Best PC Games 2001 – The best PC games released for PC in the year 2001, including a complete list of all PC games released this year.
4×4 EVO 2 (4×4 Evolution 2) is an off-road racing video game by Terminal Reality. It is the sequel to 4×4 Evolution, featuring more vehicles and race tracks. Gameplay consists of the player racing their off-road vehicle against other opponents.
The race tracks feature environments such as canyons, deserts, and other off-road locales. Players can upgrade and customize their vehicles with a variety of aftermarket parts, engine, suspension, wheels, tires, and other parts and modifications. The game features 112 selectable trucks and SUVs ranging from compact to full size from the following manufacturers:
Chevrolet, Dodge, GMC, Infiniti, Jeep, Lexus, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Toyota.
Aliens versus Predator 2 is a sci-fi first-person shooter video game by Monolith Productions. It is a sequel to Aliens versus Predator. The game is set on the fictional planet LV-1201.
The player controls one of three characters, each with their own abilities, individual story modes, objectives and weapons An expansion pack titled Aliens versus Predator 2: Primal Hunt was released in 2002. A Gold Edition of Aliens versus Predator 2, including both the original game and the expansion pack, was also released.
Baldur’s Gate II: Throne of Bhaal is the expansion pack for the role-playing video game Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn by BioWare. It adds a multi-level dungeon called Watcher’s Keep to the game and completes the main plot. There is several new weapons, a higher level cap, improved Infinity graphics engine and new class-related features and magical skills.
The gameplay is similar to previous entries in the Baldur’s Gate series, with the player controlling a party of up to six characters, including the main protagonist, who can be custom designed at the beginning of the game. The Character from either Baldur’s Gate or Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn game can be imported. The expansion adds many new features, such as being set in a number of new locations in Tethyr. It has a new level 40 experience limit, new high-level monsters, new items, dungeon and Watcher’s Keep.
Bejeweled is a tile-matching puzzle video game by PopCap Games. It is the first game released in the Bejeweled game series. The game has sold over 75 million copies and has been downloaded more than 150 million times.
The player progresses through the game by swapping one gem with an adjacent gem, forming a horizontal or vertical chain of three or more gems of the same color. Bonus points can be scored when chains of more than three identical gems are formed and when two chains are formed in one swap. Gems will disappear when chains are formed and new gems fall from the top to fill in gaps. Chain reactions are triggered when chains are formed by the falling gems. Bonus points are awarded for cascades.
Black & White is a video game featuring elements of artificial life, strategy, and fighting games by Lionhead Studios. The player acts as a god and takes control over villages across several islands. Black & White features a unique gameplay element, a creature that the player can raise and teach.
The player takes on the role of a god ruling over an island populated by various tribes. Control over the island is manifested in the Hand, an animated on-screen hand which can move or throw people and objects, tap houses to wake their occupants, cast miracles, and various other things. In later patches, the Hand can also be controlled by an Essential Reality P5 Glove (virtual reality glove). An expansion titled Black & White: Creature Isle, and a sequel, Black & White 2 were also released.
Civilization III is a turn-based strategy video game by Firaxis Games. It is the sequel to Civilization II and followed by Civilization IV. The game is based around building an empire, from the ground up, beginning in 4,000 BC and continuing slightly beyond the modern day.
The player must construct and improve cities, train military and non-military units, improve terrain, research technologies, build Wonders of the World, make war or peace with neighboring civilizations, and so on. The player must balance a good infrastructure, resources, diplomatic and trading skills, technological advancement, city and empire management, culture, and military power to succeed.
Clive Barker’s Undying is a survival horror first-person shooter video game by DreamWorks Interactive. Noted horror author Clive Barker was consulted in shaping the game’s plot and background story and also provided the voice of Ambrose, a character in the game.
The game follows the adventures of 1920s Irish paranormal adventurer, Patrick Galloway as he investigates the mysterious occult happenings at the estate of his friend Jeremiah Covenant. The game begins in 1923, after World War I veteran Patrick Galloway receives an urgent letter from his friend Jeremiah Covenant.
Commandos 2: Men of Courage is a real-time tactics video game by Pyro Studios. It is the sequel to Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines and Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty.
