You Decide Which Game Series is Best: GTA, Command and Conquer, Street Fighter, Forza

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Aug 1, 2017 5:39 PM
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It's time for the definitive answer - which game series is the best of all time? Over the next 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 in 2017. The best game franchise of all time kicks off in round one with a showdown between Grand Theft Auto, Command & Conquer, Street Fighter and Forza. They have 80 years of gaming history between them, countless sequels and an enduring nature that makes them all relevant in 2017.

Compared to the dusty old tomes in the library and the flickering film reels of the silver screen, gaming is practically still in its infancy. The last 40 years of gaming has seen an incredible and rapid change though, with dozens and dozens of franchises emerging on the medium that have become larger than even the biggest cinema blockbusters. Picking through the best games can be a daunting task though. For this feature we're going to enlist your help to collate a list of the best videogame series of all time, beginning with these four classics.

Round 1

Grand Theft Auto

A true AAA behemoth of the games industry, Grand Theft Auto emerged from an unlikely source - DMA Design. The studio had made its name off the back of the cutesy Lemmings, before making parental outrage its speciality with the launch of Grand Theft Auto in 1997. The original two games were beloved, but it wasn't until Grand Theft Auto III that it truly hit the stratosphere. GTA III changed the gaming world forever, dropping down the footprint for how open-worlds could be done. From there, and the subsequent shift to Rockstar, the series only became bigger. Grand Theft Auto V is one of the best-selling games of all time, while the GTA franchise itself has shifted over a quarter of a billion games. It is the fifth best-selling game series of all time.

Series began: 1997

Best-selling game: Grand Theft Auto V (80 million+)

Main Games:

  • Grand Theft Auto
    • Grand Theft Auto: London 1969
    • Grand Theft Auto: London 1961
  • Grand Theft Auto 2
  • Grand Theft Auto III
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
    • Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned
    • Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony
  • Grand Theft Auto V

Series Spin-offs:

  • Grand Theft Auto Advance
  • Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
  • Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Command & Conquer

Towards the tail end of the last millennium, there were few bigger names associated with PC gaming than Command & Conquer. Before its fall from grace, C&C was the most recognisable real-time strategy series in the world. It never managed to cement itself as a serious RTS game, and it would never sell out Korean stadiums, but Command & Conquer was a giant of the era. Westwood Studios cranked out the games at a rate of knots, often multiple in a single year, and its cheesy FMV acting was a benchmark of the era. Subsequent games have really begun to let the series down, but it nevertheless holds a special place in PC gaming.

Series began: 1995

Best-selling game: Command and Conquer: Red Alert (3 million)

Main Games:

  • Command and Conquer
    • Command and Conquer: The Covert Operations
  • Command and Conquer: Red Alert
    • Command and Conquer: Red Alert: Counterstrike
    • Command and Conquer: Red Alert: The Aftermath
  • Command and Conquer: Tiberian Sun
    • Command and Conquer: Tiberian Sun - Firestorm
  • Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2
    • Command and Conquer: Yuri’s Revenge
  • Command and Conquer: Generals
    • Command and Conquer: Generals: Zero Hour
  • Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
  • Command and Conquer 3: Red Alert 3
    • Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising
  • Command and Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight

Series Spin-offs:

  • Command and Conquer: Sole Survivor
  • Command and Conquer: Red Alert: Retaliation
  • Command and Conquer: Renegade 2

Street Fighter

Quite possibly the most iconic fighting game series of all time, and indeed one of the few cultural touchstones that most non-gamers could identify, Street Fighter is a monumental fighting game series. Beginning light in arcades in 1987, Street Fighter's essentials have remained fundamentally unchanged over the past three decades. It remains a tight fighting game experience with an exceptionally high skill ceiling, one which cements its places as the most popular game at fighting game tournaments around the world.

