Video game trilogies are a cherished commodity in the gaming industry. Often, they represent the pinnacle of gameplay and storytelling for a console generation.
Numerous videogame trilogies have been released over the years, but which are the best? To answer that question, we looked at Metacritic scores to come up with a definitive list of the five best video game trilogies of all time.
Top 5 Trilogies for Video Games:
Metroid Prime Trilogy – 92%
The “Metroid Prime” trilogy follows the story of intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran as she tries to stop the malicious Space Pirates from using the Metroid species as weapons. The first game in the series, “Metroid Prime,” was released in 2002 for the Nintendo GameCube to critical acclaim.
It was followed by “Metroid Prime 2: Echoes” in 2004 and “Metroid Prime 3: Corruption” in 2007, both of which were met with similar praise. The trilogy was remastered for the Wii in 2009 as the “Metroid Prime Trilogy.”
BioShock Infinite – Burial at Sea – 93%
“BioShock Infinite” is a first-person shooter released in 2013 that takes place in the fictional city of Columbia. The game’s two expansion packs, “Burial at Sea,” are included in this list because they complete the story of the original game.
The first part, released in 2013, follows Booker DeWitt and Elizabeth as they try to find a missing girl named Sally. The second part, released in 2014, is a prequel that follows Elizabeth before she met Booker. Together, the three games tell a complete story with a satisfying conclusion.
The Mass Effect Trilogy – 94%
The “Mass Effect” trilogy is an action role-playing game series that follows the story of Commander Shepard as he tries to save the galaxy from the Reapers.
The first game in the series, “Mass Effect,” was released in 2007 and was followed by “Mass Effect 2” in 2010 and “Mass Effect 3” in 2012. The games were met with critical acclaim and are considered some of the best role-playing games ever made.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Hearts of Stone & Blood and Wine – 97%
“The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” is a role-playing game released in 2015 that follows the story of Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher who is trying to find his missing daughter. The game’s two expansion packs, “Hearts of Stone” and “Blood and Wine,” are included in this list because they expand on the already massive world of the original game.
“Hearts of Stone” was released in 2015 and follows Geralt as he tries to defeat a bandit leader known as the Hearts of Stone. “Blood and Wine” was released in 2016 and is set in the new region of Toussaint. Together, the three games offer over 100 hours of content and are some of the best role-playing games ever made.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – The Master Trials & The Champions’ Ballad – 97%
“The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” is an open-world action-adventure game released in 2017 that follows the story of Link as he tries to save Hyrule from Ganon. The game’s two expansion packs, “The Master Trials” and “The Champions’ Ballad,” are included in this list because they add a significant amount of content to the already massive world of the original game.
“The Master Trials” was released in 2017 and adds a new difficulty mode, as well as a host of other features. “The Champions’ Ballad” was released in 2017 and adds a new story campaign that focuses on the champions of Hyrule. Together, the three games offer over 200 hours of content and are some of the best video games ever made.
So, there you have it. Our list of the five best video game trilogies of all time. These are some of the most highly acclaimed videogames ever released and for good reason.
If you’re a fan of gaming, be sure to check them out. Do you agree with our picks? What would your top five look like? Let us know in the comments below.