Game Releases by Score

Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor 1.

Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor

Platform: PC
April 30, 2008
The galaxy is being consumed by the fires of war as we enter the final act of the Dread Lord saga. Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor is the second expansion pack to the award-winning PC strategy game, Galactic Civilizations II. Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor expands the gameplay of Galactic Civilizations in all new ways. New campaign detailing the final chapter in the Dread Lords wars. The Terror Star arrives, capable of destroying any star. Unique technology trees for all 12 civilizations. Unique planetary improvements for each civilization. New 3D engine powered map editor. New Scenario Editor for creating highly detailed custom games. New Campaign Editor for players who want to create their own custom epic campaigns for themselves or to share with others. New Metaverse Tournaments: Specific maps & scenarios recorded to the Metaverse with prizes for top players. [Stardock]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.3
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 2.

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

Platform: PC
November 13, 2008
Players last visited Northrend in "Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne," when Arthas Menethil fused with the spirit of Ner’zhul to become the Lich King, one of the most powerful beings in the Warcraft universe. He now broods atop the Frozen Throne deep in Icecrown Citadel, clutching the rune blade Frostmourne and marshaling the undead armies of the Scourge. In Wrath of the Lich King, the forces of the Alliance and the Horde venture into battle against the Scourge amid Northrend’s howling winds and fields of jagged ice. Wrath of the Lich King adds a rich variety of content to an already massive game. New features in the game’s second expansion include: Death Knight Hero Class: Create a high-level Death Knight character -- the game’s first hero class -- once certain challenges have been met. Increased Level Cap: Advance to level 80 and gain potent new talents and abilities along the way. Northrend: Explore the harsh new continent of Northrend, packed with new zones, quests, dungeons, monsters, and items -- and do battle with the undead armies of the Lich King. "Inscription" Profession: Learn this exciting new profession and gain unique ways to permanently enhance spells and abilities in the game. Siege Weapons and Destructible Buildings: Take the battle to another level with new player-vs.-player game mechanics and new battlefields to wage war on. New Character Customization: Change how characters look and express themselves, with different hairstyles and dance animations. [Blizzard Entertainment]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
7.9
Fallout 3 3.

Fallout 3

Platform: PC
October 28, 2008
[Metacritic's 2008 PC Game of the Year] Vault-Tec engineers have worked around the clock on an interactive reproduction of Wasteland life for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own vault. Included is an expansive world, unique combat, shockingly realistic visuals, tons of player choice, and an incredible cast of dynamic characters. Every minute is a fight for survival against the terrors of the outside world – radiation, Super Mutants, and hostile mutated creatures. From Vault-Tec, America's First Choice in Post Nuclear Simulation. Vault 101 - Jewel of the Wastes. For 200 years, Vault 101 has faithfully served the surviving residents of Washington DC and its environs, now known as the Capital Wasteland. Though the global atomic war of 2077 left the US all but destroyed, the residents of Vault 101 enjoy a life free from the constant stress of the outside world. Giant Insects, Raiders, Slavers, and yes, even Super Mutants are all no match for superior Vault-Tec engineering. Yet one fateful morning, you awake to find that your father has defied the Overseer and left the comfort and security afforded by Vault 101 for reasons unknown. Leaving the only home you've ever known, you emerge from the Vault into the harsh Wasteland sun to search for your father, and the truth. [Bethesda Softworks]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
7.8
World of Goo 4.

World of Goo

Platform: PC
October 12, 2008
World of Goo is a physics based puzzle / construction game. The millions of Goo Balls that live in the beautiful World of Goo don't know that they are in a game, or that they are extremely delicious. [2D Boy]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.4
Grand Theft Auto IV 5.

Grand Theft Auto IV

Platform: PC
December 2, 2008
(Also known as "GTA IV") What does the American Dream mean today? For Niko Belic, fresh off the boat from Europe. It's the hope he can escape his past. For his cousin, Roman, it is the vision that together they can find fortune in Liberty City, gateway to the land of opportunity. As they slip into debt and are dragged into a criminal underworld by a series of shysters, thieves and sociopaths, they discover that the reality is very different from the dream in a city that worships money and status, and is heaven for those who have them an a living nightmare for those who don't. The PC version features an "expanded" multiplayer mode. [Rockstar Games]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
6.9
Left 4 Dead 6.

Left 4 Dead

Platform: PC
November 17, 2008
Fight together...or die alone. A new and highly virulent strain of the rabies virus emerges and spreads through the human population with frightening speed. The pandemic's victims become grotesquely disfigured, wildly violent psychopaths, attacking the uninfected on sight. One of the "lucky" few apparently immune to the sickness, you, unfortunately, are also trapped in a city crawling with thousands of the bloodthirsty Infacted. Together with a handful of fellow Survivors, you must fight your way to safety or die alone. A co-operative multiplayer action game from the makers of "Counter-Strike," Left 4 Dead is built atop the most advanced version of the Source Engine and introduces version 2 of Turtle Rock's artificial intelligence (A.I.) technology. [Turtle Rock Studios]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
9.1
Mass Effect 7.

Mass Effect

Platform: PC
May 28, 2008
As the first human on the galactic stage, you must uncover the greatest threat to civilization. Your job is complicated by the very fact of your humanity, as no one trusts you and you need to find a way to convince everyone of the grave threat. You will travel across an expansive universe to piece the mystery together. As you discover and explore the uncharted edges of the galaxy, you come closer to an overwhelming truth - learning that the placid and serene universe you know is about to come to a violent end and that you may be the only person who can stop it! In addition to the main story arc of the game, players are be able to visit a large number of uncharted, unexplored planets which are side quests independent from the main story. At any time during the campaign, a player can choose to explore one of these planets and have an opportunity to discover new alien life, resources, ruined civilizations and powerful technologies. Talents and abilities are upgradeable and advanced talent options become available at higher levels. Weapons and vehicles are customizable to include various effects, abilities and upgrades using the "X-Mod" system. Each character class have unique talents and abilities which increase in power as the player progresses through the game. Optimized controls have been designed specifically for the PC. Fully customizable controls â?? PC gamers can re-map the control scheme any way they like. Run & Gun Control â?? Players can assign biotic powers or skills to â??hot keysâ?? allowing them to play Mass Effect with a heavier focus on action. New decryption mini-game. New inventory screen GUI and functionality â?? The enhanced inventory system makes it easier for players to equip and modify their weapons and armor. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.6
GRID (2008) 8.

GRID (2008)

Platform: PC
June 3, 2008
(Also known as "Race Dirver: GRID") GRID takes players to dramatic and beautifully realized race locations over three continents to compete in a variety of racing events. Packed with the most powerful race cars - new and classic, circuit and drift - players compete to conquer the most prestigious official race tracks and championships then beyond to compete in challenging city-based competitions, and then on through to road events and urban street races. The drama, the rivalries, the aggression and the crashes; this is not a game about collecting cars or spending all of your time in the front-end tuning suspension settings or designing liveries. Codemasters wants to make racing exciting again. Gamers compete on Europe's greatest official race tracks in prestige Marques including Aston Martin, Koenigsegg and Pagani. Iconic cities across the U.S, including San Francisco, Washington DC and Detroit - each with their own atmosphere and events - play host to diverse street races, where high-performance V8 muscle cars set the pace in aggressive, closely fought pack competitions. And in the Far East, Japanese racing culture sets the tone where night races, including Drift racing, takes drivers through neon illuminated cities and to outlying mountain roads. There's also the opportunity to compete in races that operate on the fringes of legality in the back streets and industrial areas of Yokohama. [Codemasters]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.9
Sins of a Solar Empire 9.

Sins of a Solar Empire

Platform: PC
February 4, 2008
Sins of a Solar Empire represents the birth of the RT4X genre, seamlessly blending spectacular tactical combat with grand-scale space strategy. Players must conquer worlds, engage in diplomacy and trade with other civilizations, and use the resources at their disposal to enhance their economy, develop new technology and increase military power. They must then test their mettle on a 3D tactical battlefield, where their ships will fight it out in stunning visual glory. [Stardock]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.2
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition 10.

The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

Platform: PC
September 16, 2008
Assume the role of The Witcher, Geralt, a legendary monster slayer caught in a web of intrigue as he battles forces vying for control of the world. Make difficult decisions and live with the consequences in a game that will immerse you in an extraordinary tale like no other. The Witcher shatters the line between good and evil in a world where moral ambiguity reigns. The Witcher emphasizes story and character development in a vibrant world while incorporating tactically-deep real-time combat like no game before it. [Atari]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.5
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning 11.

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning

Platform: PC
September 16, 2008
It is a desperate time for the Emperor. A terrible Chaos Plague defiles his lands, ravaging the populace and weakening his armies. Meanwhile, the Dwarf holds in the nearby World's Edge Mountains have come under siege by a massive greenskin horde. Honor-bound by an ancient oath, the ruler of the greatest nation of men in the Old World has dispatched several regiments to assist the embattled Dwarfs, further depleting the Empire's already thin defenses. In this dark hour, a new threat appears. Under a sky darkened by a crimson eclipse, a great warhost erupts from the wastelands of the north. Bearing the banner of Tzeentch, Changer of the Ways, the army of Chaos marches south for the borders of the Empire, crushing everything in its path. With the Dwarfs fighting desperately to slow the ferocious greenskin "Waaagh!", the Emperor realizes that his only hope of defeating the encroaching legions of Chaos lies with the High Elves of Ulthuan. Upon receiving the Emperor's dire plea for help, Finubar, Phoenix King of the High Elves, sets sail at the head of a mighty fleet of warships laden with battalions of High Elf warriors. [Mythic Entertainment]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.9
Dead Space 12.

Dead Space

Platform: PC
October 20, 2008
In the bold and often-bloody Dead Space gamers step into a third-person sci-fi survival horror experience that delivers psychological thrills and gruesome action. Set in the cold blackness of deep space, the atmosphere is soaked with a feeling of tension, dread and sheer terror. In Dead Space, players step into the role of engineer Isaac Clarke – an ordinary man on a seemingly routine mission to fix the communications systems aboard a deep space mining ship. It is not long before Isaac awakes to a living nightmare when he learns that the ship's crew has been ravaged by a vicious alien infestation. He must fight through the dead silence and darkness of deep space to stay alive. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.2
Bionic Commando Rearmed 13.

