Best Video Games of the Decade (2010-19)

  • Publish Date: December 6, 2019
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Part 1: Highest-scoring games of the 2010s

This section will be updated periodically throughout the end of the year.
Last update: January 4, 2020

These games have the highest Metascores out of all titles released from 2010-19. Games must have reviews from at least 15 critics to qualify for inclusion. If a game was released on multiple platforms, we are only including the version with the most reviews in our database.

Game/Platform/Year Score
1Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii, 2010)97
2The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch, 2017)97
3Red Dead Redemption 2 (PlayStation 4, 2018)97
4Grand Theft Auto V (PlayStation 4, 2014)97
5Super Mario Odyssey (Switch, 2017)97
6Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360, 2010)96
7The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Xbox 360, 2011)96
8The Last of Us (PlayStation 3, 2013)95
9The Last of Us Remastered (PlayStation 4, 2014)95
10Red Dead Redemption (Xbox 360, 2010)95
11Portal 2 (Xbox 360, 2011)95
12God of War (PlayStation 4, 2018)94
13Batman: Arkham City (Xbox 360, 2011)94
14The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS, 2011)94
15BioShock Infinite (PC, 2013)94
16Pac-Man Championship Edition DX (Xbox 360, 2010)93
17Divinity: Original Sin II (PC, 2017)93
18Super Mario 3D World (Wii U, 2013)93
19Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty (PC, 2010)93
20Minecraft (PC, 2011)93
21Persona 4 Golden (PlayStation Vita, 2012)93
22Persona 5 (PlayStation 4, 2017)93
23Mass Effect 3 (Xbox 360, 2012)93
24Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PlayStation 4, 2015)93
25The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii, 2011)93
26Rock Band 3 (Xbox 360, 2010)93
27Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PlayStation 4, 2016)93
28Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch, 2018)93
29INSIDE (Xbox One, 2016)93
30Forza Horizon 4 (Xbox One, 2018)92
31God of War III (PlayStation 3, 2010)92
32Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PlayStation 3, 2011)92
33Bloodborne (PlayStation 4, 2015)92
34Celeste (Switch, 2018)92
35Super Street Fighter IV (PlayStation 3, 2010)92
36The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PlayStation 4, 2015)92
37Undertale (PC, 2015)92
38Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS, 2013)92
39Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition (PlayStation 4, 2018)92
40Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U, 2014)92
41Journey (PlayStation 3, 2012)92
42Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii, 2012)92
43Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch, 2017)92
44The ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection (PlayStation 3, 2011)92
45The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine (PC, 2016)92
46LittleBigPlanet 2 (PlayStation 3, 2011)91
47Overwatch (PC, 2016)91
48Bayonetta 2 (Wii U, 2014)91
49Forza Horizon 3 (Xbox One, 2016)91
50Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers (PC, 2019)91


Games released between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2019 with 15 or more reviews in Metacritic's database were eligible for inclusion. The Metascore is a weighted average of scores from top professional critics, on a scale from 0 (bad) to 100 (good). Titles are ranked by Metascore prior to rounding. iOS games are excluded due to the limited number of reviews available for those games.

Part 2: Best-of-the-decade top ten lists

This section will be updated as new lists are published throughout the end of the year.
Last update: January 11, 2020

While the list above reflects reviews published at the time of each game's original release, we have also aggregated best-of-the-decade lists published by a variety of game and entertainment publications in late 2019. Individual lists are displayed at the bottom of the page, but in the table below, the most frequently mentioned titles are ranked according to our points system (which gives bonus points for being ranked at the top of a list):

  • 3 points for each 1st place ranking
  • 2 points for each 2nd place ranking
  • 1 point for being ranked 3rd - 10th, or for being included on an unranked list of 10 or fewer titles
  • 0.5 points for being included on an unranked list of 11-20 titles
  • No points for titles included on unranked lists of more than 20 games (or for games ranked worse than 20th)
Games Mentioned on Most Best of the Decade Top 10 Lists
Game (Original Year) # 1st Place # 2nd Place # Other Points
1 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)1741574
2 The Last of Us (2013)391340
3 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)222131
4 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)1123.528.5
5 Dark Souls (2011)112126
6 Grand Theft Auto V (2013)1019.522.5
7 God of War (2018)0119.521.5
8 Minecraft (2011)131221
Mass Effect 2 (2010)021721
10 Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)121118
11 Portal 2 (2011)011416
12 Fortnite (2017)101215
13 Bloodborne (2015)118.513.5
14 Journey (2012)001111
15 Red Dead Redemption (2010)009.59.5
16 Super Mario Odyssey (2017)0099
17 Pokemon Go (2016)008.58.5
18 Nier: Automata (2017)1047
19 Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)1036
DOOM (2016)0146

Individual top ten lists

Below are the 48 individual top ten lists used to calculate the standings above. Some publications may list titles without ranking them; such lists are displayed below, without numbers, in alphabetical order. We are only including one list per publication. If a publication has published multiple lists (e.g., by genre or platform), we have attempted to select the most generalized list.

