Video games have existed since the 1950s, enjoying rapid development and popularity as decades pass. It’s truly staggering to think how far we’ve come in the industry, from two-dimensional to photo-realistic video games. Hell, we haven’t even seen the pinnacle of gaming yet with virtual reality still in its infancy. Video games are ever-expanding and hyper competitive as they begin to transition into a broader medium. Gone are the days of consoles functioning exclusively as a video game device. They now come equipped with Netflix, YouTube, social media apps, and much more. In fact, consumers can feasibly purchase a console nowadays and get their money’s worth without ever playing a video game.
Pertaining to games, some series have endured the test of time and continue to enjoy critical acclaim. They are among the elite in gaming for a reason, but new series have also staked a claim for this honour with ground-breaking innovations that push the medium forward. We’ll preface this list by stating that it saddens us deeply to exclude such classics like Mass Effect, The Elder Scrolls, Final Fantasy, Mortal Kombat, The Sims, Gears of War, Diablo, Devil May Cry, and more. It’s not a simple task compiling a list of the best video game series, and that’s because so there are so many to choose from.
So sit back, get your geek on and prepare to be upset over the exclusion of your favourite series. Drop a comment below with your own top 10 picks and let the debates begin.
8 Resident Evil
6 Grand Theft Auto
2 The Legend of Zelda
1 Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid is the best video game series ever made. Period. Konami and creator Hideo Kojima have consistently released masterpieces under the Metal Gear Solid nameplate for well over two decades. Let that sink in for a moment. Metal Gear Solid is renowned for its colourful characters, convoluted yet engaging plot, and superb stealth action gameplay. Solid Snake, Liquid Snake, Big Boss, Raiden, Volgin, Gray Fox, Psycho Mantis…these are just some of the characters in the series who are chock-full of detail and bursting with life. The sheer lunacy brazenly presented in the series is one of its most charming traits as it effortlessly shifts between silliness to emotionally charged moments. When you boil it down, Metal Gear Solid is as its best when it forces you to invest in its larger-than-life characters, making you beg for the series trademark cut scenes, which can run for the better part of an hour at times.
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