TH hit the Nintendo 64 as well, but we were already hip deep in N64 games we knew would be classics even then. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask came as a salve to gamers who didn't have a pre-order ticket for a PS2. Released two days before the Sony launch, it proved that the N64 still had one last trick up its sleeve. Mario Party 2 often shed its kiddie flavor by inspiring the lose-a-minigame-take-a-shot rule across college campuses. Finally, Rare followed up the first-person masterpiece GoldenEye with Perfect Dark, introducing the femme fatale stunner, Joanna Dark.
Sega decided to let its Dreamcast console go quietly into the night following the announcement of the GameCube and Xbox from deep-pocketed competitors Nintendo and Microsoft. However, Sega's slew of swansong titles included the thrilling, barely-in-control Crazy Taxi, the best-Dreamcast-RPG-ever-title-contender Grandia II (for the record, some editors prefer Skies of Arcadia) and cut-scene-horrifier Resident Evil Code: Veronica.
With the constant din arising from the console battles, games on the PC quietly stole the entire show. Some of us never lifted our heads again after first diving into BioWare's role-playing epic Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Anm. But role-players had their world nano-augmented with Deus Ex's attitude, cyberpunk style and deep conspiracy - a Game of the Year with a story that out-slugs nearly everything released since. 2000 also brought the unendingly fun Diablo II, and was the year that saw the genesis of Sims - the game that launched 1,000 expansion packs. Finally, homebrewed Half-Life mod Counter-Strike officially entered retail stores in Y2K, beginning its reign to this day as the most popular online shooter, ever.