Series began: 1987

Best-selling game: Street Fighter II (15.6 million)

Main Games:

  • Street Fighter
  • Street Fighter II
    • Street Fighter II’: Champion Edition
    • Street Fighter II’ Turbo: Hyper Fighting
    • Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers
    • Street Fighter II Turbo
    • Hyper Street Fighter  II
    • Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
    • Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
  • Street Fighter Alpha
    • Street Fighter Alpha 2
    • Street Fighter Alpha 3
  • Street Fighter III
    • Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact - Giant Attack
    • Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike - Fight for the Future
  • Street Fighter IV
    • Super Street Fighter IV
    • Ultra Street Fighter IV
  • Street Fighter V

Spin-offs:

  • Street Fighter EX
  • Marvel vs. Capcom
  • SNK vs Capcom
  • Tatsunoko vs. Capcom
  • Street Fighter x Tekken

Forza

Initially, it was easy to write off the Forza series as Microsoft's heavy-handed attempt to combat Gran Turismo. It's never quite achieved the sales heights of Polyphony Digital's racer, but Forza has nevertheless become possibly the most important pillar of Microsoft's Xbox brand. The last 12 years have seen the arrival of 11 games, and you can almost set your clock to the holiday arrival of a new Forza title. As racing simulators go, the Forza Motorsport is one of the most beloved series around, while in recent years, Forza Horizon has injected a little off-road zaniness that has seen it catapulted ahead of the main series.

Series began: 2005

Best-selling game: Forza Horizon 3 (2.38 million)

Main series:

  • Forza Motorsport
  • Forza Motorsport 2
  • Forza Motorsport 3
  • Forza Motorsport 4
  • Forza Motorsport 5
  • Forza Motorsport 6
  • Forza Motorsport 7

Series spin-offs:

  • Forza Horizon
  • Forza Horizon 2
    • Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious
  • Forza Horizon 3
    • Hot Wheels
    • Blizzard Mountain
  • Forza Motorsport Apex

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!

If you haven't voted on the previous rounds yet, you've still got time. Just follow the links below to vote for your favourite game series.

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

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Just as a recap, this is just round one of a huge gaming vote-athon for us all to participate in and have our say/vote. The series with the most votes from those listed above goes through to another round. Tomorrow will be another set of incredible game series fighting it out for your vote.

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10:05 Aug-21-2017

GTA all day

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13:40 Aug-08-2017

I vote Forza, is the only I like of these 4 choices.

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12:43 Aug-04-2017

i like gta series


because it is the home of true gangsters and rappers

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15:13 Aug-08-2017

Come to Croatia, where the true gangsters are the damn politicians. Not a joke, the current president might be ok.

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06:04 Aug-03-2017

From the above mentioned list, I'd have to go with the Grand Theft Auto franchise. Just.. the kind of reception it can arouse from gamers around globe is truly unprecedented. India isn't a needle mover by any means in the gaming world but I remember this like it was yesterday; queues of more than a kilometer long waiting for the midnight launch (already a rarity) for GTA V outside of Landmark and e-Zone (well-known gaming outlets here in Bangalore). That's a common sight in the west I'm sure but believe me it isn't here. And that alone, to me, proves how much the Grand Theft Auto franchise resonates with it's audience. The only other game that even comes close to it here in India is the FIFA franchise. It is from that rare breed of franchises that does not need a critical bar for gauging success. And it's clearly earned it's golden reputation :)
I'm not too familiar the C&C franchise really... the only RTS game I really liked (even loved) were the AoE games. A shame Microsoft completely stopped on that front..
Street Fighter is an iconic milestone whereas Forza showed it's mettle by racing out of Gran Turismo's shadow and forging it's own mark on the racing franchise. An...

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06:09 Aug-03-2017

...argument can be made that it has surpassed the legendary PlayStation franchise in terms of refinement of it's games but I'll leave that for the purists to decide.


This is really fun. A space where I pit my favorite game franchises against one another to my heart's content... Bring out the next one, Sir!

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10:17 Aug-03-2017

AAAAAA, Age of Empires. Damn it's been a while. Haven't heard that game in a while.

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18:39 Aug-04-2017

Don't blame ya.. all you'll hear are re-mastered versions of the by-gone games... not that I'm complaining but still... I still quite can't fathom why they won't make a new AoE game.. They've been fan-favorites for a long time and I'd imagine they've sold incredibly well too so.. Hmm.

