Game Releases by User Score

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 1.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 28, 2001
Challenge up to four friends in online competitions over a LAN or the Internet. Take them on in both Trick Attack and Graffiti modes. [Activision]
Metascore:
97
User Score:
7.5
Grand Theft Auto III 2.

Grand Theft Auto III

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 22, 2001
Players are put at the heart of their very own gangster movie, and let loose in a fully-realised 3 dimensional city with a cast of hundreds, 50 plus vehicles, ranging from sports cars to ice cream trucks and from boats to buses, 3 hours of music, including opera, reggae, house, drum and bass, pop and disco, and a huge array of street ready weapons. [Rockstar Games]
Metascore:
97
User Score:
8.4
Halo: Combat Evolved 3.

Halo: Combat Evolved

Platform: Xbox
November 14, 2001
Enter the mysterious world of Halo, an alien planet shaped like a ring. As mankind's super soldier Master Chief, you must uncover the secrets of Halo and fend off the attacking Covenant. During your missions, you'll battle on foot, in vehicles, inside, and outside with alien and human weaponry. Your objectives include attacking enemy outposts, raiding underground labs for advanced technology, rescuing fallen comrades, and sniping enemy forces. Halo also lets you battle three other players via intense split screen combat or fight cooperatively with a friend through the single-player missions.
Metascore:
97
User Score:
8.7
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty 4.

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 12, 2001
Since the incident on Shadow Moses Island, Metal Gear's top-secret technology has been leaked into the black market through the machinations of Revolver Ocelot. As a result, countless variations of Metal Gears have sprung up in every corner of the globe, making the weapon an increasingly common component of the armed forces of nuclear powers. In the midst of all of this, Solid Snake, now a member of the anti-Metal Gear group "Philanthropy," has learned that a new prototype Metal Gear has been developed by the U.S. Marines and is being transported in secret to an unknown destination. To learn more about this new machine, Snake must infiltrate the transport, disguised as a tanker, as it makes its way down the Hudson River. Just as Snake is about to begin his mission, however, the ship is seized by a mysterious and well-armed group bent on stealing the new Metal Gear for their own, nefarious purposes. [Konami]
Metascore:
96
User Score:
8.8
Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec 5.

Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec

Platform: PlayStation 2
July 9, 2001
With the addition of two new courses (a downtown Tokyo circuit and the Monte Carlo Grand Prix course), an impressive range of cars (from Vipers to Cooper Minis), and a soundtrack featuring everything from Lenny Kravitz to Jimi Hendrix, this highly anticipated title is finally ready to be driven.
Metascore:
95
User Score:
8.4
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 6.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2

Platform: Game Boy Advance
May 30, 2001
Hawks back, in the worlds first 3D handheld skating game, and hes brought new pros (Caballero, Koston, Mullen), New tricks (Bluntsides, BS/FS Nose-and Tailsides, Heelflip Varials, Airwalks, and more), and new terrain (Insane street and vert levels) Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2 for Game Boy Advance. Get your hands on a legend.
Metascore:
95
User Score:
6.8
Devil May Cry 7.

Devil May Cry

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 16, 2001
In a large American metropolis, a man named Dante, a private investigator of the supernatural, is seeking revenge for the death of his mother and brother. The world is waiting, for Dante is no ordinary man, and with his father's sword in hand, he must enter the demon realm and avenge mankind. [Capcom]
Metascore:
94
User Score:
8.6
Madden NFL 2002 8.

Madden NFL 2002

Platform: PlayStation 2
August 19, 2001
The industry football standard returns featuring the Houston Texans, new player face and body technology, the ability to create your own team with custom helmets, uniforms, and stadiums, and a new training mode that let's you learn from Madden, the master himself.
Metascore:
94
User Score:
7.3
Mario Kart Super Circuit 9.

Mario Kart Super Circuit

Platform: Game Boy Advance
August 26, 2001
Whoever hands out driver's licenses in the Mushroom Kingdom is about to be in some serious trouble. Classic Mario Kart action is back once again, this time in a colorful, lightning-fast game that you can take anywhere. Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Wario, Yoshi, and Bowser are all tearing up the track, tossing Koopa Shells and laying banana peels along the way. Mario Kart: Super Circuit puts your driving skills to the test on 40 tracks, each littered with wild weapons and obstacles. Four players can compete in Mario Kart: Super Circuit using only one Game Pak. If each player has a copy of the game, bonus features and new modes of play become available.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
7.8
Paper Mario 10.

Paper Mario

Platform: Nintendo 64
February 5, 2001
Mario pals around in an all-new action adventure! Mario's back in his first adventure since Super Mario 64, and this time, Bowser's bent on preventing a storybook ending. When Princess Peach is kidnapped, Mario plots to rescue the seven Star Spirits and rid the Mushroom Kingdom of Koopa's cruel cohorts. As he travels from the tropical jungles of Lavalava Island to the frosty heights of Shiver Mountain, he'll meet up with seven all-new companions... and he'll need help from each one or there'll be no happily ever after.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
9.0
NBA 2K2 11.

NBA 2K2

Platform: Dreamcast
October 24, 2001
Exploit the defender with a lightning quick drop step move before you launch all out attack, finishing with an impressive dunk! With enhanced player performance such as this, the most renowned basketball game ever has been improved on all levels. Run the floor with new moves, exploit the new steal system then stand back in awe as you're put right behind the cameras in replay mode. With the addition of legendary urban playground courts, including the famous Mosswood Park, NBA2K2 is the true basketball experience.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
7.4
SSX Tricky 12.

