How about Game of the Decade?



  • This sounds MASSIVE in a great way, let's go for it! Can't wait to struggle with putting my favourites in order. :) That'll be something.
    The point system should be pretty solid now with that suggested score board, thumbs up.



  • Oooooo! I'm totally down for this. How many total listed picks are you thinking? The regular 25, or might the list get padded out a bit, given the possible 250 titles?



  • Xenoblade Chronicles

    Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition would win if it came out last decade though.



  • @sazime Hard to tell now if we'll end up with a top 25, or a top 50, or more. Will depend on how many people vote, how the votes are spread, etc.

    I'm hoping for a top 50 but we'll see how it pans out!



  • I think the instinct about not making the lowest value a "1" is right on the money, but this seems like a weird solution to that end. I'm still happy with it, but I wouldn't mind seeing the points even further simplified into, say, 3 tiers (top 5, middle ranks 6-15, and then bottom 16-20), with the points being the same within a tier. The lack of finer distinctions won't shift the results too often when the end tally is the sum of so many people providing inputs. But it makes it easier to think about and acknowledges that for anyone's individual list, there won't be a precise pattern to how much each entry is liked above the next.

    If we don't like tiers, I also like the idea of just having the points vary from 25 points down to 6 points, or even more compressed like 30 points down to 11 points.

    Basically, I think one should be cautious about each additional formula embellishment that minimizes the impact of "number of votes" in order to emphasize "how high was it voted". The formula is going to be forgotten once results start rolling in, and at the margins more people are happier with the overall community list when the more popular games win.



  • @chocobop From my understanding, @Axel 's suggestion is meant to emphasise the impact of number of votes. He's saying that a game that is voted for by five people should always be at least equal to a game voted for by one person, no matter how highly that game is listed by the one person.

    I definitely want to majority of my list to be ordered.



  • @chocobop I'm not in favour of tiers because I think ranking the games is something most people enjoy, and only splitting them into 3 or 4 groups wouldn't be as satisfying (and agonizing). We would also probably end up with a lot more draws, if there's only 3 or 4 different amounts of points a game can receive.

    Having the points decrease linearly from 25 to 6 is almost the same as what I'm suggesting, except it would remove the distinction between HMs and the games that made your top 15. And the top game getting a bigger point bump over second place. I find it "cleaner" to have the points range between 5 and 25 rather than 6 and 25 too, just OCD things :)



  • So I gathered all the eligible games into one big list, and out of curiosity highlighted the ones I have personally played, and I got 90! So I'll have to pick 20 out of those 90, this is going to be more heartbreaking than ever!



  • I feel like I played a ton of games in this decade (high school / early university) but I honestly don’t know if I have fully completed 20 of them.

    This is going to be hard in the opposite direction. I want to fill out 20 games but I also want to pick ones I’ve given more than a fair shake.



  • I'm down for this. I pretty much got my top 15 already, if the games I'm thinking of are on the list.



  • I'm completely fine with the process, point system, et. al., but I just wanted to be explicitly clear: The ONLY games that are eligible are the ones that made the GOTY threads right? As in, we can't just pick our own personal games that didn't make any of those lists? If that is the case it limits my choices and I just want to know what I'm able to work with. If there is an applicable master file of all eligible games, that would also be of great help.



  • I now have to say that not being able to vote for Katana Zero would be a blow to my new found love for my favorite 2D game.

    I also find 10 games per list to be a bit low for each list, but that's not a big deal.



  • And I know there was some squabble above about the fact that under no circumstances will anybody EVER be fully prepared to vote on this list considering we all have busy lives and won't be able to ever cross a decade of games off our lists, but are we considering any catch up time before voting begins?

    I want to give a few heavy hitters like Mass Effect 2 their honest shake before I cast my votes. I have a feeling like some opinions of mine changed with time. And once I see the list in full, about 20-30 days would be a nice buffer before voting. I'll go with the flow either way.



