1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Like other Elder Scrolls games, Skyrim is set in the fantasy world of Tamriel. This is the most accomplished of the lot though, letting you live another life in a fantasy world brimming with possibilities. The northern province of Skyrim is yours for the taking here – you can wander through its cities and talk to the locals, setting out to solve everyone’s problems, or just travel the wilderness, hunting down fantasy creatures and exploring dungeons for loot.
The game’s main quest has to do with the fact the player is a “Dovahkiin” (a dragonborn) and the only one who can stop the dragons which have returned to Skyrim. Ironically, fighting dragons, while entertaining in its own right, is not the best Skyrim has to offer. Most of the game’s best content is peripheral to the main story, as there are countless side quests on offer here. You can join a dark order of assassins and play through a series of missions involving murder, or raid one of the dwarven ruins dotting the landscape, uncovering the secrets within.
The game also boasts an enduring community which has produced countless mods (user modifications) for the game, which do anything from change the appearance of in-game vegetation to adding new characters and stories. All in all, Skyrim has been the best video game experience of the decade, and one that anyone remotely interested in video games shouldn’t miss.