The EZA Forums Top 50 Games of the 2010s!

  • Here's my personal list:

    1. The Last of Us
    2. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
    3. Red Dead Redemption 2
    4. Marvel's Spider-Man
    5. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
    6. Return of the Obra Dinn
    7. Assassin's Creed Origins
    8. Horizon Zero Dawn
    9. Life is Strange
    10. Grand Theft Auto V
    11. God of War
    12. Batman: Arkham City
    13. Hotline Miami
    14. Red Dead Redemption
    15. God of War III

    HM BioShock Infinite
    HM Death Stranding
    HM Deus Ex: Human Revolution
    HM The Walking Dead
    HM The Witness

    14/20 of my games made it.

  • Banned

    Can I ask how many votes any Dead Space games got?

  • I only put it as an HM, but I still wish Dragon Quest XI made it.

    Other than that, I'm really surprised that Bioshock Infinite didn't make it. I had it in my top ten.

  • Bloodborne may be the first time I was truly head over heels for a video game. I've never finished a game and immediately started a NG+ file twice before.

    As for BotW, I had a lot of fun playing through it, but I think it's slightly overrated.

    Here's my list if anyone cares:

    1- Nier Automata
    2- Bloodborne
    3- Zelda: Skyward Sword
    4- Super Mario Odyssey
    5- Gravity Rush 2
    6- Nier
    7- Bastion
    8- Undertale
    9- Ori and the Blind Forest
    10- Bioshock Infinite
    11- Super Mario Maker
    12- Splatoon
    13- Max Payne 3
    14- The Last of Us
    15- Shovel Knight

    16- Mario Kart 8
    17- Rayman Origins
    18- Bayonetta 2
    19- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
    20- Dishonored

    It's sad not seeing any Gravity Rush game, but I get it.
    Also, shoutout to @bam541 and @El-Shmiablo for voting Max Payne 3!

  • Of the games on this list, there are really only two that I feel fundamentally changed or have the potential to change game design: Dark Souls (which I'll never play) and Breath of the Wild (which was my #1). Bloodborne, from what I can tell, is the purest refinement of that original Souls formula, so it makes sense to me that it's as high up as it is.

    My list:
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    1. Mass Effect 2
    2. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
    3. Undertale
    4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
    5. Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
    6. Journey
    7. The Last of Us
    8. Final Fantasy XV
    9. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
    10. Fire Emblem Awakening
    11. Divinity: Original Sin II
    12. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
    13. Super Mario Odyssey
    14. Batman: Arkham City

    HM. Mario Kart 8
    HM. Super Mario 3D World
    HM. The Banner Saga
    HM. P.T.
    HM. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

  • My Top 15 With Honorable Mentions
    1.The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
    2.Super Mario: Odyssey
    3.What Remains of Edith Finch
    4.Persona 5
    5.GTA V
    6.The Last of Us
    8.Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
    9.Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
    10.Fallout: New Vegas
    11.God of War: Ghost of Sparta
    12.The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    13.Bioshock Infinite
    14.Rocket League
    15.Spec-Ops: The Line
    HM. Skate 3
    HM. Heavy Rain
    HM. inFAMOUS 2
    HM.A Plague Tale: Innocence
    HM. Forza Horizon 4

  • Bloodborne

    Despite my love for Dark Souls, I'm majorly behind on FROM SOFTWARE titles, with Dark Souls 3 and Sekiro still to play. I just played Bloodborne this year.

    It's certainly the closest thing to Dark Souls that FROM SOFTWARE have put out. I loved the mechanic where you get your health back by getting hits. It really encourages you to be aggressive. More aggressive than what most people who choose to be aggressive in Souls are.

    I feel like there isn't as much freedom of playstyle in Bloodborne though. Armour means very little and you can't really create a high poise build like you can in Dark Souls.

    But the environment and the boss fights and the ambience is lovely. I really like how the area before Father Gascoine is huge and sprawling, giving you many hours on your first playthrough to slowly learn the ins and outs of the game, before the man himself acts as a literal gatekeeper, making sure that you know enough about how to play the game before you progress on.

    I don't love Bloodborne like I love Dark Souls, but it's a Great Game.

