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Games of 2000 - ranked by preference

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Skies of Arcadia - Sega Dreamcast
Release Date: October 5, 2000 (JP)
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Overworks
Genre: RPG

As soon as I first began to sail the skies in Skies of Arcadia, I fell in love with this game. This is an RPG that encourages and rewards exploration in such a way that I was driven to ensure that every millimeter of the world map was explored to find all discoveries, hidden bosses, recruitable characters, etc. When you're not exploring the game is still tremendous with memorable characters, fun ship battles, beautiful visuals, and inspiring story. The Dreamcast wasn't exactly known as a console full of RPGs, but it's the home of this game, which I consider to be one of the best RPGs ever made.
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Release Date: January 28, 2000 (JP)
Publisher: Asmik Ace Entertainment
Developer: Aki Corp.
Genre: Fighting - Wrestling

Virtual Pro Wrestling 64 was basically just a Japanese version of WCW/nWo World Tour, but with a few Japan-exclusive features and modes...Virtual Pro Wrestling 2 is completely its own game and may be my favorite 3D wrestling title that I've ever played. Based off of the All-Japan Pro Wrestling promotion, Virtual Pro Wrestling plays very similar to WWF Wrestlemania 2000 or WWF No Mercy...Except with a Japanese twist. In Japan, professional wrestling and MMA cross over a lot, so there are MMA fighters in this game, and they play totally different than the basic pro wrestlers. Grapples become takedowns, you can do strike combos to damage your opponent, etc. It makes playing as, or against, an MMA fighter a fun and different experience. Toss in a variety of modes, arenas to fight in, and wrestlers to unlock, and you've got one of the best wrestling games that I've ever played. If you like WWF No Mercy, give Virtual Pro Wrestling 2 a try - it's well worth the price to import it.
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Release Date: October 23, 2000 (NA)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Insomniac Games
Genre: Platformer

I thought that Spyro 2 was a slight step back from the original Spyro...Year of the Dragon is a giant leap forward. With new playable characters added in with the same wonderful style of level design and sense of humor, Year of the Dragon is, by far, the best Spyro game ever released and one of the best 3D platformers of all time. I still play this game every now and then when I feel like gliding around and breathing fire on things. This is the pinnacle of the Spyro the Dragon series. Insomniac Games left the franchise on a very, very high note.
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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater - Sega Dreamcast
Release Date: June 29, 2000 (NA)
Publisher: Crave
Developer: Treyarch
Genre: Sports - Extreme Sports - Skateboarding

I first played Tony Hawk's Pro Skater a year prior to its release on a demo disk. The game was extremely basic when compared to the final product, but it was still fun enough where a few friends and I lost hours playing the demo. Then, a year later Pizza Hut released a demo much more true to the original game...And I was sold. I went out of my way to purchase this game...And to this day, I can still pop it in and love every minute of my time with it. And I'm not a music guy by any stretch, but I enjoy every song on the soundtrack, which also adds a tad to the enjoyment. While the sequel might be a superior game overall, I'll always have a preference to the simplicity of the original.
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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 - PlayStation
Release Date: September 20, 2000 (NA)
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Neversoft
Genre: Sports - Extreme Sports - Skateboarding

Let's make things clear here - my lists on here are by preference...That said, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 is definitely the best game in the series...but it's not my favorite, which is why it's below the original. Make no mistake about it, though, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 is a masterpiece - possibly receiving more perfect reviews from magazines and websites at the time than any game before or since. If you haven't played it, give it a shot - you don't need to love skateboarding to love this game. It's magnificent. If it weren't for my fondness of the original, I may very well consider it the best sports game of all time.
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Release Date: November 21, 2000 (NA)
Publisher: THQ
Developer: Yuke's
Genre: Fighting - Wrestling

