Game Releases by Score

The Orange Box 1.

The Orange Box

Platform: PC
October 10, 2007
Games included in The Orange Box compilation: The original Half-Life 2 - 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. Half-Life 2: Episode One - The player reprises his role of Dr. Freeman, who must immediately face the repercussions of his actions in City 17 and the Citadel. Freeman reconnects with Alyx Vance and her robot, Dog, as they continue their support of the resistance's battle against the Combine forces. Half-Life 2: Episode Two -- the second installment in Valve's episodic trilogy advances the award-winning story, leading the player to new locations outside of City 17. Portal - a pioneering type of single player action game that rewrites the rules for how players approach and manipulate their environment – much like how Half-Life 2's Gravity Gun reinvented the way gamers interact with objects in the game. Team Fortress 2 - an all-new version of the legendary title that spawned team based multiplayer action games. The game's daring new art style features the most advanced graphics of any Source-based game released to date. [Valve Software]
Metascore:
96
User Score:
9.2
BioShock 2.

BioShock

Platform: PC
August 21, 2007
Going beyond "run and gun corridors," "monster-closet AIs" and static worlds, BioShock creates a living, unique and unpredictable FPS experience. After your plane crashes into icy uncharted waters, you discover a rusted bathysphere and descend into Rapture, a city hidden beneath the sea. Constructed as an idealistic society for a hand picked group of scientists, artists and industrialists, the idealism is no more. Now the city is littered with corpses, wildly powerful guardians roam the corridors as little girls loot the dead, and genetically mutated citizens ambush you at every turn. Take control of your world by hacking mechanical devices, commandeering security turrets and crafting unique items critical to your very survival. Upgrade your weapons with ionic gels, explosives and toxins to customize them to the enemy and environment. Genetically modify your body through dozens of Plasmid Stations scattered throughout the city, empowering you with fantastic and often grotesque abilities. Explore a living world powered by Ecological A.I., where the inhabitants have interesting and consequential relationships with one another that impact your gameplay experience. Experience truly next generation graphics that vividly illustrate the forlorn art deco city, highlighted by the most detailed and realistic water effects ever developed in a video game. Make meaningful choices and mature decisions, ultimately culminating in the grand question: do you exploit the innocent survivors of Rapture...or save them? [2K Games]
Metascore:
96
User Score:
8.6
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 3.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Platform: PC
November 5, 2007
As Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare's single player campaign unfolds, the player is introduced to new gameplay at every turn – one moment you are fast-roping from your Black Hawk helicopter after storming into the war zone with an armada of choppers, the next you are a sniper, under concealment, in a Ghillie suit miles behind enemy lines, the next you are engaging hostiles from an AC-130 gunship thousands of feet above the battlefield. Mixed with explosive action, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare also delivers special effects, including use of depth of field, rim-lighting, character self-shadowing, real time post-processing, texture streaming as well as physics-enabled effects. Infinity Ward deployed a dedicated team from the start to deliver a new level of depth to multiplayer. Building on the hit "Call of Duty 2" online experience, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare's new multiplayer provides the community an addictive and accessible experience to gamers of all levels. [Activision]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.5
Team Fortress 2 4.

Team Fortress 2

Platform: PC
October 10, 2007
Team Fortress 2 (TF2) is the sequel to the game that put class-based, multiplayer team warfare on the map. TF2 delivers new gametypes, a signature art style powered by Valve’s next generation animation technology, persistent player statistics, and more. Unlike other "class-based" games that offer a variety of combat classes only, Team Fortress 2 packs a wild variety of classes which provide a broad range of tactical abilities and personalities, and lend themselves to a variety of player skills. Play as the flame-throwing Pyro, the room clearing Heavy, or the Spy, a master of disguises. Other classes include: Scout, Sniper, Medic, Engineer, Demoman, or Soldier. TF2 features the most advanced graphics of any Source-based game released to date – and the most exciting class-based action ever created. [Valve]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
9.1
Crysis 5.

Crysis

Platform: PC
November 13, 2007
Crysis is a next-generation PC first-person shooter from Crytek, the award-winning developers of "Far Cry." It is 2020, and global tensions have reached boiling point as the U.S. and North Korea square off in the South China Sea. At stake: a mysterious artifact uncovered by a team of U.S. archeologists. The North Korean government quickly seizes the area, prompting the U.S. to dispatch an elite team of Delta Force operatives on a rescue mission. During the siege the true nature of the artifact quickly emerges, pointing to the existence of an alien presence on Earth, and ultimately the trigger for a massive-scale alien invasion. The battle to save Earth begins as the aliens' flash freeze the tropics into a ghostly-white frozen landscape. As gamers take up arms against the aliens, they will be outfitted with customizable weapons and a high tech Nanosuit, allowing them to adapt their tactics and abilities to a hostile, ever-changing environment and a mysterious enemy. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.1
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 6.

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade

Platform: PC
January 16, 2007
Several years have passed since the Burning Legion's defeat at Mount Hyjal and the races of Azeroth have continued to rebuild their once shattered lives. With renewed strength, the heroes of the Horde and Alliance have begun to explore new lands and broken through the Dark Portal to investigate the realms beyond the known world. Will these heroes find friends or foes? What dangers and rewards lie in wait beyond the Dark Portal? And what will they do when they discover that the demons they thought vanquished have returned to renew their terrible Burning Crusade? New Player Races: New allies will join the game, expanding the story line and allowing players to develop powerful new characters within the world. Higher Level Limit: The game's level cap is being raised to 70, and with these new levels will come meaningful spell, ability, and talent upgrades for each character class. New Lands and Battlegrounds: Explore the magical realms of the Blood Elves and Draenei, journey through the Dark Portal into untamed Outland, and visit dungeons and battlefields previously inaccessible to players. Flying Mounts: In Outland, players will gain access to unique airborne mounts that will allow for smoother travel over some of that region's more hazardous terrain. [Blizzard]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.1
Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar 7.

Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar

Platform: PC
February 14, 2007
The year is 2226 and the Drengin Empire reigns supreme across the galaxy. But something utterly evil is devouring the Drengin Empire from within. Expand your Galactic Civilizations II experience with espionage agents, player designed opponents, new alien races, new ships, unique planetary environments, asteroid fields, improved graphics and much more. [Stardock]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
7.9
Portal 8.

Portal

Platform: PC
October 10, 2007
Portal is a new single player game from Valve. Set in the mysterious Aperture Science Laboratories, Portal has been called one of the most innovative new games on the horizon and offers gamers hours of unique gameplay. The game is designed to change the way players approach, manipulate, and surmise the possibilities in a given environment; similar to how Half-Life 2's Gravity Gun innovated new ways to leverage an object in any given situation. Players must solve physical puzzles and challenges by opening portals to maneuvering objects, and themselves, through space. [Valve]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
9.2
Half-Life 2: Episode Two 9.

Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Platform: PC
October 10, 2007
Half-Life 2: Episode Two is the second in a trilogy of new games created by Valve that extends the award-winning and best-selling Half-Life adventure. As Dr. Gordon Freeman, you were last seen exiting City 17 with Alyx Vance as the Citadel erupted amidst a storm of unknown proportions. In Episode Two, you must battle and race against Combine forces as you traverse the White Forest to deliver a crucial information packet stolen from the Citadel to an enclave of fellow resistance scientists. Episode Two extends the award-winning Half-Life gameplay with unique weapons, vehicles, and newly-spawned creatures. [Valve]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
9.1
World in Conflict 10.

World in Conflict

Platform: PC
September 18, 2007
War is Coming Home. West Germany, 1989. To avoid certain collapse, the Soviet army boldly advances into Europe. NATO responds only to be met on a second front -- a diversionary attack on the American homeland. You are a field commander, leading the era’s most powerful military machines in the campaign to retake America’s cities and suburbs. Superpowered Warfare - Unleash the arsenals of the great military superpowers in the gripping single-player story created by best-selling author and Cold War authority, Larry Bond. MassTech Engine - The latest version of Massive’s proprietary engine allows for a full 360° range of camera control, allowing you to get right down into the midst of battle. Demolish Everything - Destroy every object in the game – crush cars, destroy buildings, burn forests! Drop-in Multiplayer - Join on-going games and immediately help your team take control of the map. [Sierra]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.1
Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts 11.

Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts

Platform: PC
September 24, 2007
Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts, the next chapter in the real-time strategy franchise from Relic Entertainment is powered by an upgraded version of Relic's proprietary Essence Engine with full Microsoft DirectX 10 support. Opposing Fronts features two unique armies with full length campaigns. Players can fight as the tenacious British 2nd Army during the heroic World War II liberation of Caen, France, or command the German Panzer Elite as they struggle to repel the might of Operation Market Garden, the largest airborne invasion in history. Players can battle online in exciting new multiplayer modes with these two all-new armies and utilize full compatibility with the original Company of Heroes for a total of four playable armies. [THQ]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.6
Gears of War 12.

Gears of War

Platform: PC
November 6, 2007
Gears of War thrusts gamers into a deep and harrowing story of humankind’s epic battle for survival against the Locust Horde, a nightmarish race of creatures that surface from the bowels of the planet. With Gears of War, Epic returns gamers to the massively scoped worlds, memorable characters, co-operative gameplay, and hyper-realistic combat that gamers have come to expect from the franchise, plus a few new surprises. Gears of War features locations that are unique to the franchise and the genre. Players encounter all of their favorite foes from the Xbox 360 version; however, these intense encounters take place in some new environments and allow players to manipulate the new game modes and technology found only in a Games for Windows title. Boasting three new multiplayer maps, a new multiplayer game type, game editor, five new campaign chapters, and DirectX 10support, Gears of War, challenges and pushes the limits of the PC gaming experience and provide an unparalleled visual presentation. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.7
Supreme Commander 13.

Supreme Commander

Platform: PC
February 20, 2007
For a millennium, three opposing forces of humanity--the Cybran Nation, the Aeon Illuminate and the United Earth Federation--have fought a bitter and bloody war over conflicting and unwavering systems of belief. There is no room for compromise. No room for mercy. No room for anything but the complete eradication of anyone with opposing belief systems. Labeled the Infinite War, this horrific conflict has shattered a once peaceful galaxy and only served to deepen the hatred and schisms between the three factions. Now, after centuries of struggle, the battle for supremacy has at long last reached a turning point. You are a Supreme Commander, and only you have the power to bring the Infinite War to an end once and for all. Set in the 37th century, Supreme Commander signals the next evolution in the RTS genre by being the first strategy game to deliver a truly strategic and tactical experience. [THQ]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.3
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword 14.

Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword

Platform: PC
July 23, 2007
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword is the second expansion pack for Civilization IV and focuses on the late-game time periods after the invention of gunpowder and delivers 12 challenging and decidedly different scenarios created by the development team at Firaxis Games, as well as members of the Civilization Fan Community. Firaxis Games delivers a massive increase in new units, buildings, and technologies to the epic game with additional focus on the late-game time periods. The expansion pack includes ten new civilizations, such as Portugal, Babylon and Netherlands and their associated unique units and buildings. Sixteen new civilization leaders including leaders for the ten new civilizations, as well as additional leaders for existing civilizations. A new gameplay feature allows players to create corporations and spread them throughout the world. Each corporation provides benefits in exchange for certain resources. Now available much earlier in the game, an espionage feature offers players many new ways to spy on opponents, stir citizen unrest and defend their government's secrets. New random events such as natural disasters, pleas for help, or demands from their citizens will challenge players to overcome obstacles in order for their civilizations to prosper. Five new wonders await discovery including the Statue of Zeus, Cristo Redentor, Shwedagon Paya, the Mausoleum of Maussollos, and the Moai Statues. Winning the race to Alpha Centauri now requires more strategic planning and tactical decision making. Apostolic Palace: The United Nations becomes available earlier in the game, providing a way for players to win a diplomatic victory earlier. New resolutions will also be added which will expand the available diplomatic options. Advanced Starts: A major fan request, this new feature enables players to "buy" components of a custom-tailored empire and begin play in the later part of the game, allowing them to experience many of the new features of the expansion pack in a shorter amount of time. Enhanced AI: The AI has received many enhancements, making it tougher to beat on the higher difficulty levels. [2K Games]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.5
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2008 15.

Worldwide Soccer Manager 2008

Platform: PC
October 23, 2007
(Also known as "Worldwide Soccer Manager 2008") Football Manager returns before Christmas packed full of new features for fans of the much-acclaimed series from Sports Interactive to feast their eyes on. Transfer Center - A new way of managing all current transfer and loan bids for your club, both incoming and outgoing, making it easier to compare bids and reject or accept them. Finance Revamp - Sports Interactive have updated the finance area of Football Manager 2008 to better reflect the ever-changing modern football world. More information is available to the manager too, including, but not limited to, corporate matchday income, season ticket news, investment funds, improved sponsorships, collective win bonuses and the ability to move around funds from the wage budget and transfer budget (and vice versa) at any point to help you in your quest for the ideal squad. International Management - The international management gameplay has been completely revamped for Football Manager 2008, including, but not limited to, media improvements, international retirements, player interaction, international scouting, improved national pool selection, captain selection and a separation of international and club morale for players. Match Flow - The largest change to matchdays in a Sports Interactive game since the introduction of the 2D match engine. Match flow brings more atmosphere to matchdays with match previews, team talks, opposition player instructions, the match itself, half time and post match now seamlessly following on from one another. There's no more pausing to make tactical changes and you'll find a mini-radar pitch whilst making those tactical changes to keep you in touch with what's going on in the match. [Sega Europe]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.5
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar 16.

The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar

Platform: PC
April 24, 2007
The only massively-multiplayer role-playing game set in J.R.R. Tokien's Middle-earth. Travel with your Fellowship in the fight against the forces of Sauron. Across the wide lands of Middle-earth, the Free Peoples must face the threatening Shadow growing in the East. All of Mordor is stirring as Sauron dispatches the Nazgûl to hunt for the Ring. The rumor of war brings forth many eager adventurers who will find their place among the great events of the Third Age. High deeds call to the willing, for their time is at hand. Hundreds of thousands of people will enter the perpetual world of Middle-earth for the very first time. Prepare yourself to choose a path amongst the likes of Elves, Dwarves, and Humans. Will you choose to fight for the things that bring peace to the land or will you add to the corruption of Middle-earth as the forces of Sauron move swiftly to extinguish all that is good? [Turbine]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.0
IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946 17.

IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946

Platform: PC
March 13, 2007
Oleg Maddox's Il-2 Sturmovik series of flight simulators continues to expand. The latest offering, Il-2 1946, adds 36 new planes, four new gigantic maps, over a hundred new ground objects, and nearly 200 new campaign missions. This new opus also includes all of the previous Il-2 series content. What began as a one-aircraft study sim is now an astonishing anthology, with a whopping 229 flyable aircraft and over 300 aircraft total! Not to mention that players will have the opportunity to get a first glance at the future of the series arriving next year: Storm of War Battle of Britain via exclusive bonus videos.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.7
The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles 18.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles

Platform: PC
March 26, 2007
Shivering Isles features more than 30 hours of new gameplay and allows you to explore an entirely new plane of Oblivion – the realm of Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness. Shivering Isles adds to the existing world of Oblivion so you can continue playing with your existing save game/character, or create an all new character just to explore the new content. Within the Realm of Sheogorath, players can explore the two extreme sides of the god's madness – the sublimely creative and the completely psychotic. Something is happening to the Shivering Isles and Sheogorath himself looks to you to be his champion and defend his realm and its inhabitants from destruction. Do you have the strength to survive his trials, tame a realm fraught with paranoia and despair, and wear the mantle of a God? The Shivering Isles features a bizarre landscape split between the two sides – Mania and Dementia-filled with vast, twisting dungeons mirroring the roots of the trees they are buried within. You'll encounter more than a dozen new creatures including hideous insects, Flesh Atronachs, skeletal Shambles, amphibious Grummites. Throughout your adventure, you will discover all new items, ingredients, spells, and more, and have the talented craftsmen of Crucible and Bliss forge new armor and weapons just for you. [Bethesda Softworks]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.3
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars 19.

Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars

Platform: PC
March 26, 2007
It is 2047 and the stakes could not be higher. Tiberium—a self-replicating alien substance that has infected the Earth—is spreading like a radioactive ice age. The GDI, a high-tech alliance of the world’s most advanced nations, is fighting to contain Tiberium, but Kane, the megalomaniacal leader of The Brotherhood of NOD has other plans for Earth. Kane’s secret society turned superpower is bent on using Tiberium to take control and transform humanity into his twisted vision of the future. All-out war rages over Tiberium and the fate of the planet rests in the balance. Experience a revolution in RTS gaming with a single player campaign that rewards you for your gameplay style. Add layers of strategy to your gaming experience by building mobile bases, wielding the power of terrifying Ion Storms on the battlefield, or customizing your armies by combining units. Battle it out online with native voice-over IP, integrated clan support, and new spectator modes that let you play RTS games like a sport. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.0
Medieval II: Total War Kingdoms 20.

Medieval II: Total War Kingdoms

Platform: PC
August 28, 2007
Medieval II: Total War Kingdoms is the official expansion to Medieval II: Total War, presenting players with all-new territories to explore, troops to command, and enemies to conquer. Kingdoms features four new entire campaigns centered on expanded maps of the British Isles, Teutonic Northern Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. In Medieval II, players were only given a glimpse of South America, but in Kingdoms, vast tracts of land in both North and South America have been opened up for players to conquer. All-new factions from the New World are also now fully playable, including the Aztecs, Apaches, and Mayans. Along with the new maps in the Britannia, Teutonic, Crusades, and New World Campaigns, there are 13 new factions to play, over 110 units to control, and 50 building types, adding up to 80 hours of new gameplay. Kingdoms also offers new multiplayer maps and hotseat multiplayer, a first for the Total War series, allowing players to play one-versus-one campaign games on the same computer. [Sega]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.8
Peggle Deluxe 21.

Peggle Deluxe

Platform: PC
March 6, 2007
Ready, aim... bounce! Clear the orange pegs from 55 fanciful levels as 10 whimsical teachers guide you toward Peggle greatness. Wield mystifying Magic Powers, rack up huge bonus points and make shots you'll smile about for weeks. Amidst all this fevered action, only one question remains: Can you become a Peggle Master? [PopCap Games]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.9
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords 22.

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords

Platform: PC
October 10, 2007
Designed specifically to entertain both casual and hardcore gamers with its deep immersion, five to fifteen minute play sessions and turn-based play style, Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords incorporates strategy, role-playing elements and a persistent storyline in a puzzle board setting. Set in the Warlords universe, the game challenges players to create, develop and customize the ultimate hero in order to save the land of Etheria from evil Lord Bane. To advance their character, players battle in turn-based, head-to-head "match-three" style puzzle games in one of three distinct gameplay modes: Single-player allows gamers to battle against the AI as they embark on over 150 challenging quests, Instant Action allows gamers to jump in and immediately play continuous battles to level-up characters without participating in quests, and Multiplayer allows gamers to battle live opponents. Victory will advance the player’s hero, magical arsenal, creature companions and more - ultimately rewarding gamers at nearly every turn and providing endless hours of replayability. [D3Publisher of America]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.8
DiRT 23.

DiRT

Platform: PC
June 19, 2007
(Formerly known as "Colin McRae Rally 2007" or "CMR '07") After a two-year break for the series, Codemasters Studios' designers have created a reinvigorated McRae experience. The new Colin McRae title goes beyond the series' point-to-point rallying to deliver the most diverse selection of extreme off-road competitions. Sensational gravel, mud and dirt racing events from the world over include perilous Hill Climb and collision-packed Rally Cross events. International rallying competitions are also featured, with official cars on tracks based on real roads and locations around the globe. The title also expands on beat-the-clock racing and includes events with multiple cars on track to satisfy anyone who wants to push their on-the-edge driving just that bit further. [Codemasters]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.4
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars 24.

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars

Platform: PC
October 2, 2007
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars pits the armies of Earth against the invading alien Strogg in the ultimate online strategic shooter. Featuring strategic team play, persistent character promotions, day and nighttime combat missions, and the universe's most powerful weapons and vehicles, the game transports players to the front lines of an epic new war for Earth. As the invasion begins, players choose to battle as one of five unique classes in either the EDF (Earth Defense Force - humans) or the barbaric alien Strogg armies, each augmented with specialist weapons and combat hardware. Troops utilize over 40 conventional and futuristic vehicles, deployable structures, and defense systems like quad-bikes, tanks, and alien walkers for epic ground assaults; or helicopters and anti-gravity ships to lend firepower from the air. Throughout each battle, teams establish bases, deploy defense structures, artillery, radar, and advanced forward-command systems into enemy territory while constructing and demolishing obstacles to speed progress and gain a tactical advantage over the enemy. Players can take on class specific missions or join a fireteam to utilize advanced command and communication options, including voice-chat and the game's context sensitive mission order system. With bitterly contested multi-battle campaigns, each soldier fights not only for victory, but to gain valuable skills, special rewards for team-play, and persistent military promotions and medals. [id Software]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.3
Unreal Tournament III 25.

