The 20 most innovative games ever made

20 titles that changed video gaming forever

#5: Metal Gear Solid

Platform: PlayStation

Year: 1998

Original review score: 5 out of 5 Stars

Metal Gear Solid set a new bar for cinematic storytelling in games, creating a shadowy world of intrigue and deception amidst an environment where stealth was the only winning strategy.

Why It Was Innovative:

In Metal Gear Solid, players took control of rogue operative Solid Snake and quietly sneak past enemy guards rather than kill them and risk alerting reinforcements. Though the stealth gameplay was itself revolutionary in its depth and accessibility, Metal Gear Solid's found even bigger success in its intricate and surprisingly dramatic storyline, which was told through a series of letterboxed short films that touched on topical themes from the psychology of war to cutting-edge technology. And despite the crude graphics and occasionally stilted dialogue, creator Hideo Kojima's vision of a playable action film shined through, thanks in part to stellar voice casting as well as clever art direction and cinematography. Metal Gear Solid was a cultural milestone for videogames, providing more proof of the medium's potential to move hearts and minds, not just fingertips.

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  • C64 Gamer

    This list is terrible. I can think of games that really brought forward these "innovations" long before the games in this stupid list.

  • Tero

    ANY online game has a number of players that 'outnumbers some European countries': Vatican, Liechtenstein, Andorra and Monaco being some European countries.

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  • Hank

    The Godfather the put sandboxes and 3D on the map is not even on this list. Wich made all these game even possible in the first place. Also missing half life and several other games that really saved the game industry after ET.

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