THE 10 MOST IMPORTANT VIDEO GAMES OF ALL RELEASED BETWEEN 2010 AND 2019

And after having retraced the 10 most important video games released from 2000 to 2009, let’s jump to the following decade: let’s now find out which are the significant games published between 2010 and 2019.

As already done for the previous decade and also for the 10 symbolic video games of the 90s, the criteria are always the same: only one game per year , not necessarily the best ever but at least the most discussed and significant. In doing so it is inevitable to leave out many masterpieces and great names that would have deserved mention in their turn, even more so tell us yours in the comments and which you think are the most significant games of those years for you!

2010 – Red Dead Redemption

With Red Dead Redemption , Rockstar Games hit the jackpot. The western adventure starring John Marston shocked critics and audiences with an adventure that is still talked about today despite the release of its sequel many years later.At the time, such a broad, sophisticated and profound western-themed video game had never been seen before, and Red Dead Redemption was able to win the hearts of fans also thanks to its characters and the spectacular nature of its layered missions. If you think about 2010, Red Dead Redemption is most likely the first name that comes to mind, even before other greats such as Mass Effect 2 , Super Mario Galaxy 2 , God of War III and Halo Reach .

2011 – Minecraft

It’s difficult to say a name for 2011. After all, it is still the year in which The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim was published , perhaps the most important game in Bethesda history , as well as the first Dark Souls , which cleared the concept forever Action/RPG introduced two years earlier with Demon’s Souls, starting the Soulslike phenomenon.

But 2011 is also the year in which Minecraft officially became reality, becoming the best-selling game in the entire video game history with over 300 million copies. With its sandbox Mojang changed the face of the industry forever, giving life to a phenomenon that still does not give an inch today, enjoying a stellar popularity that does not seem to want to slow down in any way.

2012 – The Walking Dead A Telltale Games Series

Among modern narrative adventures, the first season of The Walking Dead by Telltale Games still remains one of the greatest examples of how to create a game capable of providing unique and unrepeatable emotions.

Set in the same universe as Robert Kirkman ‘s comic book of the same name albeit centered on an alternative plot and characters, the five episodes that make up Season 1 of the Telltale work provided drama, twists, horror and unforgettable moments, thanks above all to the deep relationship that establishes between the protagonist Lee Everett and little Clementine . The particular episodic distribution was also successful, being tested on several occasions by other companies in the following years.

2013 – Grand Theft Auto V

It could only be there, Grand Theft Auto V , an authentic gaming phenomenon that has become increasingly bigger with the arrival of new versions and the incessant growth of GTA Online . It all started in September 2013, the year in which GTA V became reality on PS3 and Xbox 360 , establishing itself as one of the most discussed and popular games of all times: after Minecraft, in fact, Rockstar Games’ blockbuster is the best-selling game ever with its 195 million copies.

The popularity of GTA Online played a crucial role behind this success, but in any case the main single player adventure also knew its stuff between charismatic protagonists, over the top story and total freedom. However, it is impossible not to also mention The Last of Us , which has become the symbol par excellence of the PS3.

2014 – Mario Kart 8

2014 was a year of transition for the industry, which had recently welcomed the new generation represented by the PS4 and Xbox One . Despite this, however, the “next-gen” of the time struggled to take off in its first year and there were few truly memorable productions released in those 12 months. Obviously, there was no shortage of valuable games, just think of Dark Souls II , Destiny , Dragon Age Inquisition and Bayonetta 2 just to name a few, but perhaps Mario Kart 8 is the symbol of that particular year.

Published on Wii U, one of the least successful consoles ever produced by Nintendo, the eighth episode of Mario Kart quickly established itself as the best-selling game ever for the platform, then laying the foundations for a phenomenon that would explode a few years later with the Deluxe re-release on Nintendo Switch. However, it all started here, this year and on Wii U, with players thus experiencing one of the best Mario Kart games ever created.

2015 – The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt

In 2015 we start to get serious again, and here come more prominent productions after a more tepid previous year. Games such as Bloodborne , Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain , Batman Arkham Knight and Undertale become reality in those months, obtaining widespread acclaim from critics and the public. However, no one has taken the limelight as done by The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt , CD Projekt RED’s masterpiece which justified the purchase of a PS4 or Xbox One, or the move to a higher-end PC.

 

Geralt of Rivia‘s latest adventure is immense in the true sense of the word, with meticulous care in the characterization of its game world, story and dialogues and where even a theoretically secondary minigame like Gwent turns into a cult phenomenon so much so addictive. The Witcher 3 is one of the first names that come to mind when talking about Action/RPG, so powerful has its impact been on the industry.

2016 – Pokémon GO

2016 rhymes with Pokémon GO , which became a reality over the summer and became an instant success. The augmented reality game ends up on everyone’s lips in an instant, even those who are not passionate about video games: the idea of ​​being able to literally go hunting for Pokémon on the streets of our cities is a dream come true for those who were grew up with the games of the main Game Freak series or with the related anime, to the point that the app created by Niantic was practically present in everyone’s iOS and Android devices.

We don’t mind Uncharted 4 A Thief’s End , Overwatch , Dark Souls III and Persona 5 , but for the impact it has had, 2016 is the year of Pokémon GO.

2017 – The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild

The chapter of The Legend of Zelda that revolutionized everything, Nintendo’s last game for Wii U but also and above all the first for the newborn Nintendo Switch , thus marking a launch literally with a bang. The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild has changed the way we understand open worlds by offering fans a living, credible world with infinite possibilities without any limitation in the approach to the adventure.

A mammoth work that established itself in terms of importance not only in its year of release, but in general throughout the decade, becoming one of its most symbolic games. If you’ve never played it, know that it’s worth getting a Switch (or Wii U) just to try this authentic gem.

2018 – Red Dead Redemption II

When Rockstar publishes a game it becomes a real event. It happened with the first Red Dead Redemption, with GTA V and it could only happen with Red Dead Redemption II which, just like Breath of the Wild the year before, in turn offered its own way of understanding open worlds aiming for realism with a conviction never seen before with all this power.

Very long, full of secrets and surprises, with a memorable story and characters and with missions capable of keeping you glued to the screen, Red Dead Redemption II is still considered today as one of Rockstar Games’ most important blockbusters, not disfiguring at all even in the face of a another sacred monster like God of War .

2019 – Sekiro Shadows Die Twice

The decade ends with a bang thanks to one of the most difficult but also spectacular games around. Sekiro Shadows Die Twice is FromSoftware to the nth degree, rigid in the challenge offered but also damn satisfying with every battle overcome, thanks above all to an elegant and impeccable combat system that leaves you breathless.

The beauty of Sekiro was able to win the hearts of millions of players who were not intimidated by its difficulty and ended up loving it for the obsessive care put into every playful, technical and artistic element. An incredible result if you consider that 2019 was also a rather intense year with the arrival of huge names such as Gears 5 , Resident Evil 2 Remake and Devil May Cry 5 .