“2010-2019 is one of the best decades in video games ever” is not a bold statement; after all, there aren’t many of them yet. So if we look back to the last 10 years and choose the very best, digital, interactive creations from them, it is an end-of-year celebration!

The entire SamaGame editorial team has voted on a list of 179 carefully curated titles, from which the 45 best video games from 2010 to 2019 have been chosen plus ranked. We have provided these unforgettable games with, as you are used to, beautiful texts full of superlatives and a love for video games, divided over 4 different features. In the previous part we discussed numbers 45 to 31, now let’s quickly move on to 30 to 16!

30. Rayman: Origins

Rayman was a big hit on the first PlayStation and played that game completely gray as a little guy, but the Rayman games that came out after that were unfortunately not that exciting. Until Rayman: Origins came out, now 8 years ago! Rayman: Origins is not only one of the best platform games I’ve ever played, but also one of the best co-op games.

For all nights I played Rayman: Origins with some friends on the couch and after a few beers the chaos was complete. I even got a nickname from it, as I loved being the first to grab ropes and take them away for the other players. Since then I have been a ‘dirty rope hijacker’, a nickname that I proudly carry with me! Only 1 game was about Rayman: Origins… Yup, Rayman: Legends.

29. Batman: Arkham City

Arkham City, the best Batman game ever in my opinion. Rocksteady took the formula that made Arkham Asylum so good and expanded it in every possible way. Authenticity, stealth, and of course the villains were used to surpass the near-perfect Asylum. From the moment I entered the Arkham City open world, I felt that the creators had looked at the source material extremely carefully.

The dark and grim atmosphere takes some inspiration from the comics, adds a pinch of Tim Burton’s grim and dark atmosphere, and has the endless flair of the animated series with great acting from Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill. The stealth gameplay, which consists of systematically isolating your enemies and scaring them to death, feels even more polished and Batman’s Rogues Gallery has never been more extensive: Hugo Strange, Mad Hatter, Two-Face, Penguin and many more more baddies are all present. In addition, Mister Freeze brings one of the dope boss battles ever in a Batman game. What more could a fan of games and the Caped Crusader want ?!

28. Dragon Age: Inquisition

Gosh, Alie praising a BioWare game. Despite the fact that this games maker can make it very furry for me * cough Anthem *, I still stand firmly behind my love for Dragon Age: Inquisition in 2019. I’ve put hundreds of hours into this game. Hours that I will never forget. And yes, I know how melodramatic that sounds, but I still think back to this game so often. The world and story are great, but – as with any BioWare game – it’s the characters that make Dragon Age: Inquisition one of the best games ever. Because no matter how annoying I sometimes found Sera, how difficult it was to please Vivienne and how much I wanted to punch Blackwall on the mouth; they are all unforgettable characters.  

27. Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider builds on what makes Tomb Raider 2013 so good. You want to keep exploring the mysterious tombs and locations, even though it is made difficult for you by obstacles that you have to avoid à la Uncharted by trial and error. At some points the tension can be cut, such as in the fight with the bear at the start of the game. The puzzles are challenging enough and if you can play through the entire game without googling anything, you can be proud. Add to that the graphics boost the game has received, and what more could you want in an action-adventure game?

Thanks to the excellent worldbuilding, gripping action and storytelling, you really shouldn’t miss Rise of the Tomb Raider. Unfortunately, the sequel, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, never manages to reach this level.

26. Ori and the Blind Forest

You are a white fluffy light creature, raised by a slow mama beersloth who eventually gives life through a withering forest. Ori starts off endearing and heartbreaking and then turns out to be a spicy Metroidvania. The game takes place on a picturesque hand-drawn canvas that, together with the beautiful immersive soundtrack, creates an atmosphere that you will not soon forget. The game is incredibly well put together and continues to challenge you with new ways to outsmart your enemies and keep getting a little further. Hard sequences like the tree of life have undoubtedly dropped a lot of gamers, but if you’ve persisted, you know it has been worth every sweat and swearing cannonade. Because Ori and the Blind Forst is one of them that completely absorbs the genre in your heart.  

Or not.  

Doesn’t look natural.

25. Rayman Legends

Castle Rock, that’s basically all you need to know. Do you want something more? Come it: Rayman Legends (2013) is the sequel to 2011’s Rayman Origins, in which Ubisoft mascot Rayman embarks on a new sidescrolling platform adventure with his friends. The game falls exactly between Sonic and Mario: it is really made to run through it as smoothly as possible in one go, while jumping, swinging and, above all, killing the enemy. Castle Rock is the coolest level, because everyone participates in the beat of Black Betty to challenge you to fly through the level at the right rhythm. Rayman Legends has its own visual style, is nice and accessible and can be played co-op on the couch. It works well, it looks so colorful that it makes you happy and it also contains a healthy dose of humor.

