The 20 most innovative games ever made

20 titles that changed video gaming forever

#14: Final Fantasy VII

Platform: PlayStation

Year: 1997

Original review score: 5 out of 5 Stars

Always a trailblazing series, Final Fantasy hit its creative and cultural peak with the deeply emotional, hugely popular Final Fantasy VII. FFVII is so influential that its name alone is instantly synonymous with the RPG genre, while its characters and gameplay set the standards and stereotypes for countless future games in the role-playing genre.

Why It Was Innovative:

It's more than just big swords and spiky hair. Final Fantasy VII was a rare game that pushed each of its separate components - music, story, graphics, and character building - to soaring new heights. The story was a multi-disc novel that touched on serious concepts such as death and rebirth, while the graphics stunned players with an elegant combination of 3D action and steampunk-inspired cityscapes. Top all that off with an unforgettable cast of characters, including one of the most famous villains in video game history, and you've got a classic that touched an entire genre of gaming....and an entire generation of gamers. Furthermore, there's a fair argument that Final Fantasy VII's status as an early PlayStation One exclusive gave Sony the edge it needed to compete in and eventually dominate the video game industry.

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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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