Age of Mythology is a real-time strategy video game by Ensemble Studios. The game has a mythology theme and it is a spin-off from the Age of Empires series.
Gameplay is based on training villagers and fighters, building towns, defeating and conquering rival towns and civilizations. Players advance their tribe through the Archaic Age, Classical Age, Heroic Age and the Mythic Age. Upgrading to higher Ages unlocks new units and technologies, strengthening their settlement. A sum of resources to be paid and the construction of certain buildings are required in order to upgrade.
Battlefield 1942 is a World War II first-person shooter video game by Digital Illusions CE. Players take control of one of five classes of infantry with the ability to fly various World War II fighter aircraft and bombers.
Gameplay involves navigating aircraft carriers, ships, submarines, man coastal artillery defenses, drive tanks, APCs, jeeps and take control of anti-aircraft guns and mounted machine guns. The expansions produced for the game are Battlefield 1942: The Road to Rome, Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII. A Battlefield 1942 Deluxe Edition was released, which includes the original game and Battlefield 1942: The Road To Rome. Battlefield 1942: World War II Anthology added Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII expansion pack. Additionally, Battlefield 1942: The Complete Collection was also released.
Dirt Track Racing 2 is a racing video game by Ratbag Games. It is the third game in the Dirt Track Racing series, which includes Dirt Track Racing, Dirt Track Racing Sprint Cars and Dirt Track Racing 2.
Players progress through the game by starting at the lowest classes in the game and working their way up. Gameplay involves using the given money to buy a pro stock machine. Money can be earned throughout the game by winning races, which can then be used to buy performance parts and upgrade the car. Eventually, the player will save enough money to buy a better car and join the higher class race events.
Dungeon Siege is a role-playing video game by Gas Powered Games. An official standalone expansion pack for the game titled Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna that includes the original game was released.
Players participate in linear quests to save the kingdom of Ehb following the main character from the humble beginnings as a farmer to the ultimate destiny as a powerful hero. As the game progresses, the main character may be joined by other adventurers, whom the player also controls. The background is based in a fantasy medieval world with geographic variety in open and closed environments.
Freedom Force is a real-time tactical role-playing video game by Irrational Games. The player guides a team of superheroes as they defend Patriot City from a variety of villains, monsters, and other menaces. A sequel titled Freedom Force vs The 3rd Reich was released in 2005.
Fleeing Lord Dominion and his invading forces, Mentor headed towards Earth in a small spaceship containing many canisters of the mysterious Energy X. Lord Dominion’s ships pursue Mentor and destroy his craft just outside the Earth’s atmosphere; the blast scatters containers of the substance over the metropolis of Patriot City. Energy X strikes many of the city’s inhabitants, giving them superpowers that echo their personality traits or draw on the situation they were in when energized. Most of the game is set in Patriot City.
Grand Prix 4 is a Formula One racing simulation video game by MicroProse. The game is based on the 2001 Formula One season and it is the sequel to Grand Prix 3.
Grand Prix 4 featured a heavily revised graphics engine and updated physics including wet weather driving that even today is considered some of the best to ever feature in a motorsport simulation. The first add-on tracks to be released for the game included Shanghai, Istanbul, and Jerez.
Grand Theft Auto III is an open world third-person action-adventure video game by DMA Design. It is the fifth game in the Grand Theft Auto series and the sequel to Grand Theft Auto 2.
Gameplay takes place in an open world environment, where the player can explore and interact with the game world at their leisure. The game is set within the fictional city of Liberty City, which is loosely based on New York City. The story follows Claude, a bank robber who is left for dead by his girlfriend, and quickly becomes entangled in a world of gangs, crime, and corruption. A sequel to the game titled Grand Theft Auto: Vice City was released in 2003 for PC.
Grandia II is a role-playing video game by Game Arts. It is the sequel to the game Grandia. The game is set in a fantasy world thousands of years after a battle between Granas, the god of light, and Valmar, the god of darkness, nearly destroyed the planet until Valmar was split into pieces and scattered across the land.