24. Until Dawn

A film is a film and a game is a game, but sometimes both art forms manage to perfectly overlap each other in a special multimedia project. Such is Until Dawn, a slasher horror film in which you as a player make the choices and you can ultimately ensure that every teenager (all played by fantastic actors including Hayden Panettiere from Heroes and Rami Malek from Mr. Robot and Bohemain Rhapsody) simply survives all the horrors. ! The complicated, intriguing plot also unravels further and further and you can only discover the total truth if you make the right choices. It’s exciting, it’s beautiful, it’s a good movie and an even better game. Until Dawn is not suitable for the faint of heart and those who always value gameplay over plot,

23. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein twice in the top 45 of the 2010s? Only MachineGames can do that. The New Colossus is a direct sequel to The New Order and actually adds little in terms of gameplay.  It’s great ___s shooting, it’s rock hard, it plays smoothly, excellent guns, great. You don’t need more .

But HOLY CRAP, Part 2 goes so far beyond its predecessor in all other areas! Half the time I’ve been chuckling stupidly and the other half staring at my screen with my mouth open. And that alternated very quickly.

The developer clearly realized that the over-the-top tone of the story in The New Order hit the right note and therefore decided to turn up the volume for The New Colossus. The result: complete madness. Never knew that batshit crazy can go so naturally with an excellent written story. It may sound cliché, but everything about Wolfenstein II adds up like an exploding bus full of SS officers.

22. Life is Strange

When, despite my love for the genre, I got a little tired of the lack of innovation in Telltale Games’ games, there was suddenly Life is Strange in 2015. It is difficult to explain what makes this game so good. For example, I never managed to convince my friend to give the game a chance… But I definitely have to try! The power of Life is Strange lies in its story. Logical for an adventure game, but I have to make it the most important argument. Because even though Life is Strange really has gameplay, the intensity of the story is what stays with you. At its core, it is a story about friendship and growing up that appeals not only to teenage girls, but really everyone. So ditch your prejudices and give Life is Strange a try.

21. Detroit: Become Human

In 2012, developer Quantic Dream surprised friend and foe with the impressive Kara tech demo. In this demo we were introduced to Android Kara, who, strangely enough, got feelings when starting up and checking its functions. The tech demo was actually intended to show how the developer’s new engine ran on PlayStation 3, but evolved into Detroit: Become Human.

Personally, I am a big fan of this kind of cinematic games, in which the story almost has a greater focus than the actual gameplay. Detroit: Become Human was emotionally charged, with heartbreaking choices and maybe even a sneak peek into the future of humanity, where these kinds of Androids are inevitable. It’s gonna happen!

20. DOOM (2016)

DOOM 2016 is typhoid hard metal in game form. There is no game in the world that makes you feel more like a Rambo than Doom, a game that was not nearly as obvious in 2016 as you might think. In the days of automatic health recharging and bionicle foot soldier playing with twelve-year-old kids on the internet, id Software decided to geniusly return to the roots of the shooter genre. Finally there was another developer who dared to build complicated single player levels full of secrets, which you run through as Doomguy damn fast because he is not an unnatural bullet sponge and dodging demons is just as important as firing bullets at them. The story is hilariously pushed to the background, the demon violence is deliciously rancid (and eye-catching – how ?!

19. Portal 2

Portal is the perfect short game and you can start a good discussion about whether it is simply better than Portal 2. But when it comes to purely quantity, Portal 2 is the best deal. Not only is the single player campaign hilarious, with new characters voiced by Stephen Merchant and JK Simmons, after completing the game, you can also get into co-op mode. Here you play as Atlas or P-body, who have to solve a series of commands from the supercomputer GLaDOS. Two brilliant games for the price of 1!

18. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

console generations. Few games offer so much freedom to do whatever you want. You can spend hundreds of hours building and furnishing your own home alone – including of course raiding the countless caves to resell weapons and armor you have found. My head already hurts thinking about how more extensive the already announced sixth installment in this franchise can be!

17. Fallout: New Vegas

Not two, not three, and not four. No, my favorite Fallout is New Vegas, simply because I have the best memories of it. To that crazy Benny, who steals the show with his arrogant gejeremer in every scene in which he plays. Plant-overgrown Vault 22, which wouldn’t feel out-of-place as the setting of a BioShock game. And to New Vegas itself, of which you can already see the twinkling neon lights flickering in the distance at the beginning, but where you first have a world trip through the Mojave Wasteland before you actually get there. Sigh, what a game.

I want to take this opportunity to give developer Obsidian Entertainment a feather in the , also for the totally underestimated Alpha Protocol and the recent The Outer Worlds – games that I wanted to mention in this list. Hereby.

16. Journey

Thatgamecompany proves with Journey, the shortest game on this list, that a game doesn’t have to take you months to reach perfection. You can get through it in a few hours and is therefore best enjoyed in one long gulp. Preferably without a break.

In the beginning it seems a bit dull to wander through a desert for a bit, but within a few minutes you are in an irresistible flow, you can almost feel the beautiful sand blowing around your ears and you have to know what is on that strange mountain on the horizon.

As I’m typing this, I’m listening to Austin Wintory’s mesmerizing soundtrack, the first ever Grammy Award nominee game soundtrack. Why he didn’t win is a mystery to me. I don’t know of any other music that accompanies a game, series or film as well as the soundtrack of Journey.