SSX Tricky

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 5, 2001
Second-generation rider physics provide more in-air and on-snow user control. Compete in the World Circuit, go head-to-head in the unique Showoff (trick) versions of nine courses on the World Circuit, or just kick it in Free Ride. New Garibaldi and Alaska courses let you get more vertical and catch more air, while all the original courses have some new surprises. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.9
NHL 2002 13.

NHL 2002

Platform: PlayStation 2
September 24, 2001
The PlayStation 2 version features include Career Mode, allowing you to compete for the Stanley Cup for 10 consecutive years and build a true hockey dynasty. Also included are Quick Game, Season, Playoffs, Shootout, and Tournament modes. [EA Sports]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.0
Advance Wars 14.

Advance Wars

Platform: Game Boy Advance
September 9, 2001
The battle lines have been drawn, and an elite group of sly strategists are massing troops at your borders. You'll have to command ground, air and naval forces if you hope to survive the coming wars, and it won't be easy. With 114 maps to battle on and both Single-Pak and Multi-Pak link modes, Advance Wars brings turn-based strategy to a depth never before seen on a handheld!
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.8
Super Smash Bros. Melee 15.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Platform: GameCube
December 2, 2001
Nintendo's all-star cast of combatants is back in Super Smash Bros. Melee, along with a new batch of brawlers ready to tear it up. The sequel to Super Smash Bros. keeps the same basic premise: Characters duke it out in interactive environments, using special attacks and various items to knock each other into the abyss. Some new defensive techniques add an even deeper level of complexity to the combat. In addition to traditional battle royale matches, players can select all-new ways to play like Coin mode and Tournament mode.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
9.1
Final Fantasy X 16.

Final Fantasy X

Platform: PlayStation 2
December 17, 2001
Final Fantasy's first game on the Playstation 2 is the first to use voice acting and a massive leap in the cinematic approach to storytelling. Stop reading and go play.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.9
Conker's Bad Fur Day 17.

Conker's Bad Fur Day

Platform: Nintendo 64
March 4, 2001
The day after his 21st birthday bash, Conker's sporting the worst hangover ever, and he just can't seem to find his way home. Prepare to stagger through randy, raunchy, raucous scenarios crammed full of bad manners, twisted humor, and graphic bodily functions. Unless you're a fan of violence, foul language, and racy innuendo, you'd best steer clear of this one.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
9.0
Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil 18.

Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil

Platform: PlayStation 2
July 25, 2001
The sequel to 1997's sleeper platformer hit "Klonoa: Door to Phantomile" finds our floppy-eared, baseball cap-wearing hero collecting dream stones and over-inflating his enemies with air bullets while protecting the dream world of Lunatea in this "2-D style" action game.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.6
IL-2 Sturmovik 19.

IL-2 Sturmovik

Platform: PC
November 18, 2001
Fly 31 types of Russian, German and American planes. Engage in air-to-air and air-to-ground battles. Multiplay with up to 32 players in dogfight and 16 players in cooperative missions. Use custom paint schemes, squadron nose art, numbering on wings, and national markings for each plane. [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.6
Twisted Metal: Black 20.

Twisted Metal: Black

Platform: PlayStation 2
June 18, 2001
The original designers are back for the fifth game in the "Twisted Metal Series," THE car-combat game cruising at a FAST 60 frames per second, featuring the mysterious Calypso who once again tempts inmates from a local metal hospital to compete in a tournament of automotive mayhem.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.4
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 21.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3

Platform: GameCube
November 13, 2001
You may not be able to live like the legend, but now you can skate like him. Skate as the legendary Tony Hawk or choose from a dream team of 12 top pro skaters, including old favorites like Lasek, Thomas, Muska, and Steamer, as well as new talent like Gilfberg, Caballero, Koston, and Mullen. Or enjoy full customization abilities with the enhanced Create-a-Skater (now including female skaters) and the Skatepark Editor. Travel from L.A. to Tokyo, Suburbia to Skater's Island performing challenges and meeting goals. New moves include the Revert, which allows you to link vert tricks, and flatland tricks such as Caspers, the Primo, and Handstand Manual. If you're good, you can even unlock hidden pro footage.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.1
Golden Sun 22.

Golden Sun

Platform: Game Boy Advance
November 11, 2001
In a dark time, an epic adventure begins as evil slowly envelops the world! The forces of darkness are pursuing the lost art of Alchemy, and as they draw ever closer to their foul purpose, mankind's future hangs in the balance. You and your companions are the last hope: armed with noble weapons, mysterious Psynergy and a host of elemental creatures, you must find a way to stem the evil tide. Your ordinary life is over, as a Golden Sun rises above you and forever broadens your horizon!
Metascore:
91
User Score:
9.0
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon 23.

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

Platform: Game Boy Advance
June 10, 2001
Count Dracula has been resurrected and evil will reign supreme unless he is stopped. As Nathan Graves, you'll hunt down the count and use your whip and a variety of special items to destroy his minions. Battle your way through Dracula's castle and rid the world of evil once and for all!
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.1
ICO 24.

ICO

Platform: PlayStation 2
September 24, 2001
Assume the role of Ico, a courageous young boy born with horns who has been delivered to a mysterious castle to be sacrificed so that, according to legend, the community will be saved. Attempt to escape the grounds and save a princess through a variety of mazes, brainteasers, and other puzzles.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.8
Tennis 2K2 25.

Tennis 2K2

Platform: Dreamcast
October 24, 2001
The top seed is back. Take to the courts of Virtua Tennis 2 as you compete to become the world No1. Serve, smash and lob your way through 16 internationally top-ranked male and female players as you go head to head in singles matches or compete with up to 4 players in doubles and mixed doubles matches. With revamped Tournament, Exhibition and World Tour modes its game set and match Virtua Tennis 2.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.0
Black & White 26.

Black & White

Platform: PC
March 26, 2001
Peter Molyneux's highly anticipated "god game," a blend of the genres including strategy, sim, RPG, and puzzle, features the player as a new god in the lands of Eden who must reign with the help of uniquely evolving animals in either a benign or evil fashion.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.8
Dance Dance Revolution 27.

Dance Dance Revolution

Platform: PlayStation
May 9, 2001
Dance Dance Revolution brings the dance floor to the home floor. Straight from the arcades, the hottest dancing game lets you step into the spotlight and show your moves on the PlayStation® game console. Heat up the dance floor and put your skills to the test as you move to the groove. Let the pulsating music and colorful graphics excite your senses while you become a star.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.4
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy 28.

Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy

Platform: PlayStation 2
December 3, 2001
Jak and Daxter are quite a comic duo! Jak's the strong, silent type of hero, while Daxter's the obnoxious comic nut! The adventure takes place across a massive piece of continuous coastline - you can explore freely, with no loading screens and no waiting time. All characters and environmental elements exist in real time and have incredibly smart A.I.; you can't ignore or hide from enemies, they will follow you everywhere. ("Which is supposed to be a good thing?") [Sony]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.9
Star Wars Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron II 29.

Star Wars Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron II

Platform: GameCube
November 9, 2001
Think you've got what it takes to lead the elite Rogue Squadron? Now's your chance to jump into the cockpit of an X-wing and find out. Join Luke Skywalker and the Star Wars galaxy's most daring pilots as they return to face off against the Empire. As in the original hit game for N64, you'll relive favorite Star Wars battles including the perilous Death Star trench run, a daring space attack on a Star Destroyer, and the legendary battle on the ice planet Hoth. Aerial conflict takes place in a variety of craft such as the legendary X-wing, A-wing, and B-wing. Rogue Leader immerses players in an intense action arcade experience.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.6
NCAA Football 2002 30.

NCAA Football 2002

Platform: PlayStation 2
July 23, 2001
Gamers can select from any of 117 Division 1-A or 27 Division 1-AA teams. Play-by-play and color commentary are provided by ESPN's Brad Nessler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit. Brand-new team-specific playbooks emulate actual college plays run by 117 Division 1-A teams. [EA Sports]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.4
Unreal Tournament 31.

Unreal Tournament

Platform: Dreamcast
March 13, 2001
From the creators of Unreal comes Unreal Tournament, a competition that tests your reflexes and competitive spirit in deadly arenas. Battle 15 of your friends or customizable bots in over 30 different levels, such as pirate ships, waterfronts, speeding trains, and floating castles. Multiplayer modes include Capture the Flag, Assault, Domination, and new Deathmatch variations. With enhanced weapons--including the Impact hammer, which squashes your opponent to mush, and the Redeemer, a rocket-powered nuke--expect the body count to be high.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.5
Sid Meier's Civilization III 32.

Sid Meier's Civilization III

Platform: PC
October 30, 2001
In Civilization III, you'll find new pathways to explore and strategies to employ, greatly expanded diplomacy, more powerful combat, a new trade system, new technologies, more powerful tools to build and manage your empire, and the most detailed and beautiful art, animations and sound ever found in the genre. [Infogrames]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.3
NFL 2K2 33.

NFL 2K2

Platform: Dreamcast
September 19, 2001
Fans of the NFL 2K series will undoubtedly find that it's hard not to like NFL 2K2.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.2
Madden NFL 2002 34.

Madden NFL 2002

Platform: Xbox
October 29, 2001
Madden NFL™ 2002 delivers unparalleled heart-felt emotion and hard-hitting NFL action. Taking you beyond broadcast, and on to the field, Madden NFL 2002 puts the NFL at your fingertips in Exhibition, Season, Playoff, Two-Minute Drill, Tournament or Franchise mode. Completely remodeled player models and facial textures put life in the helmets. From the pre-game introductions with players getting hype in front of the cameras, to one of the 31 Officially licensed members of the NFL Coaches Club displaying disgust after an unexecuted play, Madden NFL 2002 is an emotional roller coaster of dramatic gameplay filled with the passionate imagery of the NFL.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.6
Flight Simulator 2002 35.

Flight Simulator 2002

Platform: PC
October 19, 2001
Includes a wide variety of aircraft for you to fly-from a new Cessna 172S single-engine trainer and a Caravan floatplane to the Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet. You can splash down in a lake, hover in the Bell 206B JetRanger III helicopter, or practice aerobatics in the Extra 300S. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.3
Rayman 2 Revolution 36.

Rayman 2 Revolution

Platform: PlayStation 2
January 30, 2001
First appearing on the N64 in 1999, our favorite limbless little french thing hits the PS2 with all of the game levels brought together in a single coherent 3D world, eliminating the need for the 2D overworld map, and with an increased difficulty level.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.7
Pikmin 37.

Pikmin

Platform: GameCube
December 2, 2001
Pikmin may be small and plantlike, but they can be a space traveler's best friend. Stranded on an unknown planet, Captain Olimar must enlist the help of these native Pikmin to rebuild his spaceship before the life-support system runs out. In the meantime, you'll have to fend off attackers and solve various puzzles. To produce additional multicolored Pikmin you must defeat enemies and carry them back to the Pikmin nests called onions. But beware--watching giant predators gobble your Pikmin might make you angrier than you'd expect.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.7
Madden NFL 2002 38.

Madden NFL 2002

Platform: GameCube
November 17, 2001
If you enjoy simulation-style football games that play well, have incredible depth, and look great, Madden 2002 is your game.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
5.2
Final Fantasy Chronicles 39.

Final Fantasy Chronicles

Platform: PlayStation
June 29, 2001
When these games came out, they defined what adventures should be. Since then, they have become the most popular and sought-after titles in history. Now you can experience the re-release of two complete, classic games, enhanced with all-new cinemas and features never before seen in the U.S. Final Fantasy IV was previously released as Final Fantasy II, but has been completely restored with new magic, monsters, items, CG cinemas, and added features. Chrono Trigger is a re-release of the original game. This time-traveling prequel to Chrono Cross is enhanced with all-new animated scenes.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.8
Phantasy Star Online 40.

Phantasy Star Online

Platform: Dreamcast
January 29, 2001
Pioneer 2 finally completed it's long voyage to the new home world. But as the ship entered orbit, an enormous explosion shook the entire planet, and all contact with the thousands of people already there was lost. Now, in the first worldwide online console RPG, players from around the globe must unite to discover what has happened. Phantasy Star Online continues in the tradition of one of the most popular series of all time, and becomes a revolutionary and truly global gaming experience in an online, persistent world.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.4
NHL 2002 41.

NHL 2002

Platform: Xbox
December 10, 2001
Be the Hero with NHL® 2002! Rush the net in pursuit of the game-winning goal, guard the crease with your life to shut out the opposition, and watch it all from the player's point of view. New features include the "Breakaway Camera", "EA GameStory" which recognizes and rewards outstanding performance, and "Create-a-Player" so you can really put yourself in the game. Whether you're an intense power forward or bruising defenseman, you'll feel pure adrenaline as you take the ice -- but don't take our word for it, experience it for yourself.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
6.8
Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies 42.

Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 1, 2001
The Ace Combat series soars once again. Experience aerial combat like never before. A brand new gripping storyline and 18 fabulous missions will keep pilots-to-be on the edge of their seats. Released as "Distant Thunder" in UK & Europe. [Namco]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.7
Max Payne 43.

Max Payne

Platform: PC
July 23, 2001
A story-driven third-person shooter with a realistic weapon setup including over a dozen real-life guns, all fitting the crime-story setting like a bullet in the head. The action is surrounded with more than 80 hand-painted comic-screens that enhance the game's gritty atmosphere and attitude, introduce the game's murderous cast of characters, and carry the plot from one location to the next. [Gathering of Developers]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
9.0
Max Payne 44.

Max Payne

Platform: Xbox
December 12, 2001
Max Payne is a man with nothing to lose--a fugitive undercover cop framed for murder, and now hunted by the cops and the mob. As Payne, you'll uncover plot twists, engage in dramatic "bullet-time" firefights with thugs, and fight your way through an unforgiving New York blizzard. Max can wield a variety of weapons including pistols, submachine guns, shotguns, sniper rifles, grenades, and Molotov cocktails. Prepare yourself for an involving story combined with slick action.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.2
Sonic Adventure 2 45.

Sonic Adventure 2

Platform: Dreamcast
June 18, 2001
The world can be a confusing and dangerous place, especially when there are two of you! Sonic must face the new, villainous Shadow but you choose how the story unfolds - you can be a hero, or make friends with the dark-side! In the most thrilling Sonic Adventure ever created there are 6 playable characters, new moves to master, over 30 challenging stages and 3 different 2 player games - will you save the world or conquer it?
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.5
NASCAR Racing 4 46.

NASCAR Racing 4

Platform: PC
February 6, 2001
Puts you in the driver's seat of a 750-hp NASCAR Winston Cup car that responds to your every move and leaves your heart pounding! Papyrus originated the NASCAR sim and consistently sets the standard in racing games. [Sierra]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.4
Silent Hill 2 47.

Silent Hill 2

Platform: PlayStation 2
September 24, 2001
Players assume the role of James, who receives a cryptic letter from his wife (who has been dead for 3 years) beckoning him to meet her in Silent Hill, a place that holds great meaning for the couple. The mystery of the letter compels him to return to the surreal horror and all-too-real danger in Silent Hill.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.4
NBA Street 48.

NBA Street

Platform: PlayStation 2
June 18, 2001
With an "SSX"-like trick system and the rejuvenation of the blocked shot, it seems that EA's reinvention of "NBA Jam"-style hoops should do for basketball what the Tony Hawk series did for skateboarding.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.4
Shenmue II 49.

Shenmue II

Platform: Dreamcast
November 23, 2001
It is the sequel to Shenmue, and was directed by Yu Suzuki of Sega AM2.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
9.1
Tribes 2 50.

Tribes 2

Platform: PC
March 28, 2001
The sequel to Sierra's multiplayer phenomenon "Starsiege: Tribes," 1999's 360 degree, team-based first-person shooter, "Tribes 2" lets up to 64 gamers simultaneously battle online in 40th century outdoor environments.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.3
Red Faction 51.

Red Faction

Platform: PlayStation 2
May 21, 2001
"Half-Life" meets "Total Recall" in THQ's innovative first-person shooter which employs Geo-Mod technology (see a bunch of stuff blow up in real time!) and a heavy Martian mining colony storyline.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.9
Wario Land 4 52.

Wario Land 4

Platform: Game Boy Advance
November 18, 2001
Hey! You! Yeah, you! Listen up when Wario's talking to you! I just read about this legendary Pyramid of Gold, and you're gonna help me go explore it. There's lots of treasure in there for the taking, and I want it all. I'm sure there are gonna be all kinds of weird enemies and big, bad bosses in there, so if you don't think you can hack it, put the game down now. I don't want any losers making me jump into bottomless pits, you hear me?
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.7
Return to Castle Wolfenstein 53.

Return to Castle Wolfenstein

Platform: PC
November 19, 2001
As B.J. Blazkowicz, a highly decorated Army Ranger recruited into the Office of Secret Actions, you are tasked with escaping and then returning to Castle Wolfenstein in an attempt to thwart Heinrich Himmler's occult and genetic experiments. Through genetic engineering and the harnessing of occult powers, Himmler hopes to raise an unstoppable army to level the Allies once and for all. You must first escape from imprisonment in the castle to report the strange creatures and happenings in and around Wolfenstein to the OSA. Your mission takes a drastic turn as you learn the depth of Himmler's plans and what you must do to defeat the evil he has unleashed. [Activision]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.8
Madden NFL 2002 54.

Madden NFL 2002

Platform: PlayStation
August 13, 2001
While Madden 2002 isn't reinventing football on the PlayStation, it is really the best you're going to get on the system.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.3
Dark Age of Camelot 55.

Dark Age of Camelot

Platform: PC
October 9, 2001
Set in the Kingdom of Albion in the years immediately following the death of King Arthur, players of this MMORPG enter a world in chaos, where Arthur's peace has been shattered and dark forces threaten the Kingdom. In Camelot, players must choose to be members of one of the three Realms that are striving for mastery in this chaotic world. [Mythic Entertainment]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.8
Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal 56.

Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal

Platform: PC
June 21, 2001
The final chapter of the wildly popular Baldur's Gate series, technically and add-on pack to "Shadows of Amn" but which plays like a true sequel, opens after the conclusion of "Shadows" at the outbreak of a major Bhaalspawn war and throws you into a new adventure called the Watcher's Keep.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.8
SSX Tricky 57.

SSX Tricky

Platform: Xbox
December 10, 2001
SSX Tricky launches you into a world of monster air, intense tracks, and death-defying tricks. Six all-new competitors plus six riders from the original SSX make up the circuit. Compete in the World Circuit, go head-to-head in the Showoff versions of nine courses on the World Circuit, or just practice in Free Ride. With all-new Garibaldi and Valdez courses, you'll have plenty of huge cliff drops to catch big air and pull off Uber tricks.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.3
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 58.

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance

Platform: PlayStation 2
December 2, 2001
A darkness is gathering in the sprawling port town of Baldur's Gate. Members of the deteriorating city have been found dead, people fear leaving home, and rumors abound of a thieves' guild civil war brewing beneath the streets of the city. The player, down on his luck and carrying little other than a sword strapped to his back, comes fresh to the town and becomes all that stands in the way of the greatest threat ever to strike Baldur's Gate and the Sword Coast. [Interplay]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.5
Europa Universalis II 59.

Europa Universalis II

Platform: PC
November 12, 2001
From the medieval battles of Jeanne D'Arc to the fantastic empires of the Incas to the flaming wars of Napoleon, EU II invites you to take the seat as the ruler of a superpower for 400 epic years. The challenge begins in 1419 - the 100 years war between France and England - and ends with the rise and eventual fall of one of Europe's greatest strategists, Napoleon. Take on the role of the Colonizing Might of Spain, the feudal warlords of Samurai Japan as well as the small trading nation of Genoa. [Strategy First]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.6
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 60.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3

Platform: PlayStation
October 29, 2001
You may not be able to live like the legend, but now you can skate like him. Skate as the legendary Tony Hawk or choose from a dream team of 12 top pro skaters, including old favorites like Lasek, Thomas, Muska, and Steamer, as well as new talent like Gilfberg, Caballero, Koston, and Mullen. Or enjoy full customization abilities with the enhanced Create-a-Skater (now including female skaters) and the Skatepark Editor. Travel from L.A. to Tokyo, Suburbia to Skater's Island performing challenges and meeting goals. New moves include the Revert, which allows you to link vert tricks, and flatland tricks such as Caspers, the Primo, and Handstand Manual. If you're good, you can even unlock hidden pro footage.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.8
Metropolis Street Racer 61.

Metropolis Street Racer

Platform: Dreamcast
January 15, 2001
Enter a new age of driving, a new form of thinking and feeling, and totally immerse yourself in the most advanced driving game ever created. Your 'Kudos' is the only path to success, since this is a unique test of skill, style and precision, which spans the streets of London, Tokyo and San Francisco. Be astounded by the realism, push your limits round 250+ different circuits, in hundreds of challenging events. Indulge up to 8 people in a unique multiplayer experience, and prepare yourself for the ultimate Internet Kudos Challenge
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.8
Diablo II: Lord of Destruction 62.

