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The year 2000 saw the release of numerous video games as well as the launch of the PlayStation 2. Top-rated games originally released in 2000 include Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, Perfect Dark, NFL 2K1, Diablo II, Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.

Critically acclaimed titles[edit]

Metacritic (MC) and GameRankings (GR) are aggregators of video game journalism reviews.

2000 games and expansions scoring at least 90/100 (MC) or 90% (GR)[1][2]
Game Publisher Release Date Platform(s) MC score GR score
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Activision September 20, 2000 PlayStation 98/100 94.75%
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Activision November 7, 2000 Dreamcast 97/100 94.86%
Perfect Dark Nintendo May 22, 2000 Nintendo 64 97/100 94.55%
NFL 2K1 Sega September 7, 2000 Dreamcast 97/100 94.5%
Metal Gear Solid Konami April 24, 2000 Game Boy Color N/A 95.61%
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn Interplay Entertainment September 21, 2000 Microsoft Windows 95/100 93.97%
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Nintendo April 27, 2000 Nintendo 64 95/100 91.95%
Final Fantasy IX Square July 7, 2000 PlayStation 94/100 92.72%
Jet Set Radio Sega June 29, 2000 Dreamcast 94/100 91.9%
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Crave Entertainment May 22, 2000 Dreamcast N/A 94%
Resident Evil – Code: Veronica Capcom February 3, 2000 Dreamcast N/A 93.79%
Rayman 2: The Great Escape Ubisoft March 21, 2000 Dreamcast N/A 93.05%
SSX EA Sports October 26, 2000 PlayStation 2 93/100 92.39%
Quake III Arena Activision October 22, 2000 Dreamcast 93/100 92.15%
Skies of Arcadia Sega October 5, 2000 Dreamcast 93/100 90.59%
NBA 2K1 Sega October 31, 2000 Dreamcast 93/100 89.69%
Le Mans 24 Hours Sega November 13, 2000 Dreamcast 93/100 89.5%
Paper Mario Nintendo August 11, 2000 Nintendo 64 93/100[3] 88.81%[4]
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Activision February 29, 2000 Nintendo 64 N/A 92.4%
Vagrant Story Square February 10, 2000 PlayStation 92/100 91.97%
The Sims Electronic Arts February 4, 2000 Microsoft Windows 92/100 89.74%
Dead or Alive 2 Tecmo February 29, 2000 Dreamcast N/A 91.37%
Virtua Tennis Sega June 8, 2000 Dreamcast 92/100 91.37%
Banjo-Tooie Nintendo November 20, 2000 Nintendo 64 90/100 91.31%
Deus Ex Eidos Interactive June 23, 2000 Microsoft Windows 90/100 91.03%
Madden NFL 2001 EA Sports October 26, 2000 PlayStation 2 91/100 90.78%
Spyro: Year of the Dragon Sony Computer Entertainment October 24, 2000 PlayStation 91/100 90.59%
The Operative: No One Lives Forever Fox Interactive November 9, 2000 Microsoft Windows 91/100 88.34%
DOA2: Hardcore Tecmo October 26, 2000 PlayStation 2 91/100 87.38%
Mario Tennis Nintendo July 21, 2000 Nintendo 64 91/100 87.32%
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Activision October 25, 2000 Microsoft Windows 91/100 85.77%
Mario Tennis Nintendo November 1, 2000 Game Boy Color N/A 90.78%[4]
Donkey Kong Country Nintendo November 4, 2000 Game Boy Color N/A 90.38%
Pokémon Puzzle Challenge Nintendo September 21, 2000 Game Boy Color N/A 90.2%
Crazy Taxi Sega January 24, 2000 Dreamcast N/A 90.19%
Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes Capcom March 30, 2000 Dreamcast 90/100 90.15%
Colin McRae Rally 2.0 Codemasters July 7, 2000 PlayStation 90/100 88.82%
Grandia II Game Arts August 3, 2000 Dreamcast 90/100 88.81%
Madden NFL 2001 EA Sports August 22, 2000 PlayStation 90/100 88.65%
Jane's F/A-18 Electronic Arts January 11, 2000 Microsoft Windows N/A 88.43%
NHL 2001 EA Sports September 28, 2000 Microsoft Windows 90/100 86.75%
Rayman Revolution Ubisoft December 22, 2000 PlayStation 2 90/100[3] 85.17%[4]
WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role THQ November 21, 2000 PlayStation 90/100 84.27%
Wario Land 3 Nintendo March 21, 2000 Game Boy Color N/A 90%

