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What was your favorite game released that year? 2000 edition (56k)

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Turn of the century/millennium! I noticed quite a bit from 2000:

1. Tons of RPGs were released (Breath of Fire IV, Chrono Cross, Diablo II, two Everquest games, Final Fantasy IX, Front Mission 3, Grandia II, Legend of Mana, Lunar 2: Eternal Blue, Ogre Battle 64, Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, Pokemon Gold/Silver, RPG Maker, SaGa Frontier 2, Skies of Arcadia, The Legend of Dragoon, Threads of Fate, Vagrant Story, Valkyrie Profile).
2. On that note, Square was on FIRE this year.
3. Lots of choices for wrestling games this year, including arguably the best AKI wrestling game in WWF No Mercy and two entries into the then-new Smackdown! series.
4. PS2 is released this year. Although 2001 would be stellar for the system, most of its games were not among the most critically acclaimed in 2000.
5. The Dreamcast had some very interesting games released, from Seaman to Space Channel 5 to Samba de Amigo to ChuChu Rocket.
6. The Dreamcast also saw many fighting games released on it, mostly by Capcom.
7. I don't remember seeing so many Star Trek games released in one year.
8. I'm trying to remember how many hours I spent on all the modes in Perfect Dark, but I think it's a number so high it hasn't been invented yet.
9. Pokemon was milked like crazy in 2000.

Unlisted games start here. Enjoy!

007: The World is Not Enough (N64)
Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere (PS1)
Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion (PC)
Allegiance (PC)
All-Star Baseball 2001 (N64)
Armored Core 2 (PS2)
Army Men: Air Combat (N64)

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn (PC)
Banjo-Tooie (N64)
Battle Isle: The Andosia War (PC)
BreakNeck (PC)
Breath of Fire IV (PS1)
Bust-A-Move 4 (DC)
Capcom vs. SNK (DC)

Chrono Cross (PS1)
ChuChu Rocket! (DC)
Cleopatra: Queen of the Nile (PC)
Close Combat: Invasion: Normandy (PC)

Colony Wars III: Red Sun (PS1)
Colin McRae Rally (PS1, PC)
Colin McRae Rally 2.0 (PS1)
Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord (PC)

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (PC)
Crash Bash (PS1)

Crazy Taxi (DC)
Crimson Skies (PC)
Dark Reign 2 (PC)
Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX (PS1)
Donkey Kong Country (GBC)

Dead or Alive 2 (DC)
Deception III: Dark Delusion (PS1)
Descent 3 (PC)
Destruction Derby Raw (PS1)

Deus Ex (PC)
Diablo II (PC)
Dino Crisis (DC)

Dino Crisis 2 (PS1)
DOA2: Hardcore (PS2)
Dragon Warrior I & II (GBC)
Dragon Warriors Monsters (GBC)
Driver (PC)

Dynasty Warriors 2 (PS2)
Earth 2150 (PC)
Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future (DC)
Enemy Engaged: RAH-66 Comanche Versus Ka-52 (PC)

Escape from Monkey Island (PC)
Everquest: The Ruins of Kunark (PC)
Everquest: The Scars of Velious (PC)
Excitebike 64 (N64)
F355 Challenge (DC)
Fantavision (PS2)
Fear Effect (PS1)
FIFA 2001 (PS2)
FIFA 2001: Major League Soccer (PS1, PC)
Final Fantasy VIII (PC)

Final Fantasy IX (PS1)
Frogger 2: Swampy's Revenge (PC)
Front Mission 3 (PS1)
Gauntlet Legends (DC)
Giants: Citizen Kabuto (PC)

Grandia II (DC)
Grand Prix 3 (PC)
Grand Theft Auto 2 (DC)
Grind Session (PS1)
Ground Control (PC)
GunGriffon Blaze (PS2)
Harvest Moon: Back to Nature (PS1)
Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2 (PC)
Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Shadow of Death (PC)
Homeworld: Cataclysm (PC)

Hot Shots Golf 2 (PS1)
Icewind Dale (PC)
Imperium Galactica II - Alliances (PC)
Incredible Crisis (PS1)

Jet Grind Radio (DC)
Kessen (PS2)
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (N64)
Knockout Kings 2001 (PS1)
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver (DC)
Legend of Mana (PS1)
Looney Tunes: Space Race (DC)

