The 20 most innovative games ever made

20 titles that changed video gaming forever

#12: Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved

Platform: Xbox 360

Year: 2005

Original review score: Not Reviewed

Sometimes the biggest movements begin in the smallest of ways. While a terrific retro-styled arcade shooter, Geometry Wars' gameplay itself isn't revolutionary. Its distribution method, however, is another story entirely.

Why It Was Innovative:

Originally released as a minigame in the Xbox 1 title Project Gotham Racing 2, developer Bizarre Creations later remade this spacey arcade shooter for the new Xbox 360 as Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved. The catch: the game was only available as a downloadable title through Microsoft's new Xbox Live Arcade service. With its low price and instantly gratifying gameplay, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved became one of the most-played games in Xbox history despite never showing up as a boxed game on store shelves. By eschewing a traditional retail sales strategy and delivering an addictive package at a tiny price, Geometry Wars was the first tentative step in a movement that will end in the eventual retirement of physical discs in favor of efficient, affordable, and accessible game downloads.

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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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