Oh, man...The hours that I've spent with this game. Call me crazy, but while everyone was going on and on about WWF No Mercy, I actually preferred the simplicity and fast pace of WWF Smackdown! 2. While the gameplay isn't nearly as deep as WWF No Mercy, the never-ending Season mode helps make up for it in my eyes. I recently just started playing it again and got hooked just like I did a decade and a half ago. If I were to review the games side by side, WWF No Mercy is technically the better game. If I were to just go my preference, which I do on these lists, I'm that crazy guy that puts this ahead of the N64 classic. It's not a perfect wrestling game, but it's still dang good.
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Final Fantasy IX - PlayStation
Release Date: July 7, 2000 (JP)
Publisher: SquareSoft
Developer: SquareSoft
Genre: RPG

I really adore Final Fantasy IX. For a few years after it was released, it rivaled Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VI as my favorite in the series, with my mind consistently changing between the three. In time, it has settled in behind both of those games, but my love for this gem remains. The graphical style, the return to the fantasy roots, the characters (except Eiko...I wanna punt her like a football), the soundtrack...I love it all in this game. Next to FF7, this is probably the game I've played through the most times in the franchise...It's that good.
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Paper Mario - Nintendo 64
Release Date: August 11, 2000 (JP)
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Intelligent Systems
Genre: RPG

Paper Mario is my kind of game. It's an RPG with a unique combat system, plenty of humor, and an interesting art style - toss 'em in a blender and you've got a happiness milkshake for li'l ol' me. That said, Paper Mario is like a spiritual successor to Super Mario RPG on the SNES, with an obviously different approach, but one that is just as enjoyable in my opinion. And it's still fun today - I like to go back and play through it every couple of years and it's always just as fun as the last time I had played it. If you like RPGs, but haven't played this game yet, you're missing out. Give it a shot. Unless you hate any form of humor in your games, I think you'll enjoy your time here.
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Release Date: June 1, 2000 (JP)
Publisher: Konami
Developer: KCET
Genre: Music - Dance

The childhood rhyme of 3rd is a turd does not apply here. In fact, Dance Dance Revolution 3rd Mix is a vast improvement over an already enjoyable DDR 2nd Remix...such an improvement that even if you had mastered most of the songs on the previous games, aside from new songs in 3rd Mix, you also had several new modes and options. The previous games in the series, which were amazing for their time, immediately felt dated by 3rd Mix due to all of its additions. Folks accustomed to the North American version of Dance Dance Revolution will be more familiar with many of the modes found here. Plus, if you've got a Pocketstation, this is one of the few games that you can use it with. Overall, this is easily one of the best music games ever created...and one that I fondly remember from my college years.
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Virtua Tennis - Sega Dreamcast
Release Date: September 8, 2000 (EU)
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Hitmaker
Genre: Sports - Tennis

In my opinion, Virtua Tennis is easily one of the greatest sports games ever made...And it's up there as one of the best Dreamcast games as well. Virtua Tennis brought back the simplistic joys of Pong, tweaking the tennis game formula to near perfection in the process. Not only is the action extremely fluid and easy to play, but World Tour mode and the mini games found within is a great addition as well, adding hours of gameplay to an already great game.
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WWF No Mercy - Nintendo 64
Release Date: November 17, 2000 (NA)
Publisher: THQ
Developer: Aki Corp.
Genre: Fighting - Wrestling

A lot of folks still consider this to be the best wrestling game ever created, which is saying quite a bit since it came out back in 2000. I wouldn't say that it's the best, personally, but it's good enough to be close to the best. The story modes, match types, and in-ring action are all fun and very well done...The only real knock I have on it is a poor create-a-wrestler mode, which pales in comparison to other wrestling games that had come out years prior. But, everything else is top notch and a shining example of why people are still modding this with updated rosters and for different promotions like TNA and ECW. It's a wrestling game that has definitely stood the test of time...and stood it well.
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Dead Or Alive 2 - Sega Dreamcast
Release Date: February 29, 2000 (NA)
Publisher: Tecmo
Developer: Team Ninja
Genre: Fighting