    Breath of the Wild

    I didn't vote for this one. There are many many games in this list that I think are far and a way better. The thing with Breath of the Wild is that the highs are astronomically high. The first time you discover shield surfing is amazing. The first time you realise you can parry a guardian is great. And the first time you beat a Guardian in one of those tough Shrine boss fights is great. The systems at play in this game are phenomenal, and certainly contributed to how shareable gameplay of it was on release.

    But this focus on emergent gameplay is also one of the games biggest flaws.

    It's clear that the team were very inexperienced with the open world formula. Even after the plateau, the game is extraordinarily hard, and there is very little in the form of a path of least resistance, because there is very little in terms of a path.

    Additionally, there are key checkpoints throughout the game that seem almost mandatory, but very little is done to guide the player towards it. Finding some kind of recipe to keep you cool for a start was incredibly frustrating. It took me hours to find somewhere that would allow me to get to the north east part of the map.

    Also, I played through the entire game never finding Tarrey Town which after listening to conversations, seemed like a pretty sizeable side quest and gameplay mechanic that I didn't get to experience because the game never really pushed me to it.

    But, I did really enjoy my time with Breath of the Wild, and I look forward to playing the sequel when it eventually releases.

    That was really good fun though, and a great way to sum up the Decade. Can't wait to see Jones' reaction on Community Showcase. Man, I hope Ian does end up on the next one like Jones said, he'll flip his lid at the top 2. Thanks to @Axel as always for the organisation that goes into this.

    Here are my votes!

    #1. Dark Souls
    #2. Fallout: New Vegas
    #3. Hitman
    #4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    #5. Horizon Zero Dawn
    #6. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
    #7. Red Dead Redemption 2
    #8. Death Stranding
    #9. God of War
    #10. Persona 5
    #11. The Walking Dead
    #12. NieR:Automata
    #13. Resident Evil 2
    #14. Grand Theft Auto V
    #15. The Last of Us

    #HM. Marvel's Spider-Man
    #HM. Bloodborne
    #HM. Fallout 4
    #HM. Mass Effect 3
    #HM. Assassin's Creed III

    Just very quickly:

    Assassin's Creed 3, Mass Effect 3 and Fallout 4 are all wonderful games that are criminally underrated by gamers far and wide. Mass Effect 3 is marginally better than 2 in my opinion.

    The Walking Dead is just a wonderful piece of story telling. Great gameplay, and a character I hold near and dear. #ForClementine #StillNotBitten

    Hitman. Probably my biggest pleasant surprise of this decade. Those games are just catnip to me. They're like someone took a huge sprawling RPG a boiled it down into a level you can complete blind in an hour or so. And then they multiplied that by 6! And then they added all these easter eggs and challenges.

    Hitman 3 is by far my most anticipated game of 2021.

  • @hazz3r Shout-out to a fellow Hitman lover!!

    I already disagree with some of my own list. Odyssey should have been above Mario Kart 8 for sure. Blew it.

    1. GTA V

    2. Hitman

    3. Mario Kart 8

    4. Super Mario Odyssey

    5. Marvel's Spider-man

    6. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

    7. Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

    8. Dishonored

    9. Borderlands 2

    10. Final Fantasy XIII-2

    11. Final Fantasy XV

    12. Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

    13. The Witness

    14. Portal 2

    15. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    Ni No Kuni

    Persona 5

    Super Mario Maker

    Far Cry 3

    South Park: Stick of Truth

  • @crepe said in The EZA Forums Top 50 Games of the 2010s!:

    Other than that, I'm really surprised that Bioshock Infinite didn't make it. I had it in my top ten.

    Bioshock Infinite is a really fun game and I don't really like this overly analytical criticism it's gotten since launch. Back when it released, I thought it was a GOTY competitor for sure. I think it's strange and pulpy enough to be taken lightly, but serious enough to have some nice social commentary. I think people either take it too seriously when critiquing the plot, or they for some reason can't see past the holes to enjoy themselves.

    The other half of the pitchfork mob believes that they were promised one game, then received another. I honestly disagree. I think mostly everything that was said to be in this game is in it, just not to the level of finesse that either fans nor the developers expected. I also know there is a camp of people who think the game design in general is bad, it's too linear, it's not Bioshock, etc. I get it - but on the surface it's still a fun as hell FPS with super power abilities and a weird world to explore.

    I really like it, I think it's flawed but good if not great. I disagree with the pitchfork mobs. It just didn't make my cut.

