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Games of the Decade

Discussion in 'Gaming and PC Discussion' started by Shinysavage, Dec 5, 2019.

  1. Anarchy

    Anarchy Half-Blood Prince DLP Supporter

    Dec 12, 2009
    I'll go by year like others, I guess.

    2010: Assassin's Creed 2. If I'm allowed to say Dragon Age origins because the Awakening dlc came out that year, then that's a no brainer. 2010 was also probably when I started playing Minecraft. I remember getting bored of LoL pretty early after that release and picking up Minecraft. Other than that, I guess there's Fallout NV but the first time I played that was like 2017, so hard to compare.

    2011. Easy for me to pick Dark Souls. I said it on this forum way back then, but I think Dark Souls deserved to win GOTY over Skyrim. Second place would probably be Portal 2. Technical release date for Minecraft, but I don't think that incarnating is what I would consider a GOTY for me.

    2012. Borderlands 2. Easy pick for this one as well. I guess no one remembers how shitty the ending to Mass Effect 3 was, to the point where EA essentially released a patch to retcon it. Crusader Kings 2 also came out, but I didn't really start playing it until a couple years later when there was some decent DLC.

    2013. Another easy one. The Last of Us. I guess Bioshock infinite also existed, but I'd rather play TLOU 20 times than play that twice. There's also Path of Exile, but it's hard to pin that to a single year imo.

    2014. Tough year. I'm a Magic guy, not a Hearthstone, so I can't pick that. I got addicted to Destiny for like a month on release, but grew to despise it. Dragon Age Inquisition was solid but hardly GOTY. I might be the only person who like Civ Beyond Earth, but I wouldn't exactly call it a great game. So I guess I'm going to go with Titanfall.

    2015. Much better year than the previous one. Some people might say Undertale or Rocket league, perhaps MGS 5. For me, its 3 games. Mario Maker, Fallout 4, and Witcher 3. I honestly grew to like Fallout 4 quite a bit, and I found the replayablity to be a pretty high. Mario Maker is a game that I loved to watch much more than play. But who am I kidding, the goty is obviously Witcher 3.

    2016. Not as many notable games for this year as I thought. Never really got into Stardew Valley because by that point I'd rather see tons of idle browser games by that point and didn't really see anything special with that one. I'm reluctant to say Overwatch, despite playing it nonstop for the first month of it's release, but it's one of those games that I have no idea how people are still playing in 2019. So, perhaps Dark Souls 3, which was great, or maybe, I'll just pick Stellaris, since while being flawed, it still scratches that itch and I'll still go back and play it for hours on end. There was also DOOM which was far better than my expectations

    2017. Decent year. Hard to pick actually. It's definitely not Breathe of the Wild, which I found to be super overrated (though I hate to sound like a contrarian just by saying that). Divinity Original Sin 2, Horizon Zero Dawn, Mario Odyssey, Persona 5, Cuphead. If I had to pick, I'd say Horizon Zero Dawn.

    2018. Couple heavy hitters here. God of War. Red Dead 2. Smash Ultimate. Fortnite, PubG, PokeGo, Spiderman, Assassins Creed Odyssey. Honestly, I've played almost no games from 2018. I watched a playthough of RDR2 and then bought it on PC last month and played 5 hours of it before hating it. Only game I've really put any time into is Through the Breach, but that game, while fun, felt extremely lazy. I think I'd rather pick Slay the Spire, but it was put on steam in 2017 and officially release 2019. Actually, looking at a list of all the games release this year, the only one that I feel like I can pick and and not feel embarrassed about would be Subnautica, because that game is great.

    2019. Less choices than 2018, but still decent choices. Outer Wilds is still on my to-play list, but I cant pick it yet. Part of me wants to say Super Mario Maker 2, as it was the game I was most hyped about for release, and it is great (and the new update that just came out is a breathe of fresh air), but there's a bit too much typical Nintendo bullshit with it. Let's be real though, the pick is obviously Sekiro. It's the best souls game to date.

    Alright, lots of meaningless text...