Dead or Alive 2 was one of the more sought-after games on the Dreamcast. Years after the death of the console, a used copy of Dead or Alive 2 was still fetching around $30 or so. Last time I checked, that price has dropped, but regardless of what it costs, this is a must-play game for fighting enthusiasts. In my personal opinion, this is the pinnacle of the Dead or Alive series, with improvements in every aspect of the original game. If not for Soul Calibur, Dead or Alive 2 would have been the best 3D fighter on the Dreamcast. But second place ain't bad either.
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Crazy Taxi - Sega Dreamcast
Release Date: January 24, 2000 (NA)
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Hitmaker
Genre: Action

Crazy Taxi was a blast in the arcades, and while you can't sit in a booth with a steering wheel and a gas pedal while playing this at home, maneuvering around the city using a controller is nearly as fun. Crazy Taxi is arcade-style gameplay at its most fun, with a premise that doesn't sound like it would be too enjoyable - drive people around location to location as quickly as possible. I was never all that great at this game, but that never prevented me from enjoying it one bit.
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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater - Nintendo 64
Release Date: February 29, 2000 (NA)
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Edge of Reality
Genre: Sports - Extreme Sports - Skateboarding

I first played Tony Hawk's Pro Skater a year prior to its release on a demo disk. The game was extremely basic when compared to the final product, but it was still fun enough where a few friends and I lost hours playing the demo. Then, a year later Pizza Hut released a demo much more true to the original game...And I was sold. I went out of my way to purchase this game...And to this day, I can still pop it in and love every minute of my time with it. And I'm not a music guy by any stretch, but I enjoy every song on the soundtrack, which also adds a tad to the enjoyment. While the sequel might be a superior game overall, I'll always have a preference to the simplicity of the original.
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Jet Grind Radio - Sega Dreamcast
Release Date: June 29, 2000 (JP)
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Smilebit
Genre: Platformer

Jet Grind Radio wasn't the first game to use cel-shaded graphics, but it was probably the most notable game to do so at the time. The art style fit well with the game itself, as you skated around a city, skitchin' down streets, grindin' rails, taggin' walls, runnin' from cops, and several other activities that I can use an apostrophe in the place of a 'g' for. It was fun playing the game itself, but it was just as fun just wandering around, doing the above mentioned activities without aiming for any particular goal.
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Pokemon Puzzle League - Nintendo 64
Release Date: September 1, 2000 (NA)
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Genre: Puzzle

Pokemon Puzzle League is essentially Tetris Attack from the Super NES, but with Pokemon themes tossed in and a few extras. Considering that Tetris Attack is one of the best, most addicting puzzle games ever created, I look at that as a good thing. If you already have Tetris Attack, there isn't really a ton here to make this game worth a purchase unless you're a Pokemon nut. Of course, if you've never played Tetris Attack before, then Pokemon nut or not, I highly recommend giving this gem a try.
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Release Date: November 21, 2000 (JP)
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Treasure
Genre: Shooter- Third-Person - Rail

While Nintendo did eventually release this on the North American Virtual Console for Wii owners, I never understood why this title never made it to North American shores in N64 cartridge form seven years earlier. Most of the game is in English, so there wasn't much translating to do...It wouldn't have required much effort for the big N to publish it out here, and with the lack of quality titles on the N64, especially near the end of the system's life, I believe that N64 owners would've eaten this game up. But alas, we were ultimately robbed of this enjoyable rail shooter. If you haven't played it yet, and enjoy games like Panzer Dragoon or Rez, give it a shot. It's now on the Wii's Virtual Console worldwide, so you won't need to spend large sums of money to import it.
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Marvel vs. Capcom 2 - Sega Dreamcast
Release Date: March 30, 2000 (JP)
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Genre: Fighting

