This right here is about as unscientific as it comes.

But it’s March! Springtime! Lions! Lambs! Single-elimination tournaments! All this stuff is in the air. So let’s stack up a bunch of video game franchises and consider them in a multitude of ways: gameplay, mechanics, story, legacy, broader cultural impact, consistency, ambition.

Literal points will not be awarded, but a judgement will nevertheless be rendered. The winner moves on and the loser is consigned to the bargain bin of history. (Not really. These are all terrific franchises that are honored simply by making it this far.You’ll find your Army Men, your Rogue Warriors in the N.I.T.)

It’ll be fun!

West Region                                                       

  1. Mario                                
  2. Grand Theft Auto
  3. Metal Gear
  4. Bioshock
  5. Tomb Raider
  6. Gears of War
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog
  8. Virtua Fighter
Pacific Division
  1. Zelda
  2. Final Fantasy
  3. Mass Effect
  4. Assassin’s Creed
  5. Splinter Cell
  6. Battlefield
  7. Uncharted
  8. Star Wars
Southeastern Conference
  1. Halo
  2. Metroid
  3. Street Fighter
  4. Castlevania
  5. MegaMan
  6. Need for Speed
  7. Tekken
  8. KillZone

Eminence Front

  1. Call of Duty
  2. Fallout
  3. Elder Scrolls
  4. Resident Evil
  5. Half-Life
  6. Gran Turismo
  7. Mortal Kombat
  8. Saints Row