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NeoGAF 'Game of the Decade' vote (closes 22nd April)

cormack12

Gold Member
Thought this might be fun to run for a month. Not as in depth as the GOTY voting system, just for fun this one!!! I have reported to get it made into a sticky as well unloess mods are on and reading.

How do I participate?
Just vote for your top three games of the decade (choices 4/5 are optional but still welcomed). So take your time to think carefully which games really deserve the title.

How was the list curated?
Every game that placed in GAFs game of the year awards during the decade have been added to the shortlist. Seemed the most sensible way to draw the list in. The period covers the ten years of goty 2011-2021 (as 2011 covered games released in 2010). Platform rereleases and game remasters/remakes that appeared in more than one year have been consolidated into one choice so the votes are amalgamated.

I've heard enough - what's the link?

What is the list?
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
A Plague Tale: Innocence
A Way Out
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
Alien: Isolation
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Apex Legends
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
Assassin's creed: Origins
Assassin's Creed: Valhalla
Astral Chain
Astro bot
Astro's Playroom
Bastion
Batman: Arkham City
Batman: Arkham Knight
Battlefield 1
Battlefield 3
Bayonetta 2
BioShock Infinite
Bloodborne
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Borderlands 2
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Catherine
Celeste
Control
Crash Bandicoot - N.Sane Trilogy
Cuphead
Cyberpunk 2077
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
Dark Souls
Dark Souls II
Dark Souls III
Days Gone
Dead cells
Dead Space 2
Death Stranding
Deathloop
Demon's Souls
Destiny
Destiny 2
Detroit: Become Human
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Devil may Cry V
Disco Elysium
Dishonored
Dishonored 2
Divinity: Original Sin
Divinity: Original Sin II
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Doom
Doom Eternal
Dota 2
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dragon Quest XI
Dragon's Dogma
Dreams
Driveclub
Dying Light
Fallout 4
Far Cry 3
Far Cry 4
Far Cry 5
Final Fantasy VII: Remake
Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
Final Fantasy XV
Fire Emblem Awakening
Fire Emblem Fates
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Firewatch
Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 5
FTL: Faster Than Light
Gears of War 3
Gears of War 5
Ghost of Tsushima
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
God of War
Gone Home
Grand Theft Auto V
Gravity Rush
Guacamelee!
Guardians of the Galaxy
Hades
Half Life: Alyx
Halo 4
Halo: Infinite
Hellblade: Senua's sacrifice
Hitman
Hitman 2
Hitman 3
Hollow Knight
Horizon: Zero dawn
Hotline Miami
InFamous 2
Infamous: Second Son
Inside
It Takes Two
Journey
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Kid Icarus: Uprising
Kingdom come: Deliverance
Kingdom Hearts III
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Life Is Strange
Lost Judgement
Luigi's Mansion 3
Mario Kart 7
Mario Kart 8
Mark of the Ninja
Mass Effect 3
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition
Max Payne 3
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Metroid Dread
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
Monster Hunter World
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Nier: Automata
Nioh
Octopath Traveler
Ori and the Blind Forest
Ori and the Will O' the Wisps
Overwatch
Papers, Please
Persona 4: The Golden
Persona 5
Pikmin 3
Pillars of Eternity
PlayerUnknownBattleGrounds
Pokémon Sun/Moon
Pokémon X/Y
Portal 2
Psychonauts 2
Ratchet & Clank (2016)
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
Rayman Origins
Red Dead Redemption 2
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 3
Resident Evil VII: Biohazard
Resident Evil: Village
Returnal
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Rocket League
Saints Row The Third
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Shadow of the Colussus
Shovel Knight
Skyrim
Sleeping Dogs
Sonic Mania
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Spec Ops: The Line
Spider-Man
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Splatoon
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Stardew Valley
Streets of Rage 4
Sunset Overdrive
Super Mario 3D Land
Super Mario 3D World
Super Mario Maker
Super Mario Odyssey
Super Smash Bros. (Wii U)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Tales from the Borderlands: Episodes 2-5
Tales of Arise
Tearaway
The Evil Within
The Last Guardian
The Last of Us. Pt I
The Last of Us. Pt II
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
The Walking Dead
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
The Witness
The Wonderful 101
Titanfall 2
Tomb Raider
Transistor
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Undertale
Until Dawn
Wolfenstein II: The new colussus
Wolfenstein: The New Order
XCOM 2
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Xenoblade Chronicles
Xenoblade chronicles 2
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Yakuza 0
Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Yoshi's Woolly World
Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward
 

Husky

THE Prey 2 fanatic
Fucked up that Shadow of Mordor is here and Shadow of War isn't. I know why it's here, Shadow of Mordor released in a pretty weak year for gaming and was an easy GOTY, and Shadow of War launched with microtransactions (patched out & rebalanced too late for the game to qualify as anyone's GOTY), but it's such a massive improvement over the first game (you know, after they removed the microtransactions). Warner fucked up.
 

