Game Releases by Score

Half-Life 2 1.

Half-Life 2

Platform: PC
November 16, 2004
[Metacritic's 2004 PC Game of the Year] By taking the suspense, challenge and visceral charge of the original, and adding startling new realism and responsiveness, Half-Life 2 opens the door to a world where the player's presence affects everything around him, from the physical environment to the behaviors -- even the emotions -- of both friends and enemies. The player again picks up the crowbar of research scientist Gordon Freeman, who finds himself on an alien-infested Earth being picked to the bone, its resources depleted, its populace dwindling. Freeman is thrust into the unenviable role of rescuing the world from the wrong he unleashed back at Black Mesa. And a lot of people -- people he cares about -- are counting on him. [Vivendi Universal]
Metascore:
96
User Score:
9.1
Unreal Tournament 2004 2.

Unreal Tournament 2004

Platform: PC
March 16, 2004
Reload, rev up and ride out. The new Tournament is faster, higher and meaner. Land and air based vehicles take combat to a new level; while an arsenal of new weaponry, daunting arenas and battlefields and the challenge of the Assault and Onslaught modes make the gladiator blood sport of the future a brand new experience. Buckle up; it?s gonna be one hell of a ride! [Atari]
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.8
World of Warcraft 3.

World of Warcraft

Platform: PC
November 23, 2004
Four years have passed since the aftermath of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, and a great tension now smolders throughout the ravaged world of Azeroth. As the battle-worn races begin to rebuild their shattered kingdoms, new threats, both ancient and ominous, arise to plague the world once again. World of Warcraft is an online role-playing experience set in the award-winning Warcraft universe. Players assume the roles of Warcraft heroes as they explore, adventure, and quest across a vast world. Being "Massively Multiplayer," World of Warcraft allows thousands of players to interact within the same world. Whether adventuring together or fighting against each other in epic battles, players will form friendships, forge alliances, and compete with enemies for power and glory. A dedicated live team will create a constant stream of new adventures to undertake, lands to explore, and monsters to vanquish. This content ensures that the game will never be the same from month to month, and will continue to offer new challenges and adventures for years to come. [Blizzard Entertainment]
Metascore:
93
User Score:
7.4
World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 International 4.

World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 International

Platform: PC
April 9, 2004
Winning Eleven 7 International features 100 teams, 21 stadiums, new player models and key additions to the Master League. Winning Eleven 7 also utilizes a custom designed engine that allows for great flexibility and customization. Upon entering a match, players will find incredibly masterful gameplay, beautifully rendered stadiums and picture-perfect player models. While on the field, players will experience true-to-life gameplay, with carefully tuned A.I., realistic pace and balance. [Konami]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
6.8
Rome: Total War 5.

Rome: Total War

Platform: PC
September 22, 2004
Rome: Total War is the next generation in epic strategy gaming from the critically acclaimed and award winning Total War brand. The aim of the game is to conquer, rule and manipulate the Roman Empire with the ultimate goal of being declared as the "Imperator" of Rome. Set in a time when the mighty Roman Empire emerged to conquer the known world against powerful enemies; when gladiators fought to a bloody death in the Coliseum; when Spartacus defied the might of the empire; when Hannibal led his invincible army and his war elephants across the Alps to strike fear into the very heart of Rome itself; and when Julius Caesar finally smashed the Barbarian Gauls. This was a time of brutal confrontation between civilisation and barbarism, and of civil war as the ancient world's only superpower turned on itself. A completely new Total War engine uses innovative technology and groundbreaking design to bring the world of ancient Rome to life to deliver the biggest and most cinematic battles ever seen in a videogame. So the battles in Rome: Total War maintain the epic scale that fans of Total War are used to, but now use high-detailed 3D polygonal troops and allows huge cities to be displayed on the battlefields. The result is truly spectacular. [Activision]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
9.0
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005 6.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005

Platform: PC
September 20, 2004
TigerProofing is a revolutionary course-altering system that allows players to modify course dynamics and create the most intensely competitive course imaginable. Alter tee-box length, width and patterns on fairways and greens, the depth of a greenside bunker, and even the color of the leaves on the trees, course moisture and the season which you play. Take on the legends of golf including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Ben Hogan and become a legend yourself! EA SPORTS GameFace II: The industry-leading GameFace technology just got a whole lot deeper with more control and freedom to express your creative vision from a youthful prodigy to a grizzled old veteran. Eight new licensed courses and two new fantasy courses have been added for a total of 14 courses. New licensed courses for console only include Coeur d?Alene and Colonial Country Club. New licensed courses for both console and PC include, Sherwood Country Club, Fancourt Golf Club Estate and Troon North ? Monument Course. Compete as or against 15 different PGA TOUR players including Tiger Woods, John Daly, Vijay Singh, Charles Howell III, Notah Begay III, and Jesper Parnevik, among others. Total Precision Swing: New putting and chipping systems allow for more control on the green or when you leave an approach shot short. [EA Sports]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
3.9
The Sims 2 7.

The Sims 2

Platform: PC
September 14, 2004
The Sims 2 is the first entirely-new generation of The Sims, the ground-breaking game that allowed players to create and control people. The Sims 2 challenges you to direct the journey of your Sims' lives as they grow from infancy through childhood, teenage life and adulthood. Starting with a personality that you give them (or that they inherit from their parents), your Sims will develop in unique ways based on your choices and influence. As they progress through life, your Sims will collect memories which shape who they are, what options they have and how they behave. These experiences can have a short or long-term effect on relationships between family members and friends. Experiences between Sims when they are children can affect their relationships as teens and adults. Your Sims can have casual friendships or make life-long enemies. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.8
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay - Developer's Cut 8.

The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay - Developer's Cut

Platform: PC
December 8, 2004
Set before the events of both Universal Pictures' "The Chronicles of Riddick," starring Vin Diesel, and the 2000 cult classic "Pitch Black," which first introduced Diesel as enigmatic anti-hero Riddick, the game tells the story of Riddick's dramatic escape from the previously inescapable triple max security slam Butcher Bay, home to the most violent prisoners in the galaxy. The Chronicles Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay will blend action and stealth elements, as players navigate Riddick through the harsh environments of the slam - dank tunnels, dimly lit corridors, and other hazardous areas filled with guards, savage inmates and deadly creatures that prowl the darkness. [Vivendi Universal]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.6
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 9.

Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005

Platform: PC
December 7, 2004
(Also known as "WorldWide Soccer Manager 2005") Sports Interactive have crafted a superbly detailed masterpiece in Football Manager 2005. Manager Mind games: With Football Manager, mind games can play a key part in every game. Put your fellow managers under the strain with a few white lies and then turn the screw with a damning criticism of your rivals’ title chances. Just be wary of reaction and retaliation! Agents: Slicked back hair, mobile phones and a bad cockney accent! Bring on the agents - attempting to whittle you out of a few more million on a possible signing. You just have to decide whether they’re trying to flog you the next big thing or a complete donkey. The Back Room Boys: If you don’t want to don the tracksuit and sweat it out on the training field, then why not hire some help? From assistant managers to the best physios, they’ll do the legwork and keep you informed on your players, helping you sort the men from the boys. The Big Match: Tired of watching player’s use the same old moves that couldn’t take the ball round a lamppost? Football Manager 2005 has 30 extra fields for player data including ‘preferred moves’, allowing you to witness your stars perform their signature tricks. With feedback from the fans, Sports Interactive have further refined their award winning games engine to give you what you want from a management game. Football Today: Still have Smith playing for Leeds? That’s SO last season! With more leagues, players and championships than any other football management sim, Football Manager 2005 will also have the latest squads and transfers right up to the end of the summer transfer window, guaranteeing you’ll be on the ball. [Sports Interactive]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.3
Far Cry 10.

Far Cry

Platform: PC
March 23, 2004
A tropical paradise seethes with hidden evil in Far Cry, a cunningly detailed action shooter that pushes the boundaries of combat to shocking new levels. Freelance mariner Jack Carver is cursing the day he ever came to this island. A week ago, a brash female reporter named Valerie had offered him an incredible sum of cash to take her to this unspoiled paradise. Shortly after docking, however, Jack's boat was greeted by artillery fire from a mysterious militia group swarming about the island. With his boat destroyed, his money gone, and the gorgeous Valerie suddenly missing, Jack now finds himself facing an army of mercenaries amidst the wilds of the island, with nothing but a gun and his wits to survive. But the further he pushes into the lush jungle canopy, the stranger things become. [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.0
Counter-Strike: Source 11.

Counter-Strike: Source

Platform: PC
October 7, 2004
Valve has taken a large selection of the maps from Counter-Strike 1.6 - Office, Havana, Italy, Aztec, Chateau, Cobble, Piranesi and of course eternal favourites Dust and Dust 2, and recreated them for the source engine. This means all new textures and major aesthetic changes with more complex buildings and scenery. In addition, the levels are scattered with objects that react realistically with the Source engine's physics engine. [GamersEurope.com] The game is available through Valve's Steam downloading service and is distributed with "Half-Life 2."
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.9
Rise of Nations: Thrones & Patriots 12.

Rise of Nations: Thrones & Patriots

Platform: PC
April 27, 2004
Developed by Brian Reynolds and Big Huge Games, Throne and Patriots, the expansion pack to the critically acclaimed, best-selling real-time strategy (RTS) game Rise of Nations, adds a multitude of new features to Rise of Nations including; six new nations, a wide variety of new single player campaigns, more than 20 new units, new wonders and an innovative new Government feature. With the new Government feature, any nation, old or new, can choose exactly how to be governed, which has far-reaching effects on how units perform in various situations. All-new single player campaigns will allow gamers to control the course of history during historical events that changed the world. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.8
Sid Meier's Pirates! 13.

