The Best Games Of The Decade

The Best Games Of The Decade

Hello Gamers,

It is that time of year where everyone has released their picks for game of the year. Well, we wanted to throw our hat into the ring. But we thought we would up the ante a little bit. How about The Game of the Decade! I hope you read that while imagining a really cool voice like the movie trailer guy. Each of our contributors picked their top 10 games for the decade, ranked them and told us what made them pick each game.

Each Contributor will have their own section and in the end, we will give you the final list and explain how the games were scored for final ranking. This is just our list. What we enjoyed in the past 10 years. Yours might differ, and I’m sure it will. So after reading, put your top 10 in the comments. We will pick one winner to win a special prize and have their list shared on social media. So sit back and enjoy the show.

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10. Forza Horizon 4 |Playground Games | 2018 One of Microsoft’s most successful ongoing franchises over the last two console generations, Playground Games’ Forza Horizon series has cemented itself as the premiere open-world racer and has positioned itself perfectly between arcade racing and simulation. It is the fourth outing in the series, set in a brilliantly crafted United Kingdom, is the most impressive, with over 450 vehicles for players to get behind the wheel of, and an unparalleled season system which changes the entire map’s landscape every seven real-world days.

With street races, rally tracks, wild cross country circuits, drift challenges and so much more, Forza Horizon 4 absolutely nailed the sense of speed and thrill of open-world racing and packed incredible detail into every square meter of the game’s huge map. The game’s expansions took this to another level again, with the hardcore, driver-focused Fortune Island giving players a rugged and stunning new map to explore, with miles of brilliant switchbacks and hairpins, and treacherous terrain to get lost in, and the LEGO Speed Champions DLC showing the game at its most outlandish and just pure fun. Playground Games have proved their worth over four iterations of their highly lauded series, and have become a household name for fans of the racing genre, but Horizon 4 stands out as the pièce de résistance in the lineup, and it takes the number 10 spot on my list for best games of the last decade.

9. GTA V | Rockstar Games | 2013The biggest release of a media product of all time, with a longstanding multiplayer components which has stretched over half a decade, three great and memorable protagonists, an epic story of bank heists and crime and a vibrant open world packed to the brim with detail, Grand Theft Auto V has made its mark on the industry in so many different ways. The release of GTA V all the way back in 2013 for last-gen consoles was insanely big, and its midnight release was one that I’ll never forget, and the single-player component of Rockstar’s landmark series truly did not disappoint. The story of Franklin, Michael, and Trevor was packed with great moments, wacky characters, huge heists and pure insanity and it was supported by one of the most visually impressive open worlds to date.

As always, Rockstar develops ‘game-changing’ games, and Grand Theft Auto V definitely didn’t buck that trend. It’s dark yet hilarious writing, dirty crime-filled narrative, incredibly questionable characters – in particular, the unforgettable Trevor – and its brilliantly acted, written, shot and produced campaign, made GTA V one of the most impressive games of the decade, if not of all time.

8. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim | Bethesda Game Studios | 2011 – Bethesda’s continuation of the Elder Scrolls series in 2011 made a huge impact on the gaming industry at large, and despite its buggy launch, was able to remain relevant throughout much of the decade. Its gorgeous open world, extensive player freedom, hundreds of hours of quests and exploration made Skyrim a must-play for role-playing fans and even permeated popular culture in ways many other games are unable.

Its subsequent rerelease on all current-gen platforms, the addition of mods for console gamers to experience, and its impressive expansions kept Skyrim at the forefront of gaming discussions, and despite the now evident downfall of the studio, my time playing Skyrim is still a memory that I look back on with joy.

7. Red Dead Redemption | Rockstar Games | 2010 – Rockstar again makes my list with their 2010 entry into the American Wild West, with Red Dead Redemption, the tale of John Marston and one of the most memorable stories, with one of the most heart-wrenching endings (still almost 10 years on I won’t spoil it for new players). The open-world chops of the studio were on show in every way with this depiction of the early 1900s America and Mexico.

John Marston quickly became one of the most memorable video game protagonists of this era, and Red Dead really showed the breadth of talent at Rockstar could step outside the insanity of the GTA world with its sarcastic and satirical tone, and tell a more mature story without losing any of its charm. And that ending…well, I think it speaks for itself.

6. Borderlands 2 | Gearbox | 2012 – Borderlands pretty much birthed the now incredibly popular ‘looter-shooter’ genre, with its original, first-person role-playing shooter all the way back in 2009, but it was its second entry in the series that truly took it to new heights. With one of the decade’s best villains in Handsome Jack, a truly overwhelming amount of loot to collect, hilarious and ridiculous writing, amazing playable characters, and a really excellent story – Borderlands 2 took everything it learned from its predecessor and turned the dials up to 11.

Drop-in, drop-out co-op with up to 4 players, and a ridiculous suite of powers, abilities, weaponry, and customization at your fingertips, Borderlands 2 really was such a powerhouse for co-operative gameplay and a joy to play both alone or with friends. The way Gearbox doled out their expansions over the coming years kept me coming back for more and always felt like there was something new to enjoy. The only reason Borderlands 3 hasn’t made this list is that I haven’t finished it yet, but things may change if it holds up as Borderlands 2 has all these years later.

5. Mass Effect 3 | BioWare | 2012 – The finale of one of gaming’s best stories ever told and my favorite series of all time, Mass Effect 3 – despite its controversies and (to some) disappointing ending – was an incredible game with incredible scope, that pulled at the heartstrings of its enamored fan base. Commander Shepard’s story across three titles was one filled with wonderfully written narrative, thoughtfully crafted companions and NPCs and decisions that were felt across its trilogy, all acted brilliantly by its stellar cast of voice actors.

Although the final ending was controversial (yet well expanded upon in its extended cut), the journey throughout the finale wrapped up a huge number of stories thanks to your decisions from the previous two games and featured some absolutely tear-inducing moments involving the game’s brilliant squadmates. The music is unforgettable, the DLC was supremely well-executed, and the sense of dread against The Reapers was constant throughout the game, and Mass Effect 3 capped off BioWare’s immense sci-fi series in an incredibly memorable way.

4. Red Dead Redemption 2 | Rockstar Games | 2018 – It was hard to decide where the two Red Dead games would sit in my list, but I think Red Dead 2 deserves to take the number 4 spot, due to its incredible story, characters, world and level of detail. It would be hard for Rockstar to strike gold twice with a better protagonist than John Marston, but somehow Arthur Morgan managed to eclipse his predecessor with the incredible performance from Roger Clark and was supported by an excellent cast of characters within the Van der Linde gang.

