Top 10 Games of the Decade (Page 3)

| Dec 31, 2019 at 3:49 am CST

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition Xbox One Review

Okay this one was a given. Skyrim is one of the most influential games released in the last 20 years, let alone the last decade. Bethesda has re-sold the game umpteen times and we always keep buying it simply because it's a damn good game, warts and all.

Back in 2011, I received my first review copy for a game ever. It was Skyrim. I was blown away that I even got it, let alone that I got to play it early. Not only that, I got it in time for my birthday. That was special to me, and so was the actual experience.

Back in my Morrowind days I was in love with Solsthiem, and always read up on the Nordic homeland of Skyrim. Once the game dropped and I got the review copy, I spun that disc in my Xbox 360 for hours and hours on end, greedily experiencing the now-dated RPG mechanics, getting roadblocked by frustrating bugs, and just grinding and exploring. It was a magical time when Bethesda was on top of the world and still making singleplayer games.

But only on PC did Skyrim unlock its true potential. Mods changed everything, and opened up a new dimension of play that I still enjoy today. There's nothing like a Bethesda game with mods and I'm still blown away by the creativity, dedication, and raw talent of the modding community.

As for the other games...2011 saw two of my other favorite titles launch: Dragon Age II (yeah, I know, but I still love it) and Deus Ex: Human Revolution, a game I hated at first but only learned to love as time went on.

Skyrim got even better with the release of the Special Edition, which brought mods to consoles for the first time ever (although Sony severely gimped PS4's console mods for some weird reason). This was and still is revolutionary and I hope it continues with The Elder Scrolls VI.

Runners Up

  • Dragon Age II
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution

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