4×4 EVO (4×4 Evolution) is an off-road racing video game by Terminal Reality. It is one of the first games featuring cross-platform online play where Dreamcast, Macintosh and PC versions of the game appear online simultaneously. Maps created by users can be downloaded onto a storage device and used in the game.
Developer: Terminal Reality
Publisher: Gathering of Developers
Release date: October 29, 2000
Official Site: Terminal Reality has apparently shut down.
Age of Empires II: The Conquerors is the first expansion pack ever released for Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. Featuring five new civilizations, it is the fourth installment in the Age of Empires series.
Genre(s): Real-time strategy
Developer: Ensemble Studios
Release date: August 24, 2000
Official Site: Unavailable.
Genre(s): Action, combat flight simulator
Developer: Unique Development Studios
Publisher: EON Digital Entertainment
Release date: January 14, 2000
Official Site: Unavailable.
American McGee’s Alice is a third-person psychological horror action video game by Rogue Entertainment. It is an unauthorised sequel to Lewis Carroll’s Alice novels. As time goes by Alice loses touch with reality and she is institutionalized in Rutledge Asylum.
Developer: Rogue Entertainment
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release date: December 5, 2000
Official Site: Unavailable.
Anno 1602: Creation of a New World (1602 A.D.) is a real time strategy and city building video game by Max Design. The game is set in the 16th century and is based around exploring, colony building, and resource management.
Genre(s): Real-time strategy, City-Building
Developer: Max Design
Release date: February 1, 2000 (Europe 1998)
Arthur’s Knights: Tales of Chivalry is a role-playing video game by Dreamcatcher Interactive. The story revolves around the mythic Medieval era of which the legendary King Arthur is a contemporary.
The player can choose to play either of two unique storylines: that of Bradwen the Celt or that of Christian Bradwen. His goal is to foil the evil attempts of his half-brother Morganor (heir to the throne) at securing a malevolent kingship for himself through which enactment of his evil intentions will be made possible. Bradwen has two alternate paths that can be played through in Arthur’s Knights: Tales of Chivalry.
B-17 Flying Fortress: The Mighty 8th is a flight simulation video game by Wayward Design. It is the sequel to the 1992 flight simulation game B-17 Flying Fortress: World War II Bombers in Action.
The emphasis in this simulation was on successful B-17 Flying Fortress aircrew training and skill improvement, successful navigation, survival from enemy Flak batteries as well as Luftwaffe fighters, and correctly and accurately bombing the right target (aiming point) and making it back to the home base airfield through a simulated tour of duty in the Eighth Air Force.
Since this simulation is complex, only one squadron or two squadrons of B-17 bombers could be featured, rather than an entire group or even wings of bombers in aerial combat box formations. Fighters were few in number. This was in stark contrast to MicroProse’s earlier European Air War, which featured large number of aircraft in flight.
Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn is a role-playing video game by BioWare. It is the sequel to Baldur’s Gate. Like the first Baldur’s Gate, the sequel Baldur’s Gate II is set in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting and is based on the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition rule set. The game uses BioWare’s Infinity Engine, which was used in Baldur’s Gate and other Black Isle games, including Planescape: Torment and the Icewind Dale series.
Baldur’s Gate II opens shortly after the events of Baldur’s Gate and continues the story of the protagonist, Gorion’s Ward, whose unique heritage has now gained him or her the attention of Jon Irenicus. The game’s plot revolves around the protagonist’s encounters with Irenicus, and is set south of the events in Baldur’s Gate in the country of Amn, mainly in and around the city of Athkatla.
Blair Witch Volume 1: Rustin Parr is an action-adventure, survival horror video game by Terminal Reality. Technically, the game is also a sequel to Nocturne.
The story takes place in the year 1941, and with the exception of the opening section in the Spookhouse HQ, the game takes place over four days. Research scientist Elspeth “Doc” Holliday is dispatched to the town of Burkittsville by the Spookhouse, a fictional classified government agency charged with investigating paranormal occurrences.
