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Video Games Day: The Best and Worst Releases by the World’s Favourite Gaming Franchises

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National Video Games Day is approaching on September 12th. To commemorate this special day, experts at can now reveal the highest-rated franchises, along with their best and worst releases!

This research is part of a larger study into the journey of the world’s top ten video game franchises.

The Best and Worst Releases by the World’s Favourite Gaming Franchises

#FranchiseOverall averageHighest rated gameLowest rated game
1Grand Theft Auto8.71Grand Theft Auto V (2013) 9.5/10Grand Theft Auto 2 (1999)7.5/10
2Pokémon8.19Pokémon Crystal Version (2000) 8.8/10Pokémon HeartGold Version (2009) 8.8/10Pokémon Sword and Shield (2020)7.3/10
3Mario Kart8.19Mario Kart 64 (1996)Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)8.7/10Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001) 7.3/10Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (2020) 7.3/10
4Super Mario8.12Super Mario World (1990)9.3/10Super Mario Run (2016)6.2/10
5Assassin’s Creed8.12Assassin’s Creed II (2009)9.1/10Assassin’s Creed Unity (2014) 7.1/10
6Final Fantasy7.88Final Fantasy VII (1997)9.5/10Final Fantasy XIV (2010) 5.9/10
7Call of Duty7.66Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) 9/10Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (2018) 5.5/10
8LEGO7.41Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (2007) 8.6/10The Lego Movie 2 Videogame (2019) 5.7/10
9The Sims7.41The Sims 2 (2004) 8.3/10The Sims 4 (2014) 6.9/10
10FIFA6.98FIFA 13 (2012) 8.1/10FIFA 21 (2020) 4.5/10

Grand Theft Auto is the highest rated franchise 

Grand Theft Auto is the highest rated best-selling franchise with an average IMDb rating of 8.71 out of 10. The franchise’s worst game came just two years after its first release with Grand Theft Auto 2 (1999) being rated 7.3 out of 10. However, they peaked in 2013, with the release of Grand Theft Auto V (the best-selling game ever to be released on PlayStation 4) receiving an almost perfect 9.5 out of 10. 

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The Pokémon franchise is the second highest rated, with an average IMDb score of 8.19 out of 10. Peaking in 2000 and 2009 with the releases of Pokémon Crystal and Pokémon HeartGold scoring 8.8/10, the franchise has since gone downhill with the latest release – Pokémon Sword and Shield (2020) – receiving the lowest score (7.3/10). 

In third is the Mario Kart franchise, also with an 8.19/10 average on IMDb. Mario Kart 64 (1996) and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017) are the best games in the collection with a score of 8.8 out of 10, whereas Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001) and Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (2020) are the worst (7.3/10).


FIFA is the lowest rated global franchise

The FIFA franchise comes in tenth-place with an overall average of 6.98 out of 10. FIFA 13 (2012) was the highest rated game with 8.1/10, and the most recent release, FIFA 21 (2020), was the lowest rated with a dismal 4.5/10. Despite being the fifth best-selling franchise, their ratings are not up to scratch with other competitors. 

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Just in front in ninth is The Sims with an overall average of 7.41/10, the lowest rated being Sims 4 (2014) with 6.9/10, and the highest rated being Sims 2 (2004) with 8.3/10.

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Rahul Roy
Rahul Roy
I am a computer guy by profession and a sports fanatic by choice.


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