Dragonball budokai tenkaichi 3
Half-Life and Earthbound. Earthbound would have killed as an indie game nowadays
Crysis, that game still somewhat holds up graphicaly.
Metal Gear Solid 2 comes to mind
GTA5, for ps3 game the graphics are still pretty good even today.
h1z1 was already ripping off the Arma DayZ mod which really started that trend
Maybe not what you mean by ahead of their time, but:
CS, the same concept of a game still going strong 20+ years later.
Minecraft also a game that is 10+ years old and still very popular.
Not many games/game concepts have been able to stay as relevant for that long.
Elder Scrolls Daggerfall
I want part 2 :(
Battlefield 3. Levolution destruction, gunplay feel and graphics. Still holds up even though its from 2011.
Oblivion or Fallout 3, gotta pay some respect to OG Bethesda before they became a meme
Tf2 back then was revolutionary af
Never played it on a console, but the developers put so much effort into the game… i mean, who tf makes a player look at the disc package to go further, or make you unplug your controller??
Resident evil 4, DMC 3, Max Payne 1, MGS 1-3
most of strategy games like- red alert,rise of nation,dune,Heroes of Might and Magic3.
World of warcraft, vanilla.
Way ahead of its time.. crazy to think it was released 2005ish.
Things that happened in this game are now happening irl 💀
Utopia (1981, Intellivision)
PUBG when it first launched... </3
Diablo 2, not a single rpg has yet achieved that level of awesomeness. Sure some might have better graphics or gameplay, but nothing beat the perfect loot balance, the lore, the music, the atmosphere. They created battlenet and revolutionized what online rpgs are today. Every rpg try to be like that.
System Shock, Metal Gear Solid 2, Morrowind, Far Cry
Half-Life 2 immediately comes to mind.
Far Cry 2 and GTA: SA were also the kind of games that evoked "wow, didn't know this was possible" feelings.
GTA SA, that game blew my mind when I was a kid, the size and the amount of things to do in it was amazing
I don't think many games were ahead of their times it's just back then they were making good quality games which stopped around 2009, a lot of the new games now are just shit.
I'd say the big trio: Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake 1.
Without them in that order, FPS wouldn't have been the same. Wolfenstein 3D was the first of the genre, Doom introduced 360 camera and a way to deal with verticality, Quake 1 introduced real verticality. After that, HL, CS, UT and all the others could come to life
Max Payne, Doom (original), Super Mario, HOMM/AoE/Starcraft/Warcraft 3, WoW/Zelda and so on.
Of course Pong, Tetris, Pac-Man, Chrono Trigger/Final Fantasy and Mortal Kombat/Street Fighter 2 as well
Star Wars Yedi Academy
wario land 4, Pizza Tower proved that.
for me it will be far cry 2
went from omegalulu top down to huge sandbox in 2 years
Naruto Ultimate Ninja STORM
The original Dead Space has to be one.Incredibly strong design overall,amazing atmoshpere,UI is very innovative.It looks great for a 15 years old game because of the lighting and effects,also the combat system is pretty unique.
Mass effect 1-3
Legend of zelda windwaker