Top 10 Games of the Decade (Page 6)

| Dec 31, 2019 at 3:49 am CST

Hoo boy. This one was another really really tough one. 2014 was great for games, and there's a few titles in particular I spent most of my time on. But none other comes close to Destiny.

Back in 2014, Destiny was something brand new. It promised a new era from Bungie, one filled with never-ending FPS carnage in a roaming world teeming with loot. Players weren't just Spartans any more. They were space wizards and heroes from a forgotten age of magic and high-tech. It was a sci-fi nerd's dream game, all wrapped in the high-intensity chaos of a Halo game.

Destiny brought everyone together. Randoms joined up in fireteams to take on missions or just roam around the planets, meandering from Mars to the junked frostlands of Old Russia. We collected loot, we hunted, we did Strikes (Destiny's version of Firefight!), and we slaughtered each other in the Crucible.

But there's one stand-out moment that defined what Destiny is: My first Vault of Glass raid. Picture a marathon that captures the spirit of those all-nighter Halo LAN sessions from the original Xbox era, complete with a linear story-driven pathway with exotic visuals, insane loot possibilities, and challenging mind-bending puzzles.

Just like there's nothing like a Bethesda game with mods or a new Grand Theft Auto game, there's nothing like playing a new Destiny raid. It's a compelling, captivating, and frustrating experience that brings people together from all over the world, acting like a magical portal to gaming's best moments.

Eventually the studio lost their way and severely frustrated their playerbase, necessitating the excellent The Taken King reboot (Bungie did this a second time with Destiny 2, a lukewarm launch game that inundated players with seemingly-worthless activities, but all of that changed with the big Forsaken update).

Runners Up

  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Alien Isolation

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