The 20 most innovative games ever made

20 titles that changed video gaming forever

#11: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

Year: 2007

Original review score: 5 out of 5 Stars

Finally taking the series out of World War II-era Europe, Call of Duty 4 went for the throat with the most realistic combat situations possible in Modern Warfare. Immersive and intense, COD4 went on to become one of the best-selling and most respected shooters of all time, rivaling even Halo's earth-shaking impact.

Why It Was Innovative:

After countless invasions of Normandy, developer Infinity Ward finally brought Call of Duty to the modern era - a decision that was controversial at first. Modern Warfare fine-tuned the gameplay of the Call of Duty series to achieve near-perfection while simultaneously popularizing RPG elements (selectable skills, an experience meter) in its trend-setting online multiplayer mode. Even the single-player campaign stands out as a classic, with its genuinely surprising plot twists (yep, the A-bomb goes off) and subversive themes (the AC-130 gunship scenario remains a darkly humorous genre high point). Call of Duty 4's innovations are less splashy than other games on this list, but no less deserving of recognition. This is a damned fine game.

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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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  • 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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