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The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked 

Kyle Townsend
Updated February 19, 2020 105.9k votes 8.6k voters 43.8k views 158 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 Witcher 3: Wild Hunt... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2014

Metacritic score: 93/100

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The Elder Scrolls V: Sky... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2011

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 Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2013

Metacritic score: 95/100

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Red Dead Redemption II ... is listed (or ranked) 4 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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God of War is listed (or ranked) 5 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
6
Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 6 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
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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

Metacritic score: 97/100

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8
The Legend of Zelda: Bre... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2017

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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Horizon Zero Dawn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2017

Metacritic score: 89/100

Horizon Zero Dawn is a 2017 action role-playing video game developed by Guerrilla Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. The plot revolves around Aloy, a hunter and archer living ...more
10
Batman: Arkham Knight is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2015

Metacritic score: 87/100

Batman: Arkham Knight is a 2015 action-adventure video game developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Based on the DC Comics superhero Batman, it ...more
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Super Smash Bros. Ultima... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2018

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) 12 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2012

Metacritic score: 91/100

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Fallout: New Vegas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2010

Metacritic score: 84/100

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Mass Effect 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2010

Metacritic score: 96/100

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15
Minecraft is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2011

Metacritic score: 93/100

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Fallout 4 is listed (or ranked) 16 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
17
Assassin's Creed Odyssey... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2018

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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Batman: Arkham City is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
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2011

Metacritic score: 91/100

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Call of Duty: Black Ops ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2012

Metacritic score: 83/100

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20
Halo: Reach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2010

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
21
BioShock Infinite is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2013

Metacritic score: 94/100

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22
Portal 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2011

Metacritic score: 95/100

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23
Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
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2013

Metacritic score: 86/100

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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
Diablo III is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked
2012

Metacritic score: 88/100

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