Dutch’s fall from grace and path to pure insanity was executed near-perfectly, and the story was one that constantly progressed the player into more and more dangerous circumstances, and for those who had played Red Dead Redemption, you knew where this story was leading. The game’s world is second to none in the open-world genre, and the level of detail and intricacy Rockstar put into the landscape, animals, towns, and cities, and NPCs eclipsed their previous titles in every single way possible. This game is a must-play for any fan of Rockstar Games, and one that will be remembered for a very long time.

3. God of War | Santa Monica Studio | 2018 – Santa Monica Studio’s reboot of a much-loved series was simply incredible. Taking a protagonist in Kratos, who had been a purely one-dimensional character in the game’s preceding titles, and turning him into a thoughtful, mature father figure really showed how the games’ industry, the developers and the players had matured. In the game’s Norse setting, accompanied by his son Artreus, Kratos was allowed to be shown in a completely different light, and the personal journey that the father and son embarked upon is one I’ll never forget.

The combat didn’t take a backseat to the story, however, with imposing boss fights, huge set pieces, and the most satisfying weapon in the Leviathan Axe (and oh my god that recall felt incredible). The open-linear game design was tremendous, and the single-camera shot of the entire game has never been done, and probably never will be done again by anyone besides Santa Monica Studio. Truly the greatest reboot of all time, God of War managed to succeed where so many have failed before.

2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt | CD Projekt Red | 2015 – CD Projekt Red took the industry by storm with their third game in the series based on Polish author Adrea Sapkovski’s fantasy epic, and created one of the greatest RPGs of all time, with a stunning open world, incredible characters, a phenomenal protagonist in Geralt of Rivia, and a captivating story. The game’s level of detail is almost unparalleled in open-world titles, with intricately designed towns, cities, and countryside, and delivered a massive sprawling narrative that followed Geralt in search of his ward, Cirilla, against the looming threat of the mysterious Wild Hunt.

Witcher contracts gave players the ability to track and kill a massive amount of monsters and beasts in epic battles, the game was jam-packed full of meaningful side quests, and the game’s expansions, Hearts of Stone and Blood & Wine, were two stunning additions to the story and the game’s expansive lore – with well over 100 hours of content across the main game and the DLC.

Even though it released in 2015, The Witcher 3 still stands toe-to-toe with contemporary rivals in visual fidelity, but towers above so many other titles with its brilliant writing, branching story, level of depth and fascinating backdrop of Novigrad, Skellige, Velen and the Duchy of Toussaint. A must-play for every single RPG fan.

1. Mass Effect 2 | BioWare | 2010 – The original Mass Effect was a brilliant start to a series that is loved by so many, and its introduction to BioWare’s brand new IP, with a galaxy-wide threat of the Reapers and wonderfully developed sci-fi lore filled with alien races and future technology, was instantly captivating back in 2007. But Mass Effect 2 took what made this original entry great and improved upon every part.

Improved combat, expanded lore, sublime world design, a look into the seedier underbelly of galactic society, with even more memorable characters, a brilliant enemy in the Collectors, a plot that was paced to perfection and a final mission which goes down in history as one of the most impressive, made Mass Effect 2 an instant classic and one of the highest-rated games of all time. The Suicide Mission is easily my favorite ‘level’ in any game, ever, and its high stakes and truly revolutionary reliance on the decisions you’ve made throughout the rest of the game made it unforgettable.

Commander Shepard’s journey may be over now, but this game will surely stand the test of time and showed the industry that 2010 BioWare was at the peak of its game. A truly remarkable entry, and the greatest game of the last 10 years.

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10. Slay the Spire | Mega Crit Games | 2017 – Such a simple, yet deep game. A rouge-lite card game. You got to try and ascend the spire and slay the heart of it. The game gets harder with each clear and rewards get better. But as you ascend and get into higher difficulties you start to employ strategies and tactics beyond your comprehension and start to go beyond the game. Before you know it you’re so lost in your plight with the tower that three hours passed and you’re still playing an intricate game of chess. Simply easy and also quite advanced. A game worth every penny!

9. DiRT Rally | Codemasters | 2017 – The only racing game on my list for a reason. It’s the hardest racing game I ever played. There is no mastering it because it’s never the same. Wheel or controller this game plays unlike any of the other off-road or rally sims out there. It’s truly a restart simulator but when you finally climb Pikes Peak and gave it all you had, it’s mighty rewarding. “Crest, caution, don’t cut, 4 into late 3”

8. Stardew Valley | Eric Barone/Sickhead Games | 2016 – Without a doubt worth more than 15 or 20 bucks! One man brought us a game that now employs dozens of creative game designers, artists, and musicians. Update after update. Quality of life improvements from the community. He supports SMAPI which allows modding and community made UI and character reskins. Farm, fight and coop together in one of the best Indie titles to ever happen. It’s also a great game to get your girlfriend to play with you!

7. The Last of Us | Naughty Dog | 2013 – The only Sony game you will see me praise and the only game Naughty Dog has ever made that isn’t completely overhyped garbage. From the very moment you take control, to the dramatic and psychotic events you witness and have to fight through, it’s a never-ending chasm of hope that never comes. The game leaves you breathless and alone in your pensive thoughts of “Will Ellie be okay without me?”

6. Grand Theft Auto 5/Online | Rockstar Games | 2013 – No game has made more money collectively than GTA5. A game that even 5 years after its release to next-gen is still going strong on PC and current consoles. From the immersive and immense storyline of three thieves to the ever robust and continually expanding GTA Online, this game offers everyone something to do!

5. Destiny | Bungie | 2014 – Destiny 2 doesn’t have that same feeling as D1 did. The first 6 months of the game are still some of my fondest and best memories of working together. From cheesing bosses to solo Nightfalls; we all found ways to exploit and take advantage of a new game design brought to us by Bungie. Who is also twice on this list like another dev Rockstar.

4. 7 Days To Die | The Fun Pimps | 2013 – It’s Minecraft without the pedophiles and instead of sexual predators you have violent, savage, never-ending hordes of zombies to contend with as you build, destroy, scavenge, and pillage every bit of loot you can. Every 7 days you will fight a blood moon horde of never-ending, never relenting bloodthirsty psychopaths. Build a new base above ground, underground or just nomad around and live among the dead.

3. Red Dead Redemption | Rockstar Games | 2010 – Rockstar took Red Dead Revolver and blew it out the water! Making it the Wild Wild West of Grand Theft Auto. But Red Dead had something the GTA franchise didn’t. This game took us on a wild journey to Mexico and Cali. We helped with the Mexican Revolution and even helped take down Dutch and his band of Outlaws. Hunting animals and the cowboys who tried to kill you comes to a dramatic end with the Feds on John’s farm.