Areajugones View full list
  1. The Last of Us (2013)
  2. Bloodborne (2015)
  3. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
  4. Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)
  5. Dark Souls (2011)
  6. Dishonored (2012)
  7. Nier: Automata (2017)
  8. Divinity: Original Sin II (2017)
  9. God of War (2018)
  10. Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
  11. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (2019)
Business Insider View full list
  • Candy Crush Saga (2012)
  • Dark Souls (2011)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  • Fortnite (2017)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
  • The Last of Us (2013)
  • League of Legends (2009)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  • Minecraft (2011)
  • Pokemon Go (2016)
BuzzFeed Andy Golder View full list
  1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  2. Portal 2 (2011)
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  4. God of War (2018)
  5. Stardew Valley (2016)
  6. Red Dead Redemption (2010)
  7. Mass Effect 2 (2010)
  8. The Last of Us (2013)
  9. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
  10. Undertale (2015)
CNET View full list
  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  2. Dark Souls (2011)
  3. Minecraft (2011)
  4. Portal 2 (2011)
  5. Red Dead Redemption (2010)
  6. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  7. Bloodborne (2015)
  8. Mass Effect 2 (2010)
  9. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
  10. Fortnite Battle Royale (2017)
Den of Geek [US] View full list
  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  2. The Last of Us (2013)
  3. Portal 2 (2011)
  4. God of War (2018)
  5. Red Dead Redemption (2010)
  6. Super Mario Odyssey (2017)
  7. Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
  8. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  9. Mario Kart 8 (2014)
  10. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
DualShockers View full list
  1. Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
  2. Minecraft (2011)
  3. Fortnite Battle Royale (2017)
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  5. Dark Souls (2011)
  6. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  7. The Last of Us (2013)
  8. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (2017)
  9. DOOM (2016)
  10. God of War (2018)
EDGE [from Issue 339]
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent (2010)
  • Broken Age (2014)
  • Dark Souls (2011)
  • Destiny (2014)
  • Dota 2 (2013)
  • Fortnite Battle Royale (2017)
  • Gone Home (2013)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  • Minecraft (2011)
  • Spelunky (2012)
  • Telltale's The Walking Dead (2012)
Escapist Patrick Lee View full list
  1. Life Is Strange (2015)
  2. Bastion (2011)
  3. Bloodborne (2015)
  4. Journey (2012)
  5. Undertale (2015)
  6. Hollow Knight (2017)
  7. No Man's Sky (2016)
  8. The Binding of Isaac (2011)
  9. Sonic Mania (2017)
  10. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
entertainment.ie View full list
  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  2. Mass Effect 2 (2010)
  3. Portal 2 (2011)
  4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  5. Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)
  6. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015)
  7. Journey (2012)
  8. Spec Ops: The Line (2012)
  9. Titanfall 2 (2016)
  10. No Man's Sky (2016)
Everyeye.it View full list
  • Bloodborne (2015)
  • Disco Elysium (2019)
  • God of War (2018)
  • Inside (2016)
  • Journey (2012)
  • The Last of Us (2013)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
Female First View full list
  1. The Last of Us (2013)
  2. Horizon Zero Dawn (2018)
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  4. Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)
  5. Fallout New Vegas (2010)
  6. Super Mario Odyssey (2017)
  7. God of War (2018)
  8. Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
  9. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  10. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
Fortress of Solitude View full list
  1. Dark Souls (2011)
  2. Minecraft (2011)
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  4. Red Dead Redemption (2010)
  5. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
  6. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  7. League of Legends (2009)
  8. Hollow Knight (2017)
  9. God of War (2018)
  10. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (2013)
Gamer.nl View full list
  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  2. The Last of Us (2013)
  3. Minecraft (2011)
  4. Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
  5. Nier: Automata (2017)
  6. Bloodborne (2015)
  7. Journey (2012)
  8. Portal 2 (2011)
  9. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  10. Mass Effect 2 (2010)
GameSpew View full list
  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  2. The Last of Us (2013)
  3. Diablo III (2012)
  4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  5. Borderlands 2 (2012)
  6. Forza Horizon 4 (2018)
  7. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (2013)
  8. South Park: The Stick of Truth (2014)
  9. God of War (2018)
  10. Heavy Rain (2010)
GamesRadar+ View full list
  1. The Last of Us (2013)
  2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
  3. Portal 2 (2011)
  4. Red Dead Redemption (2010)
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  6. Mass Effect 2 (2010)
  7. Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
  8. God of War (2018)
  9. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  10. Journey (2012)
Gaming Age View full list
  1. Bloodborne (2015)
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  3. Super Mario Odyssey (2017)
  4. Red Dead Redemption (2010)
  5. God of War (2018)
  6. Dark Souls (2011)
  7. Hitman (2016)
  8. Marvel's Spider-Man (2018)
  9. The Last of Us (2013)
  10. DOOM (2016)
GAMINGbible View full list
  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  2. The Last of Us (2013)
  3. Minecraft (2011)
  4. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
  5. Marvel's Spider-Man (2018)
