Game Releases by User Score

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 1.

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
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2.

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
F1 Challenge '99-'02 3.

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:
7.6
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 4.

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
Call of Duty 5.

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:
8.4
Madden NFL 2004 6.

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
Rise of Nations 7.

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
NASCAR Racing 2003 Season 8.

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:
7.8
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 9.

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:
8.5
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight 10.

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:
7.8
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 11.

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 12.

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
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 13.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4

Platform: PC
August 14, 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:
8.1
NHL 2004 14.

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
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne 15.

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 16.

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:
8.0
Civilization III: Conquests 17.

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
Freelancer 18.

Freelancer

Platform: PC
March 3, 2003
A society taking its first timid steps into 48 sprawling galactic systems cannot hope to dam every human spring of greed and bloodlust. Make your own way, Freelancer. Ply the trade lanes for profit or raid them for plunder; slake your own thirst for vengeance on the world or take up arms to enforce the law. Take your wealth as a hired gun if you choose. No single truth rules the limitless possibility of space. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.9
The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon 19.

The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon

Platform: PC
June 3, 2003
Bloodmoon takes you to the frozen Island of Solstheim where the Empire is establishing a new mining colony - a venture being threatened by the prophecy of the Bloodmoon and rumors of werewolves. [Bethesda Softworks]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.3
Final Fantasy XI 20.

Final Fantasy XI

Platform: PC
October 28, 2003
The world of Vana'diel stands at the brink of war. Three powerful nations, united in their plight against the beastmen forces, look to their last hope -- brave adventurers like you! Will the beastmen gain the upper hand, and thrust the once-peaceful Vana'diel into another war? Step into the world of Vana'diel and journey forth on grand adventures with players from all across the globe! Final Fantasy XI is the first online game in the award-winning FINAL FANTASY series. How you play is up to you, with limitless possibilities for adventure. Set out on your own to discover the countless secrets of Vana'diel, or form a party with your friends to purge the beastman forces and bring home sensational spoils! [Square Enix]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.7
Anarchy Online: Shadowlands 21.

Anarchy Online: Shadowlands

Platform: PC
September 8, 2003
Shadowlands is the first expansion pack for the award-winning massively multiplayer online game Anarchy Online. Shadowlands introduces an impressive range of features; new and exciting playfields, professions, monsters and game-play improvements. Shadowlands is a dark, mystical realm where the laws of physics are changed, and everything you ever believed in, breaks and inverts. Underneath lies the remnants of an ancient civilisation, so advanced, so magnificent it challenges the myth of human authenticity. Ancient horrors and spiritual encounters unfold inside the dark and eerie dimension, and the epic struggle for control of Rubi-Ka evolves towards its zenith, inducing an experience truly unique to the MMORPG genre. [Funcom]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.4
Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark 22.

Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark

Platform: PC
December 2, 2003
The second expansion for the revolutionary role-playing game Neverwinter Nights. BioWare has created a dark and dangerous world of adventure set in the world of Dungeons & Dragons. Your hands are callused from many years of weapon play, your mind is sharp from hundreds of books studied, your feet are nimble from slipping unseen and unheard past thousands of guards and your faith is unshakable in the gods you worship... but will it be enough for this final terror? Will you stand once more for those who cannot? You are the last hope for the Forgotten Realms, you must face the unstoppable, you must decide the fate of all. You are a hero... but are you a legend? Epic levels, new prestige classes, new creatures, spells, feats, weapons and new tilesets to explore... endless adventure! [BioWare]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.4
Command & Conquer: Generals 23.

Command & Conquer: Generals

Platform: PC
February 10, 2003
Command & Conquer Generals puts your trigger finger on the pulse of modern warfare. Choose a General in control of massive armies of bleeding-edge military weaponry across a globe teetering on the brink of Armageddon. Command either the mighty U.S. Army, the Chinese war machine or the resourceful Global Liberation Army, each packed with high-tech arsenals ready to deliver unprecedented firepower on land or in the skies. Prepare your forces, Commander... it's time to engage in the next generation of 3D real-time strategy. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.4
Age of Mythology: The Titans 24.

Age of Mythology: The Titans

Platform: PC
September 30, 2003
Age of Mythology: The Titans Expansion adds a fourth mythology, the Atlanteans, to the existing Greek, Egyptian and Norse mythologies. A new single-player campaign will add yet another chapter to the franchise's expansive folklore along with the addition of new scenarios. Atlantean players will be able to call upon the might of the Titan gods (such as Atlas and Cronus) multiple times throughout the game, and may also upgrade human units to heroes. The expansion pack will introduce 12 new god powers, 15 new human units and 10 formidable myth units to the game. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.8
SimCity 4 25.

SimCity 4

Platform: PC
January 12, 2003
PLAY GOD - Sculpt mountains, gouge valleys, seed forests, and bring forth animals to create a world imagined only by you. Summon volcanoes, release tornadoes, and call down meteors and ligthening. PLAY MAYOR - Connect a massive region of SimCities, each sharing and competing for resources. Deploy emergency vehicles and join in the action as they battle blazes, mobs, and more. PLAY WITH YOUR SIMS - Place your Sims in your city to get the inside scoop on what life's really like around town. Feel the rhythm of the city: mellow cruising and commuter hell, noontime crowds and nighttime calm. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.7
Tron 2.0 26.

Tron 2.0

Platform: PC
August 26, 2003
TRON 2.0 is the present-day sequel to the 1982 cult film classic that wasa landmark of computerized graphical ingenuity. TRON 2.0, is a story-driven, first-person action game that propels the player into an alternate universe inside a computer. As Jet Bradley (son of the original films hero Alan Bradley) you will combat digital opponents using guns, rods, grenades, missiles, and the iconic TRON disc. Combining the best of the genre with a truly innovative look and breakthrough game play, TRON 2.0 delivers an adventure unlike any other. It will take PC gaming to a new level with intense action, intense and deadly battles, and high-speed light cycle races. [Disney]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.3
Medieval: Total War - Viking Invasion 27.

Medieval: Total War - Viking Invasion

Platform: PC
May 7, 2003
Medieval: Total War - Viking Invasion challenges players to control eight new factions, including the Vikings themselves, the Saxons, Scots, Irish, Welsh and Picts, and embark on a campaign to dominate the British Isles. With a wealth of new historical heroes, players can lead a range of new units into battle, including Viking Berserkers, Saxon Huscarles and Fyrdmen, while conducting sieges enhanced by the introduction of flaming arrows and boiling oil. Viking Invasion introduces new features that will be welcomed by fans of the franchise Players can now plan reinforcements and scout enemy formations before taking to the field from a new pre-battle screen. In addition, there will be new playable factions and a new heavy weapon in the shape of the fearsome Organ Gun. [Activision]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.4
Battlefield 1942: The Road to Rome 28.

Battlefield 1942: The Road to Rome

Platform: PC
February 2, 2003
This multiplayer-focused expansion pack features more maps, more vehicles, and more fighting forces. The Road to Rome focuses exclusively on the key Italian and Sicilian campaigns of WWII. Each map comes with highly detailed environments such as Italian houses, Mediterranean trees, and even the Monte Cassino Monastery. This expansion pack features eight new vehicles including the German BF-110 and British Mosquito twin-engine fighter-bombers as well as new Italian, British, and German tanks and anti-tank guns. Play as several infantry classes, controlling many weapons available to the Axis and Allies, and commanding numerous land vehicles, ships, and aircraft. The original Battlefield 1942 game is required to play The Road to Rome. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.7
Beyond Good & Evil 29.

Beyond Good & Evil

Platform: PC
November 19, 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:
83
User Score:
8.7
Halo: Combat Evolved 30.

Halo: Combat Evolved

Platform: PC
September 30, 2003
In a desperate attempt to keep a conquering alien race called the Covenant from finding Earth, you--a cybernteically enhanced soldier representing the peak of human military evolution--and a ragtag group of Marines flee to a distant uncharted system where you unexpectedly stumble across Halo, an enormous alien artifact in orbit between a gas giant and its moon. Your objective: Uncover Halo's horrible secret, and destroy mankind's nemesis - the Covenant. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.7
Command & Conquer: Generals - Zero Hour 31.

Command & Conquer: Generals - Zero Hour

Platform: PC
September 22, 2003
Prepare to unleash the absolute latest in modern weapons technology against the world?s most powerful Generals in Command & Conquer Generals Zero Hour. In the next era of military strategy and might, you?ll need to command a more technologically advanced arsenal to defeat new, more powerful enemies. The first expansion pack for the critically acclaimed Command & Conquer Generals challenges players to square off against the world?s most elite commanders for battlefield domination. Even the most experienced C&C Generals veteran must learn new strategies and tactics to take full advantage of -- and learn to defend against -- the next generation of the world?s most lethal weapons. With new units, structures, and upgrades, as well as the all-new Generals Challenge Mode, Zero Hour delivers all the firepower you?ll need in your quest to become the ultimate modern warfare General. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.8
Homeworld 2 32.

Homeworld 2

Platform: PC
September 16, 2003
Combining elements of real-time strategy and space combat, Homeworld 2 delivers an evolutionary step in gameplay and technology. Cinematic-quality graphics, stunning special effects, brilliantly rendered ships and an innovative interface combine to create an immersive 3-D experience. [Sierra]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.4
Galactic Civilizations 33.

Galactic Civilizations

Platform: PC
March 26, 2003
Galactic Civilizations is a space-based strategy game in which the player becomes the leader of the human civilization at the dawn of the 23rd century. The galaxy has 6 major civilizations including humans and a race is on to colonize, conquer, and dominate the galaxy using whatever means necessary. Those means include using military, technological, economic or political might to become a major power in the galaxy. Players must research new technologies, colonize and defend planets, build social improvements, build a fleet, fight wars, win elections, and gain influence in the United Planets Security council. [Strategy First]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.7
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield 34.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield

Platform: PC
March 19, 2003
Command an elite, multinational squad of special operatives against a hidden terrorist foe. In Raven Shield, the third installment to the wildly popular Rainbow Six series, RAINBOW races against time to stop terror and unravel a mystery. In locations around the world, from London to the Caribbean to Rio de Janeiro, lead team RAINBOW in a desperate effort to battle a madman and foil his doomsday plot. Features 15 all-new single-player missions, 6 dedicated multiplayer maps. Built on next-generation Unreal technology for unequaled visual effects. 57 weapons with real-world accessories for endless customization. Real-world tactics and methods from Mike Grasso, Senior Instructor for LAPD SWAT and LAPD Medal of Valor winner. [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.7
World of Outlaws: Sprint Cars 35.

World of Outlaws: Sprint Cars

Platform: PC
February 11, 2003
Hit speeds in excess of 170 mph. Powerslide around tight ovals. Compete in single races, a championship season, or an entire career. Featuring 24 official World of Outlaws drivers, 12 real tracks, jaw-dropping graphics, screaming 3D directional sound and car physics so real it will turn your world upside down. Do you have what it takes to master the meanest machines on wheels? [Infogrames]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.2
Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon 36.

Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon

Platform: PC
November 17, 2003
The murder of an underground hacker in Paris is just the beginning of this extraordinary adventure for George Stobbart and Nico Collard in the highly anticipated Broken Sword III. Powerful seismic events are shaking the world. An Ancient Conspiracy, the Secrets of the Templars, and a fiendish source of pure Evil are responsible... [The Adventure Company]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.3
Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic 37.

Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic

Platform: PC
July 25, 2003
Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic takes the acclaimed fantasy strategy series to new heights. This new stand-alone game enhances the series' praised fusion of empire building, role-playing and tactical combat with the eerie Shadow World and battle with races never before seen, across new and diverse landscapes. Combined with the option of creating a totally unique environment with the map editor and rewriting the history of this world through the enhanced campaign editor, you are ensured a constant stream of completely new game experiences. [Gathering of Developers]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.6
Need for Speed: Underground 38.

Need for Speed: Underground

Platform: PC
November 17, 2003
Enter the world of urban street racing and high performance tuner cars with the latest title in the hit Need for Speed series: Need for Speed Underground. Take on today's most popular tuner cars from Mitsubishi Motors, Subaru, Toyota and many more, building the ultimate street machine by earning cash to pay for custom body kits and a host of licensed car performance mods. But just creating a custom street racing machine will not get you to the top; it takes a certain amount of attitude and razor sharp driving skills to compete in the tough world of urban racing. A number of diverse events set in gritty, nighttime environments make up the heart of street competition. Players become complete street racers by perfecting skills in each event by nailing the perfect shift in drag racing and by putting their street cred on the line, racing through the city streets at all hours of the night. Prove you belong in the elite street racing circles, work your way up the underground rankings and take on the best of the best in each discipline. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.3
The Simpsons: Hit & Run 39.

