Game Releases by Score

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 1.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Platform: GameCube
March 24, 2003
In this ninth entry in the Legend of Zelda series, Link debuts on GameCube with a fun new cel-shaded look, but the game stays true to the respected heritage of the series. The classic mix of sword-swinging action, perplexing puzzles and stirring story lines remains intact, but the stunning cel-shaded graphics give the people and places of Link's watery world a wildly artistic new look. And for the very first time, Link sails freely on the high seas. Join Link on his most epic and scenic adventure yet. Face unimaginable monsters, explore puzzling dungeons, and meet a cast of unforgettable characters as he searches for his kidnapped sister, Aryll.
Metascore:
96
User Score:
9.0
Grand Theft Auto Double Pack 2.

Grand Theft Auto Double Pack

Platform: Xbox
October 31, 2003
From the dark and seedy streets of Liberty City's underworld to the glamorous hedonism of Vice City of the 1980s, the Grand Theft Auto double-pack takes you through the huge worlds of Grand Theft Auto III and it's sequel Vice City. The highly controversial Grand Theft Auto III gives you the freedom to go anywhere and jack anyone, putting the dark, intriguing and ruthless world of crime at your fingertips. Vice City is an entirely new game set in the '80s, preserving and adding to the free-roaming gameplay, cinematic graphics and immersive audio experience that made the Grand Theft Auto III so popular.
Metascore:
96
User Score:
8.0
The Legend of Zelda Collector's Edition 3.

The Legend of Zelda Collector's Edition

Platform: GameCube
November 17, 2003
Receive Four Complete Classic Zelda games all on one disc when you buy the Zelda GameCube Bundle: The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II - The adventure of Link, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. The disc also includes: Playable Demo of the Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Zelda Retrospective Movie, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Movie Preview.
Metascore:
95
User Score:
9.1
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 4.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Platform: PC
May 12, 2003
[Metacritic's 2003 PC Game of the Year] The PC version has enhanced features including improved graphics and sound, additional PC controls, as well as several options for players to customize the game. "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:
94
User Score:
8.8
Madden NFL 2004 5.

Madden NFL 2004

Platform: PlayStation 2
August 12, 2003
[Metacritic's 2003 Playstation 2 Game of the Year] Key Features for 2004 include New Playmaker Control - Make pre-snap adjustments to your receiver routes, direct receiver routes during a scramble, direct blocking down field during a run, or read and react to the offense to deliver a crushing tackle; New Owner Mode - Hire your own staff, set your team's ticket prices, build your own stadium, reward key players with signing bonuses and boost player attributes in Mini-Camp drills; Most Realistic NFL Playbooks Ever - Tons of new trick plays, multiple formation variations, and the deepest NFL playbooks from all 32 officially licensed Coaches Club Head Coaches; New Animations and Enhancements - New QB scramble transitions to improve throwing on the run, stumbles, open field blocks, whirlwind defensive reaction moves, sideline wrap tackles, and out of bound pushes. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
94
User Score:
8.2
Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 6.

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3

Platform: Game Boy Advance
October 21, 2003
A combination of exciting platforming action, wild power-ups, and charming Mario style has made Super Mario Bros. 3 a classic. With Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, you have your chance to partake in the special adventure anywhere you go on your Game Boy Advance. Your mission is to rescue the Mushroom Kingdom monarchs who have been transformed into animals by Bowser and his mischievous offspring, and in the process save the princess kidnapped by Bowser. Traverse eight huge worlds and encounter fun minigames and frantic boss battles as you explore the first Mario game to use an overworld map.
Metascore:
94
User Score:
8.9
NCAA Football 2004 7.

NCAA Football 2004

Platform: PlayStation 2
July 16, 2003
Take the rivalry online: Battle Michigan vs. Ohio State, USC vs. Notre Dame, Oklahoma vs. Nebraska, and more in online head-to-head exhibition games. Chat or sing your favorite fight song in-game with EA SPORTS Talk, or follow the stat leaders across the country in the Online Top 100. Get in the end zone with new trick plays like the Halfback Throwback and Wide Receiver Double Reverse Pass. New animations include sideline tackles, stumbles, new over-the-shoulder and basket catches, user-controlled celebrations, and much more. See the receivers better through a new QB Rollout camera and use the Play-Action Pass camera to fake out the defense. New College Classics mode: Replay 20 of the greatest college football games from the last two decades. Take over the game at a key situation, relive the glorious victory, or change history with an upset. Over 150 new teams: Play as one of 36 new 1-AA teams or one of the 100+ NEW Classic Teams including 1930 Notre Dame, 1956 Oklahoma, 1972 USC, 1985 Auburn, and 2002 Ohio State. Continuing the dynasty: Project the season's top performers with the new Pre-Season All-American Team and revel in your weekly accomplishments with new Sports Illustrated magazine covers. [EA Sports]
Metascore:
94
User Score:
8.3
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 8.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Platform: Xbox
July 17, 2003
Long before the Galactic Civil War, an epic drama begins. Engage in this saga set in the Golden Age of the Republic--over 4,000 years before the first Star Wars film, when both Jedi and Sith number in the thousands. With the Galaxy reeling from a recent conflict with the Dark Lords, the ongoing battle between the Jedi and the Sith rages on. It's up to guide your customizable and evolving characters through ten different worlds, fast-paced minigames, and locations including a Sith world, the Wookie homeworld, and the Jedi Academy. Your actions determine the outcome of this colossal galactic war--and your destiny as a Jedi.
Metascore:
94
User Score:
9.1
Madden NFL 2004 9.

Madden NFL 2004

Platform: GameCube
August 12, 2003
In its 14th season, Madden NFL Football isn't showing signs of slowing down. Madden NFL 2004 adds new features such as Playmaker Control and Owner Mode to it's deepen its football simulation. This year, players can make adjustments after the snap and create championship caliber plays with the easy-to-use Playmaker Control. The new Owner mode allows you build and manage your own stadium in addition to your own team. Compete against other players through EA Sports Online Tournaments. With new plays, modes, and online play, Madden NFL 2004 is the most complete, authentic installment in the series yet.
Metascore:
94
User Score:
7.1
SSX 3 10.

SSX 3

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 20, 2003
Embark on the ultimate adventure and conquer the mountain with SSX 3. Life begins at the summit where a wide-open mountain awaits you -- board it, explore it, and beat it. Featuring all-new freestyle events and race courses, jaw-dropping tricks, and a cast of cool, customizable characters, SSX 3 is yours to conquer. Redefine the boundaries what you do and what you earn, and go anywhere gravity takes you with SSX 3! [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.8
SoulCalibur II 11.

SoulCalibur II

Platform: GameCube
August 27, 2003
Open the next chapter in world of Soul Calibur. Soul Calibur II features seven distinctive gameplay modes including: Arcade, Versus, Time Attack, Survival, Team Battle, Practice, and the console exclusive Weapon Master. Collect up to 200 different weapons and battle characters with their own styles, strengths, and abilities. In addition to the 13 fighters, each platform has unique special fighters: Link for GameCube, Heihachi for PS2, and Spawn for Xbox. Prove yourself through soul and sword.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.9
World Soccer Winning Eleven 6 International 12.

World Soccer Winning Eleven 6 International

Platform: PlayStation 2
March 11, 2003
North America, the wait is over. Experience the most realistic virtual recreation of the sport to date. Life-like player models, staggeringly realistic animations, and renowned gameplay bring a soccer experience that can't be beat. This critically acclaimed title is the must have soccer game of the year. Find out what you've been missing. Create your own dream team in the Master League. [Konami]
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.3
Viewtiful Joe 13.