In the aftermath of the battle, the Church of Granas has led humanity to prosperity by spreading the word of good, but when a young mercenary named Ryudo is charged to protect a songstress from the church named Elena, their journey reveals that the church’s history, as well as the history of the world, is not all it seems.
James Bond 007: Nightfire is a first-person shooter video game by Gearbox Software. It marked Pierce Brosnan’s fourth appearance as James Bond before the release of his fourth and final Bond film Die Another Day.
The player has access to many weapons, such as: Wolfram PP7, Golden PP7, Wolfram P2K, Golden P2K, Kowloon Type 40, Raptor Magnum, Deutsche M9K, Storm M9-32, Suisse SG5 Commando, Korsakov K5 Tranquilizer Dart, Frinesi automatic 12, winter tactical sniper rifle, winter covert sniper rifle, Militek mark 6 Multi-grenade launcher, AT-420 Sentinel, AT-600 Scorpion, Delta Repeater Crossbow and the Phoenix Samurai Laser Rifle.
Mafia is a third-person shooter video game by Illusion Softworks. The game is set in a fictional American city during the 1930s. A very successful sequel titled Mafia II was released in 2010.
The player takes the role of taxi driver Thomas “Tommy” Angelo, who, while trying to make a living on the streets of Lost Heaven, unexpectedly and unwillingly becomes involved in organized crime as a driver for the Salieri crime family, led by Don Ennio Salieri. Taking on the role of a mafioso, the player has to accomplish various missions and assignments in order to advance in the game. Weather changes and day/night cycles are in use. The game features 51 periodically introduced driveable classic American cars, plus 19 bonus cars (including racing cars).
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault is a World War II first-person shooter video game by 2015, Inc. It is the third game in the Medal of Honor series. The expansion packs released for the game are titled Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Spearhead and Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Breakthrough.
The player takes control of Lt. Mike Powell of the United States Army Rangers. Gameplay consists of assaulting German bases in Algiers and Norway, storming Omaha Beach on D-Day, and rescuing comrades behind enemy lines in occupied France. The game’s levels are often compared to the movie Saving Private Ryan; many of the levels are direct quotations of the scenery (or even complete sequences as in the Omaha Beach mission) in the film. The game was released in various compilations: Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Deluxe Edition, Medal of Honor Allied Assault: War Chest and Medal of Honor: 10th Anniversary Bundle.
Medieval: Total War is a turn-based strategy and real-time tactics video game by The Creative Assembly. The game is set in the Middle Ages and it is the second game in the Total War series. It follows on from the year 2000 title Shogun: Total War.
Gameplay is similar to Shogun: Total War, involving the player building a dynastic empire in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, spanning the period of 1087 to 1453. The game involves both strategic and tactical gameplay aspects, with strategy played out in turn-based fashion on a province-by-province level, while military units of varying types and capabilities fight against each other in real time on a 3D battlefield.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 is a racing video game by EA Seattle. It is the 6th game in the Need for Speed series and the sequel to Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit (1998).
The gameplay and style is very similar to Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit, with its emphasis on racing, evading the police and over-the-top courses featuring lengthy shortcuts. Players can also play as a police officer trying to arrest speeders, by ramming the speeding vehicle multiple times to disable it. The player must turn on their lights and sirens while in pursuit, and they automatically turn off after arresting the suspect. Police can call for a barricade, additional units, spike strips and request help from a helicopter to assist in chasing the target vehicle.
Neverwinter Nights is a third-person role-playing video game by BioWare. Official expansion packs released for the game are as follows: Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide, Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark and Neverwinter Nights: Kingmaker. A sequel titled Neverwinter Nights 2 was released in 2006.
Neverwinter Nights is set in the fantasy world of the Forgotten Realms campaign setting, with the game mechanics based on the Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition rules. The game engine was designed around an internet-based model for running an MMOG, which would allow end users to host game servers. The intent was to create a potentially infinite massively multiplayer game framework. This game was named after the original Neverwinter Nights online game, the first ever graphical MMORPG.
