Most Influential Video Games by Year

by Jag85 | created - 13 Jun 2012 | updated - 13 Jun 2012 | Public
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1. Tennis for Two (1958 Video Game)

E10+ | Sport

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Votes: 15

2. Spacewar! (1962 Video Game)

Action, Sci-Fi

Two players control two space ships engaged in a duel in the middle of outer space.

Director: Steve Russel

Votes: 21

3. Computer Space (1971 Video Game)

Action, Sci-Fi

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Votes: 12

4. Pong (1972 Video Game)

E | Sport

Two players play a video version of table tennis. The first to score 11 points wins.

Votes: 534

5. Gotcha (1973 Video Game)

Family

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Votes: 5

7. Gunfight (1975 Video Game)

Action, Western

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Votes: 8

9. Space Wars (1977 Video Game)

Action, Sci-Fi

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Votes: 15

10. Space Invaders (1978 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Sci-Fi

The object of the game is to shoot the alien invaders and keep them off the ground.

Votes: 450

11. Galaxian (1979 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Sci-Fi

Face waves of aliens descending on your spaceship and clear the screen to achieve victory.

Votes: 132

12. Puckman (1980 Video Game)

Not Rated | Action, Family, Fantasy

Navigate Pac-Man through a maze escaping ghosts and eating Pac-Dots.

Votes: 1,400

13. Donkey Kong (1981 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Adventure, Family

Jumpman must save Pauline from the giant ape Donkey Kong.

Directors: Shigeru Miyamoto, Hiroshi Yamauchi

Votes: 1,260

14. Pole Position (1982 Video Game)

Unrated | Sport

Race your Indy car around the Fuji course before the timer runs out. The first run is the qualifying lap and your starting position is determined by your completion time. Avoid road hazards... See full summary »

Votes: 77

15. Astron Belt (1983 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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16. Dragon Slayer (1984 Video Game)

Action, Fantasy

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Star: Jason White

Votes: 10

17. Super Mario Bros. (1985 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Family

A plumber named Mario and his brother Luigi travel through the Mushroom Kingdom to save the princess from the evil Bowser.

Director: Shigeru Miyamoto

Votes: 3,952

18. The Hyrule fantasy: Zeruda no densetsu (1986 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Follows the story of a young boy named Link that must save a kidnapped princess from the evil, demonic Ganon, who put a spell on his lair which can only be removed with the 3 pieces of the Triforce, a golden triangle with mystical powers.

Directors: Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka

Votes: 1,968

19. Metal Gear (1987 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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

Votes: 991

20. Double Dragon (1987 Video Game)

Unrated | Action

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.

Directors: Yoshihisa Kishimoto, Shinichi Saitou

Votes: 984

21. Phantasy Star II (1989 Video Game)

Adventure, Sci-Fi

Somewhere in the deep vastness of space, within the Andromeda Galaxy lies the Algol Star System floating like a dust fleck in a sunbeam. Around the parent star, Algol, whirl its three ... See full summary »

Director: Chienshi

Votes: 71

22. Dragon Warrior IV: The Guided Ones (1990 Video Game)

Adventure, Fantasy

A warrior is ordered by his king to locate children that are mysteriously disappearing. A spoiled princess and her advisers wanders the world to find freedom from her confining life. A pair... See full summary »

Director: Koichi Nakamura

Votes: 87

23. Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991 Video Game)

T | Action, Fantasy

Choose one out of eight playable characters and engage your opponents in one-on-one close quarter street combat in a series of best-two-out-of-three matches.

Stars: Johnpaul Williams, Eri Nakamura

Votes: 1,200

25. Doom (1993 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

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

Director: Tom Hall | Stars: Mike Dopud, David Koseruba, Christopher Murvey, Kevin Cloud

Votes: 3,310

26. Virtua Cop (1994 Video Game)

Action

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Director: Yu Suzuki | Star: Matt Lagan

Votes: 84

27. Chrono Trigger (1995 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Crono, a young boy, is thrust to adventure by destiny to destroy an oncoming threat that will destroy the world in 1999.

Directors: Yoshinori Kitase, Akihiko Matsui, Takashi Tokita, Nao Ito

Votes: 2,208

28. Super Mario 64 (1996 Video Game)

K-A | Animation, Action, Adventure

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.

