Submitted by Pozzle 1337d ago | opinion piece

The 10 Greatest Videogame Trilogies of All Time

When you look at the incredible amount of video games that come out every year, a very small percentage can be called good, let alone great. Therefore it’s always a pleasant surprise when three games in the franchise come out in a row, creating a beautiful trilogy of greatness. With Gears of War 3 coming out this week and the third installments in the Uncharted and Mass Effect franchises appearing in the next few months, it’s a good time to check out the 10 greatest video game trilogies of all time. (Fable, Fallout, God of War, Halo, Metal Gear Solid, Mortal Kombat, PC, PS2, PS3, Resident Evil, Super Mario Bros., Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360)

MrSpace  +   1337d ago

Let's wait untill November the 1st and add Uncharted in there, hell they could of added Gears instead
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DarkCharizard__  +   1337d ago
I'm surprised no DKC trilogy on the list and also halo is rated way too low!
omi25p  +   1337d ago
Halo 3
Gears of War 3
Fallout 3
Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
Metal Gear Solid 3
Elderscrolls: Morrowind
Grand Theft Auto 3
Assassins Creed
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Iroquois_Pliskin  +   1337d ago
god why is Mgs so good!? now i feel like poping in MGS3 and Mgs2
agentace  +   1337d ago
Jak & daxter should be on that easily.
I would say R&C aswell but thats more than a trilogy, like most of the stuff on that list lol
meetajhu  +   1337d ago
MGS and God of War 3. /end of topic
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Tony P  +   1337d ago
A very loose definition of trilogy.
TheLastGuardian  +   1336d ago
I would have the Sly Cooper trilogy on my list.
RedDead  +   1336d ago
It's a pretty good list, if I could add two and take away one then gears, Uncharted and take out Fable(I mean really? First was good, other 2...fu** no)
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iamnsuperman  +   1337d ago
Not sure how gta can be counted as a triology. A triology suggests a countinous story/world
NukaCola  +   1337d ago
Not one these games are a trilogy. Every title has well more than 3 game, and most aren't even in a trilogy. RE is working on 6 mainline games, and mortal kombat is well over 10, hell MGS has 4 main and 7 other titles.
morganfell  +   1337d ago
Agreed except Metal Gear has 7 main (canon) titles:

Metal Gear
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Metal Gear Solid 4
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

EDIT: We already know that Uncharted will be at least a quadrilogy with Uncharted Golden Abyss being a canon title as well.
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NukaCola  +   1337d ago
There is also Rising. Snake's Revenege(non claimed obviously...lol), MGS Acid, MGS3D 3DS version, numerous directors cuts and a title for the Gameboy Color.

I think a great example of a series with only 3 games that are truly sequels to each other are Gears of War, Naughty Dog's Crash Bandicoot, Sly Cooper(I know now there is a 4th coming) and even Star Wars Jedi Knight. I mean something that is legitimate.

GTA Vice and San Andreas aren't even in the line up, it's 2 GTAs for Pc/PS1/Dreamcast and the third is for PS2, plus there's the 4th..lol and a DS/PSP game about the same city, and a PSP Stories title.

Silly article...not much thought put in.
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ChickenOfTheCaveMan  +   1337d ago
Probably most of you won't agree, but this retro love is gotta stop.

Mario..no 1..unbelievable!

That's like putting Blade of Steel or NHL 94 in no 1 for top 10hockey simulation.

Mario and Sonic have been really good in their times, but they can in no way be ahead of stuff like God of War.
jacksonmichael  +   1337d ago
... Seriously? You have an out with the old, in with the new attitude on video games? That's as moronic as saying the new episodes of the Simpsons are the best ones yet. C'mon.
ChickenOfTheCaveMan  +   1337d ago
I guess this is why Hollywood gives us so much remakes, people loves old stuff much more than new things.

Nostalgia to me is bad because it makes people pretend old crap is great...
ShaunCameron  +   1337d ago
Yeah. And you probably the same person who thinks Justin Bieber is greater than Michael Jackson just because he was "good for his time."