Unreal Tournament III

Platform: PC
November 19, 2007
Players assume the role of a futuristic warrior engaged in contests of intense shooting battles against skilled opponents, controlled either by human contestants online or by A.I. These contests are fought with the most powerful sci-fi weapons and vehicles.Unparalleled graphical and physical realism from the latest Unreal Engine 3 technology delivers the most compelling First Person Shooter Experience to-date...online and offline. The weaponry is bigger and badder than ever. Destroy your opponent from a distance with the ever popular Link Gun or blast away at close range with the Bio Rifle. Battle against lightening fast A.I. in the deeper and richer single player tournament mode. Expanded Onslaught game type features two complete sets of high-tech vehicles, including the massive Leviathan, the terrifying Darkwalker, and a completely new way to get into the action...the Hoverboard. Fight side-by-side with or compete against new and returning characters from the UT franchise, all with enhanced abilities, extremely detailed looks and distinct personalities. Enhanced popular game types, including: Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, and Instagib CTF and more. Unreal Tournament 2007 provides seamless loading on servers in addition to improved matchmaking for more evenly matched competitors. Bundled with the award-winning Unreal Engine 3 Toolset. Build your own levels, gametypes, and more, or download the latest mods from the massive Unreal community. [Midway]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.0
Tomb Raider: Anniversary 26.

Tomb Raider: Anniversary

Platform: PC
June 5, 2007
Inspired by the first Tomb Raider videogame, originally released in 1996, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a totally new 2006 adventure for Lara, faithfully preserving the elements which made the original Tomb Raider such a classic. Using an enhanced "Tomb Raider Legend" game engine, the graphics, technology and physics bring Lara's adventure and pursuit of a mystical artefact known only as the Scion up to today’s technology standards and offer gamers a completely new gameplay experience. The puzzles are now more in depth and incorporate environmental interaction and physics driven solutions. The level design and flow of gameplay are inspired by the original videogame making Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary a brand new experience in gaming, while still invoking the nostalgia of the first adventure in Tomb Raiding. [Eidos Interactive]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.0
RACE 07: Official WTCC Game 27.

RACE 07: Official WTCC Game

Platform: PC
October 9, 2007
Real Cars. Real Racing. 300 Cars on 32 Tracks. Thats what it's all about in RACE 07. Enjoy 9 different racing classes, each with its own distinctive character. From the prestigious World Touring Car Championship to the insance speed of the F3000 class. These are just a few of the many cars and the classes featured in this ultimate racing curcuits or city tracks and see the track through the unique Helmet Camera or with the immersive Action Camera. Enjoy RACE 07 and esperience virtural racing like you've never expereinced it before. [Viva Media]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.8
EverQuest II: Rise of Kunark 28.

EverQuest II: Rise of Kunark

Platform: PC
November 13, 2007
Buried beneath a war-ruined land ravaged by centuries of conflict, a forgotten enemy rises. Exiled from their homeland and banished from Norrath’s history, an ancient race emerges to uncover artifacts long thought lost. Engage in all-new adventures as you embark on a crusade to reveal the truth of the wars between the reborn Iksar Empire and the Sarnak. Adventure awaits in the fabled land of Kunark. [Sony]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.6
Europa Universalis III 29.

Europa Universalis III

Platform: PC
January 23, 2007
Players can enjoy over 300 years of gameplay by starting at ANY date between 1453 and 1789. Nation building is flexible: decide your own form of government, the structure of your society, trade politics and much more. The great people and personalities of the past are on hand to support you. Take history in your hands and call personalities like Sir Isaac Newton, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or René Descartes to your court. A lush topographic map in full 3D allows for a rich and complete world view, and contains more than 1700 provinces and sea zones. Lead any one of more than 250 countries that originally existed during the game’s extensive time span. Have more than a thousand historical leaders and over 4000 historical Monarchs at your disposal. Manage more than 100 individual unit troops to secure as much power as possible. Co-operative multiplayer mode allows several players to work together to control a single nation. Customize your game: Europa Universalis III gives you the chance to customize and mod practically anything your heart may desire. [Paradox]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.4
Sam & Max Episode 105: Reality 2.0 30.

Sam & Max Episode 105: Reality 2.0

Platform: PC
March 29, 2007
With an internet crisis looming and a viral video game holding its players hostage, in this episode Sam and Max need to slip into a new reality to set things right. Can our heroes crack this virtual case in time to avoid a worldwide system failure? [Telltale Games]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.6
Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of The Betrayer 31.

Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of The Betrayer

Platform: PC
October 9, 2007
In Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer, players are transported back to the Forgotten Realms shortly after the events detailed in the original Neverwinter Nights 2. Following the climactic battle against the King of Shadows, the player awakens alone and stranded deep beneath the earth. Surrounded by a horde of evil spirits, the player embarks on an epic adventure that reveals his true destiny. Set in harsh, spirit-rich Rashemen, near the powerful nation of Thay, Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer presents players with an exciting new campaign; epic levels; dozens of new feats and spells; new races, base classes and prestige classes; new companions; new weapons, armor and crafting options; hordes of new monsters; and enhanced modding tools. [Atari]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.5
Aquaria 32.

Aquaria

Platform: PC
December 7, 2007
A massive ocean world, teeming with life and filled with ancient secrets. Join Naija, a lone underwater dweller in search of her family, as she explores the depths of Aquaria. She'll travel from hidden caves, shrouded in darkness, to beautiful, sunlit oases, all lovingly handcrafted by its two creators. Naija's story, narrated fully with voice overs, will become yours, as you join her on this magnificent adventure. Naija has the gift of the Verse. By singing songs, she can weave this force to change the waters around her. With each song Naija learns comes new abilities. With powerful songs, Naija is able to change form, giving players many options as to how to play the game. And with Aquaria's intuitive mouse-only control system, it's as easy to make Naija swim gracefully through the waters as it is to have her sing, cast spells, and engage in combat with the numerous dangerous creatures that inhabit Aquaria's waters. [Bit Blot]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.1
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl 33.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl

Platform: PC
March 20, 2007
The player will become a stalker, a guy who earns money from shoveling embers out of infernal oven of Chernobyl Zone. Returning from the radioactivity-blazing Zone, he will sell anomalous formations to underground dealers and scientists in research camps on the Zone border. With the money procured, the player will purchase equipment, weapons and protective suits allowing him to reach previously inaccessible areas. This is a role-playing game without growing experience of your character, without changing characteristics and levels. We want the player to develop his real mastery, moreover Stalker is an FPS/RPG game and much depends on his ability to fight. [GSC Game World]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.5
Sam & Max Episode 201: Ice Station Santa 34.

Sam & Max Episode 201: Ice Station Santa

Platform: PC
November 8, 2007
He's the most powerful opponent they've ever faced, an ancient being of myth – Santa Claus! With Christmas presents on the attack and carols of gunshots, Sam & Max must storm the North Pole to bring down a less-than-jolly foe. Can our heroes save the world's children from a holiday tainted by tears, turmoil, and Torture-Me-Elmer? Find out in the Season Two premiere, Ice Station Santa! [GameTap]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.5
Flight Simulator X: Acceleration 35.

Flight Simulator X: Acceleration

Platform: PC
October 23, 2007
The Flight Simulator X Acceleration Expansion Pack delivers an all new thrilling multiplayer race mode, new action-packed missions, and even more new content! Challenge friends in the new racing mode, or test your flight skills in the 20 new missions like being a NASA test pilot, performing search and rescue on an ocean liner, or navigating a whiteout blizzard in the backcountry. Also included are six new scenery maps including the famed Red Bull Air Race courses, and three new planes such as the F/A-18A Hornet, EH-101 Helicopter and P-51D Mustang. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.5
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance 36.

Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance

Platform: PC
November 6, 2007
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance is the next chapter in the critically acclaimed Supreme Commander franchise. The game continues the epic story following the Infinite War, featuring an all-new single-player campaign, a new faction and a myriad of innovative multiplayer features. More than one hundred new units will give players access to cutting-edge strategic options, including fully realized navies, orbital weaponry and advanced counter intelligence technologies. [THQ]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.8
The Witcher 37.

The Witcher

Platform: PC
October 30, 2007
The Witcher combines spectacular and visually stunning action with deep and intriguing storyline. The game is set in a world created by best-selling Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. The world shares many common features with other fantasy lands, but there are also some distinguishing elements setting it apart from others. The game features the player as a "Witcher", a warrior who has been trained to fight since childhood, subjected to mutations and trials that transformed him. He earns his living killing monsters and is a member of a brotherhood founded long ago to protect people from werewolves, the undead, and a host of other beasts. It's an action oriented, visually stunning, easy to use, single player RPG, with a deep and intriguing storyline. [CD Projekt]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.7
Jade Empire: Special Edition 38.

Jade Empire: Special Edition

Platform: PC
February 26, 2007
Step into the role of an aspiring martial arts master and follow the path of the Open Palm or Closed Fist. In this multi-award-winning action-RPG, your choices and actions will determine the fate of an empire. Will you prevent the destruction of this beautiful land or crush it beneath your heel? Are you a warrior who uses strength and fighting mastery to bring peace or will your power bring pain and ruin? Enhanced PC features include: Customizable, intuitive controls including support for game-pads and keyboard/mouse. Increased graphics resolutions and new visual effects. New monsters and enemies. New fighting styles. Improved combat AI and difficulty levels. New world map interface. Jade Empire: Special Edition is exclusively available for the PC and features increased graphic resolutions with new visual effects and fighting styles, as well as new monsters and enemies with enhanced AI. The game also includes customizable, intuitive controls and an all-new art book as part of the Special Edition bonus content. [BioWare]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.1
Overlord 39.

Overlord

Platform: PC
June 26, 2007
Controlling a mysterious figure that has inherited the legacy of the evil, long-dead Overlord, the player emerges, near death, from the ruins of the old Overlord's Dark Tower. Only the player's actions determine if they will rise to become the new all-powerful Overlord; it's all down to how much of a bad ass they want to be in order to succeed...evil or really evil! Played out with plenty of black humour and dark irony, the game immerses players in twisted parodies of classic fantasy scenarios and characters. Overlord's key innovation is the introduction of an array of impish creatures – the Minions. They believe you are the old Overlord reborn and will use their unique skills to fetch, fight and die for you. Throughout the game players actively control a horde of these gremlin-like critters and they follow your every instruction no matter how despotic or, for the Minions, life threatening it is. [Codemasters]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.1
Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties 40.

Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties

Platform: PC
October 23, 2007
Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties is the second expansion pack for Age of Empires III. Engaging gamers of all ages and types in epic warfare in the Eastern world, Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties will lead Japanese, Chinese and Indian civilizations to expand their empires. Playable Asian civilizations. Lead one of three unique Asian civilizations — Japan, China and India — to expand their empires and fight for control in the Eastern world. Each Asian civilization, led by powerful leaders, will have unique groups, armies and wonders, as well as buildings that reflect the culture’s architectural style. New gameplay elements. Extending upon the innovative gameplay of Age of Empires III, Age of Empires: The Asian Dynasties will introduce new ways of winning and trading, random map styles that feature remixes of classic Age of Empires game styles, and 15 new Asian Wonders. Returning to the historical, civilization-based single-player campaigns, Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties will offer gamers who enjoy the solo experience a chance to engage in strategic combat with Japan, China or India through several engrossing scenarios. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.5
Sam & Max Episode 104: Abe Lincoln Must Die! 41.