  6. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  7. Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
  8. Red Dead Redemption (2010)
  9. Outer Wilds (2019)
  10. God of War (2018)
GamingBolt View full list
  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  2. Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)
  3. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
  4. The Last of Us (2013)
  5. Bloodborne (2015)
  6. Dark Souls (2011)
  7. Mass Effect 2 (2010)
  8. God of War (2018)
  9. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  10. Persona 5
Geek.com Jordan Minor View full list
  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
  3. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (2010)
  4. DropMix (2017)
  5. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015)
  6. Super Mario Maker (2015)
  7. DOOM (2016)
  8. Bayonetta 2 (2014)
  9. Fire Emblem Awakening (2013)
  10. Telltale's The Walking Dead (2012)
Goomba Stomp View full list
  • Dark Souls (2011)
  • Death Stranding (2019)
  • Fortnite (2017)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
  • Journey (2012)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  • Pokemon Go (2016)
  • Telltale's The Walking Dead (2012)
  • Terraria (2011)
  • The Witness (2016)
GQ View full list
  • Bloodborne (2015)
  • Depression Quest (2013)
  • Destiny (2014)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  • Five Nights at Freddy's (2014)
  • Gone Home (2013)
  • Journey (2012)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  • Mass Effect 2 (2010)
  • Minecraft (2011)
  • Nier: Automata (2017)
  • Overwatch (2016)
  • Papers, Please (2013)
  • Spelunky (2012)
  • Stardew Valley (2016)
  • Undertale (2015)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
Hobby Consolas View full list
  • Candy Crush Saga (2012)
  • Dark Souls (2011)
  • Destiny (2014)
  • DOTA 2 (2013)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  • Fortnite (2017)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  • Minecraft (2011)
  • Pokemon Go (2016)
The Hollywood Reporter View full list
  • Batman: Arkham City (2011)
  • Bayonetta 2 (2014)
  • Bioshock Infinite (2013)
  • Celeste (2018)
  • Cuphead (2017)
  • Dark Souls (2011)
  • Death Stranding (2019)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  • Fortnite (2017)
  • God of War (2018)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
  • The Last of Us (2013)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  • Marvel's Spider-Man (2018)
  • Mass Effect 2 (2010)
  • Overwatch (2016)
  • Pokemon Go (2016)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (2017)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
Mashable View full list
  • Batman: Arkham Knight (2015)
  • Celeste (2018)
  • Destiny (2014)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  • Firewatch (2016)
  • God of War (2018)
  • Gone Home (2013)
  • Journey (2012)
  • Just Cause 2 (2010)
  • The Last of Us (2013)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  • Minecraft (2011)
  • Red Dead Redemption (2010)
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (2017)
  • Stardew Valley (2016)
Metro GameCentral View full list
  1. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  3. Bloodborne (2015)
  4. XCOM 2 (2016)
  5. Divinity: Original Sin II (2017)
  6. Ultra Street Fighter 4 (2014)
  7. Bayonetta 2 (2014)
  8. Portal 2 (2011)
  9. Mass Effect 2 (2010)
  10. God of War (2018)
mxdwn View full list
  1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
  2. The Last of Us (2013)
  3. Fortnite (2017)
  4. Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)
  5. God of War (2018)
  6. Bloodborne (2015)
  7. Journey (2012)
  8. Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
  9. Overwatch (2016)
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
National Post View full list
  1. The Witness (2016)
  2. Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)
  3. Cuphead (2017)
  4. Portal 2 (2011)
  5. Life Is Strange (2015)
  6. Bloodborne (2015)
  7. Undertale (2015)
  8. L.A. Noire (2011)
  9. The Stanley Parable (2011)
  10. Her Story (2015)
Nintendo Life View full list
  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [WiiU Version] (2017)
  3. Xenoblade Chronicles (2012)
  4. Pokemon HeartGold & SoulSilver (2010)
  5. Super Mario Odyssey (2017)
  6. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
  7. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
  8. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (2013)
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (2011)
  10. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (2013)
NME View full list
  1. Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  3. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
  4. The Last of Us (2013)
  5. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  6. Dark Souls (2011)
  7. Super Mario Odyssey (2017)
  8. Batman: Arkham City (2011)
  9. Portal 2 (2011)
  10. Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
Paste View full list
  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  2. Thumper (2016)
  3. Kentucky Route Zero (2013)
  4. Spelunky (2012)
  5. Mass Effect 2 (2010)
  6. Control (2019)
  7. Dark Souls (2011)
  8. Super Mario Odyssey (2017)
  9. Portal 2 (2011)
  10. Gone Home (2013)
Polygon View full list
  1. Minecraft (2011)
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  3. Spelunky (2012)
  4. Kentucky Route Zero (2013)
  5. Pokémon Go (2016)
  6. League of Legends (2009)
  7. P.T. (2014)
  8. Dark Souls (2011)
  9. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
  10. Fortnite Battle Royale (2017)
Push Square View full list
  • Dark Souls (2011)
  • Destiny (2014)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  • Fortnite (2017)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
  • Journey (2012)
  • The Last of Us (2013)
  • Minecraft (2011)
  • P.T. (2014)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
Slant View full list
  1. Nier: Automata (2017)
  2. Disco Elysium (2019)
  3. Super Mario Odyssey (2017)
  4. Mass Effect 2 (2010)
  5. Portal 2 (2011)
  6. God of War (2018)
  7. Outer Wilds (2019)
  8. Red Dead Redemption (2010)
  9. Superhot (2016)
  10. DOOM (2016)
Stuff View full list
