I make lists. Probably way too many lists. It's one of many reasons that High Fidelity is my most reread novel, though A Wild Sheep Chase does come close. Anyway...
While idly working on a list of innovative video games per year while watching Blue Bombin' in the background, I noticed that I have a dearth of games from the last 7 or so years. What are the most innovative games to come out in the 2010s?
I want truly innovative. Not 'this game was really popular,' but games that spawned entirely new genres or reshaped them. Games like Telltale's the Walking Dead, one of the few recent games on the list, that changed adventure games to have more choice and consequence, as seen in later games like Life is Strange or Until Dawn. Games like Demon's Souls, that spawned an entire new genre of Souls-likes, in the way that Doom created Doom-clones before the term FPS finally emerged.
And, yeah, I guess you can argue that games like Telltale's The Walking Dead had a lot of influence from games like Mass Effect, which themselves had influences from previous games like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Nothing is ever totally in isolation. Art rarely appears spontaneously.
Enough babbling! What are your innovative games of the 2010s?