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Top 5 Franchises That Helped Shape This Console Generation

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The current generation of consoles has seen the fruition of countless franchises that have been a driving force in the market for years with quality installments. The PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii have had their fair share of top-notch franchises; GameZone takes a look at the top five franchises that have helped shape the current console generation.

#5 – Assassin’s Creed:

Sure, Ubisoft’s now seen the commercial interest in the Assassin’s Creed series and has consequently annualized the franchise – with the latest installment, Assassin’s Creed Revelations showcasing the age of the IP kicking in – resulting in recent titles that just seem to be cash-ins. Still, the first two installments have proved Assassin’s Creed series to be one of the freshest and unique ones that has seen releases this console generation.

A notable mention should also be dedicated towards the online multiplayer component of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood; an experience that provided players with something fresh and something that capitalized on the style of franchise, which was further continued in Assassin's Creed Revelations. Asasssin's Creed 3, meanwhile, is undoubtedly shaping up to be the best installment of the franchise. Roll on October.

#4 - Halo:

Halo has been consistent in the games it’s delivered from developer Bungie. Halo 3 was a major step towards the right direction and resulted in being one of the driving forces for Microsoft and its Xbox 360 platform including the fact it’s pumped out billions in sales for the firm.

Halo 4 is up next from 343 Industries and with the series’ trademark online component, as well as another sure to be stellar campaign experience -- as clearly showcased by the intricate single player debut during Microsoft’s E3 press conference -- the franchise is set to receive another blockbuster experience.

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