Let's get ready to rumble, it's time for Round 10 of our best ever game series face off. Not compare the genres, not compare the games, simply which is better. Nice and easy. This time around it's the turn of the oldest game series in this entire competition, although the other three aren't exactly sprightly youths either, all proving their worth over the years. It's Warcraft v Ultima v Total War v Battlefield. Let war commence.

Round 10


A bit of curio on this list, WarCraft is the only franchise here to become bigger thanks to a spin-off rather than the original games themselves. The WarCraft strategy games were beloved, WarCraft 3 even becoming a bit of an eSports darling for a short while, and it also spawned a little mod we call DotA. It wasn't until World of Warcraft that the franchise turned into a mega-hit though, catapulting Blizzard into superstardom. More than 56 million copies of World of Warcraft have been sold worldwide, and now, over a decade later, more than 10 million people still lay down cash every month for the pleasure of playing it. Truly the most enduring of games.

Series began: 1994

Total Sales: 70 million

Best-selling game: World of Warcraft (56.5 million)

Main Games:

  • Warcraft: Orcs & Humans
  • Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness
    • Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal
  • Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos
    • Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne

Series Spin-offs:

  • World of Warcraft
    • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
    • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
    • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
    • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria
    • World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor
    • World of Warcraft: Legion
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft


One of gaming's ancients, Ultima was the progenitor for modern roleplaying. The flexibility and freedom of choice offered by the likes of Ultima VII are still unrivalled to this day. Ultima may not be much to look at it, but over the course of 20 years, Richard 'Lord British' Garriott created an undeniable legacy.

Series began: 1981

Total Sales: Unknown

Best-selling game: Unknown

Main Games:

  • Ultima
  • Ultima II
  • Ultima III
  • Ultima IV
  • Ultima V
  • Ultima VI
  • Ultima VII
  • Ultima VII, Part Two
  • Ultima VIII
  • Ultima IX: Ascension

Series Spin-offs:

Akalabeth: World of Doom

Worlds of Ultima

Ultima Underworld

Ultima Online

Total War

 A no-holds barred PC series, Total War is easily one of strategy games' finest. Creative Assembly fired up our imaginations with their incredible 3D depictions of historic battles and they've only continued to refine the formula over the years. We're now able to boot up our own actual war rooms with the click of button, pushing and prodding troops around a battlefield, relaying our tactics and doing our best cigar-puffing Churchill impressions. For the first time ever the series took a turn for the fantastical with Total War: Warhammer, a match made it tabletop gaming heaven.

Series began: 2000

Total Sales: 20+ million

Best-selling game: Empire: Total War (3.5 million)

Main Games:

  • Shogun: Total War
  • Medieval: Total War
  • Rome: Total War
  • Medieval II: Total War
  • Empire: Total War
  • Napoleon: Total War
  • Total War: Shogun 2
  • Total War: Rome II
  • Total War: Attila
  • Total War: Warhammer
  • Total War: Warhammer II

Series Spin-offs:

  • Spartan: Total Warrior
  • Total War Battles: Shogun
  • Total War: Arena
  • Total War Battles: Kingdom


I'll try not to let my personal opinion to pervade this but suffice to say Battlefield is a series which has had its ups and downs over its 15-year lifespan. For all that, Battlefield has become more popular with each and every iteration, eventually becoming a genuine Call of Duty competitor with Battlefield 1. The Battlefield franchise was the kickstarter for large scale warfare, arriving on the scene with a 64-player count while most of us were running and gunning with 12-player Quake 3. It's always been a sight to behold, its 32 v 32 spectacle a chaotic frenzy of tanks, planes, boats and troops.

Series began: 2002

Total Sales: 66 million

Best-selling game: Battlefield 1 (15+ million)

Main series:

  • Battlefield 1942
    • Battlefield 1942: The Road to Rome
    • Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII
  • Battlefield Vietnam
  • Battlefield 2
  • Battlefield 2142
  • Battlefield 3
  • Battlefield 4
  • Battlefield 1

Series Spin-offs:

  • Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
  • Battlefield: Bad Company
  • Battlefield Heroes
  • Battlefield 1943
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Battlefield Online
  • Battlefield Hardline

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: 00:00 Aug-18-2017