Your favorite games of the last decade (2010 - 2019)

I know many have said that the previous generation blew the last decade outta the water, in terms of quality video games. And we absolute got some killer titles from 2000 to 2009. But I also believe we saw some truly incredible video games of the last decade as well. What were some of your all time favorites from that period?

For me, if that massive 2 and a half hour video didn’t already make it clear, MGSV was my favorite that decade because, imperfect as the game was, it was a perfect game specifically for a guy like me with my very specific tastes and wants out of a game. Giving me all the freedom I wanted in almost any given mission with enough structure to keep mission distinct, as well some incredibly strong level design in the outposts, really tight controls and enemies that were just really fun to engage with in combat or stealth situations.

But my other alltime favorite that decade was easily Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. I was never a huge Castlevania fan beyond SotN the way I am MGS, but I did really like the games. And Bloodstained took everything I loved about the best of Castlevania and dialed it up to 11. The levels were gorgeous, with wholly organic progression, tons of meaningful secrets, a really fun and rewarding gameplay loop, tons of bonus content, and a lot of boss fights. It was a game I just loved coming back to and exploring the world, eager to see what areas I missed, or what other secrets lie in wait. And the soundtrack was baller as hell.

Speaking of worlds to explore, need I say anything about why BotW blew my socks off? That was the single best open world I’d ever experienced in a video game, and it only makes me that much more stoked to finally experience BotW2 when that game finally comes out in 2027.

And for as much as I love the Arkham games (sans Knight, which wasn’t a bad game at all, but a thoroughly disappointing one), I found that Spider-Man just clicked more for me. Traversal was intensely fun, making the act of getting from A to B a blast. The combat had more depth to it, thanks to the flurry of gadgets, the way melee combat, web combat and environmental combat all bled into one another seamlessly. And the game had over a dozen different boss fights in it compared to the small handful Arkham games always had, and unlike most Arkham games (minus City and Origins), each fight was a unique highlight, some free combat where you tackle 'em however want, others pattern remembrance but still entertaining.


I didn’t play a whole lot of games this decade so my opinion is lacking compared to most here but my absolute favourite would have to be Monster Hunter World/Iceborne. I put in some serious hours in to this game and Capcom did a phenomenal job in taking one of the grindiest and kind of niche (outside of Japan) franchises in existence, removing a lot of the grind but still keeping the core grind/reward/grind/reward loop there and making it accessible to a wider audience. Oh and all DLC (sans Iceborne expansion) was free. MH World 2 will be the reason I buy a PS5 (unless my girlfriend wins another in a Facebook competition and doesn’t ask for the cash value instead ¯ \ _ (ツ)_ / ¯ )


God, honestly? Maybe Tekken 7. I actually have no clue. Fallout New Vegas is 2010 which seems fucking crazy to me, Black Ops 1 and 3 is up there for the amount of hours I had in Zombies. Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal are contenders too. Damn, pretty beefy decade if you think about it, so much has changed since 2010.


In order by year of release only:

Red Dead Redemption: One of my favourite games of all time and honestly a very moving one for me. I could spend hours just traversing the map hunting, having shootouts with sheriffs, playing poker or other games, and the online mode was so much fun especially if you had friends to play with. I only recently played through it again and it still holds up, and even more surprising is that the multiplayer does too.

Fallout New Vegas: I hate admitting it but it’s still the only Fallout game I’ve completed (started with 3 but went too far off track with it being my first real RPG and never went back to the main story, never liked 4 and haven’t really given 2 a proper go), but damn do I love New Vegas. Some great companions, a really fun world to explore that always feels alive as it keeps you on your toes with so many different threats, and I felt the story progresses very nicely.

Battlefield Bad Company 2: Quite simply I don’t think there’s anything like it and I haven’t enjoyed any shooter very much since it. Incredible level of building destruction, really well-sized maps for the player numbers involved and some really good maps, good diversity between classes, vig dependency on good teamwork and on interacting with and properly working with your squad, it just felt like it had a perfect balance of nearly everything.

Dark Souls: Again one of my favourite games of all time. Not since ICO did a world made me feel so alone and isolated, so insignificant and small in the grand scheme of things. DkS combat is what it is so no need to go into it, but I loved the world design and the variety of designs, going from places like the forest to the Painted World to Lordran, it’s just beautiful. I feel like the story progresses very smoothly (something DkS2 and 3 fail at doing) and it has some iconic bosses and a hauntingly beautiful soundtrack.

Dishonoured: Dishonoured (I’m spelling it correctly dammit) was my first introduction to Arkane games and I fell in love with this immediately. Something akin to a linear Fallout but with a focus on powers, abilities and stealth. Just a genuinely fun game with a nice range of options to take on a situation. Still am disgusted with myself at having not played 2 yet.