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is a hectic fighter full of unbalanced characters where a button-masher has a good chance of defeating a player who learned all the moves and tries to fight strategically, depending on the players chosen. So why is it so beloved? Well, 'cause it's fun. This sequel improves upon the original Marvel vs. Capcom in most aspects and adds a few new modes and features, making it one of the most enjoyable fighting games on the Dreamcast.
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Release Date: June 29, 2000 (JP)
Publisher: Atlus
Developer: Atlus
Genre: RPG

I enjoy Eternal Punishment quite a bit, but if I had to choose between this and Innocent Sin, I'd pick Innocent Sin. The games play very much the same, but I prefer the story in Innocent Sin to the story found here...But that's not a knock to this game as the story here isn't too shabby, either. Anyway, like I said with Innocent Sin, this isn't like the very popular Persona 3 or 4...So if you're new to the series, you may not be as enthralled with this game as I am, but it's still a quality RPG worth plaything for fans of the genre.
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Tekken Tag Tournament - PlayStation 2
Release Date: March 30, 2000 (JP)
Publisher: Namco
Developer: Namco
Genre: Fighting

Ridge Racer V was the first game that I bought when I got a Playstation 2. This was number two...And I played the heck out of it. Tekken Tag Tournament is kind of like a side game in the series, with nearly every playable character in previous Tekken games available to play as in tag-team fighting competition. The tag team aspect is fun and adds a new element to the fighting. There are also modes to unlock like one of my favorites, Tekken Bowling, which just add even more replay value to an already good game. I highly recommend it fans of fighting games and/or fans of decent and odd bowling games...well, after you unlock Tekken Bowling, of course.
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Release Date: August 25, 2000 (EU)
Publisher: Codemasters
Developer: Codemasters
Genre: Racing

Well, I'll eat my words here...I've had friends recommending this to me since it was released and I never bothered trying it. They're car fanatics, afterall. I'm not. That said, I should have listened to them. Codemasters has a very good track record, pun intended, with racing games. This is no exception. If you like racing games, and if racing on tracks around the world sounds interesting to you, then you can't do much better than Jarrett & Labonte Stock Car Racing.
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Release Date: June 29, 2000 (JP)
Publisher: ASK
Developer: Polygon Magic
Genre: Fighting

Now here's an interesting hybrid. With games like Bust-A-Groove, we see music games with fighting game elements tossed in. In Slap Happy Rhythm Busters, we've got a fighting game with music game elements tossed in. Basically, Slap Happy Rhythm Busters is a solid, 2D fighting game with a Street Fighter-like power meter. When the meter fills up, you can unleash a super combo of sorts on your opponent. The catch? Upon unleashing the move, you go right into a rhythm-based music mini game and how well you do depends on the effectiveness of the combo. It's interesting, fun, and a really neat novelty attached to an already solid fighting game.
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Release Date: December 14, 2000 (JP)
Publisher: D3 Publisher
Developer: Yuke's
Genre: Fighting - Wrestling

I liked The Pro Wrestling - a generic clone of WWF Smackdown. I love The Pro Wrestling 2, which clones some aspects of WWF Smackdown 2, but has a bunch of its own content as well to make it feel like more than a simple clone. The most notable of that content is the ability to play deathmatches...barbed wire, electrified barbed wire, fire death matches, cage matches...After playing through the ECW games and wanting some quality hardcore wrestling, I finally found it here. The only downside is a lack of blood, which seems like something that would naturally be in a game with these brutal match types. Also new are some female grapplers added into the roster of generic wrestlers. While this game is not on par with WWF Smackdown 2, it does a good job of establishing itself as its own title using the WWF Smackdown 2 engine. If you want to play some FMW-style deathmatches with the Smackdown game engine, then look no further than this seemingly unknown gem.
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Mr Driller - Sega Dreamcast
Release Date: June 25, 2000 (NA)
Publisher: Namco
Developer: Namco
Genre: Action

