The 2010s’ Most Significant Games (Zero Punctuation)
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  • Joshua Burks
    Joshua Burks

    Seeing bioshock infinite in your top ten ❤️

  • KayRHCP

    Is anyone else absolutely floored that Yahtzee gave his 2nd best game of the decade to Portal 2? I remember him being extremely critical of it when it came out.


    I'll take any excuse to be reminded of the existence of Undertale.

  • Jesse James
    Jesse James


  • RFC3514

    Gameplay in Dark Souls was kind of "meh" (once you figure out that it's a game about *timing* and not a game about finger gymnastics like most fighting games, you're set) and the 3rd person camera makes you feel like you're giving the character hints, rather than you actually being there, but it did have excellent level design a great sense of atmosphere. There was one game, however, that managed to create the same sense of atmosphere, but with better immersion and gameplay (despite some performance issues and a story full of holes): Subnautica.

  • Josh

    Weird Skyrim isn't mentioned in this, nor the top ten.

  • Bob Obb
    Bob Obb

    The bland open sandbox as “tidying up your room” is a perfect analogy.

  • xXr0tt3nsAwsageXx

    Bioshock infinite better than the original wtf

    • E1craZ4life

      Bioshock 1 came out before 2010.

  • powerneed

    you see i wanna agree but at the same time anyone who puts bioshock infinite anywhere near the top 10 list i dont trust

    • E1craZ4life

      That was his #1 best game of 2013, just narrowly edging above Papers, Please.

  • David Townsend
    David Townsend

    Same here yahtzee. I have tons of consoles and I use my switch 99% of the time. usually in handheld mode cuz I am insane. But i bought sweet lil handle that clips on so its comfortable

  • Wombat

    Dead Cells, Enter The Gungeon and Risk of Rain(2) are the only indies Roguelites you gotta review

  • James Verner
    James Verner

    Undertale wins

  • Nanner Dunlocke
    Nanner Dunlocke

    He forgot to mention the rise and fall of Mobile games...

  • NetMoverSitan

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="58">0:58</a> - A lot of them were mediocre at best and garbage at worst for the reasons you stated and more. | <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="111">1:51</a> - You might as well play an earlier version of that game, because the latest one is much the same, it's the Porsche 911 of games. | <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="177">2:57</a> - Lines blurred. | <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="240">4:00</a> - F*** YEAH! | <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="296">4:56</a> - I have tasted those pleasures.

  • Josh Best
    Josh Best

    Sums up man’s life pretty good there Yatz, fatter and less functional dick.

  • Draghoul

    Sees Portal 2 in the number 2 spot: This puts a smile on my face

  • KenshiImmortalWolf

    I would say the most significant game in the 2010s was well, Minecraft. say what you want, 'oh minecraft started in 2007/9' but it didn't reach alpha till june 2010, Which is arguably when minecraft truly started. It didn't reach beta till december of that same year, which is where it started to really pick up steam, it hit release in late 2011, and it fluctuated between the biggest to atleast solid in the eyes of gaming for the rest of the decade, suffering a surprising resurgence in 2018 into 2019. heck most battle royale games seemed to come out in response not to hunger games the movie but the odd popularity of the minecraft hunger games multiplayer scene which for a time dominated several big minecraft youtubers. The game has educational versions that are used to teach kids, and teach city planning.

  • Tegan Hunter
    Tegan Hunter

    Holy shit, a Creatures shout-out. That takes me back...

  • yerim24

    It kinda depresses me that Yahtzee is the only critic I've seen so far to put Bioshock Infinite in their top ten list. It is really an underrated game.

  • adrenalinek1ck

    Didn't even put minecraft in the most significant, sure it was playable in 2009 but it wasn't officially "released" until the 2010's decade

  • David Outten
    David Outten

    Yahtzee, thank you so much for getting the year punctuation correct in the video title to indicate both plurality and possession. You have no idea how weirdly happy this makes me.

  • tyraelpl

    "a barometer for shit" xD you are brilliant sir!

  • Gee Tee
    Gee Tee

    Just realised I haven't played video games for 10 years now 😟


    I thought Portal would get a nod.

  • Paul O'Flaherty
    Paul O'Flaherty

    Is the music used the "get ready" music from Creatures 1 or 2 on the C64?

