Game Releases by User Score

Homeworld 1.

Homeworld

Platform: PC
August 31, 1999
Deported to a harsh desert world, exiles have struggled for three thousand years to regain the stars. Now it's up to you to guide them home through a brutal empire bent on annihilation. Homeworld boasts amazing ship graphics and gorgeous deep-space vistas, a unique command and navigation interface and white-knuckle real-time strategy. [Sierra]
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.8
System Shock 2 2.

System Shock 2

Platform: PC
August 11, 1999
Like System Shock 1, there will be persistent levels (i.e., drop an item on one level, and you could go back later to retrieve it), gameplay elements like logs, inventory, skills, persistent world, leaning, hacking, rpg elements, multiple weapons and enemies, and a compelling storyline. Unlike most other first person shooters, the purpose of System Shock was not to kill everything in sight; nor was it a "find the key to move onto the next level" game. The plot was always present, but not so confining as in traditional shooters - there was almost always more than one task to accomplish. Levels were realistically designed and had logical reasons behind them. It is the principle of System Shock 2 to continue this game design. [sshock2.com]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
9.1
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 3.

Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings

Platform: PC
September 30, 1999
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings is the sequel to the award-winning, best-selling real-time strategy game "Age of Empires." Age of Empires II spans a thousand years, from the fall of Rome through the Middle Ages in which players lead one of 13 civilizations into greatness. The game keeps the epic scope of Age of Empires' game play while evolving the combat and economic features. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
9.0
Unreal Tournament (1999) 4.

Unreal Tournament (1999)

Platform: PC
November 30, 1999
The stakes are high. On the one hand, fame, fortune, glory; on the other hand, death. Prove your skill in the arenas of the future, leading your team of computer-controlled "bots" to victory in the Grand Tournament, or compete with the best of the best via LAN or the Internet in seat-of-your-pants battles. While Unreal Tournament offers the finest in classic "Deathmatch" play, right out of the box you can compete in Team Deathmatch or Capture the Flag. Control strategic points on the map to rack up your score in Domination, or test your skills in Assault, as one team defends its base from the other. Each game type comes with its own special maps and rules, for never-ending variety and challenge. Add gameplay mutators such as Jump Match or InstaGib, and Unreal Tournament will keep your wits honed to a razor edge. [Infogrames]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
9.0
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri 5.

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri

Platform: PC
February 12, 1999
Legendary designer Sid Meier presents the next evolution in strategy games, with the most addictive, compelling gameplay yet. Explore the alien planet that is your new home and uncover its myriad mysteries. Discover over 75 extraordinary technologies. Build over 60 base upgrades and large-scale secret projects for your empire. Conquer your enemies with a war machine that you design from over 32,000 possible unit types. [Firaxis]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.7
FreeSpace 2 6.

FreeSpace 2

Platform: PC
September 30, 1999
The year is 2367. Thirty-two years have passed since the Great War. As Terrans and Vasudans struggle to rebuild their civilizations, civil war erupts in the Polaris system. A rogue Terran admiral declares war against the Vasudans, threatening the stability of the Alliance. Without warning, the Shivans return, and Terrans and Vasudans face annihilation at the hands of their Great War nemesis. [Interplay]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.7
Planescape: Torment 7.

Planescape: Torment

Platform: PC
December 14, 1999
Welcome to Sigil, the "City of Doors", a place with gates that lead anywhere in existence, provided you have the proper key. It is a neutral ground and watering hole for races across the multiverse, all under the watchful shadow of the Lady of Pain, the enigmatic ruler of the city. It is a place where the word is mightier than the sword, where thought defines reality, where belief has the power to reshape worlds and change the laws of physics. [Interplay]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
9.2
EverQuest 8.

EverQuest

Platform: PC
March 16, 1999
Prepare to enter an enormous virtual environment-an entire world with its own diverse species, economic systems, alliances, and politics. Choose from a variety of races and classes, customize your character, and begin your quest in any number of cities of villages throughout multiple continents. Equip yourself for adventure, seek allies and knowledge, and experience a rich world of dungeons, towers, crypts, evil abbeys-anything is possible-even planes and realities beyond your imagination. Meet new friends from around the world to face epic challenges. Make yourself a noble human knight, a vicious dark elf thief, a greedy dwarven merchant, or whatever suits your desire. [Sony Online Entertainment]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.9
Sid Meier's Antietam! 9.

Sid Meier's Antietam!

