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Thread: Games Of The Decade (2010-2019)

  1. #1
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    Games Of The Decade (2010-2019)

    These lists are popping up on gaming sites all over, and I'd like to hear what TTLGers' fave games of the 2010's have been. Besides Dark Souls, I mean.

    My top ten:

    Dark Souls (2011)
    I remember playing this and thinking "Why am I putting myself through this? Why am I putting myself through the frustrations of playing any game?" and also "Why would I ever play any other game besides this? No other game is as meaningful as Dark Souls." Still not sure I can really explain the dark spell this game put on me.

    Tricky Truck (2010)
    This was my gateway drug, not only to truck games, but to simulator games as a whole. It is what led me to discover several of my other favourite games of the decade: Spintires, Euro Truck Simulator 2, Elite Dangerous, The Little Crane That Could, Lunar Flight, etc. It's simple physics-based arcade gameplay, developed by one person, is the template for the kinds of games I want to make myself.

    Spintires demo/Spintires/Mudrunner (2012/2014/2017)
    Tricky Truck might've introduced me to truck games, but Spintires' lumbering Soviet era trucks got me hooked. Conquering its rough terrains, crafted from the most exquisite mud, water, and vegetation physics you've ever seen, was a challenge I did not know I craved before I played it.

    FTL (2012)
    Really made me feel like the captain of a spaceship. Its challenging permadeath system made each journey thrilling and terrifying.

    Beat Saber (2018)
    Do you wanna FEEL GOOD? Play some Beat Saber. I've played probably 100 hours of Beat Saber. It is VR's killer app, if you ask me.

    Metal Gear Solid V (2015)
    Just about the best stealth-action game ever made. Has amazingly deep systems and doesn't tell you how to use them, which leads to it being one of those rare games where you try something, thinking "this'll never work" and then it does and you're amazed at what videogames can be.

    Frozen Synapse (2011)
    Like most entries on this list, this game was something I didn't know I wanted until I played it. I'd heard good things, I gave it a shot, and now it's my most played game on Steam. It's important to try new things.

    Desert Golfing (2014)
    My second-most played game of the decade, after Dark Souls. This simple 2D golfing game is the holy grail of procedural generation. It is the game that shows if you have great core systems, you don't need anything else.

    The Last Of Us (2013)
    I thought this was a really good linear storybased action-adventure until about halfway through when I realized it might be one of the best linear storybased action-adventures ever, and then the ending happened and it was so much better than you'd reasonably expect from a videogame.

    Deadly Premonition (2010)
    A crappy masterpiece infused with so much creativity and personality. It's like the "Evil Dead 2" of videogames.

    I realize it's mostly stuff from the first half of the decade. Perhaps because they've had more time to cement themselves as undisputable classics in my mind, they've edged out later entries like Firewatch, Prey, and Breath of the Wild, let alone anything from 2019.

    OK NOW U

  2. #2
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
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    I'm Commander Shepard and this is my favourite list on the Enterprise.

  3. #3
    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    Ok, here's my top 10:
    Victoria 2 (2010), Skyrim (2011), Dishonored (2012), Firewatch (2016), INSIDE (2016), Prey (2016), Hyperlight Drifter (2016), Avorion (2017), Subnautica (2018), & Kingdom Come Deliverance (2018).

    And here are the runners up:
    X3 Albion Prelude (2011), FTL (2012), Gravteam Tactics (2012), Pixel Dungeon (2012), GTA V (2013), IL-2 Stalingrad (2013), Caves of Qud (2015), Ori and the Blind Forest (2015), Opus Magnum (2017), Red Strings Club (2018), Return of the Obra Dinn (2018), Noita (2019).

  4. #4
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
    Location: not here
    In no particular order or meaningfulness, some games:

    The Walking Dead S1: We'll remember that, Telltale. Now, rest.
    Portal 2/Trine 2: Trine 2 was a great co-op experience, and also gorgeous af. However, I'm pretty sure I made a set of portals in Portal 2 that slung henke into a vat of acid while convincing him I'd come up with the solution to a puzzle, and for that alone it is the GAME OF THE DECADE*
    Alien: Isolation/SOMA: ever wanted to know what it feels like to have a pneumatic jaw bash your sphenoid bone into your occipital lobe? Alien: Isolation helps you find out! Meanwhile, SOMA quietly infiltrates your consciousness and asks you some of the bleakest questions ever posed several metres beneath the ocean's surface.
    Mass Effect 2/The Witcher 3: These are the best guns 'n conversation or swords 'n conversation games, which did you know is in fact a whole entire genre, including the 'or'!
    The Last of Us: here is the answer to the question 'what if we portrayed Nathan Drake as the person you play him as', and um, wow. We're assholes, all of us. The more you know!
    Detention: who knew the people who could actually follow up Silent Hill would be from Taiwan, and they'd do it with a 2D game sporting a collage aesthetic that looks like puppets jerking against crumpled memories and gouache
    Nioh: best combat gameplay of the motherhuffing everfluffing decade, bar none. Fight me. *Also if you don't want to fight me you're missing the point.

    HONOURABLE MENTIONS/games that I almost cared about:

    Dishonored/Prey/Deus Ex: HR/MD: frankly these should be included in the games of the decade, HR at the very least for bringing the imsim back along with Dishonored. But I keep flip-flopping on whether to put these up there, so treat 'em like Schrödinger's skullgun or something.
    Red Dead Redemption: I had a PS3. So I bought this. This was, as it turns out, a mistake. Rerelease this fucking thing on the PC, R*.
    Journey: I had a PS3. So I bought this. This was, as it turns out, also a mistake. Operating at the intersection of semiotics and religious/cultural messaging without much of a point (it's the Journey, not the destination, geddit!?), but pretty. So pretty!
    Hyperlight Lover Drifter: best game I kickpunched, sorry, kickstarted
    Hotline Miami: best tunez
    Transistor: bester tunez
    Nier: Automata: bestest tunez, also fabulous game that's obtuse about a straightforward story, but I can forgive it because I'm a hypocrite, also because it isn't Journey
    Dark Souls: okay, I lied, I couldn't almost care about Dark Souls, I just... don't care. I can appreciate it, but I don't have to like its leaden pace and its plodding punishment. Also it's responsible for ALL THE GODFORSAKEN CLONES WE'RE STILL OVERRUN WITH. Screw off, Dark Souls. With love. <3

    *j/k it's really Okami HD

  5. #5
    Registered: Feb 2001
    Location: Somewhere
    holy crap thats a really hard ask, so many games between that period.

  6. #6
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Deus Ex: Human Revolution
    Into the Breach
    Mark of the Ninja
    Invisible Inc.
    Fallout: New Vegas
    Legend of Grimrock 2
    Shadowrun: Dragonfall
    The Talos Principle
    Bioshock 2

  7. #7
    Tall order here. This is what I came up with though, first glance (not ranked):

    Skyrim (2011)
    Breath of the Wild (2017)
    Don't Starve (2013) - Most time I've put in a game, probably ever besides Thief.
    Hyperlight Drifter (2016) - Something about this game, I keep going back to it.
    Dying Light (2015) - Best zombie game ever, plus great platforming, cool day/night cycle.
    Hollow Knight (2017) - Metroid for this generation.
    Dishonored(s) (2012/2016) - Going to count these all as 1.
    Witcher 3 (2015) - Completing my holy trilogy of large open world RPGs.
    Last of Us (2013)
    Dark Souls 2 (2014) - You never forget your first Dark Souls.

    Honorable Mention Section (aka The Next 10):

    Styx Master of Shadows (2014)
    Talos Principle (2014)
    Alien Isolation (2014)
    DXHR (2011)
    Soma (2015)
    Super Mario Odyssey (2017)
    Prey (2017)
    Infra (2017)
    Hitman (2016)
    Golf Story (2017)
    Last edited by Brethren; 19th Nov 2019 at 13:52.

  8. #8
    Thing What Kicks
    Registered: Apr 2004
    Location: London
    Ack, I'm with PigLick on this, but here's a couple to get me started:

    Witcher 3
    Yes, the combat and gear systems are not great, but holy crap, there's just so much good in this game, and it really moved the goal posts for subsequently released RPGs. It's also got two cracking expansions. After finishing this, I really struggled to find something else that would hold my attention as much.

    New Hitman (Hitman 2016 / Hitman 2)
    The Hitman formula finally delivered with the full promise of the series, taking the baton from Blood Money and improving on it in every aspect. I just can't stop playing this, and it's a perfect palette cleanser when I'm tiring of other things. It can be played in short bursts, or for hours long sessions, and it's always fresh.
    The Elusive Targets released in a steady drip-feed always serve to prompt me to revisit the game regularly, and I always, always discover something new or something I'd previously completely missed.