The Simpsons: Hit & Run

Platform: PC
November 13, 2003
The Simpsons Hit & Run is a mission-based driving game featuring out-of-the-car platform action, the interactive world of Springfield,and the signature humor of the Simpsons. New story and dialogue crafted by writers from The Simpsons television show. All character voices supplied by the cast of The Simpsons television show. Over 56 missions in 7 huge levels. Explore Springfield on foot as Homer, Bart, Lisa, Marge,and Apu. Hidden pick-ups containing trivia material from 300-plus episodes of The Simpsons. [Vivendi Universal]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.1
Airborne Assault: Highway to the Reich 40.

Airborne Assault: Highway to the Reich

Platform: PC
December 10, 2003
September 1944, General Montgomery mounts the most daring Allied offensive of WW2. The plan is ambitious. Drop thirty thousand airborne troops deep behind enemy lines, seize the vital bridges across the Rhine, secure the highway to the Reich, advance the Allied armies into the German heartland and end the war by Xmas. Take command and with the aid of the world's most advanced wargame engine fight the battle and change history. The Airborne Assault game engine revolutionizes wargaming. Its pausable, continuous time game play, the most advanced artificial intelligence of any wargame, powerful and intuitive user interface and unique command system provide the most realistic and enjoyable simulation of operational warfare. Command like a real General, under real time pressures to achieve real objectives on a real map all within the fog of war. Issue orders to your powerful AI controlled subordinates or take total control of every unit. Fight the worlds most advanced AI opponent or match wits against your friends online or over a LAN. [Matrix Games]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
6.1
Nancy Drew: Danger on Deception Island 41.

Nancy Drew: Danger on Deception Island

Platform: PC
October 1, 2003
In Danger on Deception Island, you, as Nancy Drew, are investigating a string of mysterious events on Deception Island. Try this adventure by foot, bike, and kayak! Navigate sea caves, boats, and the surrounding waters in your kayak. Hop on your bike to explore the Whale Center, Hot Kettle Cafe, and Lighthouse. Walk around town or hit the sandy beach to discover a lighthouse, build sandcastles and more!
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.8
Midnight Club II 42.

Midnight Club II

Platform: PC
June 30, 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:
81
User Score:
7.8
Empires: Dawn of the Modern World 43.

Empires: Dawn of the Modern World

Platform: PC
October 21, 2003
From renowned game designer Rick Goodman and respected game developer Stainless Steel Studios comes a detailed RTS that lets you completely command unique, historically accurate civilizations?from China to Germany and the United States. From the Middle Ages to World War II, lead your nation to dominate the globe. Each civilization's strengths and weaknesses affect the gameplay experience. Your ability to adapt to these differences is only one of the challenges you will face as a world leader. [Activision]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.0
PlanetSide 44.

PlanetSide

Platform: PC
May 20, 2003
PlanetSide is a Massively Multiplayer Online First-Person Shooter involving thousands of players fulfilling all the roles needed to wage war across the face of ten gigantic continents. The war involves infantry, ground vehicles, and air battles in a science-fiction setting. Gamers play as any of the three global empires, each group struggling against one another to dominate each base, continent, and ultimately, the planet, for their Empire. [Sony Online Entertainment]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.3
Combat Mission 3: Afrika Korps 45.

Combat Mission 3: Afrika Korps

Platform: PC
December 3, 2003
Combat Mission: Afrika Korps (CMAK) is the latest game in the award winning Combat Mission series. Based on the same engine as Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin (Wargame of the Year 2002 - Computer Gaming World and the 2002 Best Turn Based Strategy Game - PC Gamer), it introduces a number of important upgrades and changes relevant for the fighting in the North African deserts, the Italian mountains and the island of Crete, such as multi-turreted tanks, dust clouds kicked up by artillery and moving vehicles plus much more. Combat Mission: Afrika Korps is a 1-2 player, hybrid turn-based/realtime 3D simulation of WWII tactical warfare in parts of the Mediterranean Theater including North Africa, Italy, Sicily and Crete from 1940 to 1945. [Battlefront.com]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.6
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy 46.

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

Platform: PC
September 17, 2003
As a new student of Luke Skywalker's Jedi Academy, follow an ancient tradition and learn the powers - and dangers - of the Force. The Force is a powerful ally; use it wisely. Immerse yourself in the classic Star Wars universe as you take on the role of a student eager to learn the ways of the Force from Master Luke Skywalker. Interact with famous classic Star Wars locations and characters while facing the ultimate choice: fight for good and freedom in the light side or follow the path of power and evil to the dark side. Create your own characters by defining various characteristics, such as species, gender, clothing and physical attributes allowing for a more personal experience before entering the academy to learn the powers - and dangers - of the Force. Construct your own lightsaber from handle to blade color. Utilize two if you prefer or try the ultimate dual-bladed lightsaber made famous by Darth Maul. Unique tiered level selection allows you to choose you adventure and the missions you take based on the skills you need to become the ultimate Jedi Knight. [LucasArts]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.6
Ghost Master 47.

Ghost Master

Platform: PC
August 26, 2003
Grim spectres, mischievous gremlins, howling banshees, things that go bump in the night... and that's just your starting team! As an afterlife civil servant sent to Gravenville by the Haunter Committee, frighten lowly mortals from their homes and places of work in a game that puts you in charge of legions of ghosts, ghouls and spirits! Your mission: manage resources to scare and manipulate people, then discover the secrets behind Gravenville... [Empire Interactive]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.9
Deus Ex: Invisible War 48.

Deus Ex: Invisible War

Platform: PC
December 2, 2003
Fifteen years following the events depicted in the multi-award winning "Deus Ex," the world is just beginning to recover from catastrophic depression. As an elite anti-terrorist agent, you must fight numerous militant factions bent on violently reshaping the world to suit their own agendas. Using high-tech gadgetry and futuristic body modification (or biomods), you are granted near superhuman powers. Travel the globe while uncovering fiendish plots of world domination. Unmask the conspirators, while uncovering the shocking truth behind your own origins.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
6.4
The Sims: Makin' Magic 49.

The Sims: Makin' Magic

Platform: PC
October 28, 2003
Your Sims can now harness the supernatural, casting spells with playful or mischievous intentions. With a new magical, carnival-themed location, over 175 new items, and a host of quirky new characters, Makin? Magic is the largest Sims Expansion Pack ever. New gameplay includes making, gathering, and questing for ingredients to brew magic spell recipes. Get help around the house from magical minions, turn pesky neighbors into toads, or make that hard-to-get Sim fall in love with you. But watch out, spells can backfire if you?re not careful. Either way, the neighborhood will never be the same. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.8
Freedom Fighters 50.

