Most Influential Video Games by Year

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1.
Tennis for Two (1958 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
 
2.
Spacewar! (1962 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Slug
 
3.
Computer Space (1971 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
 
4.
Pong (1972 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Two players play a video version of table tennis. The first to score 11 points wins.
 
5.
Gotcha (1973 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
6.
Speed Race (1974 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
7.
Gunfight (1975 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
 
8.
Fonz (1976 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
9.
Space Wars (1977 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
 
10.
Supêsu Inbêdâ (1978 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The object of the game is to shoot the alien invaders and keep them off the ground.
 
11.
Galaxian (1979 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
 
12.
Puckman (1980 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
This is the Atari VCS (2600) version of Pac-Man.
 
13.
Donkey Kong (1981 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Jumpman must save Pauline from the giant ape Donkey Kong.
 
14.
Pole Position (1982 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Race your Indy car around the Fuji course before the timer runs out. The first run is the qualifying...
 
15.
Astron Belt (1983 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
16.
Dragon Slayer (1984 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
 
17.
Super Mario Bros. (1985 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
A plumber named Mario and his brother Luigi travel through the Mushroom Kingdom to save the princess from evil Bowser.
 
18.
The Legend of Zelda (1986 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
This is the story of a young boy named Link that must save Princess Zelda from the evil, demonic Ganon...
Director: S. Miyahon, Ten Ten
 
19.
Metal Gear (1987 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After Gray Fox, FOX-HOUND's best agent, goes missing, rookie Solid Snake is sent to the South African fortress "Outer Heaven" to rescue him from terrorists armed with a nuclear-equipped bipedal tank.
Director: Hideo Kojima
 
20.
Double Dragon (1987 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Martial arts siblings Billy and Jimmy Lee must battle a tough gang known as the Black Warriors in order to rescue Billy's girlfriend, Marian.
 
21.
Phantasy Star II (1989 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Somewhere in the deep vastness of space, within the Andromeda Galaxy lies the Algol Star System floating like a dust fleck in a sunbeam...
Director: Chienshi
 
22.
Dragon Warrior IV: The Guided Ones (1990 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A warrior is ordered by his king to locate children that are mysteriously disappearing. A spoiled princess...
Director: Koichi Nakamura
 
23.
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The second Street Fighter tournament is here with General M.Bison. Ryu and Ken are no strangers to the tournament...
 
24.
V.R.: Virtua Racing (1992 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: Yu Suzuki
 
25.
Ultimate Doom (1993 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A rogue tough space marine (referred as Doomguy) is the only survivor in a hell-infested facility. He must fight his way to uncover a bitter truth
 
26.
Virtua Cop (1994 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Director: Yu Suzuki
Stars: Matt Lagan
 
27.
Chrono Trigger (1995 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
Crono, a young boy, is thrust to adventure by destiny to destroy an oncoming threat that will destroy the world in 1999.
 
28.
Super Mario 64 (1996 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
When the evil Bowser steals 120 power stars and traps Princess Peach within the walls of her own castle, it's up to Mario to save her once again.
 
29.
Final Fantasy VII (1997 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.6/10 X  
A former soldier from an evil company joins a mercenary clan to fight the company he once served.
 
30.
Metal Gear Solid (1998 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.7/10 X  
A crack government anti-terrorist squad takes over an obscure Alaskan nuclear disposal facility with...
Director: Hideo Kojima
 
31.
Shenmue (1999 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.6/10 X  
Ryo, a respected Japanese student sees his father killed in front of his own eyes. He sets out to find the man in charge of his fathers death and the mystery of who and why?
Director: Yu Suzuki
 
32.
Jet Grind Radio (2000 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A gang of teenagers with an affinity for underground music and graffiti artwork fight against a sinister corporation that has taken control of the city they call home.
 
33.
Grand Theft Auto 3 (2001 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A young bank robber escapes from police custody and works his way up through the mafia ladder of crime-ridden Liberty City, USA.
Director: Navid Khonsari
 
34.
Metroid Prime (2002 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A Space Pirate distress signal draws bounty hunter Samus Aran to Tallon IV, a world she discovers is being consumed by a terrible poison.
 
35.
Kill.switch (2003 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In a world on the brink of conflict, you find yourself back on the front lines of battle. Only this time, you're not here to prevent a war... You're here to start one.
 
36.
Half-Life 2 (2004 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
Dr. Freeman is taken out of stasis by his "employer" to help rid the planet of invading aliens forces known as the Combine that entered through the portals he helped create.
Director: David Speyrer
 
37.
Resident Evil 4 (2005 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Leon S. Kennedy, now a federal agent, is hired to rescue the president's daughter from a sinister cult.
 
38.
Wii Sports (2006 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A collection of short and funny sport mini games, played with motion-control controllers.
 
39.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare I (2007 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
The Call of Duty series returns this time into a modern day setting. The player takes control of a character nicknamed "Soap," for the majority of the campaign and will need to progress through many modern warfare scenarios.
Director: Jason West
 
40.
Fallout 3 (2008 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Centuries following nuclear war, a teen leaves the safety of his underground vault in order to find his father, who left in hopes of creating a water purifier.
Director: Todd Howard
 
41.
Angry Birds (2009 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A group of birds attempt to attack sheltered enemy pigs while creating as much damage as possible.
 
42.
Vanquish (2010 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In the near future, Sam Gideon and a team of soldiers are hired by the president of the United States to recover a space station that's been taken over by a Russian ultra nationalist.
 
43.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (2011 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Born in an island suspended in the sky, a young man, Link, accepts his destiny to venture to the world below to save his childhood friend, Zelda, and the land from evil forces through the use of a mysterious sword.