It is reported that during the early 1940s, a hermit named Rustin Parr abducted seven children from Burkittsville and, apparently without motive, murdered all but one in his basement. He forced the surviving child, Kyle Brody, to stand in a corner and listen to the screams of the children being tortured and murdered. Afterward, Rustin Parr left his house in the forest, walked into town, and said to a local shopkeeper, “I’m finally finished.”
Blair Witch Volume 2: The Legend of Coffin Rock is an action-adventure, survival horror video game by Terminal Reality. It is the second installment of the game and it is based on a story that was related briefly in the first game and the original movie.
It is the tale of a Union soldier during the American Civil War, who is mortally wounded in battle and left for dead. As he slips into unconsciousness, he hears a mysterious voice say, “Your time is not up yet, soldier. I have need of you yet!”. Sure enough, his time is not up – a young girl called Robin Weaver finds him and helps him back to the isolated house where she lives with her grandmother, Bess.
While he heals, he has a number of hallucinations and a near-death experience, in which he learns, but does not fully comprehend, that Robin is in danger. When he awakes, it is discovered that he is suffering from amnesia, and cannot remember who he is. The only clue to his past is the uniform he wears. Since he cannot remember his name, Robin’s grandmother, a devout Christian, temporarily names him Lazarus.
Blair Witch Volume 3: The Elly Kedward Tale is an action-adventure, survival horror video game by Terminal Reality.
The story tells of how the Blair Witch legend came to be, set in 1785, in the early days of the Blair Township (later renamed Burkittsville). The story’s main character is Jonathan Prye, a former priest who left the clergy during a crisis of faith. Prye, now a witch-hunter, is called to Blair to investigate events related to the disappearance of a woman called Elly Kedward a few weeks earlier.
Elly Kedward was accused of witchcraft after it was found she had been drawing blood from the local children and performing pagan rituals. She was tried, convicted and sentenced to be banished from the town. Instead, the locals tied her to a wheelbarrow, dragged her into the nearby woods and left her to freeze to death. Kedward disappeared from the wheelbarrow to which she was tied, and was never seen again.
Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters is a platform video game by Artificial Mind and Movement. It is the second Looney Tunes video game for PC and is an indirect sequel to Bugs Bunny: Lost in Time. It was also released on a Twin Pack CD bundled with the game Wacky Races.
The object of the game is to collect all the gears scattered around the levels and progress through all five different eras. The gameplay plays much the same as Bugs Bunny: Lost in Time, retaining Bugs’ traits, but introducing new ones to Taz. Both characters need to be used to make use of their unique abilities to make areas accessible and defeat certain enemies. Two players can control Taz and Bugs at the same time.
All Eras are accessed from the central hub level Granwich. Once an era has been completed of its levels, a boss must be confronted and defeated in order to unlock the next era. After the last era is completed, the player is given two different endings based on if all gears were collected. If not all gears are collected the player has a chance to continue to get the good ending, otherwise stick with the bad ending.
Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord is a turn-based tactical video game by Battlefront.com. It simulates tactical land battles in World War II. The game is part of the Combat Mission series.
Three playable public demo scenarios were offered by Battlefront.com at various times. A Beta Demo was released first in October 1999. A Gold Demo was released later, and because the file format changed, two new scenarios were included on it that were not compatible with the earlier Beta version. Neither demo included access to the mission editor but did permit solo, hot-seat, or email play.
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 is a real-time strategy video game by Westwood Studios. It is the sequel to Command & Conquer: Red Alert. The game is set in the early 1970s. An expansion, Command & Conquer: Yuri’s Revenge was released.
Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2 contains 2 playable factions, Soviets, and Allies which both previously appeared in Command & Conquer: Red Alert. The single player campaign is structured in an alternate-ending mode as opposed to a progressive story mode. Like all other Command & Conquer real-time strategy games, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 contains two separate campaigns, with distinct storylines, one for each playable faction.
