The Top 50 Best Video Games of the Decade (So Far)

Over the past 5 years we’ve seen the release of countless great games, ranging from quirky indie oddities through to spectacular, big-budget blockbusters crafted by triple-A studios.

Though we may often complain about issues both inside and outside of the industry, we are truly living in a golden age of gaming where developers are consistently hitting it out of the park, exceeding our expectations and telling stories that are among some of the best being told across any medium. Every genre from the FPS through to the RTS is being represented on desktops, home consoles, handhelds, smartphones and tablets, giving us more variety than we’ve ever experienced before.

But with so many wonderful games having been released over the past five years, which ones stand a grade above their peers? Which games have we played halfway into this decade that rank among the very best that this bold and beautiful industry has had to offer? 

Here are the top 50 best video games of the decade (so far):

Note: This list was limited to games released between January 2010 and June 2015, with games that launched later than this not being included due to us not having had enough time to adequately measure where they would fit in. So rest assured, Kojima fans, that if we ever create a follow-up list with the best 50 games of the entire decade in 2020, the likes of Metal Gear Solid V will probably make the cut.

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):

  • Assassin’s Creed II
  • Rogue Legacy
  • Saints Row: The Third
  • Shovel Knight
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
  • Forza Horizon 2
  • Tearaway
  • Dota 2
  • Guacamelee!
  • Dishonored
  • Torchlight 2
  • Halo: Reach
  • Tokyo Jungle
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • DayZ
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Bastion
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Dead Space 2
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • The Binding of Isaac
  • Limbo
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Deadly Premonition
  • Just Cause 2
  • Vanquish
  • Forza Motorsport 4
  • Titanfall
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare