KINKER KORNER’S TOP 35 VIDEO GAMES OF 2000 NSFW

      Comments Off on KINKER KORNER’S TOP 35 VIDEO GAMES OF 2000 NSFW

Ok so we’re starting a new decade. Let’s see what the turn of the millennium brings us in terms of quality gaming.

 

35. The Ring: Terror’s Realm-Dreamcast

Ok so I’ll just get this out the way quickly….This game is an abomination, it sucks….it’s the absolute hairy baws. Having said that…..I like it because I came across it at a time when I was utterly obsessed with the Ringu franchise. I put this in my top horror games list as well and it raised a few eyebrows which I totally get. I managed to overlook how bad it was to get my hands on more Ringu lore. …..don’t judge me.

 

34. Sydney 2000-Playstation

Another game in the style of International Track And Field that me and some friends would head back to Steve’s house after the pub and have a blast with the button bashing sports extravaganza. A fun summer olympics simulator with events like 100m sprint, javelin, triple jump, hammer throwing and more.

 

33. Fear Effect-Playstation

An early adopter of the cell shaded look in gaming and one that helps it stand out from other games at the time. Incredibly stylish and cinematic but held back by clumsy and awkward controls. You choose between 3 mercenaries in a story that takes you far and wide in a twisty plot with likeable characters, particularly Hana. It’s cyberpunk themes sit well with me.

 

32. The Bouncer-Playstation 2

This very early playstation2 beat em up (the first ps2 game on these lists) from Squaresoft was going to bring the genre back with a bang…..yea it never really happened despite it’s efforts. It had an extensive promotional campaign which failed pretty spectacularly with poor sales but I always enjoyed it. People in general just wanted something other than a throwback beat em up for their new generation of gaming I guess. It seems to have found a cult audience over the years.

 

31. Jackie Chan Stuntmaster-Playstation

This went by pretty much unnoticed in my circle of friends when we were teens but it seems to have found a cult audience over the year, particularly in the emulation community. It’s a fun, it unspectacular beat em up with a fun arcade style. Good, simple fun.

 

30.Colin McRae Rally 2.0-Playstation

The tragic Scottish rally master put his name to a gaming franchise that blew up in the late 90s with critics going nuts over the quality. I know nothing about rally driving and I’m not a massive fan of serious racing games but even I recognised the quality of this one. My buddy Lindsey used to bring this round for some two player racing action. Incredible visuals for the ps1.

 

29. Capcom vs SNK: Millennium Fight 2000-Arcade/Dreamcast

If you’ve been keeping up with these lists through the 90s games then you’ll have seen loads of Capcom games and SNK games so it’s been building to this!. A rumble between characters from Street Fighter, King Of Fighters, Darkstalkers and more.

 

28. SSX-Playstation 2

 A launch title for the playstation 2 and one that went on to become a massively popular and critically successful snowboarding series. Great track design, smooth riding and loads of fun tricks to pull of make for an absolute blast of an extreme sports game.

 

27. X-Men: Mutant Academy-Playstation

Hot on the heels of the hit movie comes this one on one 3d fighting game to capitalise. Play as Wolverine, Magneto, Jean Grey, Storm and my boy Gambit (amazing he was still popular at this time considering what writers were putting him through in the comics at the time…..and have continued to do since) and beat the piss out of each other.

 

26. Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2-Dreamcast

The cartoony, arcade style boxing game is back for another dust up with characters like Afro Thunder, Lulu Valentine ,Selene Strike, Bill Clinton……Michael Jackson and more. Yea it didn’t take itself very seriously. and it was a load of fun to play, especially in multiplayer.

 

25.Shogun: Total War-PC

I’m not a fan of real time strategy games as a rule of thumb as I generally suck at them. My love of Japanese history was getting stronger at this time though and the premise of strategically waging battles set in the Sengoku Jidai era where it was basically a giant free for all with warring states battling each other. It’s turn based, epic action.

 

24. The King Of Fighters 2000-Arcade

The last great KOF game by SNK before their unfortunate plunge into bankruptcy. Great graphics, it plays well and it’s pretty well balanced but the stages are a a little stale despite the solid art style. A good way to remember the golden years of SNK and the original KOF creative team.

 

23. Mario Tennis-N64

Another sports game with Mario characters and another one that succeeds despite the silly premise. A really fun, arcade style tennis game with power ups and  characters like Luigi, Peach, Toad, Donkey Kong and has the distinction of having the first appearance of Waluigi.

 

22. American McGee’s Alice-PC

A psychological horror 3rd person action platformer that acts as an unofficial and dark sequel to Lewis Carroll’s books. This Alice witnessed the death of her parents in a house blaze and lost her grip on her sanity. She spends years in an asylum and is eventually transported back to a much darker and more twisted version of Wonderland.

