IDG Contributor Network: 10 most innovative games of 2016

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It’s that time of year again -- for several years in a row, I’ve picked the most innovative games of the year on any platform. This year was much, much easier than past years, mostly thanks to a wide selection of games and the debut of virtual reality headsets. Even the major releases from studios like Electronic Arts had brilliant innovations we’ve never seen before.

1. Inside

You have to play Inside. I don’t want to spoil anything, but the game transports you to another place and time, somewhat similar to the developer's previous game called Limbo. My favorite elements -- other than the subtle graphics, atmospheric audio, and weird gameplay -- is that you feel some emotional dissonance and -- that ending! It’s a must play for any gamer.

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