Bionic Commando Rearmed

Platform: PC
August 13, 2008
Bionic Commando Rearmed sees a return of the intense 2D side-scrolling, shooting, and grappling action from the much-loved 1988 Bionic Commando on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Bionic Commando Rearmed brings the amazing gameplay up to date with new visuals, new weapons, online rankings, a reworked musical score, and the addition of a two-player co-op mode. Local multiplayer mode for up to four players. Total modern visual revamp, including dynamic shadows, particle effects, and environmental damage. Reworking of musical score. Cross-game interoperability - complete specific parts of Bionic Commando Rearmed to unlock new content and hints for the Bionic Commando sequel. In-game art designed by one of Capcom's most talented artists, Toshiaki Mori. [Capcom]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
6.7
Sam & Max Episode 205: What's New, Beelzebub? 14.

Sam & Max Episode 205: What's New, Beelzebub?

Platform: PC
April 10, 2008
Judgment day is at hand, and it's time for a showdown with the guy downstairs to bargain for Bosco's soul. But in the corporate wasteland known as Hell, not even the Freelance Police are safe from eternal damnation. Can Sam & Max fight free from Satan's grasp, or have they reached the end of the line? [Telltale Games]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.3
The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria 15.

The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria

Platform: PC
November 17, 2008
Mines of Moria expands the online world of Middle-earth to let players explore the ancient underground cities of the dwarves, battle epic characters in the depths, face off with the Watcher, be a part of the fateful release of Durin’s Bane and more. Speak Friend, and Enter – Moria, called Khazad-dûm by the dwarves, was their capital and the grandest of cities. This enormous underground cavern in north-western Middle-earth, comprises an immense network of tunnels, chambers, mines and huge halls that run beneath and ultimately through the Misty Mountains. For the first time, players of The Lord of the Rings Online enter this ancient city which has served as the foundation for the modern-day dungeon-crawling adventures to battle the hordes of goblins and the Nameless of the Deep and journey through hundreds of new quests within six new kinds of stunning environments. The Mines of Moria represents the beginning of Volume II of The Lord of the Rings Online. Players can experience six new books as part of this update and participate in the release of Durin’s Bane, battle the Watcher, aid Galadriel and more. Players advance their characters up to level 60, gaining access to new traits, virtues, skills and class quests. The crafting system will also expand, giving players the ability to craft even more powerful items. The Rune-keeper and the Warden, the first new classes to be introduced since the launch of the game, allow players to build exciting and powerful new characters in The Lord of the Rings Online in diverse new ways. The Mines of Moria introduces Turbine’s new item advancement system to The Lord of the Rings Online. Players will be able to forge weapons and class-related equipment and evolve them to build a legacy the likes of Bilbo’s Sting and Gandalf’s Glamdring. These legendary weapons level-up along with the player, allowing customization by advancing the item’s virtues, adding runic legacies, modifying its titles and forming fables. [Turbine]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.0
Sam & Max Episode 204: Chariots of the Dogs 16.

Sam & Max Episode 204: Chariots of the Dogs

Platform: PC
March 13, 2008
Could it be? How could it happen? It’s virtually impossible -- Bosco, proprietor of Bosco’s Inconvenience and ultra-paranoid master of disguise -- is missing! Could it be a kidnapping? What kind of inhuman monstrosity would want Bosco around badly enough to steal him? This could be the toughest case yet for Sam & Max! [GameTap]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.1
Far Cry 2 17.

Far Cry 2

Platform: PC
October 21, 2008
Caught between two rival factions in war-torn Africa, you are sent to take out "The Jackal," a mysterious character who has rekindled the conflict between the warlords, jeopardizing thousands of lives. In order to fulfil your mission you will have to play the factions against each other, identify and exploit your their weaknesses, and neutralize their superior numbers and firepower with surprise, subversion, cunning and, of course, brute force. Real-time story telling, systemic auto-healing, minimal in-game interface are just few of the features that make you feel the tension of being alone against barbarous warlords that threaten thousands of innocent lives. Choose from a wide range of weapons to make your way to your primary target. Meet the fight head-on with your machine-gun, go berserk with your machete or make stealth kills as a Sniper. If you feel that the atmosphere is not warm enough, light up your flamethrower and let your enemies and everything around them feel the heat. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
6.0
AudioSurf 18.

AudioSurf

Platform: PC
February 15, 2008
Ride your music. Audiosurf is a music-adapting puzzle racer where you use your own music to create your own experience. The shape, the speed, and the mood of each ride is determined by the song you choose. You earn points for clustering together blocks of the same color on the highway, and compete with others on the internet for the high score on your favorite songs. Audiosurf on Steam includes The Orange Box soundtrack, integrated with the game to enable "Still Alive" surfing and more. In addition, Audiosurf is one of the first titles to leverage the recently announced Steamworks, offering full support for the Steam Achievements that appear on Steam Community profile pages. [Valve]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.7
Spore 19.

Spore

Platform: PC
September 7, 2008
From the mind of Will Wright comes SPORE, a journey that takes you from the origin and evolution of life through the development of civilization and technology and eventually all the way into the deepest reaches of outer space. Begin your odyssey at the dawn of life as a simple microbe just trying to survive, then use the fun, intuitive Editors to evolve the creature from its microscopic origins into an intelligent, tool-using race. Guide your species as it builds (and the player designs) villages, buildings, cities, and vehicles. Along the way to becoming a global civilization you can choose whether to hunt or forage, attack or trade, be nice or play rough. All the action takes place in a huge, lush world populated with creatures evolved by other players and shared over SPORE's central servers. When it's ready, your one-time pond scum launches into space in its UFO on a grand voyage of discovery, planet forming, or destruct-ion. As you explore and play in this limitless universe of unique worlds, your personal Sporepedia tracks all the creatures you've met and places you've visited. Take complete control of your creature's fate as you guide it through the following six evolutionary phases: Tidepool phase: Fight with other creatures and consume them to adjust the form and abilities of your creature. It's survival of the fittest at the most microscopic level. Creature phase: Venture onto dry land and help your creature learn and evolve with forays away from your safe haven. Carnivore or Herbivore? Social or Independent? The choice is yours. Tribal phase: Instead of controlling an individual creature, you are now caring for an entire tribe of your genetic craftwork. Give them tools and guide their interactions as you slowly upgrade their state of existence. City phase: Bring your creatures' race into a new golden era by building up the technology, architecture, and infrastructure of their city. Civilization phase: Once your city is established, your creatures begin seeking out and interacting with other cultures. You can have them do so with an olive branch or a war cry—either way, the goal for your creatures is to unify the planet. Space phase: The time has come to move on to other worlds in your solar system. Make first-contact, colonize, or terraform, then venture further to find other solar systems scattered throughout a magnificently rendered galaxy. A 'mission' structure provides new goals and paths to follow as you begin to spread through the universe. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
5.6
Crysis Warhead 20.

Crysis Warhead

Platform: PC
September 16, 2008
In Crysis Warhead, players don the Nanosuit of Sergeant Sykes, also known as 'Psycho', one of the most memorable characters from Crysis. More brash and aggressive than his Delta Force squadmate Nomad, players experience Psycho's parallel story during the events of the original game, finding that life on the other side of the island is even more intense and explosive than they ever could have imagined. Luckily, Psycho's Nanosuit is just as capable and he's equipped with an even bigger arsenal of fully customizable weapons and new vehicles, giving players access to the tools they need to dominate any situation. Aside from this new single player campaign, Crysis Warhead also features new multiplayer content. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.9
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009 21.

Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009

Platform: PC
November 18, 2008
(Also known as "Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009") 3D Match Engine - This year's match engine has seen more testing than ever before having been extensively beta tested in Football Manager Live for the past year. The famous Football Manager match engine can now be viewed in full 3D with motion captured animations the players. Sports Interactive has been working on the 3D match engine with the support of SEGA Japan’s football development team who provided the motion capture data and some of the animations. You can now watch your matches in 3D from multiple camera angles and re-watch any part of the match by fast forwarding and rewinding the action using a new match time bar that flags the key moments in the game. The old 2d view of the match engine is still there, especially for those people whose computers aren’t powerful enough to take advantage of the 3d views. TV View: Watch your matches in new full screen TV view and customise your match day screen with widgets to view the information you need as a football manager, be it player performance, match action zones, pitch radar, latest scores and many more. Assistant Manager Feedback: Pre-match and in-match feedback from your Assistant Manager on how the team is performing and your player’s motivation levels, as well as hints on how your tactics are working and how you could outwit the opposition's tactics. [Sega]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.6
Call of Duty: World at War 22.

Call of Duty: World at War

Platform: PC
November 10, 2008
Utilizing the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare engine, Call of Duty: World at War throws out the rulebook of war to transform WWII combat through a new enemy, new tactics and an uncensored experience of the climatic battles that gripped a generation. As U.S. Marines and Russian soldiers, players employ new features like cooperative gameplay, and weapons such as the flamethrower in the most chaotic and cinematically intense experience to date. Call of Duty: World at War introduces co-operative play, bringing fresh meaning to the "No One Fights Alone" mantra with up to four-players online for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, or two-player local split-screen on consoles. Nintendo Wii will also support a unique co-op mode for two players. For the first time ever players can experience harrowing single-player missions together for greater camaraderie and tactical execution. The co-op campaign allows players to rank up and unlock perks in competitive multiplayer by completing challenges and earning experience points, adding continuous re-playability and team-based gameplay. Whether playing competitively or cooperatively – if players are online with Call of Duty: World at War – they always gain experience points. Based on a player’s experience rank and rank of the player's friends, Call of Duty: World at War scales dynamically to provide a deeper level of challenge. [Activision]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.6
Spore Creature Creator 23.

Spore Creature Creator

Platform: PC
June 17, 2008
The Spore Creature Creator gives Spore fans, and those who are creatively curious, the first hands-on opportunity to design their own species and share it with their friends. All creatures designed with the Spore Creature Creator can be imported into the full retail version of Spore for PC and Mac. The demo lets players shape, paint and play with an unlimited number of creatures, using 25 percent of the creature-making parts from Spore. Gamers can then share these creations with their friends, including seamless uploads to YouTube. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.7
GTR Evolution 24.

