Hello, 2020! Oh myy haven’t we had an interesting decade? Not just in real life but the gaming industry has just been absolutely booming these last 10 years.
The release of PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch… Google Stadia… 4K gaming… Cloud streaming… So many things! Best of all…THE GAMES!
I decided to jump the bandwagon this time and come up with a list of my Top 5 absolute favourite game releases from the last 10 years because why not? Lists are absolutely fun to do!
So without further ado, and in no particular order, here’s a list of my personal favourite game releases from the last decade!
God of War (2018, PS4)
Funny for me to admit: I grew up playing the God of War series. Although I never owned a PlayStation of my own (still don’t), I have fond memories of sneaking around with my cousin playing this brutal series. This new rendition of the Kratos everyone knew and loved, while it took me by complete surprise, was absolutely amazing.
I never thought that a game from this series could actually make me cry. Before, it made me annoyed from all the betrayals and mad by osmosis. After three games, I didn’t think that this angry, vengeful character could grow-up…but I was wrong. Cory Barlog proved me wrong, and he did a damn good bloody good job doing it.
Pokemon Sun & Moon (2016 – 3DS)
Of course this series would be on my list. Sorry, Sword & Shield, I haven’t had enough time with you to place you above Sun & Moon!
The introduction of Z-moves, petting and feeding your Pokémon, different forms of classic ‘mons, riding Tauros across the Alolan islands… Those was the greatest things that Game Freak could have added to the series. Not to mention the unique way they incorporated all the Pokémon that they couldn’t fit on the islands! Big big win in my book.
Stardew Valley (2016 – Basically all the platforms)
I loved Harvest Moon growing up. When this game originally came out on the PC, I absolutely squealed with joy and when it came out for the Switch, I made my first ever video game double-purchase! It is such a chill, satisfying game to play. Zero stress, no Creeper lurking around the corner. Just you on your ol’ gramps’ farm, falling in love with the neighbours, planting carrots and potatoes…
It is the life I dream to live.
Telltale’s The Walking Dead (2013-2019 – Everywhere)
My first dip into a choose-your-story adventure in video game form. Despite the game mechanic flaws, if there was ever a list of “Top Video Games Guaranteed to Make You Cry Like A Baby”, this series has to be number one.
Following the story of Clementine as she grows up in a dystopian future where you’d be killed by either a man-eating zombie or your fellow human being, was absolutely heart-wrenching. The end of every episode made my heart drop, the end of every season made me cry.
What had happened to Telltale Games was an absolute tragedy, but I’m glad that The Walking Dead series was able to come to the conclusion that it did.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (2018 – Almost everywhere)
Beautiful. Heart wrenching. Terrifying. That’s how I would sum up this incredible game by Ninja Theory in three words. I still can’t believe that this BAFTA-winning game was made by a small team on a low budget.
Although my personal experience with the game was painstakingly slow (mostly due to Malaysian weather), every time I walked away from my laptop I felt a funny feeling in my brain. Not only do you feel for Senua, her struggles with mental health and social isolations that come with it – you also have a glimpse into psychosis.
The Last of Us (2013 – PlayStation 4)
If there was one game on everyone’s list, it would be this one. Naughty Dog‘s epic survival-horror caught everyone by surprise, and most certainly got everyone into bits at the end. Ellie and Joel’s father-daugher-like relationship was beautifully done, and it got to me the same way Lee and Clem’s relationship did.
Who knew a zombie game could get people into such a crying fit?
Detective Pikachu (2018 – 3DS)
Controversial, but I love this game to bits. Compared to Layton’s Mystery Journey, you do a bit more active detectiving and a whole lot less puzzling. Despite the simple QTEs, you have to put the clues together yourself to solve a case rather than the game automatically sort it out for you. The story was done a whole lot better than the movie (though the latter did very well in its own way). And who doesn’t love the gruff-voiced, coffee-addicted yellow mouse?
It was a bolt of brilliance, if I do say so myself.
This War of Mine (2014 – All the places)
This is on my list because even at this very moment, I get an itch to play it. I haven’t gone through all the DLC stories, but my time playing it was gripping to say the least. Until this game came out, you didn’t find a single game that showed you the other, more gruesome side of war.
This game did exactly that, and 11 bit studios did a bloody good job at it.
Portal 2 (2011 – PC, PS4, Xbox 360)
I had to double-check when this came out, I couldn’t believe it was only 9 years ago since Valve released this masterpiece of a game. The ever silent Chell bopping through a broken-down, dystopian Aperture Science Laboratories with the robot Wheatley “helping” her. You discover the true history of Aperture…and the true origins of GLaDOS. The ending song still gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it.
Of course, I’m still waiting for Portal 3 to come out… I still have hope.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017 – Switch)
I honestly got to this a bit later than most people since I had only gotten my Switch mid-last year, but I still loved absolutely every minute of it. The game design was absolutely stunning and there was just soo much to do. I kept going and going for months on end, delaying my epic battle with Ganon just so I could unlock all the shrines and find the Koroks.
I’m stoked that a sequel will be coming out this year. You can bet I’ll be getting it as soon as it’s released!
So there you have it – my top 10 favourite game releases from the last decade. I’m actually baffled just how many amazing games were released in the last 10 years!
I made this list with games that I’ve actually played in mind and while I would have loved to add Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey or Red Dead to the list…I just haven’t played them yet!
I will do though… One day…
What did you think? What were your favourite game releases of the last decade? Let me know! Hope you have a swell 2020 x
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