MGSV: Ground Zeroes: For me, a spiritual sequel of sorts to MGS1 and/or MGS3 and Special Missions mixed in. I know there was a lot of fuss made about this when it came out due to its price and the fact it wasn’t a full game but it does really have a lot of content in it. It feels like the perfect Metal Gear sandbox to me. The map is small, naturally, but I felt the design and layout was spot on. It’s been largely forgotten in Kojima’s works but for me it was easily his last hurrah with MGS with a few foreshadowings of what was to come with Konami. The side missions are really fun and challenging in places and I guess with my grievances with MGS3 and Peace Walker from a gameplay and design perspective, this felt like it put it right.

Star Wars: Battlefront: I don’t know what it was with this game but I found it really addictive. I think I loved how arcadey it was, it could be really quick and hectic at times and I loved the majority of modes (still think 2 missed a beat by not including a Heroes v Villains mode thar was the same as the first where you have 3 on each side with everyone else having to work to protect those on your side and killing the other, 2’s mode is still good but it feels like you can be as reckless as you want most of the time).

The Last Guardian: I’m a big fan of Fumito Ueda’s work so the long wait for this was tough. The funny thing was I was still more excited for FF Versus XIII and as time went on and it kept changing and eventually became FFXV under Tabata, we finally got to that E3 where both resurfaced and were actually finally on the horizon. Even though TLG had been absent for far longer and seemed more of an unknown quantity, I was fully confident that TLG would be great while I thought FFXV might end up being a bit of a mess and I feel like that ended up being the case. TLG can still be rough in places but it is a unique game. I feel like if you love pets or animals in general, you’ll like it. It has unique AI, I’ve seen a lot of comments around from people saying they got frustrated at Trico not listening to them and not doing what they wanted, and that all seemed to come from people that treated Trico like any other squadmate or companion: go there and do this. Trico isn’t like that, he reacts differently to enemy encounters and if it gets hurt, he gets hurt and you might need to either physically help him (pulling out a weapon stuck in him) or soothe him and give him time to do what you need. I treated Trico like that throughout the game and never had any issues (apart from one particular notorious area which is tricky no matter what), in fact I found Trico actually helped me figure out different parts by making the move himself. It is just such a genuinely beautiful game for so many reasons. If you have the disc version too, it runs at uncapped ~60FPS on PS5 now too which should fix some of the issues people had with it before.

Breath of The Wild: What do I say? This game made me buy a Switch (much thanks to this trailer). I played it at a time where I just didn’t have the time for games very much, certainly nothing long and anything that wasn’t linear. I was working 2 jobs and 6-7 days a week most weeks and spending 4 hours commuting each day. Even with this being on a system I can play on the bus or train, how could I really get into something like an RPG with a vast world to explore when only getting 20-30 minute bursts of play while travelling or on a break? Yet I still managed to sink nearly 55 hours into it, and it’s the most recent game that I’ve regretted selling because I could have spent hours more in it. I remember reading an article saying it is unique because it respects the player’s time which a lot of games don’t do nowadays. Normally I’d say that sounds like utter garbage, but here I have to say it’s the truth. I’ve never played an RPG before where I felt I could do a bit of exploring or a main mission or a side-quest for 20 or 30 minutes and need to put it down and not feel like I’ve been taken out of the experience when I go back to it again. I could just get sucked into spending so long in this game in a day just roaming, climbing a mountain or horse riding.

Red Dead Redemption 2: I don’t like RDR2 as much as I do the first. I know it’s a prequel so it has limitations with regards to certain story beats and themes but I felt like the general degradation of the West and the move towards “civilisation” in the first game was done a lot better and subtly, in 2 it felt like it was a point that was made too clearly and was too much in your face at times. I feel like the conversation John has with Dutch had more substance to it than the majority of what was in 2. But regardless of my thoughts on all that, RDR2 is still a phenomenal game with a world that feels so organic.

Tetris Effect: Tetris Effect is an amazing audiovisual experience. The soundtrack is incredible and it’s utilised in gameplay transitions so well. I bought this solely on hearsay and I’m so glad I did. Best part is we’re getting an update on PlayStation this summer so there will be even more to enjoy with it.

KH3: ReMind: Cheating a bit here as this is DLC and not a full game but this really made a big difference to KH3 which was a bit underwhelming in the end. Amazing boss battles culminating in what I think is the most difficult and in-depth one in the series, and it gave a much better bridge towards the next game.


This is also my favourite shooter of all time as well. It had “Millionaire” by QOTSA on the advert, I wasn’t ever not going to love it. I vaguely recall playing with yourself and Hukkel at various points! One of you commented that I swore too much.