2. LA Noire | Team Bondi, Rockstar North | 2011 – Not a Rockstar game just a game funded by Rockstar. These devs took crime and detective work and mixed in 1940s post-WWII LA for one of the most riveting tales in all of the video games. Cole Phelps is the protagonist whom we control and his past comes to haunt him as he moves from traffic cop all the way to Vice and soon enough, Arson. A controversial ending that still brings a tad of moisture to my eyes and nose. Cole served his nation during and after the war and that’s how we should remember him.

1. Halo Reach | Bungie | 2010 – The final game of the Halo contract Bungie had with Xbox Game Studios comes to an end with a prequel. As someone who read the novel “Fall of Reach” I can tell you this game is cerebral and damning. You know that Reach will Fall. You know John 117 is out there fighting. And then you get Cortana who is an AI unlike any other before her. You die. Your legacy. Your blood. Your sweat. Left to Reach. It’s a beautiful end for Bungie. I won’t even talk about multiplayer because it’s not why I played Halo. The music, the story, the characters. It is half my life in this franchise.

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10. Skyrim | Bethesda Game Studios | 2011 – Depending on who you ask, Skyrim was the last great game Bethesda released. That may explain why “big daddy” Todd Howard has forced the title onto everything from your Switch, to your Alexa, to your toaster. Regardless, the pull that this title has over the gamers can’t be denied, with players buying it multiple times across different platforms, eager to dive back into and explore the incredible world of Tamriel.

It’s entirely possible to put hundreds of hours into Skyrim and never see everything. Even if you somehow manage to, there is an endless amount of player-created mods to customize it to your own personal tastes. Whatever your opinion on modern Bethesda it’s hard to deny the cultural impact this title’s had on the industry, making it a game worth revisiting eight years after its release.

9. Hollow Knight | Team Cherry | 2017 – The quality of Hollow Knight snuck up on me. It’s a Metroidvania title that can be incredibly difficult at times, but rewards you the more you dive into and learn its deceptively deep combat system. Team Cherry’s masterpiece is a beautiful game to play through. The cell-shaded art style set in a world of bugs and underground cities is a blast to explore, with secrets everywhere, just waiting for adventurous players to find them. The score is subtle and striking, allowing you to become immersed in the world they’ve created. Upon completion, I immediately started a new game, eager to track down everything I had missed. Hollow Knight is a fantastic game and may go down as this decade’s Symphony of the Night.

8. Enter the Gungeon | Dodge Roll | 2016 – If there’s one thing I’ll remember this decade for, it’s the explosion of roguelikes/lites that proliferated storefronts such as Steam. Players sank hundreds, sometimes thousands of hours into these titles, which feature a randomized set-up during every run, and most commonly perma-death, forcing the player to restart again from nothing. These titles often feature easy to learn gameplay mechanics and hundreds of items to uncover in your quest to the game’s end.

Enter the Gungeon is my favorite among these; combining the typical rogue-lite trappings with a bullet hell shooter, the game is intense each and every run. It’s not uncommon to reach the final boss fully equipped, only to let you guard down and lose everything, erasing an hours-worth of work. Devolver Digital put a lot of love and care into this game, releasing a slew of free content updates which added more and more weapons and items, such as an arm cannon that looks and acts very similar to the one belonging to a certain blue robot, or the shotgun shell weapon which shoots both shotguns and shells. If that doesn’t get your attention you may not have a pulse.

7. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild | Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development | 2017 – Breath of the Wild (BotW) has been receiving a backlash over the course of the last year or so. Either because of the impossibly high Metacritic scores it had been receiving upon release or its departure from the traditional Zelda formula, BotW is a title that’s had its detractors, while others praise its innovative take on open-world game design and environmental based storytelling. Sandbox games over the past decade have fallen into the same trappings, no matter your title of choice. Most of the games of this style fill their expansive world with dull side missions and pointless busywork; they sprinkle these around your map and let players connect the dots, going from one quest marker on the map to another.

Breath of the Wild instead created a world that felt barren at times but filled you with a childlike sense of wonder, inspired heavily by the original 1987 title on the NES. There was always a feeling that anything could be over that next hill. I’ll never forget running through a heavy thunderstorm, getting ready to cross a bridge, my jaw-dropping as a giant dragon emerged silently from the lake, head pointed straight towards the night sky. Looking through my telescope at the various peaks dotting the landscape, seeing one mountain with a giant hole blasted through its side, a remnant of the lost battle of Calamity Ganon, while on another mountain there was a giant beast crawling over the summit. Nintendo’s first attempt at an open-world game was far from perfect but was absolutely phenomenal, and I can’t wait to see what they do with this idea in the future.

6. Disco Elysium | ZA/UM | 2019 – Releasing just this year, Disco Elysium is a hallmark moment in RPGs. Players take control of a detective in a world that combines Blade Runner and classic film noir; they are given the tools and systems to role play in almost any way they desire. Want to be a regular Sherlock Holmes, with the ability to reconstruct any crime scene just by looking at it? Go ahead. Want to be a bruiser, using intimidation and fists to get the info you need out of a suspect? You can do that too. Want to be a drunk who talks to inanimate objects, dead bodies, and your own tie? That’s the route I chose, and I loved every second of it.

Though the game is incredibly dense in text and dialogue trees, the writing is superb, with themes of self-destruction, depression, and a world crumbling around you that tries to force you to choose sides even when none of them seem right. It’s a story that forces you to take chances; if you try and fail at something there’s always another way to get what you need. Indie devs ZA/UM hit it out of the park, resulting not only in the best game of the year but one of the best of the decade.

5. 999: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors | Chunsoft/Spike Chunsoft | 2010 – 999 is the first in the Zero Escape trilogy and is a title that many haven’t heard of, let alone played. This is truly unfortunate, as not only is it one of the best DS and visual novel games ever made, it’s one of the most intriguing and fascinating storylines in the medium. While the two games that followed it were also great games in their own right, they couldn’t quite recapture the same magic as their predecessor.

The premise starts out similarly to the Saw movie franchise, with you playing as a young man captured by a mysterious figure along with eight others who are forced to endure a series of challenging escape the room style puzzles before bombs in their chests explode. Despite its reliance on classic horror movie tropes, the game elevates itself with its cast of mysterious characters, who all seemingly have something to hide, excellent puzzle designs, and phenomenal plotline. Where Bioshock took the idea of linear game design and turned it on its head with one of the greatest twists in gaming history, 999 does something similar with its multiple ending structure, resulting in one of the greatest closing acts ever put in a video game.

4. TellTales: The Walking Dead | Telltale Games/Skybound Entertainment | 2012 – The Walking Dead franchise was everywhere in the early and mid-2000s. The show was getting a major boost in viewership around this time and many fans were going back and discovering the comics. Arguably, the greatest piece of media that the franchise would spawn hit the Xbox and PlayStation marketplaces in 2012. TellTale had made attempts to reinvent the point and click genre in the past, but none would be more successful than this seminal release.