Viewtiful Joe

Platform: GameCube
October 7, 2003
Joe is no ordinary man and Viewtiful Joe is no ordinary game. Capcom's new superhero action game mixes funky cartoon-style visuals with classic side-scrolling gameplay and introduces the world's quirkiest million dollar action hero. More than just any ordinary dude, Joe must transform into the ultimate superhero. It's up to you to activate the correct view mode like "slow" or "zoom in" in order to clobber your enemies with beautiful style. You can also speed up or slow down your visual effects for even more "viewtiful" moves. Viewtiful Joe mixes an innovative viewpoint with an amazing stunt-filled action movie universe.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.3
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 14.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Platform: PC
November 18, 2003
Engage in this saga set in the Golden Age of the Republic - over 4,000 years before the first Star Wars film, when both Jedi and Sith number in the thousands. With the Galaxy reeling from a recent conflict with the Dark Lords, the ongoing battle between the Jedi and the Sith rages on. Your actions determine the outcome of this colossal galactic war - and your destiny as a Jedi. [LucasArts]
Metascore:
93
User Score:
9.0
Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution 15.

Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution

Platform: PlayStation 2
August 13, 2003
Challenge a steady stream of opponents with varying ranks and skill levels, with the impression that you're playing online against human opponents with different styles. Along with this illusion of online play, Virtua Fighter 4 has also been expanded upon, including the roster, the character customization features, the visuals, the training mode, and even the arcade mode. With the different tournaments and two new characters to explore, VF4: Evolution will put your fighting skills to the ultimate test.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.6
SoulCalibur II 16.

SoulCalibur II

Platform: PlayStation 2
August 27, 2003
A new page in history has begun as the most highly-anticipated fighting game ever finally arrives! The greatest 3-D weapons-based fighter will provide non-stop action, excitement and surprises as you go one-on-one against your favorite challengers. 13 historic fighters plus all new combatants including Necrid, specially designed by Todd McFarlane Productions, Inc. Unique special guest fighters for each platform include Link (GameCube), Heihachi (PS2), and Todd McFarlane's Spawn (Xbox). 7 exciting modes of play including Arcade, Vs, Time Attack, Survival, Team Battle, Practice, and Weapon Master. Collect 200 different weapons in the all-new mission-complete Weapon Master mode. [Namco]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.7
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 17.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Platform: Xbox
November 12, 2003
Embark on a journey of scorched sands and ancient legends. A young prince, drawn to the dark powers of a magic dagger, unleashes a deadly evil upon a beautiful kingdom. Guide the Prince on his quest to reverse the curse by using the Sands of Time, a power which allows you to erase the past, see into the future and slow down the present. Perform gravity-defying acrobatics and swashbuckling attacks in a staggering array of landscapes and kingdoms. Restore peace to the land and fulfill your destiny.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
7.8
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 18.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 6, 2003
Amidst the sands of ancient Persia, a young Prince unleashes a deadly evil. Embark on a harrowing quest to restore peace and the fabric of Time. Embody a legendary hero with gravity-defying acrobatics, ferocious fighting combos, and the ability to bend time to fulfill his bidding. Wield the power of the Sands of Time - a mythical force allowing the Prince to erase the past, behold the future, and freeze the present. You'll uncover the mysteries of a world never before explored in action-adventure gaming. Ancient Persia, mythical and deadly, holds a staggering array of landscapes and kingdoms to explore and conquer. [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.8
SSX 3 19.

SSX 3

Platform: GameCube
October 20, 2003
Drop in and conquer the massive, living mountain rife with ego-crushing challenges and gravity-bending thrills. SSX 3 returns with more slopes and all-new hazards to overcome including lightning storms, vertical drops, serpentine slopestyle courses and avalanches. Customize your rider's clothes, abilities, and moves. Pull off three levels of awesome "Uber tricks." Dominate the mountain, and then test your skills online. It's a long way down, so make sure you're ready for the challenge.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.7
Madden NFL 2004 20.

Madden NFL 2004

Platform: Xbox
August 12, 2003
In its 14th season, Madden NFL Football isn't showing signs of slowing down. Madden NFL 2004 adds new features such as Playmaker Control and Owner Mode to it's deepen its football simulation. This year, players can make adjustments after the snap and create championship caliber plays with the easy-to-use Playmaker Control. The new Owner mode allows you build and manage your own stadium in addition to your own team. Compete against other players through EA Sports Online Tournaments. With new plays, modes, and online play, Madden NFL 2004 is the most complete, authentic installment in the series yet.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
7.6
SSX 3 21.

SSX 3

Platform: Xbox
October 20, 2003
Drop in and conquer the massive, living mountain rife with ego-crushing challenges and gravity-bending thrills. SSX 3 returns with more slopes and all-new hazards to overcome including lightning storms, vertical drops, serpentine slopestyle courses and avalanches. Customize your rider's clothes, abilities, and moves. Pull off three levels of awesome "Uber tricks." Dominate the mountain, and then test your skills online. It's a long way down, so make sure you're ready for the challenge.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.2
SoulCalibur II 22.

SoulCalibur II

Platform: Xbox
August 27, 2003
Open the next chapter in world of Soul Calibur. Soul Calibur II features seven distinctive gameplay modes including: Arcade, Versus, Time Attack, Survival, Team Battle, Practice, and the console exclusive Weapon Master. Collect up to 200 different weapons and battle characters with their own styles, strengths, and abilities. In addition to the 13 fighters, each platform has unique special fighters: Link for GameCube, Heihachi for PS2, and Spawn for Xbox. Prove yourself through soul and sword.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.7
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 23.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Platform: GameCube
November 18, 2003
Embark on a journey of scorched sands and ancient legends. A young prince, drawn to the dark powers of a magic dagger, unleashes a deadly evil upon a beautiful kingdom. Guide the Prince on his quest to reverse the curse by using the Sands of Time, a power which allows you to erase the past, see into the future and slow down the present. Perform gravity-defying acrobatics and swashbuckling attacks in a staggering array of landscapes and kingdoms. Restore peace to the land and fulfill your destiny.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.1
ESPN NFL Football 24.

ESPN NFL Football

Platform: PlayStation 2
September 3, 2003
ESPN NFL Football brings the complete NFL experience. Whether it's by making an opponent lose his shorts from a stop-and-go juke, by scraping your toes down as you make an acrobatic first-down catch along the sideline, or by piling on top of a swarming gang tackle on fourth and short -- you will truly feel everything that makes the National Football League so intense. Don't look. Don't listen. Feel.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.5
F1 Challenge '99-'02 25.

F1 Challenge '99-'02

Platform: PC
June 24, 2003
Cutting-edge technology brings you the most accurate representation of Formula One to date. High-resolution car models include details right down to the very last shut line. Circuits include real life structures, helicopters, airplanes, panoramic skies, animated grid girls, motion captured pit crews, and even bumps in the track surface as they exist in reality. The glossy team-themed user interface puts you in the game and tracks your performance as a real life driver competing against the likes of world champion drives such as Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve, Mika Hakkinen, and Michael Schumacher. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
7.5
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time / Master Quest 26.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time / Master Quest

Platform: GameCube
February 28, 2003
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Master Quest is a special version of Ocarina of Time that wasn't released for the N64 in North America. Both games were exclusively available for the Nintendo GameCube to those who preordered The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker at a participating retailer. The Master Quest version of Ocarina of Time contains the same overall storyline as the original Ocarina of Time adventure. However, the dungeons have been upgraded to be truly challenging, even to a Zelda master.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.9
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 27.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell

Platform: PC
February 19, 2003
Infiltrate terrorists' positions, acquire critical intelligence by any means necessary, execute with extreme prejudice, and exit without a trace! You are Sam Fisher, a highly trained secret operative of the NSA's secret arm: Third Echelon. The world balance is in your hands, as cyber terrorism and international tensions are about to explode into WWIII. [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.5
ESPN NFL Football 28.