The game’s story line starts off with the United States Armed Forces being caught completely off guard by the sudden massive Soviet invasion of the United States, with Soviet aircraft, naval vessels, amphibious forces, and paratroopers coming in on both the East Coast and West Coast and with the majority of Soviet ground forces coming in through Mexico, which had recently voted in a communist government.
Counter-Strike is a tactical first-person shooter video game by Valve Corporation. Counter-Strike has been expanded into a series since its original release, which currently includes Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, Counter-Strike: Source, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Counter-Strike pits a team of terrorists against a team of counter-terrorists in a series of rounds. Each round is won by either completing the mission objective or eliminating the opposing force. The game was the most played Half-Life modification in terms of players, according to GameSpy in 2008.
In Counter-Strike players join either the terrorist team, the counter-terrorist team, or become spectators. Each team attempts to complete their mission objective and/or eliminate the opposing team. Each round starts with the two teams spawning simultaneously.
Croc 2 is a platform-adventure video game by Argonaut Software. It is the sequel to Croc: Legend of the Gobbos. The plot revolves around Croc searching for his missing parents and saving the Inventor Gobbo from Baron Dante.
The gameplay in Croc 2 has advanced considerably compared to the previous game. Instead of simply finding six Gobbo in each level, the player must now complete various tasks. One of the many changed elements is the health system; instead of the extra life system that Legend of the Gobbos had, Croc now has only one life and a heart count of up to 9. The player can buy Heart Pots from Swap Meet Pete to be able to collect more hearts.
Delta Force: Land Warrior is a tactical first-person shooter video game by NovaLogic. It is the third game in the Delta Force series and is the sequel to Delta Force 2.
Delta Force: Land Warrior features 30 missions. The game takes place in various places including Africa, Indonesia, Western Egypt and South America. Objectives range from eliminating high-risk targets such as power plants to rescuing VIPs held hostage.
The player is inserted into the objective area by a multitude of means, including insertion by helicopter or parachute. Once on the ground, players can navigate the terrain through a use of a mini-map, containing waypoints pointing the player to their objectives.
Deus Ex is an action role-playing, first-person shooter video game by Ion Storm. Set in a dystopian world during the year 2052, the game combines first-person shooter, stealth, and role-playing elements.
The story follows rookie United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition agent, JC Denton, as he combats terrorist forces – which have become increasingly prevalent in a world slipping ever further into chaos. As the game unfolds, Denton becomes entangled in a deep and ancient conspiracy, encountering organizations such as Majestic 12, the Illuminati, and the Hong Kong Triads throughout his journey.
Deus Ex has spawned both a sequel, Deus Ex: Invisible War (2003), and a prequel Deus Ex: Human Revolution (2011). Additionally, in 2014 Deus Ex: The Fall was released and it’s the fourth release in the Deus Ex series.
The storyline progresses through four chapters. Each chapter follows a more or less predetermined path, although there is some random-level generation in wilderness areas and dungeons between key cities. The player progresses through the story by completing a series of quests within each chapter.
Diablo II’s environments feature Gothic-themed Dungeon, Hell, Diablo II’s, Canaan desert and jungles (based on the Maya civilization jungles). The final chapter takes place in Hell.
An expansion to Diablo II, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, was released in 2001. A sequel, Diablo III, was announced in 2008 and was released on May 15, 2012.
Dino Crisis is a survival horror video game by Capcom. It was directed and produced by Resident Evil director Shinji Mikami.
The player controls Regina, a member of the special forces team that is sent to investigate an isolated military facility that became infested with time-displaced dinosaurs as a result of a top-secret experiment. The enemies in the game are dinosaurs. There are many puzzles to complete in order for the player to succeed.
