The Qt3 Top 10 Games of the Decade Voting Thread

This was an epic undertaking; I don’t know how some of you folks got this done so fast. A little surprised with the slightly homogeneous top three. I’m pretty happy with where I ended up.

  1. Bloodborne [2015, FromSoftware] A game without peer. The moment to moment gameplay is refined and beautiful. The storytelling is ambient and raw. I could lose myself forever in this horrific world.

  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [2017, Nintendo] This idiosyncratic open world reimagining of Zelda deeply resonated with me.
    Runner up: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

  3. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt [2015, CD Projekt Red] This game both delivers an almost perfect simulation of an itinerant monster hunters’ life, and the best videogame family I’ve seen. I love how confident CD Project Red are in their storytelling.

  4. Magic: the Gathering Arena [2019, Wizards of the Coast] Magic: the Gathering is my favourite game of all time. So, when the evil overlords at Hasbro/Wizards of the Coast decided to make a digital version of the game with all the friction removed. Well I basically didn’t play any other videogames for eighteen months. God forbid they add drafting against humans, I’m just dead at that point.
    Runners up: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Overcooked

  5. Total War: Three Kingdoms [2019, Creative Assembly] And just like that, Creative Assemble land their masterpiece. A game that makes all other strategy games redundant.

  6. Brogue [2018, Brian Walker] Lots of games these days are described as being ‘Roguelikes’ without actually having any similarities with the game Rogue. Here though is a game which has taken the design of Rogue, deconstructed it to its base elements, then build something new and beautiful from its foundations. Every run of this game is a joy for me.
    Runners up: Dwarf Fortress

  7. Opus Magnum [2017, Zachtronics] I very much enjoy the Zachtronics puzzle games, but this one felt particularly delectable. The game has an animated gif export for your solutions, and they are immediately captivating even to people who have not played the game. This allowed me to share my love of this game much further than I usually can. Which only makes me love it more.
    Runners up: TIS-100 and Into the Breach

  8. VVVVVV [2010, Terry Cavanagh] This game changed me. There is a person before Veni Vidi Vici, and there is a person after Veni Vidi Vici. My concept of what is difficult and valuable was altered. Without this game I’m not sure I would have been ready for many of the other games I enjoyed this decade.
    Runners up: Baba is You and Stephen’s Sausage Roll

  9. Disco Elysium [2019, ZA/UM] I only just finished this, so it’s possible there’s some recency bias at work. But this game is both incredibly familiar and breathtakingly fresh and different. And delivered with such panache. It’s hard to believe I won’t still be thinking about it for a long time.
    Runners up: Dragon Age II, Mass Effect 3 and Control

  10. Kerbal Space Program [2015, Squad] Simple and complex. Build a rocket, launch an idiot into space, build a bigger rocket to save idiot. But with real rocket science. Every failure in this game is a delight.
    Runner up: Minecraft and Euro Truck Simulator

Of the 61 games I considered for my list, when were they released?
Games of the Decade

Top ten by Steam’s hours played:

  • Stellaris - 358
  • Total War: Warhammer II - 321
  • Total War: Warhammer - 279
  • Dark Souls - 267
  • Stardew Valley - 227
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization V - 217
  • Dark Souls II - 200
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - 184
  • Dark Souls III - 162
  • Factorio - 129

I love this, even though I played some Switch titles that might have ended up on this list… actually, no, probably not - I can’t think of any game on another platform that would have broken 125 hours, not even Breath of the Wild, now that I think of it. So this should be very accurate for my top 10 by hours of the last decade (it helps I haven’t gotten into MMO’s in the last decade or more).

Daaaayum. I forgot about Fallout New Vegas, I guess I better update my top 10. Sorry, Dragon Quest XI, you are awesome but you are no Fallout: New Vegas.

However this plays out I just want to say our lord an savoir Deus Ex circa 2000…which I am pretty sure IIRC won the last decade Qt3 game of decade 2000-2009, was the perfect choice given the forum founder.

Right? I’m still wrangling with mine. Around 50 games to whittle down!

The format of your list is how I want to do mine too. Top 10 with honourable mentions and a list by time played! Love the recency bias chart. Noice.

It saw a lot of votes early on, but then later voters didn’t vote for it. I’m kind of rooting for it even though I haven’t played it yet.

It’s peak Fallout, in my book, even better than the classic first two entries.

Thanks, I tried a range of different ways to whittle down the longlist and to layout the results. I came up with this somewhat, err, organically.


I hope you voted for the two Skyrims separately…

That Hex number looks inflated. Maybe I left it running overnight or something?

My top games, ones I play the most, didn’t make the list. I clearly love those games, Thea, Rimworld… but I kind’ve slanted my list away from just ones I really, really like to ones I think will or have had a lasting impact of some kind.

All I can say is you guys play too much!

Yeah, I’m envious of some of their available gaming time!!

Somes games I played for hundreds of hours are not there because I didn’t play them on Steam (Guild Wars 2, Witcher 3, Grim Dawn, etc).

Same here, I am lucky if I am getting 5 hours of relax time a week, and thats for TV/Movie and Game time combined. D:

Are those counting times you log into Steam, turn the game on and not play?

I can’t imagine 300 hours (much less over 500) out of a single player game. Is there 300 hours worth of game in the first Baldur’s Gate? 722 hours in Grim Dawn? Wow.

Grim Dawn isn’t a single player game though.

It is for me. Guess I just liked all the different class combos to try out.

Slay the Spire has racked up a lot of hours for me partly because it’s good but also partly because I can play it with one hand on a mouse and one eye on a toddler.

What are you doing with your other hand and eye?

Writing a novel!