ESPN NFL Football

Platform: Xbox
September 3, 2003
Sega's latest addition to its NFL 2K series, ESPN NFL Football delivers the most complete NFL experience. Experience a new level of gaming through First Person Football, a mode that allows you to see the game through the eyes of any player on your team. Earn and unlock trophies, mini-games, and music to show off in your Crib. Listen to commentary from ESPN's own Chris Berman and watch the game as if you're watching an ESPN broadcast. Take on your friends or play online.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
7.8
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow 29.

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

Platform: Game Boy Advance
May 6, 2003
The year is 2035 and Soma Cruz is about to witness the first solar eclipse of the 21st century when he suddenly blacks out -- only to awaken inside a mysterious castle. As Soma, you must navigate the castle's labyrinths while confronting perilous monsters at every turn. But beware, you must escape before the evil consumes you!
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.8
Call of Duty 30.

Call of Duty

Platform: PC
October 29, 2003
Call of Duty delivers the gritty realism and cinematic intensity of World War II's epic battlefield moments like never before - through the eyes of citizen soldiers and unsung heroes from an alliance of countries who together helped shape the course of modern history. Play through the chaos of battle as part of a well-trained squad, that lays down covering fire and pulls its wounded to safety. In addition to authentic squad movements and tactics, each soldier's distinct personality and training comes out on the battlefield. No one soldier or nation single-handedly won the war. For the first time, Call of Duty captures the war from multiple perspectives, through the eyes of American, British and Russian soldiers. Battle through 24 missions spanning 4 interconnected historical campaigns. Take on mission objectives ranging from sabotage and all-out assault to stealth, vehicle combat and rescue. Authentic weapons, locations, vehicles and sounds of war all contribute to the realism. [Activision]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.5
Madden NFL 2004 31.

Madden NFL 2004

Platform: PC
August 12, 2003
Key Features for 2004 include New Playmaker Control - Make pre-snap adjustments to your receiver routes, direct receiver routes during a scramble, direct blocking down field during a run, or read and react to the offense to deliver a crushing tackle; New Owner Mode - Hire your own staff, set your team's ticket prices, build your own stadium, reward key players with signing bonuses and boost player attributes in Mini-Camp drills; Most Realistic NFL Playbooks Ever - Tons of new trick plays, multiple formation variations, and the deepest NFL playbooks from all 32 officially licensed Coaches Club Head Coaches; New Animations and Enhancements - New QB scramble transitions to improve throwing on the run, stumbles, open field blocks, whirlwind defensive reaction moves, sideline wrap tackles, and out of bound pushes. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
7.1
Project Gotham Racing 2 32.

Project Gotham Racing 2

Platform: Xbox
November 17, 2003
Project Gotham Racing 2 is a true test of racing skill, style, and daring that rewards you not only for how fast you drive, but also for how you drive fast. Earn Kudos and gain recognition for cornering on two wheels around the Sears Tower in Chicago; power-sliding through the ancient streets of Florence, Italy; or maneuvering along the racing line through the slick streets of Edinburgh, Scotland--all while racing some of the most exotic high-performance vehicles available. You can even challenge other gamers online, using Xbox Live, or take on your friends in a multiplayer race via System Link.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.7
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga 33.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Platform: Game Boy Advance
November 17, 2003
An evil witch has replaced Princess Peach's fair speech with explosives! Mario and Luigi must once again come to her rescue, but this time they employ the help of Bowser, their sworn enemy. Mario and Luigi must learn new moves and combine powers to fight off enemies and move closer to the witch's castle. Guide this unlikely bunch through an abundance of minigames such as Border Jump and Mystery Carts. Combine the powers of Mario and Luigi to pull off special tag-team moves. Immerse yourself in this bright, cartoonish, and humorous world, complete with hit music featured in previous Mario games.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.9
Tony Hawk's Underground 34.

Tony Hawk's Underground

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 27, 2003
Get ready for a totally new breed of the Tony Hawk experience. Play as yourself, not a pro skater, and make your way through a plot-twisting, true-to-life story that takes you from unknown local skate punk to fame and fortune as a superstar skater. For the first time ever, you'll be able to get off your board and explore 9 expansive levels on foot or by vehicle. Enjoy unprecedented customization by designing and naming your own original tricks through the all-new Create-a-Trick. Or create bigger parks and include your own goals in the expanded Skate Park Editor. After you're done, share your tricks and parks online with your friends. You can even download your own face into the game! And, with all-new online play - new games, stats, and online rankings - you'll have infinite expansion through downloadable content. You're the star...you own the Underground! [Activision]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.7
Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando 35.

Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 11, 2003
From the creators of the critically acclaimed smash hit Ratchet & Clank, Insomniac Games, comes the next installment of the most exciting sci-fi action adventure ever. Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando features an enhanced health damage system and weapons upgrade system, beautiful diverse environments, a compelling storyline and a unique arsenal of the coolest new weapons and hi-tech gadgets ever imagined. The more $#@& you blow up, the stronger Ratchet gets and the bigger and badder the weapons you?ll have! Show off in gladiator arenas. Pick off enemies in space combat. Leave competitors to eatin? your dust in hoverbike races. And, run around spherical worlds. [SCEA]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.9
NBA Street Vol. 2 36.

NBA Street Vol. 2

Platform: PlayStation 2
April 28, 2003
25 NBA legends scrap, battle and brawl for ultimate bragging rights. Play as Dr. J, Bird, Wilt, Moses, and more! Seven authentic urban courts including Soul in the Hole in NYC, Mosswood in Oakland, and more. All-new electrifying moves, passes and alley-oops. Play against the CPU or with up to four ballers. Customize the rules and players to your liking. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.6
Panzer Dragoon Orta 37.

Panzer Dragoon Orta

Platform: Xbox
January 12, 2003
The dragon rises to power once again in Panzer Dragoon: Orta. Dragons, creatures that once ruled the skies, are now mankind's only hope against a dark empire. With humanity at war and on the brink of extinction, it's up to you and your dragon to take to the skies and assist in the rebellion. On the back of your flying friend, you'll become part of intense chases and battles with powerful enemies. In order to defeat the evil empire, you must master multiple weapons, dragon powers, and advanced attacks.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.4
ESPN NHL Hockey 38.

ESPN NHL Hockey

Platform: PlayStation 2
September 9, 2003
ESPN NHL Hockey brings you authentic box scores, overlays, stats and more - fully capturing the atmosphere of an ESPN NHL broadcast. Groundbreaking Graphics Engine ? Pushing the hardware to new limits, player models and faces, environmental effects, arenas, cut-scenes, uniforms and more are meticulously detailed - raising realism to a new level. Top-Notch Commentary- A superstar booth features the best in the business, as ESPN?s Gary Thorne and Bill Clement deliver smart play-by-play and color commentary with situational analysis and true ESPN flavor. Got Skills? - Put your skills to the test against the NHL?s best as you compete for the title in all of the NHL?s All-Star skills challenges. Mini-Games Galore ? Including "Mini-Rink," a fast-paced 2 on 2 intense hockey experience, Pond Hockey, and enhanced skills events.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.0
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 39.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004

Platform: PlayStation 2
September 22, 2003
With the revolutionary new EA SPORTS Game Face, you can build yourself from scratch and take on the pros while improving your skills with each solid performance. Play as or against over a dozen top pros, including Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Justin Leonard, and new golfers like John Daly and Adam Scott. Five new courses have been added to all the old favorites like Pebble Beach Golf Links and St Andrews Golf Links. Graphical and gameplay enhancements mean more ball control and more realistic weather and terrain conditions. Expanded Career Mode lets you take your golfer through a World Tour to earn money and sponsorships. Go online for matches and tournaments, and climb the leaderboards. [EA Sports]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.6
Tony Hawk's Underground 40.

Tony Hawk's Underground

Platform: GameCube
October 27, 2003
Get ready for a major new step for the Tony Hawk series. Tony Hawk's Underground tweaks the gameplay of previous installments to include a plot-twisting story, customizable tricks and decks, online play, and the ability to include your own mug shot on your custom player. Of course, you can also play as any one of pro skating's biggest stars including Tony Hawk, Bob Burnquist, and Elissa Steamer. Ride, walk, or drive through nine expansive levels then test your skills against other gamers online. Become a star of the Underground.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.8
F-Zero GX 41.

F-Zero GX

Platform: GameCube
August 26, 2003
F-Zero GX puts you in a futuristic race where fearless pilots would risk everything to claim the title of the top speedster in the universe. Grand Prix mode lets you face off against 29 opponents in three courses while Vs. Battle mode lets two to four players compete in split-screen races. In Time Attack mode, you'll try to beat the best times and top speeds for each course. And now, in the new Story mode, you can follow Captain Falcon as he races through missions and completes a wide array of challenges.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.7
NCAA Football 2004 42.

NCAA Football 2004

Platform: GameCube
July 16, 2003
Experience the spirit, atmosphere, and emotion of college football like NCAA Football 2004. Whether you play as the one of the 36 new 1-AA teams or 20 classic teams from the last two decades, the game lets you celebrate the history of college football. Feel the tradition of college football Saturdays with all-new pre-game introductions and experience the pageantry with new mascots, flag-waving cheerleaders, and cannons. Other key features this season include improved college gameplay, EA Sports Online competition for the PlayStation 2, deeper Dynasty mode, and over 15 new teams and the all-new EA Sports Bio.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
6.9
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 43.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004

Platform: GameCube
September 22, 2003
While professional golfer Tiger Woods has no equal on the PGA Tour, you now have the chance to build a golfer that's even better. Take your custom golfer through the trials and tribulations of all the courses in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004, earning cash to spend on new digs and advanced equipment. Use the analog stick to shape any shot type such as the flop or punch. Go head-to-head against the computer, a friend, or an online player with PS2's network adapter. With all the top competition on some of the most famous fairways and greens ever, this is the one of the most complete golf experiences yet.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.1
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 44.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell

Platform: PlayStation 2
April 8, 2003
Infiltrate terrorists' positions, acquire critical intelligence by any means necessary, execute with extreme prejudice, and exit without a trace! You are Sam Fisher, a highly trained secret operative of the NSA's secret arm: Third Echelon. The world balance is in your hands, as cyber terrorism and international tensions are about to explode into WWIII. [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.9
NBA Street Vol. 2 45.

NBA Street Vol. 2

Platform: Xbox
April 28, 2003
Basketball returns to the streets in NBA Street Vol. 2, featuring more players, electrifying moves, and online multiplayer battles. Defeat the best players in the game today and even bring legends such as Dr. J, Magic, Bird, Wilt, and Moses out of retirement for some on-court brawling. NBA Street Vol. 2 features all-new spectacular dunks, dribbles, and passes that'll take show-stopping Gamebreakers to the next level. You can take your game against computer opponents or friends, or play with up to three other players online. Are you good enough to rule the streets?
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.0
Rise of Nations 46.

Rise of Nations

Platform: PC
May 20, 2003
Dominate 6,000 years of history from the Ancient Age to the Information Age. Which forces will you deploy to lead your nation to global prominence? Trade, espionage, diplomacy?war? Whichever path you choose, you?ll experience the pulse pounding thrill and speed of real-time gaming combined with the epic scope and depth of turn-based strategy games ? brought together for the first time ever in Rise of Nations. Rise of Nations is a new historical real time strategy game from Big Huge Games' Brian Reynolds, designer of PC game classics such as "Civilization 2" and "Alpha Centauri." In Rise of Nations, you'll create new cities, improve city infrastructures and expand national borders. Conquer foes through military might using everything from sling-shots to cannons to stealth bombers to nuclear weapons; corner the market on key commodities and consolidate power under your rule; wheel and deal across time with history's eminent cultures. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.8
Burnout 2: Point of Impact 47.

Burnout 2: Point of Impact

Platform: GameCube
April 9, 2003
Burnout 2: Point of Impact is the follow-up to the original smash hit with improved graphics, faster gameplay, and bigger, more spectacular crashes. While the first Burnout was inspired by European movies and locations, its sequel is inspired by American films such as The Fast and the Furious. Set in US locations, the game gives you an all-new set of vehicles: modified Japanese cars, pickups, SUVs - plus some bonus rides such as police cruisers, and classic 50's hotrods. Also, expect tighter handling, better crash deformations, new music, new game structure, enhanced physics, new lighting, improved car models, a new replay system, and fast-paced fun.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.7
World Series Baseball 2K3 48.

World Series Baseball 2K3

Platform: Xbox
March 10, 2003
Sega Sports™ World Series® Baseball 2K3 spent the off-season improving what was already the best baseball franchise by adding ESPN broadcast presentation, more classic uniforms for every team, historical ballparks, player-specific batting stances and pitching styles for Hall of Fame legends, and more. This year, World Series Baseball 2K3 is in a league of its own!
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.3
NASCAR Racing 2003 Season 49.

NASCAR Racing 2003 Season

Platform: PC
February 14, 2003
Battle your way to the lead pack in the most immersive racing game of the season! Go bumper-to-bumper against all of your 2003 NASCAR favorites on all 23 real-life tracks, or draft to gain speed and blow right past them at 200 mph. Take the checkered flag and experience the thrill that only NASCAR can deliver. [Sierra]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.5
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising 50.

Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising

Platform: Game Boy Advance
June 24, 2003
Just when you thought you'd seen the last of them, the Black Hole Army is storming back in this sequel to the award-winning Game Boy Advance strategy game. With new COs under his command, Sturm is leading a new invasion force, and it'll take advance strategy to stop him!
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.8
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! 51.

WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!

Platform: Game Boy Advance
May 21, 2003
Frantic action! Prepare for lightning-quick game play as you blaze through over 200 bizarre microgames designed by a crazy crew of Wario's cronies! There are even two-player contests that can be played on a single Game Boy Advance! Pick up and play! Ultra-simple controls make each game easy to get into...until the games start coming faster... and faster...and FASTER!
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.7
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 52.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Platform: PC
December 2, 2003
Amidst the sands of ancient Persia, a young Prince unleashes a deadly evil. Embark on a harrowing quest to restore peace and the fabric of Time. Embody a legendary hero with gravity-defying acrobatics, ferocious fighting combos, and the ability to bend time to fulfill his bidding. Wield the power of the Sands of Time - a mythical force allowing the Prince to erase the past, behold the future, and freeze the present. You'll uncover the mysteries of a world never before explored in action-adventure gaming. Ancient Persia, mythical and deadly, holds a staggering array of landscapes and kingdoms to explore and conquer. [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.6
Top Spin 53.