She has a MASSIVE point! This is a game I still revisit now. It’s the atmosphere, the design, the colours - it all just oozes Classic Star Wars, with probably some of the best gunplay of all time IMO.

I remember this, although that had to be Hukkel because I swore like a bastard back then. I think we were all just a bit quiet one day and then we kept randomly hearing you swear in anger out of nowhere, Hukkel was a very cultured man.


I’ve been keeping track of every game I’ve played since 2015, so I’ll start from there. I’m sure there are plenty of games I’ve loved between 2010-2014, but I’m too lazy to find out what they are right now. So here are my top 3 games from every year since 2015.


  1. Undertale - Absolutely adored this at the time, still love it a lot now.
  2. Ori and the Blind Forest - Not normally a fan of Metroidvanias, but this is a special game. Stunning art direction, meticulously crafted level design, beautiful story. Just a gorgeous game.
  3. The Witcher 3 - Won me over in the end. I don’t think it’s “Game of the generation” or anything, but it’s still bloody excellent.


  1. Uncharted 4 - The perfect coda to one of my favourite franchises. Delivered exactly what I wanted in an Uncharted finale.
  2. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II - I literally only finished this 2 DAYS AGO, but it’s a JRPG franchise that I’m now fully invested in.
  3. Overwatch - This game has changed a lot over the years, but at it’s peak, it was an incredible mutiplayer experience.


  1. Persona 5 - My favourite game of all time (well, Royal is, but you know…). A 106 hour experience that flew quicker than a lot of 20-30 hour games.
  2. Resident Evil 7 - A real resurgence for the franchise. The shift to first person worked so majestically.
  3. Horizon: Zero Dawn - Probably my favourite “open world” game from this gen. One of the few that was a genuine pleasure to explore every nook and cranny.


  1. Celeste - A sensation game to be honest. 2D side-scrolling puzzle platforming perfection/
  2. Astro Bot: Rescue Mission - Worth the PSVR price of admission alone. Revolutionary 3D platformer that more people need to play.
  3. Marvel’s Spider-Man - Up there with Arkham City as my favourite superhero game. The web swinging in this game is the best way to travel.


  1. Resident Evil 2 - For my money, the best game in the franchise. Absolutely adored the way Capcom reimagined and evolved this game.
  2. Days Gone - I love this game, and to this day, I will never wrap my head around the panning it received from critics.
  3. Beat Saber - Like Guitar Hero on steroids. A lot fun, and a great workout to boot. Would recommend it on Oculus though, you can’t download custom songs on the PSVR version.

Honorable mentions:

  • Life is Strange
  • Titanfall 2
  • Superhot VR
  • Yakuza 0
  • Tales of Berseria
  • God of War
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Trust when I say that Dishonored 2 is the superior game, an excellent sequel indeed. You must get on it.


Interesting thread. I didn’t play much the past decade, but I still want to build a small backlog of gems that I missed out on. Very much need a Switch as well

The list here is in no particular order:

Death Stranding
Mass Effect 2
Persona 5 Royal
Yakuza 0
Batman Arkham City/Origins
The Witcher 3
God of War
The Last of Us
Doki Doki Literature Club
Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward
428 Shibuya Scramble
Steins;Gate 0

I guess these are my favorite games from that period. Frankly I don’t see why people seem to think gaming has “fallen”. I mean, there ARE more shady business practices and lazy developers than before, but in my opinion there are just as many good and innovatives games compared to other generations. You just have to look for them.

I don’t think I really need to explain in detail why I liked the first 2 games of the list, as I already did in other threads. MGSV doesn’t have the series’ best story by far, but it’s carried but its absolutely brilliant gameplay. Death Stranding is what happens when there’s no one saying “no” to Kojima’s crazy ass ideas, yet it somehow worked, at least in my opinion.

ME2 is overall the best game of the series and I played the shit out of it back in 2010. ME3 is a close second. Persona 5 was already a near perfect JRPG, and then came Royal and improved it on nearly all aspects. Yakuza 0 is the game that got me into the Yakuza series and although it has plenty of other great games, 0 has the best combat, story and side activities.

I put Arkham City and Origins together because from a gameplay standpoint they are basically the same. But in my opinion Origins has the superior writing and it’s underrated in that regard. It had a fun online multiplayer too (it had a shitty matchmaking but it was still a fun experience). Spider-Man has very similar formula to the Arkham games but web-swinging is way more fun than gliding or driving the Batmobile.

I can’t say anything about TW3, GoW, TLOU and RDR2 that hasn’t already been said by the gaming community. It might be cliche to have them in a “favorite games” list but it’s only a cliche because they ARE that damned good.

Don’t listen to the whinny players. Overwatch is still da shit.

