and Final Fantasy, and "WWE Smackdown vs. RAW" is far more important than Diablo or Starcraft. Mr. Gaz Deaves, you failed before you started."

The end of the article details Mr. Deaves intentions here.

"We are confident that this 'top 50' more accurately reflects the tastes of the average gamer and not just the critics."

So I don't understand the hate here. Gamers like Halo.

Gamers also like Saint's Row. Hey, I agree that the Street Fighter series is in my Top 25, but I can't blame gamers for like open world sandbox games. Nevermind one that is a decent playing ripoff of the PS2 GTA games.

Terry Matthes said: "Just by looking at that list you can tell they polled a bunch of high school boys who have probably never played a Zelda game that wasn't published later than 2006."

I haven't played a Zelda game since 2006, and I myself would rank Halo among others higher than Zelda. While I think you are right in the sense that the tastes are more "modern" and leave out some classics, and some new titles are in there, surprisingly...I'd have to state that it may have less to do with age and more with changing tastes.

I'm quite old and over time have come to appreciate the many hours I've put into multiplayer games like CounterStrike, Halo, Warcraft, Quake, and UT that I do have to say that I am beginning to prefer them over my previous all time favorites like Mario, Sonic, Zelda, Metroid, Castlevania, etc. which are all single player experiences.

Ignoring or rejecting this list won't do us much good. At the same time one cannot put a lot of stock into web polls. But it does tell us what today's gamers are into. There is a clear trend towards multiplayer games being very popular.

What I note is that Nintendo has been able to franchise a single player experience in the form of Super Mario Bros. into two popular multiplayer games in the form of Smash Bros. and Mario Kart that compare favorably to the other multiplayer games on that list.

Also, the popularity of FIFA (more popular than Madden) and PES demonstrate to me that the readers of the site were of a more "international" flavour and not necessarily North American.

Michael Smith
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The very need to have a top list is flawed. There is no "best" game or game series, just as there is no best song. You can instead remark on a particular element that a game does better than almost every other game out there. I think awards should be rewarded on a per-game basis rather than by category. Such and such game did this thing really well compared to other games this year, so let's give it an award that says "great this thing." That way it won't penalize a great game if it's stacked up against, say, a Blizzard title in the same category that year.

Chan Chun Phang
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The very list is flawed. I do not know what their condition is for a set of video games to be a series to start with.

1) Crono Trigger? Only 1 international sequel (and one Japan only)?

2) Lego Batman? Was there a Lego Batman 2 that I missed somewhere?

3) Pong?!?!

Robert Horvat
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Uh-oh seems like, for example, Civilization players were too busy playing the game than to cast their vote there. lol.

13.000 readers voted? That's way too small sample and way too much focused.

"I can cur" - just another popularity contest.

Senthil Kannan
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cant believe how they missed prince of persia

Dragos Inoan
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Is it me or this Guinness thing turns more and more into facebook? Guitar hero is on that list even though they had 2 good games and the rest were ... meh ? Oh and I like how they put Tom Clancy's as a series and not Star Wars :P

Ryan Schaefer
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I think this list is a fairly accurate look at the face of modern gaming. While many of us grew up with Mario, Sonic and Zelda games, those games don't hold the same weight that they once did. For the past decade or so the Halo and Guitar Hero games have been two of gamng's hottest properties so I can't really say I'm surprised to see them top an internet-based voting list. Mario would probably top my list, but I wouldn't put Halo far behind.

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Without Pong you wouldn't have many games.

Daniel Biesiada
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eh.. look in what times we have to live. Incompetent mobs get loud again. Guinness Book of Records is really low in my personal ranking of whatever that matters. They have only become ridiculously good at exposing idiocy and dumbness.

Janne Haffer
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@Roberg Gill:

I don't think you would actually call Pong a series

Jo DelaTorre
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Glad to see some discussion, but like everyone else I find this list to be humorous at best, and absolutely pathetic at worst.

Diablo and Starcraft in the bottom quarter of the list? In the same area as Crash Bandicoot, Lego Batman and Ratchet & Clank?!? I can *see* arguments (or at least the outlines of arguments) which could put those two historic titles in the bottom fourth of a 'greatest' or 'best' list, but c'mon...those other titles even MAKING the list seem to invalidate the whole thing.

I think if they had labeled it as more of a popularity contest with a date stamp on the thing, it could have a lot more meaning and validity. As is, it's just weak.