Should you’re something like me, I wish to apologize upfront since you’re actually about to really feel your age: Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring turned 20 years previous yesterday.
Fairly wild, proper? I knew the film was previous, however listening to that it was 20 years previous, having first launched into theaters on December 19, 2001, was quite a bit to soak up. With 20 years behind it, a beloved film that many nonetheless regard as an all-time excessive for fantasy storytelling in cinema, I figured it would be enjoyable to try what 2001 appeared like when “The Fellowship of the Ring” hit theaters. What consoles had been all of us enjoying? What had been essentially the most vital video games that yr? As you would possibly anticipate, these enjoyable little tidbits will really feel as growing old because the information that The Fellowship of the Ring is 20 years previous, so mentally put together for that. With out additional ado…
When Peter Jackson’s first Lord of the Rings film hit theaters, there is a good likelihood you skipped its theater launch to play video video games, and that is since you might need been too excited to go away your Gamecube or Xbox. Nintendo’s purple Gamecube console hit North American markets on November 18, 2001, only one month earlier than The Fellowship of the Ring hit theaters.
Three days earlier than the Gamecube, Microsoft formally entered the console market with its model new Xbox on November 15, 2001. There was this tremendous well-liked launch recreation that you just might need been preoccupied with on Xbox, too. Hmmm, what was it? Fusion Frenzy? Heck no (though Fuzion Frenzy is wonderful)! I am speaking about Halo: Fight Developed!
Funnily sufficient, Microsoft believed that Fuzion Frenzy was the launch recreation that wanted to be pushed, having reserves about Halo: Fight Developed (I realized of this in Game Informer’s latest episode of Video Gameography, which particulars the historical past of Halo: Fight Developed). Little did we all know that Halo: Fight Developed would turn out to be the inspiration for one of many largest shooter franchises of all time.
Elsewhere, Surreal Software program, The Complete Expertise, and Pocket Studios labored on Home windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Sport Boy Advance variations of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, a recreation launched in September 2002. That may be the primary 3D Lord of the Rings recreation, with Conflict of the Ring and The Hobbit releasing in 2003. The Lord of the Rings On-line can be launched 4 years later in 2007, and consider it or not, it is nonetheless receiving expansions at the moment – the Destiny of Gundabad growth hit the MMO this yr!
Another notable 2001 video games embrace Last Fantasy X, probably the most well-liked entries in the complete collection, Metallic Gear Stable 2: Sons of Liberty, Grand Theft Auto III, which was the primary recreation within the franchise to make the leap to 3D, Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater 3, the first-ever Satan Could Cry recreation, and arguably among the best motion sports activities video games ever launched, SSX Difficult (please remaster this already, EA). Tremendous Smash Bros. Melee additionally hit Gamecube in 2001, and that is a recreation nonetheless beloved at the moment – Nintendo even recently announced official tournament support for the 20-year-old fighter.
Ahhh, the passing of time…
Do you bear in mind seeing The Fellowship of the Ring in theaters? What video games, books, films, and music do you bear in mind having fun with that yr? Tell us within the feedback beneath!