Top 10 Revolutionary Video Games Of All Time
These games dared to try something new, and as a result become the pioneers of the video game industry. Welcome to Thegamefreakshow and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 Most Revolutionary Videogames.
In order to qualify for this list, we’re looking at the games that had such a significant impact on the industry that they paved the way for many other games to follow, whether by creating a brand new genre, or introducing conventions that most videogames would later use. We had a shortlist of over 60 games for this list, so cutting it down 10 means we’re looking for the absolute best of the best.
10: “Wii Sports” (2006)
Say what you want about motion controls, but theres’s no denying how much they’ve changed the industry. The launch title that was bundled with the Wii, this game introduced many players to the concept of 3D Motion controls that were so simple anyone could use them. While Eyetoy wasn’t really motion control, and there were other attempts in the past, but Nintendo was the first to not only have it working at home, but also be fun.
9: “Adventure” (1979)
In the early days of adventure games everything was presented to the player in the form of walls of text. But on the Atari 2600, developer Warren Robinett spent a full year putting together what is considered the first graphical action-adventure game, basic though they may be. The concept was simple: journey into the maze, find the chalice and return it to the castle, while being chased by the … duck-like-dragons. It also featured the first ever videogame Easter Egg, in the form of Warran’s name credited in the game.
8: “Super Mario 64” (1996)
The Mario name is responsible for countless innovations, from his Super Mario Bros side scrolling days, to his weaponized Kart Racing events. But Super Mario 64’s impact was such a monumental leap that’s concepts are still used in games today. A truly 3D environment to move around in, along with an almost flawless and adjustable camera system and analog 3D movements, it quickly became the benchmark for 3d plat forming.
7: “Dune II” (1992)
While its technically not the first Real Time Strategy game, with that honor belonging to the interesting yet buggy ZX Spectrum game Stonkers, Dune II though was the first to get the formula right. Westwood Studios combined a streamlined interface with resource gathering, tech trees and micromanaging armies that went on to inspire games like Blizzard’s Craft franchises, as well as their own Command and Conquer series.
6: “Ultima Online” (1997)
Long before everyone was trying to get a slice of Blizzard’s MMO epic World of Warcraft, there existed an online text adventure genre known as the Multi-user Dungeon, or MUD for short. But the genre’s true evolution and mainstream recognition came with Origin System’s Ultima Onine. This, in turn, allowed for the MMORPG to take off with community events, and expansions, AND it’s still being supported today with a recent HD overhaul if you’re keen to check it out.
5: “Body Harvest” (1998)
One of the most common misconceptions about Video Game history is that DMA Design’s Grand Theft Auto III was the first ever fully 3D Open Sandbox game. However it was actually one of DMA’s earlier works in the form of this hidden gem on the N64 that takes that honor. We now know DMA Design as Rockstar North, and with the open world genre now being one of the most popular genre’s in the industry, Body Harvest’s often forgotten contribution deserves true recognition.
4: “The Legend of Zelda” (1987)
An important leap for the action adventure genre, as well as for console games in general, the Legend of Zelda brought forth the concept of a large open map, one that was so big it couldn’t be completed in a single sitting. So as a result it was the first console game ever to introduce the ability to save your game, perhaps one of the most important features in gaming today that we take for granted. Remember passwords? They sucked.
3: “Wolfenstein 3D” (1992)
Just like GTA 3 some people believe that Doom was the first FPS, but this game was also made by the same company id Software. Games in the 70’s like Spasim and Mazewar may have set the early foundations for the genre with basic geometric mazes, but Wolfenstein brought into play the concept of playing as a human with switchable real world weapons to refine the genre as we know it today. As a side effect, it was a pioneer in violence as well.
2: “Pong” (1972)
Contrary to popular belief it’s not quite the first game ever, but it was among the first to be played at home. Inspired by the rather primitive Magnavox Odyssey, Pong revolutionized gaming by introducing the concept of competitive games in front of the TV, which in turn lead to the creation of the first generation of home consoles.
Before we get to the top spot lets see what else changed the face of gaming.
1: “Grand Theft Auto 5” (1962)
“Kings Of The Kings” Taken at face value, the open worlds of the Grand Theft Auto series are fairly ordinary, even with all the exaggerated stereotypes and sexual innuendos sprinkled everywhere. But being able to go on a crime spree, start a rampage, or simply explore every nook and cranny of your surroundings – all without the consequence, cost, and physical exertion holding us back in real life – is what brings those otherwise-mundane backdrop to life in exhilarating, empowering ways. Grand Theft Auto 5 is the current pinnacle of this design, where you have complete freedom to appreciate or desecrate the environment as you see fit.
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