2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Developed and Published by Bethesda Softworks

Skyrim's biggest accomplishment may be simply in living up to the Elder Scrolls name. Its enormous world and basically bottomless abyss of engaging gameplay will keep it in the forefront of gamer culture for years to come, much like Morrowind and Oblivion before it. That much was guaranteed; the game's myriad improvements over Oblivion weren't, though, and that's what makes this entry worthy of a spot in any hall of fame.