Major events[edit]

Month Day(s) Event
January 7 Publisher ASC Games shut down due to financial issues arising with the ongoing delay of their upcoming game, Werewolf: The Apocalypse – The Heart of Gaia.[5]
Digital Illusions CE acquires Refraction Games and 90% of Synergenix Interactive.
February 4 First annual Dreamcast Championships, featuring the game Sonic Adventure.
Electronic Arts acquired DreamWorks Interactive, the games division of DreamWorks SKG, becoming EA Los Angeles.[6]
March Game Network hosts the second annual Independent Games Festival (IGF).
April 14 Reuters reports that the PlayStation 2 console would have export controls placed on it by the Trade Ministry of Japan as the PS2 is sophisticated enough for military applications.[7][8][9][10]
Nintendo sells its 100 millionth Game Boy / Game Boy Color handheld game console.
May 11 The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences hosts the third Annual Interactive Achievement Awards and inducts Hironobu Sakaguchi of Square into the AIAS Hall of Fame.
11–13 The sixth annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is held[11] along with the third annual Game Critics Awards for the Best of E3.
24 Looking Glass Studios was shut down.[12]
June 19 Microsoft acquired Bungie.[13]
26 Computer Game Developers Association is renamed to International Game Developers Association.
30 Nintendo's Satellaview system ceases to receive broadcasts.
Sony acquired Verant Interactive.[14]
July Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association hosts first annual Executive Summit.
August 31 THQ acquired Volition.[15]
Ubi Soft acquired Red Storm Entertainment.
September 10 Sega.com launches SegaNet, their online console gaming network.
December 15 Nvidia acquires 3dfx Interactive.[16]
Unknown British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) hosts its third annual BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards for multimedia technologies; 7 of 20 awards went to video games. David Bowie was awarded, in part, for his contributions to the video game Omikron: The Nomad Soul.
Mattel sells The Learning Company to Gores Technology Group.[17]
All of Sega's internal consumer research & development divisions become individual developer companies.
21-6 Productions was formed.
PopCap Games was formed.
Yeti Interactive was formed.

Hardware releases[edit]

The list of game-related hardware released in 2000.

Month Day Console
March 4 PlayStation 2JP[18][19]
October 26 PlayStation 2NA[20]
November 24 PlayStation 2EU
30 PlayStation 2AU
December 9 WonderSwan ColorJP[21][22]
Unknown Sega NAOMI 2[23][24]

Notable releases[edit]

Video game platforms
DC Dreamcast
GBC Game Boy Color
Jag Atari Jaguar
N64 Nintendo 64
PS1 PlayStation
PS2 PlayStation 2
Sat Sega Saturn
Win Microsoft Windows
  

Series with new installments include Age of Empires, Banjo-Kazooie, Command & Conquer, Diablo, Excite, Final Fantasy, Grandia, The Legend of Zelda, Madden NFL, Marvel vs. Capcom, Mega Man Legends, Monkey Island, Mortal Kombat, Need for Speed, Persona, Pokémon, Resident Evil, Ridge Racer, Sonic the Hedgehog, Spyro, Tekken, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six, Tony Hawk's, and Wario.

In addition, 2000 saw the introduction of several new properties, including Counter-Strike, Deus Ex, Hitman, Jet Set Radio, Kessen, Mario Tennis, Midnight Club, Paper Mario, Perfect Dark, The Sims, SSX, TimeSplitters, and Total War.