  • MarcusBloomfield


  • TheStevenB

    Stgill haven't upgraded from that CRT monitor, I see

  • Jill Sandwich
    Jill Sandwich

    I'd like to see some P values to know if these so called "games" really are significant or not pls

  • Meng C
    Meng C

    🥰🥰🥰Dark Souls made me love single player RPGs again.

  • Pythak reh
    Pythak reh

    I feel the whole cinematic trend could also be represented by 'Until Dawn'.

  • Harkness78

    My Games of the decade: 1. Witcher 3 2. Last of Us 3. Mass Effect 2 4. Red Dead 2 5. BloodBorne Haven't played Breath of the Wild or latest God of war yet.

  • Jess Coombes
    Jess Coombes

    vaguely disappointed that fnaf was never mentioned considering how far its come in the past decade but thats a minor complaint compared to how much i love this channel and Yahtzee's snark

  • RocketSauce28

    smh really didn’t mention Minecraft (yes, Minecraft’s *official* release was this decade)

  • MrFlyingSnakes

    Why isn't mindjack on your worst list of the decade

    • E1craZ4life

      It was only #5 worst of 2011; the worst game of that year was a shared throne between Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3.

  • Bell Feasto
    Bell Feasto

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="112">1:52</a> malcolm sterb is that you

  • Jeremy Bookbinder
    Jeremy Bookbinder

    I sadly own two copies of Ride to Hell because of this man.

  • beebyte

    Dark Souls has revived my love for gaming, so I'd say it's the most important for me for the 2010s. Non-stop played it and then DeS, and I still, no matter how much AFPS I'm playing, pick up sticks and play souls games.

  • Teddy Nugent
    Teddy Nugent

    Wait dark souls wasnt wasnt on best games of the 2010s?? Wat?????

    • E1craZ4life

      The game came out in 2011, but he didn't review it until 2014.

  • Lucitaur

    I know it's his personal list, but I still have no idea how he can put Bioshock Infinite in it (good, but MASSIVELY overrated game) while leaving out Dark Souls or The Witcher 3 (game's I'd personally rank even beyond Undertale because of not only they are awesome on their own, but actually raised the entire standard of the gaming industry).

    • E1craZ4life

      Bioshock Infinite was his top game of 2013, Witcher 3 was his #3 top game of 2015, and Dark Souls was only reviewed by him 3 years after it came out.

  • Chandler Gloyd
    Chandler Gloyd

    Whats wrong with Yahtzee to go through the most significant games of the decade and not mention the most sold game ever made which happened to come out this past decade?

  • Kent Davis
    Kent Davis

    Please do a dedicated review of Binding of Issac!

  • zebadee Maloney
    zebadee Maloney

    That subtle obama joke was quality

  • ZechsMerquise73

    I thought he was in his 50s. Why does he seem like hes already crested middle age with a modicum of dignity but also a tarnish of regrets?

  • McFly

    Is that Creatures 2 music from C64? Edit: Just saw the end credits. I KNEW IT!

  • ThinkingReality

    Rewatching this, it feels like you came around to Doom - at the time, you were saying it should be lucky it didn't come out in a more interesting year.

    • E1craZ4life

      That's what he said about Dishonored and why he named it his #5 best game of 2012.

  • Ty Sylicus
    Ty Sylicus

    Entertaining video but a bit too short. Some things were left out that I wanted to hear you comment upon.

  • Machovec

    I think the phrase "It's like a barometer for shit" is the best phrase I have and ever will hear this decade

  • Confogl Clips
    Confogl Clips

    It makes me a little sad that Spec Ops placed so low, even among the top 10 of the entire decade. Which is to say, Spec Ops gets beaten out by fucking Resident Evil 7, of all things? Seriously?

  • therealdgh13 dgh13
    therealdgh13 dgh13

    I’m just glad someone mentioned undertale Cause you know after getting all those game of the year awards it seems to be missing from like half the “Top 100 Games of the Decade” lists

  • Eddie the Head
    Eddie the Head

    If you where going to pick an open world game maybe pick one with a good open world. The open world in the Witcher sucks. There's boring loot spaced out poorly, with a horse that handles like it's brain damaged. An open world is only as good as your way around the world. Fine it's got a good story, but that's not a good open world. Maybe it is the best "open world game," but it's not the best "open world" in a game. Considering the world is about 3 steeps below competent.


    Resident Evil 7 and Lost Cause 4 are in the top 10 best games of the decade and Kane and Lynch 2 and The Order are in the worst?! No wonder people question your logic! lol

  • Immersible

    League of Legends. ._.