No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.’s Way is a first-person shooter video game by Monolith Productions. It is the second game in the No One Lives Forever series and the sequel to The Operative: No One Lives Forever (2000).
The player takes control of super-spy Cate Archer as she once again takes up arms against the international criminal organization H.A.R.M. This second game features even more exotic locales, such as a ninja village, a secret submarine base, and a trailer park in Ohio during a tornado. A whole new range of outlandish gadgets and weapons are also introduced, including a blowtorch disguised as a can of hair spray and a robotic bomb disguised as an adorable kitten. A spin-off of the game entitled Contract J.A.C.K. was released in 2003.
Serious Sam is a first-person shooter video game by Croteam. It is the sequel to Serious Sam: The First Encounter (2001) and the second game released in the Serious Sam series.
The Second Encounter starts where the previous game left off, with Sam traveling to Sirius on the SSS Centerprice. Unfortunately, the starship is accidentally hit by the “Croteam crate-bus” and plummets down to Earth’s surface. As the starship falls, Sam reads the coordinates and frets about crash-landing into Egypt again, but instead he crashes into Central America in the Mayan age, with the starship now heavily damaged upon impact. However, not all hope is lost, since the Sirians left a “back-up starship” on Earth, which was a fail-safe in case if anything ever happens to the SSS Centerprice.
Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix is a first-person shooter video game by Raven Software. It is the sequel to the fantastic game Soldier of Fortune. A sequel titled Soldier of Fortune: Payback was released in 2007, which is another excellent game in the series.
The game focuses on germ warfare, as the mercenary Mullins and his new partner, Madeline Taylor travels to Colombia to investigate a viral outbreak in a small town, only to link it to a shadowy organization called Prometheus. The virus, called Romulus, is followed by a computer virus called Remus which is programmed to delete files on any computer in the world, in this case, files relating to Prometheus and Romulus, so an anti-virus cannot be formulated. Prometheus then plans to blackmail the G8 countries at a summit in Switzerland for billions of dollars. It is revealed throughout the course of the game that a mole inside The Shop may be feeding information to the terrorists.
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast is an action video game by Raven Software. The game primarily revolves around ranged and melee combat, with the player capable of wielding classic Star Wars weapons such as blasters, lightsabers and Force powers.
The game is set in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Players take the role of Kyle Katarn as he fights against the Dark Jedi Desann and his followers. A sequel titled Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy was released in 2003. Jedi Outcast was re-released in 2006 with four other Star Wars games in a pack entitled Star Wars: The Best of PC. The game was also re-released in 2009, along with the other Jedi Knight games Star Wars: Dark Forces, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II, Mysteries of the Sith and Jedi Academy.
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is an open world fantasy action role-playing video game by Bethesda Game Studios. It is the third game in The Elder Scrolls series of games and the sequel to The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall (1996).
Gameplay takes place on Vvardenfell, an island in the Dunmer province of Morrowind, which lies in the empire of Tamriel and is far from the more civilized lands to the west and south that typified Daggerfall and Arena. The central quests concern the deity Dagoth Ur, housed within the volcanic Red Mountain, who seeks to gain power and break Morrowind free from Imperial reign. Morrowind was designed with an open-ended free-form style of gameplay in mind, with less of an emphasis on the game’s main plot than its predecessors. A sequel titled The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was released in 2006.
The Thing is a survival horror third-person shooter video game by Computer Artworks. The game is a sequel to the 1982 horror movie, The Thing. It follows the story of Captain Blake, a member of a U.S. Special Forces team sent to the Antarctic outpost featured in the film to determine what has happened to the research team.
The game begins at U.S. Outpost 31 in Antarctica, some time after the events of the film. A team of U.S. special forces has arrived to investigate both the U.S. camp and the nearby Norwegian camp. Captain J.F. Blake is the leader of Beta Team, who are investigating the U.S. camp, whilst Alpha Team investigates the Norwegian camp under the command of Captain Pierce. Both teams are under the overall command of Colonel Whitley who is in communication with them via radio. Whilst investigating the Outpost 31, Beta Team soon discover the small spacecraft made by the Blair-Thing in the film and the tape recorder with a message from R.J. MacReady, describing how nobody trusts anybody anymore and that everyone is very tired. They then find information detailing how the base has been infiltrated by an extraterrestrial lifeform that is capable of imitating the physical appearance and characteristics of any living organism.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 is a golf simulation sports video game by EA Sports. Among the features in the game is the Tiger Challenge, in which the player is matched against real or fantasy golfers one at a time.
