Here are the 11 games that defined this past decade

Which is your favorite?

I’m still coming to terms with the fact another decade is about to end. Another 10 years of my life are behind me and if you were to go back in time and tell 2010 CJ where he’d be in 2019, he’d probably say, “Who cares? What are tomorrow’s winning lottery numbers, time traveler?” Now that I think about it, if you can travel through time, please go back and answer 2010 CJ’s question.

One thing from the past decade I’ll always treasure are the magnificent games I got to play. Games like Super Mario 3D World, Bayonetta 2, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Spider-Man, Burial At Sea, and so many more. I will keep those memories forever. I’ll also hold a special place in my heart for the list below, the titles that, in their own unique ways, defined the past 10 years of gaming and set the stage for what we should expect in the next 10.

So, presented in alphabetical order, here are the 11 games that best defined the past decade. Click each image to find out why it made the list.

Dark Souls

Final Fantasy XIV


Grand Theft Auto V




Pokemon Go

Stardew Valley

Breath of the Wild

Telltale The Walking Dead

CJ Andriessen
Editor-at-Large – CJ has been a contributor to Destructoid since 2015, originally writing satirical news pieces before transitioning into general news, features, and other coverage that was less likely to get this website sued.