Banjo64

Gold Member
1. Dark Souls
2. Skyrim
3. The Witcher 3
4. BotW
5. Smash Ultimate

Couldn’t vote for DeS in good faith because I view it as a 2009 game.

Laughably I would have voted for Fortnite at option 5 even though I don’t play it. But in its absence I thought Smash deserved it for being an absolute celebration of gaming history.
 

wvnative

Member
Why are crap remakes like crash and ratchet 2016 on here? And in the realm of crash why not crash 4 which was amazing?

Other than that though, great list. Easy to be cynical nowadays but that list reminds us we still had no shortage of amazing games the past decade.

No idea how to choose
 
Thought this might be fun to run for a month. Not as in depth as the GOTY voting system, just for fun this one!!! I have reported to get it made into a sticky as well unloess mods are on and reading.

How do I participate?
Just vote for your top three games of the decade (choices 4/5 are optional but still welcomed). So take your time to think carefully which games really deserve the title.

How was the list curated?
Every game that placed in GAFs game of the year awards during the decade have been added to the shortlist. Seemed the most sensible way to draw the list in. The period covers the ten years of goty 2011-2021 (as 2011 covered games released in 2010). Platform rereleases and game remasters/remakes that appeared in more than one year have been consolidated into one choice so the votes are amalgamated.

I've heard enough - what's the link?

What is the list?
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
A Plague Tale: Innocence
A Way Out
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
Alien: Isolation
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Apex Legends
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
Assassin's creed: Origins
Assassin's Creed: Valhalla
Astral Chain
Astro bot
Astro's Playroom
Bastion
Batman: Arkham City
Batman: Arkham Knight
Battlefield 1
Battlefield 3
Bayonetta 2
BioShock Infinite
Bloodborne
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Borderlands 2
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Catherine
Celeste
Control
Crash Bandicoot - N.Sane Trilogy
Cuphead
Cyberpunk 2077
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
Dark Souls
Dark Souls II
Dark Souls III
Days Gone
Dead cells
Dead Space 2
Death Stranding
Deathloop
Demon's Souls
Destiny
Destiny 2
Detroit: Become Human
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Devil may Cry V
Disco Elysium
Dishonored
Dishonored 2
Divinity: Original Sin
Divinity: Original Sin II
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Doom
Doom Eternal
Dota 2
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dragon Quest XI
Dragon's Dogma
Dreams
Driveclub
Dying Light
Fallout 4
Far Cry 3
Far Cry 4
Far Cry 5
Final Fantasy VII: Remake
Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
Final Fantasy XV
Fire Emblem Awakening
Fire Emblem Fates
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Firewatch
Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 5
FTL: Faster Than Light
Gears of War 3
Gears of War 5
Ghost of Tsushima
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
God of War
Gone Home
Grand Theft Auto V
Gravity Rush
Guacamelee!
Guardians of the Galaxy
Hades
Half Life: Alyx
Halo 4
Halo: Infinite
Hellblade: Senua's sacrifice
Hitman
Hitman 2
Hitman 3
Hollow Knight
Horizon: Zero dawn
Hotline Miami
InFamous 2
Infamous: Second Son
Inside
It Takes Two
Journey
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Kid Icarus: Uprising
Kingdom come: Deliverance
Kingdom Hearts III
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Life Is Strange
Lost Judgement
Luigi's Mansion 3
Mario Kart 7
Mario Kart 8
Mark of the Ninja
Mass Effect 3
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition
Max Payne 3
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Metroid Dread
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
Monster Hunter World
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Nier: Automata
Nioh
Octopath Traveler
Ori and the Blind Forest
Ori and the Will O' the Wisps
Overwatch
Papers, Please
Persona 4: The Golden
Persona 5
Pikmin 3
Pillars of Eternity
PlayerUnknownBattleGrounds
Pokémon Sun/Moon
Pokémon X/Y
Portal 2
Psychonauts 2
Ratchet & Clank (2016)
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
Rayman Origins
Red Dead Redemption 2
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 3
Resident Evil VII: Biohazard
Resident Evil: Village
Returnal
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Rocket League
Saints Row The Third
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Shadow of the Colussus
Shovel Knight
Skyrim
Sleeping Dogs
Sonic Mania
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Spec Ops: The Line
Spider-Man
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Splatoon
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Stardew Valley
Streets of Rage 4
Sunset Overdrive
Super Mario 3D Land
Super Mario 3D World
Super Mario Maker
Super Mario Odyssey
Super Smash Bros. (Wii U)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Tales from the Borderlands: Episodes 2-5
Tales of Arise
Tearaway
The Evil Within
The Last Guardian
The Last of Us. Pt I
The Last of Us. Pt II
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
The Walking Dead
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
The Witness
The Wonderful 101
Titanfall 2
Tomb Raider
Transistor
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Undertale
Until Dawn
Wolfenstein II: The new colussus
Wolfenstein: The New Order
XCOM 2
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Xenoblade Chronicles
Xenoblade chronicles 2
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Yakuza 0
Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Yoshi's Woolly World
Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward

The fact that gaf never voted for Prey makes me want to delete this account. Anyway, voted.
 

avin

Member
MSFS seems to be missing.

