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We've been treated to some incredible gaming experiences over the last ten years. In our eyes, Nintendo has produced some of its finest titles throughout this last decade, and those of us who dabble in gaming on the likes of PlayStation and Xbox have had plenty to share about, too.

The list below shows the top 50 games of the decade, sorted by their average review score according to aggregate site, Metacritic. To qualify for the list, a game must have been reviewed by at least 15 critics (Metacritic says that it only gathers reviews from “the world’s most respected critics"), and for any game which was released on multiple platforms, only the version with the most reviews has been included.

So, let's take a look. As you can see, Nintendo has managed to snag both first and second places with Super Mario Galaxy 2 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. There are plenty more to be found throughout the list, too:

Position Game (Platform, Year) Metacritic Score
1 Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii, 2010) 97
2 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch, 2017) 97
3 Red Dead Redemption 2 (PlayStation 4, 2018) 97
4 Grand Theft Auto V (PlayStation 4, 2014) 97
5 Super Mario Odyssey (Switch, 2017) 97
6 Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360, 2010) 96
7 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Xbox 360, 2011) 96
8 The Last of Us (PlayStation 3, 2013) 95
9 The Last of Us Remastered (PlayStation 4, 2014) 95
10 Red Dead Redemption (Xbox 360, 2010) 95
11 Portal 2 (Xbox 360, 2011) 95
12 God of War (PlayStation 4, 2018) 94
13 Batman: Arkham City (Xbox 360, 2011) 94
14 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS, 2011) 94
15 BioShock Infinite (PC, 2013) 94
16 Pac-Man Championship Edition DX (Xbox 360, 2010) 93
17 Divinity: Original Sin II (PC, 2017) 93
18 Super Mario 3D World (Wii U, 2013) 93
19 Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty (PC, 2010) 93
20 Persona 4 Golden (PlayStation Vita, 2012) 93
21 Persona 5 (PlayStation 4, 2017) 93
22 Mass Effect 3 (Xbox 360, 2012) 93
23 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PlayStation 4, 2015) 93
24 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii, 2011) 93
25 Rock Band 3 (Xbox 360, 2010) 93
26 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PlayStation 4, 2016) 93
27 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch, 2018) 93
28 INSIDE (Xbox One, 2016) 93
29 Forza Horizon 4 (Xbox One, 2018) 92
30 God of War III (PlayStation 3, 2010) 92
31 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PlayStation 3, 2011) 92
32 Bloodborne (PlayStation 4, 2015) 92
33 Celeste (Switch, 2018) 92
34 Super Street Fighter IV (PlayStation 3, 2010) 92
35 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PlayStation 4, 2015) 92
36 Undertale (PC, 2015) 92
37 Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS, 2013) 92
38 Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition (PlayStation 4, 2018) 92
39 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U, 2014) 92
40 Journey (PlayStation 3, 2012) 92
41 Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii, 2012) 92
42 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch, 2017) 92
43 The ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection (PlayStation 3, 2011) 92
44 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine (PC, 2016) 92
45 LittleBigPlanet 2 (PlayStation 3, 2011) 91
46 Overwatch (PC, 2016) 91
47 Bayonetta 2 (Wii U, 2014) 91
48 Forza Horizon 3 (Xbox One, 2016) 91
49 Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers (PC, 2019) 91
50 Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition (Switch, 2019) 91

Before you ask, Metacritic hasn't explained how Super Mario Galaxy 2 - with a score of 97 - has been placed above Zelda - which also has a score of 97. We can only assume that the scores above are rounded up and down from rather less flattering numbers (you can see how Metacritic generates its scores here).

What do you think of the list? Do you agree with the number one spot? Let us know in the comments below.

[via metacritic.com, videogameschronicle.com]