Board 8 > I decided to update my Game of the Decade II (2010s) mock bracket.

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MetalmindStats
01/09/20 10:11:34 PM
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A little bit over a year ago, I made a GotD II mock bracket which generated quite a bit of discussion. Now that 2019 has come and gone, and with GotD II hopefully soon in the offing, I wanted to update it to include the year's GameFAQs highlights, along with adjusting some retrospectively odd seeds and set-ups from the previous bracket.

Before complaining about certain snubs or the way I've listed certain games' titles, I ask you to consider these points:

  • All games in this bracket were originally released in the 2010s (2010-2019) in North America, regardless of their release date in their country of origin.
  • If a game has no version that has been released in North America, I used its European, Australian (if known), and Japanese release dates in that order of preference to determine its eligibility. (I don't think this ever came up, but it's still worth stating.)
  • If a game had an alpha, beta, or other test version available prior to the full versions release date, I only considered the full version's release date.
  • I excluded all enhanced versions of any sort, except when the original version wasnt released in North America (Bravely Default). This will undoubtedly be the most controversial of these points because of Resident Evil 2. To explain briefly: there's exactly one case on record of any sort of enhanced version of a game previously being allowed in a contest, which was The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. Frankly, I'm not convinced Allen realized Rebirth wasn't actually a sequel to the original Binding of Isaac, and I don't think Resident Evil 2's recent exclusion from our 2019 GotY remakes / remasters poll necessarily means Allen views it as a brand-new game.
  • Finally, I listed all titles just as they are in GameFAQs' database.
I opted for all of these in order to make this bracket as close to what we can expect from the actual GotD II as possible.

Now, without further ado, here's the new bracket:

Division 1:

(1) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim vs. (16) Untitled Goose Game
(8) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Spirit of Justice vs. (9) Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
(5) Minecraft vs. (12) Cuphead
(4) Tales of Berseria vs. (13) Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
(3) Batman: Arkham City vs. (14) Fortnite
(6) Xenoblade Chronicles 2 vs. (11) DOOM
(7) Splatoon 2 vs. (10) Assassins Creed Odyssey
(2) Portal 2 vs. (15) Pokemon GO

Division 2:

(1) Fire Emblem: Three Houses vs. (16) Spec Ops: The Line
(8) Dark Souls II vs. (9) Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
(5) The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword vs. (12) Dishonored
(4) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain vs. (13) Night in the Woods
(3) Red Dead Redemption 2 vs. (14) South Park: The Stick of Truth
(6) Tomb Raider vs. (11) Mortal Kombat
(7) Death Stranding vs. (10) NIER
(2) Super Mario Odyssey vs. (15) Fate/Grand Order

Division 3:

(1) Persona 5 vs. (16) Bastion
(8) To the Moon vs. (9) Super Mario 3D World
(5) Mass Effect 3 vs. (12) Sonic Mania
(4) Marvels Spider-Man vs. (13) Hollow Knight
(3) Red Dead Redemption vs. (14) Final Fantasy XIV Online
(6) Borderlands 2 vs. (11) Mega Man 11
(7) Super Mario Maker 2 vs. (10) Donkey Kong Country Returns
(2) Mass Effect 2 vs. (15) Danganrompa: Trigger Happy Havoc

Division 4:

(1) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate vs. (16) Valkyria Chronicles 4
(8) Zero Escape: Virtues Last Reward vs. (9) Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
(5) Fallout: New Vegas vs. (12) Bravely Default
(4) Uncharted 4: A Thiefs End vs. (13) Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
(3) Kingdom Hearts III vs. (14) Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
(6) Shovel Knight vs. (11) Sonic Generations
(7) Pokemon Sword / Shield vs. (10) Xenoblade Chronicles X
(2) Bloodborne vs. (15) Rocket League

Division 5:

(1) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt vs. (16) Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call
(8) Octopath Traveler vs. (9) Animal Crossing: New Leaf
(5) Final Fantasy XIII vs. (12) Kid Icarus: Uprising
(4) Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age vs. (13) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Dual Destinies
(3) Yakuza 0 vs. (14) Terraria
(6) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds vs. (11) Nioh
(7) Destiny 2 vs. (10) Sid Meiers Civilization V
(2) The Last of Us vs. (15) A Hat in Time

Division 6:

(1) Grand Theft Auto V vs. (16) Pokemon Black/White Version 2
(8) Mario Kart 8 vs. (9) Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
(5) Fire Emblem Awakening vs. (12) Divinity: Original Sin II
(4) Bayonetta 2 vs. (13) God of War III
(3) Final Fantasy XV vs. (14) Hyrule Warriors
(6) Fallout 4 vs. (11) Pokemon Black/White Version
(7) Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception vs. (10) Life is Strange
(2) Xenoblade Chronicles vs. (15) Devil May Cry 5

Division 7:

(1) Dark Souls vs. (16) Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
(8) Dragon Age: Inquisition vs. (9) Fire Emblem Fates
(5) BioShock Infinite vs. (12) Pokemon Sun / Moon
(4) Monster Hunter: World vs. (13) Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
(3) Super Mario Galaxy 2 vs. (14) Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
(6) Dark Souls III vs. (11) Deus Ex: Human Revolution
(7) Doki Doki Literature Club! vs. (10) Dragons Dogma
(2) God of War vs. (15) Celeste

Division 8:

(1) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild vs. (16) Umineko When They Cry: Question Arc
(8) The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky vs. (9) Journey
(5) Overwatch vs. (12) Dragon Ball FighterZ
(4) Undertale vs. (13) Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
(3) Horizon Zero Dawn vs. (14) Kirbys Return to Dream Land
(6) The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series vs. (11) Stardew Valley
(7) Resident Evil 7: biohazard vs. (10) The Outer Worlds
(2) NieR: Automata vs. (15) Rayman Legends

I welcome any predictions, as well as other comments such as griping about snubs, assuming you keep the above points in mind.

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FFDragon
01/09/20 10:15:47 PM
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MetalmindStats posted...
This will undoubtedly be the most controversial of these points because of Resident Evil 2

Bad topic.

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ZenOfThunder
01/09/20 11:31:49 PM
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Oh fuck this is a topic basically made for ZenOfThunder

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Ngamer64
01/10/20 8:13:41 AM
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Looks good, I'll discuss this in a bit!


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AxemRedRanger
01/10/20 10:01:59 AM
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Zen got Metal Sonic a 5 seed last contest, so yeah, a bracket with a lot of board 8 favorites would be likely.

Oath in Felghana probably doesn't have the support to get in by itself regardless. Too many good Ys games competing for nominations. If any of them were going to get in, I'd expect Ys VIII.

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ZenOfThunder
01/11/20 1:02:28 AM
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Relevance bump

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ZeldaTPLink
01/11/20 6:51:45 AM
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Well there aren't 10 games I played this decade but it's closer than what I was expecting.
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SwiftyDC
01/11/20 7:59:44 AM
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I'll give it a shot.

Division 1:

Round 1:
(1) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
(9) Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
(12) Cuphead
(13) Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
(3) Batman: Arkham City
(11) DOOM
(10) Assassins Creed Odyssey
(2) Portal 2

Round 2:
(1) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
(13) Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
(11) DOOM
(2) Portal 2

Round 3:
(1) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
(11) DOOM

DIVISION 1
WINNER: (1) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Division 2:

Round 1:
(1) Fire Emblem: Three Houses
(8) Dark Souls II
(5) The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
(4) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
(3) Red Dead Redemption 2
(11) Mortal Kombat
(7) Death Stranding
(2) Super Mario Odyssey

Round 2:
(1) Fire Emblem: Three Houses
(5) The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
(3) Red Dead Redemption 2
(2) Super Mario Odyssey

Round 3:
(5) The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
(2) Super Mario Odyssey

DIVISION 2 WINNER: (2) Super Mario Odyssey

Division 3:

Round 1:
(1) Persona 5
(9) Super Mario 3D World
(5) Mass Effect 3
(4) Marvels Spider-Man
(3) Red Dead Redemption
(11) Mega Man 11
(7) Super Mario Maker 2
(2) Mass Effect 2

Round 2:
(1) Persona 5
(5) Mass Effect 3
(3) Red Dead Redemption
(2) Mass Effect 2

Round 3:
(1) Persona 5
(2) Mass Effect 2

DIVISION 3 WINNER: (1) Persona 5

Division 4:

Round 1:
(1) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
(9) Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
(5) Fallout: New Vegas
(4) Uncharted 4: A Thiefs End
(3) Kingdom Hearts III
(11) Sonic Generations
(7) Pokemon Sword / Shield
(2) Bloodborne