Top Spin

Platform: Xbox
October 28, 2003
Top Spin is the complete tennis experience. Define your tennis playing style, take risks, pull off world-class shots, and work the crowd to develop a unique image on the court. You can also train with a coach, to master shots and playing surfaces and work your way up the online rankings to become the best in the world. Top Spin offers singles or doubles matches with 16 of the world's top professionals, including cover athletes Anna Kournikova and the world's number-one player, Lleyton Hewitt.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.0
ESPN NBA Basketball 54.

ESPN NBA Basketball

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 21, 2003
ESPN Presentation - Step up and join the most anticipated presentation known to date! With detailed visuals, picture-in-picture introductions, a variety of eye-catching callouts and new studio and color commentary -- why settle for anything less! The next step in realism, accurate player models bring extremely natural looking players to life while all-new game lighting raises the standard for detail with realistic self-shadowing, creating a more dynamic look and feel for every NBA player! Total Game Control - Incredible dribble moves, stellar passing control, split second defensive reactions -- all at your fingertips as you control every aspect of your NBA game on both sides of the court! Intuitive Showtime Pass Mechanics - Your game, your show! Conquer every defense with a variety of jaw dropping no-look and behind-the-back passes, setting up monstrous finishes around the rim! Smart Camera Intelligence - Innovative, new picture angles based on ESPN's broadcast cameras will tightly follow all of the NBA action, offering the perfect viewing perspective of every play.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.4
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 55.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004

Platform: Xbox
September 22, 2003
While professional golfer Tiger Woods has no equal on the PGA Tour, you now have the chance to build a golfer that's even better. Take your custom golfer through the trials and tribulations of all the courses in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004, earning cash to spend on new digs and advanced equipment. Use the analog stick to shape any shot type such as the flop or punch. Go head-to-head against the computer, a friend, or an online player with PS2's network adapter. With all the top competition on some of the most famous fairways and greens ever, this is the one of the most complete golf experiences yet.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.2
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 56.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell

Platform: GameCube
April 10, 2003
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:
89
User Score:
8.1
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight 57.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight

Platform: PC
July 29, 2003
Experience history at the controls of historic aircraft, such as Charles Lindbergh's Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis, the Douglas DC-3 and the world's first successful powered aircraft, the Wright Flyer. New engaging features such as interactive multimedia provide a wealth of historical information on the planes that shaped aviation history and the pilots who flew them. Informed and insightful articles explain all there is to know about Microsoft's Flight Simulator and the 24 aircraft included in the software. A Century of Flight also introduces an updated, dynamic weather system, enhanced automatically generated scenery (AutoGen) and detailed visual effects, improved Air Traffic Control functions, and 3D interactive cockpits, as well as 15 modern aircraft, including the Beechcraft Baron and the Robinson R22 helicopter. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.6
NBA Street Vol. 2 58.

NBA Street Vol. 2

Platform: GameCube
April 28, 2003
Basketball returns to the streets in NBA Street Vol. 2, featuring more players, electrifying moves, and online multiplayer battles. Defeat the best players in the game today and even bring legends such as Dr. J, Magic, Bird, Wilt, and Moses out of retirement for some on-court brawling. NBA Street Vol. 2 features all-new spectacular dunks, dribbles, and passes that'll take show-stopping Gamebreakers to the next level. You can take your game against computer opponents or friends, or play with up to three other players online. Are you good enough to rule the streets?
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.2
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 59.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004

Platform: PC
September 22, 2003
With the revolutionary new EA SPORTS Game Face, you can build yourself from scratch and take on the pros while improving your skills with each solid performance. Play as or against over a dozen top pros, including Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Justin Leonard, and new golfers like John Daly and Adam Scott. Five new courses have been added to all the old favorites like Pebble Beach Golf Links and St Andrews Golf Links. Graphical and gameplay enhancements mean more ball control and more realistic weather and terrain conditions. Expanded Career Mode lets you take your golfer through a World Tour to earn money and sponsorships. Go online for matches and tournaments, and climb the leaderboards. [EA Sports]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.3
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne 60.

Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne

Platform: PC
July 1, 2003
The Frozen Throne provides gamers with a vast new chapter in the epic Warcraft saga. In the single-player campaign, players revisit the war-torn world of Azeroth. Several months have passed since Archimonde and the Burning Legion were defeated at the battle of Mount Hyjal, yet a new threat has arisen throughout the land. One new Hero per race, each possessing powerful spells and magical abilities. A host of new units, each equipped with new abilities and spells, giving players the opportunity to create diverse strategic and tactical forms of combat. Player-built shops, unique for each race, equipped with items carefully designed to improve and aid the units of every race. Neutral Heroes, available for recruitment by all players, that can supplement and strengthen a player's army with all new spells and abilities. Expanded multiplayer options over Battle.net including multiple new game types, clan and tournament support. [Blizzard]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
9.2
ESPN NHL Hockey 61.

ESPN NHL Hockey

Platform: Xbox
September 9, 2003
ESPN NHL Hockey brings you a complete NHL experience. Play a single game or an entire season as any current NHL team, or a historic team, complete with vintage jerseys. All the uniforms, arenas, player models, and environmental effects are meticulously detailed. With an advanced graphics engine, an exclusive ESPN presentation system featuring Gary Thorne and Bill Clement, and exciting new modes to play such as the authentic Skills Competition, ESPN NHL Hockey leads the league in hockey realism.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.5
NCAA Football 2004 62.

NCAA Football 2004

Platform: Xbox
July 16, 2003
Experience the spirit, atmosphere, and emotion of college football like NCAA Football 2004. Whether you play as the one of the 36 new 1-AA teams or 20 classic teams from the last two decades, the game lets you celebrate the history of college football. Feel the tradition of college football Saturdays with all-new pre-game introductions and experience the pageantry with new mascots, flag-waving cheerleaders, and cannons. Other key features this season include improved college gameplay, EA Sports Online competition for the PlayStation 2, deeper Dynasty mode, and over 15 new teams and the all-new EA Sports Bio.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.9
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Game of the Year Edition 63.

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Game of the Year Edition

Platform: Xbox
October 31, 2003
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Game of the Year Edition includes the original game of Morrowind, plus the Tribunal and Bloodmoon expansions. In Morrowind, you can explore exotic locations, including epic dungeons, detailed cities, and vast landscapes. Each area in Tribunal comes complete with new creatures, quests, armor, and weapons. Bloodmoon takes you into the frozen island of Solstheim, where you can become a werewolf and indulge your thirst for the hunt. Morrowind and its expansions feature enhanced graphics, in-depth gameplay, and innovative character development.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.7
Fire Emblem 64.

Fire Emblem

Platform: Game Boy Advance
November 3, 2003
Marshall your forces and draw your steel--Fire Emblem has arrived. Fire Emblem combines strategy and role-playing in a story heavy on royal intrigue and backstabbing. As a military strategist, you must choose the best method of attack whether it is swooping from the sky with your Pegasus Knights or striking with a phalanx of armored juggernauts to crush the opposition. With dozens of soldiers, weapons, and magic spells at your service, Fire Emblem equips you with everything you need to dominate the battlefield.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
9.0
Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge 65.

Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge

Platform: Xbox
October 21, 2003
Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge combines thrilling aerial combat with the swashbuckling style of a Hollywood action-adventure movie. Set in an alternate 1930s world of gunship diplomacy and sinister intrigue, the game lets you pilot powerful aircraft--armed with detonator cannons, tesla guns, or remote-controlled rockets--against nefarious air pirates and behemoth war zeppelins. As the daring air pirate Nathan Zachary, leader of the infamous Fortune Hunters, you take off on a high-flying adventure, filled with daring escapes and damsels in distress.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.8
NASCAR Thunder 2004 66.

NASCAR Thunder 2004

Platform: PlayStation 2
September 16, 2003
From 200 MPH super-speedways to hairpin turns on 11 fantasy tracks, tuning your car and finding the line is no longer enough. Now you?re running to the edge against 42 other unique NASCAR® personalities every race, drivers who remember your every move and won?t think twice about paying you back. Out-smart and out-drive them as you battle three-wide from green to checkers. Online or on your own, racing just became a contact sport. Grudges & Alliances: Emotion comes to a racing game for the first time as CPU drivers remember your every move and aren't afraid to pay you back. Pick up & Play controls help new fans navigate over 60 events including all real world NASCAR races, plus 12 winding road courses. NASCAR Thunder 2004 goes online with peer-to-peer racing on the PlayStation®2 and 16 player races on PC. The most extensive Career Mode in a NASCAR video game just got deeper and easier to navigate! The deepest NASCAR game ever created with over 70 drivers and 175 authentic cars and the first game with a full pack of 43 Cup Series cars. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.5
Burnout 2: Point of Impact 67.

Burnout 2: Point of Impact

Platform: Xbox
May 1, 2003
Burnout 2: Point of Impact is the follow-up to the original smash hit with improved graphics, faster gameplay, and bigger, more spectacular crashes. While the first Burnout was inspired by European movies and locations, its sequel is inspired by American films such as The Fast and the Furious. Set in US locations, the game gives you an all-new set of vehicles: modified Japanese cars, pickups, SUVs - plus some bonus rides such as police cruisers, and classic 50's hotrods. Also, expect tighter handling, better crash deformations, new music, new game structure, enhanced physics, new lighting, improved car models, a new replay system, and fast-paced fun.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
5.7
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 68.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4

Platform: PC
August 27, 2003
Drop into the ultimate skating challenge with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4. Players take on the role of legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk and 13 other athletes as they skate through enormous free roaming levels, choose from 190 progressively harder goals and build their skills to perform 14 of the greatest skateboarding stunts of all time. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 delivers the deepest and most challenging gameplay experience in the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series. The game's enhanced career mode allows players to earn respect and the chance to take on all new pro goals by conquering a skater-specific Pro Challenge based on each skater's personal history. [Aspyr]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.2
SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs 69.

SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 4, 2003
In online mode via broadband gameplay, up to 16 players (eight per team) can create their own SEAL character profiles and join the fight to take down hostile forces in 22 different online missions (12 new SOCOM II online missions and ten updated, enhanced SOCOM online missions) with five different mission types including new Escort and Breach missions. Using a SOCOM-compatible headset, enhanced online communication enables team members to more easily communicate either in-game or in the game lobby while viewing the new ?who?s talking? display and use sub-channels for offensive and defensive gameplay strategy. Players can also use a friends? list to easily find their friends online and vie for the top position on the player and clan rankings board.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.8
Jak II 70.

Jak II

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 14, 2003
In Jak II, Jak has an entirely new move set (Dark Jak) to augment his previous move set. He has more moves with his new toys as well - gun moves (including kick/shooting combos), and entire Jet Board move set and tricks. Daxter has some special surprises as well. There are escort missions where Jak goes into a level area with another character and the player must work with them to complete a task. Jak II enemies have more A.I. and respond to Jak with intelligent intent. [Daniel Arey]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.3
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance 71.

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

Platform: Game Boy Advance
September 8, 2003
The world of Final Fantasy returns to Game Boy Advance. Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is a deeply diverse strategy and tactics game with battles, missions, swords, and magic. Players assume the role of young Marche Radiuju in the humble burg of St. Ivalice. Alone in a foreign world, Marche befriends a motley crew of low-level monks, mages, archers, and soldiers. The only hope you have of finding your way home is to turn your ragtag group of misfits into a finely tuned fighting force. As you gain experience and reputation, your job options grow as well as the rewards.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
9.1
Beyond Good & Evil 72.

Beyond Good & Evil

Platform: GameCube
December 11, 2003
For centuries, the planet Hillys has been bombarded by a relentless alien race. In Beyond Good and Evil, a rebellious action reporter named Jade sets out to capture the truth behind the invasion. Armed with her camera, dai-jo staff, and fierce determination, you must guide Jade as she discovers shocking evidence leading to a horrific government conspiracy and is forced to battle an evil she cannot possibly fathom. With the ability to perform stealth techniques, dai-jo staff moves, and tag-team fighting combos, you can stop at nothing to expose the truth.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.5
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! 73.

Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Platform: GameCube
November 17, 2003
The Mushroom Kingdom just got a whole lot more hectic as Mario and friends double up for furious kart racing. This time around, each kart holds two racers that can switch places at any time, so choose from a huge cast of favorites and pair them up any way you see fit. The character in front handles the driving duties, while the character in the rear doles out damage with six normal items and eight special items that only specific characters can use. Get ready for some intense multiplayer mayhem with your favorite characters, including Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong, Peach, Bowser, and Koopa.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.6
World Series Baseball 2K3 74.

World Series Baseball 2K3

Platform: PlayStation 2
March 17, 2003
WSB 2K3 spent the offseason improving what was already THE baseball franchise by adding an all-new ESPN broadcast presentation, more classic uniforms for every team, player-specific batting stances and pitching styles for Hall of Fame players, and historic ballparks. WSB 2K3's unrivaled gameplay gives users what they asked for, including: a jump button for home run-robbing snatches and line drive-snaring grabs, user-controlled leadoffs, drag bunts, improved double play animations, power swings, and more. [Sega]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.6
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance 75.

Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance

Platform: PlayStation 2
March 3, 2003
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! Featuers 350+ VR Missions and 150+ Alternate Missions, as well as 5 all-new "Snake Tales" side stories. [Konami]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.8
Beyond Good & Evil 76.

Beyond Good & Evil

Platform: Xbox
December 2, 2003
For centuries, the planet Hillys has been bombarded by a relentless alien race. In Beyond Good and Evil, a rebellious action reporter named Jade sets out to capture the truth behind the invasion. Armed with her camera, dai-jo staff, and fierce determination, you must guide Jade as she discovers shocking evidence leading to a horrific government conspiracy and is forced to battle an evil she cannot possibly fathom. With the ability to perform stealth techniques, dai-jo staff moves, and tag-team fighting combos, you can stop at nothing to expose the truth.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.4
NHL 2004 77.

NHL 2004

Platform: PC
September 22, 2003
It's more physical than ever before, with new Bruise Control, an all-new fighting system, more realistic player collisions, and powerful visuals such as popping helmets and breaking glass. Total Control on the Ice: Total player control allows you to direct 2-button touch sensitive passes anywhere on the ice, call team strategies on the fly, and aggressively tie up opponents against the boards and in front of the net. Go Deep Into Dynasty Mode: Take on the role of GM for up to 20 seasons, drafting and trading players, negotiating contracts, and managing the financial bottom line of your franchise. Earn valuable experience points to upgrade your GM office and/or purchase improvements to staff and facilities, thus improving your team's on ice performance. All-New Elite Leagues: 39 new international teams from Germany's DEL, Sweden's Elitserien, and Finland's SM-Liga. Enhanced EA SPORTS Online: Compete in one-on-one or all-new on-line tournament games, and chat in-game with EA SPORTS Talk. New EA SPORTS Bio: Unlock special rewards in NHL 2004 by playing multiple titles, including Madden NFL 2004, NBA Live 2004, and much more. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.5
Dark Cloud 2 78.

