You Decide Which Game Series is Best: Baldur's Gate, Fallout, Diablo, Deus Ex

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Aug 7, 2017 3:31 PM
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We're on a mission to find out which are the best game franchisers in the world. 64 of the best series are squaring off against one another, all in an effort to determine a winner. This time around we've four giants of gaming which made their names on PC. All of them are RPGs in some form, yet all of them take very different approaches to the genre. It’s Baldur's Gate v Fallout v Diablo v Deus Ex in a bit of a western RPG knock out. 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 7

Baldur's Gate

It's total sales figures may be comparatively low for the series featured in this competition, but Baldur's Gate's footprint on RPG gaming is second to none. A then unknown BioWare turned up and delivered what would become one of the most influential and highly regarded RPG series of all times. Based on the Forgotten Realms Dungeons & Dragons campaign, Baldur's Gate has always offered impeccable storytelling, a vicious sense of humour and untold levels of depth. Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II, and their expansions set a template for RPG world-building and story development that arguably hasn't been bettered to this day. 

Series began: 1998

Total Sales: 8 million

Best-selling game: Baldur's Gate (2+ million)

Main Games:

  • Baldur's Gate
    • Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast
  • Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
    • Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal
  • Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition
    • Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear
  • Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition

Series Spin-offs:

  • Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance
  • Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2

Fallout

The Fallout series was always a critical success, but it wasn't until Bethesda's acquisition of the franchise that it was truly thrust into the mainstream. Fallout and Fallout 2 are secretly two of the best games in the series, but the shift away from isometric role-playing to huge, richly detailed 3D worlds proved a huge move for Fallout. Fallout 3 became a truly iconic sci-fi RPG, giving players rich choices that felt as if they had a genuine impact. Few will forget the feeling of choosing to nuke an entire town during the early stages of the game. The reaction to Fallout 4 has soured somewhat since its launch, but it's still comfortably the biggest success for the series to date. In excess of 16 million copies have been sold, and its launch day on Steam is the fourth highest concurrent player count of all time.

Series began: 1997

Total Sales: 31 million

Best-selling game: Fallout 4 (16.5 million)

Main Games:

  • Fallout
  • Fallout 2
  • Fallout 3
  • Fallout: New Vega
  • Fallout 4

Series Spin-offs:

  • Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel
  • Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel
  • Fallout Shelter

Diablo

Having made its name with WarCraft, Blizzard spent the mid-90's really establishing itself as a force in PC gaming. The launch of the original Diablo was revelatory, and many an employee found themselves bleary-eyed at work in the morning after clicking away in the depths of hell until the wee hours. An action-RPG at heart, Diablo and its sequels are the quintessential loot grinds, doling out that sweet dopamine fix that keeps players coming back for more and more. Fortunately, the gameplay, art design and lore that surrounds Diablo is great enough to back this element up. The series reached its zenith with Diablo 3. It's sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, making it the 12th best-selling game of all time, and the fastest selling PC launch in history.

Series began: 1996

Total Sales: 39.5 million

Best-selling game: Diablo 3 (30+ million)

Main Games:

  1. Diablo
  2. Diablo: Hellfire
  3. Diablo II
  4. Diablo II: Lord of Destruction
  5. Diablo III
  6. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

Deus Ex

The Deus Ex series has long been deified by fans and acclaimed by critics, but it remains an oddity that hasn't quite gained mainstream appeal. Diablo 3 above has sold more than three times as many copies as the entire Deus Ex series. What it lacks for in commercial success though, Deus Ex more than makes up for with its cyberpunk dystopia, fantastic atmosphere, and a level of player choice that goes above and beyond. A self-styled student of the immersive sim genre, Deus Ex is an underappreciated gem.

Series began: 2000

Total Sales: 9.1 million

Best-selling game: Deus Ex: Human Revolution (4.2 million)

Main series:

  • Deus Ex
  • Deus Ex: Invisible War
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Series Spin-offs:

  • Deus Ex: The Fall
  • Deus Ex 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!

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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07:44 Aug-22-2017

If I'm 100% sure of who would choose Fallout is Tero. Haha! Though he's a big fan of Baldur's Gate as well.
I don't know why but I just couldn't get into Fallout and Baldur's Gate. Diablo is always a ton of fun but Deus Ex has giving me much more joy and excitement so I'll go with that :)

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12:36 Aug-15-2017

Diablo 2 aaaall the way.

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13:24 Aug-14-2017

FALLOUT for me, but the only games i really played are the "New Vegas" and "Fallout 4"

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06:23 Aug-08-2017

If only The Elder Scrolls were here :D

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05:37 Aug-08-2017

Best-selling: D3 and F4 :(

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05:12 Aug-08-2017

This was hard as hell(pun intended) between BG and Diablo, but I had to go with Baldur's Gate. It IS the greatest of it's kind, never topped.


Deus Ex would be a pity vote. The first game is one of the most revolutionary games ever made, and it's never had a sequel that even kinda managed to capture it's original in any way. Kinda sad.

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23:14 Aug-07-2017

This is the best one yet. Had to go with Fallout because It's my most played of the options.

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20:39 Aug-07-2017

Sorry ppl can't vote on this one. I love them all equally.

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19:02 Aug-07-2017

Deus Ex and Fallout

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18:12 Aug-07-2017

Ooh, now this is a tough choice :D

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16:59 Aug-07-2017

In my eyes baldur's gate 2 is the best rpg of all time.


The story, character development, the gameplay and making a memorable villain really makes the game for me.

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17:49 Aug-07-2017

As for Deus Ex and Fallout. they are also good but Deus Ex was never the same since the first one. Deus Ex Human Revolution and Mankind Divided was good games as well but the series itself have been overwhelming and convoluted at times.


I've only played Fallout 1-3 and I liked it but 1-2 were great but 3 was meh... Great story and great content but it always felt empty.

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05:13 Aug-08-2017

David Warner took Irenicus from one of the best RPG villains to one of THE best video game villains period.

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16:17 Aug-07-2017

Baldur's Gate complexity and story amazed me. The turn based combat is brilliant. The characters are brilliant, the different endings, the morality of choice....pretty much a perfect game.
Diablo had the pleasure of killing hell-spawns and a brilliant combat. Story was not a major point of it although it was lore heavy.
Fallout is also brilliant (except the last one which we will not name).
Deus Ex is also good.


Summa summarum, this is an unfair poll. All of the series are brilliant but Baldur's Gate takes the cake.

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16:10 Aug-07-2017

only game that i played here is Diablo, Fallout is famous and i Baldurs Gate remainds me of elder scrool which i like, idk for which to vote

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15:37 Aug-07-2017

as an old table rpg gamer (D&D) my heart will always remain with baldur's gate.

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15:33 Aug-07-2017

Easily Diablo.

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