Hideo Kojima has reminded us all that the late 2001 releases of GTA 3, Halo, and Metal Gear Solid 2 sparked great change within the industry.
In honoring each game’s 20th anniversary, Hideo Kojima noted that the 2001 releases of Grand Theft Auto 3, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Halo: Combat Evolved incited great change across the gaming industry. Gaming in general boasts several notable years of import that were packed with seminal releases. 2007 is often remembered as one such year, given the advent of titles such as Assassin’s Creed, BioShock, Portal, Super Mario Galaxy, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.
As many may recall, 2009 proved equally integral to the industry’s trajectory, specifically due to the likes of Batman: Arkham Asylum, which revolutionized combat in third-person action games. Assassin’s Creed II provided the early framework for the open-world Ubisoft formula. And Uncharted 2: Among Thieves marked another shift in storytelling and elevated player-controlled set pieces. Similarly, 2011 brought about change in its own right, following the releases of Portal 2, Mortal Kombat 9, Batman: Arkham City, Uncharted 3, and Skyrim, each of which set the bar higher for their respective genres. The year 2001 played host to an equally incredible batch of new experiences.
In celebrating Metal Gear Solid 2’s 20th anniversary, series creator Hideo Kojima made note of two other games that hit store shelves in late 2001 – GTA 3 and Halo: Combat Evolved. Kojima wisely stated, “ was a year of great change in the game industry.” He couldn’t be more accurate. GTA 3 launched on PlayStation 2 in October and laid the groundwork for open-world sandbox games. Metal Gear Solid 2 followed on November 13, boasting advanced stealth mechanics and groundbreaking narrative threads that made the experience feel ahead of its time. Halo arrived on November 15 and brought with it new standards for first-person shooters, courtesy of regenerating health, the two-weapon limit, and controls that elevated the genre on consoles.
In 2001, the same November that MGS2 was released, GTA3 and HALO were released. This was a year of great change in the game industry.
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) November 30, 2021
Grand Theft Auto 3, Halo: Combat Evolved, and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty all played significant roles in shaping the industry into what it is today in many respects. Interestingly enough, now is a time where players are either discovering or rediscovering these classic thrills.
The Grand Theft Auto title in question rereleased in GTA Trilogy earlier this month, for instance. And many Halo faithful claim Halo: Infinite’s multiplayer evokes the feeling of playing the original entry 20 years ago. Unfortunately, publisher Konami recently pulled the Metal Gear sequel from digital storefronts due to licensing issues with historical archive footage. Here’s to hoping the matter won’t take too long to resolve.
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