Freedom Fighters

Platform: PC
October 1, 2003
Wars are not won alone. In a world where the Soviet Union won the Cold War, a fierce conflict is beginning to unfold in the streets of America. Red Army troops are pouring across the borders of Mexico and Canada shortly after a nuclear missile is unleashed on Washington D.C. Chaos sets in when breaking news informs Americans that their President has been killed and the Russians have invaded the country. You take on the role of Christopher Walker, a man who evolves into a charismatic and fearless freedom fighter obsessed with finding and freeing his brother in the streets of occupied New York City. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.8
NBA Live 2004 51.

NBA Live 2004

Platform: PC
November 11, 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. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.8
Hoyle Majestic Chess 52.

Hoyle Majestic Chess

Platform: PC
August 14, 2003
Hoyle Majestic Chess is a unique chess game featuring a variety of play styles, traditional and non-traditional learning mechanisms, challenging online play and multiple chess-based challenges. With the abundance of options, Majestic Chess is uncharacteristically accessible to all levels of players, providing hours of fun for both the expert as well as the casual gamer who enjoys puzzles and board games. A top-notch chess product from members of the original Chessmaster team, Majestic Chess can go head to head with Chessmaster on any feature point AND includes "Chess Adventure" - an entirely original game that introduces the fun of chess by presenting a variety of challenges and puzzles in the context of a larger adventure. [Vivendi Universal]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.2
Disciples II: Rise of the Elves 53.

Disciples II: Rise of the Elves

Platform: PC
November 25, 2003
Disciples II: Rise of the Elves is a milestone in the Disciples universe. For the first time, Disciples fans will be able to play as the elder Elven race as they struggle to reclaim their forests from the four primary forces in Nevendaar. Driven by an unpredictable god who urges them to battle, the Elves begin a massive march towards their fate. The noble Elves rule their people from elaborate fortresses within the trees. They adorn themselves with ornate armor and prefer councils or negotiations to conflict. Their queen is a just leader, preferring the path of peace for her kind. The noble Elves owe much to the Empire... The wild Elves have become forest predators. Their intolerance of the civilized world has reached new extremes and they have reduced themselves to highwaymen and bandits. They tolerate the noble bloodline, but do not respect it. The thought of their race allying with another is appalling. As one tiny oracle heralds the unquestionable will of Gallean to lash out against his timeless enemies, the Elves must unite their scattered tribes. [Strategy First]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.2
Railroad Tycoon 3 54.

Railroad Tycoon 3

Platform: PC
October 23, 2003
A fully realised 3D gaming world scaling from eye in the sky views of entire continents down to incredibly detailed close-ups of beautifully modelled locomotives, buildings and landscapes. As well as the 25 challenging scenarios to recreate magnificent feats of railroading history, players can pick from over 40 locomotives over 35 different cargoes and in excess of 150 buildings ? all to be used in a dynamic, fluid economy. Railroad Tycoon 3 defines the essence of tycoon simulations with incredible attention to detail in a living, breathing world, built around a truly amazing game! All aboard. [Gathering of Developers]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.7
The Sims: Superstar 55.

The Sims: Superstar

Platform: PC
May 12, 2003
Brace Yourself. Your Sims are Famous! Experience the lifestyles of the rich and famous in The Sims Superstar Expansion Pack. Make a name for yourself as a movie star, rock star, or fashion model, and then spend your hard-earned cash on a selection of extravagant new items for your home. You can cruise around the all-new Studio Town or kick back and relax with a lavish spa treatment. Will your Sims skyrocket to fame or fade into obscurity? [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.6
Day of Defeat 56.

Day of Defeat

Platform: PC
May 6, 2003
Day of Defeat is the latest online action experience from Valve, makers of "Half-Life" and "Counter-Strike." Stationed in the heat of WWII's European theater of war, players join the ranks of an elite military squad. Missions are based on key historical operations. And, as war rages, squads must battle as a unit to achieve victory. The game pits players in Axis vs. Allies battles in Western Europe at the height of the war in 1944. A class based first person action game, players can take the role of snipers, infantry, machine gunner, rifleman and sergeant. The game features authentic weaponry, multiple modes of play and 10 new multiplayer maps of action, 15 total. There are also a host of graphics enhancements, including new character models and animations, increased textures and new particle effects. There's even a new class of characters ? so now gamers can choose to play as a British soldier. [Valve]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
9.1
Gothic II 57.

Gothic II

Platform: PC
October 28, 2003
Gothic II takes you on an even greater journey of adventure and discovery. The plot continues from the cliff-hanger of the original: After the imprisoned colony members are victorious, collapsing the magical barrier, the former Prison Colony is struck by a terrible earthquake, claiming the lives of many. The majority of survivors seize this opportunity to escape with only a handful of people remaining in the derelict prison.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
9.0
Port Royale 58.

Port Royale

Platform: PC
June 4, 2003
A wonderful and compelling RTS SIM. Unscripted, completely dynamic, open ended world, set in a real historic location. Some of the best graphics on any game in this genre. A unique and fluid gameplay style and content that contains trading, sea battles, expeditions, voyages, missions and hunt for buried treasure. Endless gameplay. [Tri Synergy]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.4
Uru: Ages Beyond Myst 59.

Uru: Ages Beyond Myst

Platform: PC
November 11, 2003
From Cyan Worlds, the makers of Myst® and Riven?, Uru?: Ages Beyond Myst is the next chapter of the Myst franchise and the most immersive and ambitious Myst experience ever created. The single-player game will be bigger, better, and more innovative than any of the previous Myst adventures. Players can move at their own pace, spending hours discovering visually stunning, real-time 3D worlds, solving a large variety of mind-challenging puzzles, and following an epic storyline. Players can continue to discover new areas of D'ni by connecting to Uru Live, the online service of Uru. There, players will be part of an ever-expanding world that brings more areas to explore and more mysteries to solve. [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.1
EverQuest: Lost Dungeons of Norrath 60.

EverQuest: Lost Dungeons of Norrath

Platform: PC
September 8, 2003
The Lost Dungeons expansion features 48 new dungeons that span the old world of Norrath, focusing on several long lost locations, including the Rujarkian Hills and Deepest Guk. Encounter never before seen monsters that prowl the halls of these dungeons, waiting to challenge any explorer brave enough to venture in. [Sony Online Entertainment]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.0
Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII 61.

Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII

Platform: PC
September 4, 2003
In Secret Weapons of WWII, players will engage in war with a choice of up to 46 vehicles to control. In addition to the 30 vehicles introduced in the original game such as fighter planes, tanks, and aircraft carriers, players can operate 16 new vehicles including the Horton HO 229 "Flying Wing" that is equipped with 30 mm machine guns and missiles. Other vehicles consist of a US Sherman tank with a T-34 Calliope rocket launcher, U.S. T95/T28 Super Heavy Tank, the Sturmtiger (naval gun mounted on Tiger tank), U.S. Goblin jetfighter, C-47 cargo plane that will serve as a mobile spawn point, the American Armstrong Whitworth AW-52 advanced fighter, the German Wasserfall guided anti-air missile and the German Natter rocket plane. Also, for the first time, Secret Weapons of WWII will give players the chance to fly and fight at the same time with a top secret German prototype Rocket Pack. There will be seven new weapons including one-shot kill knives, the Bren light machine gun, Remington Auto 5 shotgun and the Mauser K98 grenade rifle. The game introduces British Commando and German Elite troops while enriching gameplay by adding a new "objective based" gameplay mode. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.9
Emergency Fire Response 62.

Emergency Fire Response

Platform: PC
July 30, 2003
In Emergency Fire Response, experience what life is really like for firefighters. Control an entire team of firefighters and their various support vehicles! As captain of your station, train up your team, teach them the basics of the profession and how to manage in emergencies, develop their resistance to stress... and most importantly, get your team through their missions successfully! The spread of the fire, poisonous fumes, the number of people in danger, their location... all this has to be taken into account upon arrival at the scene. If you think your guys can't handle it, call for backup from the specialists who will be able to handle the most difficult and deadly situations. [DreamCatcher]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.8
SimCity 4: Rush Hour 63.

SimCity 4: Rush Hour

Platform: PC
September 22, 2003
Get your Sims on the road to happiness by taking control of your city's transportation including roads, rail, air, waterways, and even cars. Take complete charge of vehicles on the streets of your city. Is the fire department stuck in traffic on its way to a four-alarm fire? Take direct control of the "hook and ladder" and pursue the quickest route to the blazing inferno. Solve missions from chasing down bank robbers to catching car-jackers, and earn reward buildings and other vehicles. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.4
Star Trek: Elite Force II 64.

Star Trek: Elite Force II

Platform: PC
June 25, 2003
Resume the role of Alexander Munro, chief of the Hazard Team, Starfleet's elite security unit. Now assigned to the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701-E, you'll explore strange new worlds, battle against both new and familiar civilizations and go on the most dangerous assignments in the galaxy. After a brief prologue on the U.S.S. Voyager and a short stint at Starfleet Academy, the Hazard Team is assigned its toughest mission yet - duty onboard the Federation?s renowned flagship, the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701-E. Powered by id Software's QUAKE III: Team Arena engine, Star Trek Elite Force II permits players to break out of the confines of ship bulkheads and spacestation corridors, and undertake away team missions in open environments such as expansive alien landscapes, the void of space and deadly swamps.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.6
NASCAR Thunder 2004 65.

NASCAR Thunder 2004

Platform: PC
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:
78
User Score:
7.5
Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide 66.

Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide

Platform: PC
June 17, 2003
The first official expansion to Neverwinter Nights features a new 40-hour single player campaign as well as game features new to Neverwinter Nights, such as additional D&D skills, feats, classes, monsters, weapons and spells. In addition, the pack includes three new tile sets and other assets for use in the Aurora toolset that will enable amateur module designers to create completely different worlds. [BioWare]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.7
Puzzle Pirates 67.

Puzzle Pirates

Platform: PC
December 8, 2003
Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates is an online game in which you play a Pirate character in an ocean world. Hundreds of your fellow player Pirates swarm these Isles and Sea-lanes. For Pirates who love acronyms, Puzzle Pirates is an massively multi-player online roleplaying game, or mmoarrrrpg. Pirates can wander around on land and sail the thirty-seven seas with their crew. When your Pirate sails, or swordfights, or navigates, the appropriate Puzzle game is launched. Good Puzzling thereby brings victories and accrues great fortunes to you and your fellow Pirates. Thus Yohoho! brings you Puzzling fun in a social Piratical setting, where every Puzzle game contributes to the greater story of your Pirate, her Crew, and the Ocean world. [Three Rings]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.5
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 68.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Platform: PC
October 31, 2003
Return to Middle-earth in the only video game based on the epic final chapter of the highly-acclaimed The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Developed using the same digital assets as the films, The Return of the King re-creates in stunning detail the final events of the War of the Ring. Become the heroes who determine the fate of Middle-earth as you traverse the haunted Paths of the Dead, defend Minas Tirith from the onslaught of thousands of Sauron's minions, and even play co-op multiplayer with a friend as you march against the impenetrable Black Gates of Mordor. Eight playable characters, including Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Sam, and Frodo with exclusive voice-over provided by the films' actors. The fate of Middle-earth is in your hands. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.7
Praetorians 69.

Praetorians

Platform: PC
March 10, 2003
Set amidst the reign of Julius Caesar, Praetorians is an epic troop-based strategy game from the creators of the award-winning, best-selling Commandos series. As a Roman General on a quest to forge an empire, you will be transported back to the dusty battlefields of Egypt, the frozen lands of the Gauls, and finally to the heart of the Empire itself, Italy. Your quest will be no easy task as the lands you seek to conquer are heavily defended by thousands of powerful troops. [Eidos Interactive]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.9
MVP Baseball 2003 70.

MVP Baseball 2003

Platform: PC
March 24, 2003
New Pitcher/Batter Interface: Players must be strategic with their pitches. Throw a nasty curve to a batter's "cold zone" or risk a possible home run by throwing some heat to their "hot zone." Each pitcher will have more effective pitches depending on how accurate those pitches are in real life. Batting: Quality of the hit will depend on each batter's real life "hot and cold zones," hitter ratings, swing timing and swing type. New AI and Gameplay System: Real-time scouting reports provide accurate player ratings and attributes. CPU opponents react like their real-life counterparts, incorporating strategy and decision-making based on outs, score, inning, pitch count, etc. First Ever Picture-in-Picture Baserunning. Robust Franchise Mode includes rookie drafts, player development, career-ending injuries, contracts and hirings/firings. All-New Throw Meter. Major League Baseball Player Council: Expert advice and design input from leading MLB players Torii Hunter, Trot Nixon, Todd Pratt, Eric Chavez and Tim Hudson. [EA Sports]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.4
Armed and Dangerous 71.