The game put players in the role of convicted felon named Lee who, fortunately, (or unfortunately), ends up escaping capture thanks to a timely zombie apocalypse. He quickly encounters a young girl named Clementine whose parents were away from home when the shuffling dead began roaming the streets. This sets in motion one of the greatest character studies in gaming history. The relationship between Lee and Clem feels stunningly real, and players found themselves immediately feeling protective of the young girl. The story is simultaneously funny, joyous, worrisome, and heart-wrenching. To put it simply, this game broke me. I spent half of the final episode with tears stinging my eyes and I’m sure I’m not alone.

The Last of Us receives more attention these days, but The Walking Dead is my “surrogate father simulator” of choice. With its branching story arc based on the choices the player makes and excellent script, it’s a game that pulls at your heartstrings, resulting in an unforgettable experience.

3. Rock Band 3 | Harmonix Music Systems/Backbone Entertainment | 2010 – Rock Band 3 was the swan song of a age of gaming we’re likely never to see again. Though the recently released Rock Band 4 attempted to recapture the magic of the series’ hay day, it couldn’t quite reach the same heights as it’s the masterpiece that came before it. In the mid-2000s peripheral games flooded the market, especially the music & rhythm genres. The Rock Band series had set itself apart from all the rest, becoming a full-fledged service, with new songs releasing on it for a stunning 275 consecutive weeks. Developer Harmonix was arguably the first to take full advantage of the infrastructure laid out with the seventh generation of consoles, allowing users to transfer almost all their songs from one game to the next, something the rival Guitar Hero franchise never took advantage of.

Rock Band was one of the few games that made its way into my everyday life. There seemingly wasn’t a week that went by that I didn’t have a group over to strum, drum, and sing along within one of the greatest party games of all time. Some of my strongest memories in my life are forever tied with this game, from spending several hours working our way through the 82 songs never-ending setlist to dates that ended with private karaoke, to my good friends coming over to talk about my recently deceased brother while passing the guitar around the room. The Rock Band series was more than just games to many people; they created memories that will last for many years to come.

2. Persona 5 | Atlus/P Studio | 2016 – Persona has been my go-to JRPG series ever since I discovered Persona 3. While Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest still remain the premier series in the genre, Atlus’ strange mix of high school life/dating sim crossed with a deep and difficult combat system just works, and the fifth installment in the series did not disappoint.

Atlus has always knocked it out of the park with their characters in this series and they did it again here. Walk around any gaming convention and you’re sure to see dozens of fans cosplaying as their favorite Phantom Thief. While Persona will likely never have the budget that their competition has, it makes up for it with one of the most stylistic presentations you’ll ever see. Just scrolling through the menus is a joy, the soundtrack, once again, is a masterpiece and made its way onto my phone almost immediately upon release. The combat system remains one of the easiest to learn, difficult to master systems in the entire genre. Other than a somewhat lack-luster story, Persona 5 is an absolute joy to play, and with remakes and spinoffs of the title just over the horizon, it’s a world we’ll get to come back to many times over.

1. Rocket League | Psyonix/Panic Button Games | 2015 – When this Psyonix title launched in 2015 no one could’ve predicted how big of an impact it would have on the industry. Rocket League is essentially an “elevator pitch;” it’s soccer with flying cars. I’m in!

The first time you boot up the game you’ll be struggling just to make contact with the ball. Many players who were around at launch probably remember many matches ending in 1-0 during overtime that only ended because of goal scored on your own net. After a few hours, you’ll be zooming around, totally in control of your little soccer buggy. The first time you climb the wall of the arena, head the ball to center field and fly in behind it, smacking the giant sphere into your opponent’s goal, will have you standing on your feet. This feeling still hasn’t left me after over 500 hours of game time.

While the devs have come under fire recently for some of their decisions, such as adding a predatory loot box system and moving the title exclusively to the Epic store for PC players, the title shook up the gaming landscape. In a moment akin to the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, Rocket League was the first major title to allow cross-play support across all systems, meaning players could play against squads consisting of PC, PS4, Xbox, and even Switch owners, a thought that seemed inconceivable just a few years prior. Because of this alongside gameplay, which rewards players who take the time to practice and learn the game’s intricacies inside and out, this little indie title races to the top of my list as my favorite game of the decade.

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10. GTA V | Rockstar Games | 2013 – GTA V is not my favorite GTA game. That would be San Andreas. But alas, San Andreas was from the decade prior. Heck, I might even like Red Dead 2 more than GTA V; it’s hard to tell at this point. But what I can say is that GTA V’s single-player portion reinvigorated my faith in Rockstar’s commitment to always making the exact experience they want to make and make it as polished as one could imagine. Never would I have expected a game that looks so good, to also be so big, sprawling, detailed, and to be possible on the previous generation of consoles.

Where GTA IV was great in its own way, being a facsimile of Manhattan, the world was largely a bland set of 90 degree turns, flat planes, and massive rectangles masquerading as buildings cordoning everything off. The car physics were great fun for a lover of sim racers like me, but it was disappointing that every car felt like a boat in a hurricane. The gunplay felt and looked like everyone was made of noodles, and both the car deformation and Euphoria ragdoll AI were ratcheted up way too high. Cool, but at times frustrating. Graphically it was beautiful at release, but it aged like a paper bag of sopping wet cookies left in a humid, bug-infested corner of your backyard all spring. GTA V still has its own fair share of issues, particularly on the previous generation of consoles. But it truly feels like the first GTA that will stand up to the test of time as something normal people can play twenty years from now, without it feeling like a novelty.

9. No Man’s Sky | Hello Games | 2016 – Another contentious game. But it’s only contentious because people are misinformed about the story, and lack an understanding of how game development works. The launch of the game had issues -some of which were unacceptable, particularly on PC- but the hate train focused on the ‘promises it broke’ was almost entirely undeserved. I won’t get into it here, but let’s just say this is why so many developers are so cagey with information before release, particularly smaller devs.

Regardless, No Man’s Sky was exactly what I expected at release. I knew it was more or less going to be an experimental platform for future updates; a Minecraft style living-game that grows with its audience. And boy has it grown. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every update that has come through the pipeline, and it has become a routine for me and my friends to pick the game up for another chunk of sessions at each major update. But still, my most precious memories with No Man’s Sky are actually those I’ve made on my lonesome. Spending hours in a quiet room alone, just exploring planets with Final Fantasy soundtracks on in the background is absolute bliss. No Man’s Sky is on my shortlist of ‘zen games’ along with the likes of Katamari, Gran Turismo, and Kingdom Hearts 2, and surprisingly, Dark Souls; games I can just zone out and play while reflecting on parts of my life that need time.

