Top 10 Best Video Game Franchises

Sometimes developers milk video game franchises for too long and several disappointing releases in a row can ruin a franchises' reputation and drive it into obscurity. There are many franchises, however, that just seem to never get old. Many video game franchises created in the 80's and 90's are still going strong today and have sales literally numbering in the hundreds of millions. Here are the top 10 best video game franchises of all-time:

10) Madden NFL

Madden is probably the most successful sports franchise in history though that could be due in part to EA buying the exclusive rights to use the NFL license in 2004 when it say the NFL 2K franchise emerging as a threat to its hegemony. Nevertheless, the yearly release of Madden NFL is something that oodles of football fans anxiously look forward to. Lots of professional football players also spend time playing Madden. There was even a reality TV show called Madden Nation in which gamers competed against one another on a tour bus with a grand prize of $100,000. The show ran for four seasons and can be seen as the precursor to today's EA Sports Challenge.

Some people criticize the more recent Madden games as lacking innovation and basically selling the same game people year after year with updated rosters and slight gameplay changes. Whether you love Madden or you hate it, you have to admit that it has been very successful in its 26 years on store shelves.

Posted: 28th Feb 2014 by Alexander Hinkley