Games of the Decade (2010-2019)
Compared to other rankings, the "games of the decade" one makes for a weird list. A year is a small enough chunk of time where everything is pretty manageable and comparable, while a generation collects games together based on their shared hardware limitations. A decade, however, spans both more time and more hardware than either metric, and the beginning and end are marked only by our somewhat arbitrary base-ten number system. That serves to make this list itself feel even more arbitrary than your average rankings list, but such arbitrary restrictions are part of the fun, right?
This is my stab at the latest list-making trend, and includes my 25 favorite video games released in North America between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2019. It covers an eclectic mix of games from many different genres, budgets, hardware platforms, and periods of design trends. Which, as initially stated, makes for a weird list. But it's also a list of 25 amazing games that I have a lot of fondness for, many of which I'd place among my all-time favorites. A decade is a long time, which affords it a lot (seriously, a lot) of great games. These are my favorite 25 among them.
Two quick notes before we get started. First, I tried my best to order these games by preference, but when ordering the best of the best, the margins are incredibly slim. So don’t put too much stock in the exact order; it’s all in the ballpark. Second, while I could easily write countless more words on why I think every game here is as brilliant as it is, I elected to keep it (relatively) brief here. I’ve written about nearly all of them on this site before, and if you do want to know more, feel free to ask.
And with that, thanks for reading, and have a fantastic day!