Looking back through all my game-of-the-year blog posts since 2010, I’ve decided not to try to get to a “top 10” games of the 2010’s. I certainly played more than 10 incredible games that came out since 2010, but I’d rather shave my list down to a very special few. My vague criteria really just come down to the games I still think about a lot today and the games I still think about playing today. Maybe there are more that would’ve made a bigger impact on me had I the time to play them as much as I wanted, but this is just how things turned out.
One thing I did notice looking back is that, to be honest, the first half of this decade was somewhat lukewarm in my experience. It’s probably a result of my specific tastes, but for the most part it felt like big game developers were in a holding pattern from 2011 to around 2015. 2011 was one of the significant years of recent memory actually, but at the same time it felt like games were desperately trying to break free of the limitations of the PS3 and Xbox 360, and when the PS4 and Xbox One finally came it took until 2015 for the real great games of that new console generation to arrive. For whatever reason, the 2010’s games that are sticking with me the most are the more recent ones Mostly. Continue reading