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I have played a lot of games over the decade, and many of them have been incredibly memorable. I have had several consoles and played hundreds of games that were released in the 2010s, and some of those I consider to be the greatest of all time. With that being said, these are not technically the best games of the decade, but these are my favorite of the decade that I have played. Some rules for this include no remakes from games released in a different decade. So, Link’s Awakening will not be on this list.
10. NBA JAM
This is an updated version of the classic 90’s game, but even with EA at the helm, this game is a total blast. I argue that this is more of a fighting game than a sports game, but nevertheless, this game is a total blast. With arcade-like gameplay and the original commentator, NBA JAM is a must-have game for the seventh generation.
I can’t say much more about this game that has not already been said, but everything about this game is wonderful. The dark and moody atmosphere really lends itself to the Batman franchise, and the voice acting is some of the best found in any video game. The combat is smooth, the puzzles are challenging, and everything you could ever want from a Batman game is present.
8. Splatoon 2
This is the game that made me want to play shooters. I am not a big fan of hyper-realistic war action like Call of Duty, and I really hate the over-the-top gorefests of GTA and Saints Row, so when a kid-friendly third-person shooter is actually good, I’m on board. The vibrant colors and cute characters are definitely fun, but the easy to play nature of the game is refreshing and addicting.
Although I love Smash Bros, Injustice takes a spot on my top games of the decade list. Not only is this a fun fighting game, but this game makes a better dark DC universe than the DCEU ever could. It’s dark, depressing at times, and even sad, but this fighting game is one that should be looked at as one of the greats.
I love Middle Earth, and this game took the world to a level that has never been seen before. The main character has a simple, but believable backstory as you run around Mordor killing as many orcs as you can. The open-world gameplay mixed with RPG elements is a wonderful blend of violence, gore, and vengeance.
A game that was completely off my radar until a few months ago, it was so good that I had to put it high on my list. The simple life you lead as the mayor of a small town is very relaxing and a great change of pace from the high octane action of other games. The characters are adorable, the gameplay is fun, and it makes you really think about the wonderful lives we all lead.
DKCR3D is technically a remake, but that original game was released in 2010, so it counts. This game revitalizes the platformer and breathes life into a nearly dead franchise. The environments are fun, interactive, and challenging, but all in the best ways.
This game blends open-world areas and 3D platforming to a level that is perfect. Mario games have a high bar to clear from this point forward, as everything in this game is fun, quirky, and a total blast to play alone or even to watch online. The music is infectious and the gameplay utilizes the Switch’s controls in every way.
Red Dead Redemption is not only a great open-world game but a wonderful story as well. The environments that Rockstar made for this game are some of the best in video games, and they are full of extras, outfits, side quests, and gunslingin’. This game is a classic in every sense of the term.
I have played many open-world games, but nothing comes close to the perfection and majesty of Breath of the Wild. Every praise and nitpick that could be made about this game already has a 40-minute video about it online, but I think that this game is so good that open-world games and games, in general, will have a long road ahead of them if they want to have the same amount of impact that this game has. Breath of the Wild is epic in every sense and is my favorite game of the decade.