There are also many branching points in which the player must decide in which Regina must choose between the often-contrasting advice of her comrades Gail and Rick. Dino Crisis was followed by two sequels, Dino Crisis 2 and Dino Crisis 3, and a light gun-based spinoff in Capcom’s Gun Survivor series, known as Dino Stalker.
Dirt Track Racing is a racing video game by Ratbag. It is the first game of the dirt track racing series by Ratbag, which includes Dirt Track Racing, Dirt Track Racing: Sprint Cars, and Dirt Track Racing 2. It was one of the first authentic dirt track racing simulations in the video game market.
In the Career Mode, players race through their careers, earning money to upgrade their cars. Success brings more money, and sponsors, which help pay the bills. In the Quick Action Mode, players race against computer AI players in regular races consisting of heats and features in short mode, or full racing programs consisting of hot laps, qualifying, heats, semi features (B-, C-, D-Mains), and features (A-Mains).
Dracula 2: The Last Sanctuary is a horror point-and-click adventure video game by Wanadoo and Canal+ Multimedia. The game is a direct sequel to Dracula: Resurrection, which itself is an unofficial sequel to Bram Stoker’s Dracula; set seven years after the end of the novel, Jonathan Harker finds that he must once again do battle with the evil Count Dracula.
A third game, with an unrelated storyline, followed in 2008; Dracula 3: The Path of the Dragon. A loose sequel to Path of the Dragon was released in a two-part form in 2013; Dracula 4: The Shadow of the Dragon and Dracula 5: The Blood Legacy.
Earth 2150 (Earth 2150: Escape from the Blue Planet) is a real-time strategy video game by SSI and Reality Pump. It is the sequel to Earth 2140. It was one of the first commercial full-3D games of its kind. The game also has two stand-alone expansion packs: Earth 2150: The Moon Project, and Earth 2150: Lost Souls.
It is the 22nd century, after years of war and famine of unfathomable level, the world is returning to normal. 12 states of the previous United States have joined to form the United Civilized States (UCS).
While in Asia, a new empire was being created under the Iron Fist of the Khans, these Mongol descendants gave themselves a name meant to conjure up an association with a glorious former age: the Eurasian Dynasty (ED).
A sequel to Earth 2150, Earth 2160, was published in 2005.
Egypt 2: The Heliopolis Prophecy is an adventure video game by Canal+Multimédia, Cryo Interactive Entertainment and Réunion des Musées Nationaux. The game is set in 1360 BC and Heliopolis, the City of the Sun has been struck by a plague. Your father has also been infected. The player must find a cure and save your father and the rest of Heliopolis.
Travel through the land of the pyramids and marvel at the wondrous architecture. Witness the beautiful graphical backdrops as you attempt to solve interwoven puzzles and challenges. Explore and discover that ultimately, all is not as it appears. The game follows Egypt: 1156 B.C.: Tomb of the Pharaoh and is followed by Egypt 3: The Egyptian Prophecy.
Evil Islands: Curse of the Lost Soul is a role-playing, stealth and real-time strategy video game by Nival Interactive. It is the third game of the Allods franchise, after Rage of Mages and Rage of Mages 2: Necromancer. Evil Islands introduces a new interface and full 3D graphics. The game has a mix of real-time strategy and role-playing elements such as leveling up, acquiring new abilities, learning spells, and buying new weapons and armor.
A weapon and armor making feature allowing players to craft their own equipment using blueprints from a town blacksmith and materials found by looting or bought from the shopkeeper. Magic can also be used with spells such as Heal, Fireball, Eagle sight, Celestial Lightning, Invisibility, Weaken, Haste, and other such spells for both offensive and defensive use. Bows and crossbows are also available for ranged combat. The fourth game of the series was titled Evil Islands: Lost in the Astral.
F1 2000 is a racing video game by EA Sports and Image Space Incorporated. It is based on the 2000 Formula One season. With an official FIA Formula One license, it includes the full 2000 world championship season, including the new Indianapolis circuit and the Jaguar Racing team. A rival game, F1 Championship Season 2000, was released later in 2000.