But anyways, I'm not that bothered by Mario and Sonic ranking higher than God Of War. Maybe it's because they both contributed more to the platforming genre and video games in general than God Of War contributed to the hack-and-slash action genre.
ChickenOfTheCaveMan  +   1337d ago
Bad creations have been made and some new one these days are also bad. But the great new ones are way better than Mario/Sonic...

Graphics are amazing, and so are gameplay and storylines.

Mario's story was that he wanted to free the princess but kept on searching in the wrong castle, hum, great.

Yes they contributed, but that shouldn't place them first.
Tony P  +   1337d ago
I think it's pretty ignorant to ignore the wealth of retro games that are still as viable as any modern game.

Maybe you didn't get to play many?
Laxman216  +   1336d ago
Michael Jackson sucks.
Matpan  +   1336d ago
What´s wrong with the "retro love"?... I mean, You have to meassure and consider a game for what it was at it´s time to make a fair comparisson and both sonic and mario games, specially the first ones where outstanding examples of game design, art direction and great music score for their time. In that aspect, they easily hold a candle to titles like God of War III... heck! they even got quite much more replay value than MANY of the so cold new classics...

It´s one thing not to jump into the golden years wagon and love ahything for the sake of nostalgia, there were lots of shitty games back in the 8 and 16 bit era. But those titles that still hold their name and were flagship for their respective platforms, made their place for a reason. And there should be no reason (unless the article specifies so) to cut off games from certain era out of these rankings.

Mario (and Sonic in it´s way) refined and defined a gameplay style that was the norm for over ten years and were both a landmark of their time (and all that with little cosmetic change)

I´d like to see how many people would have jumped into GOD of war III (a fun game, don´t get me wrong, played it and enjoyed the ride for the time it lasted) had it not been the technical showcase it was. And the series is relatively new, to be honest...

Now had Uncharted made it into that list, or even Gears...Those would have been better contenders against Sonic or Mario as (in my opinion) hold more of the spirit of this generation than a game like GoW.
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SuperStrokey1123  +   1336d ago
But Blades of Stell IS the best hockey game of all time, only ice hockey comes close.
telekineticmantis  +   1337d ago
is not better than MGS3 or MGS1, where does this notion come from?
Kos-Mos  +   1337d ago
You didn`t understand the complex story in 2, thus stating it`s not better?
segamon  +   1337d ago
complex story?! you must've been on crack when you played MGS2, but i guess it was a good company since MGS2 was on crack too.

don't be a fanboy menace Kos-Mos, 2 IS inferior to 1 and 3. but if 2 was your first then i understand then again i understand it's a waste arguing with you with all due respect.
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telekineticmantis  +   1337d ago
What are you talking about
The way MGS3 revealed the backstory in that game was much better, than anything related to raiden... smh. The introduction and story of Sorrow and Boss was amazing are you serious.
Tony P  +   1337d ago
When it comes to MGS story, I'm like this:

MGS and MGS3 were much better at storytelling precisely because they had surface narratives that *didn't* require multiple playthoughs to understand. But if you analyzed subplots, you were rewarded with a wealth of new information.

MGS2 by contrast had the kitchen sink approach to storytelling. And I don't think that helped it one bit.
Tokyo_reject  +   1337d ago
HAHAHA um dude...you need to do something else then write articles...first off you said Trilogies...Trilogies means 3...second ...you choose Mortal Kombat and no Street Fighter....Street Fighter has done SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much more...do you see MK at EVO...???? no because its nothing to SF...and three....HAHAHAHAHA FABLE REEEAAALLLLLY.....no my friend....no....just no
sonicsidewinder  +   1337d ago
Cus GTA 3, Vice city and San Andreas is a Trillogy...

This is mostly just a (best games in a series) list.
Kos-Mos  +   1337d ago
Metal Gear Solid and Xenosaga.
smashcrashbash  +   1337d ago
GOW definitely earned its spot as an awesome trilogy. BTW taking about GOW on the consoles as a trilogy, ignoring all side stories and prequels
gypsygib  +   1337d ago
Take fable off the list - it is not a classic, the devs totally botched it up.

