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The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked  

Kyle Townsend
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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 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt definitely 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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Grand Theft Auto V is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked

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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Red Dead Redemption II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked

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 Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked

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

Metacritic score: 93/100

Minecraft is a sandbox independent video game originally created by Swedish programmer Markus "Notch" Persson and later developed and published by the Swedish company Mojang. The ...more
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The Last of Us is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked

Metacritic score: 95/100

The Last of Us is an action-adventure survival horror video game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. It was released for the PlayStation 3 on June 14, 2013; an ...more
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked

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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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked

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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God of War is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked

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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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked

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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Halo: Reach is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked

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
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BioShock Infinite is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked

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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Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked

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

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

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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Portal 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked

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

Metacritic score: 91/100

Overwatch is a team-based multiplayer online first-person shooter video game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. It was released in May 2016 for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox ...more
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Super Mario Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked

Metacritic score: 97/100

Super Mario Odyssey is a 2017 3D platform video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. An installment in the Super Mario series, the story follows Mario and Cappy, a ...more
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Batman: Arkham Knight is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked

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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Horizon Zero Dawn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked

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
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Super Mario Galaxy 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked

Metacritic score: 97/100

Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a platforming video game developed by Nintendo EAD and published by Nintendo for the Wii. It was first announced at E3 2009 and is the sequel to Super Mario Galaxy. It ...more
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Borderlands 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked

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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Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked

Metacritic score: 89/100

Dark Souls is an action role-playing game developed by FromSoftware and published by Namco Bandai Games. A spiritual successor to FromSoftware's Demon's Souls, the game is the second installment ...more
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Fallout: 4 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked

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
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Rocket League is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked

Metacritic score: 86/100

Rocket League is a vehicular soccer video game developed and published by Psyonix. The game was first released for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4 in July 2015, with ports for Xbox One, OS ...more
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Persona 5 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked

Metacritic score: 93/100

Persona 5 is a 2017 role-playing video game developed by Atlus. Set in Tokyo, the game follows the player-named protagonist after his transfer to the fictional Shujin Academy after being put on ...more