When a video game dares to go where none have gone before, it subjects itself to the risks of abysmal sales, poor consumer reception, and critical disasters. Luckily, a smattering of developers have seen fit to ignore the dangers usually associated with changing up familiar tropes, and forged valiantly ahead with no regard for comfortable conventions.

The results? Memorable, sometimes cutting narratives that changed the way we view the medium. Gameplay that reminded us of the alternatives to the crusades of nameless space marines. We're honoring ten of the most remarkable games that “pushed the envelope,” so to say, whether they chose an alternate tale or the path you must take to tell it. Are you ready to dance to the beat of a different drum?

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