Notable releases of the year 2000
Release Title Windows 5th Gen 6th Gen Handheld Arcade
January 24 Crazy Taxi Yes (2002) N/A DC, GCN (2001), PS2 (2001) N/A Yes (1999)
January 24 Mario Party 2 N/A N64 N/A N/A N/A
January 27 Dragon Warrior Monsters N/A N/A N/A GBC N/A
January 31 Nox Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
February 3 Resident Evil Code: Veronica N/A N/A DC, GCN (2003), PS2 (2001) N/A N/A
February 4 The Sims Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
February 10 Vagrant Story N/A PS1 N/A N/A N/A
February 19 SNK Gals' Fighters N/A N/A N/A NGP N/A
February 29 BattleSphere N/A Jag N/A N/A N/A
February 29 Dead or Alive 2 N/A N/A DC N/A Yes (1999)
February 29 Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed Yes PS1 N/A GBA (2004) N/A
February 29 Rayman 2: The Great Escape N/A N/A DC N/A N/A
February 29 Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage N/A N/A DC N/A N/A
February 29 Pokémon Stadium[25] N/A N64 N/A N/A N/A
March 4 Kessen N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 21 Wario Land 3 N/A N/A N/A GBC N/A
March 23 Thief II: The Metal Age Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
March 24 Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards N/A N64 N/A N/A N/A
March 27 Soldier of Fortune Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
March 30 Final Fight Revenge N/A Sat N/A N/A Yes (1999)
March 31 Tech Romancer N/A N/A DC N/A N/A
March 31 MDK2 Yes N/A DC, PS2 (2001) N/A N/A
March 31 Starlancer Yes N/A DC N/A N/A
April 4 Star Wars Episode I: Racer N/A N/A DC N/A N/A
April 27 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask N/A N64 N/A N/A N/A
April 28 Gundam Side Story 0079: Rise from the Ashes N/A N/A DC N/A N/A
April 30 Excitebike 64 N/A N64 N/A N/A N/A
April 30 The Misadventures of Tron Bonne N/A PS1 N/A N/A N/A
April 30 Wild Arms 2 N/A PS1 N/A N/A N/A
May 4 4 Wheel Thunder N/A N/A DC N/A N/A
May 5 Metal Gear: Ghost Babel N/A N/A N/A GBC N/A
May 9 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six N/A N/A DC N/A N/A
May 14 Bomberman Max N/A N/A N/A GBC N/A
May 16 SimCity 3000 Unlimited Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
May 22 Earth 2150 Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
May 22 Metal Slug 2nd Mission N/A N/A N/A NGP N/A
May 22 Perfect Dark N/A N64 N/A N/A N/A
May 24 Daikatana Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
May 28 Bomberman 64: The Second Attack N/A N64 N/A N/A N/A
June 1 Evolva Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
June 1 Ground Control Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
June 4 Space Channel 5 N/A N/A DC N/A N/A
June 7 Dracula: Resurrection Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
June 7 Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
June 12 Tomb Raider N/A N/A N/A GBC N/A
June 13 Shogun: Total War Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
June 22 Draconus: Cult of the Wyrm N/A N/A DC N/A N/A
June 22 Omikron: The Nomad Soul N/A N/A DC N/A N/A
June 26 Deus Ex Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
June 28 Xtreme Sports N/A N/A N/A GBC N/A
June 29 Persona 2: Eternal Punishment N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
June 29 Diablo II Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
June 29 Icewind Dale Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
June 29 Jet Set Radio N/A N/A DC N/A N/A
June 29 Marvel vs Capcom 2 N/A N/A DC N/A N/A
June 30 Homeworld: Cataclysm Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
June 30 Mortal Kombat: Special Forces N/A PS1 N/A N/A N/A
July 3 Dark Reign 2 Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
July 18 Threads of Fate N/A PS1 N/A N/A N/A
July 29 Strider 2 N/A PS1 N/A N/A N/A
July 31 Spirit of Speed 1937 Yes N/A DC N/A N/A
August 3 Shin Sangoku Musou (Japan) N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 15 Chrono Cross N/A PS1 N/A N/A N/A
August 24 Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
August 26 Dragon Quest VII (Japan) N/A PS1 N/A N/A N/A
August 28 Mario Tennis N/A N64 N/A N/A N/A
August 30 WWF Royal Rumble N/A N/A DC N/A N/A
September 1 Spider-Man Yes PS1, GBC, N64 DC (2001) N/A N/A
September 12 Parasite Eve II N/A N/A PS1 N/A N/A
September 13 Lego Stunt Rally Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
September 15 Star Trek: Voyager – Elite Force Yes N/A PS2 (2001) N/A N/A
