Best PC Games of the Decade

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Introduction


It's been a decade since I've been a member at Gizmo's Freeware and here I have listed down the best games that were released over this time span.

Gaming has evolved a lot since the beginning of this millenium. I still remember playing pixelated video games of the 90's, admiring them and couldn't wait to get home from school, relax on the sofa and start playing them with a controller in hand. At the dawn of the 2000's, in-game graphics looked prettier than ever before, online gaming started becoming a thing and purchasing physical game discs cost a fortune from our meagre pocket money. From 2010, games have widely gone digital for purchases, touchscreens on smartphone devices have opened a new era for the booming gaming platform, and virtual reality has already been here for gaming and growing in popularity.

Over the past 10 years, we've seen countless amazing gems across innovative indie games through big budget AAA blockbusters. From what we experienced through these years, we've found that many developers stop at nothing short of fantastic and try to exceed the expectations of the people with each new title. They offer us variety of choices from First Person Shooters to Real Time Strategies and Adventure Games, making sure that no gamers are left in the void when it comes to their favorite genres.

The real question that pops up right now is that with so many great games made available for PC during the last decade, which ones really stand out from the rest of the pack? A lifetime would not be enough to sort through them and to save you that trouble we have made a list of our recommended games on PC over the last 10 years and ranked them in order. The rankings on this list are subjective but each game here is excellent and selected from the most diverse gaming platform, i.e. PC, and released throughout the last decade.

Note:

  • Only original titles were ranked, individual expansion packs won't be included in the list.
  • This list includes games released from 2010 to 2019.
  • It was intentional to avoid listing multiple titles from a game series.
  • Only games that natively run on Windows OS are included and ranked for PC. 
  • All the games mentioned in the list are commercial and require license keys to play.
  • If you think any worthy contenders haven't been mentioned,  do let me know in the comments section.

So let's start the countdown for the top 50 games...........

 

50. Far Cry 3

Genre: First Person Shoooter
Year: 2012
Platforms: Windows, Playstation, Xbox
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Mode: Single-Player, Multi-Player

49. Dead Space 2

Genre: Survival Horror
Year: 2011
Platforms: Windows, Playstation, Xbox
Developer: Visceral Games
Mode: Single-Player, Multi-Player

48. Guild Wars 2
 
Genre: MMORPG
Year: 2012
Platforms: Windows, MacOS
Developer: ArenaNet
Mode: Multi-Player

47. Borderlands 2

Genre: Action Role Playing, First Person Shooter
Year: 2012
Platforms: Windows, Linux, MacOS, Playstation, Xbox, Switch Android
Developer: Gearbox Software
Mode: Single-Player, Multi-Player


46. South Park: The Stick of Truth
 
Genre: Role-Playing
Year: 2014
Platforms: Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment, South Park Digital Studios
Mode: Single-Player

45. Bastion

Genre: Action Role-Playing
Year: 2011
Platforms: Windows, Linux, MacOS, Playstation, Xbox, Switch, iOS
Developer: Supergiant Games
Mode: Single-Player

44. DiRT Rally

Genre: Racing Simulation
Year: 2015
Platforms: Windows, Linux, MacOS, Playstation, Xbox
Developer: Codemasters
Mode: Single-Player, Multi-Player

43. Bayonetta

Genre: Action, Hack and Slash
Year: 2017
Platforms: Windows, Playstation, Xbox, Switch, WiiU
Developer: PlatinumGames
Mode: Single-Player

42. Mark of the Ninja

Genre: Action, Stealth
Year: 2012
Platforms: Windows, Linux, MacOS, Playstation, Xbox, Switch
Developer: Kiei Entertainment
Mode: Single-Player

41. Okami HD

Genre: Action Adventure
Year: 2017
Platforms: Windows, Playstation, Xbox, Switch
Developer: Clover Studio, Capcom, Hexa Drive
Mode: Single-Player

40. Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Genre: Survival Horror
Year: 2010
Platforms: Windows, Playstation, Xbox, Switch
Developer: Frictional Games
Mode: Single-Player

39. Fallout: New Vegas

Genre: Action Role Playing
Year: 2010
Platforms: Windows, Playstation, Xbox
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Mode: Single-Player