  • The Last of Us, Bloodborne, and Breath of the Wild are all some of my favorite games ever. The Last of Us has one of my favorite narratives and performances, there are so many scenes that just stick in my head, and I had a lot of fun being as stealthy has possible with that bow. Easily one of the worst trophy lists I've suffered through to get the platinum just because I loved the game so much.

    Bloodborne was actually my first FromSoftware game, and it took a little bit for me to really get the feel of it, but it turned into some of my favorite vibes from a game. The satisfaction of being scared of a new area, to finding the boss, then dying so much that you find shortcuts and then know the area like the back of your hand is second to none.

    Then with Breath of the Wild, there's not much I can say that hasn't already been said. I always wished there was a little bit more story to go off of that wasn't in flashbacks, but it's hard to complain when everything surrounding it is so damn good.

    Here's my list:

    1. The Last of Us
    2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    3. God of War
    4. Bloodborne
    5. Spider-Man
    6. Super Mario Odyssey
    7. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
    8. Monster Hunter World
    9. Kingdom Hearts III
    10. Death Stranding
    11. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
    12. The Last Guardian
    13. Horizon Zero Dawn
    14. Dark Souls
    15. Final Fantasy XV
      HM: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
      HM: Destiny
      HM: Rocket League
      HM: Super Mario Galaxy 2
      HM: Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver

    Most of my list made it in there and it made sense to me where they ended up (a little surprised at how low Monster Hunter World is though). I think I only had 3 picks not make it in. I had Kingdom Hearts III at #9. Not totally shocked, but I waited years for that game and loved every minute of it. I think KH2 is still my favorite in the series, but it's definitely a contender. Destiny was an honorable mention and I figured it wouldn't make it, but I had to at least mention it because that was some of the most fun I've ever had playing games with my friends. I have super fond memories of late night Trials of Osiris or Crota's End runs. Finally, I felt the compulsion to give at least one Pokemon game a nod and it just had to be HeartGold/SoulSilver. Similar to Destiny, Gen 4 was probably the most my friends and I played Pokemon together, but I also just have a big appreciation for Johto, that story, and those Pokemon.

    1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    2. Inside
    3. Resident Evil 2
    4. Return of the Obra Dinn
    5. The Witness
    6. XCOM 2
    7. Ori and the Blind Forest
    8. Resident Evil VII: Biohazard
    9. The Evil Within 2
    10. Forza Horizon 4
    11. Gears 5
    12. Outer Wilds
    13. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
    14. Limbo
    15. Gears of War 3
      HM. Cuphead
      HM. DOOM
      HM. What Remains of Edith Finch
      HM. Dead Space 2
      HM. Donkey Cong Country: Tropical Freeze

  • @miserableperson I feel very much like, had I played it, Cuphead would have been on my list.

  • @demonpirate said in The EZA Forums Top 50 Games of the 2010s!:

    3- Zelda: Skyward Sword


    @hazz3r said in The EZA Forums Top 50 Games of the 2010s!:

    It's clear that the team were very inexperienced with the open world formula. Even after the plateau, the game is extraordinarily hard, and there is very little in the form of a path of least resistance, because there is very little in terms of a path.

    I like the lack of streamlining. It allows you have an interesting experience no matter which direction you go in. There are very gentle, almost subconcious, paths laid out though (characters, macro and micro landmarks), to push you towards points of interest. It's a classic Nintendo development style.

  • @oscillator said in The EZA Forums Top 50 Games of the 2010s!:


    Haha, I was hoping no one would see that.

  • My top:

    Super Mario Galaxy 2
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    Red Dead Redemption
    Outer Wilds
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    Super Mario Odyssey
    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
    Portal 2
    Red Dead Redemption 2

    Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
    Dark Souls
    Dark Souls III

    Alien: Isolation
    God of War
    Grand Theft Auto V

    Papers, Please

    Special shout out for three titles that are GOAT calibre and were not eligible
    Rayman Legends
    Hollow Knight
    Shadow of the Colossus remake

    Also to Observer and Rime, that were contenders to get in my top, but also not eligible.

