Well, it’s time for the obligatory post that every gaming blog, YouTuber and content creator is making at the moment… I mean, you’ve probably seen dozens (if not hundreds) of people creating the same lists. I know I have.
However, the majority of them have the exact same games in them, or at least a mix and match of about 20 games maximum. The thing is, I know that I have pretty strange taste in games, so maybe this list will feel a bit different? I’m not going to promise that, but maybe it will… We shall see, won’t we?
7. Fallout: New Vegas
Starting out, we’ve got a very strong entry that (to be fair) you will probably have seen in a number of lists. However, it is with good reason. Fallout: New Vegas is a truly stand out game, even within the Fallout franchise. Obsidian did a brilliant job in taking the formula created when Fallout moved to 3D and mixing it with the style and substance that I loved from the first 2 games.
To this day, I think New Vegas is one of the best games in the series. In fact, it’s one of the best post-apocalyptic games that we have had so far… I would say it’s probably only really beaten by a couple of games on this list.
6. The Last of Us
So yeah, I love post-apocalyptic fiction. I have done for years. But honestly, I don’t think any other game has managed to make the end of the world feel quite as emotionally breaking as The Last of Us. Yes, it is a work of art in terms of graphics. Sure, the gameplay is great despite some flaws.
However, what will always stand out with The Last of Us is the storyline. I mean, it is the only game to date that can make me tear up every single time I play it. No spoilers here, but if you have played the game, you’ll know exactly what part I am talking about.
The game leaves a truly lasting effect on you, even if you aren’t a fan of the gore. The characters, their developments and fates are what really makes The Last of Us so incredible.
5. Lone Survivor
This one might be a little bit of a surprise, considering how many great games there have been over the last 10 years. However, I am a huge fan of the Silent Hill series (I mean, I own all of the games except for Book of Memories), so when a game is able to capture that sort of tone and atmosphere, it really resonates with me. Lone Survivor did just that.
The 2D style was delightful and really connected with the retro game lover in me whilst the creepy and unnerving ambience suited me perfectly. If you haven’t tried Lone Survivor yet, then you really need to. It may not be quite right for you, but you should definitely give it a chance!
4. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Moving on, we have the one and only MMORPG that will appear on this list. Now, I make no secret of the fact that I adore the Final Fantasy series. I’m even currently going through the entirety of the series (excluding MMOs) over on my Twitch channel. I also spent a lot of time playing Final Fantasy XI back in the day. So, whilst I missed the original FFXIV, I jumped into the Beta of A Realm Reborn and was immediately captivated.
The world looked gorgeous and the storyline felt like a Final Fantasy plot. Unfortunately, I was only able to continue playing until the end of Heavensward’s original content release, but I absolutely adored every minute I was in the world of Eorzea. It was an experience I will never forget!
Interesting little note about Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn;
When the Rogue/Ninja class and job were released, I took that class from Level 1 to Level 50 and Item Level 120 (the highest at the time without doing endgame raids) in just 24 hours.
3. Amnesia: The Dark Descent
We’re going back to the horror genre for the next two entries in this list, starting with Amnesia: The Dark Descent. When I first picked this game up (digitally), I really did not know what to expect. My wife and I decided to try and play through it together, thinking we will be able to handle any jump scares that come along.
Needless to say, we really weren’t prepared for the sheer horror of having to run and hide! I will never forget running through that corridor and trying to frantically close every door behind me. Nor will I forget my wife attempting to navigate the water corridor, only to pass the controller to me out of fear.
2. Resident Evil 2 Remake
And so we come to my top two games over the past decade and, honestly, they are tied for the top position. That said, until Resident Evil 2 Remake came out, the last game on this list was my absolute favourite PS4 game and the clear winner for 16-Bit Dad Game of The Decade. That’s why it still takes the number 1 slot.
Of course, Resident Evil 2 Remake did come out and that threw it all into disarray. You see, if ever someone wanted a tutorial example of how a remake should be done, this is what they need to look at (and maybe the FF7 Remake, but we shall see). Capcom took all of the things that made Resident Evil 2 amazing and updated them for the modern gaming style (except for cohesive scenarios across characters).
The gameplay was beyond phenomenal and the fact that they were able to make it scary despite using an Over-The-Shoulder camera is true skill. However, I’m not going to linger on Resident Evil 2 Remake for too long. It’s because covered in most other articles like this one. So, let’s move on to the last game – the one that RE2 Remake tied with.
1. Horizon: Zero Dawn
This was always going to be at the top of this list. In fact, if RE2 Remake didn’t happen, it wouldn’t have tied for it either! Horizon: Zero Dawn was the first PS4 game to truly capture me. I could play it every day and not get bored. The hunting mechanics worked wonderfully and there is just something really cool about jumping onto a robot dinosaur and going for a gallop around.
It looks absolutely breathtaking! Every single detail in the world will engross you into the game, whilst the plot’s slow reveal as you to explore it through Aloy’s eyes is outstanding.
Not once did I get bored with the combat, nor any other aspect of the game, which is a testament to the developers. After all, my attention span tends to be around the 2-hour mark. If you haven’t hooked me by then, you typically won’t be able to. Horizon: Zero Dawn got me within the first 5 to 10 minutes and never let me go.
And That’s All Folks
Well, that’s it, guys. Those were my top 7 games of the past decade, with Resident Evil 2 Remake and Horizon: Zero Dawn taking the top spot. An honourable mention goes out to Fire Emblem: Three Houses, since I have only just started the game so couldn’t really add it to this list.
It has been a pretty damn good 10 years for games, despite the various controversies along the way. What are some of your top games of the decade?