Dark Cloud 2

Platform: PlayStation 2
February 17, 2003
[Known as "Dark Chronicle" in the UK] Live the adventure of an inventive young man, visited by a protector of the future. Rely on your creative ability to rebuild destroyed worlds, invent equipment needed for your journey and repair weaponry damaged in battle. Your efforts will determine the outcome of things to come.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.6
ESPN NBA Basketball 79.

ESPN NBA Basketball

Platform: Xbox
October 22, 2003
Hit the hardwood with nonstop action and intense competition with ESPN NBA Basketball. Complete with all the detailed visuals, eye-catching callouts, and commentary, ESPN NBA Basketball presents all the excitement and quickness from a real NBA game. Not only can you unleash the most skilled crossovers and unbelievable jukes with Isomotion control, but you can also completely lock down opponents with rock-solid D. Challenge current and legendary NBA players in real time--24 hours a day, seven days a week--with your own created player in 24/7 mode.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.6
MotoGP 2 80.

MotoGP 2

Platform: Xbox
May 21, 2003
MotoGP returns with challenging tracks, different gameplay modes, and online play. In MotoGP 2, you'll race against the top 20 riders in the world at speeds of 180mph around turns and corners with your knee inches from the ground. It's up to you to find the perfect combination of rider and bike to suit your style. Races take place on 16 tracks in all weather conditions. Challenge yourself to master these obstacles in all six single-player game modes and in online multiplayer matches for up to 16 players.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.3
Guilty Gear X2 81.

Guilty Gear X2

Platform: PlayStation 2
February 3, 2003
Guilty Gear X2 revives the fighting tournament designed to find humans skilled enough to thwart the Gear threat. Take over 20 playable fighters, with 6 outrageous new characters. Use electrifying new moves and features, like Psych Burst, Faultless Defense, the all-new Burst Gauge system and more. Devastate your opponent with an arsenal of eye-popping, jaw-dropping moves and combos, including trademarks like Overdrive Attack, Gatling Combo, Roman Cancel and signature Instant Kills for each character! [Sammy]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.7
Golden Sun: The Lost Age 82.

Golden Sun: The Lost Age

Platform: Game Boy Advance
April 14, 2003
It is the dawn of a new age...And the heroes of Golden Sun have been abandoned. Now, the world is falling into darkness. A new band of adventurers is the world's final hope...but they may also be its doom. Pursued by the heroes of the original Golden Sun, they must race to complete their quest before the world becomes lost to the ages.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
9.0
Tony Hawk's Underground 83.

Tony Hawk's Underground

Platform: Game Boy Advance
October 27, 2003
Get ready for a major new step for the Tony Hawk series. Tony Hawk's Underground tweaks the gameplay of previous installments to include a plot-twisting story, customizable tricks and decks, online play, and the ability to include your own mug shot on your custom player. Of course, you can also play as any one of pro skating's biggest stars including Tony Hawk, Bob Burnquist, and Elissa Steamer. Ride, walk, or drive through nine expansive levels then test your skills against other gamers online. Become a star of the Underground.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.7
Midnight Club II 84.

Midnight Club II

Platform: Xbox
June 3, 2003
Rockstar is poised to once again set a new benchmark in the racing genre. In Midnight Club 2 you are an elite, illegal street racer, more dangerous and skilled than ever racing throughout the cities of Paris, Los Angeles, and Tokyo. Choose from the latest performance enhanced cars and bikes and compete head-to-head to make a name for yourself. There are no rules--drive anywhere in the city and just find the fastest route to win. The cops know you are out there - don't get caught.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.5
Beyond Good & Evil 85.

Beyond Good & Evil

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 11, 2003
The planet of Hyllis has fallen under siege by a ruthless alien race. Despite the assurances of the Alpha Section defense squad, the war drags on, terrorizing the once-beautiful planet and crushing the faith of the people. From the rubble of a tiny island rises Jade - a rebellious young action reporter left traumatized by a brutal attack. When Jade is hired by the rebel organization IRIS, she learns that the Alpha Sections are secretly trafficking humans to the enemy. Still wary of who to believe, she sets out to expose the gruesome conspiracy and bring proof to her people. Armed with her camera, dai-jo staff, and unflinching resolve, Jade plunges into a sinister web to untangle the truth and restore justice to her planet. But as she earns the trust of her beleaguered people, Jade discovers that sometimes, in order to find the truth, you must look beyond good and evil. [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.9
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne 86.

Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne

Platform: PC
October 14, 2003
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne is a violent, film-noir love story for mature audiences. Dark, tragic and intense, the in-depth story is a thrill-ride of shocking twists and revelations. Love hurts. The fans of Max Payne won?t be disappointed. The fierce, yet stylish action sequences and slow-motion gunplay that has become synonymous with Max Payne is back and better than ever. New and enhanced moves and options provide breathtaking cinematic game play. Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne is set to raise the bar on action games all over again. [Rockstar]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.9
IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles 87.

IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles

Platform: PC
March 2, 2003
With 20 new single player missions and 10 new cooperative multiplayer missions, and a new dynamic campaign system, Forgotten Battles expands the aerial battlefield for IL-2 owners, adding almost limitless replayability. The expansion pack also adds 27 new flyable planes, and 12 new AI controlled aircraft to faithfully recreate the WWII aerial combat experience.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.9
Amplitude 88.

Amplitude

Platform: PlayStation 2
March 24, 2003
The sequel to Sony's "Frequency" features music from such artists as David Bowie, Weezer, Garbage, Quarashi, Logan 7. Trigger drum, bass, vocal, and guitar tracks by tapping the control pad in time to rhythm, and you'll generate an amazing lightshow to accompany your musical stylings. Even better, Amplitude is compatible with Sony's online adapter, so multiplayer game aren't limited to folks sitting around in your living room. Online options will include full chat modes and a ranking system, as well as the ability to create a remix online, which can be saved by the system for other players to listen to and play.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.6
NBA Live 2004 89.

NBA Live 2004

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 14, 2003
Step up your game with NBA Live 2004. With brand-new 10-Man Freestyle, authentic gameplay, and stunning graphics, NBA Live 2004 delivers the definitive basketball experience. Whether running the point with one-button Quick Plays, spinning free in the lane for a vicious dunk, or locking down on "D", NBA LIVE 2004 puts players in total control. With a dramatically enhanced Dynasty Mode, the ability to take the court at all NBA arenas, and all-new commentary from Marv Albert and Mike Fratello, NBA Live 2004 is all about authenticity. Compete in One-on-One or all-new Online Tournament games, and chat in-game with EA SPORTS Talk. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.7
Colin McRae Rally 3 90.

