This article showcases our top picks for the Best 00s Video Games. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).
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This is the true meaning of a classic. No amount of time can take away how well crafted this game is. It totally revolutionized what a first person shooter campaign can be, with its stellar physics engine which was heavily integrated into the gameplay, as well as the snappy weapons in your arsenal. And you can’t mention the weapons in HL2 without mentioning the Gravity Gun, which remains one of the most creative and iconic weapons to this day. The story is full of twists and turns, and the gameplay variety will always keep you doing something crazy and new.
Before this highly addictive arcade hit found its way to other consoles, Crazy Taxi was one of the most popular titles available for Dreamcast. And it ain’t hard to see why: its tight but fun driving controls, highly intricate worlds, and enjoyable missions were all we needed before GTA.
The game’s clever artificial intelligence system, named “Director”, varying the numbers and ferocity of enemies as well as the lighting and music, depending on the skill and strategies of the players, making for a superbly choreographed experience that felt both spontaneous and cinematic.
Modern Warfare is the that brilliantly added RPG-style progression mechanics to the multiplayer component, and killstreak rewards that brought new levels of structure and compulsion to the online experience.
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This is by far my favorite entry in the Grand Theft Auto series. I originally got it for Xbox, then Xbox 360, but the PC version has got the best graphics. Yes, GTA IV definitely has better graphics, but as far as gameplay, San Andreas takes the cake. ALL of it. The ’90s music, the gangster-hood atmosphere, the hilarious NPC dialogue, the missions, and so many more things make this one of the best PS2 classics as well as just one of the best video games of all time. Even after you beat the storyline missions, which are very entertaining and enthralling if I might add, there is just SO much more to explore and fun to be had. I would definitely recommend this game to anyone who has played GTA before.
Halo 2 – there’s no better first person shooter than Halo (fight me), and although the original is a legend for LAN-based battles, Halo 2 is the game that took up most of my time in the 2000s. Blue-screening opponents with a sticky plasma grenade to the face and then teabagging them will always be fun. The anniversary addition is still online, so you can recreate a few Red vs Blue episodes
(Released back in 2001, this game is the most popular, and well respected game among the smash bro fans. It was so popular that competitive melee tournaments were created out of the love for this particular game. The gameplay has many possibilities and people love geeking out over learning certain button combos.
Knights of the old republic is a cult classic for Star Wars fans. Whenever people talk about the expanded universe/legends (the non-canon events outside of the movies) the events of kotor are always brought up. The game is an rpg, visit various different worlds, and your decisions will decide the fate of the star wars universe.
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The Smuggler’s Run 2 is the best 00s game developed in 2001 and published by Rockstar Games. I would recommend anyone to try it out. Working for an elite band of smugglers, the player delivers contraband items to the most volatile warzones on earth. The game has two modes with convoy drops, chases, plane drops, and even time-sensitive missions to make it enjoyable. It features the Vietnam and Afghanistan maps with ancient ruins, magnificent temples, and small bombed-out villages. With interactive environments full of cross-fires, minefields, and avalanches, the game is much more realistic.
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This is an action-adventure video game developed by SEGA in 2006 and composed by Hidenori Shoji. The game mainly focuses on the protagonist Kazuma Kiryu who receives a request for help from his former group, the Tojo Clan yakuza of eastern Japan. He must stabilize the relationships with the Omi Alliance group of western Japan. In his journey, he learns about a Korean mafia group linked with both the Tojo Clan and the Omi, where he becomes the rival to the Omi’s Dragon of Kansai. The game can be played internationally as its audio is English.
I get super nostalgic thinking about the first version of the amazing game Sims. It was the only game that my parents liked because it had no doom or bloodshed. Popularly referred to as the toilet game, it was also a great lesson in life skills and chore independence. It was fascinating how the game portrayed the simple ups and downs of real life in a fun way. There have been many versions over the years and it has only got more fascinating. You can now create your own characters and explore a new range of emotions. The perfect way to get your creative juices flowing and have fun playing through the monotonies of life with a fun twist.
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World of Warcraft is one of the best virtual adventurous games of the 00s. In this game, players can play the role of legendary heroes, battling ghouls and abominations. They can complete the quest for increasing their levels..