  • On a related note, something about the voting pool being constrained to a predetermined list makes me want to be looser in casting votes for games. For individual years I resisted voting for games that I was rooting for and I know I'll love way more than my bottom picks but just haven't gotten around to yet. Now, I feel willing to vote for these. Does anyone else feel that way?



  • I put all the lists together.

    2019
    #1. Resident Evil 2
    #2. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
    #3. The Outer Worlds
    #4. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
    #5. Control
    #6. Death Stranding
    #7. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
    #8. Astral Chain
    #9. Devil May Cry 5
    #10. Metro Exodus
    #11. Kingdom Hearts III
    #12. Days Gone
    #13. Disco Elysium
    #14. Outer Wilds
    #15. A Plague Tale: Innocence
    #16. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
    #17. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
    #18. Gears 5
    #19. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
    #20. Apex Legends
    #21. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III
    #22. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
    #23. Judgment
    #24. Borderlands 3
    #25. Tetris 99

    2018
    #1. God of War
    #2. Red Dead Redemption 2
    #3. Marvel's Spider-Man
    #4. Monster Hunter World
    #5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
    #6. Yakuza Kiwami 2
    #7. Assassin's Creed Odyssey
    #8. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
    #9. Valkyria Chronicles 4
    #10. Return of the Obra Dinn
    #11. Detroit: Become Human
    #12. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
    #13. Celeste
    #14. Spyro Reignited Trilogy
    #15. Octopath Traveler
    #16. Forza Horizon 4
    #17. Astro Bot Rescue Mission
    #18. Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna - The Golden Country
    #19. Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
    #19. Tetris Effect
    #21. Kingdom Come: Deliverance
    #22. The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories
    #23. Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Eevee!
    #24. Into the Breach
    #25. Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden

    2017
    #1. Persona 5
    #2. Horizon Zero Dawn
    #3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    #4. Super Mario Odyssey
    #5. NieR:Automata
    #6. Yakuza 0
    #7. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
    #8. Resident Evil VII: Biohazard
    #9. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
    #10. Cuphead
    #11. Nioh
    #12. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
    #13. Divinity: Original Sin II
    #14. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
    #15. Prey
    #16. Gravity Rush 2
    #17. What Remains of Edith Finch
    #18. Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
    #19. Sonic Mania
    #20. Assassin's Creed Origins
    #21. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
    #22. Mass Effect: Andromeda
    #23. Pyre
    #24. Injustice 2
    #25. The Evil Within 2

    2016
    #1. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
    #2. Dark Souls III
    #3. Final Fantasy XV
    #4. Overwatch
    #5. DOOM
    #6. Ratchet & Clank
    #7. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
    #8. The Last Guardian
    #9. Pokémon Sun and Moon
    #10. The Witness
    #11. INSIDE
    #12. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth
    #13. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II
    #14. Stardew Valley
    #15. Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE
    #16. Street Fighter V
    #16. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel
    #18. Hitman
    #19. Titanfall 2
    #20. Civilization VI
    #21. Firewatch
    #22. XCOM 2
    #23. Let It Die
    #24. World of Final Fantasy
    #25. I Am Setsuna

    2015
    #1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
    #2. Bloodborne
    #3. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
    #4. Undertale
    #5. Rocket League
    #6. Life Is Strange
    #7. Xenoblade Chronicles X
    #8. Fallout 4
    #9. Splatoon
    #10. Batman: Arkham Knight
    #11. Yakuza 5
    #12. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC
    #13. Divinity Original Sin: Enhanced Edition
    #14. Assassin's Creed Syndicate
    #15. Until Dawn
    #16. Tales of Zestiria
    #17. Ori and the Blind Forest
    #18. SOMA
    #19. Super Mario Maker
    #20. Rise of the Tomb Raider