Sid Meier's Pirates!

Platform: PC
November 22, 2004
An entirely new game engine delivers updated gameplay, stunning new features, spectacular 3D graphics and enhanced surround sound, so players can fully experience the intrigue, adventure and danger of life as a pirate on the Spanish Main. In Pirates! you take the leading role of a Pirate Captain in the 17th century Caribbean amassing fortune and fame in an attempt to seize your rightful place as one of the most revered (and feared!) pirates in history. Test your skills as a sea captain exploring the high seas and exotic ports in a richly detailed 3D world. Overtake the enemy and seize valuable booty. Exchange plank-shattering broadsides in fierce naval battles, and engage in duels with worthy opposing captains. As your reputation and skills grow, so will the size and quality of your crew, and your ability to take on larger enemy ships, raid and plunder heavily fortified ports, and locate ancient treasure. There?s a whole cast of interesting and dangerous characters to meet, mysteries to solve, exotic island destinations to discover, and powerful alliances to forge! [Firaxis]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.3
DOOM 3 14.

DOOM 3

Platform: PC
August 3, 2004
id Software's terrifying battle with the forces of Hell. A massive demonic invasion has overwhelmed the Union Aerospace Corporations’ (UAC) Mars Research Facility leaving only chaos and horror in its wake. As one of only a few survivors, you struggle with shock and fear as you fight your way to Hell and back, in an epic clash against pure evil. Built on id’s revolutionary new 3D graphics engine, DOOM 3 draws you into the most frightening and gripping 3D gaming experience ever created.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.7
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow 15.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow

Platform: PC
March 23, 2004
Once again assume the role Sam Fisher as you defend and assist the U.S. troops who become emroiled in a conflict between East Timor and Indonesian guerillas. Immerse yourself into a deep, tangible, tension-packed techno-thriller without compare. Master your new arsenal of moves and gadgets to save the innocent from a global threat. Conceal yourself in real-time moving shadows for the first time.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.9
Call of Duty: United Offensive 16.

Call of Duty: United Offensive

Platform: PC
September 14, 2004
Call of Duty: United Offensive's single player campaign allows gamers to experience more of WWII's most crucial and legendary conflicts, including The Battle of the Bulge, The Battle of Kursk and the invasion of Sicily, as they fight through more than ten intense all-new maps. The game features new weapons, character abilities, weather effects and explosions, adding even more realism to the chaotic battlefields. Additionally, Call of Duty: United Offensive expands on the popular multiplayer experience of Call of Duty, offering new multiplayer maps that set the stage for tank combat, as well as tank-and-foot-soldier combined arms action, providing the ultimate battle of Axis vs. Allies. Fans will also enjoy three new multiplayer gameplay modes, including Tank Battle, Capture the Flag and Domination - where squads must take control of key locations while preventing enemy troops from advancing. [Activision]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.2
EverQuest: Omens of War 17.

EverQuest: Omens of War

Platform: PC
September 13, 2004
Follow the Wayfarers Brotherhood to the war-ravaged Realm of Discord to help end the tyrannical ways of the Muramites once and for all. Mata Muram, the leader of the Muramites, is rumored to be building the ultimate invading army. It's up to you to thwart his plans. Experience EverQuest: Omens of War and the twisted lands of a realm where war is persistent and death is constant. Face the fear of the Battlegrounds of Discord. Explore the shattered landscapes of the Discordant Plateau. Then take your fury to a landscape that teems with Muramites preparing to invade not just Norrath, but countless innocent worlds. Adventure solo, or in groups and raids to complete "epic quests" and earn prestigious weapons. [Sony Online Entertainment]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.0
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 18.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War

Platform: PC
September 20, 2004
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War is a science fiction real-time strategy (RTS) game set in the violent, post-apocalyptic universe of the 41st Millennium. Utilizing the exceptional game design skills of Relic Entertainment, Dawn of War provides an immersive entertainment experience of epic proportions. Command hardened troops, deadly vehicles and high tech weaponry with one goal in mind, the complete extermination of the opposition. Whether you lead Humanity's finest - the Space Marines, the diabolic and villainous traitors of man - the Chaos Space Marines, the brutal and savage beasts - the Orks, or the psychic and technologically advanced alien warriors - the Eldar, you control the action and the fate of your race! [THQ]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.7
Madden NFL 2005 19.

Madden NFL 2005

Platform: PC
September 14, 2004
Force the action on defense in Madden NFL 2005. New defensive tools allow you to make more plays and be in on all of the action. The all-new Hit Stick lets you lay the big hit to turn the momentum of the game in your favor. Modify pre-snap assignments, including double teams and player-specific match ups, for any defensive player on the field. With the new Storyline Central, you get the inside scoop around the league from radio host Tony Bruno, along with local and national newspapers, to help you make critical franchise decisions. New Hit Stick ? Change the momentum of a game by using the right analog stick to make a huge hit, force a turnover, and send the crowd into a frenzy. Time it just right or you'll get burned for a big play. Enhanced Franchise Mode ? Players now react to everything that happens in the franchise?reward a hard-working player by naming him team captain or trade away unhappy players. The new game-by-game progression system rewards players for their performance during the season. Your team's crowd is now customizable with new Create-a-Fan. Be on the lookout for team-specific super fans via all-new 3D fan scenes. New EA SPORTS Online ? Take on the best Madden players in quick tournaments, or compete in a mini-game of Rushing Attack. Improved EA SPORTS Fair Play keeps the playing field level. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
6.4
City of Heroes 20.

City of Heroes

Platform: PC
April 27, 2004
City of Heroes is a super-powered hero based massively multiplayer online role-playing game. The game is set in Paragon City, a modern day metropolis full of super powered villains, alien invaders, and underground monsters. Players take on the roles of Paragon City's super-powered defenders. Create your own hero by choosing your powers and designing your own costume. [NCsoft]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.4
Thief: Deadly Shadows 21.

Thief: Deadly Shadows

Platform: PC
May 25, 2004
In Thief: Deadly Shadows, gamers once again take on the role of Garrett, a master thief. Garrett is rarely seen, never caught and capable of breaking into the most ingeniously secured places. Garrett steals from the wealthy and gives to himself, making his living in the dark and foreboding City. Preferring to be left alone to ply his trade, prophecies of an impending Dark Age dictate a different plan for the thief. In Garrett?s efforts to prevent this approaching Dark Age, he has inadvertently roused an ancient hidden evil. Without allies, Garrett finds himself standing alone between the City and the forces that would crush it. [Eidos Interactive]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.4
EverQuest: Gates of Discord 22.

EverQuest: Gates of Discord

Platform: PC
February 9, 2004
The greatest threat to the world of Norrath has been unleashed in EverQuest! The lost continent of Taelosia has been discovered and a massive assault force, the Legion of Mata Muram, is creating chaos and devastation on this once peaceful continent! Experience EverQuest: Gates of Discord and help protect your world while adventuring in many new zones, including a stony city, sprawling temples, a myriad of catacombs, and a maze of sewers. And meet the Berserker, the newest EverQuest character class and perhaps your closest allies in melee combat against the invading hoard of fearless, deadly monstrosities from the chaotic Realm of Discord. [Sony Online Entertainment]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.3
Tony Hawk's Underground 2 23.

Tony Hawk's Underground 2

Platform: PC
October 4, 2004
You've been chosen by Tony Hawk to take on Bam Margera as your teams go on a World Destruction Tour. It's time to go globetrotting on an insane road trip. THUG 2 grinds in with a hilarious story mode, an unprecedented level of customization, and more moves than the Skate Gods could dream of. Grab your board, an arsenal of spray-paint... jump into the tour van and wreak havoc across the globe. World Destruction Tour: Hawk recruits YOU onto his team for a no rules, no limits world tour versus Bam Margera. You invade international cities and wreak havoc, proving yourself to the pros as you live the ultimate skateboard adventure. All New Team Play: Team Hawk versus Team Bam. Play as yourself or switch to play one of your teammates or a special guest skater ? over 20 unique characters. Unparalleled Customization: Create your own logo for use in graffiti tags, skate stickers with the all new "Create-A-Graphic" feature. Familiar Hawk customization continues with "Create-A-Goal," "Create-A-Park" and the revolutionary "Face In The Game" feature. More Player Control Than Ever Before: Tear it up with sticker slaps, projectiles, crazy vehicles, hilarious tantrums, and slow-motion Focus Control. 2 Games In 1: Team up and wreak havoc in Story Mode or switch and play 15 levels in Classic Mode. Complete your all-time favorite goals like S-K-A-T-E, Secret Tape, and High Score against a 2-minute timer.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.8
Battlefield Vietnam 24.

Battlefield Vietnam

Platform: PC
March 14, 2004
The Battlefield franchise enters a new era equipped with more firepower, modernized weaponry and vehicles, and a deeper infantry experience from the jungles to the beaches of Vietnam. From villages on the Ho Chi Minh Trail to the city streets of Hue, wage modern warfare as the United States or North Vietnamese Army (NVA). Select from a variety of characters within the different soldier classes as you command powerful new vehicles including the UH-1 Huey helicopter, the M551 Sheridan tank, and the F-4 Phantom fighter jet on the U.S. side and the Russian-made T-54 tank, the MIG-21, and Mi-8 multipurpose helicopter on the NVA side. Go to war in new dramatic battle scenarios including leading a squadron of Huey helicopters in an all-out attack on an enemy compound, executing an ambush of enemy soldiers from dense foliage, captaining a PT boat through a dangerous jungle river passage, and more. Grab your M-16, ready the Napalm and prepare to enter some of the fiercest battles of the Vietnam War. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.6
Silent Storm 25.

Silent Storm

Platform: PC
January 20, 2004
Silent Storm is a true 3D tactical turn-based Role-Playing-Game set against the backdrop of WWII. As the conflict rages on the frontlines, you?ll be leading a small multinational squad behind enemy lines to gather information and wreak havoc on your enemies while trying to thwart a mysterious new rising power whose plans are even more horrific than anything the world has yet witnessed. Silent Storm is fully rendered in breathtaking 3D ? and includes fully destructible environments, realistic weaponry and unlimited tactical possibilities. Turn-based gaming has never looked this good! Choose your squad from over 40 operatives of 30 different nationalities, each with a unique background and mix of specialties and skills. [Encore/JoWood]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.7
EverQuest II 26.

EverQuest II

Platform: PC
November 8, 2004
EverQuest II is a parallel online universe to the hugely successful gaming phenomenon EverQuest. Featuring breathtaking graphics and a vast, beautiful game world to explore, EverQuest II sets new standards in graphical realism as players are immersed in the game's epic storyline with thousands of other players online. Massive World of Norrath -- Regions, cities, countless dungeons and dynamically created zones. Easy to Play -- New user friendly game mechanics with reduced learning curve for both new and seasoned players. 16 Races, 100 Levels and 48 Classes -- Branching systems allow you to choose your class as you advance. Existing EverQuest Player Incentives -- Exclusive crossover quest zones, chat system and more! [Sony Online Entertainment]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.4
Dark Age of Camelot: Catacombs 27.

Dark Age of Camelot: Catacombs

Platform: PC
December 7, 2004
Catacombs is the third expansion pack for Dark Age of Camelot in which players are given the opportunity to explore underground cities ? with attached adventuring areas ? based on the backstory of one underground player race per Realm. Many of these new adventures will be instanced, giving the player the chance to explore the underground world of Catacombs on their own schedule. The expansion features a major art upgrade to player character models that provides more detailed facial features, hairstyles, skin tones as well as enhanced armor and clothing options. The expansion also introduces one new player class per Realm. [Mythic Entertainment]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.0
Colin McRae Rally 2005 28.

Colin McRae Rally 2005

Platform: PC
October 28, 2004
The all-new Career Challenge is the steering wheel-gripping heart of Colin McRae Rally 2005 and has players hurtling through over 20 different classes of rally events including Challenges, Cups, SuperCups, Shields and Championships, earning the right to compete against the very best. Offering real progression and the most diverse selection of rally cars to choose from, drivers will be pummeled through a staggering 300+ stages driving cars from 4-wheel drive, 2-wheel drive, 4-wheel Classics, Super 2-wheel, Rear Wheel, Distinctive and 4x4 classics. Beyond the Career Challenge, there’s even more adrenaline-fuelled rally gaming with the title’s 4WD Championship, Rally, Stages and Online gaming modes. Also features the new bonnet-cam and an improved chase cam gives a real sensation of speed and undulation. Enhanced damage and scenery visuals include new individual damage models for every car and should you crash into a tree, it’ll shudder and even drop leaves. 30+ featured cars include the Volkswagen Golf MK5, Toyota Celica GT-FOUR, Lancia Stratos, Alfa Romeo 147 GTA, Alfetta GTV Turbodelta, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII, Peugeot 206, 205 T16 Evo2 and the distinctive VW Beetle RSi. 9 international locations (new German rally joins events through UK, Sweden, USA, Finland, Australia, Spain, Greece, and Japan), in Rally game mode, each with 8 stages. Large, animated spectator crowds cheer you on through the stages. [Codemasters]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.6
Tribes: Vengeance 29.

Tribes: Vengeance

Platform: PC
October 12, 2004
A family in conflict. A galaxy at war. The endless war has begun. The Empire and the Tribes now fight as much over resources as they do for revenge. But when a war spans generations, it becomes a mother's quest to discover the truth about the conflict, and an heir's duty to break free from the cycle of vengeance. Play as multiple characters across two generations of a family at war in the first ever TRIBES single player experience. Physics system seamlessly integrates jet-packing, running, skiing and piloting into one dynamic experience. New weapons and vehicles add to the classic TRIBES arsenal and guarantee a fight like no other. Powered by an enhanced Unreal (tm) engine, stunning visuals take you into a never before seen chapter of TRIBES history. Battle in vast locations from underground caverns and forgotten cities to acid wastelands and mighty coliseums. Join the war online with extensive multiplayer action for up to 32 players. [Sierra]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.7
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within 30.

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within

Platform: PC
November 30, 2004
The Prince has to embark upon a path of both carnage and mystery to defy his preordained death. His journey leads to the infernal core of a cursed island stronghold harboring mankind's greatest fears. Only through grim resolve, bitter defiance and the mastery of deadly new combat arts can the Prince rise to a new level of warriorship - and emerge from this ultimate trial with his life. In order to accomplish his mission, the Prince benefits from a brand new free-form fighting system that allows gamers to channel his anger as they wage battle without boundaries. Each game fan will find his or her own unique fighting style as they manipulate their environment and control the Ravages of Time. You can dig into an arsenal of weapons that, when used in combination, create advanced arm attacks that verge on fatal artistry! Prince of Persia: Warrior Within promises that game fans will fight harder, and play longer, emerging from the experience as deadly-capable skilled masters of their own unique combat art form. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.6
Need for Speed: Underground 2 31.

Need for Speed: Underground 2

Platform: PC
November 9, 2004
Need for Speed Underground 2 challenges gamers to immerse themselves in the tuner culture, exploring an expansive, free-roaming city divided into five distinct neighborhoods. Gamers encounter rival racers who initiate events, tip players off to the hottest racing spots, and show them where to buy the most sought-after licensed aftermarket upgrades. The game features new game modes, deep new performance customization and tuning, and more than 30 licensed cars. The game also delivers twice the visual customization upgrades as the original game, providing a staggering 70 billion possible car combinations for total automotive self-expression. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.6
MVP Baseball 2004 32.

MVP Baseball 2004

Platform: PC
March 9, 2004
Step up to the plate with MVP Baseball 2004. The fundamentals of hitting, pitching, fielding, and base running have been reproduced like never before to give you complete control over every aspect of the game. From swinging for the fences or protecting the plate when you have a two-strike count, the all-new batting model provides unprecedented command of each type of swing in every situation. With great gameplay and many additional features such as Pitching Challenge and Dynasty Mode, MVP Baseball 2004 wins the pennant as the most innovative and realistic baseball experience ever created. Groundbreaking Hitting Control: From hitting to the opposite field to pulling the ball down the line to swinging for the fences, every swing type is included. You Control the Field: Leap over the wall and rob home runs, hook slide to avoid tags, and take out the catcher at home with all-new player control. Pick Your Park: With all-new crowd chants, the addition of classic stadiums, and new lighting to signify various start times for your biggest games, MVP Baseball 2004 puts you in the best seat in the house. Your Dynasty Begins Now: Take full control of your franchise on all the levels -- from the minors to the pros. Play, sim, or manage each game all the way to the World Series. Swing for the Fences Online: Go yard against players across the country in one-on-one or Tournament games, while talking up your game with EA SPORTS? Talk [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.4
Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising 33.

Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising

Platform: PC
June 15, 2004
Set in Indonesia in the near future, Joint Operations takes the player to a country on the verge of disintegration. Regional independence movements have acquired advanced weaponry as the nation's military splits into competing factions. Escalating violence threatens innocent civilians and Western economic interests. [NovaLogic]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.6
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth 34.

The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth

Platform: PC
December 6, 2004
The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth is an unprecedented real-time strategy game that delivers the epic scope and depth of J.R.R. Tolkien's amazing world. You are in complete control of the epic battles as depicted in all three installments of the blockbuster The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. From waging all-out combat among Middle-earth’s vast armies to controlling your favorite heroes while managing the resources of your side, the fate of a living, breathing Middle-earth is in your hands. Built upon the acclaimed "Command & Conquer Generals" 3D game engine, The Battle for Middle-earth allows you to command the forces of light or darkness in two separate campaigns. You'll have to choose your forces wisely, since each army has its own unique strengths and weaknesses. Complete with all of the epic music, actor voices, and other film assets seamlessly integrated into the game, The Battle for Middle-earth offers a truly memorable entertainment experience. Command the heroes and armies of Middle-earth in over 25 missions based on all three films. Control one of four unique sides, each with its own playing styles, resource management, and base-building techniques. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.6
Painkiller 35.

Painkiller

Platform: PC
April 12, 2004
You play as Daniel Garner, a seemingly regular guy who as just been killed in a horrific car accident. Trapped in a dark and unwelcoming world between heaven and hell, you struggling to uncover the reasons why you've been denied entry into heaven. Awaiting your purification, you must fight through a seemingly endless number of demon soldiers as you to attempt to stop an imminent unholy war. [DreamCatcher Interactive]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.1
Chessmaster 10th Edition 36.

Chessmaster 10th Edition

Platform: PC
August 12, 2004
Chessmaster 10th Edition is a landmark for the franchise and features the largest and most compelling upgrade ever to both gameplay and graphics. Improvements include: New, easy-to-navigate interface with drop-down menus that are loaded with coaching options. New online module that provides a ranking system, create-a-tournament, teaching tools, chess chat and more. New Chessmaster Academy, featuring personalized instruction on everything from basic moves to advanced strategy as taught by some of the world's most famous players ? including International Master Josh Waitzkin and Grand Master Larry Christiansen. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.5
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 37.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3

Platform: PC
October 26, 2004
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 takes the series to new heights with brand new features including 3-D graphics, giving players complete control of views around the park, and a front seat to the action with a new Coaster Cam feature that allows players to ride the roller coasters. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 also features new gameplay elements that fans have been asking for - including diversity of guests, added group behavior and improved guest AI - and many other new features which build upon the fun and addictive nature of the original game. [Atari]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
5.3
Kohan II: Kings of War 38.