September 19 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Yes N64 (2001), PS1 DC GBA (2001), GBC N/A
September 24 Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
September 24 The Little Mermaid 2: Pinball Frenzy N/A N/A N/A GBC N/A
September 25 Buffy the Vampire Slayer N/A N/A N/A GBC N/A
September 25 Vampire Hunter D N/A PS1 N/A N/A N/A
September 26 Destruction Derby Raw N/A PS1 N/A N/A N/A
September 26 NHL 2001 Yes N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 27 Dragon Warrior I & II N/A N/A N/A GBC N/A
September 28 F1 Championship Season 2000 Yes PS1 PS2 GBC N/A
October Zeus: Master of Olympus Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
October 5 Skies of Arcadia N/A N/A DC N/A N/A
October 15 Pokémon Gold and Silver N/A N/A N/A GBC N/A
October 19 Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers Yes PS1, N64 PS2, DC GBC N/A
October 22 Quake III Arena N/A N/A DC N/A N/A
October 23 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
October 23 TimeSplitters N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 24 Mega Man Legends 2 Yes PS1 N/A N/A N/A
October 25 Midnight Club: Street Racing N/A N/A PS2 GBA (2001) N/A
October 25 Ridge Racer V N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 25 Spyro: Year of the Dragon N/A PS1 N/A N/A N/A
October 26 FantaVision N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 26 Madden NFL 2001 N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 26 SSX N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 26 Tekken Tag Tournament N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 27 Bust-a-Move Millennium N/A N/A N/A GBC N/A
October 31 The Grinch N/A N/A DC N/A N/A
November 6 Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000 N/A PS1 (2002) DC N/A N/A
November 6 Crash Bash N/A PS1 N/A N/A N/A
November 6 Incredible Crisis N/A PS1 N/A N/A N/A
November 6 The World Is Not Enough Yes PS1, N64 N/A GBC N/A
November 6 Shenmue N/A N/A DC N/A N/A
November 8 Escape from Monkey Island Yes N/A PS2 (2001) N/A N/A
November 9 The Operative: No One Lives Forever Yes N/A PS2 (2002) N/A N/A
November 9 Counter-Strike (video game) Yes Xbox, Retail and Steam (2003) Linux, Mac OS X (2013) N/A N/A
November 10 Timeline Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
November 13 Final Fantasy IX Yes (2016) PS1 N/A N/A N/A
November 13 Madden NFL 2001 N/A N/A N/A GBC N/A
November 13 The Emperor's New Groove Yes PS1 N/A GBC N/A
November 14 Dexter's Laboratory: Robot Rampage N/A N/A N/A GBC N/A
November 14 The Powerpuff Girls: Bad Mojo Jojo N/A N/A N/A GBC N/A
November 14 Sonic Shuffle N/A N/A DC N/A N/A
November 16 Blues Brothers 2000 N/A N64 N/A N/A N/A
November 17 Tomb Raider Chronicles Yes PS1 DC N/A N/A
November 17 Sacrifice Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
November 19 Hitman: Codename 47 Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
November 20 007 Racing N/A PS1 N/A N/A N/A
November 20 Banjo-Tooie N/A N64 N/A N/A N/A
November 20 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker N/A PS1 N/A GBC N/A
November 20 Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX N/A N/A DC N/A N/A
November 22 Harvest Moon: Back to Nature N/A PS1 N/A N/A N/A
November 23 MechWarrior 4: Vengeance Yes N/A N/A N/A Yes
November 23 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Fallen Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
November 30 Godzilla: The Series: Monster Wars N/A N/A N/A GBC N/A
November 30 Scooby-Doo! Classic Creep Capers Yes N64 N/A N/A N/A
December 1 Disney's Aladdin in Nasira's Revenge Yes PS1 N/A N/A N/A
December 4 Evil Dead: Hail to the King N/A PS1 N/A N/A N/A
December 4 Pokémon Puzzle Challenge N/A N/A N/A GBC N/A
December 6 American McGee's Alice Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
December 6 Grandia II N/A N/A DC N/A N/A
December 7 Giants: Citizen Kabuto Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
December 7 Mario Party 3 (Japan) N/A N64 N/A N/A N/A
December 7 Project Justice N/A N/A DC N/A Yes
December 10 Monster Rancher Hop-A-Bout N/A PS1 N/A N/A N/A
December 13 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker N/A N64 N/A N/A N/A
December 14 Dark Cloud (Japan) N/A N/A PS2 N/A N/A
December 14 Pokémon Crystal (Japan) N/A N/A GBC N/A N/A
December 21 Phantasy Star Online (Japan) N/A N/A DC N/A N/A
December 30 ECW Anarchy Rulz N/A N/A DC N/A N/A

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