Still waiting for the giant sand snake update though 😛

8. Gran Turismo 6 | Polyphony Digital | 2013 – A lot of people don’t like Gran Turismo 5 and 6. They complain about things like the lack of visual customization compared to some of its peers, or the plethora of standard model cars that were more or less just touched up PS2 models. But once again, GT5 and GT6 were social experiences for me. They were my gateway into communities of people who understood my passions. I chose GT6 mostly because it’s more or less GT5 with more content, but they’re largely interchangeable in regards to this list. I’ve spent thousands of hours playing Gran Turismo, whether I was chaining drifts on Trial Mountain Reverse for hours on end, or working hard to try and break the top 100 on whatever the current Seasonal Events were. Gran Turismo pushed me to want to be better and gave me the drive to do so. It was one of the first things I could definitively say I was truly great at in games. And that’s thanks to the time I spent in GT5 and 6, despite playing hundreds of hours of Forza 2 and 3, as well as GT3 and 4 before that.

7. Minecraft | Mojang/Markus Persson/Xbox Game Studios | 2011 – There are few games that I’ve spent more time in than Minecraft… maybe no games I’ve spent more time in than Minecraft. And while a decent amount of that was in Survival mode, and a slightly smaller portion was alone, the vast majority was with my best friend in Creative mode. Minecraft is probably my most social game too. We spent literal thousands of hours in Creative, slowly crafting massive, detailed maps with cities and other crazy structures in them. I’ve never played a single Minecraft mod because I’ve never owned the game on PC. And yet the game still captivated us. Despite being in our early-to-mid 20’s at the time, there was a point in time where he and I would literally spend all of our free time, five to six nights a week, just working on these builds. I still have all of those maps, and I still cherish them to this day as a reminder of the great times we spent together.

6. Paladins | Hi-Rez Studios/Evil Mojo Games | 2018 – Paladins is effectively a more balanced version of Overwatch, but for cool, poor people like myself. I enjoy a great match of Overwatch as much as the next person, particularly in the quirky arcade modes; Orisa all the way, bro. But Paladins struck me for how polished and inviting it was, despite being free to play. While things have changed massively since the beta was first thrown onto the Playstation Store, it’s still focused on solid mechanics that incentivize team play, but allow players to make up for teammates who aren’t exactly fond of actually playing as a team. The loadout system, items, and the general design of the Champions all make Paladins feel more fair, even when the teams aren’t particularly balanced.

This is another game where I and a couple of friends spent hours and hours playing together. It was fantastic fun, particularly when we could get super strange team comps going, like all healers or all tanks. It was even more fun because we could actually pull out the win as long as we understood what such a team comp meant for our strengths and weaknesses. And that’s the true beauty of Paladins. Often called ‘that terrible Overwatch knockoff’, Paladins has a super down to earth dev team, a grounded focus on balance, and doesn’t cost you a thing to play. Also, I’m pretty good at it, so that doesn’t hurt 😉

5. Dark Souls 1 | From Software | 2011 – Dark Souls 1 was one of a handful of ‘gateway games’ for me. It was an experience that unlocked a level of critical thought about games that I couldn’t previously access because it and Demon’s Souls were so different from their peers. Ultimately I picked Dark Souls 1 over the others not because it’s outright the best Souls-like title -though that is arguable- but because I think it made the biggest impact on the series, the industry, and my personal understanding of games.

It’s also a game that’s special to me for the memories I was able to create during my first playthrough. Almost nothing in life is better than inviting a friend over and then spending all day progressing through a new Souls title together, handing the controller off at every death. Don’t take it too seriously, and it can not only be incredibly rewarding for the relationship, as well as hilarious but it if you’re newer to the series, it will help you to not take it so seriously when someone accidentally loses a large number of Souls because they were playing like an idiot. It focuses the game on learning and progress, rather than perfection, which is, unfortunately, something far too many new players get caught up in. Don’t fear the failure; embrace it.

4. Iconoclasts | Joakim Sandberg/MP2 Games | 2018 – Iconoclasts was a game I wasn’t expecting at all. I downloaded it purely because it was given away for free through Playstation Plus, and because it was a 2D action title that didn’t take up much hard drive space. What I found was the most enjoyable Metroidvania title I’ve ever played. Take MegaMan X, combine it with Metroid, and then give it a fantastically told, complex story with great characters, themes, and amazing music. That’s Iconoclasts. It’s so much more than it seems to be on the surface, and it’s the first Metroidvania that I’ve played which really tries to tell a greater story than the classics do. Oh, and it was all made by just one person, so that’s a thing…

3. Prey (2017) | Arkane Studios | 2017 – Prey (2017) is a game I only got to play earlier this year. I’d played the demo before release and enjoyed it, but unfortunately never got around to playing the full thing until 2019. And man, was I missing out. It was in many ways my perfect Immersive Sim, and I was constantly amazed at just how far its systems could be pushed. I already enjoyed similar games like Deus Ex: Human Revolution. But Prey -with its large, interconnected environment- felt more organic than I could possibly imagine. I still can’t believe it’s as great as it is, honestly, and am anxiously awaiting the next time I can find a reason to justify playing through it again.

2. Sonic Mania | Christian Whitehead/Headcannon/PagodaWest Games/SEGA of America | 2017 – Sonic Mania is the best 2D Sonic game. As someone who has beaten Sonic 1-3&Knuckles probably hundreds of times, I was afraid that I was so attuned to Sonic design that I’d become numb to its problems. I’d not played a new 2D Sonic title since I was a kid (except for Sonic 4, but that doesn’t count), so maybe Sonic did have huge issues, and I just could no longer see them because I knew the games so well.

Mania proved this fear wrong. It’s every bit as good as I’d hoped, and it fulfilled one of my biggest wishes in life, which was to experience a new, official 2D Sonic title in the vein of the Genesis games. Without knowing what was coming up, I was able to use my skill and understanding of the mechanics to make it through safely. No memorization was needed. Sonic can be truly deep, polished, and fair in 2D. It just needs more effort than a traditional platformer. And Mania proves that wholesale.

1. Final Fantasy XIII-2 | Square Enix/tri-Ace | 2012 – This is probably a contentious one, but I honestly don’t care. Final Fantasy XIII is not a bad game, and XIII-2 and Lightning Returns are even better. I picked XIII-2 specifically, because it fixes a lot of the shortcomings the original game did have, and because it’s a more polished and concise experience than Lightning Returns. The J-RPG is my favorite genre of games, despite the mountain of issues I have with it. And XIII-2 is up there with the best in terms of not wasting the time of the player and trying to push the genre forward into a more balanced direction. Mechanically it’s great. The music is also fantastic, and while the story is a bit of a mess, it’s also a fun mess with phenomenal characters. Caius is undoubtedly one of the best villains in the series, and XIII-2 is one of the best games in the series. Now go ahead, feel free and argue that I’m “not a real Final Fantasy fan” or whatever if it makes you feel better.