Diablo II: Lord of Destruction

Platform: PC
June 27, 2001
With a stash that's double the size of the "Diablo II's," hundreds of new types of items and magical properties, two new powerful character classes -- the Assassin and the Druid -- , and an improved enemy A.I., this expansion pack should reinforce the staying power of an already legendary RPG.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
9.0
Dead or Alive 3 63.

Dead or Alive 3

Platform: Xbox
November 14, 2001
Dead or Alive returns to take fighters to the next level. The third installment of the series features new characters, interactive environments, and all-new lighting effects. Explore the many expansive levels in single-player mode or battle against up to four players in multiplayer mode. The destructible environments, kinetic tag-battle feature, and all-new fighters make Dead or Alive 3 a worthy entry in the series.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.7
NHL 2002 64.

NHL 2002

Platform: PC
September 17, 2001
EA's Canadian developing team returns to the ice with better graphics, improved lighting, create-a-player features, "Soul Calibur"-like digital NHL trading cards, and a dramatic new breakaway cam for those one-on-one, juke-the-goalie situations.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.6
Bangai-O 65.

Bangai-O

Platform: Dreamcast
March 21, 2001
Join Riki and Mami Makishi as they pilot the most destructive force the universe has ever known -- the giant robot Bangai-O against the forces of a notorious intergalactic crime syndicate. Utilize Bangai-O's devestating firepower to blast your way through 44 levels of non-stop, hardcore arcade action filled with mind-bending puzzles and titanic bosses. Just don't forget to breathe.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.4
Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns 66.

Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns

Platform: PC
March 14, 2001
No, it's not another Warcraft clone. This well-received first title from TimeGate Studios introduces a unique combination of real-time gaming and turn-based strategy that sheds the old unit micromanagement scheme and emphasizes fantasy strategic combat.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.5
Shogun: Total War Warlord Edition 67.

Shogun: Total War Warlord Edition

Platform: PC
August 13, 2001
This stand-alone package includes the original complete "Shogun: Total War" game and the "Mongol Invasion" expansion which includes Kublai Khan?s invasion of Mongol hordes that try to conquer Japan and three new Japanese campaigns.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.4
Serious Sam: The First Encounter 68.

Serious Sam: The First Encounter

Platform: PC
March 21, 2001
Sam "Serious" Stone, Earth?s stud warrior, is sent back to Egypt, 3000 B.C., to fight hordes of alien monsters in this acclaimed "Doom"-sytle, back-to-basics, first-person shooter out of Croatia which is listed, amazingly, at the bargain basement price of 20 bucks!
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.4
Super Monkey Ball 69.

Super Monkey Ball

Platform: GameCube
November 17, 2001
Call your friends and warn your neighbors, it's time to have a ball! Go bananas with 90+ stages, multi-player madness, and 7 cool ways to play! Equal parts "party" and "game", Super Monkey Ball could be the most "well-rounded" game you've ever played!
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.0
SSX Tricky 70.

SSX Tricky

Platform: GameCube
December 2, 2001
SSX Tricky launches you into a world of monster air, intense tracks, and death-defying tricks. Six all-new competitors plus six riders from the original SSX make up the circuit. Compete in the World Circuit, go head-to-head in the Showoff versions of nine courses on the World Circuit, or just practice in Free Ride. With all-new Garibaldi and Valdez courses, you'll have plenty of huge cliff drops to catch big air and pull off Uber tricks.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.6
Half-Life 71.

Half-Life

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 11, 2001
One of the best-selling games of all time, Half-Life has been completely redesigned for PlayStation2, with advanced graphic upgrades, more characters, and new multiplayer cooperative games. So why not head back into the Black Mesa Federal Research Facility as Gordon Freeman for some more FPS carnage?
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.6
Commandos 2: Men of Courage 72.

Commandos 2: Men of Courage

Platform: PC
September 20, 2001
A tactical action/strategy game set against the backdrop of WWII. Take control of an elite group of commandos who must venture deep into enemy territory and utilize their combined expertise to complete a series of mission-based objectives. Go covert into new environments based on authentic WWII locations: the heart of the third Reich, a northern European submarine installation, and the headquarters of the Japanese army. [Eidos Interactive]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.8
Startopia 73.

Startopia

Platform: PC
June 19, 2001
Any "Futurama" fanatics out there need another hit of space humor? Rebuild and manage a giant 2001-esque space donut/station and attract a variety of alien species to it in a game that plays like the deep space version of "Dungeon Keeper."
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.6
Onimusha: Warlords 74.

Onimusha: Warlords

Platform: PlayStation 2
March 13, 2001
Delivering all the survival horror feel of the classic Capcom "Resident Evil" series, Onimusha Warlords pits the player as a the great swordsman Samanosuke Akechi, who must brave hell to save the fair princess after the Inabayma Castle has been overrun by evil demon zombies.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.2
Daytona USA 75.

Daytona USA

Platform: Dreamcast
March 12, 2001
Feel the thundering sound of finely tuned engines and the scent of burning rubber as you await the 'Rolling Start'! Immerse yourself in the blistering speed and white-knuckle action of Daytona USA 2001, the enhanced version of the most renowned arcade racing classic of all time, featuring exclusive new tracks, secret un-lockable vehicles and if you have the skill, you can upload/download fastest times and ghost data via the internet ranking board.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.5
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 - Yuri's Revenge 76.

