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The Best Video Game Trilogies of All Time (according to Metacritic)

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Thanks to the original three Star Wars films, is the culmination of this iconic trilogy that makers and companies strive for. It’s a great goal to accomplish because it follows the basic action structure of a beginning, a middle, and an end. And by trilogy, we don’t just mean the first three games in a series. So Super Mario Bros. doesn’t count because no story continues between each release. on top of that not mappedgreat as it is, won’t count either since that story was basically finished with the fourth entry.


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Now, while some of the other games here continue their story with a fourth, fifth, or whatever, the three games featured are contained within one concrete trilogy. The review scores were then added up and averaged out as indicated next to each heading. Using this system, we have the best game trilogies of all time.

Updated September 22, 2022, by Ritwik Mitra: Long-running game franchises that end up being sold as gangbusters are quite prominent in the game industry. Publishers salivate at the idea of ​​creating an IP that is guaranteed to have more games that their loyal fanbases will shell out a ton of money for. While some games repeat the same ideas over and over for their franchises, there are other titles that are more focused on creating a trilogy of games that are all hugely entertaining in their own right. With this in mind, here’s a look at some of the most well-received trilogies in gaming history.

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15 Golden Sun – Average score of 85

With scores of 91, 86 and 79, the golden sun saga averaged an 85, this series had a bit of a diminishing return according to the scores.

That said, what the developer, Camelot, was planning to do was unheard of at the time. The biggest advance was that data could be exchanged between the first two Game Boy Advance titles via passwords. However, when it came to the final on the Nintendo DS, it was a bit trickier. Despite this, it was still cool to see a hero’s story told from multiple perspectives and through multiple timelines in the titles.

14 Tomb Raider – Average score of 85

Since the second game was a timed Xbox One exclusive, we wanted to follow the Microsoft path. With scores of 86, 86 and 82, the Tomb Raider reboot trilogy averages out at another 85.

The first game was a real surprise. Not only was the Tomb Raider series well again, but it was also a contender for Game of the Year. How long has it been since that was possible? PS1 era? The sequel was great too, but more of the same, and the finale kind of fell off my mind.

13 The Witcher – Average score of 87

These reviews have been taken from the PC versions to make it all unified as the first game never made it to consoles. With scores of 81, 88 and 93, The Witcher series averaged an 87 rating.

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This path isn’t surprising at all, as CD Projekt Red started with a great idea and got better with each sequel. utilities, The Witcher 3 is on the same fantasy RPG level as Skyrim. In fact, it could be even better, especially in terms of the story and the many branching paths.

12 Max Payne – Average score of 87

Like The Witcher, we go with the PC version of these games. With scores of 89, 86 and 87, Max Payne averages out to another 87. This isn’t too shocking either. All these games are great shooters with excellent bullet time effects similar to The Matrix. In addition, this trilogy follows Max’s unraveling life from one disaster to another. It was exciting and heartbreaking at the same time.

11 Assassin’s Creed: Ezio Trilogy – Average Score of 87

To give the PlayStation some love, we went for these PS3 scores. With scores of 91, 90 and 80, the three games starring Ezio Auditore come out at an 87.

This started out as just a fantastic follow-up to what was a good but flawed proof of concept. Because Assassin’s Creed II sold so well, Ubisoft decided to make a direct sequel starring Ezio, which followed with another in his old age. To this day, with three games focused on him, Ezio remains the best character in the franchise.

10 Dark Souls – Average score of 88

The first dark souls title put FromSoftware on the map and set a template for RPG gameplay that would inspire many titles in the future. While the second game suffered from a lack of direction from Hidetaka Miyazaki, the third game author returned to complete the latest entry in a truly iconic series.

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The awesome boss battles, interconnected level design, and beautiful score of these games make these games in a league of their own. It’s easy to see why people are still raving about the dark souls trilogy to this day, given the immense quality of all three games.

9 Xenoblade Chronicles – Average Score of 88

After work on xeno ears and Xenosaga, Tetsuya Takahashi teamed up with Nintendo to create an exclusive JRPG franchise on their range of consoles. This led to the emergence of the first Xenoblade Chronicleswhich is still considered by many to be one of the best JRPGs on a Nintendo console to date.

