Top 10 Video Games That Were Very Heavily Inspired by Other Games

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The Top Ten

1 Bioshock (System Shock)
2 Undertale (Earthbound)
3 Portal (Half-Life)

They're in the same universe. - doodie

Not really.

4 Timesplitters (Goldeneye007)

It's more of a spiritual successor to Goldeneye than Perfect Dark ever was, and that's not saying it's a bad game, it's pretty good! - Dominicmgm

5 Xenoblade Chronicles (Final Fantasy)
6 Okami (The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker)
7 Mortal Kombat (Street Fighter)
8 Psychonauts (Earthbound)

Which in turn created the basis for the gravity system in Super Mario Galaxy! It's funny how many 'original' (but good) video games draw inspiration from others. - Synchronocity

9 Saints Row (Grand Theft Auto)
10 Resident Evil (Alone In The Dark)

The Contenders

11 Borderlands (Diablo)
12 Red Dead Redemption (Grand Theft Auto)
13 Sonic The Hedgehog (Super Mario Bros.)
14 Shadow Complex (Metroid)
15 Cave Story (Metroid)
16 Gunstar Heroes (Contra)
17 Undertale (Cave Story)
18 Shovel Knight (Mega Man)
19 Ms. Pac-Man (Pac-Man)
20 Sonic Boom: Rise Of Lyric (Sonic 2006)
21 Digimon (Pokémon)

They aren't that similar. Also, Digimon was based off of tamagotchi, not Pokémon. I'm saying this as a Digimon hater!

22 Ratchet & Clank (Crash Bandicoot)

I have to disagree, since I'm pretty sure Crash didn't contain high-tech weapons... - Garythesnail

23 South Park: The Stick Of Truth (Earthbound)
24 Mother 3 (Earthbound)

It is part of the same series - Pokemonfan10

25 Axiom Verge (Super Metroid)
26 Advance Wars (Fire Emblem)
27 Rogue Legacy (Spelunky)
28 Castle Crashers (Alien Hominid)
29 Fallout 4 (Fallout 3)
30 Super Mario Galaxy (Super Mario 64)
31 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time)
32 Terraria (Minecraft)
33 Kingdom Hearts (Final Fantasy)
34 Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale (Super Smash Bros.)
35 Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus (Crash Bandicoot)
36 Rhythm Heaven (Wario Ware)
37 Dr. Mario (Tetris)
38 Dr. Luigi (Dr. Mario)

Well, duh. :P - Garythesnail

39 Crash Team Racing (Mario Kart)
40 Modnation Racers (Mario Kart)
41 Jak & Daxter (Crash Bandicoot)
42 3D Dot Game Heroes (The Legend Of Zelda)
43 Half-Life (Quake)
44 Call Of Duty (Halo)
45 Halo (Metroid Prime)
46 Metroid Prime: Federation Force (Halo)
47 Brutal Legend (Psychonauts)
48 South Park: The Stick Of Truth (Conker's Bad Fur Day)
49 Doom (Wolfenstein)
50 Shovel Knight (Duck Tales)
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1. Undertale (Earthbound)
2. Bioshock (System Shock)
3. Portal (Half-Life)
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1. Timesplitters (Goldeneye007)
2. Bioshock (System Shock)
3. Mortal Kombat (Street Fighter)
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