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 - Yuri's Revenge

Platform: PC
October 10, 2001
This Red Alert 2 Expansion Pack finds Yuri ready for world domination in a post-peace treaty, free world. Refining his mind-control technologies, he's created an army of terrors, from mind-controlling tanks to long-range psychics, whose brains are their biggest weapons. Play as Allies or Soviets, and take on Yuri in Hollywood, Egypt -- even the moon -- in 14 new solo campaign missions. [Westwood Studios]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.9
Europa Universalis 77.

Europa Universalis

Platform: PC
February 2, 2001
In a time of hunger for power, honor, and wealth, it is your destiny to rule your country, accept new challenges, mobilize troops, build cities, and exploit your resources. The skilled will gain wealth; the less fortunate can expect poverty and disease. Do you have what it takes to change the course of history? [Strategy First]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.6
F-Zero: Maximum Velocity 78.

F-Zero: Maximum Velocity

Platform: Game Boy Advance
June 12, 2001
All galactic speed limits are about to be broken! F-Zero® Maximum Velocity has arrived, and the future of racing has never looked so sweet. Brand-new vehicles and Game Boy Advance original tracks await, so whether you're a Super NES® veteran or a race rookies, you'll need some practice laps. And even if you do master the Grand Prix circuit, you'll still have to beat your friends to the finish line. That's right, race fans--with the Game Boy Advance Game Link® cable you can take on up to three rival racers, so put the pedal to the metal and get busy boosting, bumping and jumping your way to intergalactic glory!
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.7
Wizardry 8 79.

Wizardry 8

Platform: PC
November 14, 2001
An epic fantasy RPG that picks up where "Wizardry 7" left off. The Dark Savant had taken flight with a device called the Astral Dominae, an incredibly powerful artifact containing the secret of life itself. Following him are two powerful races, the T'Rang and the Umpani, as well as your own brave party of adventurers. Everyone is headed to Dominus, a world on the cusp of the Cosmic Circle, birthplace of the Astral Dominae and home of the Cosmic Lords. Many paths will converge on Dominus, and many long-hidden secrets will be revealed. [Sirtech]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.3
Aliens Versus Predator 2 80.

Aliens Versus Predator 2

Platform: PC
October 31, 2001
AVP 2 takes you to Planet LV1201, where three diverse and bloodthirsty species battle for survival. The story-driven plot weaves together the fates of all three races. Choose to play as Alien, Predator, or Marine as you use your physical prowess, killer instincts, or superior firepower to stay alive. [Sierra]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.7
Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis 81.

Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis

Platform: PC
August 30, 2001
Players assume the role of a U.S. NATO private on a training mission in a fictional 1985 Cold War storyline, where a new Soviet regime seizes control of an island community, and underground resistance groups have mobilized in opposition. The new Soviet government, unable to fight the resistance, calls upon NATO to act as a peacekeeping force and help restore order to the region. NATO responds with Operation Flashpoint. [Codemasters]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.7
Rumble Racing 82.

Rumble Racing

Platform: PlayStation 2
April 23, 2001
The follow-up to last year's PlayStation racer "NASCAR Rumble" is an arcade racer featuring 35 cars and 15 tracks, in either Single Race, Stunt, Showdown, or Championship modes. Ready to feel a little speed?
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.9
Metal Slug X 83.

Metal Slug X

Platform: PlayStation
April 14, 2001
Brace yourself for non-stop battle action in the hit straight from the arcades! In Metal Slug X, you'll chose from four tough-as-nails soldiers ready for missions that only the best could survive. Rescue hostages while blowing terrorists back to the stone-age using your personal weaponry AND their own machine!
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.6
Tropico 84.

Tropico

Platform: PC
April 5, 2001
Picture a city-building simulation, god game combination with a good splash of humor set in a third world, Caribbean island setting.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.4
Project Gotham Racing 85.

Project Gotham Racing

Platform: Xbox
November 14, 2001
In Project Gotham Racing, it's just as important to look good racing as it to drive fast. You receive "Kudos" points for your style, skill, and willingness to take risks during races. Choose from more than 25 different cars from top manufacturers such as Ferrari, Porsche, and BMW, and compete on 200 city-based circuits. You can also race shoulder-to-shoulder with up to three friends in multiplayer mode. Fun and reward come from focusing equally on speed, flair, and risk-taking.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.1
NFL 2K2 86.

NFL 2K2

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 19, 2001
The Sega Sports NFL franchise makes its PS2 debut with such new features as its intelligent passing/catching system providing for greater accuracy in pass play timing and execution, and advanced in-game effects such as natural outdoor lighting that casts real-time stadium shadows onto the field.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.4
Clive Barker's Undying 87.

Clive Barker's Undying

Platform: PC
February 21, 2001
An FPS that delivers an unparalleled tale of horror. Summoned by an old friend, you are Patrick Galloway, master of the occult, armed with the dark knowledge of arcane magic and a six-shot weapon of forged metal grace. You must unravel the curse of the Covenant family ... or die trying. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.8
Monopoly Tycoon 88.

Monopoly Tycoon

Platform: PC
September 24, 2001
A simulation game where the traditional fantasy of "owning it all" is taken to the next level. Plan, invest, build, demolish, and bankrupt your opponents in a real time 3D environment. Construct a fabulous upscale apartment building on Park Place or start a department store chain on Baltic or Mediterranean. It's all about money ? and making more of it than your opponents. [Infogrames]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.7
NASCAR Thunder 2002 89.

