This isn’t a best-of list. There’s no reason to bother with one of those, since I’ve already been clear about the fact that the best game of the last decade is Deadly Premonition, and there’s no reason for me to spend time trying to justify the obvious truth of that statement.
As a gamer, I keep a lot of lists — games I’ve finished, games I own, games in my backlog… After spending about 38 years (and counting!) on videogames it’s impossible to keep all of it straight in my head, so lists are a huge help.
It’s the most anticipated time of the decade. As I rank my pics for the top 10 best games of the past 10 years starting in January 2010, there’ll always be too much left unsaid. I’ve seen the rise of superb open-world games, titles with graphical qualities almost equal to reality’s beauty, and several art games pushing the boundaries in storytelling, world-building or other aesthetic aspects.