Over the last 10 years, the gaming industry was blessed with several amazing video games. Some video games lived up to the fans’ expectations, whereas some disappointed the player base. For instance, The Last of Us Part 1 is considered one of the best video games released in 2013. On the other hand, The Last of Us Part 2, released in 2020, is considered a “slap” on players’ faces.
That being said, the last 10 years also witnessed the release the video games that are pure masterpieces. Interestingly, these video games have set a benchmark for the upcoming video games. That’s why we’ve decided to come up with this list to mention 10 masterpiece video game titles of the last 10 years (2011-2020). So, without any further ado, let’s get started.
Masterpiece Video Games (2011-2020)
|S.No||Best Video Games (Last 10 Years)||Metascore|
|1||The Last Of Us (2013)||95|
|2||Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)||97|
|3||Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt (2015)||93|
|4||Grand Theft Auto 5 (2013)||97|
|5||The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)||96|
|6||Batman Arkham City (2011)||94|
|7||God Of War (2018)||94|
|8||Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain (2015)||93|
|9||Legends Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild (2017)||97|
|10||Portal 2 (2011)||95|
1. The Last Of Us (2013)
As we’ve mentioned, The Last of Us is considered one of the best video games of all time. The video game is set in an apocalyptic world where we see Joel and Ellie going through all the obstacles to survive. The growing and emotional relationship between both the video game characters was the part that stuck with the fans the most.
The world of ‘The Last Of Us’ is beautiful and dangerous at the same time, which means you don’t know what to expect from the story, and that is what makes it one of the masterpiece video games of all time.
Platforms: PS3, PS4
2. Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)
When it comes to open-world games, Rockstar definitely wears the crown because of its Grand Theft Auto games. However, Rockstar’s brilliance doesn’t restrict to GTA because the studio outdid itself by making Red Dead Redemption 2.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is an open-world action-adventure video that offers everything a gamer wants. A beautiful world, morally questionable protagonist doing good and bad deeds, and a lot of violence. The amount of detail developers has put in RDR2 is truly astonishing. For instance, in the game, the sound of a bullet fire changes according to the environment, which is quite amazing.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Windows, Google Stadia
3. Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt (2015)
If Rockstar is the undisputed king for open-world games, CD Projekt Red takes the cake for Role-playing games. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt came out in 2015 to become one of the most beloved games of the decade. Like The Last Of Us, the unique selling point of The Witcher 3 is the story. The unending search of Geralt to find his adopted daughter Ciri glues you emotionally to the game.
To back the fascinating tale, CD Projekt Red included some of the best music tracks in Witcher 3. Moreover, the amazing sword combat compels you to go against all the monsters you see in that world. You could say that there are multiple reasons why The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt is one of the best video games of the last 10 years.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Windows
4. Grand Theft Auto 5 (2013)
Here we are, back to another Rockstar game that is nothing but a Masterpiece. Of course, almost every Grand Theft Auto game has been absolutely wonderful. However, there’s something incredibly unique about Grand Theft Auto 5. For the first time, we get to play as three different characters in GTA, i.e., Franklin, Trevor, and Michael.
The ability to switch between characters in GTA 5 is definitely one of the best things that happened in Grand Theft Auto. Moreover, there’s no arguing the fact that the story of GTA 5 is everything we desire in Grand Theft Auto games. To be honest, if you haven’t played GTA 5, then you are definitely missing out on one of the best video games of all time.
Platforms: PS3, PS4, PS5 Xbox One, Xbox 360, Xbox Series X/S, Windows
5. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
Bethesda Studios released The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim back in 2011, and it is, without a doubt, one of the best editions of Skyrim. It is an open-world Role-playing game that managed to win more than 200 awards. Both the graphics and storyline make it one of the best games of all time, period. Moreover, the amazing music is the cherry on the top.
It’s 2020, and if you still didn’t went on the quest to defeat Alduin The World-Eater, then you are missing out one of the best gaming experience of your life.
Platforms: PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows, Nintendo Switch
6. Batman Arkham City (2011)
Hands down, Batman Arkham City, is one of the best superhero games of all time. Through Arkham Series, Rocksteady made a benchmark for superhero games that are about to release in the future. By playing Batman Arkham City, you actually feel and think like Batman. Besides the awesome storyline, the fact that made Arkham City one of the best games of all time is the combat.
Honestly, I wish to forget playing this game so that I could experience the brilliance of Batman Arkham City one more time. Be it voice acting, or graphics, or storyline, everything about Batman Arkham City is just perfect.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Windows
7. God Of War (2018)
The fourth installment in the God War series came out in 2018 exclusively for PS4. As expected, God of War is set in an astonishingly beautiful world where you follow the story of our two protagonists, Kratos and his son Atreus. Unlike previous God of War games, this one steps foot into Norse Mythology.
The improved and amazing combat keeps you engaged in the game for hours. Also, you see the conflicts between Kratos and Atreus throughout the game, which to be honest makes you hate the son.
Observing the beautiful Norse world and running into different monsters and God makes this one of the best video games of the last 10 years. It is one of those games that makes PC players envious of PlayStation owners.
8. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain (2015)
Developed by Kojima Productions and published by Konami, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is considered one of the most massive open-world games. Even after putting 100+ hours in the game, you’ll feel like there’s so much yet to explore.
Interestingly, the video game gives you complete freedom to complete missions in the way you want. You can be stealthy or go guns blazing to defeat the enemies in a hideout. The game is written and designed by the most beloved and mysterious Hideo Kojima. This was the final work of Hideo Kojima for Konami, and he put out his best work before leaving the company.
In the game, you play as Punished “Venom” Snake, who is determined on killing people who destroyed his forces and almost killed him.
Platforms: PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows
9. Legends Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild (2017)
Nintendo released ‘Legends of Zelda: Breathe Of The Wild’ in 2017 for Nintendo and Wii U Consoles. The open-world action-adventure game revived the Legends of Zelda with incredible visuals, voice acting, and music. Players can explore the astonishing world of Breathe of the Wild while solving puzzles and completing all the side quests.
The developers have worked on even the smallest details to make ‘Legends of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild’ one of the best of all time. Legends of Zelda is so awesome that it also inspired miHoYo to make Genshin Impact. If you love Nintendo or Wii, it is hardly unlikely that you haven’t played Breath of the Wild. Nevertheless, if you haven’t played the game for some reason, maybe after reading this, you will be compelled to try this masterpiece video game.
Platforms: Nintendo, Wii
10. Portal 2 (2011)
Video game enthusiasts who played Portal 2 will agree that this game is purely a masterpiece. In the game, players have to solve different puzzles to progress further in the storyline. Valve released the game in 2011, and both critics and players appraised the game for its pacing, acting, and gameplay.
The game offers both single-player and Co-op mode with a single objective; interact with the game’s environment to explore different puzzles. Initially, new players don’t understand the theme of Portal 2. However, as they move forward in the game, you get hooked to the game for hours. In short, Portal 2 is one of those video games that deserves 10/10 in every aspect.
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Windows, Linus, Classic Mac OS
Best Video Games Of Last 10 Years: Wrapping Up
So, those were the 10 best video games released in the last 10 years. Of course, there are other video games that can be described as “masterpieces” as well. However, we wanted to keep the list restricted to the top 10, at least for now. Nevertheless, we’ll make sure to extend the list even further to include the game that might seem missing.