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21:11 Aug-04-2017

The only remastered games that I don't mind are the Avernum ones.

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05:00 Aug-03-2017

GTA for me, because i like to control everything:D

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10:21 Aug-03-2017

You aren't the only one. ;)

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20:22 Aug-02-2017

Man that is a tough choice. I love GTA and Command & Conquer the same. I'll refrain from voting.

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17:53 Aug-02-2017

Dang! This blows my mind! GTA is great and all but Street Fighter was a staple of my childhood. I can't believe that it was so utterly beaten here. I would say that is due to the Poor reception for most of the recent Street Fighter games and the gaming community (in general) has long term memory loss. We mostly focus on what have you done for me lately or this could speak to the average age of the voter for this poll. Who knows!

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17:47 Aug-02-2017

Hard to say. All these franchises are phenomenal(except I've never actually played a Street Fighter game before). I would say GTA, but I still love C&C and Forza. Some of my all time favorite franchises are Mass Effect (excluding ME Andromeda, just my opinion), Uncharted, Battlefield and more. I just can't decide on one ultimate franchise.

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14:04 Aug-02-2017

I choosed GTA,but the Half-Life series are No.1 for me.

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14:56 Aug-02-2017

Your time will come soon...

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12:35 Aug-02-2017

I voted GTA 5, Freaking Awesome game!

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12:23 Aug-02-2017

Uncharted and metal gear (1-4) for me.

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17:38 Aug-02-2017

Hear, hear!

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12:14 Aug-02-2017

To be fair, the fact that Command and Conquer is still relevant and in this list is proof of its legacy. It hasn't had a sequel since 2012. The rest of the games have much more recent games and even more planned.

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12:47 Aug-02-2017

Actually, it is a very bad time for this sort of review / voting -for the past 2-3 years, people know only about GTA 5 from this list - and if people are gonna vote for GTA, at least do it for the right reason - GTA 3 was the first game to truly make you feel, like you are in an limitless open world! If there is any legacy to GTA, it's that!

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13:01 Aug-02-2017

I'm in agreement that GTA 3 is a more special game than V. I enjoyed GTA 5, and it was pretty awesome overall, but it didn't really feel like anything I hadn't done before. 3 was a very important game though, and I could spend hours just messing around in it. It felt like such a big moment to get onto the second island etc as well.

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10:02 Aug-02-2017

these series don't compete with eachother. Totally different genres

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14:56 Aug-02-2017

Every series competes with one another for gamers limited time and money, unless someone literally only likes one genre. I like all these series, and if they brought out games on the same day, I'd only be able to buy one.

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07:59 Aug-02-2017

Well obviously GTA series wins (you can do all the other games in that one; racing,fighting,adventure) and personal favorite, and not even including mods.

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01:05 Aug-02-2017

Classic Tomb Raider always for me

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23:25 Aug-01-2017

This is a really strange set of options.


GTA I can get kinda, but Command and Conquer? Street Fighter? Freaking Forza? There's WAY more highly regarded series in all those genres, Street Fighter(King of Fighters, Mortal Kombat, Marvel vs Capcom, Guilty Gear), and Forza(Need for Speed, Burnout, Dirt, Grid, Grand Turisma), and Command and Conquer(StarCraft, Age of Empires, WarCraft, Civilization, Total War, Rise of Nations).


Very strange options for greatest franchise of all time.

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09:06 Aug-02-2017

Read the second sentence and you'll get it ;)

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12:32 Aug-02-2017

hahhahaa, i get it.OVER THE NEXT 20 ROUNDS ! This is just the first round there will be more.

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23:15 Aug-01-2017

my favorite series are the Civilization and Metal Gear Solid series

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22:15 Aug-01-2017

Metal gear franchise ? The memes Jack...

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21:50 Aug-01-2017

No Elder scrolls?

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21:48 Aug-01-2017

I mean, come on, this poll was decided before it started... I will vote for SF with a heavy heart.

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05:31 Aug-02-2017

Me too! GTA is always nice but I don't play them as much as others. I really like Street Fighter!

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