The game modes feature a full championship, quick races, racing weekends, custom grid and time trial modes. In the multiplayer section, you can either go head to head in 2-player split screen sessions or play a hot-seat time trial mode for up to 22 players. All cars can be fine-tuned in the pits, and there is clear pit-to-car radio commentary.
Full telemetry data is shown for detailed set-up changes. Your best performances can be saved in the replay mode, including race highlights. In this version, the computer opponents now have more realistic racing behavior, as they make mistakes and have car failures. The game featured the song “F1 Theme” by James Hannigan, “Every You Every Me” by Placebo and “Phat Planet” by Leftfield.
FIFA 2001 is a sports simulation, football video game by EA Sports. This title had a new graphics engine which allows each team to have its own detailed kit, and for some players, their own unique faces. The license includes official club emblems for the first time, although certain leagues are unlicensed.
Slightly tweakable physics made the game a modding favorite for its fan community. A “hack” feature is included, where the player can press R1 to attempt an intentional foul, such a high sliding tackle. FIFA 2001 was the first version (for the PC) that could be played online, which was revolutionary at the time.
Flying Heroes is a fantasy action video game by Take 2 Interactive, Illusion Softworks, and Pterodon. It is an arena based shooter game that takes place on various flying creatures. There are four clans to choose from, with varying creatures or machines for players. The four clans are Sky Knights, Lizard Riders, Hammercraft, and Magion.
Each clan offers different options, such as different amounts of health, different weapons, and different flying crafts. The player battles in three different leagues in a variety of arenas: The Iron league, Silver league, and the Golden league. The player must be the highest ranked pilot in the league at the end of each season to proceed to the next league.
Galaga: Destination Earth is a video game by King of the Jungle Ltd. It is an update to the popular Golden Age arcade game Galaga. Destination Earth includes nine stages, each consisting of several “waves” of alien attackers and bonus waves.
Most of the stages are planetary locations, like an Ancient Egyptian-ish Mars, Metropolitan Earth, and Saturn. Some are non-planet astronomical objects like the moon or the sun. On the final stage, the player finds must battle on a “planetoid”. The “waves” consist of three preset views denoted as ALPHA (1st person), DELTA (side scroller), and GAMMA (top view or original Galaga view).
If a tractor beam ship is destroyed, there is a chance that a cube will come out. If the player catches this cube, they will get a temporary tractor beam that can capture an enemy ship. Captured enemy ships will then act as wing-man for your fighter until destroyed by enemy fire, just as they do in Gaplus.
Ground Control is a real-time tactics video game by Massive Entertainment. As a real-time tactics game, Ground Control completely does away with resource and economic management. One must, therefore, focus all attention on controlling a limited set of units to achieve victory.
Units in the game include various types of tanks, hovercraft, aircraft, and infantry, and are delivered to the battlefield by orbital dropships. However, once in battle, the player is not able to summon reinforcements, so proper troop selection between levels is a key to success. Each unit type has special weapons, abilities, and armor.
An expansion titled Ground Control: Dark Conspiracy. It added a new faction, the Phoenix Mercenaries, and a new 15-mission single-player campaign, expanding on the storyline. A sequel entitled Ground Control II: Operation Exodus was released in 2004 with an updated graphical engine and story.
Homeworld: Cataclysm is a space simulation strategy video game by Barking Dog Studios. The game is set fifteen years after the original game and establishes the Kushan as the canonical race of Homeworld. After the death of their Emperor and the return of the Kushan to their homeworld, the Taiidan Empire collapses into civil war.
The Taiidan Republic rises as an ally of the newly-minted Hiigarans, while the Imperialists continue to raid both Hiigaran and Republic space. It uses the same engine as its predecessor, but several changes were made.