Players take control of a commandos squad and various allies as they sneak behind enemy lines to accomplish their objectives. The action stretches from 1941 to 1945 and takes place on both the Western Front against the Germans and the Pacific theater against the Japanese. The player is assigned a small number of commandoes at the beginning of missions in order to complete the objectives. Each man has unique abilities and weapons.
Dark Age of Camelot is a medieval fantasy MMORPG video game by Mythic Entertainment. It is set in the period after King Arthur’s death and his kingdom has split into three parts which are in a constant state of war with each other.
The game combines Arthurian lore, Norse mythology and Irish Celtic legends with a dash of fantasy. Dark Age of Camelot offers players a choice of three realms to choose from: Albion, Hibernia, and Midgard. Players can choose to adventure alone or join groups. Since its release, several expansions for the game have been produced.
Empire Earth is a real-time strategy video game by Stainless Steel Studios. The first game in the Empire Earth series, it is very similar to the fantastic Age of Empires games.
The game spans 500,000 years of world history, beginning with the prehistoric age and advancing to the nano age. Players collect resources which are used to construct buildings, produce citizens and conquer opposing civilizations. An expansion pack titled Empire Earth: The Art of Conquest was released in 2002. New features were added, such as a special power for each civilization, and a new 15th epoch, entitled the Space Age, focusing on the colonization of space planets.
IL-2 Sturmovik is a World War II combat flight simulation video game by 1C Company. It is the first game in the IL-2 Sturmovik series. The game focuses on the air battles of the Eastern Front. It was named after the Soviet Ilyushin Il-2 ground-attack fighter.
The game features 31 flyable planes and additional 40 non-flyable planes (available as opponents). One can play as Australia, France, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland,Romania, Slovakia, the United Kingdom, the USA, and the USSR. Along with its sequels, IL-2 Sturmovik is considered one of the best World War II flight simulators.
Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns is a real-time strategy video game by TimeGate Studios. The game follows immortal beings named Kohan with gameplay focused on controlling companies instead of individual soldiers.
The story of a Kohan follows Darius Javidan as he fights the rise of the Ceyah, Kohan tainted by evil, to re-establish Kohan society in Khaldun. The storyline was influenced by Persian mythology and Zoroastrianism.The Kohan are a group of immortals that the Creator tasked with protecting and fostering Khaldun. Although the Kohan can be killed with violence, they only remain dead until they are “awakened” through the use of individually assigned amulets.
Lego Island 2: The Brickster’s Revenge is an action-adventure video game by Silicon Dreams. It is the sequel to Lego Island and was followed by Island Xtreme Stunts. The game continues the adventures of pizza-delivering skateboarder Pepper Roni, who once again needs to save the island and the entire Lego universe from the Brickster.
Like in Lego Island, there are missions to complete, but in this sequel, they should be completed in a linear fashion. The only playable character in this game is Pepper Roni, unlike the previous game, in which multiple characters were available. The game features many Lego characters, most which return from the original game, characters like the Infomaniac, Laura, Nick, Papa, Mama, Nubby, with additional added characters.
Max Payne is an action thriller third-person shooter video game by Remedy Entertainment. It is the first game in the Max Payne series. The player takes the role of its titular character, Max Payne.
Gameplay mostly involves bullet time-based gun-fights and levels are generally straightforward, occasionally incorporating platforming and puzzle-solving elements. The game’s storyline is advanced by the player following Max’s internal monolog as the character determines what his next steps should be. Several of the game’s levels involve surrealistic nightmares and drug-related hallucinations of Max Payne.
Mega Man Legends is an action-adventure video game by Capcom. While the main series is well known for its 2D side-scrolling platformer gameplay with very little story, this series instead features 3D action-adventure gameplay and a robust story.
The player takes control of MegaMan Volnutt, a teenage digger, and archaeologist of sorts who searches underground ruins mainly for Quantum Refractors, which are the civilization’s primary source of energy. He was found as a baby on Nino Island at the bottom of the closed-off Nino Ruins and was raised by Professor Barrel Caskett along with his granddaughter.
Mega Man X5 is an action video game by Capcom. It is the fifth main game in the Mega Man X series. The game is set in the 22nd century in a world where humans coexist with humanoid androids.