The Movie Hitman: 047, arguably one of the best stealth action movies of the 2010s comes straight from the Hitman Game. In everything Htman: Codename 047 is as fascinating a game as it is hair-rising in some instances. Forget the fact that this was the first isntallation of an epic game that has morphed and developed into legend status, it’s still as playable today as it was back then. The old Hitman games were a staple in the 2000s because they were charming fastpaced. Years later, the game hasn’t lost any of the charm.
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In this immersive adventure game, follow through the life of Jimmy Hopkins in the third person and help this juvenile delinquent as he tries to establish his authority at Bullworth Academy. Take Jimmy on different missions to get his street credit at his new school and as he tries to hustle schoolmates and the society around to give in to his demands. The game is available on PS2, PS3, PS4, and XBox360.
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Talking about the best 00s PC games, without mentioning something from the Star Wars franchise is almost an impossibility. Anyone who grew up in the 00s knows that Star Wars was the real deal and that Knights of the Old Republic was at the apex of every gaming dream. No one who called themselves a Star Wars fan could dare miss out on this game. Aside from the amazing script, I think that the stack of characters. and the memorable plot stand as the two biggest things about this game. The twists and turns of the game are sure to enthrall anyone who’d want to reminisce the good old 2000 games.
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Need for Speed Most Wanted delivers a unique, fast-paced and gripping ride in the racing genre as players build up their Rap Sheet and street cred to move their way up the Black List to become the most wanted racer on the streets. Players go head-to-head with the top drivers on the scene as well as strategically evade more than half dozen cops at any one time.
For me, 2000’s video games are best represented by platformers and the anthropomorphic mascots of the era that represented them. We all remember Jak and Daxter, Ratchet and Clank, Sly Racoon and various others, but we wager that many of you lovely readers won’t have heard of Klonoa. This was a launch title for the PS2 which was released in 2001, years before any of the aforementioned platformers, but incredibly, we would say that this game has aged the best, like a fine wine. Klonoa throws you into a whimsical world, offers some of the most tight 2.5D platformer segments to ever grace the medium, offers a surprisingly dark story for a lighthearted platformer and provides an artstyle that still looks pristine multiple decades after release. It’s the epitome of a hidden gem and even today if you want to purchase this game, due to its rarity, you’ll probably have to part with 80$ at least. However, if you are comfortable with that, you’ll find that it’s worth every penny. So do yourself a favor and check out this little gem.
I can’t think of a better game that came out in the 2000s than Portal – it’s so clever, so funny, and has endless replay value just for the little easter eggs and foreshadowing that you’re bound to miss on your first playthrough.
Stop the Moon from Crashing into Termina by Solving the Mystery of Majora’s Mask. This is probably the best video game of the 00s. You’d 100%’d this game an obscene number of times and will continue to do so in the future since it is the best game of all time.
Final Fantasy 9 is regarded as one of the best Final Fantasy games ever made. While not groundbreaking, the fighting system is tight and fluid. The graphics are stylized, and the cutscenes that have been pre-rendered look fantastic. The story of the game is incredible, and for the first time since Final Fantasy 6, many characters have a chance to grow.
BioShock was a turning point for the gaming industry in defining and setting new standards in terms of gameplay depth, atmosphere, world-building, and narrative. If you have never played it, you are missing a great deal!
This is one of the most single-player games for PS3. Your quest? Find the heir to the throne that is empty fighting against demons who wants to destroy all of Tamriel. A true plus of this game is that you can play it at your own pace, explore and find your own missions. Thanks to the new AI systems, the NPCs, aka non-player characters, are able to make their own choices based on the world around them.
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Guitar Hero II is a music video game, developed by Harmonix and published by RedOctane. Released in 2006, it is the second main title of the series. The game allows players to simulate the playing of rock music by following the lead guitar tracks of many well-known rock songs. It builds on the gameplay of its predecessor, Guitar Hero, with two major additions: bass guitar and drums. Both support multiplayer modes and allow the lead guitar to be played with two guitars, or both lead and rhythm guitar to be played with two guitars using the lead guitar’s controller. Players can now use a microphone as a controller, though it is only supported in the game’s Party Mode.