 

21. Banjo-Tooie-N64

Rare’s cutesy mascots Banjo and Kazooie are back and have to stop the evil witch Gruntilda from killing all their friends. It’s more of the same but with much bigger levels and although it’s another collectathon it’s a lot of fun and the world pops with personality and colour.

 

20. Vagrant Story-Playstation

Squaresoft at it again with another sprawling, epic rpg. They just couldn’t stop making them at this time and this one never quite got the traction or fanbase it probably deserved as it’s stayed in that cult classic area. It’s about cults and murder framing and has a cool battle system with loads of weapon customization. It was made by the same team that made Final Fantasy Tactics that, while not a favourite of mine, is also a massively popular and well polished game.

 

19.Escape From Monkey Island-PC

 

The brilliantly charming , funny and loveable Lucasarts adventure series goes into the 3d world for the first time and although it has some growing pains and doesn’t measure up to earlier games in the series it’s still a really fun, swashbuckling adventure. You play Guybrush Threepwood again which is always fun and the dialogue is great as usual but some of the new fighting mechanics are beyond frustrating.

 

18. The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask-N64

The follow up to what is regarded is one of the greatest games of all time was always going to be tough to match up. In many ways I actually think I prefer this one to Ocarina Of Time….the more macabre and nihilistic nature of the game is appealing and although it’s a family series it has tinges of horror with the premise of a powerful mask causing the moon to come crashing into Link’s world. You have 3 full in game days to complete the game which causes a sense of panic to add to the already dark tone.

 

17. Paper Mario-N64

Just when you think Nintendo have run out of ideas for Mario they come up with something unlike anything before. An rpg with a unique and bizarre art style using characters made out of paper cut outs. Peach and her castle have been captured by Bowser yet again and Mario sets out on an adventure to save her and the Mushroom Kingdom

 

16. Perfect Dark-N64

A first person shooter that uses the same engine as Goldeneye but uses a new story without an established license. I never liked Bond anyway so I was happy to have such a great shooting engine with a mature and unique story starring a new Female lead Joanna Dark. I’m surprised it never became a more successful franchise as it was very popular. The X-Box 360 follow up game was disaster so maybe that killed it dead.

 

15. Spyro: Year Of The Dragon-Playstation

Insomniac Games’ mascot platformer series finished it’s original trilogy with this classic. The ps1 was really spoiled for the genre with loads of very solid mascots and Spyro stands up there with the strongest and most popular. He’s now relegated to crap like Skylanders which is a shame but as I’m writing this a trailer has just come out for an hd remaster of the original trilogy!. I mean, literally as I was writing this entry. How exciting. The dragon is back!.

 

14. Guilty Gear X-Arcade

Arc System’s flagship fighting game is back and improved upon with insanely stylish visuals and over the top characters fighting each other while heavy metal shredding guitar plays in the background…..fine by me. Series favourites like Sol Badguy, Axl Low, May, Faust and more are all here.

 

13. Metal Slug 3-Arcade

The hilarious, chaotic and exciting run and gun classic brought a brilliant art style with loads of fun enemies and background humour while you play. You end up missing loads of stuff they put in the game because the action is so intense that you’re concentrating on dodging bullets and shooting everything is sight.

 

12. Dino Crisis 2-Playstation

When I talked about the first game I mentioned how atmospheric and considered it was….well the sequel is balls to the wall action nonsense with endless ammo and dinos jumping at you from every angle. Big dumb fun from Capcom that pretty much does away with all the horror aspects of the original in favour of BOOM POW BANG!. The awesome Regina is back as one of the playable characters which is great.

 

11. Spider-Man-Playstation

Interestingly this action game uses the Tony Hawk’s game engine for it’s fun web slinging traversal. There had never been a Spidey game like this at the time with a full 3d environment mostly played high up above the skyscrapers of New York. Spidey has a great rogues gallery and the likes of Scorpion, Rhino, Venom, Mysterio act as bosses in the game. There’s loads of cool unlockables and easter eggs too. 

 

10.Jet Set Radio A.K.A Jet Grind Radio-Dreamcast

What a fun and unique game this was when it came out. Cool characters with baggy hip hop/rave clothing grinding rails and doing stunts on rollerblades while avoiding cops and tagging everything in sight with spray paint. An early adopter of the cel shaded look, it was ultra stylish in it’s day and still looks great today.