  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  2. The Last of Us (2013)
  3. Dark Souls (2011)
  4. Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)
  5. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
  6. Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
  7. God of War (2018)
  8. Portal 2 (2011)
  9. Mass Effect 2 (2010)
  10. Batman: Arkham City (2011)
TechRadar View full list
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  • Fortnite (2017)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
  • Journey (2012)
  • The Last of Us (2013)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  • Mass Effect 2 (2010)
  • Pokemon Go (2016)
  • Stardew Valley (2016)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
The Telegraph Tom Hoggins View full list
  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  2. The Last of Us (2013)
  3. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
  4. Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
  5. Mass Effect 2 (2010)
  6. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
  7. Dark Souls (2011)
  8. Portal 2 (2011)
  9. What Remains of Edith Finch (2017)
  10. Batman: Arkham City (2011)
Thrillist Brittany Vincent View full list
  • Bayonetta 2 (2014)
  • Death Stranding (2019)
  • Devil May Cry 5 (2019)
  • Disco Elysium (2019)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  • God of War (2018)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
  • Mass Effect 2 (2010)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015)
  • Nier: Automata (2017)
  • Overwatch (2016)
  • Persona 5 (2016)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)
  • Resident Evil 2 (2019)
  • Rez Infinite (2016)
  • Saints Row: The Third (2011)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (2017)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
  • Tetris Effect (2018)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
Time View full list
  • Dark Souls (2011)
  • Disco Elysium (2019)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  • Fortnite (2017)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
  • League of Legends (2009)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  • Minecraft (2011)
  • Pokemon Go (2016)
  • Portal 2 (2011)
TNW (The Next Web) View full list
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent (2010)
  • Dark Souls (2011)
  • DOTA 2 (2013)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
  • Minecraft (2011)
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (2017)
  • Pokemon Go (2016)
  • Spelunky (2012)
  • Telltale's The Walking Dead (2012)
Tom's Guide View full list
  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  2. God of War (2018)
  3. Mass Effect 2 (2010)
  4. The Last of Us (2013)
  5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
  6. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
  7. Portal 2 (2011)
  8. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (2017)
  9. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2016)
  10. Bioshock Infinite (2013)
Twinfinite View full list
  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  2. The Last of Us (2013)
  3. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
  4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  5. Mass Effect 2 (2010)
  6. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2016)
  7. Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)
  8. Journey (2012)
  9. Nier: Automata (2017)
  10. Dark Souls (2011)
VG247 View full list
  1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
  2. Mass Effect 2 (2010)
  3. Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)
  4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  5. Fallout: New Vegas (2010)
  6. God of War (2018)
  7. The Last of Us (2013)
  8. Fallout 4 (2015)
  9. Red Dead Redemption (2010)
  10. Dishonored 2 (2016)
The Washington Post View full list
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent (2010)
  • Candy Crush Saga (2012)
  • Dark Souls (2011)
  • Destiny (2014)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  • Fortnite (2017)
  • Minecraft (2011)
  • Pokemon Go (2016)
  • Telltale's The Walking Dead (2012)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
WhatCulture View full list
  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  3. Mass Effect 2 (2010)
  4. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
  5. God of War (2018)
  6. The Last of Us (2013)
  7. Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)
  8. Dark Souls (2011)
  9. Titanfall 2 (2016)
  10. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (2019)
Windows Central Jez Corden View full list
  • Darkest Dungeon (2016)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
  • Fallout New Vegas (2010)
  • The Flame in the Flood (2016)
  • The Long Dark (2017)
  • Mass Effect 2 (2010)
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (2013)
  • Minecraft (2011)
  • Monster Hunter World (2018)
  • Prey (2017)
  • Stellaris (2016)
  • This War of Mine (2014)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (2012)
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown (2012)
Wired View full list
  1. Fortnite (2017)
  2. Minecraft (2011)
  3. Dark Souls (2011)
  4. Gone Home (2013)
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  6. P.T. (2014)
  7. Nier (2010)
  8. Cibele (2015)
  9. Pathologic 2 (2019)
  10. Thirty Flights of Loving (2012)
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  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  2. The Last of Us (2013)
  3. Pokemon Go (2016)
  4. Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)
  5. What Remains of Edith Finch (2017)
  6. FIFA 17 (2016)
  7. Minecraft (2011)
  8. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (2017)
  9. Return of the Obra Dinn (2018)
  10. Dark Souls (2011)
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  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  2. DOOM (2016)
  3. Marvel's Spider-Man (2018)
  4. Mass Effect 2 (2010)
  5. Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
  6. Super Mario Odyssey (2017)
  7. Undertale (2015)
  8. Titanfall 2 (2016)
  9. Telltale's The Walking Dead (2012)
  10. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)