Platform: PC
December 10, 1999
Command Your Troops: Attack from the trees to protect your brigade,rally around a General for a quicker recovery, entrench your troops as your cannons blast the hillside, and much, much more with just a click of the mouse! Historically Accurate Battle Maps: Detailed 3D landscapes of Pennsylvania 's rolling hills, Maryland 's lush greenery, and the extensive South Mountain range extending from the Potomac River and running the boundary of eastern Maryland into Pennsylvania. Sophisticated Gameplay: As you lead your troops into battle watch as the brilliant AI system reacts to your commands as if a real Civil War General is countering your movements at every turn. Changing your strategy as need be is crucial to your success since the same tactics against your enemy will not work every time. Infinite Replayability: A random scenario generator provides endless possibilities for strategies and outcomes as you manipulate your troops at Gettysburg, Antietam, and South Mountain. [Firaxis]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
5.0
Asheron's Call 10.

Asheron's Call

Platform: PC
October 31, 1999
Welcome to the online role-playing game Asheron's Call, where thousands of players inhabit a beautiful 3D fantasy world to make friends and seek out perilous adventure. Customize your alter ego with a unique appearance and balance of heroic skills, then enter a magical frontier of terrible monsters, breathtaking vistas, and fast alliances. With over 500 square miles that offer ever more wonders to explore, Asheron's Call gives you a world of unparalleled scope and freedom, the richest setting yet for creating your personal saga or joining your friends in an epic campaign. [Turbine]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.5
Flanker 2.0 11.

Flanker 2.0

Platform: PC
September 30, 1999
The usefulness of any combat system is a weapon. Flanker has a wide variety of air to air and air to ground missile and bomb systems which have realistic behavior and power. Using Russian satellite imagery Flanker provides photo-realistic terrain. The perfect flight dynamics, new 3D sound system, and accurate damage modeling offers players a true combat experience. [Eagle Dynamics]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
tbd
Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned 12.

Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned

Platform: PC
October 5, 1999
2000 years of heresy, betrayal and lies. One frightening truth. Solve a real-life mystery with the third title in the award-winning Gabriel Knight series. Game writer and designer Jane Jensen brings you Gabriel and Grace in their most controversial adventure ever. Enter the small French village pf Rennes-le-Ch√Ęteau, and begin the path to your destiny ? unraveling an enigma that may shatter your most closely-held beliefs. Play as both Gabriel Knight and Grace Nakamura as you learn more about what is hidden in the hills of France. But beware your life, your faith and your soul. For once the truth is found, there is no erasing it. [Sierra]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.3
Total Annihilation: Kingdoms 13.

Total Annihilation: Kingdoms

Platform: PC
June 23, 1999
Massive armies will clash. Forests and cities will burn. Tremendous magical forces will level entire fortresses in the blink of an eye. Four completely unique races are vying for control of the mythical world of Darien, each representing one of the four elements -- Earth and Air, Fire and Water. In Total Annihilation: Kingdoms, you'll take the role of one of the four immortal monarch of these nations at war. You'll rally your legions -- swordsmen, archers and knights on horseback -- under your flag. Wizards, beasts and even flame-spewing demons will will heed your every command, waging war on an epic field of battle. The game's stunning 3D terrain of forests, magic-laden ruins and expansive oceans provide a landscape of war fraught with danger, magic and ambush. [Cavedog Entertainment]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.4
Hidden & Dangerous 14.

Hidden & Dangerous

Platform: PC
July 29, 1999
The player can control any of 4 commando members from several different 3D views and, at the same time, program tasks for the rest of the team on a tactical map. Carefully edge your way through enemy territory, hoping you aren't detected by enemy German soldiers en route. In order to survive, you need to inch your way forward, keeping out of sight, using binoculars or a sniper scope to make sure the coast is clear. [Take 2 Interactive]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.7
Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator 15.

Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator

Platform: PC
October 31, 1999
You are Maya, a junk scavenger, surviving on refuse dumped from above. Yours is a world of layers, in which continents orbit at different elevations around the planet. Those at the top, the Chosen, consume massive amounts of energy and dump their waste down to the layers below. Now they have begun a descent to the Core, a living computer, in their search for the Gift of the Creator, fabled to bestow great power. At first you stand in the way of the Chosen, fighting to slow their march to the Core, and protect your homeland. But it is you who will ultimately discover Septerra's true nature, as you journey out of the familiar surroundings of your home country, and come face to face with the Legacy... [Monolith Productions]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.8

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