Came across a thread that I thought was quite interesting. It was a line up of game releases in the US for the Fall of 2001. That also happened to be the year the Gamecube and Xbox launch, with PS2 having launched the year before. The Dreamcast had been discontinued that year but still had a few releases. The Gameboy Advance had been released that year and had a steady stream of games as well. Below are the most noteworthy titles from that short period, and what may easily have been the best Fall release schedule EVER.
While this list is not my own, I've added a few notes here and there summarizing my own thoughts on each game. Feel free to add your own thoughts and memories in the comments!
Ah Silent Hill 2, forever ingrained in our hearts as one of the best in the series. There are some pretty diehard fans out there, including our very own Marcus
Another modern classic, Ico was very much a cult hit for a while, receiving great reviews, but not a lot of sales. However, it eventually became a game any gamer worth their salt has played and even garnered an HD version on PS3 many years later.
This marked the start of one of Capcom's most popular franchises, although the series has gone through quite a few chances since it's inception.
The one that started it all. Sure, the previous GTA games were good, but no game had set the bar quite like GTA3 did. It was lauded and criticized by millions and while later games may have been better (looking at you San Andreas) this one got the ball rolling on the popularity of open world games.
Personally I've never been hugely into the Tony Hawk series, but back in it's hey day most everyone was. Series has gone quite downhill since then though.
It's been a while since the last Legacy of Kain game but the series is not forgotten. Soul Reaver 2 was a great entry into a great series.
Never much been an Ace Combat fan unfortunately. Still a notable release however.
SSX was always a fun game to play even if you yourself never had much interest in the actual sport.
A classic, never played it personally but I know many of you have.
One the biggest releases of that year (and that generation), at least for me. Having been a big fan of the original Metal Gear Solid I was insanely hyped for this game. Having bought Z.O.E previously just for a chance to play the demo I was a bit surprised at Raiden but unlike many other's not upset.
The Xbox launch had a pretty rad line up as far as launch games go. Halo needs no explanation, though I was never a fan I can appreciate it's importance for sure. PGR and DOA were the token fighting and racing games for the launch, but weren't terrible as many launch games are usually fated to be.
The Gamecube launch followed the fantastic Xbox launch with several titles of its own. Luigi's Mansion obviously being the cream of the crop and leaving a rabbit fanbase hanging for many years (until the 3DS sequel). Rogue Squadron and Monkey Ball were both solid titles on their own accord, and left launch owners with plenty to play.
The beginning of Harmonix, this cult hit would spawn the more popular "Amplitude" a year later. Harmonix as you may know singlehandedly created the music genre fad with Guitar Hero and Rock Band later down the road.
Although the Dreamcast was officially dead in the water, Shenmue II was that diamond in the rough, an instant classic that many still adore to this day.
Launch gamers, finished with their launch line ups for the Gamecube did not have long to wait with a STELLAR set of games just in time for the holidays. Smash and Pikmin were smash hits and are forever loved. The PS2 also received some love with two more classic titles, a Jak and Daxter title from Naughty Dog which has gone on to continue to create hugely popular games for the PlayStation platform and Baldurs Gate another popular title coming over from the PC side of things.
One of the best RPGs on the PS2, though many argue that it's sequel was even better. (Fight amongst yourselves guys )
Oh yeah, and this thing.
So how many of you remember that year at all, and what were some of your favorite titles? Has any other season even come close to this swath of incredible games over such a short period or time?