Call of Duty gets the Guinness World Records Best Franchise award

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5,000 people from around the world were polled by the Guinness World Records Association to find out which was gaming’s best franchise. Their pick: Call of Duty.

Winner aside, their list is full of surprises. Half-Life is beaten out by Counter-Strike. The Sims doesn’t get a mention but Just Dance and WWE both appear. And, when you see where Angry birds tallies it’ll make you squark.

The record was created for The Guinness World Records 2015 Gamer’s Edition. Craig Glenday, Editor in-Chief at Guinness World Records told The Independent that “More than 5,000 fans of the book from 140 countries across the world took to an online poll to vote for their favourite games, and the top 50 record-breaking games were featured in the book”.

As with any list, you’ll probably find yourself arguing the presence of some games, the absence of others, and the order in which they placed. However, their order and inclusion was wholly determined by the number of votes they received.

There’s a lot of fodder here to start debates. For instance, League of Legends comes in 16th, whereas Dota places 33rd. Need for Speed beats Mario Kart by a nose, coming in 14th and 15th respectively. The Witcher is the better liked RPG series than Mass Effect. Far Cry is seen as the better shooter series than Half-Life.

It makes for strange reading:

  1. Call of Duty

  2. Super Mario Bros.

  3. Minecraft

  4. Grand Theft Auto

  5. Halo

  6. The Legend of Zelda

  7. FIFA

  8. Assassin’s Creed

  9. Battlefield

  10. The Elder Scrolls

  11. Pokémon

  12. Angry Birds

  13. Final Fantasy

  14. Need for Speed

  15. Mario Kart

  16. League of Legends

  17. Borderlands

  18. Metal Gear

  19. Sonic the Hedgehog

  20. Counter-Strike

  21. Kingdom Hearts

  22. The Last of Us

  23. World of Warcraft

  24. The Witcher

  25. Pro Evolution Soccer

  26. God of War

  27. Far Cry

  28. Bioshock

  29. Resident Evil

  30. Uncharted

  31. Fallout

  32. Batman: Arkham

  33. DotA

  34. Gears of War

  35. Mass Effect

  36. Half-Life

  37. PAC-Man

  38. Portal

  39. Super Smash Bros.

  40. Saints Row

  41. WWE

  42. LittleBigPlanet

  43. Crash Bandicoot

  44. LEGO

  45. Mortal Kombat

  46. Red Dead Redemption

  47. World of Tanks

  48. Gran Turismo

  49. NBA 2K

  50. Just Dance