The 50 Best Video Game Franchises

20. The Elder Scrolls

Editions: 18 The Elder Scrolls: Arena (1994), The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall (1996), The Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire (1997), The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard (1998), The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (2002), The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal (2002), The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon (2003), The Elder Scrolls Travels: Stormhold (2003), The Elder Scrolls Travels: Dawnstar (2004), The Elder Scrolls Travels: Shadowkey (2004), The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006), The Elder Scrolls Travels: Oblivion (2006), The Elder Scrolls IV: Knights of the Nine (2006), The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles (2007), The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011), The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard (2012), The Elder Scrolls V: Hearthfire (2012), The Elder Scrolls Online (2013)

Publisher: Bethesda Game Studios

The Elder Scrolls is a powerhouse known for its massive world and intricate RPG elements. The story changes from title to title but always maintains the same level of complexity. The most popular release in the franchise is The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim where you play a prisoner who happens to be the descendant of mythical beings who possess the soul of a dragon. The most notable contribution of Skyrim popular culture happens to be a quote from a reoccurring village soldier who repeatedly says the phrase, "I used to be an adventurer like you, then I took an arrow to the knee." The phrase became a infamous meme and was even referenced in an episode of CBS' NCIS.

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