Our quest to find out which game series is the best rumbles on. We’ve got a bit of a PlayStation icons theme for this round, three of which we’re going to have to say goodbye to. It’s Resident Evil v Final Fantasy v Gran Turismo v Tomb Raider in a bit of a Japan-centric heavyweight brawl. Each is competing to be crowned best game franchise in 2017. Over the course of 20 rounds, we will be pitting the biggest gaming franchises of all time against one another in order to determine the definitive list of the best game series.

Round 6

Resident Evil

Often coined as the godfather of the survival horror genre, Resident Evil wasn't, but it was certainly the first to achieve mainstream success. It's not often that a horror game can become a household name, but Capcom and Shinji Mikami's zombie munching series gained a huge following for its mix of schlocky horror, cheesy acting, convoluted plots and incredible pre-rendered visuals. The Resident Evil series is a tale of two halves. For the most part, the mainline games rarely put a foot wrong, with the exception of RE5 and RE6. Meanwhile, the spin-offs are almost universally awful, aside from (the merely decent) Resident Evil Revelations. Recently the series reinvented itself with Texas Chainsaw-riffing Resident Evil 7, the most authentic horror experience in the entire franchise.

Series began: 1996

Total Sales: 71 million

Best-selling game: Resident Evil 5 (8.08 million)

Main Games:

  • Resident Evil
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
  • Resident Evil - Code: Veronica
  • Resident Evil Remake
  • Resident Evil Zero
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Resident Evil 5
  • Resident Evil 6
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Series Spin-offs:

  • Resident Evil: Director's Cut
  • Resident Evil Survivor
  • Resident Evil Gaiden
  • Resident Evil Survivor 2 - Code: Veronica
  • Resident Evil: Dead Aim
  • Resident Evil Outbreak
  • Resident Evil Outbreak File #2
  • Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles
  • Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles
  • Resident Evil: Mercenaries Vs
  • Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
  • Resident Evil: Revelations
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2
  • Umbrella Corps

Final Fantasy

The quintessential JRPG series, Final Fantasy plays second fiddle to Dragon Quest on its home turf, but its worldwide popularity is a different matter entirely. The series had a decent following during the early instalments, but it wasn't until Final Fantasy VII that the series truly popped. Still many peoples' favourite Final Fantasy to this day, it marked the occasion when Final Fantasy established itself as a graphical showcase and natural home of the FMV. Since then it's had its ups and downs, but the series has remained a constant presence. Final Fantasy XIV took the franchise online for a second outing, this time achieving major mass appeal after the aborted original launch. Each Final Fantasy is typically a self-contained story in a separate universe, but together they form one of the most eclectic and lore-rich franchises in Japanese gaming history.

Series began: 1987

Total Sales: 130 million

Best-selling game: Final Fantasy VII (11.95 million)

Main Games:

  • Final Fantasy
  • Final Fantasy II
  • Final Fantasy III
  • Final Fantasy IV
  • Final Fantasy V
  • Final Fantasy VI
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Final Fantasy VIII
  • Final Fantasy XI
  • Final Fantasy X
    • Final Fantasy X-2
  • Final Fantasy XI
    • Rise of the Zilart
    • Chains of Promathia
    • Treasures of Aht Urhgan
    • Wings of the Goddess
    • Seekers of Adoulin
  • Final Fantasy XII
  • Final Fantasy XIII
    • Final Fantasy XIII-2
    • Lighting Returns - Final Fantasy XIII
  • Final Fantasy XIV
    • Final Fantasy XIV - Heavensward
    • Final Fantasy XIV - Stormblood
  • Final Fantasy XV

Series Spin-offs:

  • Final Fantasy Legend I, II & III
  • Chocobo
  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
  • Crystal Defenders
  • Dissidia Final Fantasy
  • Final Fantasy Adventure
  • Final Fantasy Mystic Quest
  • Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light
  • Final Fantasy Dimensions
  • Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade
  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy
  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call
  • Final Fantasy Explorers
  • Final Fantasy Record Keeper
  • World of Final Fantasy

Gran Turismo

The best-selling PlayStation exclusive ever, and the second best-selling racing series in the world behind Mario Kart, Gran Turismo is an absolute force. Polyphony Digital cranks the games out an absolute crawl compared to competitor Forza, but each one is usually a bona fide sales hit. For console gamers, Gran Turismo has been synonymous with sim racing, offering up the best visual tech, an endless list of licensed vehicles, and some minutely detailed physics emulation. It's got the personality of a plank of wood, but it's one of the most authentic racing game franchises around. 

Series began: 1997

Total Sales: 76 million

Best-selling game: Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (14.89 million)

Main Games:

  • Gran Turismo
  • Gran Turismo 2
  • Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec
  • Gran Turismo 4
  • Gran Turismo 5
  • Gran Turismo 6
  • Gran Turismo Sport

Series Spin-offs:

  • Gran Turismo Concept: 2001 Tokyo
  • Gran Turismo Concept: 2002 Tokyo-Seoul
  • Gran Turismo Concept: 2002 Tokyo-Geneva
  • Gran Turismo 4: Prologue
  • Gran Turismo HD
  • Gran Turismo 5: Prologue
  • Gran Turismo (PSP)

Tomb Raider

Behind Mario, Lara Croft is probably the most recognised mainstream gaming figure on the planet. During her 90's hey-day she even graced the covers of lads mags, polygonal boobs and all. Her games haven't been too shabby either, becoming a bit of a PlayStation stalwart over the years before the controversial Xbox One exclusivity deal. Tomb Raider has been given a fresh lease of life with the recent reboot, shedding off the awkward old-school controls and opting for Uncharted-style adventuring and run 'n' gun action.

Series began: 1996

Total Sales: 56 million

Best-selling game: Tomb Raider Reboot (8.5 million)

Main series:

  • Tomb Raider
  • Tomb Raider II
  • Tomb Raider III
  • Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
  • Tomb Raider Chronicles
  • Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness
  • Tomb Raider Legend
  • Tomb Raider Anniversary
  • Tomb Raider Underworld
  • Tomb Raider (Reboot)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider

Series Spin-offs:

  • Tomb Raider (GBA)
  • Tomb Raider: Curse of the Sword
  • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
  • Lara Croft: Relic Run
  • Lara Croft GO

Sadly only one of these illustrious franchises can make it through to the next round and potentially be the greatest game series in 2017. Every vote will count though when we tot these up and deliver the definitive list of the best gaming franchises. Have your say in the poll below, and let us know why you think it's the best gaming series in the comments section!

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Round 1: GTA, Command and Conquer, Street Fighter, Forza

Round 2: Rainbow Six, Left 4 Dead, Halo, Half-Life

Round 3: Need For Speed, Zelda, Castlevania, Far Cry

Round 4: Splinter Cell, FIFA, Metroid, BioShock

Round 5: Metal Gear, Mario, Everquest, Mass Effect

Round 6: Resident Evil, Final Fantasy, Gran Turismo, Tomb Raider

Round 7: Baldur's Gate, Fallout, Diablo, Deus Ex

Round 8: Civilization, Quake, DOOM, XCOM

Round 9: Counter-Strike, StarCraft, Witcher, Stalker

Round 10: WarCraft, Ultima, Total War, Battlefield

Round 11: Age of Empires, Prince of Persia, Elder Scrolls, Silent Hill

Round 12: Football Manager, Minecraft, Arma, Hitman

Round 13: The Sims, Assassin's Creed, Unreal, Dragon Age

Round 14: Pokemon, Sonic, KOTOR, Colin McRae

Poll closed: 16:00 Aug-19-2017