2010 didn’t seem that far away until I started looking at how many games have been released since then. Hundreds of games from teams across the world, spanning a myriad of platforms and genres. Some of which I devoured, others I merely scratched the surface of and many that had never even made it on my radar.
While I haven’t even put a dent in all the games that have come out since 2010, narrowing down 10 years of games to one favorite game per year still wasn’t an easy task (especially when there are so many left unplayed in my backlog), but here are my picks and their runner-ups.
Fallout: New Vegas (2010)
Runner-ups of 2010: Alan Wake, Fable III and Halo: Reach.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
Runner-ups of 2011: Bastion, Star Wars: The Old Republic and Minecraft.
The Walking Dead (2012)
Runner-ups of 2012: Legend of Grimrock, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and Guild Wars 2.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (2013)
Runner-ups of 2013: Runescape 3, State of Decay and The Wolf Among Us.
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014)
Runner-ups of 2014: Murdered: Soul Suspect, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and Child of Light.
Fallout 4 (2015)
Runner-ups of 2015: Life is Strange, Halo 5: Guardians and Ori and the Blind Forest.
Runner-ups of 2016: Firewatch, Stardew Valley and Quantum Break.
What Remains of Edith Finch (2017)
Runner-ups of 2017: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Narcosis and Night in the Woods.
Octopath Traveler (2018)
Runner-ups of 2018: Fallout 76, Subnautica and Forza Horizon 4.
Untitled Goose Game (2019)
Runner-ups of 2019: Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Dragon Quest Builders 2 and The Outer Worlds.
And so ends a decade of digital adventures, stories, and characters that we have played, enjoyed and loved. Looking back at 10 years of games played and unplayed was not only daunting but made me realize how diverse my gaming interests are and how much my video game consumption has changed.
While we know some of what 2020 and beyond has in store for us in terms of releases, there is a whole ‘nother decade of amazing gaming experiences yet to come. I can’t wait!