The last 4 games are all visual novels, which is a type of game that is still not very popular these days, but I guarantee you could pick any of these I listed here and you wouldn’t regret buying it (in fact, one of them is free on Steam)! DDLC was a very surprising experience and is a textbook example on how to use psychological horror in video games. Virtue’s Last Reward’s writting is so genius that by the time you think you’ve figured out what’s going, it throws another unexpected twist on you. 428 Shibuya Scramble was technically released in 2008, but it only arrived in the West in 2018, and it is simply one of the best visual novels ever. Period. You control 4 different characters and it’s up to you to pick the right choices in their own respective routes in order to progress the story. And I refuse to elaborate further. Seriously, go play it right now if you like visual novels. Steins Gate 0 is a worthy continuation of the original game. It expands on the previous game without ever feeling like it is an unnecessary sequel.

Honorable mentions: Ace Attorney Dual Destinies, Persona 4 Golden, Jedi Fallen Order, Undertale, AI: The Somnium Files.


Lot of good mentions here with Dishonored, ME2, Arkham, and RE7.

I’ll add a couple FPS to the list:

Doom 2016: Doom is such a fluid and fun FPS with a great accompanying soundtrack. A fun kinda-sorta reboot that was way better than it had any right to be, but I’m glad we got it.

Bioshock Infinite: Another great game. I remember being worried the game would be one long escort mission, but no Elizabeth was a great companion. Soundtrack of old timey modern songs were fun too. The ending I kinda figured would be a can of worms when I saw the direction they were going, but I think they pulled it off. Besides there’s no such thing as bad Jennifer Hale.

Lastly, I have to add Minecraft into the mix. Simple as it may be, it has brought me many hours of fun by myself and with some of the MGSF crew.

As far as visual novels go, I’d have to throw in an honorable mention for the Danganronpa games too, particularly Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. They’re not for everyone; I can see why people would call them long, convoluted or tropey, but I love them.

For my money, Elizabeth is the best companion character in gaming, full stop. A consistent supply of ammo, health and salts, her ability to produce tears introduced a tactical element I don’t expect from Bioshock, and she’s just a wonderfully charming and brilliantly written character.

Something like this I think.


Amen to that. I loved that Batman actually felt like a person, and the way Bane was handled overall. Not to mention some of the best bosses in the Arkham series.

I absolutely love that format of breaking it down year-by-year. Crazy to think how many beloved games really did come out during that decade looking back.

Little Big Planet 1, 2 & 3.
Limitless potential…which is why in haven’t ever finished anything…but it’s there. Now Dreams makes it even worse.

It’s a little known series…what’s the point in wasting time :joy:

No Man’s Sky.
The greatest indie game of all time. There are currently 13 people working on it…the other 13 are making a game more ambitious (because why not!?). The turnaround in reputation of Hello Games is an actual miracle.

Just to walk around a planet would have done me, but most of the stuff they added I haven’t even touched. I’ve swam around an entire planet :wink: I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Yo Mamma Legs. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Black Forest Gateau. All those moments are playlisted at (only the swimming part is there actually, in case you take that too seriously :joy:)

Days Gone.
One of the best times of my streaming life was playing this to a small group of friends. I will play it again soon because of my PS5. “MY LEG! IT’S IN A BEAR TRAP” is enough to give this 10 out of 10 :joy: Also, I said it would be great and people laughed, so ha ha ha!


Asuras Wrath
BF3, the greatest fps of all time IMO
Doom 2016 (eternal was meh)
king of fighters 13
Asetto Corsa
F1 2019 (only reason to not put 2020 was cause…well duh lol)
Rocket League!!!
Metal Gear Rising!
yknow, I really like want to hate on mgsv for not being as great as I wanted it to be, but I cant deny that playing it is actually really fun. release some dlc for it already dammit :frowning:
Call of Duty (mw3, black ops 1/3, infinite warfare, and modern warfare 2019). say what you will about cod but they explored and changed the formula alot the past decade and for the most part I actually really enjoyed it. the only true bombs were world war 2 and advanced warfare
MLB 15 the show. it revitalized the series as it was starting to become dreadful
gotta cosign no mans sky
will update with any more I remember. trying to remember games i really wasted a lot of time on

Oh fuck yeah. How could I forget.

Also, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and Revelations. I can hardly believe that the first game came out in 2007, it feels far too long ago.

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Brotherhood yes. I adored it and the multiplayer was a breath of fresh air (even if the only trophy I didn’t get for it was the “Extreme Variety” one)

Revelations I thought was bland and hardly recall it.


Hahahahaha, yeah. Me and @DirtySpaceDuck both feel you on this.

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To make it worse I got it within the first few days in Revelations multi, I don’t know if they lowered the requirements but either way I was not amused.