There is nothing like finally beating that level in a game that has you stumped for months, are we right? However, as games come and go, it can be easy to move onto the latest trend and forget all about the last one. It takes a special kind of game to last a lifetime. In fact, some of these games are so special they have gone on to influence an entire way of life. So sit back as we take a look at the top 5 most influential video games of all time.
Of course, how could we have a list of top influential games without mentioning Pokémon? What started as a simple game for Game Boy has since evolved into an entire franchise that comes complete with mobile app, clothes, trading cards, and even a movie or two thrown in the mix. The original games have been praised as some of the first role-playing games that prioritized the player’s experience rather than the storyline. Perhaps it’s no wonder it is still one of the biggest franchises to date all these years later?
There is nothing like the combat of Doom to get the blood pumping. But this game was special for more than just the story; Doom was a pioneer in the world of first-person shooters. Why? For the first time, people could mod their games and create files they could then send to their friends, as well as having a multiplayer mode, groundbreaking 3D graphics, and even let players customize levels themselves. Perhaps it’s no wonder the 2016 reboot was so popular people were playing it at work? Although, we wouldn’t advise it if you want to keep your job.
In the 1980s, it seemed that no matter where you turned you were likely to see Pac-man. Even now, most people still recognize the whacka-whacka as the hero of the tale comes to life. How can something so simple be so influential? It was all thanks to being in the right place at the right time. Pac-man is now more than just a popular video game; it’s grown to include the spin-off Ms. Pac-man, as well as being the appearing in movies and on clothes everywhere. When other games were beginning to crumble, Pac-man was merely coming into its own.
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. wasn’t the first game on the market to revolutionize side-scrolling or the ability to level up, but the game made the genre as famous as it is today. In fact, for nearly a quarter of a century the game was the top-selling video game in the world thanks to its 40.2 million sales. As if that wasn’t enough, the man of the hour, Mario, has become one of the most recognized characters in a game. Even now, people can spend hundreds of hours exploring all the hidden tunnels and levels the game has to offer.
Metal Gear Solid
The release of Metal Gear Solid saw a whole new take on a game that blew the minds of gamers everywhere. No longer were you forced into a confrontation; now, it was all about being as stealthy as you could to deceive your opponents instead. Clever. But that’s not all. Metal Gear Solid proved how there no longer had to be a line between movies and video games thanks to the in-depth and complex storylines we get to follow. Metal Gear Solid often feels more like following the script of a film than playing a game.
Sure, great games have come and gone, but it takes something special to be one of the most influential video games of all time. These are the gems that have stood the test of time and changed gaming as we know it. Where would we be without them?