Replace with Gears.
ssb3173  +   1337d ago
replace fable with the metroid prime series
Khordchange  +   1337d ago
The lack of metroid prime concerns me
sonicsidewinder  +   1336d ago
Be concerned hombré!
MrKingofVideoGames  +   1336d ago
Yup, the first thing that would come to me if someone said "videogame trilogy" would be Metroid Prime... Obvious choice for the best because it is a real trilogy fer cryin out loud (and the games rule)..
Matpan  +   1335d ago
abczby  +   1337d ago
Learn the definition of the word "trilogy."
Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil, Sonic, Grand Theft Auto, and Mortal Kombat are not - and were never intended to be - trilogies.

Pathetic website puts out a pathetic article. What a surprise.
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Rob946  +   1337d ago
Fable? 1st one was great but 2nd and 3rd weren't very good. Ever hear of a series called The Elder Scrolls? you might want to put that in somewhere. Overall fairly good list but Mario shouldn't be first in my opinion. If your gonna put a Nintendo series high up pick something like Legend Of Zelda.
DeadIIIRed  +   1337d ago
"The 10 Greatest Videogame Sagas of All Time"

Relientk77  +   1337d ago
I would have added Grandia (Grandia 1-3)
and Spyro the Dragon series (1-3, on PlayStation)
ATi_Elite  +   1337d ago
STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl
STALKER Call of Pripyat

Metroid Prime Trilogy? Elder Scrolls Series? Doom Trilogy?
dredgewalker  +   1336d ago
Lol, I haven't played Clear Sky yet but SOC and COP were great games. It's a pity that this game is so underrated when it offers a lot more than most games.
ATi_Elite  +   1336d ago
my favorite series of all time neck and neck with Half Life.

anyway Clear Sky...you gotta play it and use the reloaded or complete mod cause it adds extra textures to make the game look awesome!

warning.....make sure you exercise your trigger finger cause Clear Sky is pure warfare!! It has the faction feature and once you join a faction it's a lot of "pew pew" going on. Great game.
dredgewalker  +   1336d ago
I absolutely love the mods for Stalkers. The Complete mod for COP made it a lot more enjoyable to play. I might as well try Clear Sky to complete my Stalker games hehe. I'm a bit worried about the blood suckers in Clear Sky since I've heard they were invincible while they are invisible there.
SuperStrokey1123  +   1336d ago
They are on Elder Scrolls 5 right now and Doom 4 is in the works so thats not a Trilogy either, of course that doesnt seem to have stopped them so far...
Sidology  +   1336d ago
>Not a single series on that list can be considered one
>Nice fail, bro.
MrKingofVideoGames  +   1336d ago
and Metroid Prime trilogy should have been #1
Venox2008  +   1336d ago
Put that fable out, please..

Metal gear
Silent Hill
Fatal frame
metroid prime
maaaaaario! :)
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Chuk5  +   1336d ago
C'mon how is gears not there? It's fantastic and the third was even better than first two which were already great.
WooHooAlex  +   1336d ago
A trilogy is a series of three. I don't think any of the games on that list really qualify as a "trilogy".
Snowii  +   1336d ago
i think they only included main storyline games

like god of war
SuperStrokey1123  +   1336d ago
This makes no sense to me... they have games that obviously are not Trilogies.
Hicken  +   1335d ago
I thought about a good number of those games before I actually looked at the list, then dismissed them all because not one of them is an actual trilogy. You can't just stop at the third game because it suits you.

That said, Xenosaga (forgive the second entry, please) is my favorite trilogy THAT REALLY IS A TRILOGY. It'd be different if they made the other three games, and I wouldn't be able to say that. BUT THEY WERE ALL DIRECT SEQUELS, AND THERE WERE ONLY THREE GAMES, SO THEY'RE A TRILOGY.

Rant over.

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