In about three months time, we’re going to be saying goodbye to the 2010s. It’s been a very strange decade to be a part of and it’s wacky to think that 10 years ago we had a FIFA World Cup over here and that the PS4 and Xbox One would release three years later. As for politics, boy, let’s not get on that train because it might derail into the ocean. It’s time to say goodbye to the 2010s even if it feels like it was just getting started. During this decade, we have seen quite a number of amazing games see their release and we’ll probably see many outlets out there doing the “Game of the Decade” lists around the end of the year. I’m here to jump in front of that and force you folks to make the difficult decision right now.
I know, there are still three months left with some high profile games still releasing, but unless Death Stranding is an 11/10 or Shenmue 3 ends up being a masterpiece (I can hear the laughter in the hills), I don’t think people’s choice for their game of the decade will change that much. So, the question is simple. What was your best game of the 2010s? For me, it’s the easiest question in the world since there’s one extremely clear winner. If you know me at all, this will come as zero surprise and those of you playing the drinking game, it’s time to take a shot again.
It’s The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. I know, shocker. While some other games such as God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2, the Mass Effect series and basically everything in our wonderful header image can be considered very strong candidates, The Witcher 3 just tramples it all for me personally. It’s the game that I hold the highest regard and since I’ve played it, nothing has even come close to the joy and wonder I felt while playing it.
I wrote an entire piece on why I consider it the best game of all time and this was back in 2017 when our images were still the size of Nokia 3310 screens. It’s been four years since that article and my opinion hasn’t changed one bit. The huge scope of the narrative, the massive diverse world, the emotional connection with the incredible characters, the frankly flawless design and everything else makes this a game that I can’t help but fanboy over whenever I get the chance. I’ve seen a lot of people say they couldn’t get into it, which is a very valid opinion, but I also noticed that many of them barely played past the tutorial level which is but the dust on the tip of the iceberg. I honestly challenge anyone to go through the whole game and still say they haven’t enjoyed it because it honestly sounds impossible to me.
I’m going to stop myself before I write another love letter to CD Projekt Red, but the fact is that The Witcher 3 is definitely my game of the decade, hands down. I’m hoping that Cyberpunk 2077 will rouse the same emotions in me next year and make no mistake, 2020 is going to be an extremely explosive start to the new decade. Both the new generation consoles are releasing and so many games that have been anticipated will finally see the light of day. But right now, let’s reminisce on the 2010s and all the ups and downs that came with it. What would you say is your game of the decade?