With 2020 coming to an end, the gaming community is also saying goodbye to arguably the best decade in gaming. While games like Red Dead Redemption, Call of Duty Black Ops marked the start of this decade, The Last of Us 2 , DOOM Eternal, among others, made sure it ended on a perfect note.
Even though there is a plethora of brilliant games released from 2011-20, some have certainly stood out among the rest. Since the platforms these games were released on played a big part in their success, we’ve split our top picks between PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.
Best PlayStation games of the decade
It won’t be an understatement that PlayStation offers the best exclusive titles across all gaming platforms. Here are a few titles that not only have made a huge name for themselves, but have also contributed to the popularity of PlayStation:
God of War IV (2018)
Developed by Santa Monica Studios, God of War IV showcases Kratos’ journey as he takes on the role of father and mentor. With a great story, great graphics, and grueling combat, it’s no surprise that the game has won multiple awards since its release. To name a few, these include:
- Game Award for Game of the Year – 2018
- The best game direction conscious game – 2018
- BAFTA Games Award for Best Game – 2019
As the debate over the best Uncharted track will continue for years to come, we believe Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End deserves the top spot for this decade. The success of Uncharted 2 had redefined the way people viewed games. However, Uncharted 4 not only lived up to expectations, but provided the best ending to the series.
Not to mention its stunning graphics, storytelling, and multiplayer, Uncharted 4’s epilogue has its own fandom.
The last of us
It’s hard to imagine how Naughty Dog created this masterpiece while simultaneously working on Uncharted 3. The authenticity with which The Last of Us portrays the lives of Joel, Ellie, Tess and others, compels the player to empathize with the characters. The game has a unique way of showcasing human behavior and our ability to love and lose.
It’s one of, if not the best game ever for the PS4.
Over the years, he has won 62 awards out of 89 nominations. These awards cover different categories such as Action & Adventure, Artistic Achievement, Audio Achievement, Best Game, Game Design, Multiplayer, Music and Story, among others.
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Best Xbox games of the decade
While the Xbox couldn’t compete with the sheer number of PlayStation exclusives, it still proved the importance of quality over quantity.
A conversation about the Halo Master Chief collection is incomplete without Halo: Reach. The game not only fulfilled its role as a prequel, but also set new milestones for story writing and multiplayer in the gaming industry.
Launched in 2010, it is still ranked among the best games in the entire series. It even won the VES Award for Outstanding Real-Time Visual Effects in a Video Game.
Sea of Thieves
Sea of Thieves was released in 2018, but still tops sales in 2020. Players can explore a vast open world that includes mysterious islands, ships, and artifacts. There is a plethora of activities for players to discover and explore, which is why the game has been so successful over the years.
Halo 5: Guardians
Halo 5: Guardians is another Halo title to mesmerize video game fans around the world, mainly due to its excellent multiplayer mode. Even though Halo 5: Guardians couldn’t deliver a campaign mode as good as its prequels, it did its fair share in significantly adding brilliant play to the Halo series.
Critics often called Halo games bad; however, Halo 5: Guardians had dramatically improved the graphics to break this stereotype.
Best PC games of the decade
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
One of the main contributors to the hype around Cyberpunk 2077 has been the success of Witcher 3. CD Projekt RED has also cemented its place as one of the best developers in the world following the release of this game.
The Witcher 3 started its journey with the Game Award for the most anticipated game and took home the game of the year and best role-playing game awards.
The game has a critically acclaimed storyline that includes interesting side quests as well as the main missions. This is a must see not only for RPG fans, but also for anyone looking to explore the genre.
With titles like GTA: San Andreas and GTA 5 itself, Rockstar Games has successfully developed one of the best action-adventure game series of all time. The fact that GTA 5 was released in 2013, and still is one of the biggest games in the world, is enough to prove the dominance of the game during this decade.
With over 10 million sales on day one, it still holds the world record for the best-selling game within 24 hours of release.
If there’s one game that doesn’t need to be featured on this list, it’s Fortnite. Over the years, Epic Games’ battle royale game has completely changed the definition of games, reaching new heights of popularity that no one had ever anticipated.
He has collaborated with the biggest brands and entities, inside and outside the game. Having won this decade, Fortnite is ready to continue its success in 2021 with revolutionary innovations in its creative mode.
With a huge user base of casual gamers, CS: GO has arguably the biggest competitive arena in the gaming industry. Some of the most successful Esports athletes in the world owe their success to gaming.
In addition to its authentic graphic design, it has introduced the fun 5v5 competitive game modes in FPS games. Even if rivals like Valorant move up the sales rankings, they will never have as much of an impact as CS: GO.
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