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The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked 

Kyle Townsend
Updated February 24, 2020 111.2k votes 9k voters 47.1k views 159 items

List Rules Only games released between 2010 and 2019.

With so many awesome titles and ground-breaking releases, it’s definitely been a good decade for gamers. While it might be hard to think all the back to the start of the 2010s, there's no denying epic releases like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim helped set the stage for a whole new era of awesomeness. This list covers PC, console, mobile, and arcade games and includes everything from Apex Legends to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and more.

Some of the best games from the past decade may not be all that original; some may even be remakes of older classics. But regardless of when they were made or how much you played them, they definitely left a lasting impression. Fortnite and Overwatch are easily some of the most popular games of the 2010s, but other titles like Red Dead Redemption 2 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt also deserve a mention.

Ever wondered what the most popular games of the last decade are? Now’s your chance to find out. Vote up all your favorite games of the 2010s, and if your favorites are missing, add them to the list.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Sky... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2011

Developer: Bethesda Game Studios

Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Action role-playing game, Role-playing video game, Fantasy

Metacritic score: 94/100

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the fifth installment in The Elder Scrolls action ...more

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2014

Developer: CD Projekt RED

Genres (Video game): Action role-playing game

Metacritic score: 93/100

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a 2015 action role-playing game developed and published by CD Projekt, based on The Witcher series of fantasy novels by Andrzej Sapkowski. It is the sequel to the ...more

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Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2018

Metacritic score: 87/100

Spider-Man is an action-adventure game based on the Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man, developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for PlayStation 4. It will be ...more
4
God of War is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2018

Metacritic score: 94/100

God of War is an action-adventure hack and slash video game developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE). Released on April 20, 2018, for the ...more

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Red Dead Redemption II ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2018

Metacritic score: 97/100

Red Dead Redemption 2 (stylized as Red Dead Redemption II) is a Western-themed action-adventure video game developed and published by Rockstar Games. It is scheduled to be released for ...more

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The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2013

Developer: Naughty Dog

Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Survival horror

Metacritic score: 95/100

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Grand Theft Auto V is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2013

Developer: Rockstar Toronto, Rockstar London, Rockstar Games, Rockstar North, Rockstar San Diego, + more

Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Racing video game

Metacritic score: 97/100

Grand Theft Auto V is an open world, action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on 17 September 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox ...more

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Batman: Arkham City is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
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Developer: Rocksteady Studios

Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Beat 'em up, Stealth game

Metacritic score: 91/100

Batman: Arkham City is a 2011 action-adventure video game developed by Rocksteady Studios and released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 video game ...more

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9
The Legend of Zelda: Bre... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2017

Developer: Nintendo EPD

Metacritic score: 97/100

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an action-adventure game developed and published by Nintendo, released for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U consoles on March 3, 2017. Breath of the Wild ...more

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Batman: Arkham Knight is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2015

Developer: Rocksteady Studios

Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game

Metacritic score: 87/100

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11
Horizon Zero Dawn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2017

Developer: Guerrilla Games

Genres (Video game): Action role-playing

Metacritic score: 89/100

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Super Smash Bros. Ultima... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2018

Developer: Bandai Namco Studios, Sora Ltd.

Genres (Video game): Fighting

Metacritic score: 93/100

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a fighting video game developed by Bandai Namco Studios and Sora Ltd. and published by Nintendo. It is the fifth installment in the Super Smash Bros. series, ...more

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Borderlands 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2012

Developer: Gearbox Software, Iron Galaxy Studios

Genres (Video game): Action role-playing game, First-person Shooter

Metacritic score: 91/100

Borderlands 2 is an action role-playing first-person shooter video game, developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games on September 18, 2012. It is the second game in the Borderlands ...more

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14
Minecraft is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2011

Developer: 4J Studios, Mojang

Genres (Video game): Open world, Action game, Sandbox, Role-playing video game, Survival

Metacritic score: 93/100

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Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2010

Developer: Obsidian Entertainment

Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Action role-playing game, Action game, Role-playing video game, First-person Shooter

Metacritic score: 84/100

Fallout: New Vegas is an action role-playing video game in the Fallout video game series. The game was developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Bethesda Softworks. It released for ...more

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Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2010

Developer: BioWare

Genres (Video game): Third-person Shooter, Action role-playing game

Metacritic score: 96/100

Mass Effect 2 is an action role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts. It was released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 on January 26, 2010, and for ...more

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Fallout 4 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2015

Metacritic score: 88/100

Fallout 4 is an action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the fifth major installment in the Fallout series, and was released ...more
18
Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
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Developer: Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal

Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Platform game, Action role-playing game, Survival horror, Action game, + more

Metacritic score: 86/100

Tomb Raider is a 2013 action-adventure video game published by Square Enix. Tomb Raider is the fourth title developed by Crystal Dynamics in the Tomb Raider franchise.

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2018

Developer: Ubisoft Quebec

Genres (Video game): Action role-playing, stealth

Metacritic score: 87/100

Assassin's Creed Odyssey is an action role-playing video game developed by Ubisoft Quebec and published by Ubisoft. It is the twentieth game and the eleventh major installment in the Assassin's ...more

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20
Call of Duty: Black Ops ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2012

Developer: Treyarch

Genres (Video game): First-person Shooter

Metacritic score: 83/100

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21
Halo: Reach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2010

Developer: Bungie Studios

Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Action game, Vehicular combat game, First-person Shooter, Science Fiction

Metacritic score: 91/100

Halo: Reach is a 2010 first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie and published by Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox 360 console. Reach was released in North America, Australia, and ...more
22
BioShock Infinite is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2013

Developer: Irrational Games, 2K Marin

Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Action-adventure game, Action role-playing game, Survival horror, First-person Shooter

Metacritic score: 94/100

BioShock Infinite is a first-person shooter video game developed by Irrational Games and published by 2K Games. It was released worldwide for the Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 ...more

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23
Portal 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2011

Developer: Valve Corporation

Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Puzzle game, Platform game

Metacritic score: 95/100

Portal 2 is a 2011 first-person puzzle-platform video game developed and published by Valve Corporation. It is the sequel to Portal and was released on April 19, 2011, for Microsoft Windows, OS ...more

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24
Assassin's Creed Origins... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2017

Metacritic score: 85/100

Assassin's Creed Origins is a 2017 action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the tenth major installment in the Assassin's Creed series and the ...more
25
Call of Duty: Modern War... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
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Developer: Sledgehammer Games, Raven Software, Infinity Ward, Treyarch

Genres (Video game): First-person Shooter

Metacritic score: 88/100

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