Such as the ability to toggle time compression between normal speed and eight times faster; ship upgrades (improving armor and adding new abilities), Command Ships and Carriers are given the ability to add external modules for ship research and fleet support.
Midtown Madness 2 is a free roam racing video game by Angel Studios. It is the sequel to Midtown Madness and features a range of vehicles.
The game features Blitz, Checkpoint, Circuit, and Cruise modes, which are all derived from the original Midtown Madness game. Winning Blitz, Checkpoint, and Circuit races allow you to access unlockables, and the Cruise mode lets you roam freely around the two open world recreations of London and San Francisco.
The Cab Driving School in London follows an extremist view of a London Cab driver, where a player must complete objectives in a London cab. The Stunt Driver course in San Francisco allows the player to gain experience in stunt driving for a Hollywood movie, using the Ford Mustang Fastback. A wide variety of iconic vehicles is available to choose from, such as the Aston Martin DB7 Vantage, New Mini Cooper, and the Audi TT.
Motocross Madness 2 is a motocross racing video game by Rainbow Studios. It is the sequel to Motocross Madness with improved graphics.
The game features over 40 tracks in 6 event types, over 50,000 3D objects and a new career mode. Players, as well as bikes, are easily customized. Motocross Madness 2 also supports network play over a LAN environment. There are six types of racing: Stunts, Enduro, Baja, Supercross and Nationals, and the campaign-style Pro-Circuit Mode.
In Pro-Circuit mode, a single player follows a series of events and courses in an effort to win prize money and upgrade equipment. Players can race against each other on the same map, play tag and can choose from Supercross or Enduro. In Baja mode, players race against other opponents to ride through checkpoints. Baja, unlike Nationals or Enduro, takes place in massive, open wilderness.
Sacrifice is an action real-time strategy video game by Shiny Entertainment. Players control wizards who fight each other with spells and summoned creatures. Sacrifice was the first commercial video game to make full use of video graphics cards that can process transform, clipping, and lighting instructions. Additionally, the graphic engine of the game uses tessellation.
Unlike many other real-time strategy games, Sacrifice places little emphasis on resource gathering and management. The players’ wizards collect souls to summon creatures, and their mana—energy for casting spells constantly regenerates.
Players customize their attacks by choosing from spells and creatures aligned to five gods. To defeat an opponent, the player’s wizard sacrifices a friendly unit at the opposing wizard’s altar, thereby desecrating it and banishing the enemy wizard.
Shogun: Total War is focused on Samurai warfare in the Sengoku period of Japanese history. The game puts the player in the position of a Japanese daimyo with the objective of conquering Japan through military might, diplomacy, espionage, trade, and religion – thereby taking the position of shogun.
The game consists of seven factions which the player can choose to play. The island of Kyūshū and the southwest end of Honshū incorporates the Shimazu, Mori, and Takeda clans, while the Oda and Imagawa clans control the central parts of Honshū.
Soldier of Fortune is a first-person shooter video game by Raven Software. The sequels to the game are Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix (2002) and Soldier of Fortune: Payback (2007). Simply put it this way: To this day, the Soldier of Fortune series of games are some of the very best video games ever made.
The story involves the theft of nuclear weapons, and the main enemy turns out to be a neo-fascist group based in Germany, led by South African exile Sergei Dekker. At the beginning of the game, terrorists steal four nuclear weapons from a storage facility in Russia and proceed to sell them to various nations. This is a prelude to the acquisition of advanced weapons of mass destruction by this terrorist group. John Mullins, working for a U.S.-based mercenary (“soldier of fortune”) organization known only as “The Shop”, and his partner, Aaron “Hawk” Parsons, are assigned to prevent the nukes from falling into the wrong hands, and stop the terrorists in their plans. His missions take him to New York City, Siberia, Tokyo, Kosovo, Iraq, Uganda and finally Germany.
