You Decide Which Game Series is Best: Grand Theft Auto, Half-Life, Far Cry, BioShock

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 3:30 PM
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We've made it. There are just four rounds to go until the final. Only 16 games remain. 48 have been knocked into oblivion, the remaining few competing for the title of best videogame series of all time. It's time for four absolute giants to slug it out, it's Grand Theft Auto v Half-Life v Far Cry v BioShock, each staking a claiming as gaming's greatest franchise in 2017. The rules are simple - just vote for your favourite game series below.

Semi-Final 1

Grand Theft Auto

Round 1 Winner

Series began: 1997

Total sales: 250 Million

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

 

Half-Life

Round 2 Winner

Series began: 1998

Total Sales: 44 Million

Best-selling game: Half-Life 2 (12+ million)

 

Far Cry

Round 3 Winner

Series began: 2004

Total Sales: 23 million

Best-selling game: Far Cry 4 (8.68 million)

 

BioShock

Round 4 Winner

Series began: 2007

Total Sales: 25 million

Best-selling game: BioShock Infinite (11+ million)

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!

All previous rounds' voting is closing imminently, so visit now for the last chance to have your say.

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

Round 15: Batman Arkham, Wolfenstein, Call of Duty, Souls

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14:44 Aug-23-2017

com on guys who does not love GTA.

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22:56 Aug-25-2017

I like GTA for the fun, but I love BioShock for the actors.

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20:20 Aug-18-2017

As soon as I saw "grand theft auto" is an option in the title I knew it already won, imo the game is basically overrated.
No flamewar please it's just an opinion.

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18:34 Aug-23-2017

Maybe Overrated, a little bit. But who cares. haha!

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16:02 Aug-18-2017

GTA 4 the win.

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08:54 Aug-18-2017

GTA vs FarCry for me, hmmm, as a franchise I like FarCry more

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21:10 Aug-18-2017

As a franchise I like GTA. Far Cry doesnt have some consistency in giving good games.

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22:57 Aug-25-2017

True.

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08:38 Aug-18-2017

I vote bioshock.


P.S. GTA figures make me wanna die... I will never understand what people like so much about GTA and I own most of them and always give them a chance... but to me they end up really boring every time, due to lack of gameplay and content depth and things to do for more than 5 minutes per activity, apart from the main story... -_-

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09:11 Aug-18-2017

These figures would have made sense, if they were for the first GTA games: For example, GTA 3 was a revolutionary game, that gave meaning to the word "open-world experience"! After that, though, after so many other games with the same formula, I do not get it also why GTA 5 is so successful... it's content is a lot, but bland

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10:31 Aug-18-2017

I mean, I like GTA's characters (Michael, CJ, Big Smoke,...) but the story of those games is - I don't know - always so boring to me and never manages to capture my attention for too long.
Dunno, after some point I always end up going on random killing sprees and stop giving a damn about the "actual" game.

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23:05 Aug-25-2017

I actually finished all the Missions from GTA 5, but it just didn't feel like the old GTA games. Don't know if it was because I was playing on an Xbox 360 (which wasn't mine, was playing the game in the officer recreation room), or that there were 3 char to play. I'm still divided on the story part of GTA 5. For some reason I feel like GTA 4 story is better than that of GTA 5.

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07:40 Aug-28-2017

GTA 4 was very interesting / original in story telling! As long as you could run the game properly, that is...

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08:33 Aug-31-2017

True. The hardware at the time couldn't run the game very well. It's not a problem today at least.

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07:45 Aug-18-2017

final gta vs witcher.

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01:01 Aug-18-2017

Soooo ... in Semi-Final 3 We will see the witcher and TES in the same poll Sigh that's physically painful

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00:40 Aug-18-2017

GTA is gonna win no matter what. May as well skipped all these days of voting, because we all know GTA is way too popular to lose. If it doesn't win I'll be shocked and glad.

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05:27 Aug-18-2017

If you look closely at the results you'll find that all those youtube games get an incredible amount of votes.
I always thought that viral marketing was a joke and people just like what they like. I f anything these polls made me realize how important viral marketing seems to be.
So yeah, same for me. I'd be very much shocked and glad.

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19:38 Aug-17-2017

I used to be amazed with GTA especially GTA vice city. But later iterations especially GTA V let me down with their gameplay. It felt too childish for me, too easy and the main story took me 3 days to complete. Game felt too short.

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22:11 Aug-17-2017

let's hope GTA VI will be in Vice City , GTA vice city is the best gta for me , nostalgia and great music.

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07:06 Aug-18-2017

3 DAYS LOL. U A DAMN FREE MAYN @RobinClarijs

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11:35 Aug-18-2017

GTA has always been childish lol, you just grew up. Childish can still be fun though. Rockstar can't say this but it's a game series laser targeted at 14-year-olds.

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19:21 Aug-17-2017

Spoiler alert GTA win the whole thing, i loved farcry 3 but theres no comparison gta is a legend and practically started open world games and reflected on the times, and is a cultural stand point, people don't even play games know of gta...

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18:32 Aug-17-2017

Half-lifes were amazing and revolutionary games, but they really do suck as a franchise - I mean they never even wrapped up the story and completely disappeared after HL2E2 :D

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10:35 Aug-18-2017

I can see your point, but god damn was HL2 a brilliant game!
I can honestly respect Valve for not going on a milking spree and releasing half assed HL games, but actually admitting that they weren't able to deliver a game that'd be a worthy sequel, and simply not doing it.
To me that's far better than what competitors regularly do, aka releasing bad sequels to an amazing game.

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18:15 Aug-17-2017

GTA will win others have no chance i am sure of it i hoped for a BioShock but oh well

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17:29 Aug-17-2017

oh yeeAH semi finals approaching!
Can't wait for the Finals.:9

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17:27 Aug-17-2017

Half-Life got my vote !

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16:16 Aug-17-2017

Poor Half Life with its 16 copies only sold

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15:34 Aug-17-2017

It says half-lift on the poll.

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15:55 Aug-17-2017

That's the little-known prequel.

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