Hayden Waugh writes: "What is it that makes a great game truly great? A video game can have a solid storyline and incredible graphics, but if its gameplay foundations of fundamental and intuitive mechanics are not well implemented, then it suffers tremendously. Give a player too much power and the game suffers; give a player too little power and it suffers even more so.
Many games fail in this area, but I've had the pleasure of being pleasantly surprised by a swathe of video games over the years whose game mechanics have struck that balance, resulting in very strong, reputable titles. Today, I present my list of the most innovative and groundbreaking gameplay mechanics in recent history."