Armed and Dangerous

Platform: PC
December 2, 2003
Take a band of gun-toting rebels - a robot, a madman, a mole and a criminal mastermind. Put them in a vividly stunning fantasy realm. Then give them an impossible mission - pulling off the biggest heist of all time in the middle of a war. All you have to do is battle your way through dastardly enemies, giant war machines and an army of psychopathic robots. But don't worry; you have plenty of ammo and absolutely no common sense. Victory is yours in 12,000 bullets or less! Fight your way through 21 action-packed missions. Brandish over 17 outlandish weapons like the Cyclops Sniper Rifle, the Vindaloo Rocket Launcher, or the Topsy-Turvy and Sticky bomb. Explore five diverse environments including icy and snowy regions, mountains with breathtaking vistas, deep and foreboding woods, and rain-spattered cliffs. Take down wicked enemies like half-man, half-animal Grunts, eliminator droids, wall-smashing Goliaths, evil monks and wild twiglets. Navigate through a richly entertaining story with two smack-talkin' partners in crime. [LucasArts]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.9
Etherlords II 72.

Etherlords II

Platform: PC
September 30, 2003
Delve into a fantasy world beyond your wildest dreams in Etherlords II: Second Age, a turn-based strategy adventure where four races vie for control of the world in dynamic one-on-one fights. Combat is based on the premise of a fantasy card game, in which you must select cards from your deck and each time a card is used, a new round is introduced and new spells become available to you. [Strategy First]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.8
Delta Force: Black Hawk Down 73.

Delta Force: Black Hawk Down

Platform: PC
March 23, 2003
Experience missions similar to those encountered by U.S. Special Operations Forces during 10 months in Somalia. Fight through various compelling missions, each with multiple objectives. Engage in urban Close Quarter Battles and long-range sniper fire. Fire heavy weapons mounted in Black Hawk helicopters and on Humvees. New AI system powers combat-ready enemies as well as valuable friendly teams. [NovaLogic]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.7
Massive Assault 74.

Massive Assault

Platform: PC
October 28, 2003
Take the command of "Free Nations Union" forces and defeat the secret alliance of "Phantom League" on one of 6 distant planets. The rebels decided to seize the power on Earth by first conquering the space colonies, which provide vital energy resources to F.N.U. The war for global domination will unroll on continents, at sea and in the air. Lead your divisions, fleets and air squadrons against those, who dared threaten our freedom and democracy! [Wargaming.net]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
6.9
Enigma: Rising Tide 75.

Enigma: Rising Tide

Platform: PC
August 26, 2003
Enigma: Rising Tide melds cinematic pacing with immersive graphics to produce the world's first alternate history, naval warfare, vehicular shooter game in an online, persistent, action-packed, 3-D setting. Command a variety of surface ships and submarines. Sail with and against thousands of other players, deploying deck guns, torpedoes, hedgehogs, and depth charges. Communicate with your teammates in encrypted chat channels, evade deadly torpedo aircraft, and pluck salvage from the wreckage of enemy vessels. Pit your destroyer against enemy wolfpacks, or stalk fat merchantmen from the murky depths. Every three months following release, you get free expansions to the game, including new vehicles, additional features, and dramatically enhanced gameplay. [Tesseraction Games]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
5.7
FIFA Soccer 2004 76.

FIFA Soccer 2004

Platform: PC
November 4, 2003
A new Career Mode gives you the chance to take a team from the lower divisions, battle through ranks, sign new players, and turn them into champions. Take control of players away from the ball, and run them into space for attacking passes or gain valuable position during dead ball kicks. A fine-tuned game engine, and new animations dramatically enhance the smoothness in player movement. Deeper team AI, attributes, tactics, playing styles, control, and individual player personalities. Build your franchise and guide your club to the Championship by making calculated front-office decisions with Career Mode. When one season ends and another begins new challenges will present themselves. More than 300 new crowd chants at an ever growing list of officially licensed stadiums help put you in the best seat in the house. Plus, an all-new dynamic weather feature even affects gameplay, so choose your home wisely. More than 500 official licenses, including 16 leagues, 350 teams and 10,000 players. From Europe?s super leagues to the Americas Club Championship, FIFA Soccer 2004 has the most authentic selection of the world?s best. A Game With No Boundaries: Go online and take on opponents from anywhere in the country. An online lobby area where gamers can meet, greet, chat and play head-to-head provides the ultimate interactive experience. [EA Sports]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
6.9
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance 77.

Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance

Platform: PC
March 27, 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:
77
User Score:
7.4
Trainz Railroad Simulator 2004 78.

Trainz Railroad Simulator 2004

Platform: PC
November 2, 2003
Trainz Railroad Simulator 2004 is about a lot more than driving trains -- it lets players operate their choice of Union Pacific and other locos, from the early days of steam through to modern high-speed electrics, under a variety of challenging conditions in real world scenarios. [Oteeva]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.3
Trevor Chan's Restaurant Empire 79.

Trevor Chan's Restaurant Empire

Platform: PC
March 26, 2003
Starting with nothing except some cash and a passion for food, build a restaurant from the bottom up - hire waiters, decorate, even cook the meals! Buy, build, outsell and underprice your competition. Will you use your culinary wizardry to out-cook chefs? What tactics and strategies will you employ to buy out the competition? You decide. With a combination of business strategy and role-playing game styles plus a free-form sandbox game mode, three huge cities, and over 30 playable chefs and a host of locations to travel to, Restaurant Empire is an epicurean delight of gastronomic proportions! [Enlight]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.6
Dominions II: The Ascension Wars 80.

Dominions II: The Ascension Wars

Platform: PC
November 14, 2003
Too long have you been confined to this mortal realm. Too long have you been denied what should rightfully be yours. Are you not a god? Should you not be the One True God of this miserable dirtball? Yet there are others that dare challenge your authority. Pretenders to the throne, with their false priests and prophets. These miserable creatures that have the audacity to impugn your rightful place in the cosmos! But you will show them, won't you? Gather your armies, raise your fortifications, and let loose the dogs of war! The time has come to assume your proper position, to crush your enemies beneath your boots and take what is meant for you. [Shrapnel Games]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.2
Patrician III: Rise of the Hanse 81.

Patrician III: Rise of the Hanse

Platform: PC
October 31, 2003
The best selling olde-worlde real-time city-building simulation is back! Build cities, manage economies and battle pirates in the only game of its kind based in the Middle Ages. Grow your small towne into a major trading center wielding tremendous economic power. [Encore Software]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.8
Space Colony 82.