Daily life is under a constant threat of these Reploids going “Maverick” and participating in a dangerous and deadly crime. After the events of Mega Man X4, the Maverick leader Sigma has been revived and seeks to unlock the true power of the former Maverick Zero and destroy the hero Mega Man X in the process. To make matters worse, Sigma has set the space colony Eurasia on a 16-hour collision course with Earth.
Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis is a tactical shooter video game by Bohemia Interactive Studio. Set on a group of fictitious islands in 1985, Operation Flashpoint puts the player on one of three sides in a hypothetical conflict between American and Soviet forces.
The Resistance is the third playable faction. Two expansion packs were released; Gold Upgrade, which included Red Hammer, a campaign from the Soviet perspective, and Resistance, which introduced various new features and improved graphics and sound effects. A game titled Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising was released in 2009. It is not regarded as an official sequel.
Paris-Dakar Rally is a rally sports simulation video game by Acclaim Cheltenham. The game is based on the real-life Paris-Dakar Rally – one of the world’s most difficult and dangerous sporting events.
The game begins in rural Paris and ends on a beach in Dakar, Senegal, with 11 stages in between, including tracks in the Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains. There are several tracks, locations and driveable off-road vehicles to choose from. A sequel titled Dakar 2: The World’s Ultimate Rally was released only for consoles and no versions for PC were released.
Red Faction is a sci-fi first-person shooter video game by Volition, Inc. It is the first game in the Red Faction series. The game was inspired by several works of contemporary science fiction, most notably the movie Total Recall among others.
The game is set in late 21st century, Mars. The player takes control of a miner named Parker who helps lead a rebellion against the Ultor Corporation. The premiere feature of the game is its Geo-Mod technology (geometry modification), which provided destructible environments, allowing the player to destroy certain sections of the scenery in the game. For example, instead of opening a door, a player could blast through the rock surrounding the door.
Return to Castle Wolfenstein is a first-person shooter video game by Activision. It is a reboot of the early first-person shooter game Wolfenstein 3D.
While investigating the activities of the SS Paranormal Division in Germany, B.J. Blazkowicz, and Agent One are captured by the Nazis. Agent One dies during interrogation, but B.J. manages to escape Castle Wolfenstein’s dungeon. He then fights his way out of the castle, using a tram car to leave the area and meet up with a member of the German resistance in a nearby village. A multiplayer-only sequel titled Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory was also released. A further sequel, titled Wolfenstein, was released in 2009.
RuneScape is a fantasy MMORPG graphical browser 3D video game by Jagex Games Studio. Players worldwide have created over 200 million accounts and the game is recognized by the Guinness World Records.
Gameplay takes place in the world of Gielinor, a medieval fantasy realm divided into different kingdoms, regions, and cities. Players can travel throughout Gielinor via a number of methods including on foot, magical spells, or charter ships. Each region offers different types of monsters, resources, and quests to challenge players.
Serious Sam is a first-person shooter video game by Croteam. It is the first game in the Serious Sam series. It was originally released for the PC market only, the game has been ported to various different platforms due to its popularity.
The series follows the adventures of Serious Sam Stone and his fight against the forces of the notorious extraterrestrial overlord Mental who seeks to destroy humanity. The game consists of two episodes: Serious Sam: The First Encounter and Serious Sam: The Second Encounter.
Shogun: Total War is a turn-based strategy and real-time tactics video game by The Creative Assembly. The game was followed by The Mongol Invasion expansion pack, set in the Mongol invasions of Japan. Additional battles and a campaign were also added in the game. A sequel titled Total War: Shogun 2 was released in 2011.
The player could play as either the Mongol invaders or as Japan. A Warlord Edition was also released, containing both the original game and the expansion; likewise, the Gold Edition is the same as the Warlord Edition, with minor differences. The Total War series was continued with titles mainly set around Europe, including Medieval: Total War, Rome: Total War, Medieval II: Total War, Empire: Total War and Napoleon: Total War.
Star Wars Episode I: Battle for Naboo is an arcade-style action video game by Factor 5 and LucasArts. The game is set in the fictional Star Wars galaxy and takes place during the events depicted in the film Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Players take control of Gavyn Sykes, a lieutenant in Naboo’s Royal Security Forces. As the game progresses, Sykes and the Royal Security Forces fight the Trade Federation in 15 missions that take place on Naboo or in the space immediately surrounding it. The game concludes after the player completes a mission that recreates the film’s climactic assault on the Trade Federation’s Droid Control Ship.
