Okay, folks, you know the drill.

GameFAQs keeps extensive server logs detailing every single web hit the site has received since October of 1998. In other words, it's possible to tell exactly how many times a given page is hit over the course of a day, week, month, or year. In fact, that's where the daily Top 50 Games list comes from, as well as the Top 10 list on the home page. Each game with one or more FAQs or Codes has its own "FAQ/Code" page, and it is these pages that are added up to represent the top games on the site.

So, when you tally up all of the hits over the course of the entire year of 2001, what were the most popular games of the year? And could you guess them?

Yes, this has become a regular year-end contest. Nobody's managed to pick the Top 10 perfectly yet, so let's see if someone can pull it off this year.

Remember, the contest isn't to pick the most popular games that came out this year, nor to choose your 10 favorite games, but to select the 10 FAQ/Code pages that received the most hits throughout the entire year of 2001.

Out of 5,228 entries, this year's winners are:
- First Place: Dale Hancock (21)
- Second Place: Levi VanTine (25)
- Third Place: Mike Ferguson (26)
- Fourth Place: Dallas Scott (27, missed tiebreaker by 22,634)
- Fifth Place: Christopher Contreras (27)
- Random winners: Ramy Shehab, Stephen Chang, Jaime Rondon, Danny Downs, Glenn Vongsaisuwan

The tie-breaker answer (How many hits did the Final Fantasy IX page get in 2001?) was 1,666,176. An honorable mention (but no prize) goes to Dan Vo for coming closest this year, off by 8,298 hits. Of course, if you'll check last year's results, you may see a pattern forming here... Here's the winning entry, for the curious:

1 Final Fantasy IX0 Points
2 Phantasy Star Online0 Points
3 Pokemon Gold/Silver0 Points
4 Final Fantasy VII0 Points
5 Final Fantasy VIII0 Points
6 Diablo II: Lord of Destruction11 Points
7 Gran Turismo 3 A-spec4 Points
8 Chrono Cross2 Points
9 Zelda: Majora's Mask1 Point
10 Zelda: Oracle of Ages3 Points
Total20 Points





RankSystemGameDays on Chart
1 PlayStation Final Fantasy IX 363
2 Dreamcast Phantasy Star Online 292
3 GameBoy Color Pokemon Gold/Silver 359
4 PlayStation Final Fantasy VII 363
5 PlayStation Final Fantasy VIII 363
6 PlayStation Chrono Cross 363
7 PlayStation2 Metal Gear Solid 2 93
8 Nintendo 64 Zelda: Majora's Mask 363
9 PlayStation2 Final Fantasy X 160
10 PlayStation2 Grand Theft Auto 3 67
11 PlayStation2 Gran Turismo 3 A-spec 198
12 DOS/Windows Baldur's Gate II 363
13 GameBoy Color Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages 234
14 GameBoy Color Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons 232
15 PlayStation WWF SmackDown! 2 243
16 Nintendo 64 Zelda: Ocarina of Time 363
17 DOS/Windows Diablo II: Lord of Destruction 181
18 Nintendo 64 WWF No Mercy 276
19 PlayStation Breath of Fire IV 326
20 PlayStation Final Fantasy Tactics 355
21 PlayStation Legend of Dragoon, The 362
22 GameCube Super Smash Bros. Melee 35
23 Dreamcast Sonic Adventure 2 158
24 DOS/Windows Diablo II 344
25 PlayStation2 Devil May Cry 122
26 DOS/Windows Black and White 174
27 Super Nintendo Chrono Trigger 354
28 PlayStation2 Onimusha 239
29 PlayStation Digimon World 2 169
30 Super Nintendo Final Fantasy III 351
31 PlayStation Resident Evil 3: Nemesis 303
32 Nintendo 64 Perfect Dark 325
33 GameBoy Advance Golden Sun 54
34 PlayStation2 Silent Hill 2 94
35 GameBoy Advance Circle of the Moon 170
36 Dreamcast Marvel vs. Capcom 2 305
37 PlayStation2 Dark Cloud 168
38 Dreamcast Skies of Arcadia 280
39 PlayStation2 WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It 43
40 PlayStation MegaMan X5 101
41 Nintendo 64 Conker's Bad Fur Day 113
42 Super Nintendo Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 289
43 PlayStation Digimon World 216
44 PlayStation Final Fantasy Chronicles 88
45 Super Nintendo Dragon Ball Z RPG - Legend of the Super Saiyajin 266
46 Super Nintendo Dragon Ball Z Hyper Dimension 262
47 GameBoy Color Legend of Zelda DX 217
48 PlayStation Lunar 2 128
49 PlayStation2 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 56
50 PlayStation Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 126
51 GameBoy Color Pokemon Crystal 153
52 Nintendo 64 Paper Mario 93
53 PlayStation Xenogears 227
54 GameCube Rogue Leader 42
55 PlayStation Dragon Warrior VII 60
56 PlayStation Harvest Moon 172
57 Dreamcast Shenmue 116
58 Dreamcast Capcom vs. SNK 2 76
59 Dreamcast Code: Veronica 186
60 Super Nintendo Seiken Densetsu 3 207
61 PlayStation2 Zone of the Enders 80
62 PlayStation Legend of Mana 175
63 PlayStation Parasite Eve II 145
64 PlayStation2 Twisted Metal: Black 68
65 PlayStation Driver 2 102
66 PlayStation Vagrant Story 167
67 Dreamcast Dead or Alive 2 138
68 Nintendo 64 Banjo-Tooie 91
69 PlayStation2 Red Faction 115
70 DOS/Windows Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal 97
71 PlayStation Star Ocean: The Second Story 155
72 PlayStation2 Summoner 127
73 PlayStation2 Resident Evil Code: Veronica X 75
74 DOS/Windows Sims, The 117
75 GameCube Luigi's Mansion 63
76 DOS/Windows Fallout Tactics 88
77 DOS/Windows Max Payne 120
78 PlayStation Tales of Destiny II 67
79 PlayStation MegaMan X6 27
80 GameBoy Advance Advance Wars 82
81 PlayStation2 Dynasty Warriors 3 33
82 DOS/Windows Return to Castle Wolfenstein 41
83 Dreamcast Capcom vs. SNK 93
84 PlayStation Gran Turismo 2 112
85 DOS/Windows Arcanum 79
86 PlayStation Silent Hill 89
87 PlayStation2 Bouncer, The 46
88 PlayStation Fear Effect 2 54
89 GameBoy Advance MegaMan Battle Network 64
90 GameBoy Color Dragon Warrior III 76
91 PlayStation Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare 71
92 DOS/Windows Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 77
93 PlayStation2 Soul Reaver 2 50
94 Nintendo 64 World Is Not Enough, The 56
95 PlayStation Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 54
96 Xbox Halo 38
97 Dreamcast Grandia II 65
98 DOS/Windows Civilization III 61
99 PlayStation2 Ico 39
100 Nintendo 64 Pokemon Stadium 2 35