    And all those games like Sleeping Dogs, Vanquish, Xcom, Forza Horizon 4, Ori, Dishonoured, Spec Ops, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Witcher 2, Dead Space 2, Mass Effect 2, Enslaved, Hellblade, among others, that were painful to leave out.
    I chose to make multiple franchise entries, and stand by that choice, but it would be a more interesting top had I not.

    I hope if we make a game of the gen top we do it in a slightly different and open format, that leaves less games out of eligibility.

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    Just moved the thread to Hall of Fame :)

  • @el-shmiablo said in The EZA Forums Top 50 Games of the 2010s!:

    Can I ask how many votes any Dead Space games got?

    Dead Space 2 was my #6, so I feel your pain. It only got 38 points.

  • @axel I would love to know the points for the rest of the list. Also what is the lowest game that is someone's #1?

  • @Axel What's the next GOTY vote? Maybe 2009 or 2001.

  • We did it, phew! I'm super happy with the way this list turned out, I think we can be proud of our collective taste!

    Let's recap everything: 50 people voted, and 202 our of the 240 eligible games received at least a vote. That's about 4 unique games per voter, so a great spread which shows how diverse everybody's preferences are.

    Overall representation per year

    • 2010 was the most represented year among all the votes, with 24 games out of 25!
    • 2017 was second, with 23 games.
    • 2011 and 2012 follow with 22 games.
    • With 21 games, we have 2018 and 2019.
    • Then we have the two oddballs, 2013 and 2015, who only had 20 eligible games, 16 of which received votes.
    • 2014 follows with 19 games.
    • 2016 closes the list with only 18 games.

    Top 50 representation per year

    • 2017 is the clear top dog here with 9 games in our list, almost a fifth of the top 50!
    • 2012 is the ugly duckling with only 1 game, Journey, only in #47!

    Top 12 representation per year

    As we saw, the top 12 was heads and shoulders above the rest with a 64 point gap.

    • And again, 2017 leads the pack with 3 games, no contest, the best year of the decade.
    • 2011, 2015 and 2018 follow with 2 games each.
    • 2010, 2013 and 2016 place 1 game each.
    • 2012, 2014 and 2019 couldn't make it.

    Overall representation per publisher

    • Nintendo is number 1, with 25 games receiving votes!
    • Sony is a close second with 23 games.
    • Square Enix follows after a big gap, with 15 games.
    • Next, Bethesda and Sega got 10 games each (6 of Sega's being Yakuza/Judgment).
    • EA and Ubisoft are tied with 9 games.
    • 2K, 8 games.
    • Capcom, 7 games.
    • Bandai Namco, 6 games.
    • Rockstar, Atlus and Microsoft, 5 games.

    Top 50 representation per publisher

    • Nintendo is still the best when looking at our top 50 with 9 games.
    • Sony still trails closely with 8 games.
    • Then it's a big drop, with Square Enix, Bethesda, Capcom and Rockstar with 3 games each.
    • Bandai Namco and Annapurna got 2 games.
    • Sega drops hard with only 1 game.
    • Shockingly, Ubisoft, Microsoft and Blizzard got 0 game in our top 50!

    Top 12 representation per publisher

    • The tables turn in our elite 12, with Sony placing 5 games!
    • Nintendo "only" gets 2 games, but that includes the actual Game of the Decade, so not bad!
    • Bethesda, EA, Bandai Namco, Atlus and CD Projekt round up the top 12 with a game each.

    Games with no votes

    I wasn't sure whether to include this because the point isn't to name and shame, but in the name of being exhaustive, here goes:

    • 2010: Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
    • 2011: Pokémon Black and White, Super Mario 3D Land and Resistance 3
    • 2012: Wipeout 2048, Tokyo Jungle and Resident Evil: Revelations
    • 2013: DmC: Devil May Cry, Metro: Last Light, SteamWorld Dig and The Wolf Among Us
    • 2014: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Valiant Hearts: The Great War, Child of Light, Divinity: Original Sin, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
    • 2015: Rise of the Tomb Raider, Tales of Zestiria, Divinity Original Sin: Enhanced Edition or Assassin's Creed Syndicate
    • 2016: I Am Setsuna, World of Final Fantasy, Let It Die, Street Fighter V, Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE, Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth and Pokémon Sun and Moon
    • 2017: Injustice 2 and Mass Effect: Andromeda
    • 2018: Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories, Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Eevee!, and Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
    • 2019: Apex Legends, Days Gone, Astral Chain and The Outer Worlds (a former #3!!)