Director: Shigeru Miyamoto | Stars: Charles Martinet, Leslie Swan

Votes: 3,796

29. Final Fantasy VII (1997 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

A former soldier from an evil company joins a mercenary clan to fight the company he once served.

Directors: Yoshinori Kitase, Yasushi Matsumura, Masato Yagi | Star: Karen Strassman

Votes: 7,900

30. Metal Gear Solid (1998 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

A crack government anti-terrorist squad takes over an obscure Alaskan nuclear disposal facility. Solid Snake is up for the task to infiltrate the facility, rescue the two hostages and thwart the terrorists' plans.

Director: Hideo Kojima | Stars: David Hayter, Patric Zimmerman, Peter Lurie, Akio Ôtsuka

Votes: 9,477

31. Shenmue (1999 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Crime

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?

Directors: Keiji Okayasu, Yu Suzuki | Stars: Hiroshi Fujioka, Masaya Matsukaze, Corey Marshall, Robert Jefferson

Votes: 898

32. Jet Set Radio (2000 Video Game)

T | Action, Sport

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.

Stars: Andria Batise, Kevin Blackton, Billy Brown, Ryan Everett Canfield

Votes: 188

33. Grand Theft Auto III (2001 Video Game)

M | Action, Comedy, Crime

A young bank robber escapes from police custody and works his way up through the mafia ladder of crime-ridden Liberty City, USA.

Stars: Frank Vincent, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Madsen, Michael Rapaport

Votes: 12,106

34. Metroid Prime (2002 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Horror

A Space Pirate distress signal draws bounty hunter Samus Aran to Tallon IV, a world she discovers is being consumed by a terrible poison.

Stars: Jennifer Hale, Vanessa Marshall

Votes: 1,444

35. Kill.switch (2003 Video Game)

T | Action

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.

Director: Antoine Charreyron | Stars: Adam Baldwin, Marcus McCollum, Adrienne Wilkinson, Chuck McQuary

Votes: 88

36. Half-Life 2 (2004 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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 | Stars: Robert Guillaume, Robert Culp, Louis Gossett Jr., Michelle Forbes

Votes: 12,979

37. Resident Evil 4 (2005 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

Six years after the events in Raccoon City, Leon Kennedy, now a federal agent, is sent to a rural part of Spain to rescue the U.S. President's kidnapped daughter, Ashley Graham from a sinister cult.

Directors: Kuniomi Matsushita, Shinji Mikami | Stars: Paul Mercier, Carolyn Lawrence, Rino Romano, Salli Saffioti

Votes: 8,943

38. Wii Sports (2006 Video Game)

E | Action, Family, Sport

A collection of short and funny sport mini games, played with motion-control controllers.

Directors: Keizo Ohta, Takayuki Shimamura, Yoshikazu Yamashita | Star: Josh Millman

Votes: 2,174

39. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Thriller

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 | Stars: Billy Murray, Craig Fairbrass, David Sobolov, Mark Grigsby

Votes: 17,705

40. Fallout 3 (2008 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Centuries following nuclear war, a teen leaves the safety of an underground vault in order to find their father, who left in hopes of creating a water purifier.

Director: Todd Howard | Stars: Liam Neeson, Malcolm McDowell, Ron Perlman, Odette Annable

Votes: 15,589

41. Angry Birds (2009 Video Game)

Action, Family

A group of birds attempt to attack sheltered enemy pigs while creating as much damage as possible.

Votes: 793

42. Vanquish (2010 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

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.

Directors: Shinji Mikami, Olivier Deslandes, Orine Fukushima, Scott Martin Gershin, Michael Hulsmann, Guillermo Reinlein, Alessandro Ricci, Shinobu Shindo, Chris Southall, Mitsuru Toda | Stars: Ken'ichirô Matsuda, Chieko Honda, Teruyuki Tanzawa, Hitoshi Bifu

Votes: 443

43. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (2011 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Born on 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.

Director: Hidemaro Fujibayashi | Stars: Takashi Ohara, Ayumi Fujimura, Yû Shimamura, Anri Katsu

Votes: 1,572



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