You Decide Which Game Series is Best: Pokemon, Sonic, KOTOR, Colin McRae

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Aug 14, 2017 3:21 PM
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Phew, we're nearly done with the first batch of eliminations folks, hang in there. It's round 14 of 16 for the quarter-finals, 13 games already securing their place in the semis and the chance to be crowned the greatest gaming series. It's the turn of a few giants now, together with their more thoughtful counterparts. It's (epilepsy warning) Pokemon v Sonic v Knights of the Old Republic v Colin McRae to decide the best videogame series of all time.

Round 14

Pokemon

It's just a fad, they said. That was back in 1996 when playgrounds across the world were full of school kids sharing Pokemon, trading cards and snapping up Game Boys like they were going out of fashion. Some 60 million children worldwide joined the craze. It's just a fad, they said, in 2012, when Pokemon games sold 49 million games on the Nintendo DS. It's just a fad, they said, in 2016, when 500 million people, or 13% of the global population, downloaded Pokemon Go. 21 years after its arrival, the Pokemon fad has now seen it become the third best-selling franchise of all time, shifting over 279 million games in the process. Pokemon, it's just a fad.

Series began: 1996

Total Sales: 279 million

Best-selling game: Pokemon Red/Green/Blue (59.52 million)

Main Games:

  • Pokemon Red / Green / Blue
  • Pokemon Yellow
  • Pokemon Gold / Silver
  • Pokemon Crystal
  • Pokemon Ruby / Sapphire
  • Pokemon Emerald
  • Pokemon FireRed / LeafGreen
  • Pokemon Diamond / Pearl
  • Pokemon Platinum
  • Pokemon HeartGold / SoulSilver
  • Pokemon Black / White
  • Pokemon Black 2 / White 2
  • Pokemon X / Y
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire
  • Pokemon Sun / Moon
  • Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon

Series Spin-offs:

  • Pokemon Trading Card Game
  • Pokemon Puzzle Challenge
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team / Blue Rescue Team
  • Pokemon Dash
  • Pokemon Trozei!
  • Pokemon Ranger
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time / Explorers of Darkness
  • Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky
  • Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs
  • Pokemon Conquest
  • Pokemon Rumble Blast
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinite
  • Pokemon Battle Trozei
  • Pokemon Art Academy
  • Pokemon Shuffle
  • Pokemon Rumble World
  • Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon
  • Pokemon Picross
  • Pokken Tournament DX
  • Pokemon Stadium
  • Pokemon Stadium 2
  • Pokemon Snap
  • Pokemon Puzzle League
  • Hey You, Pikachu!
  • Pokemon Colosseum
  • Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness
  • Pokemon Rumble
  • Pokepark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
  • PokePark 2: Wonders Beyond
  • Pokemon Rumble U
  • Pokemon Go

Sonic

In truth, Sonic's time in the limelight was vanishingly small. Sega only had a period of four or five years where it could legitimately be called a successful console manufacturer before it was wiped off the face of the Earth by Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft. Sega's back now, and arguably better than ever thanks to its huge PC presence, but it's Sonic for which it will always be associated. The blue hedgehog was the 'edgy' anti-Mario, his gotta-go-fast mentality and desperate urge to be cool the yin to Mario's yang. It's worked though, with the Sonic series shifting more than 150 million games. As a series it's had more lows than highs, but we're hopefully Sonic Mania gets it firmly back on track this month.

Series began: 1991

Total Sales: 150 million

Best-selling game: Sonic the Hedgehog (15 million)

Main Games:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Sonic CD
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 3
  • Sonic & Knuckles
  • Sonic Blast
  • Sonic Advance
  • Sonic Advance 2
  • Sonic Advance 3
  • Sonic Rush
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II
  • Sonic Mania
  • Sonic 3D Blast
  • Sonic Adventure
  • Sonic Adventure 2
  • Sonic Heroes
  • Shadow the Hedgehog
  • Sonic the Hedgehog '06
  • Sonic and the Secret Rings
  • Sonic and the Black Knight
  • Sonic Colors
  • Sonic Generations
  • Sonic Lost World