    Additional info about games

    • I'll start with the unlucky snubs, which deserve a special shout-out! 2 games scored 69 points, as many as our #50 Rocket League, and narrowly missed our top 50: Super Mario Maker and Titanfall 2.

    Now... let's list everything else I guess!

    • 67 points: The Walking Dead
    • 66 points: Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
    • 65 points: XCOM 2, Dishonored
    • 64 points: Batman: Arkham Knight, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
    • 62 points: Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward
    • 61 points: Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
    • 55 points: Divinity: Original Sin II
    • 53 points: XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Deus Ex: Human Revolution
    • 52 points: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC
    • 51 points: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, Celeste, BioShock Infinite
    • 49 points: Yakuza 5, God of War III, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
    • 48 points: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
    • 47 points: P.T., Nier
    • 46 points: Disco Elysium
    • 45 points: Max Payne 3, Dragon's Dogma, Prey
    • 44 points: Gravity Rush 2, Hitman, Bayonetta 2
    • 43 points: Mass Effect 3
    • 42 points: Bastion, Ori and the Blind Forest
    • 41 points: South Park: The Stick of Truth
    • 40 points: Sleeping Dogs
    • 39 points: Catherine, Alien: Isolation
    • 38 points: Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, Hotline Miami, Dead Space 2
    • 37 points: Detroit: Become Human, 3D Dot Game Heroes, Katawa Shoujo
    • 34 points: Civilization VI, Sonic Mania, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, The Last Guardian
    • 33 points: Kingdom Hearts III, Splatoon, Devil May Cry 5, Borderlands 2, Stardew Valley
    • 32 points: Gone Home, FTL: Faster Than Light, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
    • 31 points: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III, Overwatch
    • 30 points: Fire Emblem Awakening, Until Dawn, Vanquish, Kid Icarus: Uprising
    • 29 points: Papers, Please, Fallout 4
    • 28 points: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
    • 27 points: Wolfenstein: The New Order
    • 26 points: Final Fantasy XIII-2, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, God of War: Ghost of Sparta
    • 25 points: Dragon Age: Inquisition, Assassin's Creed Origins, Deadly Premonition, Nioh, Super Mario 3D World, Dark Souls II, Forza Horizon 4
    • 24 points: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, The Stanley Parable, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, Skate 3
    • 23 points: Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, Diablo III
    • 22 points: Yakuza 4
    • 21 points: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Valkyria Chronicles 4
    • 20 points: Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Limbo, The King of Fighters XIII
    • 19 points: Ratchet & Clank, Pyre, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Spyro Reignited Trilogy
    • 18 points: Metro Exodus
    • 17 points: Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Gravity Rush, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Tomb Raider, Spec Ops: The Line
    • 16 points: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, Octopath Traveler, Tetris Effect, Halo: Reach, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Gears 5, inFAMOUS 2
    • 15 points: Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
    • 14 points: Xenoblade Chronicles X
    • 13 points: Tales of Graces f, Transistor, The Evil Within 2
    • 12 points: The Wonderful 101, Firewatch, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, Gears of War 3
    • 11 points: L.A. Noire, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 - Innocent Sin, SOMA
    • 10 points: Yakuza Kiwami 2, Batman: Arkham Origins, Heavy Rain, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
    • 9 points: Judgment, Donkey Kong Country Returns
    • 8 points: Tetris 99
    • 7 points: The Evil Within, Infamous Second Son, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
    • 5 points: Rayman Origins, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game, Borderlands 3, Destiny, Dragon Age II, Hearthstone, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II, The Banner Saga, Far Cry 3, Astro Bot Rescue Mission, Assassin's Creed III, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country, The Last Story, Into the Breach, Rogue Legacy, A Plague Tale: Innocence

    I've played 28 games out of our top 50. The ones I'm still planning to play one day: Persona 5 (Royal), Mass Effect 2, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Horizon Zero Dawn, Outer Wilds, Return of the Obra Dinn, Xenoblade Chronicles. Ugh, there's some big boys in there.

    I'll make sure to post these results in the next Community Showcase, but feel free to remind me just in case! The next thread of this kind will be the 2020 GOTY, early next year, I need a break now.

    Thanks again to everyone who participated, it was epic!