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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 04:35pm 28/01/11 | 41 Comments
Here it is, the final piece of our three-piece Game of the Year Awards 2010 puzzle, the Game of the Decade feature.

We listed the Top 10 games you voted for released in the last decade, and compiled a feature outlining them all for you to use your weekend in either supportive comments, or plain disgust. We're pretty chuffed with the voting effort on your part though, and feel this list is pretty well spot-on in the grand scheme of all things.

And if you haven't yet, be sure to check out our Reader's Choice and Editor's Picks categories for Game of the Year Awards 2010.

Click here to check out Game of the Decade!

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Latest Comments
Posted 04:37pm 28/1/11
wow as no. 1? lame. top 5 for sure but not 1.
Posted 05:08pm 28/1/11
Surprised me more than Angus & Julia Stone.

Pretty amusing that I haven't even played the number one game of the decade.
Posted 04:52pm 28/1/11
I'm not a WoW fan either. But mainly because it stole the collective attentions of so many people that I used to enjoy playing an actual variety of games with and never really gave them back. So it's hard to deny the impact it's had on gaming over the last decade and why I have no qualms about it expectedly ending up at number 1.

As for the rest of the list, I'm pleased to see a good list of games that I've enjoyed and respected over the years - nice voting guys.
Posted 04:53pm 28/1/11
I wonder where Counter Strike came.. if anything at all.
Posted 04:54pm 28/1/11
I dunno bout number 1. Sure it's a great game, and has the numbers to prove it. But it's a whole different beast. If any of the other games had the income that Blizzard has, they'd be able to make their games more shinier and more content ala WoW.
Posted 05:06pm 28/1/11
i thought this was a good list. number 1 for me is cod4 without a doubt, but WoW is a no brainer. i never knew much about red dead redemption but might give it a go after it has been rated so highly in these awards, same for mass effect 2.
Posted 05:12pm 28/1/11
Fallout: New Vegas or Morrowind were GotD for me. Probably New Vegas due to it being much more polished than Morrowind.

So far my playthroughs in NV have been this-

1) exploring the gameworld with no prior knowledge of locations and bonuses and stuff. I pretty much played it as an energy weapons specialist with medium speech skill. I also played with hardcore mode on and used fast travel as little as possible, so keeping myself stocked with food items and water were essential. I went with a Mr House ending due to the fact I saw that as the most sensible option.

2) for my second playthrough I wikied up and pretty much powergamed my way through it to see how much stuff I could break and change from my last playthrough. This playthrough opened my eyes to how varied the game was, and how many different paths you could take. I went with the Legion for the ending.

3) a******* option playthrough with a 1 intelligence and 1 charisma specced character using explosives and melee weapons. Discovering the low intelligence speech options was really cool. This time I went with Yes Man (the best ending).

4) I maxxed out charisma and intelligence and leveled up my speech and sneak options and did a playthrough where I did not kill a single person, robot or creature. It's amazing that in just about all the missions (including the final one) there is always a peaceful or non-combat way to complete it. Probably the only two missions I didn't complete because of the rules I was playing under were the bounties you get from the NCR dude at Camp McCarren, and the mission at Nellis for the boomers where you have to kill the ants. There may have been a handful of side missions I missed that don't have peaceful options though but I was pretty thorough. This was probably my favorite run through the game apart from my first one.

5) and right now I have just started a playthrough where I will kill every single human being on the map. I don't want to kill all the robots and friendly animals though some of them I like (Snuffles!) :S

To me the quality of the writing and the varied nature of the mission structure makes New Vegas an absolute classic game. The bugs are bad but patches have done what they can to fix some of them, and any bugs I have encountered (except for the CTDs... remember to save people!) are easily negated by the console. I pity the fools who play this on xbox 360 or ps3. I really do.
Posted 05:19pm 28/1/11
Deus Ex (pronounced day-as-ecks btw)
Posted 05:21pm 28/1/11
I'm surprised to see that Half Life 2 was so highly rated. Technically it was impressive (still is), and the anticipation was huge. But I don't feel it held up to the original at all, the feel of the gameplay and the plot were way off for me. I bought episode 1 in the recent steam sales and remembered that the many scripted scenes with alex talking to and smiling at gordon without him answering made for extreme creepiness.

I'm also surprised that Oblivion beat Morrowind, makes me wonder if most would have liked it more, but put something else for their entry (I can't see many people having played both and putting Oblivion first, so perhaps people with more games under their belt had a better contender). In the name of justice I wish to propose an eventual game of the decade multi-vote, or scoring per game in a huge list with an NA for haven't played, or a head to head elimination game. :P

Also no KotOR, Civs, Jedi Knight, Sims, Pokemon, or Total Wars? Bah, bah I say.

edit: WoW totally rocked though and was even too good, twas my entry.
Posted 05:36pm 28/1/11
I don't think WoW should be number 1, cause my understanding is it only appeals to hardcore geeks. That is, the only people I've ever met (or at least only those who admitted to it) who play WoW are massive computer nerds. On the other hand, I think I've met heaps of people who game regularly now because they got into something like COD4.

