The list of my favorite games of the decade continues…
#70 – Alan Wake – Various (2010)
I liked Remedy Entertainment’s Max Payne games but Alan Wake came seven years after their last game and while it looked great, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Much to my surprise what I got was an awesome narrative action-adventure game that seemed heavily inspired by the works and career of Stephen King (a favorite of mine). It doesn’t play great (and it would take them a couple more games before they nailed the combat) but it’s story, characters, and environments are the star here and well worth the little the gameplay has.
#69 – Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey – Various (2018)
Assassin’s Creed: Origins reimagined the series as an action-adventure RPG in the vein of The Witcher III. Odyssey built off of that, delivering a bigger more expansive experience (which is impressive because Origins was already massive). Add in one badass Spartan mercenary (Kassandra) and this is one of the best Assassin’s Creed games ever made.
#68 – Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Various (2014)
Earlier in 2014 Titanfall changed the FPS game with its mechs and mobility. Call of Duty had a similar thought with Advanced Warfare but went for an exosuit that provided a different sort of mobility. The results were fantastic. It felt different enough from Titanfall (later CoD’s would try to chase the Titanfall mobility approach instead of building off of AW) and it provided a solid campaign (something Titanfall did not do until its eventual sequel) allowing Advanced Warfare to stand out.