Oh, Mr. Driller how I love thee. When I first played Mr. Driller, I was working at Funcoland and we had the game hooked up for people to try out. I was on break, so I gave the game a try and instantly became a fan. The odd mixture of Dig Dug-like digging and Tetris-like block matching was a blast to play, and still is today. Later Mr. Driller games have added some more modes and features, but the core gameplay has almost completely stayed the same...and there's a reason for that. I don't think it can get much better than this. Give it a try. I bet you'll be glad that you did.
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Hydro Thunder - Nintendo 64
Release Date: February 29, 2000 (NA)
Publisher: Midway
Developer: Eurocom Entertainment Software
Genre: Racing

I'm a sucker for racing games that don't involve cars. Maybe it's because I've always enjoyed games that stray from the beaten path, or maybe it's because games like Hydro Thunder are just so dang good that it makes me want more. Hydro Thunder takes the fun racing-on-water mechanics of Wave Race 64 and adds some speed and a more arcade-y feel to deliver an awesome experience for both casual and hardcore fans of racing games. It's not an incredibly deep racing experience, but it doesn't need to be - it's just pure fun.
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Dino Crisis - Sega Dreamcast
Release Date: September 6, 2000 (JP)
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Genre: Adventure - Survival Horror

I'm usually in the minority when I say this, but what the heck, I'll say it anyway - I prefer Dino Crisis to the first three Resident Evil games. I like Resident Evil and all, but when you take the Resident Evil formula, get rid of the slow-as-dirt zombies and replace them with lightning quick dinosaurs, it just makes for a more exciting game to play in my opinion. Yeah, the story and characters are kind of corny, but maybe that's where the game charmed me. I like corn. The only real downside to the Dreamcast version that I noticed is that it wasn't really upgraded or modified to take advantage of Sega's more powerful hardware. But, if you're not a graphics snob, you'll still find plenty to like here.
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WWF Smackdown! - PlayStation
Release Date: March 2, 2000 (NA)
Publisher: THQ
Developer: Yuke's
Genre: Fighting - Wrestling

After WWF Attitude was released, the WWF ended their relationship with Acclaim and partnered up with THQ. The result was WWF Smackdown! a huge step-up in terms of gameplay from the Acclaim games, resulting in a much smoother execution of moves. The season mode was also tremendously done...In fact, everything in Smackdown! was done really well with the sole exception being a very, very limited create-a-player mode. But that aside, this was a very impressive debut for the WWF Smackdown! series.
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Mr. Driller - Game Boy Color
Release Date: June 29, 2000 (JP)
Publisher: Namco
Developer: Namco
Genre: Action

Mr. Driller's formula works well in this 8-bit portable version of the Arcade/Playstation/Dreamcast game of the same name. The handheld hardware doesn't hold the quality of this game back much at all, making this a fantastic, portable version of the addicting Mr. Driller gameplay you may have grown to love on consoles or in the arcade. If you like Mr. Driller, and have a Game Boy Color, this is a must-buy title.
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Release Date: May 2, 2000 (NA)
Publisher: Midway
Developer: Psygnosis
Genre: Shooter - 1st Person

Colony Wars III pretty much improves everything from the previous games, making this the definitive Colony Wars game, in my opinion. The only real problem that I have with it is that it often feels like more of the same from the previous games...that's not necessarily a bad thing, but it does prevent me from bumping it higher up in this list. If you've never played Colony Wars, you may become a fan after playing this game. If you've had your fill with the previous two games in the series, however, you may not enjoy your time quite as much here.
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SNK Gals' Fighters - Neo-Geo Pocket Color
Release Date: January 27, 2000 (JP)
Publisher: SNK
Developer: Yumekobo
Genre: Fighting

SNK Gals Fighters is an all-ladies fighting game with females beating the ever-lovin' snot out of each other in the handheld fighting perfection that SNK was known for. This is one of the best handheld fighting games that I've personally played. The game controls like a dream, the graphics are quite nice for an 8-bit handheld, and you've got the convenience of playing this wherever you feel like playing it...Like on a tree branch, a seat in a city bus, or in a port-a-potty.
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Release Date: August 29, 2000 (NA)
Publisher: Crave
Developer: Anchor
Genre: Fighting - MMA