    MGS V (both Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain
    Yeah, I'm with henke here, and this is definitely one of my favourite games of the past decade, if not ever. Even though it doesn't finish properly.
    I include Ground Zeroes, as TPP, while utterly glorious, can end up becoming too easy once you've got access to all the toys. Ground Zeroes on the other hand offers an almost perfect slice of TPP's gameplay, but with enough restrictions that it always remains challenging. There's a surprising amount of content in that deceptively small island location.

    Demon's Souls
    I'm gonna go full-on hipster and claim I was in to Dark Souls before it was Dark Souls
    I'm sure that if I played them back-to-back now, I would have to admit the Dark Souls is the better game. But Demon's Souls was my first experience with the formula, so much so that when Dark Souls came out, I was already beginning to experience Souls-burnout. I bought the American import, then the UK version when that was released, and I played them both to death, getting to New Game+ 5 or 6 both times.
    I mean technically, the US version was released in 2009, so I shouldn't include it in this list, but the UK one was published in 2010, so nyah.
    No boss in any game will be as memorable as Old Monk, and I remember thinking that this was the most inventive implementation of online multiplayer I'd experienced in years. And the world Tendency alignment system, while hard to get your head around, was so rewarding to manipulate over the course of multiple run-throughs.
    But as noted, I burned out on the formula, and none of the Souls-likes have managed to capture my imagination as much as that first game.
    Tower of Latria forever!

    Dragon's Dogma
    I went through a half-year period where my main gaming PC died, so most of my gaming was done on PS3, and that's when I picked this up for "free" on PlayStation Plus.
    It ended up becoming one of my favourite games, with its weird mash-up of Monster Hunter / Dark Souls / Open World RPG gameplay and even weirder story.
    Much like Demon's Souls, I played through this multiple times, trying to experience everything I could. I even killed Death.
    I'm a bit gutted there's never been a proper sequel.
    The PS3 had some cracking games in its catalogue, and this and the previously mentioned Demon's Souls were my favourites.

    Doom 2016
    While I can't stand Bethesda / Zenimax, I have to grudgingly admit that they've brought a much needed focus to id Software's releases. And boy, Doom 2016 is one big release. A violent orgasm of bullets, blood and bile, with one of the most innovative soundtracks I've ever experienced in gaming. Doom 2016's music was as revolutionary for me as the first time hearing context sensitive music in Total Annihilation.
    Yes, the game's a bit too formulaic, and yes, even while openly poking fun at games that interrupt gameplay to blurt out exposition at you and take away your control, it commits the very same sin, especially early on.
    But it's so gloriously fast and physical, and a transcendent aural assault.
    I've been personally boycotting Bethesda games since I finished Dishonoured 2 (not because of that game, but for their business practices), but Doom Eternal may make me cave.

    I mean technically, the second game's much more impressive. But the first game was where I fell in love, and I just found its story more focussed (if simplistic), with the moral choices being far more interesting. Again, this is another game I played through multiple times and never tired of, although I could never quite bring myself to go full-on murder-happy. The DLCs were also superb, and getting to play as Michael Madsen's Daud was just awesome.

    Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
    This is the real, modern successor to stuff like Baldur's Gate and Fallout. I only bought it once they added turn-based combat, and even then I was unsure I'd made the right decision, as I found the first game a depressing slog.
    But Deadfire by contrast is light, breezy and urgent in its delivery, while offering a surprisingly excellent alternative to the D&D ruleset. It doesn't shy away from serious topics, but rarely falls in to the same trap as the first game, which had a tendency to deliver page after page of dry fantasy bollocks, wrapped up in made-up words with little explanation as to their relevance.
    It's a complete story with very little fat on its bones and a satisfactory ending, heavily influenced by your decisions.
    Also, you can turn an ornery, disembodied head into a be-tentacled elder god, just because.
    Possibly one of may favourite bits in any CRPG ever, and mostly because of the character's confused reaction. I've really got in to playing Chaotic/Neutral style characters recently, and Deadfire caters to that style in spades.

    I'm sure I'm missing something big from this list, so may update it later.

    At the same time, there are also games I've spent a huge amount of time playing this past decade, but don't feel comfortable adding as "Favourites", just maddeningly compelling loops of loot like Destiny 2, Diablo 3 and Guild Wars 2.
    I really enjoy them while I'm playing them, but I'm fully aware that they're catering almost exclusively to my lizard-brained addiction to the next drop / level / achievement.