Stronghold is a historic real-time strategy video game by Firefly Studios. The game focuses mainly on conquering and expanding through military pursuits, strategy, and development.
The game takes place in Medieval Britain around the time of AD 1066; however, since there is not always a time limit, scenarios can continue hundreds of years beyond that date. Players take the role of a lord in a kingdom with the goal to create a stable economy, a strong military, defend against invaders, destroy enemy castles and accomplish the mission objectives.
The Sims: Hot Date is an expansion pack released for the strategic life-simulation computer game The Sims by Maxis. It also served as the inspiration for The Sims 2: Nightlife.
In addition to many new items for households, the new downtown area is the most significant new addition to The Sims. Sims have the ability to use their telephones to call a taxi that takes them to downtown SimCity, which is composed of lots such as shopping centers, recreation areas, restaurants, or nightclubs. Many new downtown-only items are featured, such as food vendors, clothing stores, picnic areas, and duck ponds that Sims can use to keep themselves busy.
Tribes 2 is a sci-fi first-person shooter video game by Dynamix. It is the sequel to the game Starsiege: Tribes. Gameplay is set in the year 3941 in the fictional Earthsiege universe.
In Tribes 2 players take control of a soldier in one of the several factions (tribes), such as the Children of the Phoenix, the Blood Eagle, the Diamond Sword, and the Starwolf. Players can also play a rebelling human-created race called the BioDerms. The factions do not differ from each other in strengths or weaknesses, but each has a distinctive look and background story.
In 2001, PC gaming was a very interesting thing and in this best PC games of 2001 summary. We hope that you find some awesome games to play or just rediscover some that you loved back in 2001. In 2001 the PC did not just have the Playstation to contend with. There was also the Playstation 2, Xbox, Game Cube and even the Dreamcast was clinging on to life. But even with all these systems on the market, there was still a community of diehard PC gamers who had some great games to play!
Back in 2001, you did not have a million first-person shooters out like you do now. But some of the best PC games of 2001 were first-person shooters. Return To Castle Wolfenstein was a tremendous remake of the original game. It was dark, moody and it actually had a really cool story as well. Another dark first person shooter of 2001 was Alien vs Predator 2. While it may look kind of basic now. Back in 2001, Alien vs Predator 2 was state of the art and many PC gamers of the time claimed that it was a PC exclusive because no console could run it!
One of the best PC games released in 2001 was Max Payne. Now, Max Payne is a well-known and much-loved series of games. But back in 2001, Max Payne was a huge deal. It was arguably the first game to do bullet time right and it had a fantastic story that really got you invested in the shooting action. Many say the other two games in the series have surpassed this, but it is still well worth playing.
Black & White from Peter Molyneux is a game that will feature on just many best PC games of 2001 lists, but also on many of the most influential games lists as well. Say what you want about, Peter Molyneux, but the fact is the man has some amazing ideas and this for lack of a better term, god sim. Was very ahead of its time and hooked many, many gamers. While some features that were said to be in the game were not. Most people who got into this game still really enjoyed it.
As is the case with any year in PC gaming. 2001 in PC gaming saw many strategy games released. The big three though were, Civilization III, Empire Earth, and Shogun: Total War which also had a very popular expansion pack.
While it has been surpassed by many other online MMORPG’s, RuneScape back in 2001 was a huge deal. This was a game that really did hook many people…. Over 200 million at its peak to be exact!
Now these two games we are talking about here may not be the best PC games of 2001, but the fact that there were two Mega Man games released in the same year must just sound crazy to some people now, with how Capcom seems to have forgotten about the Blue Bomber. Mega Man X5 was your typical shooter, Mega Man X style game. But Mega Man Legends was a new kind of Mega Man game. A 3D shooter/action/RPG style game.
2001 in PC gaming was a very interesting year. We were still making the transition to fully 3D games, but you could clearly tell that developers had finally started to get the hang of how to make a fully 3D world that has a lot to do and also looks good.