Round 2:
(1) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
(4) Uncharted 4: A Thiefs End
(3) Kingdom Hearts III
(7) Pokemon Sword / Shield

Round 3:
(1) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
(7) Pokemon Sword / Shield

DIVISION 4 WINNER: (1) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Division 5:

Round 1:
(1) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
(8) Octopath Traveler
(5) Final Fantasy XIII
(4) Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
(3) Yakuza 0
(6) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
(7) Destiny 2
(2) The Last of Us

Round 2:
(1) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
(4) Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
(6) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
(2) The Last of Us

Round 3:
(1) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
(6) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

DIVISION 5 WINNER: (1) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Division 6:

Round 1:
(1) Grand Theft Auto V
(8) Mario Kart 8
(5) Fire Emblem Awakening
(4) Bayonetta 2
(3) Final Fantasy XV
(6) Fallout 4
(7) Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception
(15) Devil May Cry 5

Round 2:
(1) Grand Theft Auto V
(4) Bayonetta 2
(3) Final Fantasy XV
(15) Devil May Cry 5

Round 3:
(1) Grand Theft Auto V
(15) Devil May Cry 5

DIVISION 6 WINNER: (1) Grand Theft Auto V

Division 7:

Round 1:
(1) Dark Souls
(8) Dragon Age: Inquisition
(5) BioShock Infinite
(4) Monster Hunter: World
(3) Super Mario Galaxy 2
(6) Dark Souls III
(10) Dragons Dogma
(2) God of War

Round 2:
(1) Dark Souls
(4) Monster Hunter: World
(3) Super Mario Galaxy 2
(2) God of War

Round 3:
(1) Dark Souls
(3) Super Mario Galaxy 2

DIVISION 7 WINNER: (3) Super Mario Galaxy 2

Division 8:

Round 1:
(1) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
(8) The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
(5) Overwatch
(4) Undertale
(3) Horizon Zero Dawn
(11) Stardew Valley
(10) The Outer Worlds
(2) NieR: Automata

Round 2:
(1) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
(5) Overwatch
(3) Horizon Zero Dawn
(2) NieR: Automata

Round 3:
(1) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
(2) NieR: Automata

DIVISION 8 WINNER: (1) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Elite 8

(1) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
(2) Super Mario Odyssey
(1) Persona
(1) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
(1) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
(1) Grand Theft Auto V
(3) Super Mario Galaxy 2
(1) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Final 4

(2) Super Mario Odyssey
(1) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
(1) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
(1) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Final

(1) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
(1) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Game of the Decade: (1) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

  • 3 Switch titles in the Final Four

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MetalmindStats
01/12/20 5:24:32 AM
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ZenOfThunder posted...
Relevance bump


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MetalmindStats
01/13/20 3:57:36 AM
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In retrospect, my decision to exclude the likes of RE2 definitely outdates this bracket a bit >_>

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FFDragon
01/13/20 4:51:19 AM
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Told you

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MetalmindStats
01/14/20 3:56:42 AM
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ZenOfThunder posted...
Relevance bump

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TAFKAHurricane
01/14/20 4:40:11 PM
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Division 1:

(1) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
(9) Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
(5) Minecraft
(13) Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
(3) Batman: Arkham City
(11) DOOM
(10) Assassins Creed Odyssey
(2) Portal 2

Round 2
(1) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
(13) Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
(11) DOOM
(2) Portal 2

Round 3
(1) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
(2) Portal 2

Divison Winner
(1) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Besides Skyrim steamrolling, feels like this division would be a good contest beginner that I feel like a majority would drop atleast one match.

Division 2:

(1) Fire Emblem: Three Houses
(8) Dark Souls II
(5) The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
(4) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
(3) Red Dead Redemption 2
(11) Mortal Kombat
(7) Death Stranding
(2) Super Mario Odyssey

Round 2
(1) Fire Emblem: Three Houses
(5) The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
(11) Mortal Kombat
(2) Super Mario Odyssey

Round 3
(5) The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
(2) Super Mario Odyssey

Divison Winner
(2) Super Mario Odyssey

Maybe I'm underestimating FE but feel like FE still hasn't reached the level of LOZ or the upper tier Mario titles. Also feel like Mortal Kombat steals victories based on name alone and history alone.

