Ah, 2001. We were one year removed from that weird Y2K thing that got everyone all crazy and we were slowly inching towards the era of the Internet and swiping people away because they aren't pretty enough for us (who, in fact are not pretty enough either). But there were a lot of games that paved the way for awesome experiences that came out this year.
And I can't wait to share some of them with you, so let's just get into it, eh?
Max Payne is one of the first games I got for my PS2 and boy did I love it. A bunch of other dummies liked it too. Mostly because it added in that handy bullet-time feature that most games didn't have. Slowing down time to shoot at people who are shooting at you was something that everyone wanted in video games after they saw The Matrix in the theaters and Max Payne gave that to us. And with out Max Payne, we probably wouldn't have a bunch of that slo-mo whooshing gunfights that we have today.
Metal Gear Solid 2
MGS 2 is one of my favorite games in the series because it's absolutely ridiculous. It makes you think that you'll play as Solid Snake for the whole game but then switches you over to playing as Raiden who, at the time, everyone hated. But revisiting this game and delving into the story and the way the game is framed actually makes this one of the best games I've ever played in my life. Yeah, it gets super video gamey at times but who cares? It was fucking dope. It helped paved the way for "cinematic experiences" in video games and I'll continue to love it.
Grand Theft Auto 3
GTA 3 is a game that made open world games a thing. Seriously, after GTA 3 and the subsequent sequels, so many games came after it that opened up the world for the player to explore. Sure, it was "controversial" at the time but that added to its allure. There wasn't anything like it when it first came out and without it we probably wouldn't have gotten those wonderful Saints Row games, right?
Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy X, oh how I never beat you but I always wanted to. I mean, I still have my memory card with my save data on it just in case I get the game and a PS2 again. But even though I haven't finished the game at all yet, it's still one of my favorite RPGs. I loved playing it so much as a kid and I can't wait to get back to it. And I'm sorry @TurtleyTurtles, I'll try to get my hands on it ASAP so I can finish it. I know you'd probably give me the most gruff for not finishing this one.
Silent Hill 2
Easily the creepiest and scariest game I've ever played is Silent Hill 2. Every Silent Hill game after it never really reached the peak of creepy that this game reached. It had multiple endings and really, really weird monsters that represented a lot of psychological traumas. It's probably one of the smartest survival horror games I've ever played. It's definitely worth revisiting and the only game in the series worth playing.
And those were my five favorite games of 2001. I'd put Halo on this list but I didn't really get any time with it until after it came out. Are there any other games you think I missed? Let me know in the comments!
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