 

9. Resident Evil-Code: Veronica-Dreamcast

The fourth main entry into the Resident Evil series happens not long after the events of Resident Evil 2 and follows the Redfield siblings Claire and Chris on a prison island where an outbreak has…..broken out. Gone are the pre rendered backgrounds of the ps1 era games and now it’s a fully rendered 3d world which has aged worse than the pre rendered ones. It’s cheesy stuff too but in a fun B movie way with hilarious voice acting, particularly from the villain. Still considered an underrated gem in the Resi fandom.

 

8. Marvel vs Capcom 2: New Age Of Heroes-Arcade

A massive critical success and the pinnacle of the original batch of Capcom crossover 2d fighting games. A massive roster of characters and an insanely fun team battle system. It’s utterly broken with some characters being totally overpowered and others being weak as piss but holy crap what a load of fun it is. Capcom characters like Morrigna, Ryu , Ken, Strider, Zangief, Hayato, Jill Valentine and Marvel characters like Spidey, Juggernaut, Marrow, my boy Gambit, Thanos, Wolverine and loads more make up the stacked roster. Oh and that theme tune….”I WANNA TAKE YOU FOR A RIDE”

 

7 (Tied) WWF Smackdown!-Playstation

2000 was an incredible year for pro wrestling, probably my favourite in fact and boy did it give us some good games as well. This game started the wwf/e series that is still going on today and had a great arcade style of gameplay. Lots of match types and a roster filled with wrestlers like The Rock, The Undertaker, Mankind, Droz, New Age Outlaws, Big Bossman and loads more.

 

7 (Tied). WWF Smackdown! 2: Know Your Role-Playstation

…and later that year came the sequel. I think it’s generally well known that the second entry is the superior  one with more match types, game modes and a better roster but I’m lumping them both together as they work as a nice combo. This roster includes the likes of Chris Jericho, The Dudleys, D-Lo Brown, Eddie Guerrero, The Brood, Kane, Saturn and loads more.

 

6. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2-Playstation

The sequel to the surprise skateboarding hit improved the formula and became a massive hit with hardcore gamers and casuals alike all enjoying it. This was one of those games you would gather around a tv with your friends for and take turns to beat each other’s score. The punk rock and hip hop soundtrack is legendary too with songs from the likes of Bad Religion, Naughty By Nature, Swingin’ Utters, Millencolin and more.

 

5. Final Fantasy 9-Playstation

After 7 and 8 went for a more steampunk aesthetic and darker themes the 9th entry into the ultra popular series went back to the series’ roots with a more magical and whimsical fantasy setting. The lighter story and cuter character designs were a nice change from the often nihilistic tone of the previous couple of games. Zidane is a likeable protagonist and his band of misfits including the adorable wizard Vivi are a memorable and enjoyable rag tag band of adventurers.

 

4. Skies Of Arcadia-Dreamcast

Sky pirates flying around on a steampunk airship…..sold?. Unfortunately the Dreamcast was dying at the time it came out so it underperformed and never went on to become the franchise it deserved to be but it was critically acclaimed by anyone that played it. It’s a turn based rpg with an epic plot and a focus on exploration. Mainly light hearted in tone, it occasionally delves into more serious areas but it’s generally an upbeat swashbuckling adventure.

 

3. WWF No Mercy-N64

Often considered the greatest wrestling game of all time (stay tuned) and still being worked on constantly by modders who update the roster and create new rings, arenas etc. It’s the AKI engine again and with loads of match types, modes and even story modes for each title it’s just an infinitely playable wrestling game. The usual roster for the time is here with The Rock, Stone Cold etc.

 

2. Deus Ex-PC

A cyberpunk classic about terrorism, viruses, existentialism and the Illuminati. It was quite unique in terms of gameplay in the sense that it let you choose how to play the game. You could go all stealthy and use your cybernetic upgrades to stay hidden and attack from the shadows as recommended or you could go balls out and blast the place up like a standard fps. You play a gruff voiced protagonist and have lots of options of how your story plays out from your communications with other characters.

 

1. Virtual Pro Wrestling 2-N64

Well then, THIS is the best wrestling game of all time in my opinion. Celebrating the glory days of Japanese wrestling through the 80s and 90s with legends like Kenta Kobashi, Mitsuharu Misawa, The Great Muta, Stan Hansen, Taka Michinoku, Akira Taue, Tatsumi Fujinami, Kazushi Sakuraba, Hayabusa and loads loads more. It has mma fighters too which changes up the playing style which is awesome. It’s the pinnacle of the AKI system with insanely great moves and it all flows perfectly leading to great matches. A masterpiece that maybe raises some eyebrows being at the top of the list but there’s no n64 game I’ve played more than this….it’s still a regular for me.

 

What a strong start to the 00s. We’re in for another incredible decade of games so keep it here folks and thanks for looking in. Catch me @swing_kinker ta x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

comments