That's from my own experience. I'd like to see the numbers of people who got into gaming just for WoW vs any one of those other games.
Posted 05:40pm 28/1/11
Yeah, they may have been other games which, in the short term, were more impressive than WoW. Like recently Mass Effect 2 absolutely blew me away, but no other game over the past 6 years have I put more time into than WoW, I just keep coming back to it, so it was my vote for game of the decade.

I think it also deserves it just for fundamentally changing the face of MMOs, I mean MMOs up to that point had been grindy, clunky, really niche sort of games, with a market that probably numbered less than a million players all up. WoW blew all that out of the water, cracking the market wide open and bringing a tonne of new players into the fold, as well as showing up on the scene with a level of polish and storytelling and depth previously unheard of in the genre. Love it or hate it, its hard to deny the huge role WoW has played since its arrival.

I'm suprised GTA3 didn't get in there, I mean it pretty much defined its genre too, it started this whole "sandbox" style of game (or at least, in a 3d world, as we know them today). While Red Dead and Mass Effect 2 were good games, I have a feeling they only got in the list cos people played them recently and remember them more easily, or more fondly than stuff they played 8 or 9 years ago. Red Dead was a great game, but its just an evolution, GTA3 was a revolution. And for the same reason I would have expected Battlefield 1942 instead of Battlefield 2.

Not a bad list all up though :P
Posted 05:41pm 28/1/11
I was just about to post that GTA3 wasn't released this decade newb! but checked and it was released in '01. S*** for some reason I thought it was released 1998. Must have gotten it confused with the original.
Posted 05:42pm 28/1/11
Also, looking through the honorable mentions, Halo and Resident Evil 4 are good nods. I mean, Halo cos its just a juggernaut, it delivered an experience on consoles that people just hadn't been able to get up till that point, and Resident Evil 4 because it was such an amazing reinvention of a genre and a franchise that was getting old and stale and left behind.
Posted 05:55pm 28/1/11
lols none of mine made the list. Company of Heroes, Natural Selection, StarCraft 2, CS: Source
Posted 06:08pm 28/1/11
What I don't understand is why some of the ground breaking series aren't in there. Mass Effect 2, sure, was nice, but wasn't for everyone. Where as GTA3 everyone played, literally everyone knew it at school. Same with TF2, sure, it's known, but not really "well" known. Even The Sims was pretty ground breaking, compared to TF2 with hats.
Posted 06:14pm 28/1/11
That's a lot of first person shooters.
Posted 06:21pm 28/1/11
Deus Ex at any position other than 1 is a broken list :(
Posted 06:40pm 28/1/11
I don't think WoW should be number 1, cause my understanding is it only appeals to hardcore geeks.

Nope, my school friends who aren't in IT nor really gamers (especially not PC) convinced me to get WoW a few years ago, when they somehow became addicted.

As a hardcore geek I've never been able to stay subscribed for more than 2 months at a time, because I burn through the single player content and aren't social enough to play the end game group stuff. :P
Posted 07:40pm 28/1/11
Um, where's Portal?

Surely we're all Valve fan boys
Posted 07:42pm 28/1/11
Not sure where all the WoW hate comes from... I guess people are just sick of hearing about it.

I voted for WoW even though I haven't played it for over 2 years now, and won't play it again.

You really have to think back to 2004 to really appreciate how damn good (and incredibly fun) it really was.

Also Oblivion and Fallout 3 in the top 10 is just ridiculous :P Both were way too clunky.

Half-Life 2 and Deus Ex are worthy additions though :)
Posted 08:47am 29/1/11
Actually, this makes me wonder if a game 'series' of the decade might be a worthwhile poll?

Warcraft 3 + WoW vs Oblivion AND Morrowind vs Mass Effect 1 + 2 etc.

Which is the better series?

Also - I am kind of glad Halo didn't make the list. As great as the first game was; I always thought the series was over-rated.
Posted 09:59am 29/1/11
I who heartedly agree with the list, imo they had the most impact and in that order.
Posted 10:24am 29/1/11
Yeah BillyH most hardcore geeks are too busy playing EVE to bother with WoW.
Posted 10:42am 29/1/11
yes i think company of heroes should have been on there. its far better than starcraft 2. i had to uninstall starcraft 2 after two weeks, what a boring game.
Posted 11:52am 29/1/11
I don't think WoW should be number 1, cause my understanding is it only appeals to hardcore geeks. That is, the only people I've ever met (or at least only those who admitted to it) who play WoW are massive computer nerds.
Nerds and geeks play games like Eve Online. Mum/Dad type players and Wii 'gamers' play WOW.
Yeah BillyH most hardcore geeks are too busy playing EVE to bother with WoW.
Posted 12:25pm 29/1/11
@grognaus, I reckon GTA had the most impact of any series this decade. as I said everyone knew what it was. It was just such a massive cult classic.
Posted 12:31pm 29/1/11
I don't think WoW should be number 1, cause my understanding is it only appeals to hardcore geeks. That is, the only people I've ever met (or at least only those who admitted to it) who play WoW are massive computer nerds.