Kohan II: Kings of War

Platform: PC
September 22, 2004
Ages have passed since the Cataclysm and the complacency of time has set in. A shadow has once again fallen across the land. Rumors abound of strang creatures prowling the night. War comes ever more frequently and a deep-rooted unease holds the hearts of men in its grip. Brother has turned against brother and the great Houses of Kohan have erupted into civil war. The Shadow is rising and a new evil is spreading its wings. Will you stand against the shadow in this time of darkness? Kings of War, the latest game to the award winning fantasy real-time strategy series Kohan, returns players to the magical world of Khaldun. Players will find themselves caught up in a civil war, even as greater threats loom on the horizon. Fighting through armies of hundreds, laying siege to dozens of cities across diverse environments, players must learn to become Kings of War. [TimeGate Studios]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.9
TOCA Race Driver 2: The Ultimate Racing Simulator 39.

TOCA Race Driver 2: The Ultimate Racing Simulator

Platform: PC
April 13, 2004
Race Driver 2: The Ultimate Racing Simulator is a massive step forward from Race Driver. It offers a great selection of aspirational cars to be driven through 31 championships that cover a huge variety of motor racing styles. Race Driver 2 contains the most diverse range of motorsports (including Open Wheel Grand Prix, Super Truck racing, Stockcar Oval Racing, Rally, Rallycross, Ice-Racing, Formula Ford, Classic Racing, Convertible Racing, Street Racing, GT Racing, and Performance Cars) ever seen in a racing game, including the DTM and V8 Supercars licenses. The game features 35 high-powered, aspirational cars such as Aston Martin and Jaguar. The 31 Race Locations offer 48 tracks which provide the ultimate racing experience and are a combination of real licensed tracks and fictional tracks. The immersive story line adds to the excitement by following the player's progression through the ranks of the racing world. The reality TV style captures the competitive intrigue of 12 drivers battling their way to the top: driving for a Grand Prix team. [Codemasters]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.7
Codename: Panzers, Phase One 40.

Codename: Panzers, Phase One

Platform: PC
September 30, 2004
No, this can't be! Initial outpost reports showed only armored infantry, but some serious hardware is headed this way! How could two 70-ton German Königstiger battle tanks simply be overlooked?! Well, no time to lay blame, just aim the bazooka and bring up the tanks from the rear. Only a direct hit can destroy them. ? Codename: Panzers thrusts you into the high-powered battles of World War II. Whether played in towns with bullet-riddled buildings, bleak mountain landscapes, or treacherous swamps, Codename: Panzers offers real-time combat rampages with awesome 3D graphics. Create your combat force from over 100 finely detailed units, from a flame-throwing squad to a Soviet Stalin organ rocket launcher to a German Königstiger battle tank. Be the commander - demolish the enemy with clever tactical maneuvers. Experience the nerve-jangling thrill of strategic gaming - in Codename: Panzers! [CDV]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.8
Syberia II 41.

Syberia II

Platform: PC
March 30, 2004
Embarking on a desperate search for Hans Voralberg, Kate Walker crosses Europe from West to East. She has left behind all her worldly possessions with the express purpose of joining the heir of the Voralberg family on his journey. Together, through mystical and enchanting lands, they will find their way to the mythical Syberia, land of the forgotten mammoths. Thus Syberia II begins...The train leaves Aralbad under a quiet snowfall. Kate, Hans and Oscar, the loyal, humorous automaton, are heading to Romansbourg, the first of the four worlds to be explored in Syberia II. The motley crew will clear the last bastions of Russian civilization followed by the Frozen North before arriving at Youkol Village, from where they will try to reach their final destination: Syberia. Along the way, they will have to overcome many obstacles and deal with shady characters to uncover clues vital to the continuation of their quest. Kate's timeless journey through Valadilene, Barrockstadt, Komkolzgrad and Aralbad has sparked an evolution in her character, from an ambitious lawyer to a curious and tenacious adventuress. Kate's role has undergone a remarkable change. From being the pursuant, she becomes Han's main acolyte, his support in attaining the forgotten realm of the mammoths. How will she react to this new situation? Can she live up to the choices she made? [Microids]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.3
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault 42.

Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault

Platform: PC
November 4, 2004
Medal of Honor Pacific Assault gives players a sense of the courage it took to fight the Imperial Japanese Army from the shock of Pearl Harbor to triumph on the shores of the Tarawa Atoll. Set in the Pacific Theatre of Operations from 1941-1944, players will assume the role of Marine recruit Tom Conlin as he survives the attack on Pearl Harbor, leads the assault on Guadalcanal, and finally charges up the beaches for the climatic battle at Tarawa. Armed with their wits and a variety of authentic weapons, it's up to players to stop the Japanese war machine in its tracks. Medal of Honor Pacific Assault follows the tradition of previous Medal of Honor products with a brand new arsenal of weapons, new enemies, and new storyline. In addition, Pacific Assault features new multiplayer modes in which up to 32 players can choose soldiers from American, British, Japanese, and other armies. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.1
Full Spectrum Warrior 43.

Full Spectrum Warrior

Platform: PC
September 21, 2004
Full Spectrum Warrior is based on a game commissioned by the U.S. Army to train light Infantry troops in urban combat situations. Soldiers are placed in a tense, hostile, and claustrophobic environment where they must complete a variety of military objectives. Players act as the Squad Leader, providing direction to Alpha and Bravo fire teams. The successful Squad Leader effectively uses cover in the environment and moves his fire teams in a coordinated fashion so they can protect themselves from possible attacks that could come from any direction. Full Spectrum Warrior puts you in the dirt with your men, where danger lurks around every corner. [THQ]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.1
Ground Control II: Operation Exodus 44.

Ground Control II: Operation Exodus

Platform: PC
June 23, 2004
Prepare for Battle. Ground Control II: Operation Exodus is a real-time 3D action strategy set in a distant and futuristic universe. The game mainly focuses on explosive combat missions where the player will control squads of infantry, tanks, artillery and helicopters as the story unfolds. [Vivendi Universal]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.8
Fritz 8 Deluxe 45.

Fritz 8 Deluxe

Platform: PC
December 1, 2004
Fritz Chess 8, written by Frans Morsch, is identical to the one that fascinated the world in the man vs Machine duel against the human world champion. Millions of chess fans watched the games live on the Internet - the match ended in a 4:4 tie. "Deep Fritz is stronger than Deep Blue," said world champion Vladimir Kramnik, who had carefully studied the program. But don't be afraid, Fritz is not just a chess playing monster. It is a friendly chess partner for beginners and amateurs. It will teach you to play chess from scratch, and can automatically adjust its playing strength to suit your needs. It will warn you when you go wrong in a game, giving you hints on how to play better. [Excalibur Publishing]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
6.7
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 46.

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines

Platform: PC
November 16, 2004
Presenting Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, a visually stunning first-person role-playing adventure that combines intense first-person action with an open, non-linear world, rich character development and an immersive storyline. Built using Valve Source Technology - the same game engine technology used to power Half-Life 2, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines is based on White Wolf's pen-and-paper RPG series, and developed by renowned RPG developer - Troika Games. The game plunges players into the dark and gritty vampire underworld of modern day L.A. as a creature of the night, interacting with and battling mortals and other creatures of darkness with an incredible array of vampire powers, skills and traits. [Activision]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.9
The Suffering 47.

The Suffering

Platform: PC
June 8, 2004
Players assume the role of Torque, a man convicted of a horrible crime that he may or may not have committed. He's sentenced to life in Abbott State Penitentiary, a haunted place that hides a terrible secret, one that threatens both the prison guards and the hardened criminals that call this isolated hell home. Torque's tale unfolds in nine terrifying levels, where grisly mutated creatures, sadistic prisoners and guards lurk around every corner. A variety of deadly weapons are at his disposal to help him survive and escape from prison. In addition, Torque has a "rage meter" that, when filled, transforms him into a hideous and bloodthirsty creature that looks and feels right at home with the other dozen monstrosities stalking his every move. Torque will be able to interact with other inmate NPC's and enlist their help in escaping, or take them out if they get in his way. The Suffering also features three distinct endings based on how the game is played. In revealing Torque's story, he could be a cold-blooded killer, a man wrongfully accused, or something far, far worse. [Encore Software]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.1
Gish 48.

Gish

Platform: PC
September 17, 2004
Gish isn't your average hero, in fact he's not your average anything.. see Gish is a ball of tar. A Sunday stroll with his lady friend Brea goes awry when a shadowy figure emerges from an open man hole and pulls Brea into the ground below. Following Brea's calls for help Gish suddenly finds himself in the subterranean sewers of Dross, a long forgotten city filled with twisting corridors, evil traps and some of the most demented creatures imaginable. With his gelatinous structure as his only means of defense Gish must follow the echoing cries of his damsel in distress deep into the earth bellow. What freakish creatures dwell in this subterranean land? Who is Brea's captor? And just how far down does the rabbit hole go? Life isn't easy when you're a 12 pound ball of tar... [Chronic Logic]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.1
Return to Mysterious Island 49.

Return to Mysterious Island

Platform: PC
November 2, 2004
Return to Mysterious Island follows Mina, a strong young woman alone on a round-the-world sailing expedition. Caught in a tremendous storm, she becomes stranded on the shores of a wild and apparently uninhabited island. As she explores her new surroundings, she uncovers artifacts, living spaces and technologies left behind by the people who came before her to this uncharted island. Creating a new life, Mina builds a home from the remains of Granite Rock and uses her survival skills against the wilds of the jungle. She soon becomes aware of a figure in the shadows who, seemingly aware of her troubles, offers her assistance. She eventually identifies this figure as the unsettled ghost of Captain Nemo, whose body is located in the Nautilus deep below the island shore. Piecing together the hints and clues he provides, Mina must travel to the Nautilus, retrieve his body and give him a proper burial in order to free his tortured soul. Players will solve a variety of clever puzzles and use the various technologies found on the Nautilus to help on their return to civilization. [Adventure Company]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.7
NBA Live 2005 50.

NBA Live 2005

Platform: PC
October 26, 2004
The EA Sports Freestyle Control continues to revolutionize your ability to play simulation basketball?and, now more than ever, it's about expressing your game in flight with Freestyle Air. In addition to all-new dunks, alley-oops, and adjustable jump shots in mid-air, new user-controlled put-back and tip-in technologies reward players who box out, wipe the glass, and go back up for a quick bucket. On defense, take more control over shot blocking to own the paint. Freestyle Air elevates NBA Live 2005 above the rim in the all-new NBA All-Star Weekend mode by allowing users to take complete control and create jaw-dropping, customized dunks in the Slam Dunk Contest. With thousands of unique dunk scenarios?from bouncing the ball off the backboard, to jumping from the free throw line, to going between your legs in mid flight?Freestyle Air lets you express your game on the court, and above it. Also featuring the 3-Point Shootout, the Rookie Challenge, and the NBA All-Star Game, All-Star Weekend is available as a stand-alone game mode as well as within Dynasty Mode. Be the architect of your own unstoppable dynasty, and watch your franchise flourish for 25 seasons. Jump into games with simulation intervention and use the customizable PDA to stay updated with important league news, team information, and other announcements. New free agency logic allows users to negotiate contracts and manage the salary cap using real dollars for the first time. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.5
Hearts of Iron: Platinum 51.

Hearts of Iron: Platinum

Platform: PC
September 21, 2004
The game's map spans the entire world and allows players to take the War to any new front of their choosing. Any nation in the world is playable, but the game focuses on the struggle between the great alliances of the new world orders: Fascism, Communism and Democracy. Hearts of Iron is developed by the team behind the award-winning sales success "Europa Universalis I" and "II" and brings the same depth of gameplay and historical accuracy to a modern day gaming experience. Hearts of Iron aims to be no less than the definitive World War II strategic experience.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.3
Joint Operations: Escalation 52.

Joint Operations: Escalation

Platform: PC
November 19, 2004
The conflict in Indonesia has spilled over to other parts of Asia where rebel troops have gained support in the war against Joint Ops Forces. Set against the lush backdrop of South East Asia, enlist once more to take part in intense large scale modern FPS combat, in games of up to 150 players online. Use new weapons, vehicles, team tactics and strategic gameplay to dominate the battlefield. An expansion pack to "Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising." [NovaLogic]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.5
Galactic Civilizations: Altarian Prophecy 53.

Galactic Civilizations: Altarian Prophecy

Platform: PC
November 12, 2004
Galactic Civilizations: Altarian Prophecy is an expansion pack to Stardock's award winning space strategy game, Galactic Civilizations. The expansion pack adds a host of new features, content, and other enhancements to the game to add depth and much greater replayability. In the late 22nd century, humanity came into contact with 5 major alien civilizations. These civilizations were called, the Drengin Empire, the Torian Confederation, the Arcean Empire, the Yor Collective and the Altarian Republic. Of these 5, the Altarians were the most curious to us. Not for their cultural traits or their technology but because they happened to look human. How was this possible? The "Altarian Prophecy" is a campaign that takes the player on a multi-game journey to solve the mystery alluded to in Galactic Civilizations. In doing so, it introduces two new civilizations: The Dominion of the Korx and the Drath. These two civilizations hold the secret to Altaria's past, but worse, they know the Altarian Prophecy that for tells the destruction of the galaxy that is connected to Altaria's past. [Strategy First]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
6.9
Soldiers: Heroes of World War II 54.

Soldiers: Heroes of World War II

Platform: PC
June 30, 2004
Soldiers is a third-person tactical action game that plays out like a blockbuster war movie. 30+ missions, More than 100 vehicles, 25+ weapons. Pitching the player headlong into the war-torn battlegrounds of Europe. Direct control for targeted shots to take out a tank track or execute a headshot for the quick kill. Real ballistic physics and truly destructible environments. Group control a team of elite special forces soldiers. Advanced AI - the enemy will attack in formation; retreat if necessary; look for cover; ambush you, etc. Over 100 different human animations in the game providing realism and detail! [Codemasters]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.3
Arena Wars 55.

Arena Wars

Platform: PC
September 13, 2004
Arena Wars is a completely new kind of 3D Real Time Strategy game, combining the gameplay principles and interface from RTS games with the fast pace of action-based shooters. Arena Wars is a single and multiplayer game. Multiplayer supports up to 8 players, who can fight against each other and challenge other players from all around the world via the AW Server, whilst the single player mode is loaded with action-packed single player missions against one or more computer opponents. There are 3 different game modes: Capture the Flag, Bombing Run, and Double Domination. In AW the goal is not simply to destroy the enemy's base or units. To score points in the various scenarios you must complete objectives that range from stealing the enemy flag, carrying a bomb into your enemy's base or seize and hold Domination zones for a period of time. The winner is the player who satisfies that particular game's objectives. For example, in a Capture the Flag game with a 'capture limit' of 5, the winner is the first player to capture 5 enemy flags. [Ascaron]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.7
FIFA Soccer 2005 56.

FIFA Soccer 2005

Platform: PC
October 12, 2004
A quality first touch is the key to success for the world?s greatest soccer players. The same is now true for gamers with FIFA Soccer 2005. A player?s first touch becomes the ultimate gift for those who can think quickly and act fast to outsmart the competition. An all-new animation system now makes every button-press react with authentic, responsive and realistic speed. FIFA Soccer 2005 is the only complete, authentic, and intelligent soccer experience. All-new fluid player kinetic system that recognizes and then directly translates the speed, vision and awareness of the world?s greatest players to button presses on your controller. The Absolute Broadcast: With new in-game camera angles, smooth and continuous cut sequences for replays, and improved contrast and lighting for players and stadiums. The World's Ultimate Roster: More than 350 official licenses, including 20 leagues, 40 national teams, and 12,000 players are available. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
6.7
NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 57.

NHL Eastside Hockey Manager

Platform: PC
October 19, 2004
(Currently available in the UK/EU only) Take control your favourite hockey team or one of hundreds of other teams from all over the hockey world. Build and shape your roster by trading players, signing free-agents and drafting promising youngsters while managing your team towards glory. Select your team, set up practice schedules, select tactics, re-negotiate contracts and scout players from all over the world while interacting with your current stars and the media in order to appease the fans and the owners. The detailed in-game engine will let you see the game events unfold in the form of play-by-play commentary while also providing a wide range of statistics to analyze your team's performance. Build a dynasty; manage your local team to success and build your reputation in pursuit of developing your career at the bigger leagues; or you can remain faithful with the smaller teams and nurture generations. [Sega Europe]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
6.9
Perimeter 58.

Perimeter

Platform: PC
June 30, 2004
Perimeter is a ground breaking real-time strategy game which brings, a range of fresh ideas to the RTS genre. Use strategic Terraforming to acquire resources, project a impenetrable perimeter force shield to protect from attack and marshal your forces though manipulation of nano-technology. These key gameplay elements deliver a new challenging and rewarding experience for single and multiplayer. Perimeter is set in a universe where the earth is dying and multiple civilisations are in a race across a newly discovered galaxy to colonise the only suitable planet. This epic journey will involve exploring many new worlds, battling against other civilisations and indigenous species, all to acquire energy to continue the search for a new home. [Codemasters]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.7
Star Wars Galaxies: Jump to Lightspeed 59.

Star Wars Galaxies: Jump to Lightspeed

Platform: PC
October 26, 2004
This highly anticipated addition dramatically expands the "Star Wars Galaxies" franchise by providing players more than 15 different vehicles for space exploration and combat. Starfighters and other starships are featured in the expansion that can be used for both space exploration and combat, allowing players to join up with allies and fly familiar X-wings and TIE fighters into battle against faction-aligned opponents and AI-controlled ships. Transport ships similar to the well-known Millennium Falcon are also added into the game, allowing players to venture through space with friends aboard. Set in the Star Wars timeframe between Episode IV and Episode V, this first extension to the "Star Wars Galaxies" foundation opens 10 vast and distinct space sectors, spanning from the Core Worlds to the Outer Rim, for players to explore while engaging their opponents in intense real-time combat or uniting with friends in battle or exploration. Players can embark on more than 100 new missions, venturing through asteroid fields, nebulae and space junkyards while honing skills in four new space-specific professions. The game also features two new and completely customizable species. [LucasArts]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
6.5
Law & Order: Justice Is Served 60.

Law & Order: Justice Is Served

Platform: PC
October 5, 2004
In Law & Order: Justice is Served, players are assigned to a murder case involving twenty-year-old tennis sensation, Elena Kusarova, whose body was discovered the day before the start of the U.S. Open. Players will need to search the crime scene, analyze evidence, solve puzzles, interrogate suspects and make arrests alongside Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Ed Green. After a suspect is in custody, the player will need to put a compelling case together with A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn in order to convince the jury to return a guilty verdict. New features for this third installment in the Law & Order game franchise include a new character from the TV show, Detective Ed Green; a re-designed, more intuitive interface; increased interactivity and flexibility with more characters and locations; improved performance; and unlockable bonus content from the actors on the show. With many more interviews and clever puzzles seamlessly integrated into the storyline, this third installment promises to be an even longer, more fulfilling gameplaying experience than the previous versions. [Legacy Interactive]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
6.0
Vegas Tycoon 61.