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10. Overwatch | Blizzard Entertainment | 2016 – Built on the foundations of the now-canceled Project: Titan, this game took the gaming community by storm. It’s a team-based FPS that has so much story that is being told outside of the realm of the game. Some said and rightfully so that, it’s almost identical to Team Fortress 2 and yes there are similarities but, because of what the team at Blizzard has done with the storytelling, Design, and Marketing, we feel for those characters we play. We are invested. Heck, we love these characters so much the voice actors for these make belief heroes are now superstars. This game is enjoyable to play and enjoyable to watch.

9. Limbo | Playdead | 2010 – the first Indie game on my list and not the last. Limbo was released way back in 2010 by a small Danish company on the Xbox at first and later on multiple platforms. The game was unique in its graphical design and gameplay. Its a platformer but also a puzzle solver. It forces you to think outside of the box and use your environment. But alongside that, you were told a story, a story without words. And because of that story, you feel the connection and keep on playing.

8. GTA 5 and Online | Rockstar | 2013 – Rockstar has done it again ladies and gentlemen. They produced an open-world game with amazing detail and a story-driven game that is still being enjoyed by many players around the world. And then they had to audacity to make it into an MMO, yes it had its faults but the played based RP content is just so entertaining. I could separate the 2 even because they are completely different entities, But for the purpose of this list, they are the same. One cannot live without the other. The story told from 3 different perspectives is so good. And to top that with the new lease on life with the RP scene that has grown around the game is just incredible.

7. Cuphead | Studio MDHR, Studio MDHR Entertainment Inc. | 2017 – My second Indie game of the list. Who knew that taking a 1920s -1930s style cartoon artwork and music and slap on a difficult and immersive platformer and do it at a small budget, and be done by 2 people in a basement, well maybe not a basement, would prove to be some people’s game of the year in 2017. It’s such an entertaining game to play solo or with a friend. It’s so entertaining to sit around and watch other people take a crack at some of these bosses. And it’s a testament to how far you can go with a simple idea and excellent execution

6. Mass Effect 2 | BioWare | 2010 – I have to be honest, the Mass Effect series did not grab me when it first came out. I was aware of the controversies the 3rd game created by the storyline but I wasn’t invested. It took twitch to spin me around. The game is a highly immersive RPG set in space. It has multiple ways of engaging, a better combat system and a better and more comprehensive story. Although some aspects of the game seem repetitive, the game, on the whole, is amazing.

5. Bloodborne | From Software | 2015 – If I could put the entire Dark souls series and Sekiro in this spot I would. But, I’ll pick the best version out of all these. Yes, one can say Dark Souls 3 is the better game but I’m going to go with the PS4 exclusive Bloodborne. I enjoyed the story more, I enjoyed the gameplay more. I think Bloodborne is just a distilled version of what works well in the Souls series. The atmosphere of the game, the boss’s mechanics and design. The ruthlessness of the game. I love it all. Frustration and Enjoyment wrapped up in a console game.

4. Doom 2016 |id Software/Bethesda Game Studios Austin | 2016  – How many times will we see remasters? Plenty but, how many times will we see a good concept taken and flipped on its head, given a new slap of paint, update it to current graphics, add a sick soundtrack and add features to it that allow you to do, whatever it is you love to do best in an FPS and more? Doom 2016 took me totally by surprise. I thought I was done with the doom series, I thought Doom is a relic of the past. Well no, Doom 2016 was a breath of fresh air. It was a full-blown reboot and it works well. Lots of guns, ways to get ammo on the go so you can keep shooting said guns and plenty of close impact destruction and gore as you descend into hell to bring justice and murder

3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild | Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development | 2017 – All the Zelda games never really appeal to me. I played the original one from start to finish but never picked up the critically acclaimed later ones from the Nintendo 64 era. Like I said I am a PC guy. I did own consoles when I was young because you could only get so much out of the PC at the time. So Breath of the Wild is just that. A breath of fresh air. A new console, a new game. I must say that apart from the story and the fact that it’s a puzzle-based game you can’t compare it to any other Zelda title. It incorporates a bit of Dark Souls gameplay into it. Alongside the familiar puzzle solving. The game has its own unique artwork style that I haven’t seen in any other game. It’s even worth the price of the console it’s played at.

2. God of War | Santa Monica Studio | 2018 – This title has been anticipated for a long long time. And when it came out it did not fail. The developers took a storyline that is well established and gave it a new twist. Kratos finally has something to lose should he fail. A feature that wasn’t present in the other games. The combat system has been radically changed compared to the other titles of the series and the level of detail is just breathtaking. Yet another console game on this list and I am not sorry about it. I would love to see this game come to the PC and look even more gorgeous. This game has so many big and small moments that wrap you and keep you engaged with it. It’s one of those games that I would happily sit back and watch other play.

1.The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt | CD Projekt Red | 2015 – Before I even begin, if you love RPG games and don’t own a copy of this game, do yourself a favor a go buy this game. I am sure lots of people will try it after the Netflix series will be out but why wait. This game is one of, if not the best, comprehensive RPG games I have ever had the chance to play, watch others play and enjoyed. The World before you is so big it feels endless at times. The main storyline is so vast you can get lost in it. Yet is still gives you more as you explore more. There are more side activities you can do besides the main story that only helps you understand and enjoy the world and its history. Even the 2 DLCs that were made for the game have enough playtime in them to be considered a full game all on their own. Hands down the best game in the last 10 years.

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10. God of War | Santa Monica Studio | 2018 – One of the best games of the decade, it’s an obvious pick. It has a great story, years in the making since 2005. It has fun gameplay, with unique encounters. Music and sound effects fit each situation in the game. God Of War is linear but has open world aspects, making it hard to get lost. There are a few flaws with the game and those could be nitpicking. It is rated M and a Playstation exclusive so that could be an issue. Of course with PlayStation Now (PS Now) people may be able to play it on their PC.

9. Bloodborne | From Software | 2015 – Here is another Playstation exclusive from the people who gave you the souls series. Bloodborne is for people who are fans of the Dark Souls games or gothic horror. You are a Hunter and there are beasts in the city called Yharnam. A city of Lovecraft like lore and it’s your job to destroy the creatures in the night. This game is not for everyone because of the difficulty curve and play style. However, it’s one of the best souls like games ever made.

8. Shovel Knight | Yacht Club Games | 2014 – If you want a 2-D platformer with all the fun of old school SNES and NES games then Shovel Knight is that game. The game has so many callbacks to classic games of the ’80s and ’90s. It has a simple story with likable characters and a lot of variety in gameplay. All characters have a unique style of gameplay and the DLC is free for new characters. Music is a joy as it’s in a 16-bit style. It’s just a solid platforming experience from beginning to end.