The Dukes of Hazzard: Racing for Home is a racing video game by Sinister Games. You play as Bo and Luke Duke who is racing to pay off the Duke farm. Along the way you have missions that fit the Dukes style, from outrunning Rosco and Enos to saving their cousin Daisy from Black Jack Perril who wants revenge on their uncle Jesse Duke.
Climb behind the wheel of the General Lee and tear through the hills of Hazzard in the craziest, smash’-em-up, a drive-like-a-maniac racing game you’ve ever played. It’s a dream come true as you outrun Rosco, race to save the Duke farm, and rescue Daisy from the clutches of Black Jack Perril.
From the Manufacturer: See, things in Hazzard are pretty much the way y’all might recall ’em. Daisy’s still servin’ up ‘shine, Boss Hogg’s still eatin’, and Rosco’s still chasin’ the Duke Boys across the dirt roads of Hazzard County.
The Mummy is an action-adventure video game by Rebellion Developments. The game is based on the movie The Mummy.
As Rick O’Connell, players combat the living dead and other ghostly residents of Hamunaptra, City of the Dead. The game puts the fate of the film’s heroes in the hands of the player as he searches for treasures and attempts to defeat Imhotep, the guardian mummy. There are numerous mummies to battle, each with their own unique abilities, plus a horde of other creepy characters, such as scarabs, spirits, and swarms of locusts.
The locations depicted throughout have been re-created from the screenplay of the film and include interactive environments such as trapdoors, pitfalls, breakaway platforms, and hidden traps. Customized character behavior and real-time action lend authenticity to the game settings. Atmospheric pre-lighting, spot effects and live sparks highlight the chilling action hiding around every corner.
The Operative: No One Lives Forever is a first-person shooter video game by Monolith Productions. It is a story-driven game set in the 1960s. Players control female protagonist Cate Archer, who works for a secret organization that watches over world peace. In addition to a range of firearms, the game also contains several gadgets, which are disguised as ordinary female fashion items.
The Operative: No One Lives Forever stars spy Cate Archer as the eponymous Operative, who works for UNITY – a secret international organization.
During the story of the game, Archer is sent on missions to a number of locales, including Morocco, East and West Germany, the Caribbean, and the Alps. She gets into intense situations, such as scuba diving a shipwreck, free-falling from an airplane without a parachute, and exploring a space station in outer space, all the while fighting armed villains.
The Sims is a strategic life-simulation video game by Maxis. Game designer Will Wright, also known for developing SimCity, led the development. It is a simulation of the daily activities of one or more virtual persons (“Sims”) in a suburban household near SimCity. The Sims game uses a combination of 3D and 2D graphics techniques. The Sims themselves are rendered as 3D objects, but the house and all its objects are pre-rendered and displayed diametrically.
Sims are instructed by the player to interact with objects, such as a television set, or other Sims. Sims may receive guests, invited or not, from other playable lots or from a pool of unhoused NPC Sims.
If enabled in the game’s options, Sims can have a certain amount of free will, allowing them to autonomously interact with their world.
Tomb Raider Chronicles is an action-adventure video game by Core Design. It is the fifth video game in the Tomb Raider series and the sequel to Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation.
The gameplay is similar to Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation. In terms of movement and animation, the new additions to Lara’s skills are the ability to walk on a tightrope, the ability to grab and swing on horizontal bars and the ability to somersault forwards from a ledge while crouching. Lara does sport new clothing and gear in the form of a camouflage snowsuit and a black catsuit suitable for infiltration.
Several weapons from Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation have not returned, but the MP5 submachine gun and Desert Eagle from Tomb Raider III and the revolver from Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation have returned. New equipment consists of a TMX-Timex that Lara uses to track her statistics and grappling gun, which fires a grappling hook into perishable surfaces and produces a rope from which Lara can swing.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption is a role-playing video game by Nihilistic Software. The game follows the adventures of a French crusader, Christof Romuald, through Prague and Vienna in the Dark Ages and modern-day London and New York City. The game’s graphics were highly advanced for its time.