There is also a scenario mode with 50 scenarios, challenging the players’ skills in a variety of realistic settings. The game also includes a tournament mode that simulates a season on the PGA Tour. The game features various real world golf players, such as Tiger Woods, as the game’s title suggests. In addition, there are also fantasy non-real golfers in the game. Several of the world’s best-known golf courses are featured and can be played on.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 is a skateboarding simulation video game by Neversoft. It is the 3rd game in the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series and the sequel to Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2.
The player takes the role of a professional skateboarder and progresses through the game by completing various tasks. Cash is earned by successfully completing tasks and the money earned can be used to purchase skateboards, improve skills and better tricks. Many new tricks were introduced for the first time, including the option to edit the combinations for tricks. It was also the pioneering Pro Skater game to implement Create-a-Skater and Park Editor features.
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is a fantasy real-time strategy video game by Blizzard Entertainment. It is the second sequel to Warcraft: Orcs & Humans and the third game set in the fictional Warcraft Universe. An expansion pack titled Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne was released in 2003.
Gameplay takes place on various maps, such as plains and fields, with terrain features like rivers, mountains, seas, and cliffs. Players need to establish settlements to gain resources, train units to explore the map and defend against enemies. The main resources in the game are food, gold, and lumber. Gold and lumber are required for constructing units and buildings, while food restricts the maximum number of units the player may control at a given time.
2002 in PC gaming was a very interesting time as that awkward transition from 2D to 3D seemed to be well and truly over. Here we have a summary of some of the best PC games released in 2002!
Battlefield 1942 was a very popular game. It sold a ton of copies and for the most part was very well received by everybody. This was before the days of Call Of Duty and the game Battlefield 1942 went up against was Medal Of Honor: Allied Assault which was the third Medal Of Honor game. It may sound crazy to some of you younger gamers, but back in 2002 Medal of Honor was a big deal and one of the biggest franchises.
We also had a couple of more fun first-person shooters released in 2002. Serious Sam: The Second Encounter was a lot of fun and a big change of pace from the other ultra serious first-person shooters that were popular at the time. One of the best PC games of 2002 was No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.’s Way. This series was very popular on PC and this second game in the series sees you play as super spy Cate Archer as she uses all kinds of crazy gadgets and heads to all kinds of insane locations. 007 Nightfire was an original James Bond game. Now you may wonder why we are talking about James Bond games on a list about the best PC games of 2002. But back then a new James Bond game was a huge deal and this was actually a good first-person shooter.
There were a couple of fantastic role-playing games released on PC in 2002. The first one we want to talk about is Neverwinter Nights. From Bioware, this RPG was a PC exclusive and was very popular. So popular that it spawned a whole bunch of expansion packs. The third game in the Elder Scrolls series, Morrowind was released and while it may not look much now. This was a huge upgrade from The Elder Scrolls II which was released the better part of a decade earlier. Morrowind had a huge open world and at the time was seen as one of the best looking games.
Of course one game we have to talk about on our best PC games of 2002 summary is Grand Theft Auto III. While this is seen as more of a console game. The PC got an incredible port. This was the game that brought GTA to 3D and it is one of the most influential games of all time.
One of the most surprising PC games of 2002 was The Thing. Based on the 1980’s horror movie of the same name. The Thing was an incredible third-person action/survival horror game that follows on from the events of the first movie. It had sky-high production values and in general was and still is a lot of fun to play.
2002 in PC gaming was a very good year. It was hard for us to narrow the list down, but we hope our best PC games of 2002 list gives you some ideas of classic games to play or just sparks a memory of a game you had a lot of fun with back in 2002.