Lunar 2: Eternal Blue (PS1)
Madden NFL 2001 (PS2, PS1, N64, PC)
Mario Party 2 (N64)
Mario Tennis (N64)

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (DC)
Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes (PS1)
MechWarrior 4: Vengeance (PC)
Medal of Honor Underground (PS1)
MediEvil II (PS1)
Mega Man Legends 2 (PS1)
Metal Gear Solid (PC, GBC)

Midnight Club: Street Racing (PS2)
Midtown Madness 2 (PC)
Motocross Madness 2 (PC)
MotoGP (PS2)
Mr. Driller (DC, PS1)
NASCAR Rumble (PS1)
NBA 2K1 (DC)
NBA Live 2001 (PS2, PS1)
NCAA Football 2001 (PS1)
NCAA March Madness 2001 (PS1)
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed (PC)

NFL 2K1 (DC)
NFL Blitz 2001 (DC)
NHL 2001 (PS2, PS1, PC)
NHL FaceOff 2001 (PS1)
NHL Rock the Rink (PS1)
Nox (PC)

Ogre Battle 64 (N64)
Parasite Eve II (PS1)
Perfect Dark (N64)
Persona 2: Eternal Punishment (PS1)
PGA Championship Golf 2000 (PC)
Pokemon Puzzle Challenge (GBC)
Pokemon Puzzle League (N64)

Pokemon Stadium (N64)
Pokemon Trading Card Game (GBC)
Power Stone 2 (DC)

Quake III Arena (DC)
Quake III: Team Arena (PC)
Rayman 2: The Great Escape (DC, PS1)
Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2 (PS2)
Resident Evil 2 (DC)
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (DC)

Resident Evil Code: Veronica (DC)
Ridge Racer 64 (N64)
Ridge Racer V (PS2)
Rising Sun (PC)
Rollcage Stage II (PS1)
RollerCoaster Tycoon: Loopy Landscapes (PC)

RPG Maker (PS1)
Rune (PC)
Sacrifice (PC)

SaGa Frontier 2 (PS1)
Samba de Amigo (DC)
Sammy Sosa High Heat Baseball 2001 (PC)
San Francisco Rush 2049 (DC)
Sea Dogs (PC)

Seaman (DC)
Sega GT (DC)
Sega Marine Fishing (DC)

Skies of Arcadia (DC)
Sky Odyssey (PS2)

Shenmue (DC)
Shogun: Total War (PC)
Silent Bomber (PS1)
SimCity 3000 Unlimited (PC)

Smuggler's Run (PS2)
Soldier of Fortune (PC)
Space Channel 5 (DC)
Space Empires: IV (PC)
Speed Punks (PS1)

Spider-Man (PS1, N64)
Spyro: Year of the Dragon (PS1)
Starcraft 64 (N64)
Starlancer (DC, PC)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Fallen (PC)
Star Trek: Invasion (PS1)
Star Trek: Voyager Elite Force (PC)
Star Wars: Episode I Battle for Naboo (N64)
Steel Beasts (PC)

Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike (DC)
Street Fighter III: Double Impact (DC)
Street Fighter Alpha 3 (DC)
Strider 2 (PS1)
Summoner (PS2)
Superbike 2001 (PC)
Super Bust-A-Move (PS2)
SWAT 3: Elite Edition (PC)
Swing Away Golf (PS2)

Syphon Filter 2 (PS1)
Tachyon: The Fringe (PC)
Tech Romancer (DC)

Tekken Tag Tournament (PS2)
Tenchu 2: Birth of the Stealth Assassins (PS1)
Test Drive V-Rally (DC)
Theme Park Roller Coaster (PS2)
The Operative: No One Lives Forever (PC)

The Legend of Dragoon (PS1)
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64)
The Longest Journey (PC)
The Misadventures of Tron Bonne (PS1)
Threads of Fate (PS1)

The Sims (PC)
The Sims: Livin' Large (PC)
Thief II: The Metal Age (PC)

Timesplitters (PS2)
Tokyo Xtreme Racer 2 (DC)
Tomb Raider Chronicles (DC, PS1, PC)
Tomb Raider Starring Lara Croft (GBC)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear (DC)
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater (DC, N64)

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (DC, PS1, PC)
Triple Play 2001 (PS1)
Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion (N64)
Ultimate Fighting Championship (DC)
Unreal Tournament (PS2)