    • Majora


  • Geralt of Trivia
    Geralt of Trivia

    Yep, BioShock Infinite is still great. Fight me.

  • Rory Gibson
    Rory Gibson

    Absolutely. DS is the most influential game of the decade by far and one of the most influential of all time. That shit was like Nirvana.

  • Fluxquark

    Can someone explain why Binding of Isaac is so popular? I saw the speedrun at AGDQ and it looked suuuuuuuper boring

    • Indignant Wellington
      Indignant Wellington

      it’s dungeon crawling from the early zelda titles, but with grotesque things and gore. also speed runs aren’t really the best place to see the full potential of a game: just rather obessive people rather clinically dissecting the mechanics to very quickly get to the final objective, rather than the conveying the fuller experience.

  • KazamaJinthebasedgod


  • Camden Johnson
    Camden Johnson

    For some reason seeing a dude raise his sword and saying “for gondor” made me cry a little Wait

  • Dalton Riser
    Dalton Riser

    i was surprised that shadow of mordor made it in ahead of dark souls

  • Jiado

    The de-evolution of BlOps, trying to keep up with the Battle Royale genre, is the perfect example of how little geeks care for the grim reality of war.

  • AlbanianThrash

    the boinding of eye sack

  • CryMor Gaming
    CryMor Gaming

    Thief "4" was worse. It doesn't matter what you're comparing it to.

  • Hidden Shadow
    Hidden Shadow

    I am not too happy that Thief 2014 considered less worse than Kane and Lynch 2.

  • Zhi-peng Yu
    Zhi-peng Yu

    Don’t remind us Hunt down the Freeman, just don’t.

  • Nightflyermike

    I still think bioshock infinite is a pile of trash

  • Nicolas Peters
    Nicolas Peters

    no minecraft?? :P

  • Richard Paul
    Richard Paul

    "Nintendo Switch.... Rich library of CURATED Indies"???????

  • comet1337

    "and then moint pan look up the list of worst games and say to yahtzee:" "fuck." "and then he got critically panned until dead" "BUT DEAD HE DIDNT"

  • Tyrlak

    The new decade is actually starting in a year, in 2021. You start counting from 1 and go on to 10, not start counting from 0 and stop at 9. Just wanted to point that out. Like this is the 21st century, but we're still in the 2000s, not the 2100s.

    • Ren 2020
      Ren 2020

      Yeh your right you fucking dickhead and that is why the year 2010 is not part of the 2010's.

  • Pope Pius XV
    Pope Pius XV

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="319">5:19</a> for real, if you own a sword, you're a pleb. Either a battleaxe or a spear. Anything else is for plebs only

  • Sam

    "Real games never went away, they were here all along waiting around a corner to twat you with a poleaxe." I'm dying, this is the writing I always come back for!

  • nochtczar

    ZP is the reason I subscribed to this channel. Please put moviebob and his lame ass takes somewhere else

  • Michael Shaw II
    Michael Shaw II

    Hey Yahtzee, thank you for Mogworld. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can't wait to check out your other novels.

  • Moogii Bat
    Moogii Bat

    Witcher 3 was shit. Shit made out of gold but still shit.

  • Stefan Crapper
    Stefan Crapper

    Amnesia: The Dark Descent is missing! Or does this count only games released 2011+?

  • Conner

    Still waiting for a ARK: Survival Evolved Review since you mention it every time you Review a Survival game.

    • Conner

      @First Name Last Name Which review?

    • First Name Last Name
      First Name Last Name

      He mentioned it in passing in one of his reviews

  • warstrat

    Disco Elysium #6 on the top ten? *whistles* considering that it came it out at the very, VERY end of the 2010s', I would consider that an impressive feat to make it there.

  • Grave

    the witcher 3 is boring as fuck

  • Thermingt0n

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="369">6:09</a> what's the #1 worst game?

    • Majora

      "Hunt down the Freeman", he did a review on it too.

  • Protoblaster

    I'm surprised Hunt Down the Freeman didn't receive worst game of the decade

    • Majora

      It did, look at the lineups in the blue credits

  • Healthy Suffering
    Healthy Suffering

    Dont trust this guy with your gaming choices. He is a paid entertainer.

    • Healthy Suffering
      Healthy Suffering

      Dont trust this guy with your gaming choices. He is a paid entertainer.

    • m rodri
      m rodri