Sam & Max Episode 104: Abe Lincoln Must Die!

Platform: PC
February 22, 2007
The president's lost it. Federally mandated group hugs, a pudding embargo...what's next, gun control? Sam & Max are off to Washington to take care of this bozo, but the political climate will only get stormier...and a new power will rise. [TellTale Games]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.4
Titan Quest: Immortal Throne 42.

Titan Quest: Immortal Throne

Platform: PC
March 5, 2007
Titan Quest: Immortal Throne features an original storyline with more than 12 hours of single-player content per difficulty level. New game-play features include an all-new skill mastery that combines with existing masteries to form eight new playable character classes. Titan Quest: Immortal Throne also adds dozens of terrifying new monsters, hundreds of unique weapons and an additional 10 levels of character and skill development. [THQ]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.5
Test Drive Unlimited 43.

Test Drive Unlimited

Platform: PC
March 20, 2007
Test Drive Unlimited is the only game that immerses you into the car and bike enthusiast lifestyle, with total freedom to race however and wherever you want within a huge, online-persistent environment. Visit the most sophisticated car and bike dealers to purchase new vehicles or simply take them for a spin. Collect and trade rare performance parts and customize each vehicle to make it one-of-a-kind. Test Drive Unlimited challenges players online to experience the most exotic and fastest vehicles on more than 1000 miles of diverse Hawaiian roads. Gamers win races, challenges, missions and tournaments to earn credits and purchase new cars, bikes, rare performance parts, clothes, apparel, homes and garages. Features more than 125 licensed vehicles from exclusive manufacturers including Lamborghini, Ducati, Aston Martin, Mercedes, Saleen, Shelby, and Jaguar; Upgrade each car or bike with options from the actual manufacturers' catalog. Players create characters, buy new homes and garages, and tune and upgrade vehicles with aftermarket parts; Extracurricular activities such as expanding your garage, getting clothes and fashion accessories for your avatar, helping hitchhikers catch planes, picking up girls, chasing car thieves, and escaping from a psychopath. [Atari]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.1
Silent Hunter: Wolves of the Pacific 44.

Silent Hunter: Wolves of the Pacific

Platform: PC
March 20, 2007
Silent Hunter 4: Wolves of the Pacific takes players to the depths of the Pacific Ocean as the skipper of an American submarine. Immersed in this intense environment with the help of amazing graphics and sound, players will engage in massive battles with enemy units, manage and evolve an entire submarine crew, and earn promotions and commendations to ensure victory in the Pacific. Hollywood Blockbuster Experience: Lifelike graphics and spectacular audio/visual effects offer an incredibly immersive gaming experience. Innovative Crew Evolution: Earn upgrades and experience to help create the most effective naval force in the Pacific Theater. Immersive Single-Player Gameplay: Diverse mission objectives and events on more than 15 maps combined with unique rewards make each campaign a unique experience. Addictive New Online Adversarial Mode: Join forces with up to eight friends via LAN or four via Internet in either cooperative or adversarial gameplay modes. Scripted and generated mission types allow for epic online battles and unlimited replayability. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.1
Sword of the Stars: Born of Blood 45.

Sword of the Stars: Born of Blood

Platform: PC
June 5, 2007
Forged in the fires of advanced biotechnology, a new race has emerged from the shadows to threaten the SotS universe. Born of blood, driven by hunger and launched on a relentless search for the Gods that made them, these brutal warriors will stop at nothing to find "The Great Masters." As they tear the galaxy apart, a dark new chapter in the annals of interstellar conquest will begin. Bringing with it new strategies, new weapons, and a new view of "resources." They call themselves The Zuul. And they have uses for you. [GamersGate]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.7
Sam & Max Episode 106: Bright Side of the Moon 46.

Sam & Max Episode 106: Bright Side of the Moon

Platform: PC
April 26, 2007
What started out as a local mind-control scheme has grown to global proportions, and Sam & Max are off to the moon to save the entire planet from a lifetime of hypnotic enslavement. But when chaos collides with tranquility, have the Freelance Police finally met their match? [Telltale Games]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
6.9
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock 47.

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

Platform: PC
November 13, 2007
Fire up the fretboard, crank up the amp and get ready to rock like never before. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock drops you into the spotlight of the largest and most legendary rock concert ever. The star-studded soundtrack includes master tracks by such legendary artists as Guns N’ Roses, The Rolling Stones, Beastie Boys, Muse and Pearl Jam, with added songs as made legendary by Kiss, Alice Cooper and Heart. Now drop that air guitar, tune your exclusive new Les Paul Guitar Controller and shred the night away with Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. [Activision]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.6
Shadowgrounds Survivor 48.

Shadowgrounds Survivor

Platform: PC
November 14, 2007
Shadowgrounds Survivor is a spin-off/sequel to the underground PC hit Shadowgrounds, and it tells the story of three survivors who join forces with the last remaining human resistance in the heated battle against the ongoing alien onslaught. The atmosphere and gameplay mechanics of the original Shadowgrounds make a triumphant return armed with a new feature set. 3 playable characters, each with impressive new tactics. RPG-like upgrade system for weapons and characters; including special attacks such as the all-engrossing Napalm Flame and the mighty Brute Slayer. New gameplay features such as the Sentry Turret and the powerful Mech. Campaign mode short of filler and full of action, running parallel to the Shadowgrounds story and expanding it to new locations, including snow and ice environments, gritty sewers and the suffering New Atlantis colony. Survival mode where the player is pitted against hordes of alien monsters – the clock is ticking and they just keep on coming. New graphics enhancements, including raging snowstorm effects, new weapon effects and much more. Integrated physics that bring the world alive with hundreds of physics objects, taking the destruction to the next level. [Meridian4]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.5
Guild Wars: Eye of the North 49.

Guild Wars: Eye of the North

Platform: PC
August 28, 2007
Guild Wars players can embark on a journey that will take their existing characters into the treacherous reaches north of the Shiverpeak Mountains. There, they must stand side-by-side with both friends and enemies from the past, recruit new allies and heroes, and delve deep into perilous dungeons to face an ancient evil. The fate of the world hangs in the balance. One thing is certain; at the end of this battle, nothing will remain the same. In Guild Wars: Eye of the North, players encounter two new races: the enigmatic Asura, masters of magic who were driven from the depths by a great danger, and the fiercely independent Norn, who are more interested in contests of personal prowess than the troubles of the world around them. And as the Deldrimor Dwarves fight a desperate battle against a new evil welling up out of the earth, players once again come face-to-face with humanity's most-hated enemy—the Charr. Guild Wars: Eye of the North introduces another exciting feature to the Guild Wars legacy—multi-level dungeons. As the story of this expansion unfolds, players delve into eighteen vast dungeons to face untold enemies, search for clues about the menace facing the world, and uncover new weapons they can use in the final confrontation. These immersive, multi-level dungeons take characters deep beneath the earth and expose them to challenges the likes of which have never been seen in any Guild Wars game to date. [NCsoft]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.5
Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull 50.

Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull

Platform: PC
October 8, 2007
Bruno Bolet was the proud owner of the "Whisperer," a crystal skull rumored to protect its holder from almost any cause of death - except murder. When Bruno passed away, his nephew Henry came to wrap up his affairs, but he couldn't find the skull among the clutter of the creepy Bolet manor. You'll need to team up with Nancy's best friend Bess Marvin to find this mystical artifact before it falls into the wrong hands! [Her Interactive]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
6.8
The Sims 2 Seasons 51.

The Sims 2 Seasons

Platform: PC
February 27, 2007
Experiencing all four seasons for the first time – from seasonal activities to all-new outerwear for unpredictable weather – provides a whole new level of excitement for your Sims. Not only will your Sims experience the seasons changing in winter, spring, summer and fall, but each season will deliver unique benefits, impacting your Sims relationships, mood, skills, careers and more. And be sure to dress your Sims appropriately for the weather -- freezing, sunburn and other unexpected weather effects can occur. Whether you're strengthening family ties in winter, letting romance bloom in spring, deepening the bonds of friendship in summer, or fast-tracking your career in fall, the seasons have a whole new impact on your Sims' lives throughout the year. Avoid the heat; take a dip in the pool and play Marco Polo. Go skating on an ice rink; have snowball fights, build snowmen or make snow angels. Each season unfolds differently delivering stunning visuals of weather effects and seasonal changes including snow, rain, hail, lightning and more ensuring a unique gameplay experience for many seasons to come. Show Off Your Sims' Green Thumb; make your garden blossom and reap the rewards. And as an added bonus, crops that harvest at the peak time can produce varying juices that reap special benefits, from love potions and energy boosts to cold fighters and smart juices. Time to drink up! [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.5
Viva Pinata 52.

Viva Pinata

Platform: PC
November 6, 2007
Viva Piñata is a wacky, zany, and anything-can-happen comedy series that answers the question, for the first time ever, “Where do Piñatas come from?” In a lush environment on Piñata Island, a multitude of happy, colorful Piñatas live the sweet life, frolicking, dancing and filling themselves up with the most delicious goodies a child could ever want! Then they eagerly await the glorious day when they are ‘chosen’ by the Piñata Factory to attend birthday parties, and special celebrations all over the world, bringing joy, treats and tons o’ fun to kids of all ages. It’s no wonder that wherever the Piñatas go, they’re the life of the party. Viva Piñata is a window to fantastical world full of wild-roaming Piñata. Players choose from hundreds of elements to customize heir world in order to attract piñatas, foster good relationships among the 60+ piñata, and navigate the conflicts and dangers that threaten to break them open. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.8
Medal of Honor: Airborne 53.

Medal of Honor: Airborne

Platform: PC
September 4, 2007
Step into the boots of Boyd Travers, Private First Class of the 82nd Airborne Division and engage in battles throughout Europe. From rocky beginnings in Sicily to war-winning triumphs in Germany, each mission begins behind enemy lines, with an intense and fully interactive airdrop. Your ability to determine your own starting point dramatically changes the way each mission plays out. View the entire operation from the air, and then control your parachute to choose your landing spot. On the ground, gather your senses and assess the terrain. A wide variety of authentic, customizable weapons are at your disposal, each with distinct characteristics. Choose your path in this free roaming FPS environment. Medal of Honor Airborne also features exceptionally photo-realistic characters, adding to the intensity of the cinematic, story-driven game. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.3
Tabula Rasa 54.