Vegas Tycoon

Platform: PC
January 15, 2004
(Also known as "Vega$: Make it Big") Develop a small den into a second-to-none complex and resort centre, using all the knowledge and management skill you can. Throughout the living, breathing environment of Las Vegas Boulevard, you will find customers notoriously difficult to satisfy and a huge range of exciting attractions, all designed to bring you maximum money. Competition is tough out on The Strip, can you create an entertainment resort to win the hearts and wallets of VEGA$? [Empire Interactive]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.4
Star Wars: Battlefront (2004) 62.

Star Wars: Battlefront (2004)

Platform: PC
September 20, 2004
Star Wars Battlefront is an action/shooter game that gives fans and gamers the opportunity to re-live and participate in all of the classic Star Wars battles like never before. Players can select one of a number of different soldier types, jump into any vehicle, man any turret on the battlefront and conquer the galaxy planet-by-planet online with their friends or offline in a variety of single player modes. Single player modes include "Instant Action," "Galactic Conquest" and the story-based "Historical Campaigns" mode that lets gamers experience all of the epic Star Wars battles from Episodes I-VI, fighting from the perspective of each of the four factions within the game. [LucasArts]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.4
Pacific Fighters 63.

Pacific Fighters

Platform: PC
October 26, 2004
Backed by the Oleg Maddox development team, Pacific Fighters allows you to participate in the most compelling air-war experience ever created! Fly missions for the Allied forces or become an ace pilot for the deadly Japanese empire ? which will you choose? Select from a large variety of flyable aircraft such as the lethal Japanese Zero, U.S. made F6F Hellcat and a variety of British fighter planes. Target enemy ships, vehicles and aircraft on one of the 16 maps featuring famous historic locations. New to the series will be the emphasis on flyable bombers and aircraft-carrier action. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.5
UEFA Euro 2004: Portugal 64.

UEFA Euro 2004: Portugal

Platform: PC
May 4, 2004
In EURO 2004 mode players can play as any of the 51 European nations. Players can arrange and play friendly matches against other nations or play through the tournament going from qualifying, to playoffs and into the finals. In addition to tracking injuries and suspensions, a new dynamic morale system will track players' morale, which will fluctuate based on individual and team performances and affect player abilities on the field. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
6.5
Port Royale 2 65.

Port Royale 2

Platform: PC
September 13, 2004
Trade with over 60 towns and create your own production facilities. Increase your trading empire, and influence development of the New World. Trade is not everything though: pirates and military fleets threaten your trade convoys. Build and command escort ships for the convoys. Turn the tides and hunt for pirates or capture the military ships. Become famous and expand your own fleet as well as your stocks of goods. If that is not enough, take on missions for merchants, diplomats and other characters. Use a letter of Marquee to gain the most desirable missions of the vice-kings; to attack and conquer enemy towns. As a sign of gratitude you will be awarded land, to be used later for the building and growth of your own towns.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.7
MTX Mototrax 66.

MTX Mototrax

Platform: PC
November 15, 2004
Accept the MTX: Mototrax challenge: beat the pros and become the ultimate MX athlete in the fastest, most complete motocross game offering a thrilling career mode to boost your fame, fortune and adrenaline! Earn more cold hard cash from contest wins and sponsorships. Use the money to modify your rider's attributes, purchase equipment upgrades or buy access to freeride environments complete with new goals and objectives. Make your way to the X Games and push your bike to the limit. Intense online racing action for up to 8 players. Customize your experience with Custom Rider, Track Builder & upgradable bikes. Set your career path through supercross, motocross, freestyle & off-road challenges. Offers the fastest motocross gaming experience that will have you accelerating around corners and flying through the air at an incredible 60 frames per second. Immerse yourself in a new, deep non-linear career mode that tests your skills and savvy as you progress through all the motocross disciplines-motocross, supercross and freestyle - to become the ultimate MX athlete. [Aspyr Media]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.5
Evil Genius 67.

Evil Genius

Platform: PC
September 28, 2004
You're a malevolent mastermind bent on achieving global domination through the construction of the ultimate doomsday device. Build a secret base, gain notoriety by completing daring missions, repel the forces of justice in real-time combat, and develop evil super-weapons to complete your nefarious master plan. Evil Genius is a tongue-in-cheek take on the spy thrillers of the '60s, offering you the unique opportunity to play the villain as you control a secret island fortress complete with powerful henchmen, loyal minions, ice-cold beauty queens, and a host of hilarious gizmos. [Vivendi Universal]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.3
Painkiller: Battle out of Hell 68.

Painkiller: Battle out of Hell

Platform: PC
December 1, 2004
Picking up right where the game's story left off, Battle out of Hell includes an additional single-player chapter 10 levels, as well as new multiplayer modes, maps and models. It offers an amplified arsenal of un-deadly weapons, bigger and badder bosses and the map editor Software Development Kit. [DreamCatcher Games]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.7
Manhunt 69.

Manhunt

Platform: PC
April 20, 2004
They just killed Cash. Now, they want to kill him again. America is full of run down, broken rust-belt towns where nobody cares and anything goes. In Carcer City, nothing matters anymore and all that's left are cheap thrills. The ultimate rush is the power to grant life and take it away, for sport. This time James Earl Cash, you are the sport. They gave you your life back. Now, they are going to hunt you down. You awake to the sound of your own panicked breath. You must run, hide and fight to survive. If you can stay alive long enough, you may find out who did this to you. This is a brutal blood sport. [Rockstar]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.7
Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile 70.

Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile

Platform: PC
November 8, 2004
Children of the Nile is the next generation of city-building game, where, as Pharaoh, you lead the people of ancient Egypt, uniting them as you elevate your status, striving to become a supreme and god-like ruler. You design and build glorious cities in which hundreds of seemingly real people live and work in an interconnected societal web, each facet of their lives played out in vivid detail. Eventually you will forge the most advanced civilization of the ancient world, achieve works of wonder and build a lasting and unique empire to stand for the ages with you as its personification. You'll dispatch your armies and navies to all corners of the known world, and erect monuments of splendor, including your own magnificent tomb. Come, enter your realm: the black land, Egypt. [Myelin Media]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.7
Blitzkrieg: Burning Horizon 71.

Blitzkrieg: Burning Horizon

Platform: PC
June 13, 2004
Burning Horizon, throws you in even more dramatic battles of WWII. Burning Horizon offers a huge 18-missions-campaign around General Rommel, giving you the opportunity to play famous battles like Ardennes, Tripolis, Tobruk, El Alamein, Sicily and, of course, Normandy. Furthermore, the add-on contains 8 single missions, with an entire new nation at war: Japan. 50 new units like Zero fighters and Blenheim bombers, the M5 Stuart and many specialized German tanks, US Marines and Afrika Korps units fill the strategy package. Burning Horizon gives the parties a better AI: the enemy seeks weak spots in your lines, clears minefields, handles his air force cleverly. The mission objectives offer a wide range, e.g. airborne assaults, evacuations, covert ops, defense manoeuvres, counter attacks or assassinations. [CDV Software]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.7
Missing: Since January 72.

Missing: Since January

Platform: PC
June 25, 2004
Journalist, Jack Lorski, and his companion disappear while investigating a string of gruesome murders. Soon after their disappearance, Jack's agency receives a disturbing CD-ROM containing footage he captured during his investigation. More than just a CD, this disc is in-fact the beginning of a terrifying game with a maniacal killer known only as "The Phoenix." Enter the mind of a serial killer and see if you can unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of a journalist and his companion and the recent ghastly murders. Missing offers an innovative blend of Windows® gameplay and the internet to immerse players in this elaborate game of cat-and-mouse. Receive actual e-mail from virtual characters and The Phoenix himself offering important clues. Visit a wealth of real websites and fictitious sites created solely for the game to obtain valuable information vital to solving the case. [Adventure Company]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
6.5
Hitman: Contracts 73.

Hitman: Contracts

Platform: PC
April 20, 2004
Hitman: Contracts takes you into the mind of Agent 47, the most ruthlessly efficient contract killer in history. The game begins in Paris as Agent 47 finds himself wounded and trapped in what is a dangerous situation, even for him. Hitman: Contracts explores the dark psychology of killing for a living and promises to be the darkest, most disturbing episode in the series. [Eidos Interactive]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.7
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn 74.

SpellForce: The Order of Dawn

Platform: PC
February 11, 2004
In their immeasurable greed and constant thirst for power, the thirteen most powerful Mages of all time doomed the land, hurling it into an endless spiral of chaos and despair. Entire countries were wiped out in the blink of an eye when the devastating power of the Elements was unleashed ? Elements summoned by dark rituals. Continents shattered like glass, the pieces strewn about like leaves in the wind. Huge armies, bound by the the power of ancient runes, brought war and destruction to the lands that survived the initial onslaught. All that was left were a few islands, connected by magic portals. Now, only a few years after the end of the Convocation, evil is back - stronger and more powerful than ever before ? to finish what was started. Yet there is still hope. The prophecies tell of a human. A human damned to immortality, bound forever by the power of the blood runes... Soon, the time will come when the power of one may change the destiny of many. For better or for worse. [JoWood]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.7
Bad Mojo: Redux 75.