Colin McRae Rally 3

Platform: PlayStation 2
April 22, 2003
(Colin McRae Rally 3 isn't just about cars and tracks; it's about giving gamers the professional rally driver experience. The game makes a massive leap in terms of playability, motor sport detail and rich visuals; above all it delivers a game that captures every drop of sweat, the split-second decision and the teamwork that goes into actually being Colin McRae. Capturing the emotions and consequences of being a professional rally champion, it takes the gaming experience to the limit as the player attempts to become the planet's greatest rally driver. As Colin McRae, get behind the wheel of his internationally famous Ford Focus PS WRC with co-driver Nicky Grist and set the course alight as you race to become champion. [Codemasters]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.6
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 91.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3

Platform: Xbox
March 14, 2003
As terrorist attacks against the United States and Venezuela escalate, you are in charge of leading the last line of defense: Rainbow. In Rainbow Six 3, you will lead this top-secret task force dedicated to combating terrorism in all its forms. Your team consists of the best field operatives--equipped with an arsenal of no fewer than 30 weapons--that the United Nations has to offer. Tackle all 14 worldwide missions in single-player or match wits and words against 15 other players online, with full headset support. You may be the last hope in the war against terror.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.4
Colin McRae Rally 3 92.

Colin McRae Rally 3

Platform: Xbox
February 18, 2003
Live the life of a rally driver and prove your skills around the world. As part of the Ford Rally Sport Team, you'll have access to authentic high-performance rally cars, including Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 7, Subaru Impreza WRX, Citroen Saxo Kit Car, and Ford Focus RS WRC. It's a race against the clock through 56 stages from the United Kingdom to the United States. If you damage your car or the landscape, the path to the finish line will be a shaky one.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.3
Civilization III: Conquests 93.

Civilization III: Conquests

Platform: PC
November 4, 2003
Civilization III: Conquests provides Civ fans with intriguing new civilizations, units, wonders, technologies, terrain features, special abilities, and more to help them triumph in eight professionally designed conquests throughout history. These new scenarios will challenge novice and experienced players alike, in new and unique ways! Conquests also provides enhanced multiplayer and editor support. [Atari]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.8
NBA Live 2004 94.

NBA Live 2004

Platform: Xbox
October 14, 2003
Step up your game with NBA Live 2004. With brand-new 10-Man Freestyle, authentic gameplay and stunning graphics, NBA Live 2004 delivers a complete basketball experience. Whether running the point with one-button Quick Plays, spinning free in the lane for a vicious dunk or locking down on "D," the revamped EA Sports Freestyle Controller puts you in total control. With a dramatically enhanced Dynasty Mode, the ability to take the court at all NBA arenas and all-new commentary from Marv Albert and Mike Fratello, NBA Live 2004 looks to step up the authenticity.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.2
NHL 2004 95.

NHL 2004

Platform: Xbox
September 22, 2003
It's been called the fastest sport on Earth--and the faster the players, the tougher the contact. NHL 2004 brings professional hockey to life like never before, with crisp passes, searing slap-shots, and a variety of new ways to check your opponent to regain control of the puck. NHL 2004 is the hockey fan's dream come true, with the addition of international leagues, Bruise Control fighting system, online play, and a Dynasty Mode that lets you build a powerhouse.'.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
6.5
Midnight Club II 96.

Midnight Club II

Platform: PlayStation 2
April 9, 2003
The world's most notorious drivers meet each night on the streets of LA, Paris, and Tokyo. Choose from the latest performance enhanced cars and bikes and compete head-to-head to make a name for yourself. There are no rules. Drive anywhere in the city. Find the fastest route to win. The cops know you are out there - don't get caught. Race with up to 8 players throughout three massive, fully open cities in one of five online play modes. Select any car or bike that you've personally unlocked in offline arcade mode. Join a game or host one yourself via GameSpy.com. A broadband connection is required for online play - there is no slow lane on the streets of Midnight Club 2. [Rockstar Games]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.4
Final Fantasy X-2 97.

Final Fantasy X-2

Platform: PlayStation 2
November 18, 2003
Taking place two years after Yuna's fateful journey to defeat Sin, the once chaotic world "Eternal Calm." The people of Spira now shun the teachings of Yevon and have opened their arms to former foes, the Al Bhed and the use of machina. It is a time of the "Machina Revolution" where people now believe that machina is useful and beneficial, as long as it is used properly. However, even with the peaceful life they now lived, there is emptiness in Yunaís heart that is keeping her from moving on as the others have. One day, Yuna obtains a mystical sphere that contains imagery of what might be the Blitzball player she thought was gone forever. Although Yuna isnít certain that it is him or if he is even alive, she's driven to seek him out. Yuna needs closure to their unexpected parting, even if only to find that she will never see him again. So begins her journey, this is Yuna's story.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.6
NHL 2004 98.

NHL 2004

Platform: GameCube
September 22, 2003
It's been called the fastest sport on Earth--and the faster the players, the tougher the contact. NHL 2004 brings professional hockey to life like never before, with crisp passes, searing slap-shots, and a variety of new ways to check your opponent to regain control of the puck. NHL 2004 is the hockey fan's dream come true, with the addition of international leagues, Bruise Control fighting system, online play, and a Dynasty Mode that lets you build a powerhouse.'.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.4
NHL 2004 99.

NHL 2004

Platform: PlayStation 2
September 22, 2003
It's more physical than ever before, with new Bruise Control, an all-new fighting system, more realistic player collisions, and powerful visuals such as popping helmets and breaking glass. Total Control on the Ice: Total player control allows you to direct 2-button touch sensitive passes anywhere on the ice, call team strategies on the fly, and aggressively tie up opponents against the boards and in front of the net. Go Deep Into Dynasty Mode: Take on the role of GM for up to 20 seasons, drafting and trading players, negotiating contracts, and managing the financial bottom line of your franchise. Earn valuable experience points to upgrade your GM office and/or purchase improvements to staff and facilities, thus improving your team?s on ice performance. All-New Elite Leagues: 39 new international teams from Germany?s DEL, Sweden?s Elitserien, and Finland?s SM-Liga. Enhanced EA SPORTS Online: Compete in one-on-one or all-new on-line tournament games, and chat in-game with EA SPORTS Talk. New EA SPORTS Bio: Unlock special rewards in NHL 2004 by playing multiple titles, including Madden NFL 2004, NBA Live 2004, and much more. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.6
Tony Hawk's Underground 100.

Tony Hawk's Underground

Platform: Xbox
October 27, 2003
Get ready for a major new step for the Tony Hawk series. Tony Hawk's Underground tweaks the gameplay of previous installments to include a plot-twisting story, customizable tricks and decks, online play, and the ability to include your own mug shot on your custom player. Of course, you can also play as any one of pro skating's biggest stars including Tony Hawk, Bob Burnquist, and Elissa Steamer. Ride, walk, or drive through nine expansive levels then test your skills against other gamers online. Become a star of the Underground.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.4
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  1. 94

    Ori and the Will of the Wisps

    • Release Date: Sep 17, 2020
    • Rating: E
    • User Score: 9.3
    • Platform: Switch
  2. 92

    Hades

  3. 92

    Hades

  4. 91

    Spelunky 2

  5. 91

    Crusader Kings III

Lowest of the Month
  1. 21

    Bounty Battle

    • Release Date: Sep 10, 2020
    • Rating: E10+
    • User Score: tbd
    • Platform: Switch
  2. 43

    Tamarin

    • Release Date: Sep 10, 2020
    • Rating: E10+
    • User Score: 6.6
    • Platform: PS4
  3. 52

    WWE 2K Battlegrounds

    • Release Date: Sep 18, 2020
    • Rating: T
    • User Score: 4.9
    • Platform: Switch
  4. 52

    Necromunda: Underhive Wars

  5. 55

    Tennis World Tour 2

    • Release Date: Sep 22, 2020
    • Rating: E
    • User Score: 9.2
    • Platform: XONE