The entry of mankind into the third millennium can rightfully be considered the "golden " age in the era of computer games. Dozens of projects have been released that, without undue modesty, should be classified as masterpieces.
It is on these games, released at the beginning of the 2000s, that the developers of almost all eminent companies existing at the expense of the computer industry are still guided.
All they have to do is take the cliches created many years ago as a basis and clothe them in a beautiful shell: add colorful videos, improve the quality of graphics, and so on.
True, some independent indie companies are not afraid to experiment, trying to create something unusual and extraordinary, but large corporations still do not risk deviating from the classic rules, adhering to the canons familiar to millions of gamers. For this reason, do not forget about the old games that are still able to win the hearts of both experienced and beginner players.
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (2002)
Few would dispute the fact that " Warcraft " has long become a cult game, whose name is familiar to anyone who has ever played strategy. Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos takes place fifteen years after the war between orcs and humans.
All this time, there has been peace in Azeroth, albeit shaky, but still. While the people rejoiced at their victory, the orcs accumulated anger and strength, uniting under the leadership of a new leader. And now, when no one was expecting trouble, the drums of war resounded over the world again. Doomsday has begun, and armies of humans, orcs, night elves and undead have come together on the battlefield. It is not known who will win this time and become the ruler of Azeroth.
Diablo 2 (2000)
Several years have passed since the events of the first part. The main characters of the game went over to the "dark" side and dispersed throughout the world, bringing chaos and destruction wherever they went. At the beginning of the game, you have to choose one of five characters - these are the standard Amazon, Barbarian, Necromancer, Sorceress and Paladin. Each of them has a number of unique abilities and possesses certain spells.
It's easy to guess that more powerful magic went to the Necromancer and the Enchantress. The rest, in the main, are forced to rely on their strength, agility and accuracy. Each hero has a different goal - to reach the lord of monsters Diablo and send him back to the Underworld, where he belongs.
Call of Duty (2003)
With the advent of computer games, developers from different countries could not ignore the topic of World War II , making it one of their favorite. Strategies, quests, arcades, simulations, RPGs - there is no such genre that would turn away from the confrontation of the civilized countries of the world with the fascist yoke.
However, a variety of action games and shooters have become the best games on this topic. True, until recently, the main opponents of the Germans in computer games were allies - the Americans, the British, the French and others, and only after the release of CoD the players were able to finally play for the real winners in World War II - the soldiers of the Red Army. Historical battles await you that will turn the tide of the worst war - the battles for Stalingrad, Normandy, Belgium and Berlin.
Doom 3 (2004)
The classic first-person shooter with a good touch of horror, which has spawned a wave of imitators. The year is 2145. A large research center has been operating on Mars for a long time. But suddenly, without any warning, any connection with him is lost.
The hero of the game is a ordinary paratrooper , who is sent on a mission to find out why none of the scientists makes contact with the Earth. A seemingly simple task turns into a real nightmare for the hero. The thing is that as a result of one scientific experiment, the gates to another dimension were opened, from which hordes of undead and monsters rushed into our world.
The unfortunate paratrooper will have to take the brunt of the attack, challenging all this evil from the Underworld, as well as the hordes of mutants that local scientists have turned into.
The powerful and evil wizard Shaddar, a descendant of an ancient royal family, decides to conquer the world, leading an army of dark forces. However, by sacrificing his own sister, he was never able to achieve the desired results. Shaddar was expelled from Ancaria in disgrace, and he was forced to settle in a desolate desert.
The sorcerer could not calm down. He built himself a castle and acquired a crowd of minions, gathering an army of vile goblins. Continuing to improve his knowledge of magic, he colludes with demons. With their help, Shaddar hopes to finally conquer the world. And no one, except you, can interfere with his insidious plans.
Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven (2002)
Cult third-person shooter , in which the player will not only have to shoot and wave fists heartily, but also retrain into a professional driver participating in chases and even in competitions on racing cars.
The main character of the game is the taxi driver Thomas Angelo, who lives in the American town of Lost Haven in the thirties of the last century. The "dry" law that came into force became the reason for the appearance in the country of many organized mafia groups, one of which Thomas was forced to join due to circumstances beyond his control.
Trying to survive, the unfortunate taxi driver finds himself in the very epicenter of a criminal showdown, waging war both among themselves and with representatives of the law.
Return to Castle Wolfenstein (2001)
1943. The American agent Blaskowitz , who went to Europe to fulfill an important mission, is captured by the Germans. He is sent to the casemates located in the basement of the ancient castle called Wolfenstein.
Blaskovitsa's partner, unable to withstand the terrible torture, dies, and the agent himself manages to escape, destroying almost all the guards. Blaskowitz, who ended up in the ranks of the Resistance, is entrusted with a new task - to prevent the scientist Zemf and his accomplice Helga von Bulow from creating an army of monsters and living dead, with which they are able to destroy all life on Earth.
The Sims (2000)
One of the best " life simulators" , which has spawned a lot of successful sequels. The main characters in the game are Sims, imitating ordinary people in everything. The player can become a kind of "god" for them, commanding their actions and way of life. He brings them together with other Sims, helps them build careers, make money, furnish their homes, and so on.
There is no plot in the game, which means that you can play it almost endlessly. Sims, obedient to the orders of the gamer, go to work, relax with friends, give birth to children, have fun. The Sims takes place in a small town with several families who are inextricably linked to each other.
Classic RPG set in the fantasy kingdom of Myrtana, ruled by King Robar II. For many years people have been waging a bloody war with the orcs, which deprives them of their main reserves of magical ore. Its deposits are located only in one place - on the island of Khorinis, where ore is mined by criminals exiled to mines.
The valley where the excavations were carried out was separated from the rest of the world by an impassable magic barrier, which once collapsed, and Myrtana was on the verge of chaos. The kingdom's authorities have no choice but to try to negotiate with the convicts. The main character of Gothic is one of the prisoners who will have to fight powerful sorcerers who have decided to summon an evil deity from another world to Myrtana.
Neverwinter Nights (2002)
Forgotten Realms is a whole universe in which the events of Neverwinter Nights unfold. Here, in the city of Neverwinter, lives a character for whom you have to play. He was finishing his studies at the Academy of Heroes located here when, during his final exams, several sorcerers attacked the school, assisted by a squad of cruel goblins.
After a bloody battle, in which both students and their teachers died, it becomes known that four creatures disappeared without a trace. They had to create a cure for the plague that began in the city. Your hero, who received the status of the best student of the Academy, is tasked with finding the missing and returning them to Neverwinter.
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