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My order of preference for these 10 games today:

1. The Last of Us
2. Doom
3. Resident Evil 2 (Remake)
4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
6. Journey
7. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
8. Super Mario Galaxy 2
9. Dark Souls
10. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt <-- Default ranking 'cause I haven't played it.

The Last of Us was literally the only VGC selection from this decade that was also mine. Nothing else here is even in the same ballpark for me really and I don't feel strongly about the order.

My actual top 35 favorites from the 2010s:

1. The Last of Us
2. Butterfly Soup
3. Gone Home
4. Crypt of the NecroDancer
5. Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams
6. Knights and Bikes
7. Celeste
8. What Remains of Edith Finch
9. Undertale
10. Portal 2
11. Papo & Yo
12. This War of Mine
13. Gato Roboto
14. Untitled Goose Game
15. Pony Island
16. Night in the Woods
17. Ori and the Blind Forest
18. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
19. Pyre
20. The Shrouded Isle
21. That Dragon, Cancer
22. Nier: Automata
23. Papers, Please
24. Inside
25. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
26. Cosmic Star Heroine
27. Hollow Knight
28. Cuphead
29. Little Nightmares
30. God of War
31. A Case of Distrust
32. Return of the Obra Dinn
33. Her Story
34. The Stanley Parable
35. Rayman Legends

Listing my top 35 instead of 10 from this decade because it was so much better to me than the others that anything less feels incomplete.

My top 20 favorites from the 2020s so far:

Since we're not doing formal 2020s threads like this, figured I'd share these picks here.

1. The Last of Us Part II
2. Perfect Tides
3. Butterfly Soup 2
4. Misericorde
5. Spiritfarer
6. Kentucky Route Zero*
7. Immortality
8. Freedom Planet 2
9. Pentiment
10. Hades
11. ScourgeBringer
12. Norco
13. Returnal
14. It Takes Two
15. A Short Hike
16. Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin
17. A Space for the Unbound
18. Psychonauts 2
19. Unsighted
20. There is No Game: Wrong Dimension

*Listing this as a 2020s game because the last chapter was completed in 2020.

Retrospective: My top 10 favorites from the 1990s:

1. Super Metroid
2. Chop Suey
3. Final Fantasy VI
4. The Longest Journey
5. Chrono Trigger
6. Out of This World
7. The Secret of Monkey Island
8. Day of the Tentacle
9. Final Fantasy VII
10. Grim Fandango

Retrospective: My top 10 favorites from the 2000s:

1. Metroid Prime
2. Portal
3. Beyond Good & Evil
4. Okami
5. Half-Life 2
6. Yume Nikki
7. Valkyria Chronicles
8. Shadow of the Colossus
9. Psychonauts
10. Chibi-Robo!

Most culturally impactful games, IMO, by decade:

1970s: Space Invaders
1980s: Super Mario Bros.
1990s: Doom
2000s: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
2010s: Minecraft
2020s: Elden Ring

My favorite games by decade:

1970s: Zork
1980s: The Guardian Legend
1990s: Super Metroid
2000s: Metroid Prime
2010s: The Last of Us
2020s: The Last of Us Part II

Last edited by Jaicee - on 25 December 2023