16 Innovative Games That Were Way Ahead of Their Time

From 'Herzog Zwei' and 'Winback' to 'Elite' and 'Body Harvest,' these are games that provided the blueprint for today's biggest hits

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The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time (1998)

Consistently referred to as one of the most influential games of all time, it's safe to say that the 1998 release of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for Nintendo 64 completely changed how we think about game worlds, with its living, breathing, credible 3D Hyrule complete with full day to night cycles. Much like Super Mario 64 before it, it completely shifted expectations for an entire genre across all video game systems. In 2012, Rockstar's Dan Houser summed up the game's influence in an interview with Chris Suellentrop in the New York Times: "Anyone who makes 3D games who says they've not borrowed something from Mario or Zelda [on the Nintendo 64] is lying."

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