I'm guessing it didn't make the list because this it was released first on PC, and GAF doesn't really do PC? But that may have disqualified it when it came out on console the following year. Not that it would win or anything, but it would have my vote. It made my very short list of mind-blowing experiences when I first played it.

avin
 

intbal

Member
Can't vote in that form because my top choice isn't in your list. So I'll leave my votes here.

1. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
2. Dying Light
3. Dishonored
 

Zannegan

Gold Member
1. Skyrim (flawed, but I keep coming back to it, plus it just feels like a decade-defining game)
2. Breath of the Wild
3. Bloodborne
4. Super Mario Odyssey
5. Infamous: Second Son

Not super happy with that list because there are a ton of other games that I also had fun with and they're all so close (Dying Light, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Deus Ex, etc. etc. etc.) It'll have to do though.

All in all, pretty good decade, in spite of some pretty big disappointments and increasingly shady industry practices. Here's hoping the next decade can match it.
 
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rofif

Gold Member
Dark souls ( I prefer 2 but first one is objectively better)
Death stranding
Uncharted 4
Gears of war 3Saints row the third

List is missing the evil within 2. I also wanted to pick tlou2 but I only played it once and loved it
 

Warnen

Can he swing from a thread? Take a look overhead / Hey, there, there goes the Spider-Man
Destiny 2
destiny
Animal Crossing NL
Animal Crossing NH
GTA 5
 

BryceNobody

Member
That’s a tough list.

1. Breath of the Wild
2. Last of Us
3. GTA V
4. Super Mario Odyssey
5. Ground Zeroes/Phantom Pain

Not necessarily a list of my favorite games from the decade, but just five titles that either had story/gameplay/design qualities that really made me go ‘wow.’

Breath of the Wild needs little explanation. Last of Us pushed game narratives and storytelling to another stratosphere. GTA V showed how a game’s longevity could be stretched out by commitment to online experiences (outside of the MMO/FPS realm). Odyssey felt like an imaginative rethinking of the 3D platforming experience from the company that essentially created it. And MGSV, despite numerous flaws, married its core themes to the release, development, and postgame circumstance (whether intentional or not).

All five had a huge impact on the decade and left a strong impression imo.
 
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DeepSpace5D

Member
Tough list to pick from.

Ultimately I went with,

1. The Last of Us pt. 1
2. Bloodborne
3. God of War
4. Uncharted 4
5. Returnal

I could have easily included Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls but purposely only went with one Fromsoft game. It was also pretty tough keeping Death Stranding, Bioshock Infinite, and Horizon: Zero Dawn off the list.
 

ChoosableOne

ChoosableAll
My top 5;
1- Sekiro: Best game of From Software and the only game I ever thought of playing for a second time)
2- Divinity Original Sin: Yeah, the first one but I could pick the second one too. They are both great games.
3- Bloodborne: Dark souls with guns plus splendid atmosphere and creepy horror elements(and yeah... NO SHIELDS!)
4- Nier Automata: Engaging story with top notch gameplay. We need more Yoko Taro stuff in future.
5- Red Dead Redemption 2: Spoilers ruined it for me but it was still a great experience.

Honorable mentions(sponsored by unknown source); The Last Of Us, Ghost Of Tsushima, God of War, and Uncharted 3.
 

Jennings

Member
I selected 5 great games that are easily in my top ten.

DOOM
Shadow of Mordor
Dark Souls
Splatoon
Monster Hunter World

But if I could choose my own games regardless of a list, I'd have selected:

Diablo 3
Tribes Ascend
Hyrule Warriors (WiiU)
 
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Bonfires Down

Gold Member
Only one game from my top 3 is in the list :messenger_frowning_ So if you do add requests I'd like to see Soma and Darkest Dungeon added. Otherwise I'll make do with those that are included.

1. Soma
2. XCOM 2
3. Darkest Dungeon
4. The Last of Us Part II
5. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
6. Battlefield 4
7. The Division
8. Bioshock Infinite
 
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Bakkus

Member
1. Kid Icarus: Uprising
2. Super Mario Odyssey
3. The Wonderful 101
4. Cuphead
5. Undertale

HM: South Park Stick of Truth, MGR: Revengance, Portal 2, Ghost Trick
 

CatLady

Plays on Xbox Purr-ies X
Wow that was hard!

In GotY I'm often lucky to name 3 games that deserve it, but as some else said what a great decade. SOOO many great games, I could have easily named 20 or more games that deserve to win. A couple of my favorites weren't even on the list, notably Prey and Quantum Break and probably others I can't remember at the moment.
 
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