Vagrant Story (PS1)
Valkyrie Profile (PS1)
Vanishing Point (DC)
Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense (N64)
Virtual-On: Oratorio Tangram (DC)
Virtua Tennis (DC)
Wacky Races (DC)
Wario Land 3 (GBC)
Warlords Battlecry (PC)
Worms Armageddon (N64)

WWF No Mercy (N64)
WWF Smackdown! (PS1)
WWF Smackdown! 2: Know Your Role (PS1)
Zeus: Master of Olympus (PC)


Skies of Arcadia and FFVIII are both the wrong versions, so i guess FFIX, just ahead of Chrono Cross
Do mods count? Because my favorite game in 2000 was a Half-Life mod called Frontline Force. Barring that, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 edging out Perfect Dark and Banjo Tooie.


Where's my SSX 3 remaster?!

I would pay all the money for an SSX 3 remaster. One of the best games of all time.



Still one of my top three racers of all time, and one of the best looking games of the year, if not the best.


Cock Strain, Lifetime Warranty
Deus Ex (PC)
Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future (DC)
Grandia II (DC)
Jet Grind Radio (DC)
Lunar 2: Eternal Blue (PS1)
Quake III Arena (DC)
Resident Evil Code: Veronica (DC)
Skies of Arcadia (DC)
Shenmue (DC)
The Sims (PC)
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (DC, PS1, PC)
Virtual-On: Oratorio Tangram (DC)
Running through the list, here are the games I give a shit about.

What a year for the Dreamcast...

1. Deus Ex
2. Shenmue
3. Skies of Arcadia
4. Virtual On Oratorio Tangram
5. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
Perfect Dark, Majora's Mask and WWF No Mercy were all in the same year? damn I can't narrow these down further!
Guess that was the N64's last hurrah right there.

Wait Banjo Tooie came out that many months later (2001 in fact) in PAL regions? I feel retroactively bitter now!


The problem with these threads is my backlog just gets bigger. They only remind of games I missed or want to play.


I can't *believe* these lazy developers keep making file sizes so damn large. Btw, how does technology work?

Great year for games; but Majora's Mask is the best Zelda game of all time; and thus one of the absolute best games ever, period.

Second place goes to Jet Grind Radio.


Man, what a year.

I would have said Shenmue, but then I saw Ecco came out the same year and I'll have to choose that one instead.


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I bought this on a whim and it ended up being such a pleasant surprise. The game really struck a cord with me and was a very memorable experience. It's the first game I played where I really started to appreciate the importance of storylines within games.

Other honorable mentions from 2000 that were favorites of mine:

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
Giants: Citizen Kabuto
No One Lives Forever
Diablo II
Deus Ex


I think it has to be Final Fantasy IX for me.

I was so sure Pokemon Gold/Silver came out in 2000, but yep, it was late '99.
Banjo-Tooie, definitely. That was my favorite N64 game growing up.

Over the years, I've come to see why people generally prefer Banjo-Kazooie, but what the hell, I can't help but love Tooie, in-spite of it being "too big".

T-rex Banjo is the best.



Surprisingly a great year for gaming. Lots of cult classics and all around great games.

I guess I would have to say Deus Ex or BG2 but No One Lives Forever, FFIX, Vagrant Story, Command and Conquer, Perfect Dark, Majora's Mask and Diablo 2 are all excellent as well.


Diablo 2
Tekken Tag
Virtua Tennis
C+C Red Alert 2

Only four standout games for me, but those are some great games that I played a ton.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, Final Fantasy IX, and Marvel VS Capcom 2. Even though they obviously managed to only pull it off due to heavy asset reuse, a smaller world, and fewer dungeons, it's still insane to me that Nintendo were able to get out a full-fledged, completely worthy followup to Ocarina of Time in barely 16 months.


Deus Ex - Up there as one of my favorite games of all time.

Honorable Mention: Shenmue, Skies of Arcadia, Crimson Skies, Crazy Taxi, Rising Sun and StarLancer.

1999 - 2003 was probably my favorite time as a gamer.


This was the year I spent an insane amount of money on games. Yikes!

So many good games, I can't pick a fav!


Crazy good year. Shenmue, P2:EP, RE3 are three of my all time favorites. I'll say Shenmue as it had the biggest impact of that year.
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