VGChartz’s Issa Maki: “By 2001, the wait was over. After a false start of the generation led by Sega’s tragically ill-fated Dreamcast and a lackluster PlayStation 2 launch library, gamers across the globe bided their time – and were rewarded handsomely. Between the release of Onimusha: Warlords in January and Final Fantasy X in December, a virtual deluge of modern classics inundated the community: Devil May Cry, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Halo: Combat Evolved, Grand Theft Auto III, Advance Wars, Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages/Seasons, Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction… there wasn’t a single system left out of the party.

But in the eight months following the demo and release of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, the world would be forever changed; two decades later, its disturbing prescience is more relevant than it was back when people ignored the message.”