The 10 best games of the past 10 years, according to critics

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  • With 2019 wrapping up, we’re looking back at the last 10 years in gaming.
  • From revered sequels like “Mass Effect 2” to precedent-setting new franchises like “The Last of Us,” the last 10 years are flush with great games.
  • But which are the best of the best? This list of the top 10 games of the last decade according to critics is a good place to start.
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10 years ago, Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony were all still pushing previous generations of game consoles.

The PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One were still years away from launch, and the “Mass Effect” franchise had yet to take a disastrous trip to the Andromeda galaxy.

10 years later, though, and we’ve played two of the best Mario games ever made — and that’s before mentioning both “Red Dead Redemption” games or the smash-hit “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.”

But which were the best of the best? We looked to reviews aggregation site Metacritic for a data-driven approach to the last 10 years — take a look: