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Metroid Prime 1.

Metroid Prime

November 17, 2002
Samus returns in a new mission to unravel the mystery behind the ruined walls scattered across Tallon IV. In Metroid Prime, you'll play the role of this bounty hunter and view the world through her visor, which displays information ranging from current energy levels to ammunition. Equipped with a Power Beam and Gravity Suit, you must shoot locked switches, solve puzzles, and eliminate enemies. It's up to you to explore the world and recover more power-ups and weapons, which gradually open more gameplay areas.
Metascore:
97
User Score:
9.2
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

October 27, 2002
[Metacritic's 2002 PS2 Game of the Year ] Welcome to Vice City. Welcome to the 1980s. Having just made it back onto the streets of Liberty City after a long stretch in maximum security, Tommy Vercetti is sent to Vice City by his old boss, Sonny Forelli. They were understandably nervous about his re-appearance in Liberty City, so a trip down south seemed like a good idea. But all does not go smoothly upon his arrival in the glamorous, hedonistic metropolis of Vice City. He's set up and is left with no money and no merchandise. Sonny wants his money back, but the biker gangs, Cuban gangsters, and corrupt politicians stand in his way. Most of Vice City seems to want Tommy dead. His only answer is to fight back and take over the city himself. Vice City offers vehicular pleasures to suit every taste. For the speed enthusiast, there's high-performance cars and motorbikes. For the sportsman, a powerboat or a golf buggy lets you enjoy the great outdoors. For those that need that sense of freedom and escape, why not charter a helicopter and see the beauty of Vice City from the air? [Rockstar]
Metascore:
95
User Score:
8.8
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 3.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

December 3, 2002
Now you have a link to one of the greatest adventures in The Legend of Zelda series. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past revives the classic SNES game on the Game Boy Advance and adds a new multiplayer mode. In a Link to the Past, Link travels between the light world and the dark world, conquering fierce monsters and uncovering Hyrule's deepest secrets along the way. Also included is Four Swords, which lets you play with up to three other players, slashing through dungeons and collecting rupees. Whether you choose solo or competitive play, The Legend of Zelda will keep you occupied with its brain-bending puzzles and fun swashbuckling action.
Metascore:
95
User Score:
8.9
Madden NFL 2003 4.

Madden NFL 2003

August 12, 2002
Take Your Game Online: Access an online community where you can meet, chat, and play head-to-head against other gamers. Audio Dream Team: Dynamic play-by-play and analysis by Madden and Michaels. All-New Mini-camp: Hop on John Madden's Cruiser Tour Bus and travel to all NFL cities to complete skilled tasks. Create-A-Playbook: Customize receiver routes, player formations, and your team's entire playbook. Deepest Franchise Mode Ever: Play 30 years of Franchise mode and draft players each season with tips from your scouts. [EA Sports]
Metascore:
95
User Score:
7.4
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 5.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4

October 23, 2002
Build your skills, earn respect, and show that you've got what it takes to Go Pro. 190 progressively harder goals. No time clock, no constraints. Pro-specific challenges. Evolving levels. Interact with other skaters. Multi-player modes. Customize your game...Your career is what you make of it. [Activision]
Metascore:
94
User Score:
8.4
Virtua Fighter 4 6.

Virtua Fighter 4

March 17, 2002
Two new characters (Lei Fei and Vanessa Lewis) join 11 VF veterans, each with their own unique styles based on real martial arts. New counters and defensive moves allow players to switch up their stances and fighting styles mid-bout. Train a computer-controlled character through sparring and an easy-to-use rewards system, then pit your character against a friend's or challenge the arcade mode. [Sega]
Metascore:
94
User Score:
8.2
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 7.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3

March 4, 2002
You may not be able to live like the legend, but now you can skate like him. Skate as the legendary Tony Hawk or choose from a dream team of 12 top pro skaters, including old favorites like Lasek, Thomas, Muska, and Steamer, as well as new talent like Gilfberg, Caballero, Koston, and Mullen. Or enjoy full customization abilities with the enhanced Create-a-Skater (now including female skaters) and the Skatepark Editor. Travel from L.A. to Tokyo, Suburbia to Skater's Island performing challenges and meeting goals. New moves include the Revert, which allows you to link vert tricks, and flatland tricks such as Caspers, the Primo, and Handstand Manual. If you're good, you can even unlock hidden pro footage.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
7.5
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 8.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell

November 17, 2002
Infiltrate terrorists' positions, acquire critical intelligence by any means necessary, execute with extreme prejudice, and exit without a trace. In Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, you are Sam Fisher, a highly trained secret operative of the NSA's secret arm: Third Echelon. Suit up with the latest classified field operative gear and weapons as you travel through diverse mission objectives. The world's future is in your hands, as cyber terrorism and international tensions are about to explode into WWIII.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.6
Grand Theft Auto III 9.

Grand Theft Auto III

May 20, 2002
The PC version features enhanced 3D audio. Environmentally scaled and referenced from the player's perspective. Create your own customizable Liberty City radio station, using the built-in mp3 player. State-of-the art visuals utilizing the latest PC hardware render the city more beautifully than ever in 32 bit color. The skinnable player character enables fans to create and upload their own skin textures and to use a scanned-in photo to play as themselves. [Rockstar]
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.3
NFL 2K3 10.

NFL 2K3

August 12, 2002
Get ready for a crowd of new features and improvements, including a completely new Franchise mode, thrilling new offensive and defensive animations, and broadcast-quality commentary regarded as the best in all of sports video games. Complete with all the updated rosters, the new NFL alignment changes, and completely redesigned stadiums, its time to hit the line hard and remember winning isn't a sometime thing: it's an all-time thing. [Sega]
Metascore:
93
User Score:
7.6
NFL 2K3 11.

NFL 2K3

August 21, 2002
NFL 2K3 upgrades Sega Sports' football series with realistic player animations, play-calling intelligence, and an on-the-fly audible system. With Franchise mode, you get total team control as player, coach, and general manager. A new ESPN broadcast system lets you review all the highlights from your games. Now you can track the best players, make the smartest trades, and build the most dominant team in the league. NFL 2K3 also brings you closer to the action with updated rosters and authentic stadiums.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
7.0
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem 12.

Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem

June 23, 2002
This horror story spans generations, so you must relive the blood-soaked history while conjuring spells, solving puzzles, and slaying supernatural beasts. Whether you're creeping around as the Roman Centurion, Cambodian villager, or any of the other characters, the psychological thriller will challenge you to use your mind as well as your might. The story is historically based and features many significant real-world events and locations, including the blood-soaked fields of the Somme, the jungle-ridden temples of Angkor Wat, the deserts of Persia, and the haunted vales of Rhode Island.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.8
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos 13.

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos

July 3, 2002
[Metacritic's 2002 PC Game of the Year] It has been nearly fifteen years since the war between the orcs and humans ended. An uneasy peace settled over the land while, for years, the drums of war were silent. Yet the kingdoms of men grew complacent in their victory - and slowly, the defeated orcish clans regrouped under the banner of a new visionary leader. Now a darker shadow has fallen over the world, threatening to extinguish all life - all hope. The drums of war play upon the winds once again - rising urgently towards the inevitable hour when the skies will rain fire - and the world will tremble before the coming of the Burning Legion. The Day of Judgment has come... [Blizzard]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
9.1
Madden NFL 2003 14.

Madden NFL 2003

August 12, 2002
The game of football just got more real with Madden NFL 2003. This year's installment of the Madden NFL Football series features more depth, new animation, realistic player AI, and in-depth play modes. Hop on John Madden's Cruiser Tour Bus and travel to all NFL cities to complete skilled tasks in the all-new Mini-Camp mode. The improved graphics and presentation now show sidearm QBs, gang-tackling, stand-still receiver catches, and more than 300 realistic player faces. Madden NFL 2003 gives you more control than ever before, with faster game speed, a more finely tuned passing game, and independent audibles for defensive line, linebackers, and defensive backs.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
7.4
Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 15.

Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2

February 9, 2002
Mario hasn't even had a chance to savor his victory in the original Super Mario Advance, and already he's back for more in Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2. This game is a re-creation of the Super NES classic Super Mario World, featuring every last secret exit and all 74 levels of platform-jumping action. Once again, Princess Peach has been kidnapped by the ever-diabolical Bowser, and Mario and Luigi set out on a massive adventure to rescue her. As either Mario or Luigi, you'll solve puzzles, shoot fireballs, fly, and discover the hidden secrets in Dinosaur Island.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.9
Madden NFL 2003 16.

Madden NFL 2003

August 12, 2002
The game of football just got more real with Madden NFL 2003. This year's installment of the Madden NFL Football series features more depth, new animation, realistic player AI, and in-depth play modes. Hop on John Madden's Cruiser Tour Bus and travel to all NFL cities to complete skilled tasks in the all-new Mini-Camp mode. The improved graphics and presentation now show sidearm QBs, gang-tackling, stand-still receiver catches, and more than 300 realistic player faces. Madden NFL 2003 gives you more control than ever before, with faster game speed, a more finely tuned passing game, and independent audibles for defensive line, linebackers, and defensive backs.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
7.6
Super Mario Sunshine 17.

Super Mario Sunshine

August 25, 2002
When Mario, Peach, and an entourage of Peach's loyal Toad friends set out for a tropical vacation on lovely Isle Delfino, they're in store for much more than a relaxing holiday. A mustachioed maniac has mucked up the entire island, and Mario is accused of committing the crime. Armed with a hi-tech water cannon called FLUDD (Flash Liquidizer Ultra Dousing Device), Mario sets out to clean the island, clear his name, and solve the mystery of the villainous vandal. With new enemies, moves, and surprises, Super Mario Sunshine offers plenty of challenges.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.6
Metroid Fusion 18.

Metroid Fusion

November 17, 2002
While lending mission support on planet SR388, interstellar bounty hunter Samus Aran is attacked by an X parasite, an organism with the ability to mimic the abilities of any creature it infects. Near death, Samus is saved by a vaccin made from the DNA of the last Metroid--the X parasite's only natural predator. When the X spread to a research station in orbit around SR388, a weakened Samurs is forced to exterminate them all...or die trying.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
9.0
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 19.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003

October 31, 2002
New course lineup: Twelve detailed courses include Pebble Beach Golf Links, TPC of Scottsdale and Torrey Pines South. New effects: Feel the sun, the wind, the fog and the grass as you walk 18. The most PGA TOUR pros: Play as or against Tiger Woods, Ty Tryon, Vijay Singh, Brad Faxon and many others. TrueSwing technology: Take full control over your swing, from straight drives to hooks and draws. Career mode: Purchase new equipment and lessons, hone your skills, and make your way to the top of the career rankings. [EA Sports]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
5.0
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault 20.

Medal of Honor: Allied Assault

January 20, 2002
As Lt. Mike Powell, member of the famed 1st Ranger Battalion, you'll battle through over 20 levels based on historical military campaigns of World War II. Fire period weapons and command authentic war vehicles as you silence the gun batteries at Port Arzew, survive the Omaha Beach landing, and more. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.6
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 21.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4

October 23, 2002
Drop into the ultimate challenge. In the next chapter in the Tony Hawk series, pros challenge you to make your mark in huge free-roaming levels, taking on 190 progressively harder goals with no time limits to hold you back. Decide when you're ready to take on your Pro Challenge and move into the pro ranks, where it's a whole new game. Build your skills, perform all-new tricks, play up to eight players online, and show that you've got what it takes to go Pro.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.4
Resident Evil 22.

Resident Evil

April 30, 2002
Raccoon City has been completely overrun by mutant beasts and bloodthirsty zombies. You are a member of S.T.A.R.S.--a rescue squad sent into the community to investigate the ominous mansion at the core of the disaster. Take the role of operative Jill Valentine or Chris Redfield and uncover the secrets behind a radical, genetic research facility. With an array of weapons to master and horrors around every corner, the ultimate test may be just to make it out alive.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
9.2
NCAA Football 2003 23.

NCAA Football 2003

July 20, 2002
The College Game: Feel all the pageantry with over 200 fight songs, 3D cheerleaders, and 117 Division I-A schools. My Favorite Team: Personalize the game interface based on your team's fight song, mascot, logos, and school colors. Build A Dynasty: Create your own school and schedule, recruit star athletes, and redshirt developing players to build a national powerhouse. Rivalry Mode: Beat your school's archrival and win one of 23 coveted trophies. Trophy Room: Display up to 59 total trophies including conference championships and individual player awards. [EA Sports]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.4
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 24.

Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3

September 24, 2002
When Baby Mario falls from the sky, the big-hearted Yoshis vow to reunite him with his twin brother on the far side of the island. It won't be easy, but you must help them take on a meddling Magikoopa and his entire cast of underhanded underlings. Your journey spans the island's jungles, caves, and snowcapped peaks--each area filled with hidden rooms, secret passages, charming minigames, demented bosses, and all-new pals. Sure, Yoshi looks cute, but he packs some pretty amazing firepower--he can throw eggs, hover, stomp, pound the ground, slurp up enemies, and morph into a toy submarine.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
9.0
NCAA Football 2003 25.

NCAA Football 2003

July 20, 2002
NCAA Football 2003 delivers the tradition and spirit of college football's storied programs with intense rivalries, authentic stadium atmospheres, and realistic gameplay. You'll choose from 117 Division 1-A and 27 Division 1-AA schools across the country, or create your own, and then coach your school through a variety of game modes. In Dynasty mode, you can recruit the best athletes, redshirt your developing players, and use TV exposure to gain status as you build a dominating force in the NCAA. NCAA Football 2003 also features a variety of new moves--including play fakes, spins, and one-foot toe drag--which you must master in order to reach the championship.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
6.6
Neverwinter Nights 26.

Neverwinter Nights

June 16, 2002
A hideous evil has awoken in the Forgotten Realms. Now, in order to save the inhabitants of the town of Neverwinter you must uncover a sinister conspiracy, unmask your mysterious betrayer and complete an epic struggle to defeat the powerful forces that look to halt your quest and unleash an evil your people would surely never survive. [Infogrames]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.2
No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way 27.

No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way

September 30, 2002
A humorous story-driven first-person shooter featuring the beautiful but deadly UNITY operative Cate Archer. Cate must investigate a super-secret Soviet project that, if successful, could bring about a third world war. Armed with an assortment of conventional and experimental weaponry and gadgets, players will explore exotic locales, circumvent devious traps, and contend with deadly agents determined to take Cate out of the spy trade once and for all. [Sierra]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.7
NCAA Football 2003 28.

NCAA Football 2003

July 20, 2002
NCAA Football 2003 delivers the tradition and spirit of college football's storied programs with intense rivalries, authentic stadium atmospheres, and realistic gameplay. You'll choose from 117 Division 1-A and 27 Division 1-AA schools across the country, or create your own, and then coach your school through a variety of game modes. In Dynasty mode, you can recruit the best athletes, redshirt your developing players, and use TV exposure to gain status as you build a dominating force in the NCAA. NCAA Football 2003 also features a variety of new moves--including play fakes, spins, and one-foot toe drag--which you must master in order to reach the championship.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.3
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 29.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3

March 4, 2002
You may not be able to live like the legend, but now you can skate like him. Skate as the legendary Tony Hawk or choose from a dream team of 12 top pro skaters, including old favorites like Lasek, Thomas, Muska, and Steamer, as well as new talent like Gilfberg, Caballero, Koston, and Mullen. Or enjoy full customization abilities with the enhanced Create-a-Skater (now including female skaters) and the Skatepark Editor. Travel from L.A. to Tokyo, Suburbia to Skater's Island performing challenges and meeting goals. New moves include the Revert, which allows you to link vert tricks, and flatland tricks such as Caspers, the Primo, and Handstand Manual. If you're good, you can even unlock hidden pro footage.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
6.9
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 30.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3

March 28, 2002
Featuring eight massive levels filled with people, traffic, and other interactive elements, the game's environments are brought to life with richer graphics and advanced special effects optimized for today's PC video cards. Smoother life-like animations and significantly improved tricks capture the style of the world's best skateboarding pros. Further improving on the franchise's intuitive control scheme, the game allows players to perform tricks and combos in some of the world's most popular skate locations including Los Angeles, Canada and Tokyo. The enhanced skate park editor allows gamers to create the ultimate park up to twice the size of parks in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2. The Create-A-Skater features a new female skater model, and the ability to modify almost every aspect of their appearance, from accessories to clothing to hair color. [Activision]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.4
NBA 2K2 31.

NBA 2K2

March 20, 2002
Prepare to post MVP numbers as you light it up with Rim-Rattling dunks then shut it down with Smothering D. NBA 2K2 brings the skills to elevate your team to the next level and the smarts to keep 'em on top.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.3
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 32.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4

October 23, 2002
Drop into the ultimate challenge. In the next chapter in the Tony Hawk series, pros challenge you to make your mark in huge free-roaming levels, taking on 190 progressively harder goals with no time limits to hold you back. Decide when you're ready to take on your Pro Challenge and move into the pro ranks, where it's a whole new game. Build your skills, perform all-new tricks, play up to eight players online, and show that you've got what it takes to go Pro.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.5
TimeSplitters 2 33.

TimeSplitters 2

October 9, 2002
The evil race of TimeSplitters are traveling back into human history authoring events that are leading to the enslavement of mankind. In Control of a motley crew of renegade characters you must hunt down the TimeSplitters across time in historical eras like the gangster- Ridden 1920's, the lush jungles of Aztec temples, soviet military installations of the cold war and Futuristic robot factories in space. To end the evil plot of the TimeSplitters, seek and recover the crystals required to seal the rift in time. The Fate of humanity is in your hands. [Eidos Interactive]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.9
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 34.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003

October 27, 2002
From towering drives to picture-perfect putts, the essence of golf has been captured in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003. The game features plenty of challenging courses such as Pebble Beach Golf Links and Royal Birkdale. Plus, you can choose from a variety of professional golfers, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Hit the course as Tiger Woods or put your skills up against his in a one-on-one showdown, but either way, be prepared to bring your best game.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
6.7
Freedom Force 35.

Freedom Force

March 24, 2002
From a distant corner of the galaxy, an evil alien race sets in motion a sinister plan to conquer the Earth. They unleash a powerful catalyst - Energy X - that imbues the planet's worst miscreants with super-powers to bring the planet to its knees. Now Earth's only hope lies with a new breed of heroes... The Freedom Force! Command a squad of comic book heroes in the defense of Patriot City. Choose from over a dozen heroes or create your own comic champions. Fight for freedom in over 20 action-packed missions. Restore order in a completely interactive 3D world. Take your heroes online and join the fight in multiplayer mode. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.7
NBA 2K2 36.

NBA 2K2

February 27, 2002
Sega Sports unleashes its award-winning NBA franchise on the next-generation basketball court with NBA 2K2. Building upon a foundation of vibrant graphics and crisp, detailed player animation, NBA 2K2 talks the talk and walks the walk! Use the versatile low post game to drop step around your defender and explode past him for a posterizing dunk. Tight AI defenders take away the baseline, deftly rotate to the open man, and establish rebounding position in the paint. Sharper skills and smarter D elevate your game to a higher level and make NBA 2K2 the one to beat on the Xbox™ game consoles.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.6
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast 37.

Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

March 26, 2002
Several years have passed since Kyle Katarn avenged his father's death and saved the Valley of the Jedi from Jerec and his band of Dark Jedi. Allowing his Force powers to languish for fear of falling to the Dark side, Kyle set aside his lightsaber, vowing never to use it again. But when a new and menacing threat to the galaxy emerges, Kyle knows he must reclaim his past in order to save his future. Players assume the role of Kyle as they employ a unique mix of weapons, Force powers and your lightsaber in both single- and multiplayer modes of first-person action. [LucasArts]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.7
Age of Mythology 38.

Age of Mythology

November 1, 2002
Age of Mythology transports players to a time when heroes did battle with monsters of legend and the gods intervened in the affairs of mortal men. Players wage war using human armies and diplomacy, progress through development ages, enhance military and economic performance with improvements, and manage economics through resource gathering and trade. Mythology enters the mix when players call upon the gods to act on their behalf or reinforce their armies with more than 20 mythological creatures. Ensemble Studios' new 3D engine adds a deep richness of graphical detail and creates a unique new title based on the ancient cultural history of the Greek, Norse, and Egyptian cultures, which are divided into nine detailed civilizations. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.9
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind 39.

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

May 1, 2002
An epic, open-ended single-player game where you create and play any kind of character you can imagine. Be the noble hero embarking on an epic quest, or an insidious thief rising to leadership of his guild. Be a malevolent sorcerer developing the ultimate spell of destruction, or a reverent healer searching for the cure to a plague. Your actions define your character, and your gameplay changes and evolves in response to your actions. Confront the assassins' guild, and they take out a contract on you. Impress them, and they try to recruit you instead. No two sagas are the same in the world of Morrowind. [Bethesda Softworks]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.9
NHL 2K3 40.

NHL 2K3

November 10, 2002
More than just familiar faces and numbers, Sega Sports NHL 2K3 delivers player realism down to size, skill, and behavior, resulting in individuals that exhibit accurate styles of play. Now grinders battle for pucks in the corners, elite players see the ice and create opportunities, and fast skaters exploit their speed. The all-new Franchise Mode lets you capitalize on player accuracy to develop a team that plays your brand of hockey. Now you can draft hotshot rookies, trade for players who compliment your team, compensate for injured players, and more. Then put that precision to work on the ice by anchoring lines with key players and rotating those lines to create the match-ups you want. Bringing it all together is a new ESPN broadcast system where scores, highlights, and more are presented in the network's famous style. [Sega]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.8
NHL 2K3 41.

NHL 2K3

November 19, 2002
More than just familiar faces and numbers, Sega Sports NHL 2K3 delivers player realism down to size, skill, and behavior, resulting in individuals that exhibit accurate styles of play. Grinders battle for pucks in the corners, elite players see the ice and create opportunities, and fast skaters exploit their speed. The all-new Franchise Mode lets you capitalize on player accuracy to develop a team that plays your brand of hockey.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.1
NBA 2K3 42.

NBA 2K3

October 8, 2002
Imagine jump shots so real players actually adjust their movement in mid-air based on distance from the hoop and defensive pressure; a passing touch that gives you the control to skirt a defender or start a fast break; and dribble moves that let you jab left, rock right, crossover, spin and much more. It's all happening in NBA 2K3. No other game delivers the physical element of basketball like this. Accurate impact from collisions, especially hard fouls and authoritative dunks; shot blocking with emphasis on precise hand-to-ball contact; and the ability to lunge for the loose ball, even if it means ending up on some celebrity's lap. With commentators that analyze strategy, cutscenes portraying lifelike player interaction, uniforms that move like real fabric, and a brand new ESPN broadcast system that wraps it all together, NBA 2K3 provides the complete NBA experience. [Sega]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.0
NASCAR Racing 2002 Season 43.

NASCAR Racing 2002 Season

February 14, 2002
Race Against Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Dale Jarrett, and more in the 2002 Season! Get behind the wheel of a 750 horsepower stock car and battle for the championship on real-life tracks. Get under the hood to fine-tune your car or just jump in and race against the best in Arcade Mode. Feel car vibrations, hear the roar of the engines, and sweat it out racing fender to fender at 180 miles per hour. [Sierra]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
5.8
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 44.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2

October 1, 2002
Become the "Champion Road Racer" by conquering numerous racing events, all carrying rewards such as: cars, tracks and high performance upgrades. The game challenges the driver to dodge traffic, police and natural elements in high speed and high style... true NFS style! Evade any cops encountered, as getting busted just might end your career. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.5
Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin 45.

Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin

October 29, 2002
CMBB is the sequel to the award winning "Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord" game. CMBB is a 1 or 2 player, hybrid turn-based/realtime 3D simulation of WWII tactical warfare on the Eastern Front, from June 1941 through May 1945. It combines unparalleled game depth, stunning graphics and sound with a proven and easy to use interface in a true 3D environment. [Battlefront.com]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.7
Battlefield 1942 46.

Battlefield 1942

September 10, 2002
In Battlefield 1942, you will experience the heat of battle as you heroically storm the beaches of Normandy, drive a tank across the deserts of northern Africa, pilot a fighter plane during the Battle of Midway, command a battleship at Guadalcanal, or parachute and commandeer a jeep in operation Market Garden. It is the only first person, team-based action game that places you in the midst of a raging WWII battlefield with 35 "machines of war" under your control. You'll pick up the sidearm of your choice and get behind the wheel of a variety of vehicles, ships, and aircraft to go to war on land, sea, and air during some of the most famous and pivotal battles of the Second World War. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.6
Madden NFL 2003 47.

Madden NFL 2003

August 12, 2002
The Next Level of Online Play: Join EA SPORTS Online and play in Quick Tournaments, Two-Minute Drill mode and Mini-Camp Challenge with detailed stats. Audio Dream Team: Legendary announcer Al Michaels joins John Madden. Deepest Franchise Mode Ever: Play 30 years of Franchise mode and draft players each season with tips from your scouts. Create the Ultimate Online Hero: Take your created player online, earn points and spend them to customize accessories. New Enhanced Game Engine: Based on the same engine used in the console versions of Madden NFL 2003. [EA Sports]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.1
NBA 2K2 48.

NBA 2K2

January 12, 2002
New features include a revamped low post game (exploit the defender with lightning quick drop step moves, back him down for a rim-rattling dunk, or shoot a sweet fadeaway jumper), new playbooks, and new street courts including Oakland's legendary Mosswood Park, Philly's Hank Gathers Rec Center, and Houston's Ronde Rec Center. [Sega]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.8
NHL 2K3 49.

NHL 2K3

December 11, 2002
Now that the series has moved on to all platforms, no one will have an excuse not to play what has become the best hockey game series on the market.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
6.6
Medieval: Total War 50.

Medieval: Total War

August 19, 2002
It opens with the preaching of the first Crusade in 1095. It ends with the fall of Constantinople in 1453. What happens in between is up to you. Guide your kingdom's fortunes through a period of brutal conflict and violent social upheaval. Lay siege to mighty fortresses as you command vast armies across the battlefields of Europe and North Africa. But be careful when forming alliances - and even more so when choosing enemies. For this is Total War: a world where empires fall even faster than they rise, and the penalty for fear is your life. [Activision]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.8
Mafia 51.

Mafia

August 27, 2002
Mafia brings the 1930's underworld to life in this 3rd person 3D action game. Rise from the lowly but well-dressed footsoldier to the envied and feared Made Man in an era of big bands, zoot suits and Model T's. Take on the role of a hitman, enforcer, getaway driver and more in your struggle for respect, money and power within the Salieri Family. [Take 2]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
9.1
Medal of Honor Frontline 52.

Medal of Honor Frontline

May 28, 2002
Head back behind enemy lines with Lt. Jimmy Patterson in Medal of Honor Frontline. In this installment of the smash-hit Medal of Honor series, Lt. Patterson returns and must infiltrate the German frontline to steal the HO-IX flying wing, an experimental Nazi weapon so powerful it could turn the tide of World War II. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.4
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 53.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003

October 27, 2002
From towering drives to picture-perfect putts, the essence of golf has been captured in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003. The game features plenty of challenging courses such as Pebble Beach Golf Links and Royal Birkdale. Plus, you can choose from a variety of professional golfers, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Hit the course as Tiger Woods or put your skills up against his in a one-on-one showdown, but either way, be prepared to bring your best game.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.6
Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis 54.

Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis

May 11, 2002
Under the watchful eye of the Holy Lodis Empire, strange things are happening on the island of Ovis. Powerful forces have been set in motion, but their motives are masked by political intrigue. It is your mission to investigate these occurrences and discover the true intentions of those involved. The ending of the game will depend on the actions that the main character, Alphonse, takes. You will make many revelations as you proceed, but you must survive the unrelenting battles and cultivate your characters' abilities to unveil the ultimate truth.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.6
FIFA Soccer 2003 55.

FIFA Soccer 2003

November 12, 2002
Master the fundamentals of soccer in FIFA Soccer 2003. With more ball control and player moves, this year's FIFA Soccer puts the The Total Club Championship within your grasp. Unleash the skills of the world's greatest players through new player animations and signature skill moves. Experience pressure-cooker atmospheres as you take on Europe's elite teams in their own stadiums featuring actual team chants and songs. EA Sports Freestyle Control lets you produce a feint, one-touch pass, or skill move to leave your opponents standing.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.7
Ratchet & Clank 56.

Ratchet & Clank

November 4, 2002
Set in a futuristic world filled with spaceships, robots and high-tech gadgets, Ratchet and Clank moves from planet to planet across a vast solar system. Ratchet lives on an abandoned backwater planet and dreams of someday striking out on a magnificent space adventure. Closer to the center of the galaxy, Chairman Drek rules a polluted planet, Orxon, inhabited by an ugly race called the Blarg. He too has dreams, but his concern is conquest and domination. Tired of his polluted world, Chairman Drek comes up with the ultimate solution - to build a new planet using the best parts from many of the other worlds in the galaxy. If he can't convince the inhabitants to part with a few thousand hectares of their worlds, the army of robots and Blarg warriors can eliminate any resistance.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.9
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 57.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003

October 27, 2002
Enhanced graphics and physics: Gameplay so lush and detailed, you feel as if you're actually on the course. 13 different courses: Play famous layouts like Pebble Beach Golf Links and Royal Birkdale, or try one of three original courses. 17 PGA TOUR pros: Play as or against Tiger Woods, Ty Tryon, Mark O'Meara, Brad Faxon and many others. Total Precision Swing: Take full control over your swing, from straight drives to hooks and draws. New Modes: SkillZone and Create-a-Course feature mini-games and custom layouts. [EA Sports]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.9
TimeSplitters 2 58.

TimeSplitters 2

October 16, 2002
The evil race of TimeSplitters is traveling back into human history authoring events that are leading to the enslavement of mankind. In control of a motley crew of renegade characters, you must hunt down the TimeSplitters in historical eras like the gangster-ridden 1920s, the lush jungles of Aztec temples, soviet military installations of the Cold War, and futuristic robot factories in space. To end their evil plot, seek and recover the crystals required to seal the rift in time.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.4
JSRF: Jet Set Radio Future 59.

JSRF: Jet Set Radio Future

February 25, 2002
The setting is Tokyo, in the year 2024. Featuring unique anime-style graphics and tons of tricks, JSRF: Jet Set Radio Future brings the hippest game ever into a futuristic world. Choose a character, strap on your rocket-powered skates, and immerse yourself in the vast environments. The multiplayer aspects let you work together to reach seemingly unattainable places, create new attacks, and perform astounding stunts. Wherever your adventure takes you, it's all about extreme skating, extreme action, and of course extreme style.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.2
NBA Street 60.

NBA Street

February 17, 2002
NBA stars take their skills to the streets--but out here, style and attitude win ball games. NBA Street lets you play in three-on-three basketball games that encourage flashy dunks, blocks, passes, and dribbles. The more you showboat, the greater your momentum meter becomes, thus boosting your team with a special game-breaking move. From East to West Coast, you'll compete against NBA stars, NBA legends, and street hoopsters while gaining points to unlock even more players.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
6.0
FIFA Soccer 2003 61.

FIFA Soccer 2003

November 14, 2002
The World of Soccer: Play with all the best clubs, players and national teams. Powerhouse Detail: The Club Championship highlights the top 18 club teams with intense detail, including team-specific stadiums and chants. Total Ball Control: Use your feet and head to control the ball like never before. New Set Pieces: Use free kicks and corner kicks to set up a shot or even score directly. Game-changing AI: Computer opponents will adopt tactics based on the real game situations. [EA Games]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
6.5
Aggressive Inline 62.

Aggressive Inline

July 31, 2002
Aggressive Inline pushes your inline skating skills to the limit with a new Juice Meter, challenging objectives, and expansive levels. You can choose from an array of professional inline skaters--including Jaren Grob, Chris Edwards, and Shane Yost--and showcase your talent in various interactive skate parks. Perform a variety of manuals, grinds, big-air tricks, wall flips, hand plants, and more, to build up your Juice Meter and avoid elimination. Aggressive Inline also includes a Park Editor that lets you design your own skate park, complete with rails, ramps, and pipes.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.6
F1 2002 63.

F1 2002

June 13, 2002
In-depth telemetry -- Optimize vehicle setup, driving style and general performance using detailed Telemetry data; State of the art technology -- Cutting edge graphics technology, dynamic weather effects, real word lighting, character animation for pit crews, and engine and brake temperature modelling; Authentic 2002 driver controls -- Experience the same technological wizardry available to Formula One drivers, including Launch Control, Traction Control and variable level automated shifting; Greater Accessibility -- An all-new team themed user interface, enhanced game controller support and Force Feedback. [EA Sports]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.3
TimeSplitters 2 64.

TimeSplitters 2

October 17, 2002
The evil race of TimeSplitters is traveling back into human history authoring events that are leading to the enslavement of mankind. In control of a motley crew of renegade characters, you must hunt down the TimeSplitters in historical eras like the gangster-ridden 1920s, the lush jungles of Aztec temples, soviet military installations of the Cold War, and futuristic robot factories in space. To end their evil plot, seek and recover the crystals required to seal the rift in time.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.7
Super Monkey Ball 2 65.

Super Monkey Ball 2

August 25, 2002
AiAi, MeeMee, Baby, and GonGon are on a roll again. Super Monkey Ball 2 brings the party to a whole new level with six brand new party games, six revamped party games, a new Story mode, and 150 new main game stages. In the new Story mode, you'll fight as AiAi to stop the evil plans of the deranged scientist, Dr. Bad-Boon and his mysterious sidekick. But Story mode is just the beginning--you'll want to grab some friends and get groovin' with the 12 new party games. With its new modes, enhanced graphics, and exciting multiplayer features, Super Monkey Ball 2 is keeps your party guests going bananas for hours.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.4
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind 66.

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

June 6, 2002
The third chapter of the Elder Scrolls series lets you play any kind of character you can imagine. Be the noble hero embarking on an epic quest or an insidious thief rising to leadership of his guild. Be a malevolent sorcerer developing the ultimate spell of destruction or a reverent healer searching for the cure to a plague. Your actions define your character, and your gameplay changes and evolves in response to your actions. Confront the assassins' guild, and they'll take out a contract on you. Impress them, and they try to recruit you instead. No two sagas are the same in the world of Morrowind.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.5
Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance 67.

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance

September 16, 2002
Nearly fifty years has past since Simon Belmont rescued the land from the curse of Dracula. Now, Simon's descendant Juste Belmont, must acquire the relics of Dracula to unravel the disappearance of his childhood friend Lydie. The castle's enchanting mysteries and danger await all those who dare enter.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.9
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin 68.

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin

October 1, 2002
As a retired assassin, forced back into action by treason, pick up contracts in exotic locations around the globe: Sicily, St. Petersburg, Japan, Malaysia, and India. Operate in a non-linear world where the outcome of your actions and proficiency as a hitman are measured on a balance between stealth and aggression. Stalk and eliminate your targets up close and personal, in either 1st or 3rd person perspectives. Execute your assignments with a diverse arsenal of equipment, from armor-piercing sniper rifles and explosives to chloroform and poison darts. Acquire and carry weapons and tools from mission to mission through an enhanced inventory and save-game system. [Eidos Interactive]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.2
Rallisport Challenge 69.

Rallisport Challenge

March 4, 2002
Rallisport Challenge delivers an action-packed racing experience by combining four different types of Rally competition into one intense game: Hill Climb, traditional Rally, RallyCros, and Ice Racing. The variety of race types lets you experience traditional rally racing against the clock as well as fierce grudge matches against computer opponents or over a network against friends. With 29 licensed cars (and several bonus vehicles), 48 tracks, realistic AI opponents, and realistic car damage, Rallisport Challenge packs fun and thrills into every race across a variety of terrain.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.5
MechAssault 70.

MechAssault

November 11, 2002
Pilot the most powerful weapon of the 31st century--a 40-foot tall walking tank called a BattleMech. MechAssault is a third-person action shooter that features fully destructible environments, a powerful array of upgradeable BattleMechs, and dynamic mission-based gameplay. MechAssault also includes complete Xbox online and split-screen multiplay capabilities, so you can taunt the competition or strategize with a teammate with full voice communication support. Prepare yourself for some devastating, metal-crunching warfare.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.2
NFL 2K2 71.

NFL 2K2

January 9, 2002
Sega Sports NFL 2K2 hits the Gridiron on the Xbox video game system, with the look and feel of a champion. With all-new gameplay animations and platform-specific features, NFL 2K2 combines flash and substance in a football game that is as exciting to watch as it is to play.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
tbd
Animal Crossing 72.

Animal Crossing

September 15, 2002
Animal Crossing allows you to interact with a virtual village of animals that are doing something different every minute of every day. With Animal Crossing's 24-hour clock, the game's unique events can be in synch with real time--as day turns to night in the real world, the sun will also begin to set in the game. The dynamic setup requires you to come back every day and carry out your daily routines, build relationships with villagers, celebrate special days, collect furnishings for your homes, and just live life in the unique world of Animal Crossing.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.8
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance 73.

Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance

November 4, 2002
Solid Snake returns in Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, the expanded edition of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, with all-new game modes, hidden characters, and storylines. Top-secret weapons technology is being mysteriously transported under cover of an oil tanker to an unknown destination. It's up to Snake to infiltrate the transport and keep this deadly weapon of mass destruction from falling into the wrong hands. You'll have plenty of ways to practice, as the game offers more than 350 virtual reality missions in addition to more than 15 alternate missions.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.1
NBA 2K3 74.

NBA 2K3

October 9, 2002
Sega Sports™ NBA 2K3 powers forward with the kind of improvements that only results from an off-season dedicated to perfection. Imagine jump shots so real players actually adjust their movement in mid-air, based on distance from the hoop and defensive pressure; a passing touch that gives you the control to skirt a defender or air-out a fast break; dribble moves that let you jab left, rock right, crossover, and spin; and much more. It's all happening in NBA 2K3.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.9
Out of the Park Baseball 4 75.

Out of the Park Baseball 4

February 28, 2002
A comprehensive baseball simulation that offers multiple play options, a career mode, an exhaustive financial model, an open-ended design allowing you to completely customize your gaming experience, and much more. Try to build a dynasty with your favorite team through trading, acquiring free agents and making good selections in the amateur draft. Play consecutive seasons and follow the careers of your players as they develop, age and retire. Or, use Out of the Park Baseball's connectivity with The Baseball Archive to create your own "season disks," and replay any single season in baseball history. You can even combine history and fantasy by creating a new career league that starts with a historical season from baseball's past, and moves forward through a future that you shape! [Out of the Park Developments]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
6.9
Sonic Advance 76.

Sonic Advance

February 3, 2002
Sonic is back to save the world! The evil Dr. Eggman is at it again, with a brand new scheme to trip up Sonic and his pals. Maneuver your way through obstacles, puzzles and traps to collect the chaos emeralds and defeat the vile Dr. Eggman before it's too late!
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.9
FIFA Soccer 2003 77.

FIFA Soccer 2003

November 14, 2002
Master the fundamentals of soccer in FIFA Soccer 2003. With more ball control and player moves, this year's FIFA Soccer puts the The Total Club Championship within your grasp. Unleash the skills of the world's greatest players through new player animations and signature skill moves. Experience pressure-cooker atmospheres as you take on Europe's elite teams in their own stadiums featuring actual team chants and songs. EA Sports Freestyle Control lets you produce a feint, one-touch pass, or skill move to leave your opponents standing.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.9
Suikoden III 78.

Suikoden III

October 24, 2002
Fifteen years after the events of "Suikoden II," follow the intertwining stories of Hugo, the son of a village chief, Chris, the virtuous Knight of Zexen, and Geddoe, the rebellious unit commander, as their fates bring them together in order to gather the 108 Stars of Destiny. Suikoden III breaks new ground in the RPG genre with 3 different battle systems, 3 main characters, 3 styles of combat and a fully detailed 3D world. [Konami]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
9.0
Dungeon Siege 79.

Dungeon Siege

March 31, 2002
Dungeon Siege combines the immersive elements of a role-playing game with over-the-top intensity and non-stop action. Dungeon Siege plunges you into a continuous 3D fantasy world where you face off against an army of evil that has been unleashed. You begin as a humble farmer, and as you travel through the world and gain new skills, you can gather a party of up to eight characters to aid you. Dungeon Siege impels the player into one over-the-top battle after the other as the storyline unfolds and a larger plot begins to reveal itself. A world of adventure where you can explore sprawling landscapes in a seamlessly unfolding story awaits. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.8
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus 80.

Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus

September 23, 2002
Sly Cooper was born into the world's greatest thieving family. On his eighth birthday, Sly is presented with the "Thievius Raccoonus," an ancient thieving instruction guide passed down through his family for generations. Later that evening, a gang of ruthless villains break into his harmonious home to steal the valuable heirloom. As Sly watches in terror, the intruders overpower his father and split the "Thievius Raccoonus" into pieces, which they divide between themselves. Ten years later, Sly is out to steal the "Thievius Raccoonus" back and reclaim what is rightfully his. He enlists the help of his gadget genius pal, Bentley, and his big eager friend Murray, and the trio embark on a quest to help Sly prove he is the world's greatest thief and to restore honor to his family's name. [Sucker Punch]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.6
Burnout 2: Point of Impact 81.

Burnout 2: Point of Impact

September 30, 2002
Features six new United States locations, including Miami, Los Angeles, The Rocky Mountains, New Mexico and a busy international airport; thirty new stages and fourteen all-new vehicles; seven secret vehicles to unlock including police cars, 1950's hotrods and stock cars; point-to-point races; all-new points-based championship gameplay structure; new Custom Series Mode that allows you to race modified vehicles complete with body kits and decals; and an intelligent traffic system, featuring three distinct types of driver behaviors. [Acclaim]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.2
Unreal Tournament 2003 82.

Unreal Tournament 2003

September 30, 2002
Reload with Unreal Tournament 2003 - the sequel to 1999's multiple 'Game of the Year' award winner - "Unreal Tournament." Using the latest Unreal technology, Unreal Tournament 2003 takes you to the merciless arenas of the future, where elite warriors rely on skill, speed, cunning and awesome firepower to demonstrate their style and become the ultimate champion. [Infogrames]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.8
Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne 83.

Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne

June 12, 2002
Delivering an invigorating mix of Empire Building, Role-playing, and Warfare, Age Of Wonders II offers the ultimate in fantasy turn-based strategy. Explore a world full of mythical creatures and mysterious lands. Build an impressive force as an all-powerful Wizard through dangerous perils and exhilarating challenges. Now is your time to embrace your destiny and take your rightful place at the head of the Circle, forever. [GodGames]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.4
Moto Racer Advance 84.

Moto Racer Advance

December 5, 2002
Metascore:
86
User Score:
tbd
Aggressive Inline 85.

Aggressive Inline

May 28, 2002
Features the top pros in the industry like 2001 Gravity Games and X Games Vert Champion Taïg Khris, 2001 X Games Street Champion Jaren Grob, the founding father of Inline Skating, Chris Edwards in additon to Franky Morales, Shane Yost, Matt Lindenmuth, Eito Yasutoko, Sven Boekhorst, Matt Salerno and Sam Fogarty. Introduces the Juice Meter and Action Button with up to 60 objectives and 15 cinematic events per each of 7 huge levels. Soundtrack includes bands such as Hoobastank, Black Sheep, Pharcyde, Reel Big Fish, Sublime. [Acclaim]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.6
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin 86.

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin

October 1, 2002
Enter the realm of a retired assassin, forced back into action by treason. You may be a hired killer but you still have a sense of loyalty and justice. Visit the dark recesses of a world corrupted by crime, greed, degradation and dishonor. And a past that catches up with you. Trust no one - if the price is right, the finger of your most trusted ally will be on the trigger. Your targets may hide in the most remote areas of the planet, but their destruction is never prevented - only postponed. Learn your trade - master your tools - overcome your obstacles - outsmart your enemies - eliminate your targets. Remember: rash decisions bleed consequences. Know when to strike instantly, know when to take your time. Chance favors the prepared. Failure is not an option. [Eidos Interactive]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.9
Aggressive Inline 87.

Aggressive Inline

July 29, 2002
Aggressive Inline pushes your inline skating skills to the limit with a new Juice Meter, challenging objectives, and expansive levels. You can choose from an array of professional inline skaters--including Jaren Grob, Chris Edwards, and Shane Yost--and showcase your talent in various interactive skate parks. Perform a variety of manuals, grinds, big-air tricks, wall flips, hand plants, and more, to build up your Juice Meter and avoid elimination. Aggressive Inline also includes a Park Editor that lets you design your own skate park, complete with rails, ramps, and pipes.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.7
World Series Baseball 88.

World Series Baseball

May 19, 2002
World Series® Baseball takes the Xbox™ field with ultra-responsive controls and the deepest Franchise Mode in town. Throw in old school players and unis, advanced gameplay and more stats thank you know what to do with and you've got the ultimate hardball sim.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.3
Kingdom Hearts 89.

