Best Games I Played All Decade

The end of the year is here again, made slightly more important this time around because it’s also the end of the decade. I’ve gone through all the game releases I could find from the past ten years and picked out my five top games plus a few honorable mentions from each year.

Honorable Mentions fall into one of three categories: Favorite Online game, Favorite Indie game, and “Most Significant” game.

“Significant” is a bit nebulous and unfortunately I ran out of time in compiling this list so I’m not able to dig deep into why I feel each game on the list deserves the spot but in general think of it as being either a big cultural impact or something significant in regards to the industry. Cookie Clicker and Fortnite Battle Royale are both examples of games that defined new genres and are on the list for that reason.


2010 Top 5 Games

  1. Delve Deeper
  2. Super Meat Boy
  3. Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale
  4. Just Cause 2
  5. VVVVVV

Honorable Mentions

  • Favorite Indie Game – Enviro-Bear 2000
  • Most Significant Game – Amnesia: The Dark Descent

2011 Top 5 Games

  1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  2. Dungeons of Dredmor
  3. Portal 2
  4. Bastion
  5. Cave Story +

Honorable Mentions

  • Favorite Online Game – DC Universe Online
  • Most Significant Game – Minecraft

2012 Top 5 Games

  1. Shadowrun Returns
  2. Dishonored
  3. Hotline Miami
  4. Persona 4 Golden
  5. DARK SOULS: Prepare to Die Edition

Honorable Mentions

  • Favorite Online Game – Planetside 2
  • Favorite Indie Game – You Have to Win the Game

2013 Top 5 Games

  1. Rogue Legacy
  2. Gunpoint
  3. Papers, Please
  4. Antichamber
  5. The Stanley Parable

Honorable Mentions

  • Favorite Online Game – Path of Exile
  • Favorite Indie Game – Candy Box!
  • Most Significant Game – Cookie Clicker

2014 Top 5 Games

  1. Hatoful Boyfriend
  2. Octodad: Dadliest Catch
  3. Wolfenstein: The New Order
  4. The Talos Principle
  5. Jazzpunk

Honorable Mentions

  • Favorite Online Game – Loadout
  • Favorite Indie Game – Verde Station
  • Most Significant Game – P.T.

2015 Top 5 Games

  1. Her Story
  2. Undertale
  3. Infinifactory
  4. Contradiction!
  5. Roundabout

Honorable Mentions

  • Favorite Online Game – Trove
  • Favorite Indie Game – Sonic Dreams Collection
  • Most Significant Game – Super Mario Maker

2016 Top 5 Games

  1. Persona 5
  2. DOOM
  3. SUPERHOT & SUPERHOT VR
  4. Factorio
  5. Hitman

Honorable Mentions

  • Favorite Online Game – Glittermitten Grove (including the Frog Fractions 2 and Sigil ARGs)
  • Favorite Indie Game – Recursed
  • Most Significant Game – Soda Drinker Pro/Vivian Clark

2017 Top 5 Games

  1. Goragoa
  2. Doki Doki Literature Club
  3. West of Loathing
  4. Opus Magnum
  5. Yakuza 0

Honorable Mentions

  • Favorite Online Game – VR Chat
  • Favorite Indie Game – Ready Player Fuck
  • Most Significant Game – Fortnite Battle Royale

2018 Top 5 Games

  1. Two Point Hospital
  2. Subnautica
  3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  4. God of War
  5. Return of the Obra Dinn

Honorable Mentions

  • Favorite Online Game – Sea of Thieves
  • Favorite Indie Game – The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game
  • Most Significant Game – Tetris Effect

2019 Top 5 Games

  1. Untitled Goose Game
  2. Disco Elysium
  3. Slay the Spire
  4. Wilmot’s Warehouse
  5. Hypnospace Outlaw

Honorable Mentions

  • Favorite Online Game – Magic the Gathering: Arena
  • Favorite Indie Game – Spy Party
  • Most Significant Game – Death Stranding

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