From the computer to the tabletop, this is all about games. Updated each week-end.
The most recent decade has been an interesting one for me in terms of gaming. In some ways I’ve spent a lot of gaming time looking backwards at older games I liked. In other ways I’ve happily boarded the train of emerging trends. If you missed my look at older decades, here they are:
Here are my top 5 for the decade 2010-2019
Civilization V (2010)
By far my favourite game of the series. I put over 1800 hours into this game, as my Steam account is happy to show my. That’s over a month of my life. While my play sessions didn’t go that long, I once needed to visit the physio after multiple hours-long play sessions gave me a persistent wrist/shoulder pain. Worth it.
The availability of great quality mods massively increased my attachment to this game in way I haven’t really experienced since the original Doom.
Total War: Warhammer I & II (2016, 2018)
If I ever dreamed of a computer game this was it. A high strategy, graphically rich translation of the Warhammer Old World to the computer screen. Wonderful in so many ways, and it seems to have captured an audience far beyond the original tabletop game.
Perfection is achieved through the Mortal Empires campaign map, a free download for owners of both games which allows for a campaign map that includes all factions and land areas explored by the games. I wouldn’t play the game any other way.
Sunless Skies (2017)
This story rich Victorianesque game of piloting a train through a mysterious floating landscape caught my attention and playing hours. The game provides you with a setting and the framework of a story, but it’s up to you to write the story with your choices. Definitely not a game for everyone, but great for its audience. If you want to get started but aren’t sure how, Captain Brasseye can help you.
Bard’s Tale Trilogy remake (2018,2019)
Along with Total War: Warhammer, the remaking of some of my favourite games of decades past is a dream for me. This remake got everything right. The original game was preserved and then enhanced with a number of quality of life changes, especially to the game interface. This new version inspired me to write a walkthrough, which in turn has become easily the most popular series of articles on my blog this year. Clearly I’m not the only player of classics remade
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (2017)
This entry is different to the others. You see, I have never played this game and I don’t own it. In all likelihood I will never own or play this.
But I love watching it.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a Battle Royale game where players parachute into a map and proceed to play as the map shrinks and the options disappear, util only one player or team remains.
Coverage of the game at the top end has a great spectator mode showing you the map and where everyone is, making the action easier to follow compared with looking over the shoulder of just one player.
Like discovering a new sport, before long I found myself learning the team names and remembering my favourite players.
Videogames as a spectator sport is still an oddity, but I see this becoming more mainstream over the coming decade, until it will be no more remarkable than watching sport.
I’ll see you in a decade for my next top 5!