GTR Evolution

Platform: PC
September 1, 2008
In addition to many other tracks, players of GTR Evolution will drive the modern version of the monumental track of Nürburgring Nordschleife along with the Nürburgring GP layout. Dubbed "The Green Hell" by racing legend Jackie Stewart, the track is revered and feared as the most difficult and treacherous track ever built. GTR Evolution for PC comes with 22 GT car models in 3 different classes plus a selection of exclusive production cars. Further to this SimBin adds WTCC Extreme, tuned concept cars based on the FIA WTCC cars. [SimBin]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.8
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization 25.

Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization

Platform: PC
September 22, 2008
In Colonization, players lead one of four European nations on a quest to conquer and rule the New World. Players are challenged to guide their people from the oppressive motherland, discover the New World, and negotiate, trade and fight with both the natives and other nations as they acquire power and fight for freedom and independence. As a complete reimagining of the 1994 classic, Colonization is a total conversion of Civilization IV that combines Civilization's addictive "just one more turn" gameplay with all-new graphics and features that add more depth to the franchise. New features include brand-new interface, improved diplomacy options and the included modding tools. Colonization does not require the original Civilization IV product in order to be played. [2K Games]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
6.8
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 26.

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3

Platform: PC
October 28, 2008
Red Alert 3 breaks new ground in the RTS genre, featuring a fully co-operative campaign while bringing back the series’ light-hearted style and classic, action-oriented gameplay. In Red Alert 3, the desperate leadership of a doomed Soviet Union travels back in time to change history and restore the glory of Mother Russia. The time travel mission goes awry, creating an alternate timeline where technology has followed an entirely different evolution, a new superpower has been thrust on to the world stage, and World War III is raging. The Empire of the Rising Sun has risen in the East, making World War III a three-way struggle between the Soviets, the Allies, and the Empire with armies fielding wacky and wonderful weapons and technologies like Tesla coils, heavily armed War Blimps, teleportation, armored bears, intelligent dolphins, floating island fortresses, and transforming tanks. Red Alert 3 asks the question "What If?" What if every bizarre research project and technology experiment for the last 70 years had actually borne fruit? What if the Philadelphia Experiment, time travel theory, teleportation, invisibility, Tesla technology, and a hundred other intriguing research projects had all paid off and gone mainstream? What if the Soviet Union survived and thrived; what would it look like 10 years in the future? What if the Japanese Empire had never fallen and instead became the ultimate high-tech military superpower? The end result is an imaginative and playful vision of an alternate future filled with possibility. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
6.9
Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 5: 8-Bit Is Enough 27.

Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 5: 8-Bit Is Enough

Platform: PC
December 15, 2008
Trogdor must be stopped! The beefy-armed dragon of legend has broken free from his arcade cabinet and is burninating the land. With classic 8-bit games leaking into the real world and Strong Badia a fiery mess, only Strong Bad can take back the night and conquer this scorching menace once and for all. Does anybody know how to kill a dragon? [TellTale Games]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.3
Prince of Persia 28.

Prince of Persia

Platform: PC
December 9, 2008
Set in a land rooted in ancient Persian mythology, the Prince finds himself caught in an epic battle between the primal forces of light and darkness: the God of Light, Ormazd versus his brother Ahriman, the destructive God of Darkness. The Prince arrives just in time to witness the destruction of the legendary Tree of Life - an act which threatens to plunge the entire world into eternal darkness. Manifested in the form of the Corruption, a dark substance that physically contaminates the land and the skies, the Prince must partner with Elika, a deadly companion, to heal the world from the evil Corruption. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.3
Out of the Park Baseball 9 29.

Out of the Park Baseball 9

Platform: PC
June 1, 2008
The game lets you do almost anything a real life general manager can do to guide a baseball team to glory. Set your line-ups. Replace that aging veteran with a rookie from your minor leagues. Put your injured starter on the disabled list and scout the waiver wire for someone to fill that roster spot. Put that disgruntled star heading for free agency on the trade block, and see what shakes out. Negotiate contracts with free agents and extensions with your own players. Set your scouting budget, and have your scouting director get a closer look at that free agent pitcher from Japan. The game has no limits, you can guide your team into the infinite future. But it does not end in the front office. OOTP 9 lets you call every play from the dugout, you have total control over your team on the diamond. The most realistic baseball simulation engine on the market handles all the games of your virtual baseball world. You can even save your most exciting games as replays and share them with your friends or the thriving OOTP community. [OOTP Developments]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.4
Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 2: Strong Badia the Free 30.

Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 2: Strong Badia the Free

Platform: PC
September 15, 2008
When Strong Bad fails to obey the King of Town's totally unfair email tax, he's placed under house arrest. Once freed from his wrongful imprisonment, Strong Bad goes on a mission to unite the local warring factions under the Strong Badian flag. Is Free Country USA ready for such an awesome ruler? [TellTale Games]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.2
Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 4: Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective 31.

Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 4: Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective

Platform: PC
November 17, 2008
Move over, generically buff action heroes. Strong Bad is here to show you how it's done in his hand-crafted cinematic masterpiece, Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective. You play Dangeresque, a dirty cop in pursuit of a little action and several big sacks of cash. Can our hero stay alive long enough to defeat his arch-nemesis, save the world and get the girl? Looks like he's gonna have to jump. [TellTale Games]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.8
Defense Grid: The Awakening 32.

Defense Grid: The Awakening

Platform: PC
December 8, 2008
Defense Grid: The Awakening is a strategy game where players place defense fortifications (towers) to stop invading aliens from stealing power cores from their bases. It is up to the player to select the towers, placement, and timing to best protect the base. This mix of strategy and puzzle gameplay promises to be very fun and engaging. [Hidden Path Entertainment]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.6
Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures 33.

Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures

Platform: PC
May 20, 2008
In 'Conan' the players encounter a dark, lush, violent and sinful universe, presented in fantastic graphics and stunning 7.1 surround audio. In a world filled with cruel gods, mythical creatures, lost civilizations and a struggling human race, the mighty barbarian has finally seized the throne as king of Aquilonia. But Conan's rule is on the brink of chaos, spiraling towards the doom of ancient evils. In this twisted fantasy world, dark magic and brutal combat lurks around every corner, and each man and woman must carve their own unique destiny under Conan's reign. In the true vision of Robert E. Howard's dark universe, it's now time for you to become a messenger of death. In addition to incredible graphics and sound, the game will be filled with unique features like the "Real Combat" engine; a revolutionary new multi-point melee system which allows the players to swing their weapons where they direct it, in real-time! This easy to learn and fun melee system lets the players truly feel they are on the battlefield, and goes head-on against the formulaic nature of online RPG combat. In 'Conan' you can also, for the first time in an online RPG, create player-made battle formations where you can command NPC's and other players in combat, making for epic multiplayer battles. The multiplayer game also allow the players to form guilds and lay siege to enemy castles, letting their catapults sing their merry song of death as the enemy is crushed to a pulp. [Funcom]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.3
Sam & Max Episode 202: Moai Better Blues 34.

Sam & Max Episode 202: Moai Better Blues

Platform: PC
January 10, 2008
A surprise trip to the tropics turns into a working vacation when Sam & Max sign up to stop a massive volcano eruption. Will their special blend of bewildering wit and renegade justice be enough to win over the gods, not to mention the locals? [GameTap]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.0
Pure 35.

Pure

Platform: PC
September 16, 2008
Thrill seekers race against skilled rivals and performing gravity-defying aerial tricks in Pure, an extreme sports off-road racing video game. Featuring vertigo-inducing massive aerial jumps and spectacular airborne tricks in photo-realistic real-world locations all over the globe, Pure delivers heart-pounding experiences unique to the genre. Players start by choosing among a variety of male and female character riders. They can then either race against deft A.I. opponents or online players (up to 16-player multiplayer) in frenetic races and freestyle competitions all over the world. [Disney Interactive Studios]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.0
Tomb Raider: Underworld 36.

Tomb Raider: Underworld

Platform: PC
November 18, 2008
Master your surroundings: Reach new heights with the broadest range of acrobatic abilities and utilize objects within the environment to uncover new paths to explore. Explore epic and unknown worlds: Discover ancient mysteries of the underworld hidden within the coast of Thailand, frozen islands of the Arctic Sea, the jungles of Mexico, and more. Each level is an elaborate multi-stage puzzle masked within an interactive environmental playground offering more flexibility over how the area is solved. New range of combat options: Choose to pacify or kill, target multiple enemies at once with the new dual-target system, and shoot with one hand while suspended with the other. New state-of-the-art gear: Utilize the latest technology in Lara's upgraded inventory to navigate the world including: Active Sonar map: A revolutionary new tool that emits an active sonar ping to create a 3D image of Lara's surroundings, perfect for uncovering hidden items and locations; Multi-purpose grapple: A claw-like device with a high-tension cable designed for climbing, rappelling, performing wall runs and manipulating objects within the environment; All-terrain hybrid motorbike: A unique vehicle design built to drive on everything from mud to snow and ice. [Eidos Interactive]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.7
Penny Arcade Adventures: Episode Two 37.

Penny Arcade Adventures: Episode Two

Platform: PC
November 7, 2008
The madcap Penny Arcade experience continues. Meet all-new characters from Mike Krahulik, see newly revealed strip favorites and read laugh-out-loud dialogue from Jerry Holkins. Go crazy with a whole new level of customization. Even more options for you to design and develop your own character, seeing it come to life in 3D and in the comic-style 2D cut scenes. Play it safe or go insane! New difficulty settings put you in charge of the action. A deeper RPG-Adventure experience. Get into the game with more puzzles, areas to explore and levels to gain. [Hothead Games]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.4
LEGO Batman: The Videogame 38.

LEGO Batman: The Videogame

Platform: PC
September 23, 2008
A stampede of notorious criminals have busted out of Arkham Asylum, where Gotham City houses only the shadiest of characters. It's up to the famed Caped Crusader to sweep Gotham clean of criminal activity using everything at his disposal, including crime-fighting vehicles as well as several baddie-bashing bat gadgets. [Warner Bros.]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.9
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway 39.

Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway

Platform: PC
October 7, 2008
Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway brings the critically acclaimed squad-based WWII shooter into the next generation of gaming with amazing graphics and sound, new cutting-edge gameplay features and a completely redesigned online component. Delivering on the franchise's compelling story, unrivaled authenticity and intense squad-based action, Brothers In Arms Hell's Highway drops you into Operation Market-Garden, the largest airborne operation of World War II. Lead Matt Baker, Joe Hartsock and the rest of the 101st Airborne Division as they fight to open "Hell's Highway" in a daring bid for a quick end to the war. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.7
Europa Universalis: Rome - Vae Victis 40.

Europa Universalis: Rome - Vae Victis

Platform: PC
November 19, 2008
The dynamics of the characters that live in the Republic will come to life as the men and women have their own personal goals and agendas, which are often in conflict with each other. Will you be able to manage these willful personalities? As a Republic you will now need to take the Senate into the account. Characters will belong to various parties depending on their goals, values and ambition. The Senate will pass laws, which will allow or disallow certain country actions. Making sure that the party in power backs your own goals, adds another strategic element to gameplay. Monarchies and Tribes will have their own courts, beware of bootlickers and sycophants who will stop at nothing to replace your divinely appointed ruler with themselves. "Carthago Delenda Est". Senators will cry out and charge players to perform their duties. Now the Senate or a religious power can give players missions to fulfill, guiding the player through ambitions to experience a rich and rewarding history. Mobilize the Senate to back important laws such as 'Lex Gabinia' to fight piracy or the 'Lex Acilia Repetundarum' to reduce corruption.Players can also enact decisions at various levels, working with regional governors to grant citizenships to a region or a province. Completely revised military AI, particularly in the area of military campaigns. Will benefit experienced players in particular. An overhauled interface making the information more easily accessible for both new and advanced players. [Paradox Interactive]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.5
Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 41.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2009

Platform: PC
November 12, 2008
Known by fans for its superior gameplay and incredible realism, PES 2009 further bridges the gap between PES and the real thing. The game has undergone a graphical update to ensure its players look more like their real-life counterparts. Similarly, all-new options allow users to tailor the game to their own tastes, while new stylish moves, innovative control schemes and key online elements further the realism. [Konami]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.5
Assassin's Creed: Director's Cut Edition 42.

Assassin's Creed: Director's Cut Edition

Platform: PC
April 8, 2008
The first game in the Assassin's Creed franchise is set in 1191 AD, when the Third Crusade was tearing the Holy Land apart. Shrouded in secrecy and feared for their ruthlessness, the Assassins intend to stop the hostilities by suppressing both sides of the conflict. Players, assuming the role of the main character Altair, have the power to throw their immediate environment into chaos and to shape events during this pivotal moment in history. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.4
Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 3: Baddest of the Bands 43.

Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 3: Baddest of the Bands

Platform: PC
October 27, 2008
Rock and roll! Hurting for cash, Strong Bad sets out to dominate the "Battle Royale of the Bands." Can he rule the stage and win the big prize? Or will he be drowned out by the competition? Find out in this high-voltage episode! [TellTale Games]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
6.6
Sam & Max Episode 203: Night of the Raving Dead 44.

Sam & Max Episode 203: Night of the Raving Dead

Platform: PC
February 12, 2008
Droves of undead roam the streets, and all flesh must be eaten! The leader of this undead horde is some emo Eurotrash vampire freak, and it’s up to Sam & Max to take him down -- hopefully with their brains intact. [GameTap]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.3
FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage 45.

FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage

Platform: PC
August 26, 2008
Hi Octane motorized anarchy – Maximum fun, maximum chaos, and all in eyeball searing high definition, FlatOut Ultimate Carnage promises to be the PC’s most extreme destruction racer, with three distinct carnage-filled game styles, an integrated championship racing career mode and intense in-your-face destructive action.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.7
King's Bounty: The Legend 46.

King's Bounty: The Legend

Platform: PC
September 23, 2008
King’s Bounty: The Legend is an adventure RPG with tactical turn-based battles unfolding in a fairytale fantasy world of fearless knights, evil mages, wise kings and beautiful princesses. The player leads their character through the game world; exploring it; commanding armies in battle; and completing required and bonus quests. The game falls into two separate modes: Adventure Mode and Combat Mode. In adventure mode, the player controls the character in real-time, taking him through the adventure map seeking treasure, and completing quests. In combat mode, the player takes on the role of war chief, leading their troops through battle in a chess-like format. [Atari]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.6
LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures 47.

LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures

Platform: PC
June 3, 2008
LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures takes the fun and creative construction of LEGO and combines it with the wits, daring and non-stop action from the original cinematic adventures that enthralled audiences everywhere (Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade). With a unique tongue-in-cheek take on the original adventures, LEGO Indiana Jones follows Dr. Jones escapades through the jungles of South America to the mountaintops of India. Fans can build, battle and brawl their way through their favorite cinematic moments, from Indy's entanglements with snakes to his dashing boulder run. Pop culture's most iconic archeologist whips through all the classic moments with the help of a host of supporting characters including Marion Ravenwood and Short Round. Players can also mix and match the body parts of more than 60 playable characters to create new heroes just as they could in the LEGO Star Wars games. [LucasArts]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.9
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 48.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2

Platform: PC
April 15, 2008
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 is your last chance to rescue America's sexiest city from an escalating terrorist siege that will force you into heart-pounding action from beginning to end. Sin City is back and bigger than before. Explore all new Vegas hot spots as the environment changes from dusk to bright daylight to dawn, creating a visual experience that is as challenging as it is breathtaking. The multiplayer mode in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas has been upgraded to include 11 new, smaller maps that force more intense face-offs, 2 new adversarial modes, more rewards, and easier access to matches using the improved and intuitive matchmaking system. Create your own identity that stays the same in both single player and multiplayer modes and progresses as you do. Reap the benefits of your single player rewards in multiplayer and vice versa. Turn single player mode into co-op mode at any time, just by jumping into the game. Now your friend can jump into your single player game and help you without any change to the story. Single player maps and storyline were created with co-op in mind, which means every map has multiple entry points and the story is the same. AI is more challenging than ever. Now, the terrorists are equipped with thermal vision, night vision, and shields – not to mention a multitude of varying reactions – all of which are guaranteed to give you a new playing experience every time you go into battle. As you progress within the game, you'll only be able to outsmart your enemies by taking advantage of intel opportunities, such as thermal scanning, and tactical strategies, such as leapfrogging. Take down the terrorists more effectively using 11 new weapons. New camouflage, clothing and gear allow you to take customization to the next level. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.4
Devil May Cry 4 49.

Devil May Cry 4

Platform: PC
July 8, 2008
Fear resonates in the underworld as a new protagonist crosses paths with a familiar hero who seemingly inexplicably slaughters countless people. Long ago the Dark Knight Sparda awoke to justice and rebelled against the dark emperor, to wage a one-man war to save humanity. Thousands of years later, a religious organization worships this renowned savior and has taken it upon themselves to rid the world of all demons. Residing in Fortuna, a castle city on the coast, this "Order of the Sword" has an elite group of "Holy Knights" dedicated to carrying out this very creed. Rising among the ranks, a young cynical warrior named Nero witnesses Sparda's legendary son Dante slaughter countless "knights". Has the renowned devil hunter turned his back on mankind? What does this encounter mean for these two individuals and why has destiny brought them together? In Devil May Cry 4, players control the formidable Nero who comes to grips with his newly found power as his beliefs and allegiance are tested. Continuing the legacy of fast paced action synonymous with the series, Devil May Cry 4 pushes the envelope of excellence even further with the inclusion of a new combat system that incorporates Nero's "Devil Bringer". This new feature has players delivering overwhelming damage to enemies with non-stop combos, while gaining new power for Nero's right arm. Good things come to those who wait as PC owners will benefit from having more modes and more visual customization options to help enhance their demon-slaying action. Turbo mode turns-up the action to insane speeds, while Legendary Dark Knight Mode harnesses advanced PC processing power and fill the screen with an unbelievable number of enemies for extra difficulty. Moreover, familiar enemies from the console versions will show-up in new locations in the PC version. [Capcom]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.6
Penumbra: Black Plague 50.

Penumbra: Black Plague

Platform: PC
February 12, 2008
Penumbra: Black Plague is a creepy and dark psychological horror experience featuring the adventures of Philip as he sets of in search of his dead father. Trapped in a shadowy, underground complex, intrepid explorer Philip is determined to discover the truth behind his father's disappearance. Surrounded by enemies and assaulted by terror from all sides, Philip must collect clues and solve vexing puzzles while combating the gnawing psychological terrors that assail his mind and threaten to strip him of his sanity. Can Philip master his fear and finally uncover the truth behind a mystery that has haunted him for a lifetime? Only you can decide. [Paradox Interactive]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.6
Bejeweled Twist 51.

Bejeweled Twist

Platform: PC
October 27, 2008
Get set for a vivid sensory rush as you spin and match explosive gems for shockwaves of fun. Rotate jewels freely to set up electrifying combos, outwit obstacles, and blast high-voltage gems. Rev up with a strategic challenge or just relax in the gem-spinning zone. Any way you play, you'll find endless ways to win! [PopCap Games]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.5
FIFA Soccer 09 52.

FIFA Soccer 09

Platform: PC
October 14, 2008
FIFA 09 on PC has been customized and designed exclusively for the platform. The gameplay engine features year-on-year improvements, delivering the detail demanded by football fans. FIFA 09 also features new customizable mouse and keyboard controls that deliver deeper, more intuitive command over your squad for more fluid football action. Now utilize the mouse as a point-and-click tool to send teammates on runs, make pin-point accurate passes, and blast powerful shots on target. Plus, you have the tools to draw up trick moves using the mouse or perform one of 32 skill moves in your arsenal, including new scoop turns, rainbow flicks, heel-to-heel knocks and ball rolls just like Ronaldinho. More than 17 customizable actions in all enable you to design the game to suit your style of play. FIFA 09 on PC now features new, leading-edge visuals that deliver graphics that exploits the power of hi-spec gaming PCs, as requested by PC gamers. Star players are featured in photorealistic quality with remodeled likenesses that show off skin tones and muscles in greater detail for ultra-realistic action. FIFA 09 also features customizable widgets that can now integrated into the menu system to connect you to the FIFA community and real-world football so you stay connected while playing. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
6.8
Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath 53.

Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath

Platform: PC
March 24, 2008
As the expansion pack to Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars, this Real-time Strategy game returns to the Tiberium universe with Kane at the center of an epic new single player campaign which allows players to experience a new story that spans 20 years – from the rebirth of the Brotherhood of Nod after the Second Tiberium War through the dramatic events of the Third Tiberium War and beyond. The story is told through a new set of high-definition live action video sequences starring a celebrity cast. Joe Kucan, the original actor who portrayed the character Kane in Command & Conquer games over the last decade, reprises his role as the megalomaniacal leader of the Brotherhood of Nod. Kane's Wrath also features a new strategic layer to gameplay that allows players to establish bases, build customized armies, and attack their enemies on a global scale – and then dive into the frenzied tactical combat where their skills as a commander makes the difference in battle. The game introduces six new sub-factions and a wealth of new units, structures, and powers to the armies of the Global Defense Initiative, the Brotherhood of Nod, and the enigmatic alien Scrin. The Xbox 360 version features a revolutionary new radial interface designed specifically for console gamers. Taking RTS controls to a whole new level, players utilize the command stick to build, deploy, and attack. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.0
Penny Arcade Adventures: Episode One 54.

Penny Arcade Adventures: Episode One

Platform: PC
May 21, 2008
Based on the popular comic strip Penny Arcade, On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness is an episodic RPG/Adventure where you join with Gabe and Tycho of the Startling Developments Detective Agency to solve strange mysteries lurking in New Arcadia. Set in the 1920s, the game places the familiar Penny Arcade protagonists in an alternate pulp horror setting reminiscent of the works of H. P. Lovecraft. [Hothead Games]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.2
Pirates of the Burning Sea 55.

Pirates of the Burning Sea

Platform: PC
January 21, 2008
Pirates of the Burning Sea is an MMORPG featuring high seas action and adventure in a bold world of pirates and plunder. Set against the backdrop of the New World of the 18th Century, players can choose one of three nations – England, France or Spain – or choose the role of a Pirate and battle it out for glory and power.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.6
Peggle Nights 56.

Peggle Nights

Platform: PC
September 16, 2008
The sun has set at the Peggle Institute, but the bouncy delight has just begun! Join the Peggle Masters on a dreamtime adventure of alter egos and peg-tastic action. Stay up late to aim, shoot and clear orange pegs from over 60 levels, and bask in Extreme Fever glory. Then, take on 60 Challenges for even more rebounding joy. [PopCap Games]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.7
Multiwinia: Survival of the Flattest 57.

Multiwinia: Survival of the Flattest

Platform: PC
September 19, 2008
Long ago a computer scientist called Dr Sepulveda created a beautiful digital world existing entirely within a computer network of his own invention. This world was called Darwinia and it was inhabited by a peaceful, law-abiding digital life-form called the Darwinians. As the years wore on however the Darwinians became ever more aggressive and autonomous. They divided into factions, squabbling over Darwinia’s limited natural resources. Tribes began to roam the fractal voids hell bent on each other’s destruction, drunk on power and unswerving in the pursuit of world supremacy. Far and wide, they became known as the Multiwinians. Welcome to Multiwinia: Survival of the Flattest - the ultimate retro-arcade multiplayer experience. Choose from a selection of six hilariously fun, action-packed game modes, set in one of the most beautiful game environs you will ever set eyes on. Challenge your opponent to a game of stick-man slaughter, and watch digital-war unfold, as your Multiwinian army struggles to complete a chosen task faster and better than your rival’s. It's fast, it’s furious, and only the flattest will survive. [Introversion]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.7
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky 58.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky

Platform: PC
September 15, 2008
The story of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky brings the players one year prior to the events of the original S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game in 2011. A group of stalkers has for the first time reached the very heart of the Zone - Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, and brings about a cataclysm on the brink of a catastrophe. An immense blow-out of anomalous energy changes the Zone. There are no more reliable and relatively safe roads. The entire levels vanish in the outbursts of anomalies. Stalkers and even expeditions die or end up sealed on the lost territories. New areas, which remained unknown since the time of the Zone emergence, appear on the Zone map. The Zone continues to shake with blowouts. The Zone is unstable. The anomalous activity is at its maximum. Changes of the Zone map known to stalkers shake the fragile balance of forces in the Zone. Among the groupings, there flare up hostilities for the new territories, artefact fields and spheres of influence. There are no more old enemies or friends - now everyone is for himself. The Factions War has started between the groupings. [Deep Silver]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.7
The Sims 2 Apartment Life 59.

The Sims 2 Apartment Life

Platform: PC
August 26, 2008
This expansion pack for The Sims 2 takes your Sims out of the suburbs and into a brand new busy apartment building. Adventure, fun, and drama await them as they explore their new neighborhood, mingle in coffee shops, visit a playground, meet new friends, and much more. Because there is now the ability to control multiple households in The Sims 2 Apartment Life, your Sims can live in happy harmony, or comical conflict. New social networks and character types, including artsy bohemians, sports jocks, gadget-loving techies, and edgy gearheads spice up your Sims life. And, with a new reputation meter, your Sims can build up the respect they deserve from other Sims to be the most admired – or least-desired – Sim in the neighborhood. The better the reputation, the easier for your Sims to find the right friends to help them achieve their goals. Make your Sims' space look great in The Sims 2 Apartment Life. Five new building types that range from converted lofts to roomy and posh studios or luxury apartments with their own butler add to the creative and customized adventure. Enjoy a myriad of new decor options, including spiral staircases and lofty, high ceilings. Your Sims will get a whole new kind of experience through the drama of close quarters living! [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.7
Savage 2: A Tortured Soul 60.

Savage 2: A Tortured Soul

Platform: PC
January 16, 2008
From the same core team that conceptualized and created Savage, Savage 2: A Tortured Soul transports PC gamers to the next level in multiplayer gaming. The sequel features enhanced character models, higher quality animations, bump mapping, realistic, reflective water effects, dynamic shadows, point lighting, and an enhanced particle/spell effect system. Gameplay is greatly superior as well due to a vastly improved melee system, an enhanced, officer-based battle grouping system, 20 unit class based system, FPS fast action paced gameplay for certain types of characters, third person RPG slower paced gameplay for others, better items with more RPG elements, and an improved spell casting system. The game also features a comprehensive single-player tutorial/training – something that many Savage fans requested and S2 Games feels is necessary in order to shorten the learning curve of a detailed game such as this. [S2 Games]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.8
Dungeon Runners 61.

Dungeon Runners

Platform: PC
July 2, 2008
Something stirs in the darkness. A hot earthy smell wafts up from the dank depths. Nails scratch against limestone, dripping water echoes off cavern walls, ancient chains rattle in stagnant air. What lies in the eerie depths below? Dungeon Runners is an online role-playing game that's FREE to download and FREE to play. As a brave hero, you'll explore dangerous dungeons, battle ferocious monsters and discover incredible weapons, artifacts and loot. Choose to play as Fighter, Mage or Ranger in a realm of terror, magic and adventure. Unlock powerful new skills as you gain experience on your journey into the unknown. Whether fighting evil hordes as a lone warrior or teaming up with online friends to carve a path of destruction through your foe, Dungeon Runners will quench your deepest dungeon-crawling thirst. [NCsoft]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
5.8
Puzzlegeddon 62.

Puzzlegeddon

Platform: PC
November 27, 2008
Puzzlegeddon features an inventive mix of puzzle, action and strategy. Select your island of choice and puzzle for resources to defend yourself and to defeat opponents throughout the many galaxies, game modes and challenges which awaits you in Puzzlegeddon. Join the battles online in multiplayer games for up to 6 players. Fight evil robots or puzzle for survival on a poisonous planet in the game's challenging and addictive single player modes. Puzzlegeddon is a game for all tastes and play styles which challenges players both to think hard, play smart and act fast. [Pieces Interactive]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.3
The Sims 2: FreeTime 63.

The Sims 2: FreeTime

Platform: PC
February 26, 2008
It's all about fun, personal development for your Sims in The Sims 2 FreeTime. Sims can follow their individual interests, whether it's immersing themselves in books, becoming an award-winning foodie, flying a remote-controlled helicopter or playing the violin. Gifted mechanics can repair and then drive their newly-renovated sports cars. Sims can rake in oodles of Simoelons with skillfully crafted pottery or by writing a mesmerizing novel. Cool careers bring happiness and fulfillment to your Sims and your storytelling opportunities expand. New cool career options await, including oceanography, architecture, and entertainment. Now by honing their talents, your Sims can unlock a secondary aspiration making them even more unique. Your Sims can discover the activities that they’re most passionate about! Sims can now participate in contests to win prizes and Simoleons, or they can master interests, practice and improve their skills, and get in “the zone!” Your Sims can enrich their lives by creating items to use or sell, like pottery or cars. These new hobbies can strengthen friendships and uncover secret lots. New Lifetime Aspiration Meter. Your Sims can measure the progress of their aspirations over a lifetime and unlock special rewards and interactions! Five New Career Tracks and their Reward Objects. Oceanographers can earn a koi pond, entertainers can get their own star of fame, architects can use their own drafting table, dancers can receive a ballet barre and intelligence agents can use an audio augmenter earpiece. All New Objects and Outfits. The Sims 2 FreeTime introduces brand new items, including a basketball hoop, pottery wheel, toddler activity table, modular synthesizer, hobby train table and much more. Your Sims can also have new outfits to match their hobbies and activities, including a special outfit that was designed and created by a player of The Sims 2 that will be produced by H&M. Requires The Sims 2, The Sims 2 Special DVD Edition, The Sims 2 Holiday Edition or The Sims 2 Deluxe for PC to play. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.7
Europa Universalis: Rome 64.

Europa Universalis: Rome

Platform: PC
April 15, 2008
Europa Universalis: Rome will cover the time period from the first Punic War to the start of the true Empire. Players will have thousand of gameplay choices ranging from country, culture, provincial and character options to name but a few, making each and every game infinitely customizable and truly unique. Fully 3D map with integrated graphics and detailed topography. Start at any date between 280 B.C. and 27 B.C. Choose between 10 different cultures, including the Roman, Celtic, Greek and Egyptian civili­zations, with more than 53 playable factions on a map spanning hundreds of provinces. Watch your characters develop new traits through political intrigue and various interactions with thousands of other characters. Trade, negotiate or fight with your neighbours and advance your technologies to unite the Mediterranean World. Robust multiplayer allows you to challenge up to 32 players either competitively or in co-op mode. [Paradox Interactive]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
6.0
Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner 65.

Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner

Platform: PC
August 11, 2008
When Strong Bad's plans to beat the snot out of Homestar backfire, he ends up with an unwanted houseguest cramping his style. Now he needs to get life back to normal, by any means possible. [TellTale Games]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.6
The Sims: Castaway Stories 66.

The Sims: Castaway Stories

Platform: PC
January 29, 2008
This time your Sims have washed up on a tropical island! Help them make a new life in an unexplored paradise in this easy-to-play, laptop-friendly version of The Sims. The Sims Castaway Stories features two great ways to play. In the new and engaging directed Story mode, explore the island, build a shelter, learn to find food, and make your Sims' lives as fun and comfortable as possible. You even unlock rewards along the way as you achieve set goals. In open-ended Classic mode, you create your Sims and determine how they'll evolve on their new island home. In an environment where anything-or anyone-can wash up on the beach, you decide how their stories unfold. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.6
The Political Machine 2008 67.

The Political Machine 2008

Platform: PC
June 24, 2008
The Political Machine is a strategy game that takes the real world mechanics of political campaigning and uses it to create an award-winning strategy game. Raise money, hire spin-doctors, win the endorsements of important groups, go on TV interviews, take out ads, fight off smear merchants and much more in your quest to win the 270 electoral votes you need to get into the white house. [Stardock]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
6.6
Frontlines: Fuel of War 68.

Frontlines: Fuel of War

Platform: PC
February 25, 2008
Not too far in the future, the global natural resources are on the brink of depletion. As our economies and our way of life tumble into chaos, the superpowers clash to gain control. Set in a fictional future based upon the headlines of today, F.O.W. brings players into the world's next great war. As society succumbs to a worldwide energy crisis, a new global depression takes hold. Amidst this desperate backdrop, two superpower alliances emerge. Join the battle on the frontlines of tomorrow as the Western Coalition (U.S./E.U.) or the Red Star Alliance (Russia/China). Tomorrow's weapons, today: As depicted in F.O.W., the U.S./E.U. and Russia/China have combined their military research and budgets, and the result is over 60 next-gen vehicles and weapons inspired by military designs for the near future. This includes remote controlled drones, gun cams, and next-generation counter-measures systems, all of which are player-controllable. Use high-tech combat systems to collect and relay recon, targeting, and threat information between team mates. Target acquisition and sharing between vehicle occupants is just one example of F.O.W.'s focus on an advanced team play experience. The customization system allows players to grow their soldier to fit their play style by choosing a weapons loadout, as well as a technical specialization (role). As the game progresses each role will upgrade, providing advanced equipment and abilities. The system is a mix of RPG-like depth but with the accessibility of a fast-paced FPS. Frontline combat system: The main game mechanic featured in F.O.W. in both in single player and multiplayer, is the ability to join the forces on the front line. This front expands across large portions of a mission and will require a strategy to achieve the contextual objectives in order to move this front forward. Not only does this system keep the battle centric and players in the midst of the action, it gives a unique sense of advancement as your Division is rewarded with territory for their victories. Choose your path to victory: Within the front, players can take advantage of a sandbox of destructible elements and various weapons of war to create their own unique paths and strategies. Instead of failing and re-playing the same sequence of events, players can 'chip-away' with varied approaches, allowing diverse missions with high replay value. [THQ]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
6.9
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Soulstorm 69.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Soulstorm

Platform: PC
March 4, 2008
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War – Soulstorm is set in Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 universe – a dark, futuristic, fantasy setting where armies of technologically advanced warriors, fighting machines and hordes of implacable aliens wage constant war – and is played by millions worldwide. Soulstorm is a complete standalone title and features two all-new armies, including the malicious Dark Eldar, for an unprecedented total of nine playable races. In addition to new units across each of the seven existing races, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War – Soulstorm incorporates air units for the first time and introduce multiplayer medals, adding a whole new level of depth to online battles. The revolutionary meta-game introduced in Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War – Dark Crusade is further expanded to an interplanetary scale in Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War – Soulstorm, allowing players to battle across an entire star system. [THQ]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.0
Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir 70.

Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir

Platform: PC
November 18, 2008
Travel the Sword Coast and Samarach using the open-ended exploration of the new Overland Map. Use skills like Spot and Survival while on the Overland Map to avoid ambushes and even find hidden locales and lost artifacts. Create your own full party of adventurers. Devastate your foes with a squad of fireball-flinging Sorcerers, form a solid wall of steel with a party of Fighters, or strike the perfect balance in your party by spreading out the classes you choose for your characters. Improved party gameplay including streamlined party conversations, a new Teamwork Benefit System, and powerful party feats. The world's economy reacts to your adventures and choices. And, through trading and quests, you can expand your merchant company into a massive trading empire. [Atari]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.3
X3: Terran Conflict 71.

X3: Terran Conflict

Platform: PC
October 16, 2008
It is the culmination of the X trilogy, with a grand finale that takes us all the way back to Earth's own solar system. Gamers can take on the roles of different characters in the X universe, or of a Terran military pilot, and experience a multitude of stories in the largest X universe ever featured – for X3: Terran Conflict will offer more missions than any other X game before. Meanwhile, X3: Terran Conflict will pose questions such as: How has Earth changed in all these years? And how will relations between Earth and its counterparts in the X universe develop? [Deep Silver]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.9
Bully: Scholarship Edition 72.

Bully: Scholarship Edition

Platform: PC
October 21, 2008
Bully: Scholarship Edition takes place in the fictional New England boarding school of Bullworth Academy and tells the story of 15-year-old Jimmy Hopkins as he experiences the highs and lows of adjusting to a new school. Capturing the hilarity and awkwardness of adolescence perfectly, Bully: Scholarship Edition pulls the player into its cinematic and engrossing world. [Rockstar Games]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.6
Mount & Blade 73.

Mount & Blade

Platform: PC
September 16, 2008
Calradia is a land at war, a land offering great riches and even greater dangers to the adventurers and mercenaries that flock to shed their blood on its soil. With unerring courage and a strong sword, an unknown stranger can make a name as a warrior. Raise a band of hardened soldiers, become the lord of several towns and castles, and perhaps one day you may wield the power to depose kings and crown new ones at a whim. Free-form sandbox gameplay. You are free to go anywhere and do anything you choose in a world that has more than a hundred unique locations, including villages, castles and towns. Unique horseback combat. You are able to attack your enemies on your horse, whether you’re swinging a sword, holding a lance or unleashing arrows. Highly advanced, sophisticated and intuitive sword-fighting system. Fight on horseback and on foot using an expansive variety of medieval weapons, each with their own unique characteristics, strengths and weaknesses. Be anything from a lonesome adventurer to a commander of armies or an owner of villages, castles or towns. Sophisticated AI that will provide a challenge both in combat and in the strategic realm. Freedom to interact with hundreds of characters, including kings, lords, ladies, commoners as well as heroes you can take on as companions, each with their own personality. [Paradox Interactive]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.6
Crazy Machines 2 74.

Crazy Machines 2

Platform: PC
June 20, 2008
Create your own daring experiments with Crazy Machines II! How will a toaster handle two whoopie cushions? How to watch TV with a steam engine? Build up insane chain reactions and pray that everything works or explodes with a big bang. Extreme detailed and living 3D graphics with new effects like heat haze, motion blur and much more. Completely new game elements, e.g. laser and lightning generators. Revised common game elements with a lot more possibilities. A new game physics model with destroyable and deformable objects. Ageia PhysX hardware support. Online option for exchanging labs and downloading new game content.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.1
Roogoo 75.

Roogoo

Platform: PC
June 24, 2008
Roogoo is an innovative and unusual 3D puzzle game that has players guide and stack different shaped blocks through various platforms to not only save planet Roo, but the entire Roogoo race. Roogoo tasks players with guiding meteors in the form of shaped blocks through a series of rotating disks as a means of saving planet Roo and the entire Roogoo race. If aligned correctly, the disks allow the blocks to reach the ground and scores are awarded. Various obstacles and enemies will impede the blocks’ movement and with the flow of meteor blocks steadily increasing as the game progresses, players will have to think on their feet to save the Roogoo and rack up seriously high scores. [SouthPeak Interactive]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.0
Rail Simulator 76.

Rail Simulator

Platform: PC
January 16, 2008
Rail Simulator is the new train simulation game from Kuju Entertainment. Published by Electronic Arts, the world's largest publisher of computer and video games, Rail Simulator brings the railways to life for everyone from the casual train fan to the dedicated enthusiast. [Kuju Entertainment]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
6.9
The Lost Crown: A Ghost-hunting Adventure 77.

The Lost Crown: A Ghost-hunting Adventure

Platform: PC
March 3, 2008
Nigel Danvers is on the run! Two shadowy agents are on his tail, pursuing him across London to the grand train station at Liverpool Street. Nigel suspects that afternoon’s activities may be to blame...Travel with Nigel Danvers to an eerie seaside town on England's east coast. Learn to use advanced techniques used by real paranormal investigators, and uncover an ancient mystery and treasure. But, beware, not all of the towns residents will help in your mission, whether they are alive or dead. Inspiration from the haunting works of Charles Dickens, M.R. James, Arthur Conan Doyle, and E.F. Benson combines with real ghost-hunting gadgets to bring this frightening story to bone-chilling life. Success or failure in locating wandering spirits depends on your skill as an investigator. Placing motion detectors, night vision cameras, and temperature gauges correctly will reveal a location’s haunted past, and expose terrifying apparitions. With nerves of steel, and wits to match, you will soon discover long lost secrets, previously known only to the dead. [Got Game Entertainment]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.5
Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis 78.

Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis

Platform: PC
April 14, 2008
(Also known as "Sherlock Holmes versus Arsène Lupin") Having grappled with the machinations of a cult of Cthulhu in his last PC adventure, the world's greatest detective is now ready to challenge Arsène Lupin, the gentleman thief. Lupin, a character invented by renowned French writer Maurice Leblanc, has thrilled millions of readers worldwide with his exploits, and proves a perfect foil for Sherlock Holnmes. This new Sherlock Holmes game sends players to 19th Century London where Arsène Lupin, a young French burglar with an impressive track record, has just challenged Scotland Yard and the most famous of detectives - Sherlock Holmes. Lupin has announced that he plans to rob the capital of five objects of immense value over the course of five days. The objects are housed in highly prestigious locations such as the National Gallery, the British Museum, the Tower of London and even Buckingham Palace! Sherlock Holmes will have to muster all his courage and ingenuity to save England from terrible humiliation. The game invites you to visit 19th century London in all its splendor and to travel through superb decors which have been faithfully reproduced with the game's 3D engine. With famous places and some of the most prestigious landmarks as your playing field, it is as if you are on your own guided tour of one of Europe's most fabulous cities. If the pace of the adventure and its many surprises leaves you breathless, take a break and enjoy looking at the hundreds of works of art, all faithfully reproduced in their real locations. [Focus Home Interactive]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.0
Sacred 2: Fallen Angel 79.

Sacred 2: Fallen Angel

Platform: PC
November 11, 2008
Ancaria already awaits you! The mighty realm of the Highelves lies in ruins. The raging war for control over the T-Energy wears down the land and lures its denizens into fear and chaos. The world calls for a hero to end this war. Accompany six characters through the mystic - technological universe of Sacred 2: Fallen Angel. Dwell on dreary paths or follow the ways of the light. The decision is yours alone, but be aware this decision will change the world. [Ascaron Entertainment]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
6.9
DreamWorks Kung Fu Panda 80.

DreamWorks Kung Fu Panda

Platform: PC
June 3, 2008
In Kung Fu Panda, players embark on an epic, action-packed adventure as they master the specialized Kung Fu fighting styles of Po the Panda, the unlikely hero, his teacher Shifu, and the legendary Kung Fu masters, the Furious Five: Monkey, Tigress, Viper, Mantis and Crane. Through 13 legendary levels from the movie and beyond, and spanning land, water and air, players must work their way to become the Dragon Warrior and defeat the ultimate enemy, Tai Lung, as they battle a variety of foes, overcome dangerous obstacles, navigate multi-tiered environments and solve challenging puzzles. Featuring a deep variety of gameplay, unique co-op and competitive multiplayer modes, collectibles, and a host of character upgrades, the Kung Fu Panda video game provides an experience gamers of all ages will enjoy. [Activision]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
6.7
Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI 81.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI

Platform: PC
September 9, 2008
Set during the end of China's Han Dynasty and the 2nd and 3rd centuries A.D., RTK XI presents the most visually captivating evolution in the history of the series. Blurring the line between video games and art, RTK XI features visuals evocative of classical Chinese ink-paintings along with debates and duels rendered in real-time 3D animation. As the ruler of a kingdom, each player has complete control over their territories. More than 40 base commands give players the power to govern cities, manage their personnel, practice diplomacy and much more. Complete freedom to develop markets, shipyards, outposts, forts and military units expand on the already substantial benchmarks established by previous editions of the series. Furthermore, players watch the era come to life through the uniquely individual personalities of the more than 780 officers and supporting characters they encounter. Players need to dig deep within to prove themselves adept at both the military and political arts in order to bring China under one rule. Domestic affairs, diplomacy and warfare are all conducted on a single vast 3D relief map, dramatically bringing to life the eight massive scenarios that lie before them. For improved control over each military campaign, RTK XI's turn-based game play allows the player to plan their movements without undue time constraints, and then execute their battle tactics when ready. RTK XI also introduces an entirely new system for researching military techniques, as well as an Advanced Tactics System that allows players to drive or lure enemies into devastating ambushes. Skilled players link together tactics for maximum damage. [Koei]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.9
007: Quantum of Solace 82.

007: Quantum of Solace

Platform: PC
November 4, 2008
Introducing a more lethal and cunningly efficient Bond, the game blends intense first-person action with a unique third-person cover combat system that allows players to truly feel what it is like to be the ultimate secret agent as they use their stealth, precision shooting and lethal combat skills to progress through missions. Blending the action of the "Quantum of Solace" feature film with the "Casino Royale" movie, the title propels players into the cinematic experience of international espionage. Based on the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare game engine that has been specifically engineered to immerse players in the Bond universe, the Quantum of Solace game delivers high-definition graphics, reactive AI and visually stunning locations inspired by locales portrayed in the films. Quantum of Solace marks the first time players can become the dangerous and cunning Bond as portrayed by Daniel Craig. From silent take downs and sneaking through confined spaces, to one-on-one shoot outs and large scale battles, players experience a variety of gameplay that challenges them to think through situations and choose how they progress, whether it's through covert means or confronting enemies in full force. Advanced combat and Realistic AI: Players engage in both first-person and third-person gameplay that allows gamers to be Bond in unscripted battles against the world's most evil villains and mercenaries. Filled with armed combat, massive explosions and vertigo-inducing chases, gamers are immersed in an authentic Bond universe and drawn into epic movie moments with theatrical camera angles, split screen effects, picture-in-picture sequences, and amazing environments inspired by real world locations such as Montenegro, Venice, Bolivia and Austria. Bringing James Bond to next-gen consoles for the first time, gamers now have the ability to battle online in a variety of modes. [Activision]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
6.3
Overclocked: A History of Violence 83.

Overclocked: A History of Violence

Platform: PC
April 7, 2008
The classic point & click adventure game breaks new ground in order to tell a story revolving around psychiatrist David McNamara and five young patients. These patients are found barely clothed, the apparent victim of a traumatic act of violence, in the rain-drenched streets of New York City. McNamara is called to help as an expert psychiatrist. At the Staten Island Forensic Hospital he is tasked with treating the young patients – who all suffer from severe amnesia. Dave begins to carefully probe their memory, trying to reveal their obscured past. The story-telling approach of Overclocked sees the player take on the role of the patients as they are questioned, playing and exploring their memories one by one. In reverse chronology, the player makes his way through the shards of their past and experiences frightening events that seem incoherent at first. The insights gained can then used back in the role of Dave McNamara to piece together the interconnections between the victims and open up new lines of questioning. [Anaconda]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
6.4
Spore Galactic Adventures 84.

Spore Galactic Adventures

Platform: PC
August 27, 2008
Spore Galactic Adventures adds variety and depth to the original space game in Spore, allowing players to beam down to planets, play mission-based adventures and even create their own customized adventures for the first time. Each adventure has a unique reward to upgrade a space creature with special accessories - from an Energy Blade and Stunning Charm to a Jump Jet and more. Players can fight their way to victory as a Warrior, dance with new friends as a Bard, and much more. With an almost unlimited number of user created adventures, there’s more to play than ever before. The "adventure creator" in Spore Galactic Adventures gives gamers the tools to make their own missions and share them with friends. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.2
MySims 85.

MySims

Platform: PC
October 28, 2008
Explore a whole new world with MySims - it's your world to transform! Move to a town that has been struggling lately. With a little creativity and some help from the locals, you can make this place thrive! New for the PC you can now Play Trade and Create with your friends online! [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.1
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Colonies Edition 86.

Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Colonies Edition

Platform: PC
May 27, 2008
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Colonies Edition provides action for both online and offline players. Gamers who missed the original Lost Planet will have the opportunity to experience the original with the added bonus of fresh new content and cross platform multi-play all at a great value price. Fans of the Lost Planet's online action will enjoy new online modes, maps, weapons and models. [Capcom]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.2
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames 87.

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames

Platform: PC
September 4, 2008
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is an explosive open-world action game set in a massive, highly reactive, war-torn world. A power-hungry tyrant messes with Venezuela's oil supply, sparking an invasion that turns the country into a warzone. But for you, international crisis is all upside: You are a mercenary, and you profit from chaos. Mercenaries 2 features a slew of potential clients, all willing to pay you to do their dirty work. Dirty deeds, done for exorbitant fees. These are world powers with deep pockets, deep grudges, and enough arms and ammo to start World War III. This is your kind of environment. Mercenaries 2 features the latest and most dangerous in civilian and military tech, everything from shiny new sports cars, to the future-tech satellite-guided bunker-busting mini-nuke. Tanks, APCs, boats, luxury automobiles – you name it, you can have it delivered to you in real time. And if you run out of cash you can always 'acquire' the gear you need in the field. If you see it, you can buy it, steal it, or blow the living crap out of it. Play your own way, or play with the help of a friend in the new cooperative multiplayer mode. You are not a soldier. You don't have to play by anyone's rules. You have your own code: you will fulfill the terms of the contract, no matter what. Not everyone in the world of Mercenaries is as honorable. Everyone will try and screw you, given the chance. They think they can get away with it, because they don't know rule #1: EVERYBODY PAYS. [Pandemic Studios]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
6.1
Dracula: Origin 88.

Dracula: Origin

Platform: PC
May 23, 2008
Assume the role of Professor Van Helsing, the celebrated vampire hunter, on the hunt for Dracula, who himself is on a quest for a mysterious manuscript that will give him the power to raise the dead. Your goal is to prevent Dracula from finding and using this manuscript, and killing him in order to liberate the souls of all those who have had the misfortune to cross his path. Using conventional Point & Click gameplay, Dracula: Origin is an adventure supported by impeccable graphics and a rich storyline taking you to London, Egypt, Austria and, of course, to Transylvania; the famous home of the great vampire. The world, inspired by the celebrated author Bram Stoker, is reproduced through 2D environments and animated 3D characters. All of the elements essential to the Dracula story, including horror, love, blood, crucifixes, stakes and garlic, are included in a disturbing and absorbing Gothic atmosphere. [Ascaron]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
6.5
Nancy Drew: The Phantom of Venice 89.

Nancy Drew: The Phantom of Venice

Platform: PC
July 11, 2008
Somewhere beyond the bright piazzas and open markets of the Venice Carnevale lurks a masked thief. Despite months of investigations, the Italian police remain helpless as stolen treasures vanish in the night. That's why the authorities asked you, as detective Nancy Drew, to join the case, to infiltrate a dangerous crime syndicate and catch this phantom thief before he or she destroys the heart of Venice! [Her Interactive]
Metascore:
69
User Score:
7.0
Rhem 3: The Secret Library 90.

Rhem 3: The Secret Library

Platform: PC
February 28, 2008
In this intricate pure-puzzle first person adventure game for PC and Mac, the adventures of brothers Kales and Zetais continue in the mysterious land of RHEM. Like its predecessors, RHEM 3 features non-linear gameplay, non-violent story, and mind-bending puzzles. Set in a labyrinthine world of hidden rooms and secret passages, strange vehicles and odd machines, RHEM 3 opens the door to a new journey of mystery and adventure. In search of a certain black gem, hints hidden in a secret library and clues offered by the peculiar inhabitants of RHEM will assist you in your quest. With an adventurous spirit, logical thinking, and keen puzzle-solving, you will slowly but surely divine the location of this curious treasure and unveil the secret it holds. [Got Game]
Metascore:
69
User Score:
tbd
Jack Keane 91.

Jack Keane

Platform: PC
April 15, 2008
Colonial England. Under a certain amount of… duress… Jack takes on a job which will not only cause him a great deal of trouble, but also bring to light the answer to a mystery out of his distant past. A lack of money leads Jack to accept a charter to take a British secret agent to mysterious “Tooth Island”. When Jack’s ship shatters on the mysterious island’s cliffs on arrival and the secret agent quickly becomes a meal for a monster in the jungle, Jack is soon left to cope with the situation on his own. “Tooth Island” is ruled by the strange Doctor T, who is cultivating man-eating plants and has his own dastardly plans for the British Empire. And why does he seem to know Jack, who can’t remember ever having been on Tooth Island? What are Doctor T's plans? And what does he know about Jack’s past? And then there’s the young and naive Amanda, who is filled by an almost fanatical drive to prove her worth. In the beginning the young lady is employed by Doctor T, and part of her task is to track Jack down and take him prisoner. It doesn’t take long before she begins to wonder if she is really on the right side, or if she shouldn’t join her opponent, the charming Captain Jack, instead. A hair-raising hunt across the length and breadth of the dangerous island finally airs the mystery surrounding Jack’s past and leads to a spectacular showdown with a dark and deadly enemy and his nefarious henchmen. [10Tactle Studios]
Metascore:
69
User Score:
6.6
FIFA Manager 09 92.

FIFA Manager 09

Platform: PC
December 19, 2008
(Currently available in the UK/EU only) EA SPORTS FIFA MANAGER 09 gives football fans full control over the management of their clubs. Whether founding a club, becoming a national coach, or finally leading their favourite club to international glory, all options are open to players in the EA SPORTS football management simulation for PC. The game contains all areas of club management, from signing new players to training to extending stadiums. A central element of EA SPORTS FIFA MANAGER 09 is the matchday itself. The 3D mode offers new improvements, particularly in the areas of graphics, sound and AI. The new, fully customisable user interface in 3D mode gives players direct access to substitutions, tactical changes, and statistics. The text mode has been completely revamped and now features a unique mixture of traditional live commentary and an Internet live ticker. Lots of exciting and informative tools create a high level of transparency and atmosphere. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
69
User Score:
6.8
Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals 93.

Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals

Platform: PC
September 20, 2008
A father returns. A son searches. Gods rule. From the art and stories of famed graphic novelist and filmmaker Enki Bilal, and the studio created by adventure game legend Benoit Sokal comes Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals. As Nikopol you find yourself in a suspenseful adventure to find your father and thwart a dangerous conspiracy. Entangled in political intrigue you are caught between two worlds, one of anarchy and one of Immortality. [Got Game Entertainment]
Metascore:
68
User Score:
5.5
Buccaneer: The Pursuit of Infamy 94.

Buccaneer: The Pursuit of Infamy

Platform: PC
December 5, 2008
Set sail across the Caribbean with Buccaneer. Will you become the world's greatest and most feared pirate captain, or will you let your infamy ebb away and risk mutiny at the hands of your bloodthirsty crew? Swashbuckling single player campaign across 50+ missions. Compete against up to 18 other cut-throats in team-based multiplayer. Captain one of 26 upgradeable pirate vessels. Explore the beauty of the Caribbean, with stunning shader technology. Instantly accessible arcade-like controls. [Steam]
Metascore:
68
User Score:
6.7
Sinking Island 95.

Sinking Island

Platform: PC
August 21, 2008
The new game by Benoît Sokal: the master of point & click adventure returns to the universe that earned him a reputation as a major comic book author: Detective stories. Sumptuous décors: from the idyllic beaches to the exaggerated proportions of this extravagant tower, discover a rich environment and great graphics. A heart-racing scenario: hate, resentment, treason and intrigue on a tropical island. A Noir novel in a video game: the game is divided into ten simple questions that you have to answer one after the other to make headway in the investigation. A full and accessible enquiry solving system: thanks to your personal assistant, you can confront the different suspects, compare their statements to evidence and move on in the enquiry by using your sense of deduction. A race against time: as a storm rages, the tower is progressively sinking into the water... You only have 3 days to clear up this affair before all clues and the guilty party disappear forever. 2 game modes: in expert mode, it’s a race against time and you won’t have a second to lose! In adventure mode, you can go through each place at your own pace, enjoying the wonderful décors. [Microids]
Metascore:
68
User Score:
6.7
The Experiment 96.

The Experiment

Platform: PC
February 5, 2008
(Also known as "Experience 112") Over sweeping cliffs and across scenic coastlines, this innovative shared adventure be gins in the bowels of an old, dilapidated ship grounded ashore. Mysteriously, you find yourself in the ship’s operations room faced with a highly advanced panel of controls, surveillance monitors, and a wide array of sophisticated technology. As you watch the monitors for other signs of life, you discover a woman. Unable to find a way to communicate with her directly, you realize that you are her only hope. She needs your help. The problem is, you too are being held prisoner by an unseen captor. Soon you come to realize that the only way to escape is to help one another. But... who are you? Who is she? Why do you control both your fates? Is escape from this floating prison your only goal, or is there a more cryptic scheme? [The Adventure Company]
Metascore:
68
User Score:
5.4
Penumbra: Requiem 97.

Penumbra: Requiem

Platform: PC
August 27, 2008
Requiem ties up loose ends from previous installments and as Philip progresses he encounters various characters from his past. Penumbra: Requiem delves deeper into the world of the Tuurngait infection and personalities from the previous two games, Overture and Black Plague. Long lost friends return and aid Philip on his quest, but can they really be trusted? In the bizarre world of Penumbra: Requiem players experience another psychological thrill on a level unheard of before Penumbra: Black Plague. This time telling what is real and what is not is even harder and not always trusting your senses will be essential in order to survive. [Paradox Interactive]
Metascore:
67
User Score:
5.9
Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches 98.

Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches

Platform: PC
October 5, 2008
Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches is set on the Celtic fringes of Britain; a place where myth and magic spill into reality, threatening the sanity of a teenage girl named Rhiannon Sullivan. An ancient battle for revenge engulfs Ty Pryderi, the remote Welsh farmstead Rhiannon now calls home. She begins to hear unexplained noises, see disturbing visions, and experience other chilling paranormal phenomena. There is an ancient evil lurking in the walls of Ty Pryderi that holds a terrible connection to a timeless struggle between man and magic fabled in the Mabinogion Legends. Her parents take Rhiannon away, leaving Ty Pryderi to your watch and exploration, but their absence can only postpone the inevitability of revenge and death. Unless you can stop it. [Lighthouse Interactive]
Metascore:
67
User Score:
6.2
Tank Universal: Challenger Eight 99.

Tank Universal: Challenger Eight

Platform: PC
August 21, 2008
Our hero, George, after a trip to the doctor, has been given bad news. He's also been given a large quantity of different pills, presumably to treat some unknown yet terminal illness, and to cheer him up he's also been given a VR helmet. On donning the helmet, George (under your control) is able to explore a strange virtual world. All goes well until he is "recruited" by the mysterious figures in this virtual world and forced to take part in a ritual combat exercise. Tank Universal creates a huge virtual 'Tron-like' world where you take part in immense 3D tank battles involving scores of units both friendly and not so friendly in wide open levels. Players can bombard the enemy from a distance or close the gap and dodge shells point blank - all in an immersive first person perspective. [Meridian4]
Metascore:
67
User Score:
6.7
Cleopatra: Riddle of the Tomb 100.

Cleopatra: Riddle of the Tomb

Platform: PC
March 31, 2008
(Also known as "Cleopatra: Riddle of the Tomb") You are in the middle of a civil war in ancient Egypt, pitting Cleopatra's supporters against those of her brother and husband, Ptolemy, who is ravaging the country. In the midst of all this, you are a young apprentice to Akkad, Cleopatra's chief astrologist and astronomist and you fall in love with your master's daughter. But one day, you discover that both of them have been kidnapped. You learn from Cleopatra that he has a prophecy that holds the fate of Egypt. Set out on their trail through the ruins of Egypt, including such legendary sites as the Library of Alexandria and the Lighthouse, all while meeting a whole host of mysterious characters. Can you save Egypt and its Queen, too?
Metascore:
67
User Score:
tbd

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  2. Sable

  3. Undead & Beyond

    • Release Date: Jun 25, 2021
    • Platform: PC
Highs and Lows
Highest of the Month
  1. 91

    Chicory: A Colorful Tale

    • Release Date: Jun 10, 2021
    • User Score: 9.3
    • Platform: PC
  2. 89

    Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

  3. 88

    Guilty Gear -Strive-

  4. 87

    Overboard!

    • Release Date: Jun 2, 2021
    • Platform: PC
  5. 86

    Overboard!

    • Release Date: Jun 2, 2021
    • Rating: T
    • Platform: Switch
Lowest of the Month
  1. 52

    Necromunda: Hired Gun

  2. 55

    Necromunda: Hired Gun

  3. 60

    Necromunda: Hired Gun

  4. 64

    Stonefly

    • Release Date: Jun 1, 2021
    • User Score: tbd
    • Platform: PC
  5. 67

    Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2

    • Release Date: Jun 4, 2021
    • Rating: M
    • User Score: 7.4
    • Platform: PS4