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  • gamesradar_george1 - January 22, 2010 9:49 a.m.

    Just to remind everybody - this is a list of 'important' games, not the best, which would be an entirely different list. That's why Wii FYI: It took us the best part of three weeks to finally agree on this list, between 12 editors. Every entry was pored over and we changed the running order multiple times. @crumbdunky Thanks for you epic post. We considered all the Metal Gear Solid games of the decade (the PSone game was released in 1998 so didn't qualify) and the one that came out as most influential and thus, most important, was MGS2. Of course, we didn't expect everyone to agree with us - that's what makes this kind of feature so much fun...
  • farsided - January 22, 2010 2:50 p.m.

    boo hiss! Halo:CE was far more important than Halo 2
  • Evernight - January 22, 2010 3:56 p.m.

    I agree with everything - even GTA3 as #1 - but Bioshock? Really? Not only does it ripoff System Shock like you said, but it really didn't do anything we hadn't seen before with a fresh coat of paint. Also - I am pretty sure FO3 got its inspiration from Morrowind/Oblivion and the original FO - not from Bioshock. Don't get me wrong - Bioshock was great - but not even close to a top 20 most important. AND WHERE IN THE HELL IS DIABLO 2? Other than WoW and GTA - find me another game on this list that has been copied like Diablo 2.
  • Embolado - January 22, 2010 5:10 p.m.

    Who the hell keeps buying the Sim games?
  • DriveShaft - January 22, 2010 5:39 p.m.

    Only counted 3 or 4 gsmes that actually deserved to be on this list.
  • animeman - January 22, 2010 7 p.m.

    The list was good but I wish that a Kingdom Hearts game had gotten in their. I mean it did show us how to combine to of the biggest opposites and put them together in one awsome game.
  • Xeacons - January 22, 2010 7:36 p.m.

    No denying it. These are the games that everyone knows, gamers or not. Even when shown in a bad light, their impact on the gaming world (or world in general) cannot be denied. Whenever someone bashes violence in games, they have to mention GTA. Addiction = WoW. Exercise = WiiSports, etc. These are the games EVERY gaming connoisseur should have in their library.
  • DeadGirls - January 22, 2010 8:56 p.m.

    Please explain to me how the fuck Bioshock is a "very deep" RPG. It's not even a "very deep" shooter. Unless, of course, we are talking about "very deep" underwater.
  • TheGreatStone - January 22, 2010 11:28 p.m.

    I agree with DeadGirls. I didn't see anything new or innovative about Bioshock. It was most notable for its thick atmosphere and a mysterious world revealed to the player in subtle ways (and some very un-subtle recordings scattered about) -- an interesting story and a surprising twist. It was not an innovative shooter. It has the same RPG 'depth' as Half-Life 2. If anything, it was a shooter with unlockable gun upgrades and powers.
  • kratos2144 - January 22, 2010 11:38 p.m.

    I'm not sure how GoW isn't on this list.
  • animeaddictoid - January 23, 2010 12:25 a.m.

    Great list and about half Life pic ZERG RUSH!
  • gilgamesh310 - January 23, 2010 5:16 p.m.

    Everyone seems to forget that it wasn't GTA 3 but driver that was the first fully free roaming 3D game . Even though it had no on foot sections it still gave a huge liberating feeling to be able to explore whole cities for the first time and would have given rockstar the idea for GTA 4.
  • oryandymackie - January 23, 2010 6:12 p.m.

    In my opinion, BioShock did not influence Fallout 3. The architectural design is much different, and BioShock's tight attack system and claustrophobic setting reflects-not on the open world, near-tactical kills of FO3. Also, does anyone see the similarities between the Half-Life logo and the Aphex Twin logo?
  • AuthorityFigure - January 24, 2010 12:27 p.m.

    'Wii Sports' didn't inspire anything. The WiiMote inspired IT. The controller is the thing that opened up that area of gaming, not that tech demo with zero replayability. Christ.
  • DrLovez69 - January 24, 2010 3:07 p.m.

    This my first ever comment on gamesradar. sweet. Eh yeah I personally agree with all of these, but too bad fahrenheit wasn't there, it may not have changed the way people think about games, but it sure changed the way i think 'bout games. Heavy Rain can only be better. On another note; I need a proper partner to play Army of two 40th day with, 'cause no-one has a headset n' none of my friends will get it. any takers? PSN is spidermanX. On another another note; Resident evil 4. nuff' said.
  • Mirako - January 24, 2010 9:28 p.m.

    I think WoW should be above GTA 3 just because every other MMORPG tries to emulate it.
  • kaytopher - January 24, 2010 10 p.m.

    I doubt Fallout 3 was inspired by Bioshock. It was a game that had been most likely in the making for years, and if you're talking about the entire apocalyptic thing, then look no further than fallout 1, 2, and brotherhood of steel.
  • super0sonic - January 25, 2010 8:24 a.m.

    I have to disagree with the Zelda Wind Waker "working brilliantly" true most of the game was pure gold!!! but that sailing... I just gave up on the game because I could not take it any more.
  • Octaviux - January 26, 2010 9:21 a.m.

    MGS 2 inventing the stealth genre? please, Thief: The Dark Project Came out in 1998. Also this list is a joke without Battlefield 1942. Console games can pretend it's still the 90's while they play their simplistic MW2 but the Battlefield series evolved the FPS genre by making it include varied military vehicles and enormous 64 player battles the whole way back in 2002.
  • Felixthecat - January 26, 2010 7:47 p.m.

    @animeman - Too bad that Kingdom Hearts was still an average RPG. It did nothing special BESIDES combining Disney/Square, which was contraversial anyway. Granted it's a good RPG, it didn't do much special. @DrLovez69 - Talk about that stuff in the forums, and RE4 is on the list. @AuthorityFigure - The Wiimote didn't inspire IT at all. IT used the Wiimote and showcased it, thus being an important game for simply being the first game to use something new. Also, thanks for this GR, my computer fucked up when the video was posted.

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