38. Pillars of Eternity

Genre: Role Playing
Year: 2015
Platforms: Windows, Linux, MacOS, Playstation, Xbox, Switch
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Mode: Single-Player

37. Final Fantasy IX

Genre: Role Playing
Year: 2016
Platforms: Windows, Playstation, Xbox, Switch, Android, iOS
Developer: Square Enix
Mode: Single-Player, Multi-Player

36. Subnautica

Genre: Action Adventure, Survival
Year: 2018
Platforms: Windows, MacOS, Playstation, Xbox, Switch
Developer: Unknown Worlds Entertainment
Mode: Single-Player

35. Minecraft

Genre: Sandbox, Survival
Year: 2011
Platforms: Windows, Linux, MacOS
Developer: Mojang Studios
Mode: Single-Player, Multi-Player

34. INSIDE

Genre: Puzzle Platformer, Adventure
Year: 2016
Platforms: Windows, MacOS, Playstation, Xbox, Switch, iOS
Developer: Playdead
Mode: Single-Player

35. Katana Zero

Genre: Action Platform
Year: 2019
Platforms: Windows, MacOS, Xbox, Switch
Developer: Askiisoft
Mode: Single-Player

32. What Remains of Edith Finch

Genre: Adventure
Year: 2017
Platforms: Windows, Playstation, Xbox, Switch
Developer: Giant Sparrow
Mode: Single-Player

31. Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition

Genre: Real Time Strategy
Year: 2019
Platforms: Windows
Developer: Forgotten Empires, Tantalus Media, Wicked Witch
Mode: Single-Player, Multi-Player

30. Dark Souls III

Genre: Action Role Playing
Year: 2016
Platforms: Windows, Playstation, Xbox
Developer: FromSoftware
Mode: Single-Player, Multi-Player

29. The Swapper

Genre: Puzzle Platformer, Metroidvania
Year: 2013
Platforms: Windows, Linux, OSX, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U
Developer: Facepalm Games, Curve Studios
Mode: Single-Player

28. Cities: Skylines

Genre: City Building, Construction & Management Simulation
Year: 2015
Platforms: Windows, Linux, MacOS, Playstation, Xbox, Switch
Developer: Colossal Order
Mode: Single-Player

27. Black Mesa

Genre: First-Person Shooter
Year: 2012, 2020
Platforms: Windows, Linux
Developer: Crowbar Collective
Mode: Single-Player, Multi-Player

26. Torchlight II

Genre: Action RPG, Hack n Slash
Year: 2012
Platforms: Windows, Linux, MacOS, Playstation, Xbox, Switch
Developer: Runic Games
Mode: Single-Player, Multi-Player

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I know I'm not really up on games at my age but the civilization series didn't even make the top fifty? Was this list based on sales or one mans'
opinion?

Sid Meier's Civilization V was originally in my list of honorable mentions, that just missed the cut. It was my in top 55 games, and no doubt it's a brilliant 4X game. It scored a solid 85/100 when I was rating the games sequentially, however all the top 50 ones scored 86 and above in my list. 

Below are some of the games that just missed the cut, not because they are not great, but I had a hard time choosing the games, as too many of them were good, like really good. 

Sid Meier's Civilization V
Cuphead
DUSK
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Kerbal Space Program
Tomb Raider
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
Hotline Miami
The Talos Principle
Tales from the Borderlands: A Telltale Game Series
Dust: An Elysian Tail
Papers, Please
DOOM
NieR: Automata
Terraria
To the Moon

For free civilization like games, check this article of mine: https://www.techsupportalert.com/long-list-nid.htm/2337

 

It would have been nice to have a link here to go and get one of these games.

Hi papawdaton you can find most of these games on Steam or Origin gaming platforms 

ahh. down memory lane, enjoyed the list, actually found some i might have to try. Thank you :)

Appreciate your kind words :)

I thought this was a shareware/freeware site. I am not sure how this article is relevent.

From time to time we may feature other than free software in line with what we believe to be of interest to our visitors and members. Last year Gizmo himself published a review covering commercial VPN services. MC – Site Manager.

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