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

Honorable Mentions

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

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2018 Best Games I Played All Year

Hey! It’s August so I thought it was about time to finally post this monstrosity. It was about 95% finished on December 31st of 2017 but in the last few days of the year I was able to spend a ton of time playing new VR stuff and I decided to hold off posting until I was able to write up the VR games. I’ve since decided against a full write-up of those games, instead opting to list them and give a few quick thoughts.

On the whole this year’s GOTY stuff is more trimmed down. It’s basically been a complete re-write from the original list because I’ve decided I don’t like the long-form stuff. It’s just devolved into describing the game at a mechanical level in the past and I don’t feel like that’s a good use of my time. Without further ado… here we go! Continue reading

2017 Best Games I Played All Year

More than any other year in recent memory, 2017 had so many games that I was scrambling right up until the end of the year to chip a few more entries off my unplayed list. Ultimately I still have a huge stack of games that need more attention. There are already a ton of great games that I want to recognize, but before I get into those I just want to rattle off all the games that I wasn’t able to make time for this year.

NeiR:Automata Night in the Woods
Hollow Knight What Remains of Edith Finch
Pyre Gravity Rush 2
A Hat In Time Horizon Zero Dawn
Metroid: Samus Returns Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

In additions, as always, there will be some games that I play but am not able to fully feel out due to time constraints. Here are a few games I played, just not enough to really suss out my feelings on.

Dishonored 2 Heat Signature
Prey The Sexy Brutale
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Before digging into my favorite games of the year, there are several that deserve a nod for their greatness. While they didn’t make it into my top list, they still hold a special place in my heart.

Honorable Mentions

Jazzpunk: Director’s Cut + Flavor Nexus DLC (PC)
Jazzpunk will always be one of my top favorite games and having an excuse in 2017 to replay it was a godsend. While the Director’s Cut was released on PS4 last year, it finally graced PC alongside the release of the one-and-only piece of DLC: Flavor Nexus. The DLC is short and sweet and left me wanting more of the absurdity that was Jazzpunk, even while knowing that this was the end of a beautiful chapter in gaming history.

EAT! (Android)
I can’t really say much about EAT without giving anything away, so I won’t. EAT was a wonderful surprise release from Crows Crows Crows and is free, so you have no reason not to check it out. Just don’t feel like you have to complete it all in one sitting. Play a bit, go do something else, and check back in on it every once in a while.

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