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I disagreee with numbers 17, 16, 14, 12, 11, 7, 6, 5 and 4. None of those were innovative.



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mike_intellivision said:
Esmoreit said:

Ok, I will try and make a top 20 list, but not in any particular order as I think these innovative games are all important in some aspect. Note, I have taken cues from this thread aswell:

1: Dune - first real RTS

2: Wolfenstein 3D - Hello shooters

3: The legend of Zelda - Open world exploring was done first here people!

4: Super Mario 64 - 3D done right

5: Pong - Goooooooood morning videogaming!

6: Populous - the true God-Game.

7: GoldenEye - Console FPS IS possible! with local Multi even!

8: Metal Gear Solid - the true father of stealth

9: Final Fantasy 4 - First JRPG to get everything right.

10: Wii Sports - I tend to be averse to too recent games in these sort of lists but motion controls seem to be the future and this game prooved that it is true.

11: Space Invaders - The start of the Shoot m up

12: Tetris - The first puzzle game, still played to this day.

13: Ultima online - This is the grandfather that occasionally smacks Word of Warcraft on it's head with a cane.

14: Quake - modding, online shootfests... still going on today!

15: GTA 3 - The first open world 3D game. I don't like it so much but it get's props for that.

16: Super Mario Bros - How long had we been stuck in 2D side-scrolling adventures up until SM64 was released?

17: Kung-Fu - The first one on one fighter, (though SF2 will always be more fun)

18: Shenmue - Engrossing story, unique setting and pacing... and let's not forget the - PRESS A TO DUCK NOW!! (Quick time event)

19: KoTor - If they can place Bioshock on the list for making right or wrong choices then KoTOR is far more deserving. Aswell as innovating in other fields.

20: The Ocarina of Time - Automatic jumping, Z-targeting, engrossing story and the first 3D adventure.

 

Games that just fell out of it in my humble opinion:

Wii Fit, Half Life, Mario Kart, Chrono Trigger, Micro-Machines, Alone in the Dark, Pokemon and Maniac Mansion

Atari 2600 Adventure -- objective rather than score based, intentional Easter egg.

Add that to Wii Fit, Mario Kart and a couple of others and I think we have a legit top 25.

(Through the list probably ought to have the Magnavox Odyssey rather than (Atari) Pong).

 

Mike from Morgantown

Guess it depends on what you mean by "innovative."

For example, shooting games aren't all that inventive, no more so than the first sports game or driving game. Its  fairly obvious application of the technology, where plaformers... are a little less obvious.

There are also true innovations that simply were never successful or hard to copy. Eternal Darkness' Sanity Meter springs to mind, or Tapper's bar-themed game. Very innovative ideas, just limited in application.

Wolfenstein was influential, but was it that big a leap from FP-vehicle shooters? (probably, and it probably would be on my top 20 list). Let's try a better argument.

Pong was hugely successful and influential, but it was not the first video game, or even the first video ping pong game (that goes to Magnavox).

Star Fox brought us the first "true" 3D gaming on a home console, but that was coming one way or another.

That said, I would like to officially nominate Scribblenauts to this list.

 

 

 



im only going with games that have been released

i think zork has a spot

its only a text based rpg, but it was one of the first rpgs

im old enough to have tried a text game, its insane.



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Nice list! i agree especially with SF2..this game got me to bust out so many tokens for it!



At first I was just as mad as twesterm about FFVII, but I can see a reason to put it on a list of innovative games.

Beyond just being "... IN 3D!", it truly made use of the CD format, with cutscenes out the ass, etc. You may not like the direction it took JRPGs, but it did innovate the genre. The reasons they actually listed were retarded though, as twesterm said.

Not to say there aren't 20 or more games more innovative though. This list is complete trash. Needs SMB and/or SMB3, at least one Zelda (OOTP), at least one Metroid, probably a bunch of NES games, some 2600 games, some SNES/Genesis games (maybe Star Fox? and definitely Chrono Trigger), etc. etc.

For the people saying "thank god Nintendo isn't all over this list", that's a sure sign it's bullshit. Nintendo is one of the world's greatest developers, who get to make their OWN HARDWARE to exploit that talent (the N64 controller, according to rumor, was practically designed specifically for SM64), and who have been around for practically as long as the industry. Its games are going to get a lot of space in "greatest" lists. That's reality. Face it.



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