A Year Of My Life In Games- 2003.

Its been a while since I did one of these posts and I figured now was a good time to write the next entry. This time, we are taking a look at the games released in 2003 that I loved. Let’s take a look!

I have to admit that looking at the games released in 2003, in the UK, I realised that this was going to be tough. You see, there weren’t that many games released that year that I’ve actually played and most of I wouldn’t say were exceptional or were special to me. I guess I was till playing Final Fantasy X a lot…

Still, I could find one game that I remember playing that I loved, Tony Hawk’s Underground. I suspect long time readers a bit surprised. RPGs are definitely my favourite type of game and are what I play a lot of today but back in the early 2000’s, I was into platformers and skating games.

Image source: wsgf.org.

Underground wasn’t my first Tony Hawk skating gaming, in fact the first one was Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. However Underground is definitely my favourite in the series. The story of skater trying to make a name for themselves may sound cliche, but the plot has some silly moments, including a scene involving a tank in Russia. The fact that Underground doesn’t take itself seriously adds to the appeal.

I did get to play Underground 2 a few years later but after that I haven’t really played any skating games since then.Since hearing other peoples’ thoughts on the later Tony Hawk’s games, I think I left the series at the right point.

So, that was 2003! Unfortunately, this was a bit of a short post, but there wasn’t many options to write about. What games have you played that were released in 2003? Let me know in the comments below.

Rest assured that next time, when I talk about games released in 2004, there will be a few more games I can talk about, see you then!

4 thoughts on “A Year Of My Life In Games- 2003.

  1. Ahh… 2003. Ultima Online released a new expansion – Age of Shadows. Popularly known among the player base as Age of Shit.

    The changed the way the game handled item information, and as a result the information for every item potentially on your screen was sent to and handled by the client. Even if the item was inside a container inside a house – and you couldn’t actually see the container, let alone having clicked on it to see the contents. The game was virtually unplayable for months from the resulting lag. The once thriving public market at WBB (where people gathered to buy, sell, and trade) was a ghost town because you could barely chat, let alone use the trade window.

    They changed the combat system from a skill based to an item based system – which had the side effect of decimating the crafter economy because most of the items couldn’t be crafted. The same changes devastated the animal tamer profession.

    They introduced changes to the crafting system which made it attractive for everyone to have their own crafters (despite the difficulty of building a high level one). This destroyed all but a fraction of what was left of the crafter economy.

    Since almost all the really good items were high level loot… The treasure hunter profession (which ended up being capped at decent items at best) was also decimated.

    There’s more, but I’ll leave it at that.

    No, I am not making this up… it really was that bad. Though other games becoming available at the same time didn’t help much, it was the beginning of the end for UO. IIRC reliable sources at the time estimated that it shed as much as a third of it’s subscriber base in the first six months after AoS was released. (And they never returned.)

    It was also the beginning of the end of my love affair with UO. But the final knell didn’t happen until 2004… so I’ll recount that it it’s proper place.

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      1. Oh good, it took so long for you to reply I thought “oh jeez, maybe I shouldn’t have written a friggin’ novel!” πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

        Which is good, because 2004 kinda requires another one to explain fully…

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      2. Sorry, about that, I guess I missed the notification for your reply. And don’t worry, as a die hard bookworm, I love novels!
        You’re keeping me intrigued with your mysterious remarks about 2004…

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