You of all people understand how anecdotal evidence works mr BH.
Posted 01:02pm 29/1/11
wow fpot, thats a pretty keen effort;

i got overwhelmed/bored playing through once
Posted 01:35pm 29/1/11
Out of the top 4 games I have only played one. HL2 and couldn't get in to it.
Posted 01:42pm 29/1/11
Is Fallout NV much better than Fallout 3? I really enjoyed Fallout 3, but when New Vegas came out it looked like just more of the same and, considering how much time I spent in Fallout 3, I was pretty much over it by then.
Posted 01:57pm 29/1/11
I don't think WoW should be number 1, cause my understanding is it only appeals to hardcore geeks.
You're totally wrong. Hence why there are so many subscribers.

It's not hardcore at all, that's how it catches you. Girls i knew who never would have touched a PC otherwise somehow became addicted to it and with its incredibly slow learning curve for even 3rd generation of speds imbreding could even slowly work their way up. By the time they complete levelling they're emotionally invested into that character to not just give up, but then continue to work with their character to continue.

Secondly because its an easy learning curve you have much time to socially network with those you quest with, those other friends you know on the game, or just in talking to people in the game randomly (because it seems safe) and then you are invested in those people too.

In fact the only hardcore bit is right at the end. Even that was dumbed down for donkeys years.

It is the single closest thing that could be a facebook game WITHOUT being on facebook. Everything else is there.

Wow is a social network. Hardcore within wow is a subculture.

(Just on the basis of anecdotal evidence, I'm giving some, not to prove something, but to expand your perception of how people view this, and by doing this if even a couple of people view the game as "not hardcore at all" then it does actually ruin your point.. not to totally prove you wrong in a harsh way though, just as a counter to explain what you don't understand for not ever having experienced the game so probably couldn't know.)
Posted 01:53pm 29/1/11
I just wanted to put this point separately,

Was this "Ausgamers games of the decade" really "ausgamers"? Or was it "How we perceive the whole world's gaming community's idea of the best games in the world.

I really feel that the best games of the decade don't seem to reflect strongly what the ausgamers community feel.

But then again I didn't vote so I guess that could be why.

(Although my understanding is the voting was only for readers choice anyway)
Posted 02:52pm 29/1/11
It was a vote on the game of the year form I think.
Posted 03:25pm 29/1/11
Pretty fair list, I've only played 2 out of 10 games on it but all have been well received, well rated and are still being played years later (TF2, CoD4 for example).

Billy - you'd be surprised the demographic of people who play WoW. I've met (through WoW) more people that are in non-IT jobs (dentists, teachers, tradies, etc), a pretty reasonable split of about 60/40 between male and female gamers and of course covering all ages. Actually most people I regularly play with online are in the 30-45 age range.
Posted 05:05pm 29/1/11
Is Fallout NV much better than Fallout 3? I really enjoyed Fallout 3, but when New Vegas came out it looked like just more of the same and, considering how much time I spent in Fallout 3, I was pretty much over it by then.

i prefered fallout 3
Posted 05:50pm 29/1/11
I agree with Khel in that it should be more about games that defined a genre than games that refined it. But then if it was a list made by real game critics then that is what I would expect but this was a general vote by the public so of course it will be mostly made up of newer titles or titles still popular today.

That said it's pretty easy to substitute the games chosen with their earlier iterations. Fallout:NV with Fallout 3, Mass Effect 2 with KOTOR, Red Dead with GTA3 and Battlefield 2 with Battlefield 1942. That'd make a much harder list to poke holes through.
Posted 09:45pm 31/1/11
I'm still hooked on the immersive realism & replayability of BC2.

MW2/WaW/BO are good arcade twitch shooters but lack the above.

Surprised at all the acclaim heaped on ME2 - thought the graphics were poor & recall spending more time looking at cinematic clips instead of shooting stuff.....what did I miss??
Posted 09:57pm 31/1/11
ME2 was perhaps more of a story-adventure'y game than a shooter.

Personally thought it was good, but I don't think it was anywhere near top 10 of the decade, just one of the most recently hyped.
Posted 10:04pm 31/1/11
Is Fallout NV much better than Fallout 3?

Yeah, I got Fallout NV on reports that it was basically more of the same and was pleasantly surprised that they'd improved things like weapon mods, specialised ammo, hardcore mode out of the box, and a radial wheel for interacting with companions. The special companion missions interact better with the overall storyline I think as well.
NV is also smaller in map size and is better for it but there's still plenty to see and do.
It's closer in tone to the originals and plenty of references, Fallout 3's story felt a bit too removed as a sequel because of the west coast setting.
Posted 12:56am 01/2/11
I liked Hl2 just as much as one, I remember going for about 3 days non stop just playing through hl2/ep1/ep2 was the most fun i had with a game in a long time :D
Mr Pantz
Posted 01:11am 04/3/11
The Top Ten Games of the Next Decade is sure to have Battlefield 3 in it.
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