When it comes to choosing the games that defined the decade for me, it's always difficult to look back on and remember exactly which titles ended up becoming the ones that would eventually change my perspective as a gamer. But 'tis the season for gathering some of my absolute favorite titles, and gushing over exactly what made them so important to me in the first place. Rather than boring everyone with a list that seems to scroll on forever, I've decided to break up some of my choices into individual entries for your entertainment.
Strap in. It's going to be a wild ride.
When Nintendo brought Bayonetta 2 to the Wii U as an exclusive, audiences were shocked. But not for a bad reason – it was just surprising. In all honesty, the series couldn't have found a better home on another console. Its unique brand of slick, sexy, and utterly addictive action is positively unmatched, even among genre greats like DmC or God of War, and remains as such, even after it debuted on the Nintendo Switch.
You don't control the lithe and lethal Umbra Witch so much as become her, chaining together a mixture of buttery-smooth combos and over-the-top moves that feel as natural as your very own movements. It's a joy to watch the action unfold onscreen, and even more so to participate. From every Wicked Weave attack to the punishments that rain down upon the unsuspecting Angels, it's clear that excellence oozes out of every single pore.
Gorgeous level design, frenetic boss battles, and a wide array of costumes and unlockables combine to make Bayonetta 2 one of the greatest games of this console generation, and by far an exemplary experience for the genre. And now I'm salivating over what Bayonetta 3 will eventually bring.