Series Spin-offs:

  • Sonic Chaos
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble
  • Knuckles' Chaotix
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed 

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

It may be sacrilege, but I consider Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic to be the last of the truly great BioWare games. It was, and still is, the ultimate Star Wars game, with dense, intricate plot lines, a branching narrative and otherworldly exploring that was second to none. Somehow the excellent Obsidian matched it with the sequel though, collectively delivering one of finest sci-fi RPG series of all time. Sadly the third was cancelled, but fans' hunger was sated somewhat by the arrival of The Old Republic, an excellent KOTOR game sadly wrapped up in unnecessary MMO furnishings. If BioWare wants to come back with a bang after the sorry mess that was Mass Effect Andromeda, look no further than a Knights of the Old Republic 3.

Series began: 2003

Total Sales: Unknown

Best-selling game: Star Wars: The Old Republic (2.97 million)

Main Games:

  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic

 

Colin McRae

The archetypal rally-racing game, Colin McRae came along and smashed all the imitators into the dirt. It's a series that has always offered some of the tighest, purest racing thrills around, and the shift to the Dirt series has given it new life thanks to additional racing disciplines. Since the sad death of the titular Colin McRae in 2007 the series has pretty much lived on as Dirt, remaining a top racing contender to this day.

Series began: 1998

Total Sales: 10+ million

Best-selling game: Dirt 3 (5.4 million)

Main series:

  • Colin McRae Rally
  • Colin McRae Rally 2.0
  • Colin McRae Rally 3
  • Colin McRae Rally 04
  • Colin McRae 2005
  • Colin McRae Rally 2005
  • Colin McRae Rally (2013)

Series Spin-offs:

  • Colin McRae: Dirt
  • Colin McRae: Dirt 2
  • Dirt 3
  • Dirt: Showdown
  • Dirt Rally
  • Dirt 4

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

Our favourite comments:

Wow a nintendo ip wining in game debate (pc gamer dominated community ). Its no joke that pokemon is the strongest system seller to exist.

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08:12 Aug-22-2017

Pokémon HANDS DOWN :D I simply cannot state my love for these pocket monsters. My favorite Pokémon game has to be... Crystal. Man that was an awesome game for it's time. And the new ones are pretty cool too but that was something else. I remember playing Crystal the night of one of my exams but I went on to fail in that because I never studied. I just wanted to beat Brock's gym at the time and I achieved that (after a lot of struggle) so took that as my consolation :P I passed that particular subject on my second try.

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11:34 Aug-15-2017

Nice work Ass. Ups Ash
My favorite game on the Gameboy color .

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10:18 Aug-15-2017

McRae 4 me. :)

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18:54 Aug-14-2017

You forgot Sonic Unleashed, for me Sonic is my favourite category, I've never played any of the others.

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16:41 Aug-14-2017

Wow a nintendo ip wining in game debate (pc gamer dominated community ). Its no joke that pokemon is the strongest system seller to exist.

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16:30 Aug-14-2017

Did you really need to kill the competing selections by adding pokemon to it? I hate pokemon, but even I know that's one of the greatest IPs to ever exist O_o

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16:35 Aug-14-2017

Btw Sonic wouldn't have stood a chance at all against any major franchise today, especially since the only good Sonic games are 1,2,Colors, and Mania.

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16:30 Aug-14-2017

At this rate, Pokemon will be the only game in the semi-finals where the objective isn't to just kill things.

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19:32 Aug-14-2017

yeah,it's worse.The objective is to enslave creatures and make them fight each other

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06:08 Aug-15-2017

Under age gambling
Animals forced to fight.
I saw once a list of reasons why pokemon is absolut evil
Just like PETA made a series to show pokemon is animal abuse

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15:53 Aug-14-2017

Since when is dragon age inquisition a racing game

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15:58 Aug-14-2017

I laughed when I saw that xD

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16:07 Aug-14-2017

Whoops, fixed lol

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06:05 Aug-15-2017

No one expected the [spanish] Inquisition

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16:52 Aug-14-2017

Well...there was this quest where you had to race your very slow horse around a farm...

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