Kingdom Hearts

September 16, 2002
Kingdom Hearts is the story of Sora, a 14-year-old boy whose world is shattered when a violent storm hits his island-paradise home, and is separated from his two closest friends, Riku, a 15-year-old boy, and Kairi, a 14-year-old girl. The storm scatters the three to differnt and unknown worlds. At the same time, there's turmoil in Disney Castle. King Mickey is missing, and Court Wizard Donald and Captain Goofy set out to find him. On their travels they meet Sora on his own search for his lost friends. The three are told of ominous creatures known as the Heartless - beings without hearts derived from an unknown dimension and as it turns out, manipulated by Disney villains and the ones responsible for the devastating storm. Upon discovering the link between the Heartless, the storm and the disappearance of King Mickey, Sora, Donald and Goofy join forces and help familiar Disney heroes to save their worlds. [Square]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.9
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 90.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4

October 28, 2002
Drop into the ultimate challenge. In the next chapter in the Tony Hawk series, pros challenge you to make your mark in huge free-roaming levels, taking on 190 progressively harder goals with no time limits to hold you back. Decide when you're ready to take on your Pro Challenge and move into the pro ranks, where it's a whole new game. Build your skills, perform all-new tricks, play up to eight players online, and show that you've got what it takes to go Pro.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.0
Hot Shots Golf 3 91.

Hot Shots Golf 3

March 11, 2002
Join the new cast of characters who come to tee off on the greens and on each other with trash-talking quips. The new swing Meter will test your skills with a variety of interfaces depending on the lie of the ball, whether it is in the fairway, rough, treeline, dirt or sand trap. Earn "Hot Shot Points" for superb performances, great shots and remarkable putts to use towards enhanced golf equipment and insane golf gadgets. [SCEA]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.9
Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II 92.

Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II

October 29, 2002
The Phantasy Star adventure that began on the PC now comes to your GameCube with new gaming modes and new content. Phantasy Star Online I & II features new character classes, weapons, enemies, items, and quests. A new split-screen feature allows three of your friends to join you on your adventure, as well as in other game modes, on the same console. Episode I includes all of the content from the original PSO and PSO Version 2, while Episode II brings a new, full-length adventure.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.4
DDRMAX: Dance Dance Revolution 93.

DDRMAX: Dance Dance Revolution

October 28, 2002
DDRMAX will have you working up a sweat to over 65 songs. The 100+ minutes of music include licensed tracks, fresh dance hits, and cool new songs exclusive to the North American release. DDRMAX delivers never-before-seen in-game videos, new gameplay options, blistering 60-frames per second frame rates and the largest song library in franchise history. Further enhancing the gameplay experience is the introduction of the FREEZE ARROW option that freezes on-screen arrows and forces you to modify your dance steps thus increasing complexity and adding a twist to the routine. Popular gameplay options that return in DDRMAX are the Edit Mode that enables you to customize your own dance steps, and the special Work Out mode that tracks the number of calories burned with every move.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.8
NASCAR Thunder 2003 94.

NASCAR Thunder 2003

September 19, 2002
Get behind the wheel of the world's tightest, sleekest stock cars and get ready for an intense ride. NASCAR Thunder 2003 elevates the series to another level with deeper modes, new tracks, and a greater sense of speed. Experience life in the fast lane through 20 seasons of Career mode, in which you must compete for top sponsors, the best crewmembers, and the latest racing technology. All 23 Winston Cup tracks and the Daytona Beach road course can be raced with 14 tracks featuring both day and night racing. NASCAR Thunder 2003 brings the speed and precision of NASCAR to your fingertips.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
6.6
Serious Sam: The Second Encounter 95.

Serious Sam: The Second Encounter

February 4, 2002
Sam is back in the all new Second Episode of his battles with his arch-enemy Mental! After finding the Sirian spacecraft in ancient Egypt, Sam "Serious" Stone hijacked it and headed for Mental himself! But this, sadly, was not to be, as Sam lost control of the the alien craft and crash landed in the South American mountains. Now, Surrounded by an even stronger army of Mental's evil forces, Sam is forced to battle his way towards Mental's fortress and put a stop once and for all to his plans of world domination. [Take 2]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.6
Dark Age of Camelot: Shrouded Isles 96.

Dark Age of Camelot: Shrouded Isles

December 2, 2002
The first expansion pack available for Dark Age of Camelot players. It extends the story of the original game with new character classes, new races, and three new continents to explore - displayed in an all-new state-of-the-art graphics engine that make it look as advanced as any game on the market. [Mythic Entertainment]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.6
NASCAR: Dirt to Daytona 97.

NASCAR: Dirt to Daytona

November 27, 2002
Can you survive in the world of NASCAR? NASCAR Dirt to Daytona challenges you to become the ultimate racer in four different NASCAR racing series. Racing to win is the key for drivers hoping to advance from small town dirt tracks to modified cars, trucks, and eventually the highly prized NASCAR Winston Cup cars. Learn the harsh realities of the racing world where losing can cost drivers not only points in the standings but loss of money from a sponsor. NASCAR Dirt to Daytona also features Single Races, Season Championships, Beat the Heat, and Pro Trainer modes rounding out a complete racing experience.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.6
Sid Meier's SimGolf 98.

Sid Meier's SimGolf

January 23, 2002
Be the course designer, CEO, and resident Pro of your own golf resorts around the world. Grow your golf empire from a small, public pitch-and-putt to a global network of five-star resorts. From groundbreaking to par breaking, the ultimate golf design fantasies are in your hands. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.6
High Heat Major League Baseball 2003 99.

High Heat Major League Baseball 2003

February 9, 2002
In addition to dabbling in B.P., Home Run Derby, Exhibition and All-Star games, HH 2003 features a Season mode with custom lengths, inactive players on each team, unsigned players, a fantasy draft, and intriguing A.I. trade acceptance decisions. A stand-alone Playoff system allows up to 8 players to play for the series title individually. There are options galore for the hot stove league fanatic.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.9
Maximo: Ghosts to Glory 100.

Maximo: Ghosts to Glory

February 11, 2002
You control the fate of the gallant Maximo, who returns home to find his kingdom in shambles. Your once trusted advisor, Achille has wrought evil on the land. Not only is the countryside filled with hoards of the roaming undead, but the four wise Sorceresses have been imprisoned at the four corners of the Kingdom, and to make matters worse, your girlfriend, Princess Sophia has been forced to marry the scoundrel Achille. Help Maximo rescue the Sorceresses, restore good to the kingdom, whup Achille's butt, and while you're at it...get your girl back! [Capcom]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.7

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  3. Code Vein Image

Highs and Lows

    • Release Date: Aug 6, 2019
    • User Score: 6.3
    • Platform: Xbox One
    Age of Wonders: Planetfall Image
    • Release Date: Aug 6, 2019
    • User Score: tbd
    • Platform: PlayStation 4
    Gravity Ghost: Deluxe Edition Image
    • Release Date: Aug 8, 2019
    • User Score: 6.1
    • Platform: Switch
    Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition Image
    • Release Date: Aug 6, 2019
    • User Score: 8.0
    • Platform: PC
    Age of Wonders: Planetfall Image
    • Release Date: Aug 13, 2019
    • User Score: tbd
    • Platform: PC
    Dicey Dungeons Image