Vote for the forum's Game of the 2010s Decade!



  • Time for the big boy!

    We have collectively voted for the GOTY of each year between 2010 and 2019, and now the time has come to rank the best of the best, the crème de la crème, and find out which are the best games of the entire decade!

    Here's how it works:

    You must rank your Top 15 games, plus 5 optional honorable mentions. Please have at least a Top 15 though, hopefully we can all manage that given the amount of eligible games.

    The only games eligible are the ones that made it to our GOTY rankings for the years 2010-2019. No more, no less.

    I will post the entire list in a post below, as compiled kindly by @Shoulderguy.

    Please please please read it twice, three times if you must, to make sure you don't overlook any game. I don't want to hear anyone say they forgot about a game this time!

    Games will receive points based on how you rank them, as such:

    #1: 25 points
    #2: 20 points
    #3: 19 points
    #4: 18 points
    #5: 17 points
    #6: 16 points
    #7: 15 points
    #8: 14 points
    #9: 13 points
    #10: 12 points
    #11: 11 points
    #12: 10 points
    #13: 9 points
    #14: 8 points
    #15: 7 points
    HMs: 5 points

    Votes are secret!! In order to vote, send me your list via the chat function / private message of the forum, don't post it here.

    I will tally the votes and reveal the final rankings in the form of a Top 50 (maybe more, maybe less depending on the number of participants), which I will post in a separate thread.

    With that said... let's kick off this thing!



  • Eligible games

    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



  • Oh damn, it's here already. I'll probably submit my list late. Honestly top 5 is so easy for me (you guys can probably guess at least one of them easily), but everything else makes my head hurt. I got 15 games and 4 HMs on my list already, I'm looking to play 5 games and add at least one of them to the list. I'll probably rearrange a lot of the placements too. Unlike GOTY lists, I can't treat a decade list like this in a "objective" way, it's all favorites to me.



  • Please people. I urge you to play, remember & vote for two indie darlings along with all your big boys: Return of the Obra Dinn and Hotline Miami. Easily among the best games of the decade. Simple yet unique ideas enhanced with fantastic soundtracks in both cases.

    Spoiler: they'll be on my list, so back me up if you can. That's all I'm saying about this whole process at this point. Time to form a list!



  • I've narrowed it down to just 35 games and it is absolutely agonizing deciding which ones to get rid of, since I absolutely loved every single game on the list.



  • I feel like I had to leave out a lot of indies despite loving them. When it came to deciding between them and "AAA" games that I loved though, not many made the cut.

    Another thing that helped me make the final few cuts was to keep only one game per series. It's not a hard rule I set for myself as I have a couple exceptions, but I felt less bad about cutting a few games when I knew their series as a whole were already represented in my list through another entry.

    But yes, I agree, it was extremely agonizing.



  • By the way, you can all take your time for this one, I'll leave the votes open until at least the end of July (unless somehow everyone's done voting earlier than that). And I'll give you a heads-up at least a week before I close the votes.


  • Global Moderator

    The Big One, will take my time and really let this one cook.



  • I wanted to shout out more indies too but It's the best of the best. I had to make some tough cuts.

    @Axel If you want, I could share the thread on Discord?



  • Excellent. Sending my votes in now. While it's understandably going to be a solid wait, just having the voting open gives my HYPE! Also, it's pretty wild I have a personal GOTY in my HMs, and it wouldn't have even made the cut if Dishonored 2 and Wolfenstein: The Old Blood could have qualified.



  • I didn't really have that hard of a time narrowing down my list but then that's probably just because all my previous lists were riddled with games didn't make the cut so by the time I picked all the games left that I thought were actually GOTD material (and not just "hey this is ok I guess") there were only a few cuts that needed to be made.



  • My list is in. I also did one per series to get from 22 to 20.

    @Axel If you don't mind, I will promote this voting on Cup of Jones.



  • @sentinel-beach

    HM was awesome, too bad sequel didn't live up to it.



  • I also want to give shoutouts to Outer Wilds and Pyre. Both of them offer unique game design and incredibly compelling narratives. If you haven't played them already, I heartily recommend them.



  • I just want to say that I STILL disagree with not allowing Persona 4 Golden in 2012. My Persona 5 vote moved up about 4 slots because of Royal because I know we won't allow it in our GOTY this year for the same BS reasons.

    *Edit: not trying to sound like I'm criticising the decision making process, or people involved. I just don't like the outcome



  • @Shoulderguy @ffff0 Yes, feel free to share this anywhere you'd like!



  • This list is so compromised like even Hollow Knight is missing and that game is like top 3 of the decade.



  • You made me play Kill Your Babies and it made me feel bad.



  • @otos Yeah, it would have made my list if it was eligible. The problem is not many people played it the year it came out, as it was only on PC and only became popular through word-of-mouth. I'm sure Silksong will get its deserved spotlight!



  • Put my list in



  • Got some work and kill'n of babies to do.