7. Doom 2016 | id Software/Bethesda Game Studios Austin | 2016 – One of the best First Person Shooters of the ’90s came back in a big way in 2016 and its name was DOOM. The campaign of DOOM has a lot of things going for it that make it great. The way you as the Doom Slayer kill demons is gruesome but a lot of fun. The light customization and RPG elements make it so you feel you’re progressing. Exploring the maps can help you get cool items to help you. The Doom Slayer does not talk but he says with his action in the game. The multi-player is just okay but the Snap Map feature is good. The Snap Map lets you create maps with many situations or modes of play. This is an FPS I can easily recommend but it is violent so keep that in mind.

6. Resident Evil 2 (2019) | Capcom | 2019 – When it comes to survival horror CAPCOM has had a long history of this type of game. This is one of the best done by them by far. Great gameplay, it feels really good to move and shoot. The bleak atmosphere makes you think twice before doing anything thanks to your limited resources. The areas feel open yet cramped with all the undead around you. Level design is almost perfect in this game with Dark Souls-like shortcuts. Trying to stay alive and being terrified is a part of the course of how much fun this game is.

5. The Last of Us | Naughty Dog | 2013 – If you want a zombie apocalypse game with a story with deep characters then The Last OF US is for you. This game by Naughtydog holds nothing back in its atmosphere and content. Being in a new world that is so oppressive really can make the player emotionally. You must get as many supplies as you can from the environment and others to survive. You can craft from these limited supplies. You must pick what to make, but each choice matters. The combat and stealth are tense when you forced into situations you can’t escape. Make sure you are up to this fantastic mature experience.

4. Super Mario Maker | Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development | 2015 – Sometimes the best part about a game is not how it plays but how creative you can be. Mario Maker is the game you want to get and it’s a brilliant idea. The game is an easy to use level editor for 2-D Mario stages. The stage layout can be in any environment and in any era of Mario games. It can look 8-bit, 16-bit, or with modern graphics. Every sound is just as you remember from the past which includes the classic tunes. There are very few limits to what you can do in Mario Maker and anyone can enjoy it. The only limit is that you will need a Nintendo game system to play the game.

3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate | BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment/Sora Ltd. | 2018 – There are few official fighting games that have as many icons as the Smash Bros have. In fact, more characters are coming to this Nintendo fighting franchise. The recent Smash Ultimate has all the goods that a fighting game needs, with a little more. Stage selection matters with certain characters having advantages on them. If you’re feeling like having fun you can fight with items which, one of those items being the Smash Ball. The Smash Ball once obtained, unleashes your character’s ultimate attack. There are many modes of play including story mode and mini-games. This is a game for both casuals and professional players.

2. Marvel’s Spider-Man | Insomniac Games | 2018 – Spider-Man for the PS4 is probably one of the best superhero games of all time. It’s an open-world game that makes you feel like the Spider-Man. Swinging around a comic book New York City with your web-slinging feels great. The city feels alive with lots to do within the island of Manhattan. There are small details in the city with a lot of Marvel easter eggs as well. The combat is great with lots of ways to take down the bad guys. Ether with close arms fighting or with stealth it’s a fun time. There is very little wrong with this wonderful superhero experience.

1. Undertale | Toby Fox | 2015 – Undertale shows that you don’t need great graphics or lots of money to make a great game. It has memorable characters with strong personalities of all types. Long dialog texts don’t feel boring because of the game’s characters. The music is fantastic with lots of gems including the famous Megalovania. This game is sort of a spiritual successor of the Super Nintendo’s Earthbound. Because of that the game is an RPG but with a twist. I don’t want to reveal the twist since it is plot-related. Remember this; the game remembers everything you do even if you reset. If you want a great story no matter what you do, this game is for you. In fact, I almost guarantee you enjoy this game.

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10. Cat Quest II | The Gentlebros/The Gentlebros Pte. Ltd. | 2019 – This is a shocker to anyone that hasn’t played it! This game is damn near Purrrfect! It is a fast-paced open-world action RPG Lite, where you play as both a cat and a dog. Enjoy a massive world filled with monsters, dungeons, quests, and magical items. The puns are off the hook and the fourth wall gets shattered a lot. The game holds a 10/10 on Steam and that’s for a reason. Because it is a great game that delivers a well-built game with mechanics that work.

9. Titanfall 2 | Respawn Entertainment | 2016 – I call this one the Phoniex. Titinafall 1 was a let down that had so much potential. Respawn bounced back from the ashes with a single-player story that we wished was in the first one. The mechanics were on point and I never have enjoyed a mech game as much as I did this title. The choice of splitting up gameplay between pilot sections and mech, made this game never feel stagnant. Forget Apex and give us the third installment of this series, please!

8. Portal 2 | Valve Corporation | 2011 – I love puzzle games. And Portal 2 is no exception. We have had many great games in this category come out this decade. But, I think Portal steals the show with its great humor and puzzle layout. I have played this game many times and never get tired of it. It even helped spawn another great game, Portal Bridge Builder.

7. The Last of Us | Naughty Dog | 2013 – This is still one of the best “Zombie Games” to date. Naughty Dog developed an amazing narrative in this title as we had never seen from a game in this genre. The character building was amazing and made me care about those in the story. Gameplay was smooth and made me want to continue to play. We know there is a sequel coming soon…so if you haven’t tried this game I suggest you download it now.

6. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning | 38 Studios/Big Huge Games | 2012 – The most underrated game ever maybe, however it has developed a cult following since its release. A rocky release plagued by developer drama. Just search it on YouTube and you will get all the juicy details. This RPG has a great story and deep lore thanks to the writing skill of Erik J. Caponi and R. A. Salvatore. The amazing art style is thanks to comic legend Todd McFarlane. I enjoyed the freedom to build my character the way I saw fit and set off to find the scientist that brought me back. A great game and cheap to pick up to try.

5. Call of Duty: Black Ops | Treyarch/n-Space/Raven Software | 2010 – In my opinion, the best FPS of the decade. And yes I may be biased. The gameplay felt great along with the maps that came with it. The story wasn’t bad but the multiplayer is where it shined for me. Many hours wasted building up to killstreaks and calling in Care Packages. Sure the CoD franchise has grown since this entry, but none have felt as natural to me. And ohh the Zombies…

4. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire | Obsidian Entertainment/Red Cerberus | 2018 – Another amazing RPG. If you are looking for a top-down Iso-RPG, you found it. Great mechanics and plenty of story and lore to go along with it. Better than the previous entry, I put a lot of time into this game. A must try if you love deep RPG’s that aren’t just simple hack and slash adventures.