Tabula Rasa

Platform: PC
October 30, 2007
Richard Garriott’s Tabula Rasa is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game that takes the player into lush forest planets, volcanic moons, and exotic alien civilizations. Face off against powerful alien soldiers, armored mechanoids, and vicious creatures! Use a wide range of weapons and unique alien powers to help the Allied Free Sentients (AFS) in their desperate fight against extinction. Tabula Rasa combines a vast, persistent game world and ongoing storyline with fast-paced action, resulting in a new approach to the design of multiplayer online games. Richard Garriott’s Signature Creative Vision – Features a rich storyline with culminating experiences, immersive tactile environments and a persistent plot. Take Role-playing to the Battlefield – Fast-paced action involving skill, stealth, and strategy combines with character growth and development (RPG) on a massive multiplayer scale. Unleash the Power of Logos – Alien technology allows you to harness the very fabric of the cosmos for healing, attacks, and more. Ethical Parables – Encounter ethical decisions while attempting to complete goals or missions that affect the people and environments around them. Battlefield Control Points – Entrenched positions on a given battlefield can change hands over the course of a battle and affect spawn points of both enemy and friendly characters. Character Cloning System – Innovative class system allows you to explore different character classes without leveling up a new character. Crafting & Economy – Participate in crafting and selling items. Player-vs-Player – Challenge other players in voluntary PvP mode. Integrated Voice Chat – Allows hands-free communication on the battlefield. [NCSoft]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.7
Universe at War: Earth Assault 55.

Universe at War: Earth Assault

Platform: PC
December 10, 2007
Developed by Petroglyph, this combat-intensive real-time strategy game enlists players in an epic struggle to prevent total alien domination of planet Earth. Universe at War: Earth Assault is set in the near-future when multiple factions from across the galaxy have come to Earth to wage epic warfare. Containing numerous features and customization options never-before-seen in the RTS genre, Universe at War: Earth Assault creates an exceptional strategy experience for single-player and especially multiplayer battles. The game employs a unique balance system called "Tactical Dynamics" that allows players to retrain and customize units in the midst of battle to better cope with enemy forces and tactical situations. Weaponry and defenses can be modified in true real-time to take advantage of constantly shifting battlefield conditions. Fully customizable tech trees allow players to control the development of technologies that they deem key to victory. Battles in Universe at War: Earth Assault are large in scope and take place in malleable and deforming environments. Deadly sci-fi weapons and alien powers will allow players to destroy cities and whole territories on a global scale. Because the world of Universe at War: Earth Assault is persistent, players can revisit previous battlegrounds to find them still smoldering in ruins. The game gives players achievements, rewards, and medals in a balanced environment to further encourage players to move forward in the game. Players from around the world battle in persistent-style online campaigns for ultimate faction supremacy across a virtual representation of the Earth. [Sega]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.5
FIFA Soccer 08 56.

FIFA Soccer 08

Platform: PC
October 9, 2007
FIFA Soccer 08 challenges players to master the skills required to play like a pro soccer player. Fans around the world can experience the same highs and lows of real-world players and tackle the challenges they face on a daily basis. FIFA Soccer 08 puts you on the pitch to defy the odds, perfect your skills, elevate your game and rise up to win glory for your club. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
6.5
Stranglehold 57.

Stranglehold

Platform: PC
September 18, 2007
Acclaimed action director John Woo presents Stranglehold, a stunning 3rd-person action adventure videogame and "spiritual sequel" to Woo's action masterpiece "Hard Boiled." Stranglehold redefines the action gaming experience with its acrobatic gunplay, thrilling cinematography, frenetic combat and incredible Massive Destructibility (Massive D). Chow Yun-Fat reprises his signature role as Inspector Tequila, pitting gamers as a take no-prisoners cop waging a personal war with Hong Kong crime lords. Tequila's loyalties to the force are tested when his ex-wife is kidnapped by the Russian mob in Chicago. Tequila struggles to balance his duty to uphold the law with doing what it takes to save his family. [Midway]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.3
Battlefield 2142: Northern Strike 58.

Battlefield 2142: Northern Strike

Platform: PC
March 8, 2007
A few years into the most desperate struggle in the history of mankind, and with the conflict focused around the Mediterranean, the Pan Asian Coalition (PAC) seizes the chance to claim the undefended natural resources beneath the ice of mainland Europe. By the time the EU is aware of their presence, the enemy is firmly entrenched in the continent’s harsh ice fields, among abandoned city ruins and soaring mountain peaks. Only fierce close-quarters infantry battles along claustrophobic city streets and narrow rocky passes will eject the PAC forces from their well-defended positions and push them back towards the sea. Fast–paced, infantry-focused gameplay boosts the intensity of the all-out war experience. Three new maps set in Europe, where snow-covered post-apocalyptic cities and a ridge in the Alps become the new battlegrounds. Two brand-new vehicles designed to support infantry combat available in an asymmetrical set-up, with the hovering light IFV Hachimoto available to the PAC and the massive heavy IFV Goliath available to the EU. Increased persistence. Ten new rewards, one new pin and ten new unlock items at the top of the unlocks trees, available also on core game maps, take persistence to new levels. Unlock credits earned in the booster pack can also be used in the core game. Epic Titan mode available on two maps, and for the first time in a urban setting, for more intense Titan gameplay. Tweaked Conquest-assault gameplay (Assault Lines game mode) on all three maps creates more choke points and more heated battles. Horizontal podding gives infantry additional ways of moving across the maps quickly. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.4
Battlestations: Midway 59.

Battlestations: Midway

Platform: PC
January 30, 2007
Battlestations: Midway offers a totally new approach to air, sea and underwater combat, accurately reflecting the atmosphere and situation in the Pacific during 1942. Players take direct control of battleships, aircraft carriers, submarines and planes in a 'free-control' environment, with seamless switching between any of the units under your command: engage in dogfights with enemy fighters through flak-infested skies, utilise the silent attack of your submarine to unleash torpedoes on unsuspecting enemies, or command the awesome firepower of an entire carrier group. Featuring a number of game modes, including single-player campaigns for both Japanese and American sides, 'career' missions focusing on specific units, and broadband multiplayer modes for up to 16 people, Battlestations: Midway is a game on the grandest scale, bringing the air and sea battles of the Pacific to life like never before. [SCi Games]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.4
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 60.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2

Platform: PC
July 17, 2007
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 builds off of the events in the first game and places gamers in control of the U.S. military's elite fighting unit, the Ghosts. In the year 2014, the rising conflict between Mexican loyalists and insurgent rebel forces has thrown Mexico into full-scale civil war. Under the command of Captain Scott Mitchell, the Ghosts are called upon to face an imminent threat to the United States. The fate of two countries now lies in the hands of the Ghosts as they fend off an attack on U.S. soil. Equipped with the most cutting-edge weaponry and technology, the Ghosts must battle on both sides of the border to neutralize the escalating rebel threat. The Ghosts will battle enemies in mountain terrains, barren deserts and even on their home turf in El Paso, Texas. Each environment presents its own benefits and challenges and will call for fresh tactical approaches. Vastly Improved Artificial Intelligence (AI): Watch your back as rebels send their own team members to flank your position or gain vantage points by utilizing vertical gameplay to pick you off from the rooftops above. Improved squad-mate AI will now feed you more of the information you need with descriptive commands. The revolutionary new Cross-Com 2.0 will give the player more information than ever before. You will be able to see what your friendly forces see in the top left display and the click of a button will expand that to full-screen view for a clearer and more precise picture. Command lethal air strikes with jet fighters, gain mobile cover for otherwise impassable situations and replenish armaments on the battlefield using an unmanned artillery MULE. Players can now heal their team on the battlefield, including squad leader Scott Mitchell, with an all-new Medic class of soldier. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.1
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 61.

Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved

Platform: PC
March 7, 2007
Now Windows gamers can download the official Retro Evolved game, and experience a pixel-perfect conversion of the Xbox 360 fan favourite. All of the original enemy and weapon types are present, complete with local leaderboards to track your high scores. With support for keyboard only, keyboard & mouse, and remappable joypad (dual or single stick), all gamers should be able to find a control method they are at home with. Likewise, you can run GW Vista in full screen mode, or in a resizable window, making it as versatile as you like. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved for Windows Vista was made entirely in-house by Bizarre Creations, with extensive input from the original Geometry Wars author Stephen Cakebread. [Bizarre Creations]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.7
Resident Evil 4 62.

Resident Evil 4

Platform: PC
May 15, 2007
As U.S. agent Leon Kennedy looks into the abduction of the President's daughter, his investigation leads to a mysterious location in Europe. Encountering unimaginable horrors, he must find out what is behind the terror. Experience Evil 4 with new gameplay and bonus features: new chapters - play as Ada Wong in "Separate Ways," 5 terrifying, adrenaline-pumping missions that reveal additional horrific surprise. New weapons, including the P.R.L.412 laser cannon and the Gunpowder Bowgun. New unlockable costumes for Leon and Ashley. New gameplay mechanics -- behind-the-back camera perspective & hit zone aiming system. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.7
City Life: World Edition 63.

City Life: World Edition

Platform: PC
February 9, 2007
City Life: World Edition, the follow-up to city builder City Life, keeps all the aspects of the original and expands the possibilities through exciting new content and features. Over 100 new buildings, including famous structures such as the White House, the Eiffel Tower, the Kremlin and others are available in the game, along with new maps and a fully-integrated content editor. Now players can create or customize buildings within the game, then share them online with other City Life: World Edition owners. Players can also listen to their favorite music while playing the game by simply importing their favorite MP3 files. [CDV Software]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.5
Sega Rally Revo 64.

Sega Rally Revo

Platform: PC
November 19, 2007
(Known as "Sega Rally" in the UK/EU) With dynamically deformable terrain, proprietary next-generation graphics, realistic physics, and competitive bumper-to-bumper racing, Sega Rally Revo is a high-tempo driving experience that is every racing fan's driving fantasy. Vehicle selection affects driving strategy in Sega Rally Revo, as race course surfaces dynamically deform upon repeated contact with vehicle tires and changing weather effects. Sega Rally Revo features a variety of fully deformable surfaces, from gravel-littered tracks and smooth tarmac roads, to snow-covered mountain passes. This means no two laps will be the same, and drivers can skillfully lower their lap times as they hurtle their chosen world-renowned rally vehicles down photo-realistic courses only made possible on next-generation hardware. Driving skills are also tested by Sega Rally Revo's advanced AI which allows NPC drivers to dynamically adapt their driving style to the varied racing surfaces. Players can enjoy a comprehensive single-player campaign as they travel the globe racing the best drivers in the world. The game also features online capabilities, with multiplayer splitscreen modes offering an extremely competitive rally experience against drivers around the world. [Sega]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.5
Baseball Mogul 2008 65.

Baseball Mogul 2008

Platform: PC
March 20, 2007
New features in the 2008 edition include: Baseball Mogul Encyclopedia - Outputs over 30,000 interlinked HTML pages. Historical leaders tracked in over 70 stats by team and season; hitting, pitching, and fielding stats at every level; annual financial records. Pitch-by-Pitch Mode - Fully interactive pitch-by-pitch mode puts you in complete control of the game. Ticker Tape - Shows updated scores, stats, leaders and headlines, even in the middle of each at-bat. Lefty-Righty Stats. Expanded Scouting Report - More stats like OPS, GDP, intentional walks, ground ball percent, and DICE. User Interface - Improves the visual appeal of each screen while also putting more stats at your fingertips. 2007 Rosters. Exclusive licensee of the Sean Lahman Baseball Database, including complete stats and data for over 18,000 players going back to the 19th century. [Sports Mogul Inc.]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
6.5
ArmA: Combat Operations 66.

ArmA: Combat Operations

Platform: PC
May 4, 2007
(Also known as "ArmA: Armed Assault") ArmA is a first person tactical military shooter with large elements of realism and simulation. This game features a blend of large-scale military conflict spread over large areas alongside the more closed quarters battle. The player will find himself thrust in the midst of an engaging and expanding storyline, fighting against smart, aggressive enemies who will continually provide a challenge over a massive landscape. [Bohemia Interactive]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.6
Destination: Treasure Island 67.

Destination: Treasure Island

Platform: PC
August 21, 2007
Set out in search of the incredible treasure, but beware as your journey will be treacherous. The sequel to R.L. Stevenson's adventure. [DreamCatcher Interactive]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.0
Sam & Max Episode 103: The Mole, the Mob and the Meatball 68.

Sam & Max Episode 103: The Mole, the Mob and the Meatball

Platform: PC
January 25, 2007
The commissioner is looking into an underground operation at the Ted E. Bear Mafia-Free Playland and Casino, but the mole he sent in has suddenly gone quiet. To find the mole, Sam & Max must infiltrate the operation and become members of the Toy Mafia themselves. [Telltale Games]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.5
The Sims 2: Bon Voyage 69.

The Sims 2: Bon Voyage

Platform: PC
September 4, 2007
As your Sims travel, they'll interact and learn from a variety of real and mythical locals including the wise old hermit, fire dancers -- even Big Foot! Like all true vacationers, your Sims will be able to decorate their homes with unique souvenirs from their trips that are available only at destinations within The Sims 2 Bon Voyage. They can even buy unique jewelry to wear or take home as gifts. Fall in love with the hula dance lei from your Sims tropical beach vacation? Bring it back and flaunt to the neighbors! Love the moves your Sim mastered doing the Slap Dance at the rustic lodge? Teach fellow Sims the tricks of the trade back at home. What your Sims learn and collect, is up to you. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.5
War Front: Turning Point 70.

War Front: Turning Point

Platform: PC
February 23, 2007
Exploring an alternative approach on World War II, one in which Hitler is assassinated in the early days, players take command of experimental weapons, prototype vehicles and units rarely seen in strategy games in an attempt to re-write or secure the historical outcome. War Front is a WWII 3D RTS game providing fast-paced, adrenaline pumping conquests. Players feel the atmosphere of WW2 in a new environment; besides commanding their existing units, they have to care about reinforcements, resource management and researching new prototypes. Choose what missions to fight, what troops to use, and when to call in reinforcements. Completing objectives and capturing strategic locations such as train stations or airfields in each mission help you to win subsequent campaigns. Each mission has multiple primary and secondary objectives that are connected to other missions, providing almost limitless strategic choices. War Front is definitely not a 'historic simulation' but a game with FUN being its number one priority. Expect slightly excessive explosions. [CDV]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.7
Secrets of the Ark: A Broken Sword Game 71.

Secrets of the Ark: A Broken Sword Game

Platform: PC
February 13, 2007
(Know in the U.S. for some reason as "Secrets of the Ark") When the forces of ancient worlds, and past forgotten myths battle against the power of old friends. When current emotions clash with past regret, and when some guys in York design cunning puzzles, write funny scripts and orchestrate the type of music to make the hair on the back of your next stand on end, it can only mean the fourth instalment of Broken Sword has been born. After reluctantly battling dragons, Mayan gods and becoming a Knight of a long lost Holy Order, unwitting hero George Stobbart settles down to a life of mundane 9-5 office work. Who would have thought that a mysterious and beautiful woman would enter his life; a woman whose sudden disappearance draws him into a desperate search for a nefarious artefact of great and terrible power. (Well apart from those guys in York, that is) Emotion, humour, time pressure and puzzling combine for the latest Broken Sword Adventure and unfortunately for George, it looks like the world needs saving one more time. [THQ]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
5.8
Penumbra: Overture 72.

Penumbra: Overture

Platform: PC
March 30, 2007
Played from a first person viewpoint, Penumbra is very different from other adventure games. Not only is it powered by a 3D engine utilising cutting edge technology, it also has an advanced physics system which allow for a never before seen environment interaction. The player can open drawers, pull levers, pick up objects and more using natural mouse movements creating a highly interactive and immersive game world. The weapon system differs from your average game; swinging a melee weapon is done using the mouse which increases the realistic feel of combat. Fighting enemies is not something best done with brute force though, in most situations fighting is a last resort and the player is often better of using his/her wits. The AI of the enemies will also do its best to hunt and scare the player. The creatures encountered can break down doors, use group co-ordination, interact with the physics and more. Penumbra: Overture keeps players on the edge as they have to explore scary and immersive environments never knowing what is behind the next corner. The world is detailed, graphical as well as a story wise making the player feel part of the world as secrets are uncovered. [Strategy First]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.7
Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek 73.

Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek

Platform: PC
June 7, 2007
Nancy Drew travels to the Canadian Rockies to investigate the Icicle Creek Lodge. Chantal, the owner of the lodge has asked her to uncover the culprit behind a recent string of suspicious accidents. To make matters worse, an eerie howling wolf keeps everyone up at night and terrorizes the guests. The wolf also appears at the site of accidents and then mysteriously disappears when the police arrive. As Nancy makes her way to the cozy lodge, an explosion rocks the quiet night, destroying a bunkhouse. A wolf howls mournfully in the distance. Nancy has barely set foot on the premises and already trouble is afoot! Can Nancy solve this mystery before all the guests leave and Chantal is left out in the cold? [Her Interactive]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
6.5
The Sims: Life Stories 74.

The Sims: Life Stories

Platform: PC
February 6, 2007
Play through all the great moments of your Sim's life in this easy-to-play, laptop-friendly version of The Sims. In the new and engaging directed Story mode, you take your Sims through a unique and entertaining storyline full of romance and dramatic twists. You even unlock cool rewards along the way as you achieve set goals. In open-ended Classic mode, you create Sims and then choose how they'll fulfill their dreams through life's biggest moments. Stay connected by using your own IM and email while playing. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.5
Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened 75.

Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened

Platform: PC
March 1, 2007
A veritable adventure game licence, Sherlock Holmes returns in a superb third episode that gives a whole new angle to the series. The game rises to the challenge of being entirely in 3D; while the creators have kept classic game mechanics, the game benefits from the freedom and the immersion brought by a superb animated and detailed real time 3D environment. The game has traditional Point & Click game play, in a real time 3D environment, while offering numerous enigmas and varied puzzles including some that use physics and light for the first time. The game plunges the player into the heart of a terrifying investigation. Sherlock Holmes, assisted by the loyal Doctor Watson, investigates strange disappearances which seem related to the activity of a secret sect. The adventure begins in London, in the renowned Baker Street, taking us then to investigate a disturbing psychiatric hospital near Bale, Switzerland, then on to Louisiana and finally to Scotland. [Ascaron]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.2
Call of Juarez 76.

Call of Juarez

Platform: PC
June 12, 2007
Call of Juarez is a unique first-person shooter set in the classic Wild West. Call of Juarez features classic gunslinging action including duels, shootouts and barroom brawls. Players relive the days of the Wild West in numerous settings including local saloons and brothels. In the single-player campaign, players enter the world of two opposing characters equipped with contrasting weapons and styles. Ray is the retired gunslinger turned rough-and-tumble preacher. Billy, a sneaky and elusive man befriended and trained by Native Americans, is on the run. Authentic Western situations chronicle the cat-and-mouse game played by Ray and Billy. Players are forced to make split-second decisions to escape the grasp of Ray or get their hands on Billy, and outwit secondary characters throughout this Western setting. Call of Juarez leverages Techland's Chrome game engine which allows players to use objects found in the world as weapons or tools to solve problems. Graphics, artificial intelligence and multiplayer features will immerse players in the Wild West like never before. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.7
Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII 77.

Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII

Platform: PC
September 21, 2007
Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions shows World War II from a different perspective – that of an elite pilot who is part of a secret team. In the game, the player undertakes some of the most dangerous missions in exotic locations all over the globe. As an elite pilot, the player goes from one great adventure to another, while battling the most lethal experimental weapons of the Third Reich. The squad's mission is to prevent the ultimate weapon from being built. To help players in this quest, they have at their disposal an assortment of highly experimental aircraft and weaponry. Secret Missions comes straight out of the history books of World War II's most top secret projects. Fly above hills and mountains, navigate through treacherous mountain passes and dogfight in the clouds with enemies. Take part in large-scale battles through various conditions: darkness, rain, snow, and air turbulence. Secret Missions takes players around the world, from Paris, Rome and Moscow to exotic locations like Rangoon and Cairo and the highest mountain ranges of the Himalayas. Each mission brings its own surprises, twists and unique challenges. Players have access to some of the most advanced and unusual aircraft and weapons of WWII, as well as access to a huge assortment of weapons, including high-velocity cannons and early guided missiles. Multiplayer features free-for-all, co-op and squad-based play, including the brand new Capture the Flag and Epic Battle modes, the latter pitting two teams of players against each other in a large-scale battle with conquerable bases and objectives that can be destroyed in order to gain the upper hand on the opponent. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
4.9
Halo 2 78.

Halo 2

Platform: PC
May 31, 2007
The saga continues with Halo 2 the international award-winning sequel to the highly successful and critically acclaimed Halo: Combat Evolved. In this sequel, the battle comes to Earth, and Master Chief, a genetically enhanced super soldier, is the only thing standing between the relentless alien Covenant and the destruction of all humankind. Exciting Single-Player Gameplay: Experience first hand the epic struggle between Master Chief and the Covenant armada. Brandish dual-wield weapons Covenant arms and pilot human and non-human vehicles and aircraft to battle intelligent AI alien enemies. Halo 2 for Windows Vista taps into the power of Live Anywhere, a service similar to Xbox Live, to deliver online matchmaking for PC gamers. The service enables Windows Vista gamers all over the globe to connect via their PCs and play on an innovative and competitive online forum. New Multiplayer Map Editor: The game also features the all-new new Map Editor, guaranteeing additional new, fan-generated content in the future. The Halo 2 community can now tap their endless creative potential to develop an unlimited number of user-created multiplayer levels. Complete Community Freedom: Halo 2 for Windows Vista offers gamers the freedom to host their own dedicated servers for maximum multiplayer action. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
5.9
UFO: Afterlight 79.

UFO: Afterlight

Platform: PC
May 4, 2007
UFO: Afterlight is the next instalment in the "UFO: Aftermath" and "UFO: Aftershock" series, bringing a completely new insight to the story of Aftershock, this time from the perspective of lonely human inhabitants on Mars; combination of global strategy and tactical missions; completely new story built on the events from UFO: Aftershock; large number of new technologies, weapons and equipment to develop; completely new environments on a different planet than Earth; highly replayable game because of the player’s key decisions on diplomacy and research; strong RPG elements, the player knows his team by names. Strategy: new enemies and new alien races with variable weapons and battle tactics; several character classes with different attributes, skills and trainings; diplomacy has strong influence on the game story; research enables terraforming of the planet in later stages of the game; improved and transparent construction and building management; friendly interface and easy orientation in the game, useful information available at time and place where needed. Tactics: advanced tactical part of the game with the possibility to enter buildings, thermo visions and more; player may use different height and destructible elements of environment to his advantage; tactical missions controlled by intelligent scripts guarantee reasonable behavior of enemies; authentic physical model; player must adapt his tactics during the game as the enemies change and grow stronger, hardly two missions are the same; aliens and robots in your team; hostile environment requiring the use of different types of spacesuits; opportunity to mind-control your enemies and use psionic abilities. [Cenega Publishing]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.6
Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 80.

Brian Lara International Cricket 2007

Platform: PC
March 23, 2007
(Also known as "Ricky Ponting International Cricket 2007") Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 expands the series' trademark fluid, dynamic gameplay mechanics to deliver a thoroughly entertaining and competitive game that captures all the tension, skill and intensity of world-class international cricket. Thanks to the official ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 content, Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 features licensed players, including world cricket stars Andrew Flintoff, Ricky Ponting, Mahendra Dhoni, Muttiah Muralitharan and of course, Brian Lara himself. In addition to players, the game leads with a dedicated ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 mode featuring all the official teams, stadia, kits and equipment of the tournament. Further modes include a fully licensed ICC Champions' Trophy competition and exhibition matches including One Day Games, Test Matches and exciting 20-over run fests. When you want to get competitive for real, Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 will deliver with online competitive play on PC (LAN and online) and Xbox Live. BLIC 2007 adds extra depth to the series' complete batting, bowling and fielding experience whilst retaining its trademark accessible playability. The batting play sees the introduction of subtle edges, sweepshots and the ability to use your feet to dance down wicket and smash the ball over the boundary for six. Bowling sees an improved set of delivery types, thanks to changes in the way the ball swings in the air and reacts off the pitch, showcasing Shane Warne's huge variation of spinning deliveries and Steve Harmison's raw pace and even reverse swing as the ball degrades. In Fielding, there's a new reflex-testing slip catch system and players can now be run out at both ends and be stumped by alert wicket keepers. [Codemasters]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.6
TimeShift 81.

TimeShift

Platform: PC
October 30, 2007
TimeShift challenges players to use their minds along with their weapons to battle enemies and solve complex gameplay puzzles. TimeShift changes the fundamental way gamers think about first-person shooters by using the fourth dimension: time itself. TimeShift empowers players with the gift of time manipulation, including the ability to slow down, stop and rewind the world around them, allowing them to move freely while opponents and game objects are frozen in time. TimeShift feature mores than 30 combat missions, each showcasing time control elements and challenges that players must solve using both their extraordinary capabilities and combat expertise. An array of devastating and unique weaponry from the world's alternate timeline is at the player's disposal, including bizarre incarnations of traditional sniper guns, machine guns, pistols and more, as well as never-before-imagined armaments from an era humanity has never seen. [Atari]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.5
Hellgate: London 82.

Hellgate: London

Platform: PC
October 31, 2007
Set twenty-five years in the future, Hellgate: London introduces a world devastated by a demon invasion and a desolate city scorched by hellfire where mankind has gone underground to survive. Among them are the Templar, an archaic and secret society that foresaw this demonic apocalypse centuries ago. Followers of arcane rites, the Templar combine futuristic technology with ancient artifacts to forge powerful weapons and armor. The mystic sanctuary of the Underground system provides players safe conduct throughout the sprawling metropolis of London as they seek to preserve the bloodline of man and gain a foothold against the minions of darkness. Hellgate: London combines the depth of role-playing games and action of first-person titles, while offering infinite playability with randomly created levels, items, and events. The player creates a heroic character, completes quests, and battles through innumerable hordes of demons to advance through experience levels and branching skill paths. A robust, flexible skill and spell system, highly customizable appearances, and a massive variety of randomly generated equipment allow players to create their own unique hero. [Namco]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
6.3
Thrillville: Off the Rails 83.

Thrillville: Off the Rails

Platform: PC
October 9, 2007
Off the Rails lives up to its name with 20 death-defying rides so outrageous, they inspire the same word from every park visitor who sees them: "WHOA!" Players build these incredible "WHOA Coasters" to leap from one track to another, launch through the air like cannonballs, blast through a burning rings of fire and more. A new lighthearted story ties together more than 100 missions, complete with 34 playable multiplayer theme-park games and social interaction with park guests that's better than ever. The in-depth conversations both advance the plot and suggest better ways to manage the park. But is every guest to be trusted? [LucasArts]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
3.5
Need for Speed: ProStreet 84.

Need for Speed: ProStreet

Platform: PC
November 13, 2007
Need for Speed ProStreet accelerates street racing culture by providing the ultimate stage for the pursuit of street racing supremacy. It is a game about building the ultimate performance-tuned battle machine, taking it to multi-disciplinary showdowns all over the world and pitting your skills and reputation against the very best street racers. Need for Speed ProStreet boasts impeccable precision and impressively detailed photo-realistic graphics, effectively transporting you to the center of the action. It pushes the Autosculpt technology to a new level, allowing you to directly impact your car's performance for the first time as well as personalize its appearance. Need for Speed ProStreet is a true taste of raw adrenaline and racing with consequences. Every dent, every scratch and every crumpled body panel is a battle scar, proof of your commitment and competitive mettle. With an aggressive and skilled AI system, you become immersed in an unmatched believable race experience. Add in a revolutionary online mode that will redefine the meaning of competitive social play, and Need for Speed ProStreet is the ultimate formula for an emotionally charged street racing showdown. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
6.3
Making History: The Calm and the Storm 85.

Making History: The Calm and the Storm

Platform: PC
March 13, 2007
This true grand strategy game places you as the leader of a country where you use your strategic skills to make policy decisions which affect the outcome of world history. Each scenario establishes a historically accurate situation; from there on in history is in your hands. Do you build to a position of strength through industry or military, or can you find an optimum balance of both? Can you trade for needed resources or must you find and take over resource-rich territories? Will a diplomatic treaty strengthen your position, or draw you in to an unwanted conflict? These and many other decisions are yours to make. You may be a statesman, a fighter, a hero, or a scoundrel. Time to get into the Game. [Muzzy Lane Software]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.5
Top Spin 2 86.

Top Spin 2

Platform: PC
March 16, 2007
Top Spin 2 serves up 24 top-ranked athletes (Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and more), a wide variety of events including all four Grand Slam tournaments, a multi-season career, and a set of new risk and advanced shots. In detailed, real-world venues such as Wimbledon, gamers can create realistic player models and their own on-court style with slices, drops, top spins, lobs, and drives against the tennis world’s best-of-the-best. For experienced players, Top Spin 2 adds depth to gameplay with a number of risk shots and advanced controls, giving gamers the ability to pick apart their opponent piece-by-piece. If hard-core competition isn't your thing, take it easy and enjoy multiplayer party games, like Splash Court, Wall Breaker, and Time Bomb. The game supports up to four players on a single PC, and two players over the Internet or a LAN. [Aspyr Media]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.2
Nostradamus: The Last Prophecy 87.

Nostradamus: The Last Prophecy

Platform: PC
September 30, 2007
Nostradamus: The Last Prophecy is set in 16th century Provence, in a country ravaged by religious wars and devastated by the plague. It has been three years since Catherine de Médicis' rule as regent came to an end, but she still holds the reins of power, making her the target of repeated attacks from the French nobility. One day in March 1566, when she realises that she has fallen victim to a terrible curse, she turns to her doctor and astrologer, Michel de Nostre-Dame, better known as Nostradamus. Unfortunately, the famous prophet is too old and weak to take on such a mission alone. Refusing to abandon his queen in her hour of need, he sends his daughter Madeleine in his place. However, there is no such thing as women astrologers, let alone women doctors in medieval times. To be accepted as such, the young woman must go in disguise and assume her younger brother's identity, César, who is away for some time. Alternating between Madeleine the young woman and Madeleine disguised as César, players are plunged into a thriller where political scheming and ancestral prophecies are intertwined. The game begins as an initiatory adventure in the footsteps of her father, the prophet and astrologer, before creating all the suspense of a detective novel: from one murder to another, players make their way through a test-riddled forensic investigation. [Kheops Studio]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
6.2
Heroes of Might and Magic V: Tribes of the East 88.

Heroes of Might and Magic V: Tribes of the East

Platform: PC
October 16, 2007
For the first time, play as the Orc faction and recruit heroes, build armies and manage cities as you explore and conquer legendary lands. Use tactics, skills and magic to outsmart fantasy armies while developing your heroes and unveiling the dark plot that threatens to tear the world of Ashan apart. Heroes of Might & Magic V: Tribes of the East chronicles the final chapter in the epic struggle that began with the interrupted wedding of Queen Isabel. Players follow the steps of the Necrolord Arantir as he uncovers the prophecy of the Dark Messiah of Might and Magic and exposes the Demon Sovereign's conspiracy. New Orc Faction: First made famous in Dark Messiah of Might & Magic, the brutal Orc faction now comes to the Heroes series. Savage, fiercely proud, and resolutely independent, the Orcs put the "might" in Might & Magic. This faction's troops include Orcs, Goblins, Cyclops, and the famed Pao Kais. Experience the dramatic conclusion of the usurper Biara's reign. Discovering the demonic influence that corrupts the Haven knights, the savage clans of the Orcs take up arms to eradicate the Inferno threat. Characters from Dark Messiah of Might & Magic also appear to bring an unexpected twist to this multi-layered plot. In addition, tribes of the East also features 10 multiplayer and five single-player maps. Every creature in the Heroes V universe gets an alternative upgrade level, increasing the total number of creatures in the Heroes of Might & Magic V line to over 170. These powerful new abilities are sure to become an integral part of your combat tactics. Expand your arsenal and gameplay with new spells, artifacts, buildings and innovative features such as the combo-based Artifact Power Link and Battle Rage, the unique racial ability of the Orcs. In order to allow both fans and newcomers to enjoy this conclusion to the Heroes V experience, Tribes of the East is a standalone product – no previous Heroes game installations will be required to play. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.6
FreeStyle Street Basketball 89.