  9. #9
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    Location: Finland
    I'm seeing a lot of titles I almost put on my list. Invisible Inc, Prey, The Witcher 3.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sulphur View Post
    I'm pretty sure I made a set of portals in Portal 2 that slung henke into a vat of acid while convincing him I'd come up with the solution to a puzzle
    Good times.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sulphur View Post
    okay, I lied, I couldn't almost care about Dark Souls, I just... don't care. I can appreciate it, but I don't have to like its leaden pace and its plodding punishment. Also it's responsible for ALL THE GODFORSAKEN CLONES WE'RE STILL OVERRUN WITH.
    You mean like Nioh?

  10. #10
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    1. The Witcher 3
    2. Fallout - New Vegas (2010)
    3. MGS V
    4. Prey
    5. Alien Isolation
    6. Dishonored
    7. Dead Cells
    8. Hollow Knight
    9. Shadowun - Hongkong
    10. XCOM 2

  11. #11
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
    Location: not here
    Quote Originally Posted by henke View Post
    You mean like Nioh?
    Nioh's dirty little secret is that it's a hodgepodge inspired by Team Ninja's own history of bastard hard action/Onimusha as well as Dark Souls, but point taken. Some really good games owe their existence to Dark Souls, like Hollow Knight and I dunno, Nethack? Oh wait, I've got my causality mixed up again.

  12. #12
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
    Location: not here
    I find it interesting no one's mentioned Minecraft. I wasn't particularly blown away by it, but I know a good idea executed well when I see it. Wasn't most of the community enamoured with the game at some point?

  13. #13
    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    TTLG got in on it from the pre-alpha or alpha version, and I thought that was 2009 or I might have listed it. (I did list it in the games I've obsessed over thread.) Wiki is saying the alpha release was early 2010 though, so it probably should be listed. We had some good times on the servers in its heyday, and some of the mods really let you get obsessively into it. It had the potential to have great adventure maps, but most of them were targetting a young crowd. But some of them were amazing game experiences by themselves. I love the idea of an open world and broad objectives that you just do yourself that the game itself doesn't even police. Paradox grand strategies and Minecraft were great for that.

  14. #14
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Played it for a month, then I'd had enough. It's only good if your the "creator type", which I am not. All I liked was destroying other peoples stuff.

  15. #15
    Terraria is much more deserving of a spot on my Games of the Decade list than Minecraft. While Minecraft did have a feeling of scope and some level of wow-factor the first time I logged in, it IMO lacks severely in the gameplay department especially compared to Terraria.

  16. #16
    Registered: Jul 2002
    Location: Edmonton
    I can't remember every game I played in the last 10 years, but Dark Souls is definitely the game of the decade for me.

  17. #17
    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    Minecraft was only really playable (1) being on a server with friends (where it was more about just hanging out with them in this shared world you could build in and go on little mini-quests together), (2) with mods, (3) playing fan maps (also better with friends, but then your pool of people is less).

  18. #18
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Ireland
    I seem to have ended up with 11:

    Fallout: New Vegas
    My favourite Fallout game. Great writing and world-building, while being first-person, which forces me to favour it over the originals.
    I really liked how the world, factions and characters felt alive and believable.

    Dark Souls
    Yes, I loved this series as well. I can't quite decide which specific game in the series is my favourite, as I liked them all.

    Vermintide 1/2
    My favourite multiplayer game of the period. Combines the rich Warhammer lore with beautiful graphics, well-designed levels, and really fun combat mechanics.
    The first game had more interesting levels, whereas the second has more options and more refined gameplay.

    Return of the Obra Dinn
    An amazing, unique experience. A really inventive new concept combined with good writing and awesome music.

    Doom (2016)
    This managed to throw back to what made the classic shooters such as the original Doom great, while managing to find a good balance between classic gameplay and modern innovations.

    Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun
    There haven't really been any tactical stealth games since Commandos and Desperados, and Mimimi managed to not only revive the genre, but managed to innovate on it in an interesting setting with well-written characters.

    The return of the Immersive Sim and the closest thing to a modern Thief game that we have.
    A well-designed setting and good stealth gameplay, which I somehow feel I should have liked more than I did. I feel like it was a solid, competent game, but somehow lacked that shine to make it stand out as much as it maybe should have. I really need to replay it (and actually get around to playing the second one.)