Ultimate Fighting Championship isn't a fighting game with fireballs coming out of the hands of the fighters. There aren't exotic locations that they fight in. There's no limit breaks, no combos, no fatalities...This game is purely mixed martial arts action. Just punches, kicks, takedowns, and submissions. But Anchor did a tremendous job bringing the sport of MMA to video games. At its time, this was the best MMA game ever made. More than ten years later, it may not be the best any more, but it's still near the top of the heap.
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Rockman Battle & Fighters - Neo-Geo Pocket Color
Release Date: July 6, 2000 (JP)
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Genre: Fighting

Rockman Battle & Fighters is a port of two arcade games (RockMan: The Power Battle and RockMan 2: The Power Fighters) all in one little package. I think it's amazing how well two full-sized arcade games were translated into one 8-bit cartridge. That said, if you want to know how the games play, just imagine any Mega Man game with the platforming levels taken away. The platforming is gone and this game is purely boss battles. It's a unique take on the fighting genre and an overall enjoyable experience, especially if you're a Mega Man fan.
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Release Date: November 30, 2000 (NA)
Publisher: Konami
Developer: Konami
Genre: Music

This Japan-only entry into the Dance Dance Revolution franchise has various remixes of Disney songs for you to prance around on a mat to and Disney characters dancing on the screen to watch. You can prance on the DDR dance mat, can't you? Anyway, it's a solid entry in the DDR series and a bit of a novelty if you're a fan of both Dance Dance Revolution and Disney.
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Release Date: June 16, 2000 (EU)
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Appaloosa Interactive
Genre: Adventure

Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future is a great example of the power of the Dreamcast - the game looks absolutely gorgeous. I found that much of my time was spent ignoring what I was supposed to be doing just so I could swim around and enjoy the underwater world created here. Unfortunately, once you start to do what you're supposed to be doing, some of the areas are very easy to get lost in. Without a whole lot of landmarks to go by, getting disoriented in the levels is pretty common...But, like I said, when half the fun is just wandering around and admiring the aquatic scenery, getting lost isn't always too upsetting.
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Strider 2 - PlayStation
Release Date: February 24, 2000 (JP)
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Use
Genre: Action

Strider 2 is an enjoyable sequel to the arcade classic, Strider...which is why it shares the same name, but with a 2 afterward. It's good, but not quite as good as the original, in my opinion...but that's okay because the original is included in this package as well. It's two Strider games in one package, and both of them are good, solid action titles that control well. And in both games, it's just plain fun to slash through everything in your path as you mow through the levels. This is well worth the purchase if you're a fan of the original Strider (especially since it's included in the package) or just a fan of action games in general.
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Daytona USA - Sega Dreamcast
Release Date: December 21, 2000 (JP)
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Amusement Vision
Genre: Racing

Daytona USA on the Sega Saturn was an attempt to bring the fantastic arcade racer into homes that fell short. Daytona USA: Championship Circuit Edition was a much better attempt, but still fell a tad short. Was the third time the charm with Dreamcast's Daytona USA? Yes and no. This game has several extra features like new tracks and cars to race as, but the gameplay itself still isn't quite as tight and fluid as the wonderful arcade original. It's the closest thing you can get to the arcade game on a home console, though, so that alone makes this a worthy purchase for racing fans - but plopping quarters in a Daytona USA arcade cabinet is still the way to go for the best Daytona USA experience.
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Capcom vs SNK - Sega Dreamcast
Release Date: September 6, 2000 (JP)
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Genre: Fighting

Capcom vs. SNK covers kind of a wide range, doesn't it? A better name for this game would have been Street Fighter vs. King of Fighters since, minus a couple of characters, pretty much every playable character is from one of the two franchises. That minor complaint aside, Capcom created a nice fighting game that provided a dream match for fans of fighting games, pitting characters from two of the best 2D fighting game franchise against each other...or teaming them up, depending on how you play, I suppose. If you're a fan of either fighting franchise, this is definitely worth checking out.
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Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX - PlayStation
Release Date: September 26, 2000 (NA)
Publisher: Acclaim
Developer: Z-Axis
Genre: Sports - Extreme Sports