The series recently concluded its main trilogy with the release of Xenoblade Chronicles 3, a game that was a vast improvement over its predecessor and allowed players to enjoy another brilliant story in this franchise. Players looking to sink their teeth into a deep and engaging role-playing title will be quite impressed with everything the Xenoblade Chronicles trilogy has to offer.

8 Diablo – Average score of 90

diablo is a legendary video game IP that pretty much everyone knows about right now. A fourth game is planned in this series, meaning the status of diablo because a trilogy won’t last too long.

However, it’s impossible to talk about legendary video game trilogies without the magic of diablo. These hack-and-slash titles stand out for a wealth of great content, and even the third game is highly regarded by fans, despite the plethora of issues and controversies arising from its mishandled launch.

7 Batman: Arkham – Average score of 91

For this round, let’s move on to the PlayStation brand. With scores of 91, 96 and 87, the Batman: Arkham trilogy averages out at a 91.

This year actually marks the 10th anniversary of Batman: Arkham Asylum’s debut. Who would have ever thought that a Batman game could be this good? By the way, the developer, Rocksteady Studios, has paid twice with its sequel, Arkham City. The latter game is a bit more divisive thanks to the Batmobile, but still an excellent trilogy.

6 BioShock – Average Score of 92

There was a time when Ken Levine was a name that many people held in high esteem in the industry. His work on the first BioShock was highly regarded, and the sequel suffered somewhat due to a lack of involvement on his part. However, the release of Minerva’s Den ended up being some of the best DLC content ever released, greatly enhancing the reputation of the second game.

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BioShock‘s story concluded with a third entry featuring one of the most ambitious and mind-boggling plots in a video game. While some argue that the story was about concepts it didn’t fully understand, it matters that the game captivated its players from start to finish, ending the legacy of BioShock at a great height.

5 Mass Effect – Average score of 93

We’ve decided to keep track of Xbox 360 scores for this one, as the former was originally exclusive to that system. With scores of 91, 96 and 93, the Mass effect saga has an average rating of 93.

We’ll call this the Shepherd trilogy because BioWare tried to make a new one starring the Ryders, which ultimately flopped. Anyway, as can be seen from the scores, we have to agree that Mass Effect 2 was the pinnacle of this franchise. It still has one of the best openings for a game ever.

4 Gears of War – Average score of 93

With scores of 94, 93 and 91, the Weapons of War games also average a 93.

Microsoft had cornered the market for first-person shooters, and Weapons of War intended to do the same, but for cover shooters. In a way, Weapons of War was a more defining franchise for this console generation than Halo. While the games are still going on, the story has focused on a new set of Cogs, which is why we added this one. Let’s call it the Marcus saga.

3 Metroid Prime – Average score of 93

The move from GameCube to Wii, Metroid Prime trilogy got an average of 93 with review scores of 97, 92 and 90.

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Now, while we know a fourth Metroid Prime game comes, we can only assume that it will try to start a new story as it has been so long since these have been launched. Metroid Prime 3 launched in 2007! Plus, the third game had a pretty well executed ending.

2 Halo – Average score of 95

Halo is actually split into two different trilogies. The first, which we examine here, was called the Reclaimer Saga, while the current one is called the Forerunner Saga. With scores of 97, 95 and 94, Halo average to our highest score of 95. Is there really something to say? This is Halo!

While we said: Weapons of War was the larger franchise of the Xbox 360 era, halo 3 had a huge impact. How could it not be with the slogan “finish the fight” plastered all over?

1 Grand Theft Auto 3D Trilogy – average score of 96

After Grand Theft Auto 3 Breaking new ground when it came to the possibilities of an open world, Rockstar Games realized the potential of its format and released two more games on the same engine.

Both Vice City and San Andreas became part of what is unofficially known as the Grand Theft Auto 3D Trilogy, and it’s still incredible to see all three games released in just three years. It proves how much quality there was in Rockstar Games… and how difficult and labor intensive the development of video games has become in the modern age.

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