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Comments (17)

  • broussr001  

    Here are some more websites and videos for best videogames of the decade in case if you want to include them:

    Auburn Pub
    https://auburnpub.com/entertainment/dark-souls-the-last-of-us-top-games-of-the/collection_16331bec-0248-11ea-81e3-874b86f63b2d.html

    Fellowship of the Screen
    http://screenfellows.com/2019/10/the-75-best-games-of-the-2010s-part-3/

    Odyssey (maybe not as relevant since it came out in May 2019 rather than around the last 2 months of 2019)
    https://www.theodysseyonline.com/top-video-games-of-2010s

    WatchMojo
    https://watchmojo.com/video/id/31096

  • Zeratex  

    You should include more lists, there are famous Youtube channels that made videos of their Top games of the decade, they deserve to be here as well, these unknown websites that most of them are not even gaming websites are no better than Youtube gaming channels who cover news daily and talk about gaming all the time.
    Please consider adding more websites and Youtube channels Top 10-20 games of the decade. Treat everyone equally!

  • 7ucky  

    Including Fortnite with a rating of 78? Congrats, you just shat on any credibility this list had. Popularity does not equate to excellence.

  • Eldarvoe  

    @lolorik User score is useless to me, I almost skipped some great games because of it.

  • patinho19911  

    MineCraft (Is the most influencial Generated Open World)
    Red Dead Redemption (Groundbreaking Game Design that Bring life to Open World Games and Amazing Characters)
    League of Legends (Competitive MOBA games the got the Attention of the Audience)
    Mass Effect 2 (Amazing Story and a Huge update and RPG genre)
    Dark Souls (Most influential Difficulty Design and Rewarding game of the Decade)
    The Last of Us (Amazing Story line, Memorable Characters and a Beautiful Graphic Design)

    Theres no reason to list these games to a Top 10 or what so ever, and i believe the community has a better list of games to share their points, this is all i can say.

  • thekillshirt  

    @lolorik You mean the score that is completely useless on this site because teenagers brigade almost every major game's score in order to protest something using negative scores (Epic Game Store, inclusivity, feminism, political views, etc.) or counteract negative professional reviews by giving inflated high scores? That's what you're saying "really matters"?

  • lolorik  

    What about the score that really matters, a.k.a. the User Score?

  • SpinyPlate86  

    So, just to be clear...Super Mario Galaxy 2 is the highest rated game this decade but not a single publication has even mentioned it in their top 10 so far? What's going on?!?

  • KyoshiLoneheart  

    Any publication that puts Fortnite on this list is a special kind of stupid. It is only ever included solely because of its ridiculously stupid popularity.

  • TixyLix  

    Has to be Minecraft, the most influential game this decade.

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