With the wild success of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, Acclaim looked to capitalize by introducing its own version of that style of game, but with BMX bikes instead of skateboards. The end result, while not near the quality of the Tony Hawk games, was still very solid and fun to play in its own right. It's also worth noting that bailing from your bike and trying to take the worst possible fall was a favorite pastime of my friends and I for years. When you can spend hours doing nothing that you're supposed to be doing and still have fun, that's the sign of a quality game in my book.
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NHL 2K - Sega Dreamcast
Release Date: February 9, 2000 (NA)
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Black Box
Genre: Sports - Hockey

NHL 2K wasn't quite as impressive as NFL 2K or NBA 2K were, but it was still a solid, entertaining game of hockey for the Dreamcast. This is really the only sports game that I feel that Sega didn't surpass Electronic Arts in when it comes to the early titles in the Dreamcast library...And again, it's not a bad game by any means, and it's quite fun...it just isn't a sports game that'll blow anyone out of the water, like some other Dreamcast sports games did.
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Road Rash: Jailbreak - PlayStation
Release Date: February 1, 2000 (NA)
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: EA Redwood Shores
Genre: Racing

I'll be honest - I thought that this would be the worst of the Road Rash series...A last-ditch effort to make some money off of the franchise with little effort. I was dead wrong. Road Rash: Jailbreak, in my opinion, is the best Road Rash game ever made. It mixes my favorite aspects of the original Road Rash with my favorite aspects of Road Rash 3D and it results in a surprisingly good game. If you're a fan of the Road Rash franchise and haven't played this yet, find a copy. You might be pleasantly surprised like I was.
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Project Justice - Sega Dreamcast
Release Date: December 7, 2000 (JP)
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Genre: Fighting

Project Justice is a fighting game that provides an interesting story to go along with the fighting as well as a cast of fighters where each one is unique and with their own personality...None of them really come across as generic, and that's pretty refreshing in a fighting game. This also is not a game that lends itself to button mashers. It's got a little bit of a slower pace than Street Fighter fans may be used to, but the slowed-down pace makes for more strategic fighting, which in turn leads to (in my opinion, anyway) a more enjoyable fighting experience. If you enjoyed Rival Schools on Playstation One, then you'll probably enjoy this sequel.
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Release Date: November 30, 2000 (JP)
Publisher: Konami
Developer: Konami
Genre: Music

There are two key features of Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Mix that makes it worth playing, even for DDR veterans. First is the obvious; new songs from various Disney shows and films. Second is an awesome multi-player mode that allows you to essentially have a dance-off against a friend...Of course, you can battle the computer as well, but there's more satisfaction when putting a pal in their place, then yelling, "You just got served, son!" Anyway, aside from the two mentioned features, this is still the same DDR that you know and love...Just with a bit of Disney tossed in for good measure.
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Donkey Kong Country - Game Boy Color
Release Date: November 4, 2000 (NA)
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Rare
Genre: Platformer

Donkey Kong Country is about as close to getting an 8-bit version of the 16-bit platformer as possible. Obviously, it's not as pretty as the original was, but just about everything from the console version made its way here. If you couldn't get enough Donkey Kong Country, and didn't mind sacrificing the beautiful visuals in order to play it on the go, this Game Boy Color version was quite good...Though portable gaming fans only had to wait a few more years and they got the Super NES game ported to the Game Boy Advance. But still how well the game was translated to 8-bits from 16-bits is quite impressive.
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Release Date: December 21, 2000 (JP)
Publisher: Konami
Developer: KCET
Genre: Music

