Top 5 Friday: The Best Games in Various Franchises and Genres, As Chosen By YOU

For this week’s top 5, we decided to give the results of the survey we put up last week that asked you to rank the games within a few specific franchises and genres – with comments by me of varying degrees of opinionation on each one. And yes, of course opinionation is a word – would it have been in the Blossom theme song if it wasn’t?
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Grand Theft Auto

5. Grand Theft Auto IV
4. Grand Theft Auto III
3. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
2. Grand Theft Auto V
1. GRAND THEFT AUTO: SAN ANDREAS

Not a terribly surprising result. The IV backlash happened pretty quickly and never really recovered. In addition, I know Vice City is a lot of people’s personal favorite, but I think #3 is an accurate spot for it.
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Assassin’s Creed

5. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
4. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
3. Assassin’s Creed
2. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
1. ASSASSIN’S CREED II

People clearly just have a soft spot for Altair and Ezio. And also pirates.
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Call of Duty

5. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
4. Call of Duty: Black Ops
3. Call of Duty: World at War
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
1. CALL OF DUTY 4: MODERN WARFARE

It look like Advanced Warfare won some fans back after seeming to be unimpressed with the previous three consecutive games. And check out how high WaW ranked, Activision. Bring back WWII!

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Super Mario – 3D Games

5. Super Mario 3D World
4. Super Mario Galaxy 2
3. Super Mario Sunshine
2. Super Mario Galaxy
1. SUPER MARIO 64

The voters clearly went for pure nostalgia here – all due respect to Mario 64, but it’s kind of the worst of the 3D Mario games at this point…
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Metal Gear Solid

5. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
4. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
3. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
2. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
1. METAL GEAR SOLID

While I think people are too hard on 2, saying it is better than 4 is just silly. Also, I personally prefer 4 to 3, but I respect how much people love that game.
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Castlevania (“Metroidvania era”)

5. Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
4. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
3. Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance
2. Castlevania: Circle of the Moon
1. CASTLEVANIA: SYMPHONY OF THE NIGHT

Come on, people: what is Circle doing at #2? I thought we all agreed that we only thought we loved it because we were just so happy to have another 2D Castlevania but realized we didn’t have to settle for it once they kept on making more. Both of the DS games that didn’t make the list are much better.
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JRPG franchises

5. Persona
4. Phantasy Star
3. Lunar
2. Dragon Quest
1. FINAL FANTASY

It makes me happy that Square’s recent (many) missteps with the FF franchise haven’t completely destroyed fans’ overall love for it. And it also makes me happy to see Sega representing strong at #4!
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2D Fighting game franchises

5. Darkstalkers
4. Super Smash Bros.
3. Vs. series
2. Street Fighter
1. MORTAL KOMBAT

We promise we didn’t skew the results in the hometown heroes’ favor – MK finishing at #1 was a genuine result (though it was extremely close, the closest of any race). And clearly the SNK fans didn’t show up for this survey at all.
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3D Fighting game franchises

5. Dead or Alive
4. Virtua Fighter
3. Mortal Kombat
2. Tekken
1. SOULCALIBUR (also includes Soul Blade/Edge)

Soulcalibur was at its peak while 3D fighters were experiencing their last big renaissance, so it seems fitting that it finished at #1. And at least my beloved Virtua Fighter bested the big bouncy busts.
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[Note: I left out the results of two of the franchises: Resident Evil and Halo. Both were basically ranked exactly how they were listed in the survey, which means most people didn’t do them and they were just counted as they were listed. I seriously doubt people genuinely ranked RE 1-3 ahead of RE4, or Halo 3: ODST above 4 and Reach. If they did, I apologize, but I made a judgement call on those.]

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