FreeStyle Street Basketball

Platform: PC
May 15, 2007
FreeStyle is the first foray into building a North American online gaming community that combines sports with RPG elements. Whether a hardcore or casual gamer, enter an immersive world that tests your skills in the ultimate street basketball to hit virtual playgrounds around the country. Dress the part, hit up the musical play list, then break some ankles as you team up with and against players just like the pick-up games of Venice Beach to Rucker Park – only this time you have the skills. Dude... don’t just sit there, ball’s in your court. [Vivendi Universal]
Metascore:
69
User Score:
7.4
Death to Spies 90.

Death to Spies

Platform: PC
October 16, 2007
Smersh is the Russian for "Death to Spies" and was the name of a set of counterintelligence departments in the Soviet Army formed during World War II. Their mission was to secure the rear of the active Red Army by arresting traitors, deserters, spies and criminal elements. During the war these agents became the main force combating the German intelligence service. The game's main character is a captain in the 4th department of the Soviet counterintelligence service. He is a professional spy trained to execute dangerous operations on his own. During missions he has to complete various tasks in the heart of enemy territory including stealing important documents, eliminating different enemy officers or high-ranking officials, kidnapping and sabotage. Game missions are based on real historical events and operations which were executed by the military intelligence and counterintelligence during the war. [1C Company]
Metascore:
69
User Score:
7.5
Vanguard: Saga of Heroes 91.

Vanguard: Saga of Heroes

Platform: PC
January 30, 2007
Vanguard: Saga of Heroes will be the premier third generation massively multiplayer RPG. A vast, seamless, immersive virtual world filled with elements of familiar High Fantasy, including traditional themes and more, all depicted using cutting-edge graphics technology. Sigil's expertise and experience in the field will bring groundbreaking static and dynamic content to the genre. Vanguard will build upon the successes and strengths of earlier MMOGs to improve popular game mechanics and features, but also address these pioneering games' mistakes and deficiencies. Vanguard will focus heavily on interdependence, challenge, and reward, while simultaneously addressing tedious and annoying issues, including camping, excessive downtime and more. [Sigil Games]
Metascore:
68
User Score:
7.1
UFO: Extraterrestrials 92.

UFO: Extraterrestrials

Platform: PC
May 4, 2007
The year is now 2025 and on the newly colonized planet Esperanza our space devices have not just been approached by alien machines but attacked. The player controls a squad of soldiers, light and heavy support combat vehicles, robots and air units located in a base on the planet Esperanza that had been colonized by the spaceship Magalhaes in the year 2023. This squad was brought together by the Esperanza government to face a threat that comes from deep space. In case the player succeeds in averting an alien impact on Esperanza, the story will continue on the planet Earth which has been subdued by alien forces. The title combines global strategy with small, squad-based tactical combat against an alien invasion. To repel the alien invasion the player must take full advantage of the terrain and his surrounding environments. [Tri Synergy]
Metascore:
68
User Score:
7.0
Galactic Assault: Prisoner of Power 93.

Galactic Assault: Prisoner of Power

Platform: PC
September 12, 2007
Maxim Kammerer (Max) is a daring young man who enlists in his country's space exploration program. During a mission, his ship is shot down over Saraksh, a remote planet that is slowly recovering from a savage nuclear conflict. Upon recovering from the crash landing, Max finds himself in the Land of Unknown Fathers, a country ruled by a network of mind control transmissions. Max manages to destroy the center of the mind control network, which leads to several implications for the nation's inhabitants. Intent on destroying the entire race of the Land of the Fathers through warfare are three fierce and unrelenting enemies: The Khonties, Barbarians and the Insular Empire. Each race possesses and can easily develop distinguishable technologies. Heavy armor, transport and aviation units unique to each race are all represented on the battlefield. Combat takes place among 3D vivid extraterrestrial landscapes, with day and night changes affecting gameplay alongside dynamic weather conditions. A thick haze of exhaust hangs heavy over steel battle machines; the ground becomes scorched and scarred by the trademarks of tanks and other heavy vehicles; artillery fire scratches, burns and breaches heavily armored units. [Paradox Interactive]
Metascore:
68
User Score:
7.7
Avencast: Rise of the Mage 94.

Avencast: Rise of the Mage

Platform: PC
November 8, 2007
Avencast: Rise of the Mage is a Role Playing Game set in a perilous fantasy world. The player begins his journey as an adept attending the renowned magic academy – AVENCAST – a place of learning in a world of wizardry, wonder and untold mystery. When Avencast is descended upon by demonic hordes the very survival of his world is at stake. While the hero grows in power and becomes a battle scrarred mage, he must fight off nightmarish creatures and transcend dimensions into the past to track down his own destiny. Avencast: Rise of the Mage is a game accessible to both novice RPG players while still challenging core RPG and Action fans with a variety of skills and strategies. [LightHouse Interactive]
Metascore:
68
User Score:
7.1
Championship Manager 2008 95.

Championship Manager 2008

Platform: PC
November 6, 2007
(Currently available in the UK/EU only) Championship Manager2008 offers a streamlined and constant gameplay experience to the player, free of unnecessary delays. Furthermore following on from its debut appearance in Championship Manager 2007, ProZone is back as a fully integrated Post Match Analysis tool which isolates the key factors that decided the result of your game and provides you with the knowledge to act on the match incidents and strengthen your team for the next fixture. Club, Player, Staff and Competition data updated to the end of the August transfer window. Increase of more than 25% of players and staff in the database. 27 playable nations now including the Australian league. Battle it out with other user managers on one PC. ProZone Analyst Feedback. Achieve managerial glory using ProZone, football's favourite analysis tool. Use ProZone Analyst for in-depth analytical feedback on how players and the team performed during a match. Play any match event within ProZone instantly. There's no hiding place for players. Stop, rewind, fast forward and pause; stats you control. Player Tendencies: 32 tendencies that modify how an individual player performs during a match. Ability to mould players in training to learn new tendencies. [Eidos Interactive]
Metascore:
68
User Score:
6.4
Alien Shooter: Vengeance 96.

Alien Shooter: Vengeance

Platform: PC
February 16, 2007
Alien Shooter: Vengeance drops players into an expansive sci-fi world of classic hack 'n slash gameplay. Set against the backdrop of an intense conflict, Alien Shooter: Vengeance will have players using dozens of gut-ripping weapons to tear though waves of vicious alien life forms bent on total destruction. Multiple character types and an RPG skill-tree expand the game experience, while multiplayer gameplay modes increase the replay value. With the choice of three different game modes - Campaign, Survival and Multiplayer - the adventure will continue for hours on end. Fast-paced arcade action combined with sophisticated RPG elements. A variety of playable characters, each featuring unique abilities. Dozens of powerful weapons for players to broil, freeze or vaporize the enemy horde. More than 20 types of handy gadgets - from flare guns, radar and medkits to battle drones and much more. More than 50 alien species lurking by the thousands in each level, just waiting to pounce upon the player. Match your skills against players worldwide in online high score lists. [CDV Software]
Metascore:
67
User Score:
7.9
Fantasy Wars 97.

Fantasy Wars

Platform: PC
November 8, 2007
Fantasy Wars is a turn-based strategy game set in a fantasy world. Combining both classic strategy gameplay and sophisticated 3D graphics players can experience epic battles like never before. Taking place in a fantasy world of Human kingdoms, Orc clans, Dwarfs' citadels and Elven forests the player is thrust into a world of war and legend. Play the role of an Orc or Goblin boss, a captain of the Human army or lead the elite forces of the Elven army. Participate in castle sieges and village defense, assault and reconnaissance operations and swift raids. To be victorious remember that the amount and experience of troops is not always the key factor, organize cooperation between different types of units and use the landscape to achieve strategic superiority. The game consists out of three story-connected campaigns. In each of them players will have to gather an army, upgrade units, find magic artifacts and study magic spells. An epic story has been crafted to draw players in. The great Orc chieftain and conqueror Ugraum, incited by the cruel shamans, gathers a huge horde to invade the land of Humans. Only a small, but experienced army of general Pfeil is able to fight against the powerful enemy. However the sides in this confrontation don't know that this is all just a part of evil plot of the dark powers. [1C Company]
Metascore:
67
User Score:
7.8
Shadowrun 98.

Shadowrun

Platform: PC
May 29, 2007
Shadowrun is a multiplayer first-person shooter based on the much beloved RPG franchise. Shadowrun propels team-based combat into a new dimension with a revolutionary blend of modern weaponry and ancient magic. Up to 16 players battle for control of this new world through Windows Vista's Xbox 360-to-Windows Vista online compatibility. In Shadowrun, vie for supremacy in a constantly evolving battlefield where advanced technology and ancient magic provide an unprecedented and high-velocity tactical action experience. After a 5,000 year absence magic has returned to the world of 2021, and global corporate might battles a relentless ancient order to harness this reawakened power. Be a part of the RNA global megacorp and bring order (and profit) into a world of chaos, or join the Lineage to keep magic wild and free at all costs. Choose a side and wage war for the future of magic in the new world of Shadowrun. Dive into a universe where ancient magic co-exists with deadly weaponry, and experience a revolution in multiplayer FPS gaming. Purchase advanced technology and magic each round in an extraordinary arms race to improve your abilities and open up new tactics for your team. Use your cybernetic eye to spot your enemy through walls, teleport behind your opponents in the blink of an eye, trigger a hologram as a distraction then cut them down with a burst from your rifle to clear the room before they even know you're there. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
67
User Score:
6.1
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men 99.

Kane & Lynch: Dead Men

Platform: PC
November 20, 2007
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men is a dark and gritty drama featuring two men, one is a flawed mercenary and the other a medicated psychopath. Forced together on a violent and chaotic path of redemption and revenge, no action is considered too harsh as this volatile partnership is pushed beyond reason in this brutally realistic, character-driven third person action shooter. [Eidos Interactive]
Metascore:
67
User Score:
6.0
The Sims: Pet Stories 100.

The Sims: Pet Stories

Platform: PC
June 19, 2007
Train, play, and care for your cats and dogs, and count on many unexpected twists and turns in this easy-to-play, laptop-friendly version of The Sims. The Sims Pet Stories features two great ways to play. In the new and engaging directed Story mode, you take on a variety of challenges as you compete for 1st place in a local pet show and learn to tame a variety of pet personalities. You even unlock rewards along the way as you achieve set goals. In open-ended Classic mode, you create your Sims and their pets, design their homes, and teach your pets tricks. You decide how their stories unfold. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
67
User Score:
7.6
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