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What 5 games defined 2010-2019 for you? Your number 1 game gets 5 points, your number 2 game gets 4 points, etc. After everybody counts down their five decade defining games, I'll tally the totals and update at the end of the year. 

As an example here's my top five decade defining games...

1. Dark Souls (5 points)

2. Breath of the Wild (4 points)

3. Stardew Valley (3 points)

4. Poke'mon X/Y (2 points)

5. Skyrim (1 point)

Darks Souls was the game that brought back the idea of "hard isn't a bad thing". It spawned it's own genre that in turn influenced a ton of other games. Dark Souls isn't a Rogue Like, but Rogue Likes wouldn't be as popular if Dark Souls hadn't come around and shown people how fun a hard game could be. 

Breath of the Wild redefined open world games, and gave Switch a huge boost. The checkmark lists of tedium from other open world games are gone. Having to Bethedsa jump over mountains is gone. Now it's all about discovery, interesting locales, and gliding to your destination. Also physics work across the entire game, letting you just create your own solutions to problems. 

Stardew Valley showed us what a single developer could do. And it is the pinnacle of the building, crafting, survival genre. 

Poke'mon X/Y because it redefined competitive Poke'mon play, and brought the main series into 3D. 

Skyrim because it pretty much defined the open world genre up until BotW came around. 



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Pokémon Sword & Shield defines the 2010's more perfectly than anything else. Starts off promising, then turns out to be a load of garbage that makes you question how the fuck has this happened.

Um, if you mean my 5 favorite games of the decade, I'll pass. There's too many of them near the top of my 50 favorite games list for me to start spoiling stuff here.



EDIT: I realized this post would give away too many of my top 50 games.



Okay, I'll make a serious post because this thread is a once in a decade kind of thing and it'd be a shame to let it go. I'll be listing the games I believe defined the 2010's in gaming (not the 2010's in general, because for that it really is Pokémon Sword/Shield), so it's more of an objective look at the decade and less of a "these are my favorite games". Descending order, because it's just better that way.

5. Dark Souls (1 point)
I hate this game, but its influence this generation is quite undeniable. It's kinda crazy how it went from being initially a niche game, to what it is now. "It's like Dark Souls" has become a meme for a reason, and as an avid hater of the culture it's created, I can't help but be annoyed everytime someone akins a game I like to Dark Souls, and it does happen often. So, yeah, it is decade-defining, i guess.

4. Grand Theft Auto V (2 points)
GTA V sort of epitomises everything that was popular in gaming over the decade. Open-world sandbox, check. Guns everywhere, check. Online multiplayer and social phenomenon, check. Maybe I should put it higher, to be fair, but 2 points will do because even an unbiased list is biased by human nature. I don't give a crap about this game, but again, its influence is undeniable.

3. Fortnite (3 points)
Fortnite doesn't epitomise everything that was popular in the decade, but it is by far the most prominent in the online phenomenon/eSports category. Truth be told, there were many other games that could fit in here, like League of Legends, Dota 2, Overwatch, and probably more I'm forgetting about, but Fortnite is by some margin the biggest thing right now and it's been that way for longer than I thought it'd be.

2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (4 points)
Conversely, BotW is by far the most prominent example of the open-world adventure which has been the most prominent style of single-player gaming. Again, many other games could've gone in here, like Skyrim or The Witcher, but Breath of the Wild is the new standard every game will be looking to emulate, and is currently the average gamer's favorite game ever, so, yeah.

1. Minecraft (5 points)
I don't think anyone can argue with this pick. Minecraft has been extremely popular throughout the entire decade, it's the best-selling game ever (I think?) and still doing insanely well. It was a cultural phenomenon that, at some point, just about everyone was playing, no matter if they were casual or hardcore gamers, single-player or multiplayer fans, older or younger, male or female or otherwise. It released at the very start of the decade and has remained one of the most popular games out there for all this time. Minecraft is everywhere.



SanAndreasX said:

EDIT: I realized this post would give away too many of my top 50 games.