3. Stardew Valley | Eric Barone/Sickhead Games | 2016 – Not the first time you saw this game on the list. And that is for good reason. It is an amazing game. It is even more amazing when you factor in that a single man created this game from the ground up. Eric Barone put his heart and love of gaming into this title and it shows. He has a small team to help him now but is still right in the thick of it. The game has mods out now, keeping players engaged in this magical world that Barone created. Some call this title a life sim, well I wish my life was as magical as Stardew Valley.

2. Minecraft | Mojang/Markus Persson/Xbox Game Studios | 2011 – Another one-man gang project, well at least it was. Minecraft has come very far from its Mojang beginnings. Tons of skins packs and mods…but I fell in love with this game way before then. It was the first game where you could make the world whatever you wanted. The graphics were simple and it was refreshing because it felt like a video game to me. Like today, every developer is chasing realistic graphics. Persson knew his limitations and embraced them, laying the groundwork for many titles to follow.

1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt | CD Projekt Red | 2015 – So here it is, my number one. The game is getting a lot of attention because of the new Netflix show. Great show by the way. But that’s not why it hit my number one. I have played the Witcher series since the release of the first game. This was by far the best of the trilogy. A large world to explore along with an amazing main story behind it. The side quest gave a great jumping-off point to just explore. The addition of Gwent was great…even if I mocked it at first. I’m sure we will see more of The Witcher in the future. If you haven’t played the game go try it.

THE FINAL GOTD RANKINGS

Time for the big reveal! But in case you are wondering how we determined the rankings of our contributors’ picks. First, each contributor ranked their picks 10-1, with 10 being worth one point and 1 being worth 10 points. We then added the totals of all the votes for each game. An example would be game “X” received a 1st place and a tenth place vote. Game “X” would have a score of 11. The next step to determine any ties would be to use the Metacritic score. If the game “X” and game “Y” are both tied for 3rd and 4th spots. The game with the higher meta would take a higher rank. Game “X” has a meta of 98, and game “Y” has a meta of 92, therefore game “X” would secure the third rank and game “Y” would receive the lower 4th place rank. In the rare case of a tie, after the combined score and meta are applied, we consulted our sponsor, Papa Shango Vodo and Cursed Relic Emporium for guidance. Now go ahead and see if your favorite game made the list and where it landed in the top 57 games. Wondering why it is top 57? Simply put, overlap. Many games received more than just one vote. That left us with 57 titles in the end.

As mentioned at the beginning, this is our list for games of the decade…yours will probably differ. And we want to see your top 10 list in the comments. We will be picking 10 community members to receive a free game. Commenting your top 10 list will give you a chance at winning one of those games. You can also get another chance by retweeting the pinned GOTD tweet from our Twitter page.

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GOTD 57-51
  • 57. Mighty No. 9 | Level-5 Comcept/Inti Creates | 2016
  • 56. Cat Quest II | The Gentlebros/The Gentlebros Pte. Ltd. | 2019
  • 55. Slay the Spire | Mega Crit Games | 2017 
  • 54. Overwatch | Blizzard Entertainment | 2016
  • 53. Forza Horizon 4 |Playground Games | 2018
  • 52. No Man’s Sky | Hello Games | 2016
  • 51. DiRT Rally | Codemasters | 2017

 

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TOP 50 GOTD LIST
  • 50. Limbo | Playdead | 2010
  • 49. Titanfall 2 | Respawn Entertainment | 2016
  • 48. Hollow Knight | Team Cherry | 2017 
  • 47. Gran Turismo 6 | Polyphony Digital | 2013 
  • 46. Enter the Gungeon | Dodge Roll | 2016
  • 45. Portal 2 | Valve Corporation | 2011
  • 44.  Cuphead | Studio MDHR, Studio MDHR Entertainment Inc. | 2017
  • 43. Dead Rising 2 | Capcom/Mercenary Technology | 2010
  • 42. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning | 38 Studios/Big Huge Games | 2012
  • 41. Paladins | Hi-Rez Studios/Evil Mojo Games | 2018

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TOP 40 GOTD LIST
  • 40. Disco Elysium | ZA/UM | 2019
  • 39. Borderlands 2 | Gearbox | 2012
  • 38. Resident Evil 2 (2019) | Capcom | 2019
  • 37. Destiny | Bungie | 2014
  • 36. 999: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors | Chunsoft/Spike Chunsoft | 2010 
  • 35. Call of Duty: Black Ops | Treyarch/n-Space/Raven Software | 2010
  • 34. Super Mario 3D Land | Nintendo | 2011 
  • 33. Mass Effect 3 | BioWare | 2012
  • 32. 7 Days To Die | The Fun Pimps | 2013
  • 31. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure | Activision | 2011

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TOP 30 GOTD LIST
  • 30. Iconoclasts | Joakim Sandberg/MP2 Games | 2018
  • 29. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire | Obsidian Entertainment/Red Cerberus | 2018
  • 28. Super Mario Maker | Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development | 2015
  • 27. TellTales: The Walking Dead | Telltale Games/Skybound Entertainment | 2012
  • 26. Red Dead Redemption 2 | Rockstar Games | 2018 
  • 25. Prey (2017) | Arkane Studios | 2017
  • 24. Bloodborne | From Software | 2015
  • 23. Rock Band 3 | Harmonix Music Systems/Backbone Entertainment | 2010 
  • 22. Sonic Mania | Christian Whitehead/Headcannon/PagodaWest Games/SEGA of America 
  • 21. Marvel’s Spider-Man | Insomniac Games | 2018

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TOP 20 GOTD LIST
  • 20. LA Noire | Team Bondi, Rockstar North | 2011
  • 19. Persona 5 | Atlus/P Studio | 2016
  • 18. Final Fantasy XIII-2 | Square Enix/tri-Ace | 2012 
  • 17. Dark Souls | From Software | 2011
  • 16. Rocket League | Psyonix/Panic Button Games | 2015
  • 15. Halo Reach | Bungie | 2010 
  • 14. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate | BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment/Sora Ltd. | 2018
  • 13. Undertale | Toby Fox | 2015
  • 12. Stardew Valley | Eric Barone/Sickhead Games | 2016
  • 11.  GTA V | Rockstar Games | 2013

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TOP 10 GOTD LIST
  • 10. Shovel Knight | Yacht Club Games | 2014
  • 9. Red Dead Redemption | Rockstar Games | 2010
  • 8. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim | Bethesda Game Studios | 2011
  • 7. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild | Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development | 2017 
  • 6. Doom 2016 | id Software/Bethesda Game Studios Austin | 2016
  • 5. The Last of Us | Naughty Dog | 2013 
  • 4. Mass Effect 2 | BioWare | 2010
  • 3. God of War | Santa Monica Studio | 2018
  • 2. Minecraft | Mojang/Markus Persson/Xbox Game Studios | 2011
  • 1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt | CD Projekt Red | 2015

FROM THE EDITOR

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