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Gaming History - Fall of 2001

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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!

 

 

 

September 24

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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 :D

September 30

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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.

October 17

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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.

October 22

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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.

October 28

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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.

October 31

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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.

November 1

 

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Never much been an Ace Combat fan unfortunately. Still a notable release however.

November 5

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SSX was always a fun game to play even if you yourself never had much interest in the actual sport.

November 11

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A classic, never played it personally but I know many of you have.

November 14

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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.

November 15

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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.

November 18

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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.

November 20

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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.

November 23

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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.

December 3

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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.

December 11

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One of the best RPGs on the PS2, though many argue that it's sequel was even better. (Fight amongst yourselves guys xD)

December 17

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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?



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Shadow Hearts: Covenant is scientifically proven to be better than any other RPG on this list. Not arguing, just talking facts.

 

But seriously, apparently late 2001 was pretty good. Although I remember owning a gamecube near launch and being super jealous of PS2 owners for a bit when I started seeing FFX, GTAIII, MGS2, and shortly after KH1 around this time. Of course, I've probably played Melee more than any of these games, but still, who woulda thunk how much several of these games pioneered the medium, and so early in the system's life cycle.

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Shadow Hearts: Covenant is scientifically proven to be better than any other RPG on this list. Not arguing, just talking facts.

 

I feel like someone is going to counter that.

 

Honestly though I really enjoyed Covenant, though there are several other RPGs that I would rank at or close to it. Dark Cloud 2, FFXII, Persona 4 (though I only played Golden), Rogue Galaxy, Wilm Arms 3, Radiata Stories... man I don't even want to try and think about which one is best.

 

But comparing it to those on this list, I'd be inclined to agree with you.

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Holy cow, that is one heck of a lineup; dunno if it beats 2007's, but it's given me an idea””ranking Fall lineups over the last 15 years or so from worst to best!

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I feel like someone is going to counter that.

 

Can't argue that, never played it, haha.

 

Honestly though I really enjoyed Covenant, though there are several other RPGs that I would rank at or close to it. Dark Cloud 2, FFXII, Persona 4 (though I only played Golden), Rogue Galaxy, Wilm Arms 3, Radiata Stories, PERSONA 3

Yeah, lots of great stuff. Throw in Star Ocean 3 too. That game is fantastic.

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Shadow Hearts: Covenant is scientifically proven to be better than any other RPG on this list. Not arguing, just talking facts.

 

But seriously, apparently late 2001 was pretty good. Although I remember owning a gamecube near launch and being super jealous of PS2 owners for a bit when I started seeing FFX, GTAIII, MGS2, and shortly after KH1 around this time. Of course, I've probably played Melee more than any of these games, but still, who woulda thunk how much several of these games pioneered the medium, and so early in the system's life cycle.

I was jelly of PS2 owners even before I got a gamecube. But ey... my parents wanted me to have another "safe" console.

 

Still though there where a lot of great games for the gamecube and I even snuck in a few like TrueCrime lol.

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I feel like someone is going to counter that.

 

Honestly though I really enjoyed Covenant, though there are several other RPGs that I would rank at or close to it. Dark Cloud 2, FFXII, Persona 4 (though I only played Golden), Rogue Galaxy, Wilm Arms 3, Radiata Stories... man I don't even want to try and think about which one is best.

 

But comparing it to those on this list, I'd be inclined to agree with you.

Yeah, purely on this list I do legitimately feel that is the case (Though, FFX and Golden Sun have a soft place in my heart). Overall, I dunno, there was a time where I would've said I liked Shadow Hearts: Covenant more than Persona 4.... but then Golden came out, and actually made me enjoy P4 even more (which is super rare when I play games multiple times, especially ones I regard highly).

 

But, I can't say I approve of seeing Rogue Galaxy from you...*shots fired* (really I was just super disappointed by that game, considering how long I had been following it before launch.)

I was jelly of PS2 owners even before I got a gamecube. But ey... my parents wanted me to have another "safe" console.

 

Still though there where a lot of great games for the gamecube and I even snuck in a few like TrueCrime lol.

Yeah, but from a skewed perspective of an early teen (actually, I'm not even sure if I was that at the time) who pretty much only had like Sonic Adventure 2 at the time, I was jelly.

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Holy cow, that is one heck of a lineup; dunno if it beats 2007's, but it's given me an idea””ranking Fall lineups over the last 15 years or so from worst to best!

 

Past 15 years?! That's quite a bit of work unless you severely truncate everything. Or you could do 15 different articles for each Fall lineup and a 16th article summarizing them all and ranking them with links back to the previous 15 articles. Do 1 a week and.... HEY I SHOULD DO THIS

 

No time though :(

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I can barely remember 2001. Lol. I do remember playing a lot of Tiger Woods and Halo. I had a traveling job that Fall and had an Xbox and N64 hooked up in the vehicle. Lol.

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