    Divinity Original Sin 1
    Only in Rivellon. I'm not usually the biggest fan of turn-based games, but the elemental magic system made combat in Original Sin very interesting, combined with a well-written world and some humour.
    A shame that their decisions regarding armour made the combat in the second game feel like a chore instead.

    This is another problematic Arkane game. I feel like what could have been a great game was let down by poor combat, completely un-interesting enemy design (apart from the Mimics), and just not enough good characters.

    Deus Ex 3/4
    These were overshadowed by their predecersor.
    The gameplay was mostly good (though I didn't like the way XP system pushed you to play a certain way, e.g. hack everything), and the setting was competent and sometimes interesting, plus it tried to do the classic sci-fi thing of examining the clash between technology and culture, but it just couldn't hold up to the amazing writing of the original game.
    Mostly good world-building let down by a poor main story.

    Life Goes On
    Every list needs an obscure indie game, and this one is mine.
    A unique concept for a puzzle game, well-executed and with really well-designed levels which naturally teach you each new mechanic without hand-holding.

  19. #19
    Registered: Mar 2014
    Location: Yeah.
    Limiting it to 3 from each year it would be;

    2010: StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, Mass Effect 2, Fallout: New Vegas
    2011: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Portal 2
    2012: XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Dishonored, Mass Effect 3
    2013: Pokemon Y, Bioshock: Infinite, The Stanley Parable
    2014: Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls
    2015: Undertale, The Witcher 3, Fallout 4
    2016: Dishonored 2, Doom, XCOM 2
    2017: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Prey, Divinity: Original Sin 2
    2018: Hitman 2, Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition, Dusk
    2019: The Outer Worlds, Hedon, Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order

  20. #20
    PC Gamering Smartey Man
    I <3 consoles and gamepads

    Registered: Aug 2007
    Location: New Zealand
    Fallout: New Vegas
    Mass Effect 2
    Mass Effect 3
    Bioshock 2
    Deus Ex: Human Revolution
    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
    Far Cry 4
    Steins;Gate Elite
    Assassin's Creed: Origins
    Assassin's Creed: Odyssey

    Honourable mentions:-
    Skyrim, Fallout 4. Neither are great games but I sunk hundreds of hours in each.

  21. #21
    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: the Sheeple Pen
    A useful tip for anyone who knows the release years of their games as badly as I do: if you have GOG 2.0, you can sort your whole games collection by the release year of each game.

  22. #22
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Ireland
    I did that to make my list.

    A few things seem to be sorted out-of-order there though.

  23. #23
    Registered: Sep 2000
    Location: Hong Kong
    This is a tough one. There's been a tonne of amazing games this decade -- I'm sure I'll come back and edit this list in a few days but, for now, the following games stand out in my mind as the games of the decade (or my favourite ones at the very least). Apart from Dark Souls, which sits at the top of the list, these are in no particular order.

    Dark Souls 1, 2 & 3 - I struggle to pick a clear favourite out of this series. After spending countless hours replaying through the entire series on the PC, I succumbed to buying all three games on the PS4 Pro at some stage last year and have almost finished an end-to-end playthrough of each of them (albeit not in order: DS3, DS1 and am now over halfway through DS2). A life-changing series
    Bloodborne - A very close second. I didn't really appreciate this as much until my second playthrough (not NG+).
    Soma - One of the most thought-provoking and, at times, terrifying games ever made.
    Inside - This somehow managed to top Limbo, their previous effort.
    The Last Of Us
    Telltales Walking Dead
    Mass Effect 2
    Far Cry 3
    Deus Ex: HR & MD
    Fallout: New Vegas

  24. #24
    Registered: Sep 2001
    Location: above the clouds
    This does make me realise I've still failed to play many of the great games of the decade, some of which I have actually owned for years.

    Games which I have played enough of to mention:

    Skyrim, Portal 2, Doom and Horizon Zero Dawn.

  25. #25
    Quote Originally Posted by scumble View Post
    This does make me realise I've still failed to play many of the great games of the decade, some of which I have actually owned for years.
    Yeah... I just went through the thread and counted 4 games I've played, and a further 13 that are in my collection but which I have never played. I'm not surprised, really -- I haven't done very much gaming in the past decade -- but it does makes me curious about what I'm missing.

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