- Balladeer wrote:
- Blimey, we last updated this in 2016! Yikes. I could swear it'd been more recently than this.
I genuinely thought this was a new thread!
- masofdas wrote:
- One's I've also got less interest in as well like Resident Evil after the last few games.
This is surprising - isn't the consensus that Resi is in a way better place now than it was in 2016?
- Balladeer wrote:
3. Ace Attorney
I feel a bigger gulf between the original trilogy and everything after than you do, I think. Still, this would probably make a top ten.
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- 2. Xenoblade
I like the first game a lot, but even if 2 and 3 match it, I wouldn't put them above any of those other 5. But I'm considerably less of a JRPG fan . . .
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- I thought I'd give this a BUMP, because I reckon my favourite franchises/series have changed quite a bit from when I was considering (checks notes) Rhythm Paradise for a top series. . . .Has anybody else had a change of heart regarding the gaming series they're most excited for? We've had two Metroid games since the last post, for example...
I barely recognised that list I'd previously written.
There's some recency bias in why some of those Nontendo franchises were as high as they were, some dishonesty with myself leading to stuff not doing as well as it should . . .
Okay.Honorable Mention: Elden Soulsborne
I obviously really love these games, although fitting them into the "franchise" label is weird; the best games are Dark Souls
and Elden Ring
, which are technically three distinct and separate IPs. Really, this is "FROM games in that 3rd-person action mold" which I don't think counts as a franchise.
For similar reasons, through the best Platinum stuff in here. Bayonetta
, Wonderful 101
, Astral Chain
. . .Honorable Mention: Pikmin
The original Pikmin
is an all-timer for me, I rate the 2nd and 3rd games, I've enjoyed Pikmin Bloom
and I'd be so keen for a Pikmin 4
, but this franchise is basically one really good game and then more of the same. It hasn't massively impressed when it has branched out and it isn't something I think about much when I'm not playing.Honorable Mention: Mario Kart
Mario Kart games are a mainstay for me as a multiplayer thing, and 8 expanded that to also be a game I played a ton of solo. The thing is, 8 is a massive peak for me. On a best games list, Mario Kart 8
would do well but the whole franchise doesn't automatically rise with it.Dishonorable Mention: Starfox
I still adore Lylat Wars
and, as I said in 2016, I have had enjoyment from the other entries in the series, but . . . this is one good game and some also-rans. I don't think I can call this my favorite franchise. It's more like a bad relationship that was good in high school and I keep going back thinking this time it'll be different . . . 5: Splatoon
A series that didn't exist last time I wrote one of these lists, but is about to hit its third entry. I like the gameplay - this is a multiplayer shooter I can actually play! I like the vibes - this is a Nintendo game that's cool to people born in this millenium! I like the style - this is a game with a wide and fun range of dress-up options! I like the lore and world - this is batshit insane! And I like the perpetual flow of more bits and bobs without a subscription per se. The closest I'll get to a Destiny
or whatever, and eternally a game I'll play when I have five minutes to kill.4: Monster Hunter
Separating this and the next entry is difficult for me. I love the combat of Monster Hunter, I love the addictive loop of making armour and weapons, I love the sessions I had with the Mash Lads and some other friends in real life and cyberspace, I love the monster designs, the armour, the worlds and their atmosphere. I've found so much fascination learning about the creatures, their designs and their origins. I will almost certainly buy a PS5 for MH6.3: Pokemon
But Pokemon just edges it out for monster-based franchise I obsess over. If this were a list of best fictional franchises overall, Pokemon might be the winner. Its been permanently lodged in my brain since I was 10 or so and, for obvious reasons, has become an even bigger part of my life over the last 4 or 5 years. The Pokemon world is where I wish I lived instead of this dying rock and I've found that it's a huge comfort for me to always have some kind of Pokemon game on the go. That's true of 5, 4 and 3 on my list, and is part of why I have to be honest with myself and put them in my top five.2: Zelda
Zelda Breath of the Wild
is the best videogame ever made and one of the pinnacles of human art. Before that, games like Link to the Past
, Ocarina of Time
and Wind Waker
were absolute standouts. I personally have a major soft spot got Twilight Princess
and Skyward Sword
This series is on the list for a different reason than the others; this is the series that will always be an event
. When a new Zelda game is on the horizon, the anticipation is wild. When it arrives, the lights go off, I get myself comfortable and that's what's on my calendar. "Are you busy this weekend?" "Yes - I'm playing Zelda.
ALL THAT BEING SAID.
I love Zelda games, but I can't play them over and over and I need a break between them. I played through the original TLOZ on January 1st, 2021 and I haven't actually played any Zelda since.
I've played through all the Marios apart from Odyssey and Bowsers Fury back-to-back over the past 2 years and it never hasn't been fun. When I'm done, I honestly think I'll keep going back and dipping my toes back in here and there. A mario game - a real mario game - is the best feeling I've found in this life. The satisfaction of controlling the plumber, the exhilaration of just, by the skin of my teeth, getting him over one of those perfectly designed levels and the joy of those aesthetics and characters.
Cast your minds back to 2017. No, not the end of the year vote, when I was annoyed that Mario Odyssey won just because certain individuals
were being edgy about BotW. Think back to April or May, when Zelda was out and everyone was already declaring it GotY. I said "Well, there's a 3D Mario coming" and was considered a madman for thinking the two might compare. Honestly, though, I think BotW was only received as well as it was because it was the first Zelda game to actually feel good in the hands the way Mario does.