The Hollywood Reporter’s Best Games of the Decade

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Created Dec 7, 2019 by Alex Yerofeyev
A group of The Hollywood Reporter’s game critics, columnists and staff writers choose their picks for the most influential, impactful and memorable titles released over the past decade.
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    The Mass Effect series peaked with its second entry in 2010 (before going off the rails in the trilogy’s finale two years later, which was quite possibly the most divisive title of the decade). While …
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      Retaining the combat flow and emphasis on gadgets that made Batman: Arkham Asylum such a success two years earlier, Rocksteady’s Arkham City creates a larger canvas for players to truly feel like the …
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        While its predecessor was set in a fictional reimagining of New York City, Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V transports players to a satirical version of Southern California and lets them roam the sp…
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          Mobile gaming established itself in the 2010s and no game better represents its peak than Pokemon Go. Sure there’s Candy Crush Saga and other mobile hits, but no other title on our phones had us movin…
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            While the fifth installment of any game franchise can feel daunting to newcomers, Bethesda’s Skyrim felt just the opposite in its approach. The high-fantasy game created a rich tapestry of lore and hi…
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              What is there to say about The Last of Us that hasn’t already been said? From the opening moments, Naughty Dog’s masterpiece breaks your heart, and then proceeds to build it back up over the course of…
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                The original Bayonetta was a groundbreaking action game with a heroine who wasn’t afraid to be sexy while taking care of business. For once, the gaming industry didn’t shy away entirely from an indepe…
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                  Blizzard Entertainment announcing a new IP is always a big deal, but no one had a clue of the impact Overwatch would have back at BlizzCon 2014. The eclectic cast of characters and five-on-five multip…
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                    Dark Souls is the ultimate challenge in modern video games, its brutal world serving as a true test of a player’s mettle. It’s not all a masochistic wonderland, however, as there’s also an intricate s…
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                      “There’s always a man. There’s always a lighthouse. There’s always a city.” Irrational Games’ Bioshock Infinite is a next level examination of class, race and American-exceptionalism, beset by a tear …
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                        There will be plenty of debates about which game is the single best from the decade. Comment sections and message boards will rage with arguments for a variety of games, each with valid arguments. How…
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                          Few games have made such an impact in a short time as Fortnite Battle Royale did when it launched in 2017. The addition of the free-to-play multiplayer mode turned Fortnite from a nearly forgotten IP …
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