10 of the Best Games Over the Last Decade: 2010-2020
The last 10 years have seen some amazing developments in the world of gaming, from lifelike RPGs and walking simulators to survival games and mobile gaming favourites. Thanks to advances in technology, games like blackjack and bingo have also grown in popularity.
As an online bingo site, we appreciate entertainment, which is why we’ve put together a list of some of the best options from various genres below:
1. Role Playing Games (RPGs)
Two of the top RPG contenders are The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. The Witcher in particular is an example of how the fantasy genre has gained mainstream popularity over the last 10 years, with series like Game of Thrones.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt builds on the success of the previous two games in the series, and continues the story of Geralt of Rivia. In the third installment, Geralt must find his adopted daughter, Ciri, who is being chased by the Wild Hunt. The game is designed to be a vast open world (a first for the series) which you can easily get lost in for hundreds of hours. It includes a massive graphical upgrade, and vastly improved response when it comes to combat.
As a pirate-themed bingo site, we’re happy to see that Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is another top rated game. It follows on from previous instalments, and sees you taking on the role of Edward James Kenway, a privateer who switches sides and becomes a pirate in the Caribbean in the 1700s.
The series maintains its classic traits, such as the parkour style exploration. In addition, there is naval combat and a much more exciting story (compared to the third game). A great lead helps elevate Black Flag above its predecessors and makes it one of the most loved games in the franchise.
2. Walking simulators
Some of the past decade’s best exploration games include Gone Home and What Remains of Edith Finch. Both of these allow players to explore some incredible landscapes and immerse themselves in a story.
Gone Home is set in an abandoned but seemingly ordinary house. You play the game and unravel the story by investigating objects and following clues, with the goal being to discover why the main character’s family has disappeared. In What Remains of Edith Finch, which was clearly influenced by Gone Home, the focus is also on exploring a house but expands to include some of the areas surrounding the home. The player explores shrines and memorials of deceased relatives to learn more about what happened to them.
This kind of first person narrative experience is set to become more common with the rise of virtual reality, which offers far more immersion than playing on a regular PC. It’s a whole new way to experience a game, and could be enjoyable for people who are looking for something different.
3. Open world games
New technology has allowed developers to make virtual landscapes a lot more complex when it comes to graphics and interactivity. Instead of only being able to complete certain tasks in a specific way, these environments are designed for free exploration. Some examples of open world games include classics like Batman: Arkham City and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Batman: Arkham City took the formula of Batman: Arkham Asylum and threw it into an open world. The first game was much more controlled, but in Arkham City, players have a lot more freedom to explore a cordoned off area of Gotham City, where Dr. Hugo Strange has moved prisoners of Blackgate Prison and Arkham Asylum.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild allows you to explore and experiment in a fantasy realm called Hyrule, where series protagonist Link awakens from decades of sleep to defeat Ganon and save the kingdom, again. Apart from its fantastic visuals, Breath of the Wild sets itself apart from other open world games by giving players many ways to approach a challenge. For example, you can access areas using multiple tools and paths, and take advantage of your environment to beat enemies in unexpected ways. Breath of the Wild became a benchmark for open world game design when it was released for the Nintendo Switch in 2017.
Another well known example of an open world game is Minecraft, which focuses on exploration but also allows you to build incredible creations. Players can explore the world and fight monsters to collect the resources they need to survive. Some players are dedicated to the construction of amazing pieces of art, which are built entirely out of blocks from the game world– similar to how you would in real-life with LEGO, but with a virtual twist.
4. Mobile games
Mobile games have become more in-demand, as smartphones become capable of handling high definition graphics and technologies like augmented reality.
If you’re a fan of Pokémon, like millions of other people around the world, you’ll know that Pokémon Go had a profound impact on mobile gaming when it was released in 2016, causing mobs of fans to gather in the hope of catching elusive virtual creatures. You only need your mobile phone and a data connection to “catch” and collect Pokémon by using a Poké Ball and tapping on your screen.
Other well loved games in this genre include classics like Angry Birds and the top-grossing Doodle Jump. Angry Birds is an addictive puzzle game, where you slingshot birds across different landscapes using your finger (on the screen) in order to destroy forts set up by your enemies, the Bad Piggies. In Doodle Jump, you control a cute monster called Doodle, using its trunk to shoot at enemies, while dodging obstacles.
5. Casino games
Casino games are nothing new, but the development of online technologies over the last 10 years has taken things to the next level! Now, you don’t have to wait to gamble, you can simply sign up at a registered website and play immediately.
The evolution of VR means you can now play card games with a live dealer. Of course, old favourites like bingo have been given a new lease on life thanks to the growth of online bingo sites. No matter what type of bingo games you like to play, there are many different options, thanks to the variety of bingo sites available.
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