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After watching the Streetfighter II documentary posted in another thread, I was wondering if it is the most influential video game in history.

 

I mean, since the original Streetfighter II, pretty much every "vs" fighting game has worked around the mechanics of combos, fireballs and special attacks for a wide variety of character types and styles.

 

So does this mean SFII is the most influential game in history?

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That's true I guess. I didn't play a lot of open world 2d games but thinking about it Im realizing there were quite a few. I think whatever game did introduce open world gaming would be more influential than SF2 which mainly influenced fighting games

 

Edit: would it be safe to say that GTA3 introduced the open world format into the criminal underground style of games, and is there influential in that so many games have emulated that exact combination

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I think it would be fair to say GTA 3 probably made the mold for all modern 3d open world games without itself being the first if it's kind.

 

I think I'd be tempted to say Quaked has influenced a lot more trends than Wolfenstein\Doom in terms of a true FPS. The game that introduced me to the WASD and full Mouse combo (rather than the mouse simply being a look left and right but being fixed on the Y axis). Then again Unreal probably defines the multiplayer\deathmatch FPS style... tricky.

 

Final Fantasy a shoe in as the defining style of RPG's?

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I think if you wan to talk about influence then it's WOW or nothing with MMORPG's. There were MMO's before but every MMO after either takes something specifically that WOW has done or it takes something WOW has done and tries to do the opposite and both of those things are influence.

 

The only game I'd say could have more influence on MMORPG's would be Ultima Online (Sorry neverwinter nights! :D) as really the first instances of what you might now consider typical MMO player behavior first started to be observed.

 

EDIT: Though maybe I'm selling Everquest a bit short there as well...

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I'm with DC insomuch that Streetfighter 2 did an awful lot of what makes a videogame franchise huge first. Not necessarily better than everyone, and maybe not the very first in every occasion, but still. Like DC said, the game style, the combos, the moves, the fireballs and weapons. The fact that fighting location was considered. Also the fact that the characters like Ryu, Ken, Chun Li (??) etc etc... had big profiles outside of the game cartridge. A movie was made about the game, albeit a terrible one.

 

This game was made in to a movie which, it could be argued, influenced the use of actors and moviestyle camerawork in video games today. Maybe. I certainly think that a lot of the vast wealth in the videogame industry today can be traced back to the success of SF2.

 

Other games for me would be Super Bomber Man, Mario Bros 1 & 3, Outrun and Halo.

 

Cheers!

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Modern Warfare 1.

 

I know there were plenty of FPS games years before this came out but the influence of this game has been huge, you only have to look at how many FPS games we have out there now, developers saw the sales and wanted a piece of the action.

 

Those sales and the sales of the COD games that followed have been record breaking and made gaming more mainstream.

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popular doesn't mean influential. Both COD and MW and all of those modern FPS games are as generic as they come. Maybe influential on how they can release the same game every year with a new title, slightly better graphics and a few new weapons and make a bazillions dollars perhaps.... but Fifa/PES/Madden have been doing that for years!
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Yes the COD games are very generic and there have probably been a few too many now but the reason we have 'all those modern shooters' is due to the success of MW1 and also Halo. Especially MW1 online, I know we had online shooters like counter strike around for years but MW1 really refined and sharpened the online formula and got alot of people who weren't gamers into gaming so therein lies it's influence.

 

We don't have a million and one football or american football games flooding the games market due to games like pes, fifa and madden.

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