    Game(s) of the Decade:
    Forth Place. Dark Souls. It's not as good as Sekiro, but I think it's a far more important game.
    Third Place: Witcher 3. Just a masterclass in storytelling and worldbuilding.
    Second Place: The Last of Us. Gripping tale from start to finish
    First Place: Has to be Minecraft. The game can be whatever you want it to be, it appeals to mega casuals and superhardcores alike. It slices, it dices, it does everything and I love it.
  2. Krieger

    Krieger Minister of Magic DLP Supporter

    Oct 12, 2009
    For me, Skyrim, God of War, Breath of the Wild,, Dark Souls, Terraria, Stanley Parable and Overwatch.

    Objectively not going to argue some of these are the best, but for the enjoyment and value I got out of them they make my list. Also WoW I guess, haven't played it alot recently but over the course of the decade I would of still sunk a fair few hours into it.
  3. Primarch

    Primarch Squib

    Jun 29, 2018
    Mass Effect 2
    Fallout: New Vegas

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    Deus Ex: Human Revolution

    Mass Effect 3
    Crusader Kings II

    Grand Theft Auto V
    Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

    Divinity: Original Sin
    Dragon Age: Inquisition

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
    Pillars of Eternity


    Divinity: Original Sin II
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
    Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

    The Outer Worlds
    Fire Emblem: Three Houses

    My favourite game of the decade...
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    It may not be the absolute best game in the list, but I've spent more time playing this game in the last ten years than any other, by a massive margin. The modding scene is probably the main cause of this, but whatever the reason, Skyrim is my pick of the decade. FUS RO DAH, bitches.
  4. Imperial

    Imperial First Year

    Oct 14, 2018
    I narrowed it down to a top seven. No meaning to the order

    Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    Dead Space 2 (1 came out before the 2010s and 3 is flawed at best.)
    Dark Souls 3 (though the entire trilogy is fantastic)
    The Evil Within
    Nier Automata
    No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle

    (Cheat answers: Odin Sphere Leifthrasir, Muramasa Rebirth, and Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together. All of these games are remakes in the 2010s based on games that original came out in '07, '09, and '95, respectively. I played and enjoyed the original versions, and then the remakes somehow managed to be even better.)

    Honorable Mentions: Games that probably will go down as some of my favorites of this decade, but I haven't finished them yet.

    Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain
    Fire Emblem: Three Houses
    Persona 4 Golden
    The Evil Within 2
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2020
  5. Mestre

    Mestre Seventh Year

    Aug 7, 2015
    The most impactful games to the industry:

    • Pillars of Eternity resurrected crpgs.
    • Hearthstone started the arms-race for cards game.
    • Dark Souls proved that games don't need to be catered to the dumbest denominator.
    • Minecraft, duh.
    • Battlefront 2 started the loot boxes controversy.
    • Fortnite and PUBG popularised Battle Royal.

    Most impactful and fun games(to me):

    • M&B: Warband
    • WoW: Mists of Pandaria
    • Stellaris
    • Crusaders Kings 2
    • Skyrim
    • Witcher 2
  6. Zeelthor

    Zeelthor Scissor Me Timbers

    Aug 22, 2008
    Divinity: Original Sins 2.

    It's such an amazing fucking game. Great story, great system, and a fuckton of fun to be had.
  7. Rayndeon

    Rayndeon Professor

    Nov 22, 2008
    I'm using Shinysavage's format and listing games I've played extensively or completed. There's a number of games not listed here that might well have been a best or runner up for the year for me, but I probably haven't played it yet. Also, a number of these games I played well after their release date, but I'm listing here by order of release date.

    • Best: Mount and Blade: Warband
    • Runner Up: Fallout New Vegas
    • Best: The Witcher 2
    • Runner Up: Skyrim
    • Best: Dragon's Dogma
    • Runner Up: Mass Effect 3
    • Best: Metro Last Light
    • Runner Up: Tomb Raider
    • Best: Shadowrun Returns - Dragonfall
    • Runner Up: Transistor
    • Best: Life is Strange
    • Runner Up: Pillars of Eternity
    • Best: Hyper Light Drifter
    • Runner Up: Salt and Sanctuary
    • An inactive year for me

    • Best: Cross Code
    • Runner Up: Dead Cells

    • Best: Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
    • Runner Up: MTG Arena

    There's a lot of games from the decade I haven't played yet, but hopefully time permitting will allow me to eventually get to them.