Consider Dance Dance Revolution: Best Hits a "best of" album in relation to music. The most beloved songs of the series up to this point are all in one place. That's basically enough of a reason for DDR fans to pick this up. Also in this game is an Edit mode, where you can basically create your own dances, which is pretty neat as well. If you've never played Dance Dance Revolution before, this is where I would probably point you you to - it's basically the best of all games before it all wrapped up in a dance burrito of happiness...And if you don't like dance burritos, I don't wish to be your friend.
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Hogs of War - PlayStation
Release Date: September 5, 2000 (NA)
Publisher: Infogrames
Developer: Infogrames Sheffield
Genre: Strategy - Turn-Based

Hogs of War is a pretty entertaining strategy game. Unlike most turn-based strategy games where you've got a grid and limited movement each turn, in Hogs of War, you can actually move wherever you want like you're playing an action game. When you've got yourself in a good position to shoot, toss a grenade, or melee attack, you bring up the weapon selection menu and begin your attack. This is fairly fun on its own, but the mild humor tossed in results in Hogs of War being a bit more fun than it probably should be. There are better strategy games out there, yet none of them are quite like Hogs of War.
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Grind Session - PlayStation
Release Date: April 29, 2000 (NA)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Shaba Games
Genre: Sports - Extreme Sports - Skateboarding

After the success of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, a few more skateboarding games were published to try to take advantage to the sudden popularity of video game skateboarding games. Grind Session was Sony's attempt...and while it's not horrible, it's nowhere near the level of Tony Hawk. With controls that aren't nearly as smooth and levels that aren't quite at the same level of design, Grind Session comes off more as a rip-off than a competitor to Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. That said, if you can't get enough of skateboarding games, Grind Session isn't terrible...it just isn't up to par with the game that it appears to emulate.
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Dino Crisis 2 - PlayStation
Release Date: September 13, 2000 (JP)
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Genre: Action

Dino Crisis, like most survival horror games, had a focus of avoiding confrontation and conserving ammunition so that when you got in an unavoidable fight, you'd have fire power to take care of business. Dino Crisis 2 throws that out the window and focuses on simply shooting everything in sight, executing kill combos, and achieving the highest score possible in a game that is much less survival horror and much more arcade-like shooter. Dino Crisis 2 is still a very solid game, but I personally prefer the slower, creepier pace of the original Dino Crisis over the "kill everything in sight and make dinosaurs extinct again" gameplay of this sequel.
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Silpheed: The Lost Planet - PlayStation 2
Release Date: September 21, 2000 (JP)
Publisher: Working Designs
Developer: Treasure
Genre: Shooter - Third-Person

Silpheed: The Lost Planet is a decent little scrolling, third-person shooter brought to North American shores thanks to the wonderful folks at Working Designs. It's a very solid, very beautiful shooter with various weapons to unlock and use, along with "refuel" stations to break up the combat in each level, which allow you to swap weapons for the appropriate situations. It seemed to be largely ignored upon release, which is a shame 'cause this really is a worthwhile game to play - especially if you're into scrolling shooters.
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Release Date: November 30, 2000 (JP)
Publisher: Tecmo
Developer: Tecmo
Genre: Music

Say whatcha want, I adore this game. I can't remember when or why I played it for the first time, but once I started, I was hooked. The unique, analog-controlled music game is fun to play on its own, but toss in a silly, entertaining story with goofy characters between songs and you've got a game that quickly danced its way into my heart. If I ever want to play a quick song or two in a music game, Unison is often the game that gets popped in.
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Cannon Spike - Sega Dreamcast
Release Date: November 14, 2000 (NA)
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Psikyo
Genre: Shooter - Third-Person

Cannon Spike is a different kind of shooter, where you're basically enclosed in an area and expected to shoot and/or brawl your way through all of the opponents that come your way. The controls take a little while to get used to since once you begin firing, you're unable to change the direction of your aim until you stop. If the shooting aspects were a little more like a twin-stick shooter, I feel like this game would be at least a tad better. Anyway, as it is, it's still a solid shooter and worth checking out for fans of the genre.
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