The 20 most innovative games ever made

20 titles that changed video gaming forever

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#12: Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved

Platform: Xbox 360

Year: 2005

Original review score: Not Reviewed

Sometimes the biggest movements begin in the smallest of ways. While a terrific retro-styled arcade shooter, Geometry Wars' gameplay itself isn't revolutionary. Its distribution method, however, is another story entirely.

Why It Was Innovative:

Originally released as a minigame in the Xbox 1 title Project Gotham Racing 2, developer Bizarre Creations later remade this spacey arcade shooter for the new Xbox 360 as Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved. The catch: the game was only available as a downloadable title through Microsoft's new Xbox Live Arcade service. With its low price and instantly gratifying gameplay, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved became one of the most-played games in Xbox history despite never showing up as a boxed game on store shelves. By eschewing a traditional retail sales strategy and delivering an addictive package at a tiny price, Geometry Wars was the first tentative step in a movement that will end in the eventual retirement of physical discs in favor of efficient, affordable, and accessible game downloads.

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