Division 3:

(1) Persona 5
(9) Super Mario 3D World
(5) Mass Effect 3
(4) Marvels Spider-Man
(3) Red Dead Redemption
(6) Borderlands 2
(10) Donkey Kong Country Returns
(2) Mass Effect 2

Round 2
(1) Persona 5
(5) Mass Effect 3
(3) Red Dead Redemption
(2) Mass Effect 2

Round 3
(5) Mass Effect 3
(2) Mass Effect 2

Division Winner
(2) Mass Effect 2

If Division 1 didn't kill me then it would be this division. My fanboyism probably getting the better of me with ME3>The Winner of Persona 5/Super Mario 3D World

Division 4:

(1) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
(9) Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
(5) Fallout: New Vegas
(4) Uncharted 4: A Thiefs End
(3) Kingdom Hearts III
(6) Shovel Knight
(7) Pokemon Sword / Shield
(2) Bloodborne

Round 2
(1) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
(5) Fallout: New Vegas
(3) Kingdom Hearts III
(2) Bloodborne

Round 3
(1) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
(3) Kingdom Hearts III

Division Winner
(1) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Not putting much stock into anything Pokemon unless Heartgold/Soulsilver gets in so going with the Bloodborne upset here. Other than that I think New Vegas will do just enough to get past Uncharted 4 and I think Shovel Knight got enough notoriety to slip past Generations. Would pick Mania over it though. KH3 could bomb but I think it's safe in this bracket, would love DK pulling off the upset though since Tropical Freeze might be my favorite Platformer from this decade.

Division 5:

(1) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
(9) Animal Crossing: New Leaf
(5) Final Fantasy XIII
(4) Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
(3) Yakuza 0
(6) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
(7) Destiny 2
(2) The Last of Us

Round 2
(1) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
(4) Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
(6) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
(2) The Last of Us

Round 3
(1) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
(6) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Division Winner
(1) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Seems boring on paper besides the finals where I could see ALBW pulling off an upset.

Division 6:

(1) Grand Theft Auto V
(8) Mario Kart 8
(5) Fire Emblem Awakening
(4) Bayonetta 2
(3) Final Fantasy XV
(6) Fallout 4
(7) Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception
(2) Xenoblade Chronicles

Round 2
(8) Mario Kart 8
(5) Fire Emblem Awakening
(3) Final Fantasy XV
(2) Xenoblade Chronicles

Round 3
(5) Fire Emblem Awakening
(3) Final Fantasy XV

Division Winner
(3) Final Fantasy XV

Wanted to pull the 16>1 seed upset but dont think B2W2 is quite there.

Division 7:

(1) Dark Souls
(8) Dragon Age: Inquisition
(12) Pokemon Sun / Moon
(4) Monster Hunter: World
(3) Super Mario Galaxy 2
(6) Dark Souls III
(10) Dragons Dogma
(2) God of War

Round 2
(1) Dark Souls
(4) Monster Hunter: World
(3) Super Mario Galaxy 2
(2) God of War

Round 3
(1) Dark Souls
(3) Super Mario Galaxy 2

Division Winner
(1) Dark Souls

Almost picked GOW over SMG2 but I got a case of Mario fear. Also not gonna take rallies into account so Dragon's Dogma advances easily.

Division 8:

(1) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
(8) The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
(12) Dragon Ball FighterZ
(13) Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
(3) Horizon Zero Dawn
(6) The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series
(7) Resident Evil 7: biohazard
(2) NieR: Automata

Round 2
(1) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
(12) Dragon Ball FighterZ
(3) Horizon Zero Dawn
(2) NieR: Automata

Round 3
(1) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
(2) NieR: Automata

Division Winner
(1) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Undertale is still in a weird spot, I feel like more people have played it and enjoyed it since 2015 but I still see some resentment toward it. But I also don't see Revengeance being strong at all. Also I would love to see NintendoFAQs give a Kirby game two wins, even though I loved both HZD and TWD.

Elite 8
Skyrim vs. Super Mario Odyssey
Mass Effect 2 vs. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The Witcher 3 vs. Final Fantasy XV
Dark Souls vs. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Final 4
Super Mario Odyssey vs. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The Witcher 3 vs. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Finals
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate vs. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Overall, if the actual contest is anything like this bracket I'm gonna be in trouble trying to predict this thing.

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MetalmindStats
01/17/20 12:25:53 AM
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Standing in line...

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