The game is divided into two parts. Medieval and one modern, each featuring different gameplay. In the game’s storyline, the protagonist Christof Romuald falls in love with Anezka, a nun who tends his wounds after he suffers an arrow wound in battle. At the insistence of the Archbishop of the city, Christof, not fully recovered, ventures into the Bonn silver mines (near Prague) to kill Ahzra The Unliving, a twisted Tzimisce Vampire.
His glorious return to Prague doesn’t go unnoticed by the local Vampire leaders, and soon he is “embraced” (turned into a Vampire) by Ecaterina The Wise, leader of the Brujah clan, to boost the ranks of Vampires in preparation for a brewing battle between Vampire clans.
Virtual Pool 3 is a 3D sports simulation video game by Celeris. The game is widely respected by fans as the most accurate available computer simulation of cue sports.
Virtual Pool 3 was released as a retail boxed version endorsed by Jeanette Lee, the successful Korean-American professional pool player. Currently, the latest version is available on the Celeris website as a download and is still supported via downloadable patches. The game can be played in single-player mode against the computer (Career Mode, Tournament or Quick Play), or against other human opponents on the Internet or locally through a LAN.
The game features eight billiard venues the player can choose from, which include six pool tables, a snooker table, and a carom table for cushion caroms or three-cushion billiards. There are three preset table configurations available: Championship, Professional or Amateur. Any table can be customized for roll speed and pocket dimensions.
As we entered the new millennium, PC gaming was a tough thing as it seemed like there was some new hardware upgrade on a monthly basis! Thankfully though there was still some amazing PC games released in 2000 and here we are having a quick look at some of the best. 2000 in PC gaming was a great year so be sure to look at our whole list.
Let us start with first person shooters which believe it or not, were not as huge back in 2000. The first one we have to talk about is the original Counter-Strike. Counter-Strike is still huge, even to this day, it is by far one of the most influential first-person shooters of all time. Another top PC game of 2000 was Soldier Of Fortune which was a dark and realistic first-person shooter which was popular enough to spawn a few sequels. Deus Ex offered gamers more of a story-driven sci-fi first-person shooter experience. No One Lives Forever, on the other hand, was a funny, witty and camp first-person shooter, unlike anything else that was out at the time.
In keeping with first-person games. Thief II was a huge hit. This was a game that at the time was just impossible for a console to compete with and it was one of the best PC games of 2000 with many fans still having fun playing it to this day!
Two of the biggest PC games of 2000 were actually exclusives. The first one is Diablo II. At this point is there really anything else that needs to be said about Diablo II. Diablo II was a huge, huge game. It was hack and slash, loot gathering, dungeon crawling action at its best. It was so good that many gamers were left disappointed by what Diablo III offered when it was released over a decade later!
The other game that was huge and exclusive was The Sims. It is hard to imagine a time in gaming without The Sims, but back in 2000, EA struck gold with The Sims. This featured on nearly every best PC games of 2000 list. The game would be supported by expansions packs over the next couple of years before The Sims 2 was released. But many gamers were more than happy with what The Sims offered as a standalone title.
Real-time strategy games are very popular on PC and Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 is seen by many as one of the best. This was a huge game, a game that was actually bundled with various PC’s and graphics cards back in 2000. The Command & Conquer series has a huge following and you could make the argument that this game was the series peak of its popularity.
One of the saddest PC games of 2000 was Escape From Monkey Island. Not because it was a bad game, but because it was the last in the series. This brought the series into 3D and it was critically acclaimed, but unfortunately there would no sequel and the series in general, would just die until 2009 when Telltale Games got their hands on it.
We know we have missed some big games out of our best PC games of 2000 summary. But that is because there was just so many good ones released, we could not fit them all in. Please have a good look at the full list as 2000 was a great year for PC games.