Bad Mojo: Redux

Platform: PC
December 10, 2004
Bad Mojo has evolved into an unqualified cult classic, lauded by critics and fans alike. A testament to its originality, the game is still being reviewed by the gaming press. In this truly unique tale, "mad scientist" entomologist Roger Samms has been temporarily turned into a cockroach, leading to gritty discovery and exploration that sucks you in with great visuals, and keeps you playing with a poignant story. Clever obstacles bar your progress in the dark and intricate world of a dilapidated San Francisco building. [Got Game]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
6.7
Worms 3D 76.

Worms 3D

Platform: PC
March 12, 2004
Worms comes to PC and console in full 3-D, continuing to capture the true essence of the game as teams of worms battle across bizarre, randomly generated landscapes, or across finely crafted, custom-designed levels utilising an arsenal of devastating weapons. The gameplay remains unchanged, featuring turn-based fighting and relying on the player to judge the trajectory and strength of their shots in order to inflict maximum damage on opponents. All the favourite weapons such as bazooka, grenade, dynamite, air strike and sheep are present including some new additions. Defensive tactics can also be employed as you choose to dig in with buildings, trenches, sandbags or fortifications, while buildings on the landscapes can also provide shelter against attacks. Adapt your strategy according to the weapons available, landscape and each new opponent you play. With a multitude of tactics available, coupled with the ever-changing, randomly generated landscapes, no battle will ever be the same. Worms 3D is set in a more exciting and immersive game world than ever before, with the emphasis on great multi-player action and challenging single-player fun.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.1
Massive Assault Network 77.

Massive Assault Network

Platform: PC
April 13, 2004
Massive Assault Network is a hardcore online strategy game, based on the original Secret Allies political concept. You will be fighting for global domination on one of 8 distant planets against live opponents via Internet. The game is set in fascinating 3D sci-fi environment. Revolutionary Dynamic Turn-Based Gameplay. Time-proven "Secret Allies" concept provides instant intrigue & endless replayability. Ladder, Tournaments & Clan Wars. Take part in individual and team-based competitions. Live Mentors & Friendly Online Community Train with dedicated live Mentors. Use Built-in Chat to find opponents & get help from other players. Fascinating 3D Engine. State-of-the-art unit and terrain graphics revolutionary for TBS genre. Free Training with A.I. 8 Training Missions, 3 Scenarios and one planet for World Wars. Unlimited Trial Period. Play any number of World War games vs live players on beautiful "Emerald" planet. [Wargaming.net]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
4.3
TrackMania (2003) 78.

TrackMania (2003)

Platform: PC
July 8, 2004
A cutting edge blend of arcade, SIM and puzzle games, TrackMania is set to be the first in a new and unique genre of racing game that will truly bring the game back in to gameplay. Using the simple and intuitive editor, players can let their imaginations run wild and build their own crazy tracks, modifying them block-by-block, to create complex and spectacular tracks. Then, when the tracks are completed, players can test their creations in real-time, and experience all the fun and excitement of high-speed racing. [Nadeo]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.1
Sacred 79.

Sacred

Platform: PC
March 25, 2004
Sacred's Dynamic World of Exploration. Unlike any other fantasy action RPG, Sacred offers players an enormous world comprised of 16 regions with virtually unlimited opportunities for exploration. This world contains highly detailed landscapes, complete with villages and towns and even a day/night cycle with varying weather systems. Regions vary from forests and mountains to deserts, catacombs and ice-covered landmasses. More than three quarters of the world are open to the players from the very start - no unlocks needed. [Encore Software]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.7
Nemesis of the Roman Empire 80.

Nemesis of the Roman Empire

Platform: PC
March 25, 2004
(Also known as "The Punic Wars: A Clash of Two Empires") In the height of its glory Carthage was the greatest power in the ancient world. With trade routes throughout the entire Mediterranean there the was no other nation to dispute its strength. Goods, gold and slaves poured in to the majestic city ? the source of its might. Countless mercenaries armies were constantly bought to ensure that all who threatened Carthage or its interest would be dealt with. However, another Empire was also on the rise. The city of Rome too had begun to gain strength. The Romans soon decided openly to challenge their Carthaginian rivals. The time of the Punic Wars had begun. [Enlight Software]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.3
The Egyptian Prophecy 81.

The Egyptian Prophecy

Platform: PC
March 30, 2004
(Also known as "Egypt III: The Fate of Ramses") Ramses II is dying and with him the glory of Egypt shall fall. Amon-Ra, the Sun-God, promises to extend his life in exchange for the most magnificent temple ever built. Trouble is not far away as the building site for the temple is affected by a number of sinister incidents. Maia, a young priestess, must solve the mystery behind these events and save the life of the Pharaoh. Travel along the Nile and explore magnificent locations and monuments such as: Karnak, Memphis, and the labyrinth of Ptah. Interact with various characters and encounter Egyptian gods, including: Osiris, Seth, Isis and Ptah. Decipher an array of intriguing 3D real-time puzzles set in breath-taking environments. Easily concoct sacred potions and perform ancient Egyptian rituals using the customized game interface and inventory. Scour the in-game encyclopedia for historically accurate information on rituals, ancient monuments and artifacts, and Egyptian mythology. [DreamCatcher Interactive]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
5.8
Final Fantasy XI: Chains of Promathia 82.

Final Fantasy XI: Chains of Promathia

Platform: PC
September 21, 2004
Chains of Promathia is an expansion pack to Final Fantasy XI, which brings more exciting adventures, features, and locations for all levels of gamers. The first cross-platform, cross-continent MMORPG, Final Fantasy XI, allows gamers to connect to the same exact world regardless of whether they are playing on a personal computer or a PS2 and whether they are playing in North America or Japan. [Square Enix]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.6
Blitzkrieg: Rolling Thunder 83.

Blitzkrieg: Rolling Thunder

Platform: PC
November 30, 2004
Get involved! Epic 18 mission campaign with the American legend General Patton. Follow Patton from the landing in Casablanca through seven countries: Fight for Northern Africa, Operation Husky (battle for Sicily 1943), breakout from the Normandy bridgehead (Operation Cobra), the Race through France, Battle of the Bulge, Rhine crossing near Oppenheim, Commando Hammelburg (Patton's attempt to free his son-in-law from German imprisonment) and the capture of a secret underground weapon factory in Pilsen. [CDV]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.1
Anarchy Online: Alien Invasion 84.

Anarchy Online: Alien Invasion

Platform: PC
August 31, 2004
The new alien menace threatens all of the citizens of Rubi-Ka as the planet is suddenly invaded. A massive call to arms is sounded across the planet as the players rally to defend their own cities against the alien hordes. The players can also fight their way into the heart of invading spaceships, gaining riches, fame and power. [Funcom]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
6.9
Crusader Kings 85.

Crusader Kings

Platform: PC
September 28, 2004
Crusader Kings is a strategy game based on the award-winning and highly successful "Europa Universalis" engine. It focuses on the feudal kingdoms of medieval Europe in the time period of 1066 to 1453 A.D. The map covers all of Europe, stretching roughly to the Urals in the east and including parts of Persia and the Arabian Peninsula as well as the coast of North Africa. The player is the leader of a glorious dynasty. Increase the greatness of your lands and your treasure coffins, build Cathedrals and Castles, and combat Highway Robber Bands and defecting vassals. Introduce laws and set taxes, interact with hundreds of courtiers and nobles. Historical multiple-choice events will spawn from the actions of your monarch. [Strategy First]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.6
Time of Defiance 86.

Time of Defiance

Platform: PC
September 28, 2004
Time of Defiance is an online-only massively multiplayer strategy game in real-time set across the huge landscape of a shattered world. Fight for conquest of the islands and mine their mineral wealth to expand your empire. Every other empire you encounter is another human and will remember the deals you didn't deliver on and the promises you broke. Treachery, propaganda and trade are just as important as your fighting strategy. Have you got what it takes to unite the Cog tribes under one ruler? [Nicely Crafted]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
6.8
Vietcong: Fist Alpha 87.

Vietcong: Fist Alpha

Platform: PC
February 4, 2004
First Alpha is the official expansion pack to Vietcong. Introducing an array of new characters, weapons and aircraft along with new single and mulit-play missions. "First Alpha" - your US Special Forces team are in the 'Nam facing the deadliest of enemies encountered on any battlefield - the Vietgong. Introducing Warren Douglas SFC and Ngueyn Nham joining First Alpha and appearing alongside five members of the original Special Forces unit. Original Vietcong game required to play. [Gathering of Developers]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.5
Beyond Divinity 88.

Beyond Divinity

Platform: PC
April 28, 2004
You are a servant of the Divine - scourge of necromancers and sorcerers alike. Your purpose in life is to fight all that is evil using any means possible. Your dilemma? during an intense battle with one of the great necromancers, a demon drags you into its universe. There you are soul-forged with a Death-knight. You are cursed and destined to spend the rest of eternity bonded to this creature of evil. Or maybe not... The Death-knight dislikes the soul forging as much as you do and together you embark on a great adventure. You both have a common goal - to undo the soul forging. You and your unlikely companion quickly figure out that the only way to rid this curse is if you unlock the secret of riftrunning ? an ancient art that allowed the prison universe?s indigenous population to travel between universes. Your quest is set: To become a Riftrunner! [Hip Games]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.5
Warlords Battlecry III 89.