    2014
    #1. Shovel Knight
    #2. Wolfenstein: The New Order
    #3. South Park: The Stick of Truth
    #4. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
    #5. Bayonetta 2
    #6. Dragon Age: Inquisition
    #7. Dark Souls II
    #8. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
    #9. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
    #10. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
    #11. Alien: Isolation
    #12. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
    #13. P.T.
    #14. Transistor
    #15. Infamous Second Son
    #16. The Evil Within
    #17. Divinity: Original Sin
    #18. Mario Kart 8
    #19. The Banner Saga
    #20. Child of Light
    #21. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
    #22. Hearthstone
    #23. Destiny
    #24. Valiant Hearts: The Great War
    #25. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

    2013
    #1. The Last of Us
    #2. Grand Theft Auto V
    #3. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
    #4. Bioshock Infinite
    #5. Tomb Raider
    #6. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
    #7. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
    #8. Fire Emblem Awakening
    #9. The Stanley Parable
    #10. The Wonderful 101
    #11. Papers, Please
    #12. The Wolf Among Us
    #13. SteamWorld Dig
    #14. Batman: Arkham Origins
    #15. Super Mario 3D World
    #15. Rogue Legacy
    #17. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
    #18. Metro: Last Light
    #19. Gone Home
    #20. DmC: Devil May Cry

    2012
    #1. The Walking Dead
    #2. Mass Effect 3
    #3. Dishonored
    #4. Journey
    #5. Gravity Rush
    #6. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
    #7. Sleeping Dogs
    #8. Hotline Miami
    #9. Kid Icarus: Uprising
    #10. Spec Ops: The Line
    #11. Max Payne 3
    #12. Far Cry 3
    #13. Resident Evil: Revelations
    #14. Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward
    #15. The Last Story
    #16. Borderlands 2
    #17. Diablo III
    #18. Dragon's Dogma
    #19. FTL: Faster Than Light
    #20. Final Fantasy XIII-2
    #21. Tokyo Jungle
    #22. Tales of Graces f
    #23. Katawa Shoujo
    #24. Assassin's Creed III
    #25. Wipeout 2048

    2011
    #1. Portal 2
    #2. Batman: Arkham City
    #3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    #4. Dark Souls
    #5. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
    #6. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
    #7. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
    #8. Catherine
    #9. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
    #10. Xenoblade Chronicles
    #11. Yakuza 4
    #12. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
    #13. Super Mario 3D Land
    #14. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
    #15. Bastion
    #16. Dead Space 2
    #17. Dragon Age II
    #18. inFAMOUS 2
    #19. Resistance 3
    #19. L.A. Noire
    #21. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 - Innocent Sin
    #22. Gears of War 3
    #23. Pokémon Black and White
    #24. Rayman Origins
    #25. The King of Fighters XIII

    2010
    #1. Mass Effect 2
    #2. Red Dead Redemption
    #3. Fallout: New Vegas
    #4. Super Mario Galaxy 2
    #5. God of War III
    #6. Civilization V
    #7. Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
    #8. Donkey Kong Country Returns
    #9. Limbo
    #10. Heavy Rain
    #11. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
    #12. Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
    #13. Vanquish
    #14. Nier
    #15. Deadly Premonition
    #16. Halo: Reach
    #17. 3D Dot Game Heroes
    #18. God of War: Ghost of Sparta
    #19. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
    #20. Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
    #21. Skate 3
    #22. Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth
    #23. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game
    #24. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
    #25. Battlefield: Bad Company 2



  • @shoulderguy Too many good games in one post, it's too much for my eyes!

    Also, HZD above BoTW in 2017? Damn, I missed some exciting stuff on this forum.

    There's no Dishonored 2? Welp, I'm sad now.


  • Banned

    This is almost overwhelming. My list is just way too big and I can't even begin to figure out how to narrow it down.



  • @bam541 Dishonored 2 would have made my top 8 for 2016. But that was before I knew this forum was a thing.



  • @shoulderguy I think it's great and kinda funny folks are so hype we're already grabbing lists and putting things together before @Axel can even make a post about it. XD



  • @bam541 It really looks like Arkane could make one of the greatests games ever (and I've seen more than one argue they already have) and still not get the recognition they should, really hoping they can get a decent hit with Deathloop.