We’re listing the ten Games of the Decade. These are the ten PlayStation titles released over the past ten years that we believe have left a historic mark on the industry. Whether it’s Destiny's impact on the Games as a Service space or Journey’s innovative approach to online connectivity, these are the releases that the industry will be referencing well into 2020 and beyond.
There is no escaping Grand Theft Auto V. Launching in 2013 for the ageing PlayStation 3, Rockstar's latest satirical open world epic opened to critical acclaim and big sales, but it's what the game would go on to become that makes it so remarkable. The last-gen release was followed up by an enhanced edition for the shiny new PS4. The game includes a host of improvements and new features that make an already fantastic title that little bit better. GTA V has sold extremely well across platforms, as you'd expect, but it's gone further than that. It stands as the most profitable entertainment product of all time -- and there's at least one very good reason for that.
GTA Online is this game's biggest innovation. Most titles with online multiplayer, including other open world adventures, are happy to bolt on some competitive modes and call it a day. In GTA V, online play means the entire map becomes a playground in which to let loose. Though the initial launch of the mode had its setbacks, Rockstar has honed the experience for the better part of this decade, turning it into a wildly popular destination for all kinds of gameplay experiences.
You can wreak havoc in the open world with your chums, engage in PvP battles, partake in races, perform organised heists, and more besides in your pursuit for experience points and cash. You're living out an absurd, violent second life. Every year since its inception, GTA Online has grown with countless updates, expanding the already huge offering. It's become something arguably bigger than GTA V itself -- the level of post-launch support has been staggering to see. It's become immeasurably huge, a phenomenon that even Red Dead Redemption 2's online play is failing to replicate.
It's set the bar almost unfeasibly high for other online-focused titles, but that of course hasn't stopped them from trying. There are lots of persistent online games out there, but GTA V has arguably done it the best -- and that's on top of the gigantic offline experience starring Michael, Franklin, and Trevor. Talk about the whole package.
What do you think of GTA V and GTA Online? Has it made a lasting impact on modern games? Are you still playing this monstrously popular title? Let's hear it in the comments below.