Space Colony

Platform: PC
October 14, 2003
Space the final frontier... not anymore. In Space Colony you will explore and colonize new worlds with the same sense of familiarity of popping in your local coffee shop for a skinny decaf latte. Space Colony is best described as a People Sim meets a City Builder. The player manages and nurtures a group of dysfunctional space dwellers colonizing the most unearthly corners of the galaxy. Make no mistake, none of the 20 colonists you'll meet were ever on a NASA shortlist. Ahhh, welcome to life beyond the stars. It's everything the brochure said. So what if half the staff are brawling, the Harvester Robot is chain sawing its way through the oxygen supply and small furry aliens have taken over the disco? This is home! Space Colony comes from Firefly Studios, the creative force behind the million selling Stronghold series. Creating the pressure cooker environment with emotions flying around, where else could you find a Norwegian biker who can't live without disco, a gym instructor operating a nuclear reactor and a geriatric in charge of base defence? [Gathering of Developers]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.9
Tropico 2: Pirate Cove 83.

Tropico 2: Pirate Cove

Platform: PC
April 8, 2003
The sequel to the award-winning Fun in the Sun Caribbean simulation, Tropico. As a Pirate King, rule a secret pirate island full of despicable 17th century Sea Dogs. Fuel your economy by plundering wealthy merchants and taking prisoners back to the island as captive workers. Keep your scurvy buccaneers satisfied with rowdy gambling, jolly feasting, and barrels of rum! World powers fear you, brigands respect you, captives obey your every command, and don't forget about the wenching! Argh, thar ain't nuttin like bein' a Pirate King! [Gathering of Developers]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.8
Unreal II: The Awakening 84.

Unreal II: The Awakening

Platform: PC
February 3, 2003
As a Terran Colonial Authority Marshall, you're patrolling a sector of the frontier with three crew members when an interstellar war erupts about you! Rumors of powerful and ancient alien artifacts have driven rival factions to war in an attempt to find and control the objects. You must locate these artifacts, determine their purpose and restore order to the sector - before it's too late. [Infogrames]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
6.6
Savage: The Battle for Newerth 85.

Savage: The Battle for Newerth

Platform: PC
September 9, 2003
Choose to be a commander and you will play an in-depth RTS managing the stronghold, or choose to be a warrior and you will play an intense game of first person combat. With the creation of a new game play genre, RTSS (Real Time Strategy Shooter), Savage expertly redefines the first-person shooter and real-time strategy genres by combining elements of both into one cohesive experience. As the commander in RTS mode, you will tackle resource management, develop a robust tech tree, plan your assault and lead real human players into battle. As a warrior in action mode, you will master many unique weapons, powerful units, and siege vehicles to fight a fast paced battle. Set in a unique fantasy world eons from now where Humans and Beasts battle violently for their very existence. Savage transports PC gamers to the next level in multi-player gaming. Choose to fight on the side of HUMANITY, armed with science and technology, or take the side of the BEAST HORDE, masters of nature and magic. Each race has its own style of battle, its own leader, and its own way to victory. Which side are you on? [S2 Games]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.6
Shadowbane 86.

Shadowbane

Platform: PC
March 25, 2003
After a millennium of strife, toil, and struggle, the world of Aerynth suffered a massive catastrophe from which it has yet to recover. You must choose how to survive in this new and treacherous land. Whether the path is to quest alone, build a city, rule an empire or siege enemy kingdoms, you are empowered to follow your calling. Only in Shadowbane, can you truly change your world. [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.2
Dark Age of Camelot: Trials of Atlantis 87.

Dark Age of Camelot: Trials of Atlantis

Platform: PC
October 28, 2003
Dark Age of Camelot: Trials of Atlantis is an exciting new expansion pack for the award-winning MMORPG Dark Age of Camelot. The expansion will add the capability for players to explore the primarily underwater lost civilization of Atlantis. The background story is based on the idea that the citizens of Atlantis, forecasting the demise of their society, built an obstacle course of Trials into the ruins of their civilization to be overcome by future cultures exploring the ancient lands. In Dark Age of Camelot: Trials of Atlantis, the three Realms have each found a portal to the fabled land of Atlantis. Now it's up to Hibernia, Midgard and Albion to uncover the magic and power left behind in the ruins. To do so, players must traverse the perilous ocean and confront terrifying monsters, both on land and undersea. [Mythic Entertainment]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.3
Hidden & Dangerous 2 88.

Hidden & Dangerous 2

Platform: PC
October 21, 2003
Hidden & Dangerous 2 is a first and third person tactical shooter that builds upon the tremendous success of Hidden & Dangerous. You lead a small squad of Allied soldiers deep behind enemy lines, to carry out secret missions during World War II. The gripping story line takes you to Europe, Africa, Burma, and other locations scattered across the globe. Each critical decision impacts you, your men, and your country. This unique blend of action, strategy, and tactics forces you to use your brain just as much as your trigger finger. [Gathering of Developers]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.5
Vietcong (2003) 89.

Vietcong (2003)

Platform: PC
March 26, 2003
Set during the Vietnam War, Vietcong is a first person shooter with tactical elements. Vietcong combines thrilling action with strategic thinking. The evolving storyline combined with the game's intense sound system, graphics and animation truly bring powerful jungle combat to life on your PC. Acting as an elite soldier, players of Vietcong command the A-team, part of the U.S. Special Forces, in realistically represented Vietnamese environments. Players will lead as many as six expertly trained soldiers through 20 dramatic missions, and follow a storyline that captures the danger, fear and unpredictability of the war itself. [Gathering of Developers]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.6
Runaway: A Road Adventure 90.

Runaway: A Road Adventure

Platform: PC
August 28, 2003
New York...Without knowing how or why, Brian, a student on the verge of graduating from college, is attacked by Mafia gangsters. During his desperate getaway, in the company of a mysterious striptease dancer, he ends up meeting a wide range of unusual characters. But which ones are trying to help him and which ones are planning to blow his head off? You will have to be very ingenious to figure it out, without forgetting that nobody is who they seem in this explosive mixture of murder, money, ambition, santeria rituals and deception...a whole lot of deception. [Tri Synergy]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.8
Blitzkrieg (2003) 91.

Blitzkrieg (2003)

Platform: PC
May 12, 2003
Eisenhower, Rommel, Zhukov; Assume your rightful place among the great generals commanding the Allies, Germans or Soviets as they advance through the decisive battles of WWII. Blitzkrieg is the latest development in WWII real-time strategy gaming combining flexibility, historic accuracy and endless playability into one of the most challenging and enjoyable games yet! Blitzkrieg's unique and completely flexible campaign structure puts you in control of deciding how your forces will fare in each of the major engagements that comprise three central Campaigns. Hardcore vets have the option of engaging the enemy immediately in a desperate struggle for battlefield dominance, or more cautious players can choose from pre-defined or unlimited randomly generated side missions as they gain experience, promotions and weapons upgrades as well as wear down the enemy before the central conflict. [Nival Interactive]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.8
Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc 92.

Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc

Platform: PC
March 18, 2003
Adventurers beware - Rayman's universe has exploded into a whacked-out world of cartoon mayhem and mind-blowing battles! When Globox accidentally swallows the Lord of the Dark Lums, a fanatic army of trigger happy Hoodlums wreaks total havoc to get their Lord back! Rayman's only chance? Journey the vast reaches of the world to purge the Dark Lum Lord from the manic Globox, scour the lands for unearthly new powers, and do battle with hordes of Hoodlum soldiers, contraptions, and maniacal bosses. This time, it's war! [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.1
1503 A.D. - The New World 93.

1503 A.D. - The New World

Platform: PC
March 23, 2003
(Also known as "Anno 1503") Lay Claim to the New World. The New World is yours for the taking in this epic saga of adventure and discovery. Establish prosperous colonies and live in peace with your neighbors. Or expand your empire through military might and conquer entire civilizations. The power is yours to forge an empire of your own design. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.6
Pro Race Driver 94.

Pro Race Driver

Platform: PC
April 15, 2003
[Also known as "TOCA Race Driver"] Ryan McKane, a test driver with gasoline running in his veins, spends his life struggling against his father's disappointment, while his brother's phenomenal racetrack success overshadows every minor victory he achieves. When his father perishes in an octane-fuelled blaze of fire on the asphalt that he loved, Ryan's frustrated ambition galvanizes into a unrelenting determination to triumph over all opposition and become first a touring car champion, then maybe even World Champion. Petrolheads and mass market gamers alike slam the pedal to the metal to guide the actions of our hero through the hairpins and chicanes of a career in global racing. Features 42 licensed touring & race cars including Holden Commodore, Ford Falcon, Mercedes CLK, Alfa Romeo GTV and Viper GTS; 38 international circuits recreated under licence including Bathurst, Hockenheim and Silverstone; and 13 global Championships including official series: DTM from Germany, V8 Supercars from Australia and the Britsh Touring Car Championship. [Codemasters]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.4
Hulk 95.

Hulk

Platform: PC
May 27, 2003
One year after the events that take place in the film; troubled scientist Bruce Banner and his enraged alter ego, the Hulk, are forced into battle against the terrifying forces of the Leader, who's intent on using the Hulk's gamma energy to unleash a relentless army of gamma creatures on the world. Two types of gameplay - use the powers of stealth and logic as Bruce Banner or command the incredible strength and fury of the Hulk. 30 massive, highly-detailed levels featuring environments both directly from the film and exclusive to the game. Fully destructible and interactive environments - virtually anything can be manipulated, picked up, destroyed or used a weapon. Intense boss battles - battle it out against gamma-enhanced super villains like Flux, Rampage and Half Life. Hollywood quality VO and soundtrack featuring detailed voice over from Eric Bana as Bruce Banner. Take down the Hulk's foes with over 25 devastating attacks, including super attacks like the Sonic Clap and Gamma Slam. [Vivendi Universal]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
6.3
Law & Order II: Double or Nothing 96.

Law & Order II: Double or Nothing

Platform: PC
September 30, 2003
Law & Order 2: Double or Nothing introduces an all-new story and challenges you to be both Criminal Investigator and District Attorney as you bring a killer to justice! Partner with Detective Lennie Briscoe to investigate the death of a scientist found shot in midtown Manhattan. Interview witnesses, interrogate suspects, gather evidence and order lab tests as you unravel entangled love affairs, financial misdeeds and secret identities. Arrest the right murder suspect and test your prosecution powers as you build your case with Assistant D.A. Serena Southerlyn. A successful conviction is up to you! [Vivendi Universal]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
6.0
Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna 97.

Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna

Platform: PC
November 11, 2003
The expansion pack to the award-winning RPG of 2002 unveils an all-new campaign that will challenge players to explore and fight their way through nine spectacular areas, including an expansive new jungle region, as they unravel the rich history and mystery of the world of Aranna. Legends of Aranna will also introduce new spells and special over-the-top spell effects to combat fierce new creatures such as Clockwork Beasts and Doppelgangers. Those not content to play a standard farm girl or farm boy will be able to choose a new half-giant player character; and even use spells to transform into a wolf, lava monster or troll. Players will be able to collect rare and powerful treasures, including new consistent styles of armor sets and collectables. Also available is a new pack animal that will defend the player's treasure to the death. [Microsoft
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.8
Bandits: Phoenix Rising 98.

Bandits: Phoenix Rising

Platform: PC
March 28, 2003
The game where your cannon mounted combat car takes you on an adventure across green fields, desert canyons and deep snow, bombing and blasting all sorts of enemies and cargo trucks, defending your gang and your glory! [PAN Vision]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.4
Warlords IV: Heroes of Etheria 99.

Warlords IV: Heroes of Etheria

Platform: PC
October 21, 2003
Warlords IV is a unique blend of roleplaying and turn-based strategy gaming. The game centers around your Hero, who plays a pivotal role in the success or failure of your military and economic efforts. Warlords IV is set in the troubled land of Etheria. Old foes such as Dwarves, Elves, and Orcs have resumed their ancient hostilities, and the Undead legions of Lord Bane have returned. The Knights continue their quest for dominance, and the unquiet whispers speak of the Empire, a race even more evil than the Undead. The Heroes of Warlords IV show their mastery of sword and sorcery in the tactical combat system. Casting spells, smiting foes, or boosting morale of shaken troops, Heroes can turn the tide of battle. Players may grow and develop heroes from battle to battle, gaining in abilities and skills, and accumulating magic items and treasures. [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.5
Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb 100.

Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb

Platform: PC
March 25, 2003
Indiana Jones as he travels to 1935 China to prevent a powerful artifact from falling into evil hands. Indy's latest globe-spanning adventure takes you from the jungles of Ceylon and underwater palaces in Istanbul, to the deadly streets of Hong Kong and beyond. Racing against evil Nazis and the Asian underworld with mysterious, alluring partner Mei Ying, you'll leap, swim, climb and punch your way through exotic locales, fighting hand-to-hand combat from street brawls to martial arts battles. It will take more than just your trusty whip and pistol to avoid deadly traps and navigate through all the dangerous environments. Do you have what it takes to possess the mysterious "Heart of the Dragon?" [LucasArts]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.6

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    Forza Horizon 5

  2. 91

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    • Rating: T
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  4. 87

    Death's Door

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    • Rating: T
    • User Score: 7.8
    • Platform: Switch
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    • User Score: 7.3
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    Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition

  2. 52

    Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition

  3. 53

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    • Platform: PC
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