Hello Blerders and Nerders!
Merry Christmas Happy Day after Christmas! I hope you got the items you wanted and shared time with your family! The past few days, I’ve been caught up with family so I haven’t been able to finish posts like originally planned but tis life. I feel that it’s appropriate to do today’s(yesterday’s) top 10 on Top 10 video games of the decade. I know some of us get games for Christmas so this works right? So let’s get into it! Remember that these are MY top 10 but opinions are welcome. Also, these are in NO particular order and the games included are of my personal opinion…so be slightly nice lol. Let’s get into it!
Elder Scrolls: Skyrim (2011)
This game took me FOREVER to get into. At the time, I was all about multiplayer games and playing with my friends so most single player games were not getting played or picked up. This only got play because I was able to be in a party chat with Squad while going through things so it made it seem multiplayer-ish (good ol Xbox 360 party chat). The expansive world, the wonderful lore, along with a solid story and customization, I was hooked. I really didn’t expect to like this game but here we are. I still find myself playing this by myself on my old 360 for shits and giggles and I can never pull myself away.
Metal Gear Solid V (2016)
This is by far one of my favorite game series of all time. I spent so much time playing “Metal Gear Solid” on my PS1, even with Psycho Mantis pissing me off for a week. To say I was excited for “Metal Gear Solid V” was an extreme understatement. MGS5 is prequel to MGS1 but a sequel to MG3 (have I lost you yet?). Learning how Big Boss earned his legend after he officially became Big Boss was masterful. Hideo Kojima spared no expense and we reaped the benefits of it. The open world and base building were things not really done in video games to the extent that Hideo took it but it paid off. Strong storyline (if you don’t get lost easily), huge environment and so much to do, makes this game very re-playable.
Mass Effect 2 (2010)
I may be biased but Mass Effect 2 is one of my absolute favorite games of all time. I know it came out on PS3 but I play this game over and over just like I watch Hunter X Hunter over and over. By far one of the best video game sequels I have played in a very long time. The amount of world building this series did was amazing and I have not been disappointed. The characters are great and well thought out, the story is solid and the game is just fun to play. This game is Bioware at it’s best and I wish we saw more of it.
GTA V (2013)
Sex, drugs, destruction and a strong pull to not do the right thing. The GTA series is known for it’s nonsense and wonton sense of morality when it comes to its gamplay. What makes GTAV so interesting is the fact that it came out on PS3/360 in 2013 and it has not slowed down since. The release and continued maintenance of GTA Online has made this game a mainstay in mature households. Being able to steal a jet and take it across the city for destruction is just one of the reasons to play this game. I personally love walking around until I see a car I want to steal and proceed to go to a military base and steal a tank, why? Because I can and you can’t stop me.
Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty (2010)
The long awaited sequel to the original StarCraft, StarCraft picks up where the first game (and expansion pack) leave off…with better graphics. Instead of releasing the game as one huge sequel, they broke it up in parts between the three factions, Terran, Protoss and Zerg. Just like it’s predecessor, the game is fun. This time around focusing on the story while keeping the core game the same. Now it’s free to play (all three episodes) on starcraft2.com so I suggest giving it a chance. Especially if you have played the original before.
Mass Effect: Andromeda (2017)
Say what you want, but Mass Effect: Andromeda was not as bad as critics said it was. It was a legit and solid game. Did it severely stumble out of the gate at launch?…yes, yes it did. But after the big update, a lot of the problems were fixed but that didn’t really save it. The team soon after stopped supporting it because of the heavy criticism so whatever new problems it had, stayed. Andromeda is similar but also different from it’s predecessors. The story takes place between Mass Effect 2 and 3 so they have no clue about the Reaper invasion and how it devastated the Milky Way which was great. It created a new story with it’s own set of problems, which made Andromeda it’s own game. I admit, not ALL of the characters were loveable and there were a few plot holes but overall, a VERY good game. This is a hill I am willing to die on. Try me.
Borderlands 2 (2012)
Guns, fun and nonsense with a hint of a story thrown in there somewhere. Borderlands 2 burst on the scene like a bat out of hell and took us for a ride none of really expected. What stands out about Borderlands is the nonsensical characters. Wacky dialogue, strange boss and mini-boss fights along with some semblance of a plot. If you haven’t played Borderlands 2, I recommend you try it at least once.
Probably the best Spider-man game I’ve played since Ultimate Spider-man on PS2. This game takes place in it’s own little universe drawing from the Ultimate Spider-man comics (somewhat) in terms of some characters and situations. The open world is absolutely amazing. Being able to web sling and climb as high as you can just to jump off the top of a building and do tricks. The combat is fun even while being repetitious. Something that really stands out is the suit collection. You know when you select a new costume and equip it in other games, the character is usually not seen in the new costume? Well, that’s not the case here. When you get a new suit and equip it, you are able to see it in action, in gameplay, loading screen AND cut scenes.
Dishonored 2 (2016)
A direct sequel to the original Dishonored. The gameplay is similar but this time you get to choose between Corvo or Emily who have very different play styles. This game improved upon the first game albeit with less than stellar writing like the first one. The challenging stealth and individual mission design is something that caught my eye. Also the high replay-ability with trying to complete a mission in a different way. Both of the characters have their own set of abilities so you couldn’t complete a mission in the same way you would with the other (hence the replay-ability).
Red Dead Redemption (2010)
Red Dead Redemption didn’t receive the praise it deserved when it came out originally (imo). It was different and one of it’s kind…well kind of. Since it was the creators of GTA, the mechanics were similar. At the time, you really weren’t expecting to ride a horse and being able to shoot rattlesnakes to be able sell for coin. The open world that this game has was amazing and the landscapes were fun to gaze upon. Since this game takes place after the events of RDR2, there is no need to play this first before playing RDR2 but I would highly recommend giving it a try.
I know I know, I’m super late and inconsistent, but I thank you for bearing with me (whoever you are). What do you think of my list? Are some of these games deserving to be here? Which games would be on your top 10 of the decade? Let us know in the comments! I’m working on some more posts before the end of the year so be on the lookout! Until next time, Nerd Out!