NASCAR Thunder 2002

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 15, 2001
Includes over 50 drivers (Gordon, Earnhardt Jr., Jarrett, and unlockable NASCARĀ® Busch Series drivers) and all 23 tracks from the NASCAR Winston CupĀ® series and allows you to Create-A-Car and earn money and sponsors to build your own racing dynasty. [EA Sports]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.5
The Sims: Hot Date 90.

The Sims: Hot Date

Platform: PC
November 12, 2001
Play matchmaker to your Sims and watch the sparks fly or fizzle. Get them out of the house and into the all-new downtown area where they?ll gossip over a candlelit dinner, buy gifts for their dates or just cruise the Strip in hopes of getting lucky. Will your Sims find true love or be destined to a lifetime membership in the lonely hearts club? [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.8
Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2 91.

Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2

Platform: Game Boy Advance
November 25, 2001
10-Time World Champion Dave Mirra is back. Grab big air, jump huge gaps and pull some of the SICKEST tricks imaginable as you embark on a ProQuest to become the top rider around -- even better than the Miracle Boy himself. The only thing holding you back is a little gravity.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.0
Quake III Revolution 92.

Quake III Revolution

Platform: PlayStation 2
March 26, 2001
A faced-paced shooter that hasn't changed much from its PC days for those who don't mind more than a little blood with their atmosphere.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.3
Star Wars: Starfighter 93.

Star Wars: Starfighter

Platform: PlayStation 2
February 19, 2001
One of the most eagerly anticipated PS2 titles of the year, this console space shooter features 14 missions by three starfighter pilots attempting to save Naboo and the Galaxy from the oppressive abuses of the Trade Federation.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.0
Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival 94.

Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival

Platform: Game Boy Advance
October 30, 2001
Capcom's timeless Street Fighter® masterpiece conquers the Game Boy® Advance system. Choose from over 16 brawlers from the Street Fighter universe and execute special moves, and super combos to wreak havoc on your opponent and become the best street fighter in the world. Lightning fast animation, unbelievable graphics and Capcom's signature gameplay make Super Street Fighter II Turbo the most respected fighting game of all time.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.4
Fear Effect 2: Retro Helix 95.

Fear Effect 2: Retro Helix

Platform: PlayStation
February 21, 2001
Fear Effect 2: Retro Helix is the prequel to the critically acclaimed hit Fear Effect on the PlayStation game console. In this chapter, we delve into the colorful histories of the original cast of three mercenaries as well as the extraordinary circumstances that brought them together. - Hana Tsu-Vachel, our beautiful assassin, trained to deal in love as well as death, desired by many yet belonging to none. - Royce Glas, a master operative in the field of counter intelligence whose daily existence is haunted by his dark past. - Jakob 'Deke' Decourt, a cold-blooded killer driven by money and murder. - Introducing Rain Qin, close companion to Hana with unparalleled beauty wrapped around a dark secret core. Their adventure will take us to the chaotic alternate reality of Hong Kong, Hells Kitchen in New York City, the formidable Walled City of Xi'an, the lost tomb of the First Emperor of China and finally into the legendary mountain-island of the immortals; Penglai Shan. As they reach their final destination and come face to face with Rain's evil twin sister Mist, in this faithful moment in time, you will get to decide who is to live and who is to die.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
6.9
Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams 96.

Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams

Platform: Xbox
December 20, 2001
James Sutherland's life is shattered when his young wife Mary suffers a tragic death. Three years later, a mysterious letter arrives from Mary, beckoning him to return to their sanctuary of memories, the dark realm of Silent Hill. Now James must go back to that special place to uncover the truth, unaware that the answers he seeks may require the ultimate sacrifice.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.3
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 97.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2

Platform: Nintendo 64
August 21, 2001
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 redefined an already great game. Its addition of stellar new features (like Create-A-Park), and great game-play tweaks (the manual maneuver will be copied for years to come) made it the best installment in a killer series of games. Anyone who has ever skated the Philadelphia level will agree -- this game is a masterpiece of level design. Hell, it's a masterpiece all around. There isn't a bad park or dull moment, just pure gaming nirvana!
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.6
Splashdown 98.

Splashdown

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 5, 2001
Speed through the water while busting freestyle tricks on a Sea-Doo. Splashdown is a high quality visual experience associated with realistic water physics and Sea-Doo handling. 18 lush real-world environments and 8 wild characters with their own signature tricks complete the game play. [Infogrames]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.3
Spider-Man: Mysterio's Menace 99.

Spider-Man: Mysterio's Menace

Platform: Game Boy Advance
September 19, 2001
Mysterio, the Master of Illusion, is using his powers to change New York City into his very own sinister amusement park. Lucky for the Big Apple, he's forgotten one thing: you're Spider-Man, and for one power-hungry super-villain, that means playtime's over.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.8
Super Mario Advance 100.

Super Mario Advance

Platform: Game Boy Advance
June 10, 2001
Mario's Game Boy Advance debut gives gamers two games in one: an enhanced version of Super Mario Bros. 2 and an action-packed four-player version of the original Mario Bros. arcade game. First released for the original NES in 1988, Super Mario Bros. 2 makes its debut on the Game Boy Advance with new enemies, improved graphics, and tougher challenges. Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad adventure through seven fantasy worlds on a quest to save the day, though they have little more than vegetables for defense. New challenges include collecting red coins and finding Yoshi's hidden eggs.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.6

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