There have been a lot of great video games over the years, which makes it hard to determine which ones were the most influential. Some games stand out above the rest, because they ushered a new genre of video games.

Here are some of the most influential video games ever made and an infographic from My Voucher Codes with a yearly breakdown.

Grand Theft Auto

This is still one of the top selling games in history, the game has been surrounded in controversy since the first version came out in 1997, but it hasn’t hurt the franchise sales. This game led to other open world adventure/racing/third person shooter games like Saints Row, Red Dead Redemption, and Mafia.


This was one of the most controversial games when it was released, and it even got banned in several countries. The game went on to spawn other sequels, and was influential in the popularity of the survival horror genre, and made the list of the 1001 video games you must play before you die.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Infinity Ward revived the Call of Duty franchise with Modern Warfare, but Modern Warfare 2 was their most critically acclaimed and bestselling game. The success of Modern Warfare 2 led to a lot of games trying to copy them, but none could ever compare to this classic.

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider remains one of the few action adventure games with a female lead character, but that isn’t what made the game influential, Tomb Raider became a benchmark for other open world action adventure games because it had a great storyline, and equally good action scenes, with a lot of twists thrown in the mix. The franchise is so popular that it spawned two successful movies based on it.