But it wasn't just Nintendo's year - the sales from Kingdom Hearts and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City could put one of each in every single New York City apartment. The PS2 love continued with Ratchet and Clank, Rez, Sly Cooper and Suikoden III, while the Xbox brought Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind to the console crowd. Xbox owners also got to throw metal monsters at each other with MechAssault and Steel Battalion. Electronic Arts threw down the gauntlet with Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 (so under-rated) and Medal of Honor Frontline, and Burnout made its modest, pre-smash-hit debut courtesy of Acclaim.
The PC saw Battlefield 1942 blow the top off of online, team-based combat, and Neverwinter Nights remains the best Dungeons & Dragons game to date. WarCraft III further immersed us in the world of Azeroth by adding heroes, creeps and robust online features as well.
As the consoles fought each other, the Game Boy Advance rocked the handheld world with The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Breath of Fire II, Phantasy Star Collection, Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance and Metroid Fusion. Key franchises began to rise in 2002 as well (TimeSplitters 2, Splinter Cell ), so really sit back and think about how good you had it back then. We sure did.