Yeah I think I'll bump this thread after the new year rolls in. Too many people not wanting to spoil top 50 lists. 



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Cerebralbore101 said:
SanAndreasX said:

EDIT: I realized this post would give away too many of my top 50 games.

Yeah I think I'll bump this thread after the new year rolls in. Too many people not wanting to spoil top 50 lists. 

Like, two people.



I thought it was weird noone had made a thread like this before. Also, this is for the games that objectively defined the decade, not your favourites of the decade?



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mZuzek said:

Pokémon Sword & Shield defines the 2010's more perfectly than anything else. Starts off promising, then turns out to be a load of garbage that makes you question how the fuck has this happened.

Um, if you mean my 5 favorite games of the decade, I'll pass. There's too many of them near the top of my 50 favorite games list for me to start spoiling stuff here.

This decade was very polarizing. The good got better, but the bad got worse. Switch and Indie games exploded.

We finally had powerful consoles that weren't destined to be horribly outdated by the end of their 7 year lifespans. This was mostly thanks to the Pro and X versions of the HD twins. Single player games got better by a huge margin. Nintendo and Sony both returned to form with their exclusives (not counting Sw/Sh here.) The crafting genre exploded and was an awesome addition to gaming. 

And then we have all the terrible shit from this decade. The rise of social/esports gaming. Some games like Overwatch, Apex Legends, and Destiny 2 deserve their popularity. Other games like League, Fortnite, and Poke'mon Go are trash, but hugely popular. The rise of lootboxes. MS taking a massive backseat in the console war, and not even trying to compete. The rise of EGS exclusives and the store wars in general. The fall of Bethesda with Fallout 76, and no Skyrim sequel after 8 years. 



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1. Super Mario Odyssey (5p). This is the best 3D platformer I've played since Super Mario Galaxy. While the Cappy gimmick seems weird at first when looking at the previews, it actually works very well. Solid level design, impeccable gameplay, and a good variety of levels help make this not only my Game of the Generation so far, but my Game of the Decade.

2. Halo: Reach (4p). Bungie's final Halo game was arguably their most well-rounded and definitely their most feature-rich. It had the best overall core gameplay of the Bungie-era Halo games, and while the Campaign isn't as fun as CE's was, it was still better than Halo 2 or 3's. Really, there are only three real complaints I have: 1) the story, which retconned the last third of the novel The Fall of Reach, 2) the armor lock, and 3) the jetpack. Other than that, solid 9/10 game.

3. Doom 2016 (3p). This kinetic, frenetic, balls-to-the-wall reboot of the classic FPS series was some of the most pure fun I've had in a shooter this decade. It combines the best of classic Doom with some more modern touches and some gameplay additions that encourage aggressive in-your-face combat.

4. Mario Kart 8 (2p). Honestly, I found this to be the most fun I've had with a racing game since Mario Kart 64, especially now that they have a proper Battle mode in the Switch version. Mario Kart has always been a simple yet fun racing game series, and MK8 is to me one of the best Nintendo has made so far.

5. Resident Evil 2 Remake (1p). This was hands-down the best full remake I've played in a long time, perhaps ever. It modernized certain parts of the old RE formula, most notably the controls (I absolutely hated tank controls in the originals), while still keeping the atmosphere and intensity of the original, and I hope it sets the standard for the franchise in the future, including for all other remakes of classic RE titles.


Honorable Mentions: New Super Mario Bros U (top-shelf 2D platforming), Breath of the Wild (solid if flawed Zelda title), Mega Man 11 (an enjoyable outing with the Blue Bomber), Alien: Isolation (finally, a good Alien game), and The Last of Us (decent survival horror with a great story).

Last edited by Shadow1980 - on 03 December 2019

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Been playing, watching and making videos for it ever since it came out in 2010.
It pretty much pioneered modern esports in the west and LoL, Dota, CS:Go and Fortnite then elevated it to another level.
Which pathed the way for all those GAAS titles.
While StarCraft did drop off in hype it is still going and still being updated and played all those years later.



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