The best games of the XXI century – 2002

2002 became a transitional period: a lot of sequels of famous series appeared, the development of large long-term construction was coming to an end, but the most important thing is new technologies and a transition to a completely different level of graphics. This is what will be discussed today.

Grand theft auto: vice city
Metascore – 95 / User Score – 8.8

Just a year later, the gloomy Grand Theft Auto 3 gave way to sunny Vice City . The principle remains the same: do what you want, the whole city and its inhabitants are at your disposal. Plus, palm trees, Hawaiian shirts, luxurious convertibles and the spirit of the gangster 80s will allow you to plunge into the game even 18 years later.

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos
Metascore – 92 / User Score – 9.2

In 2002, quite a few strategies of a different plan were released: Age of Mythology, Medieval: Total War, Heroes of Might and Magic IV , but Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos collected all the praises and awards . Nice graphics, fascinating story with a well-developed lore and memorable characters. But the most important thing is excellent gameplay with the right balance. It is thanks to this that the game still pleases its fans.

Neverwinter nights
Metascore – 91 / User Score – 8.1

Creating an analogue of a tabletop role-playing game is a difficult task, but in 2002 Bioware did it. Essentially, Neverwinter Nights is a construction set that gives players incredible freedom. All game mechanics are based on the third edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Neverwinter Nights, although intended for hardcore RPGs, was highly praised by critics who, in addition to being similar to a board game, noted an interesting plot.

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
Metascore – 89 / User Score – 8.9

However, in 2002, another RPG came out , more friendly to players, with incredible graphics, an out-of-the-box atmosphere and a refined role-playing system. Of course, we are talking about The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind . Now it’s hard to believe that Bethesda was on the verge of bankruptcy and that Morrowind became a lifeline, it was after TES III that the series became cult.

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Battlefield 1942
Metascore – 89 / User Score – 8.6

Battlefield is one of the most popular multiplayer shooter franchises today . But it was not always so. It was Battlefield 1942 that became that very starting point. It was here that point captures and class division appeared, it was this game that became the entrance ticket for fans of tactical action games, because, unlike Operation Flashpoint , Battlefield 1942 was much simpler or even more casual. Of course, not everyone liked it, but we know perfectly well what came of it.

Tom clancy’s splinter cell
Metascore – 89 / User Score – 7.9

With the release of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, PC gamers have finally stopped jealous of the consoles who have enjoyed the Metal Gear Solid series for years . In essence, everything is the same: hide and seek in dark corners, a silenced pistol, a large selection of gadgets and a character trained in the most incredible tricks. However, there was only one circumstance that did not allow the brainchild of Kojima to overtake – the plot about the Georgian dictator Combine Nikoladze was very far from ideal.

Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven
Metascore – 88 / User Score – 9.1

Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven is one of the best realizations of mafia life. America of the 1920s and 1930s often appears in cinematography, but in order to go to Chicago of this time and personally shoot a Thompson submachine gun or drive the beautiful cars of that time, it was necessary to install the ” Mafia “. Today the game is outdated both graphically and gameplay. And yet, even today, the Mafia can boast of exciting shooting and realistic transport control, because unlike the GTA series , where the desire to drive a car according to the rules led to a disaster, on the contrary, it is the key to success.

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Fortunately, after 18 years, the developers decided to make a remaster – Mafia: Definitive Edition . It’s the same game, but with a modern twist.

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
Metascore – 87 / User Score – 8.2

“Killer Simulator 2” if it did not make the game twice better, then it definitely brought it to a new level. It was possible to eliminate targets in a huge number of ways, the entertainment of which depended only on the player, and the rather large and varied levels gave real scope for maneuvers. Players from Russia could especially remember Missions 3 and 20, where a visit to St. Petersburg ended not only with sightseeing, but also with quite an exciting acquaintance with the KGB officers.

Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
Metascore – 81 / User Score – 6.1

Before the release of Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, few people marked every day on the calendar until the coveted date, the game was predicted the fate of another, not the most successful project based on the famous series. However, on March 26, 2002, a real miracle happened that gave the world the legendary game. You can mark an excellent plot with a stunning atmosphere, though not without the cliches inherent in the series. Of course, well-thought-out levels, and addictive gameplay, and of course a lightsaber, which, like never before, produced a whole storm of special effects, are added to the piggy bank of pluses.

Gothic II
Metascore – 79 / User Score – 9.0

The release of Gothic II took place 1.5 years after the release of the first part. And if initially it seemed that it would be just a big add-on, then in reality the game turned out to be not only full-fledged, but also got its hands on many awards. And that’s all, because Gothic II is a fascinating non-linear storyline, thoughtful RPG mechanics, a huge and lively open world. If an NPC suddenly met in the wasteland looked askance in your direction, he could be “punished” for that. And even if he was assigned some role in the plot, you would not know anything about it and just move on.

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Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2
Metascore – 73 / User Score – 7.8

Of course, looking at the screenshots of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 today it’s hard to say that this is an incredibly beautiful game. However, in 2002, the jaw literally dropped from such graphics. The fleet of 44 fast, powerful, sparkling cars amazed with the variety and elaboration of details. Five racing modes did not let you get bored by themselves, and at the sight of the police on the tail it became twice as “fun”. Once the combination of the words Need for Speed ​​was associated with the best racing arcade, it’s a pity that those days are long gone.

It was the TOP 10 best games of 2002, but you should not limit yourself to this, because hundreds of other equally good projects remained outside the text, which you can recall in the comments.

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