Warlords Battlecry III

Platform: PC
May 19, 2004
It was only a matter of time before the Selentine Merchants ventured too far from their trade routes, over the South Seas, searching for rich lands that might lay beyond. But they were unprepared for the terrors they would awaken, and the devastation they would unleash upon the world of Etheria. At first, the southern continent seemed a peaceful, idyllic place - warm and tropical. But that would soon change. Although rich in gold and silver, the Selentines soon met the inhabitants of this new land - snake-like creatures who called themselves Ssrathi and their land¡K Keshan. They were names that would come to be feared in later years. The Selentines slew these first Ssrathi and took their gold, thinking them simple and primitive. But Nature too is simple and primitive, and it wields the most destructive powers and so it was with the Ssrathi. Their empire was large, their knowledge of magic extensive, and their Shaman-King, Iriki, was a creature whom even the Gods rightly feared. The war that followed would change the face of Etheria forever. Join with the many races of Etheria as you fight your way through the ruins, jungles and deserts of the southern continent of Keshan, searching for new lands to conquer, and the treasure with which you might build an Empire. Or take the role of the Ssrathi the snakemen of Keshan as they repel the invaders and then unleash the full might of their empire upon the northern realms! [Enlight Software]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.5
Scrapland 90.

Scrapland

Platform: PC
November 4, 2004
(Also known as "American McGee's Scrapland") Scrapland is a third-person 3-D action-adventure game set in a futuristic robotic world where humans are feared and frowned upon. The game delivers a solidly engaging, sometimes humorous adventure narrative that combines a unique blend of combat and racing. Players take on the role of D-Tritus, an intergalactic traveler who finds himself involved in a series of mysterious murders committed in a world where death had been previously unheard of. With the ability to transform into any of 15 character types each with their own unique powers and the skill to pilot hundreds of gunships found in the game, D-Tritus attempts to solve this murderous conspiracy plaguing the city of Chimera. Control hundreds of ships, each with their own variation in handling depending on weight, power and aerodynamics. Create your own fleet and build customized gunships based on plans found in the game. [Enlight Software]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.2
Silent Hill 3 91.

Silent Hill 3

Platform: PC
April 6, 2004
Silent Hill 3 continues the series' trademark brand of psychological horror and terrifying gameplay. As a teenage girl named Heather, players must explore and unravel the mysterious connection between the god-forsaken town and her inner fears. With enhanced graphical detail, a more complex storyline, and even more grotesque monsters than the previous games, Silent Hill 3 promises to be the best horror adventure ever. Features new monsters, items and weapons, including a submachine gun. [Konami]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.3
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword 92.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword

Platform: PC
March 9, 2004
Command Team RAINBOW, the world's most elite, multinational squad of counter-terrorist operatives, as they track the desperate remnants of a dangerous terrorist organization into exotic regions of the Mediterranean to prevent their agenda of international anarchy and destruction. Athena Sword boasts a host of standout features, including: All-new, eight-mission campaign in locations including Italy, Croatia, and Greece; Eight new Multiplayer levels; Five new multiplayer game modes; Three "classic" missions; Seven additional real-world weapons (for a whopping total of 64); Weapon sound effects from the team that worked on the blockbuster film The Matrix. [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.1
Zoo Tycoon 2 93.

Zoo Tycoon 2

Platform: PC
November 11, 2004
Featuring 30 incredibly detailed animals, a dazzling array of building tools and objects, a new zoom feature, and 3D graphics that allow players to keep a closer eye on the action and craft more creative zoos, Zoo Tycoon 2 is set to crank up the excitement, challenge, and fun of building the ultimate zoo. Easy to start and easy to play, Zoo Tycoon 2 gets you up close and interacting with the animals and zoo, offering intuitive controls and fun tutorials that allow players of all ages to enjoy the game right out of the box. From the start, you'll be immersed in the zoo experience with new features including the Zoo Guest mode, in which you can walk around and enjoy the game like visitors on a day at the zoo; Zookeeper mode, which allows you to interact with your animals as never before; and a new Photo mode, which lets you snap pictures of your favorite animals and guests and share them online with friends. Zoopedia, detailing all types of entertaining and interesting facts about animals, rounds out the new and improved features of the upcoming game. Unlike the original Zoo Tycoon, the new version allows players to participate in up to three challenging gameplay types: Campaign, Freeform, and Sandbox. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.9
The Political Machine 94.

The Political Machine

Platform: PC
August 12, 2004
The Political Machine is a new strategy game in which you are the campaign manager for a candidate for President of the United States. Choose a political party, put together the dream presidential ticket and go for it. Based on the real world, The Political Machine gives would-be candidates the taste of the challenge real candidates face. Fund raising, campaigning, building support, going on "The O'Maley Factor" and other cable news shows to answer the tough questions, and more. The Political Machine is both a single player game against the computer and multiplayer against other players on the Internet. Scores can be optionally recorded to the Metaverse here on PoliticalMachine.com. The game is currently in internal alpha and will be released in May of 2004. The beta should be available in mid March. On the other hand, PoliticalMachine.com has been designed not just as place to download and use the game but as neutral ground for political junkies to discuss the issues of the day with other players from around the world. Create your own articles, hang out in the forum, and become part of this new political discussion community. [Stardock]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
5.4
Uru: The Path of the Shell 95.

Uru: The Path of the Shell

Platform: PC
July 7, 2004
Uru: The Path of the Shell is the third piece of Myst's Uru adventure. This adventure's complete boxed set, Uru: Complete Chronicles, includes the content in Uru: Ages Beyond Myst, Myst Uru: To D?ni (the free downloadable expansion released in February) and Uru: The Path of the Shell. The Path of the Shell challenges and rewards players with many new puzzles, new clothing options (including reward clothing), new player journals, technical features (including swimming), and five all-new Relto customization options. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.0
Space Interceptor: Project Freedom 96.

Space Interceptor: Project Freedom

Platform: PC
November 9, 2004
Challenging ? but not too complex ? gameplay and high caliber effects are accessible to all gamers yet engaging enough for even the most experienced players. Blaze through enemy fleets and turrets around massive spaceships, tumbling asteroid fields and snaking planetside canyons. Shadows and lights dance through the galaxy in real-time as your ship darts between guns, missiles and explosions, all of which create their own light source. Your wingmen take care of themselves and will actually assist you in missions, requiring no input. The weapons system -- with Ship-to-Ship missiles, Ship-to-Ground missiles, photon torpedoes, and a plasma glob launcher in addition to the primary lasers, all on the ship simultaneously ? is enough to satisfy any gun nut. Particularly entertaining is how every explosion in the game blows up magnificently, with columns of light racing into the sky as energy pierces through spectrums. [Merscom]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
6.6
Starshatter 97.

Starshatter

Platform: PC
July 1, 2004
Starshatter represents the next generation of space combat simulation games. Starshatter extends the gameplay concepts of the classic sims by combining fighter and starship combat in a single game. You begin the game as either a fighter pilot or the captain of a small Frigate-class starship. As you progress through the game, you can earn promotions and awards until you are commanding a massive fleet carrier with three wings of fighters and a complete escort of warships. Starshatter promotes airborne fighter combat to a first-class game component, allowing you to take-off and land at planetary bases, engage in aerial dogfights, and use air-to-ground missiles to destroy ground targets. Starshatter also integrates elements of real-time-strategy games by allowing fleet commanders to direct the battle on a tactical level, launching fighters and directing destroyers to defend the fleet and annihilate enemy forces. You will arm fighters for patrol or strike missions. You will send orders to your escorting destroyers and frigates to engage enemy starships or defend the fleet from attack by enemy fighters. You are the admiral, and you decide how to employ all of your forces in battle. It is all up to you. [Matrix Games]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.0
Sentinel: Descendants in Time 98.

Sentinel: Descendants in Time

Platform: PC
December 14, 2004
The Tastan civilization succumbed to extinction many years ago; their only legacy being the mysterious Tastan Caverns. Some believe the caverns hold an invaluable treasure, while others say great wealth is attained through the knowledge and technology left behind by this advanced race. Take on the role of Beni and search for the truth as you enter the Caverns on a dangerous quest for riches. As you begin your strange and perilous journey, a female sentinel, a holographic image with advanced A.I., positioned there by the ancient Tastans to guard their sacred caverns, awakens.She appears throughout your quest with a sometimes benign purpose, but other times with calculated intentions. You will soon realize that behind the mask of illusions, the sentinel is much more than she appears to be - her dark purpose will threaten your very existence. [Adventure Company]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
6.0
Men of Valor 99.

Men of Valor

Platform: PC
October 29, 2004
From the creators of the award-winning "Medal of Honor: Allied Assault" comes Men of Valor: Vietnam, 2015?s historical first-person shooter that portrays infantry combat during the Vietnam War. Combining the latest Unreal technology with the gameplay expertise of 2015, Men of Valor immerses you in the humid jungles of Southeast Asia in the most controversial conflict of the modern era. Experience the intensity of the historical battlefield recreated with cunning AI, detailed graphics, and interactive scripted sequences that put you in the middle of scenes like those in the finest war films. Battle your way through the major actions in the conflict, from search and destroy missions around Danang airbase to the Tet offensive and the counterattack on Hue. Or experience the entire thrilling tour of duty with friends via various multiplayer modes, which allow you to view the war from the perspective of the Viet Cong guerillas as well as U.S. forces. [Vivendi Universal]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
6.0
Desert Rats vs. Afrika Korps 100.

Desert Rats vs. Afrika Korps

Platform: PC
March 31, 2004
Desert Rats vs Afrika Korps is a real-time 3D tactical strategy game set in the North Africa campaigns of World War II. Command up to 70 different units on recon, search & destroy and siege operations in the African desert. Experience 20 engaging missions from the single player Axis & Allied campaigns and fight with up to four friends in multiplayer ? all with beautifully detailed graphics, realistic damage and weather effects. [Encore Software]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.5
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