Game Releases by Score

Grand Theft Auto III 1.

Grand Theft Auto III

Platform: PC
May 20, 2002
The PC version features enhanced 3D audio. Environmentally scaled and referenced from the player's perspective. Create your own customizable Liberty City radio station, using the built-in mp3 player. State-of-the art visuals utilizing the latest PC hardware render the city more beautifully than ever in 32 bit color. The skinnable player character enables fans to create and upload their own skin textures and to use a scanned-in photo to play as themselves. [Rockstar]
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.3
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos 2.

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos

Platform: PC
July 3, 2002
[Metacritic's 2002 PC Game of the Year] It has been nearly fifteen years since the war between the orcs and humans ended. An uneasy peace settled over the land while, for years, the drums of war were silent. Yet the kingdoms of men grew complacent in their victory - and slowly, the defeated orcish clans regrouped under the banner of a new visionary leader. Now a darker shadow has fallen over the world, threatening to extinguish all life - all hope. The drums of war play upon the winds once again - rising urgently towards the inevitable hour when the skies will rain fire - and the world will tremble before the coming of the Burning Legion. The Day of Judgment has come... [Blizzard]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
9.2
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 3.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003

Platform: PC
October 31, 2002
New course lineup: Twelve detailed courses include Pebble Beach Golf Links, TPC of Scottsdale and Torrey Pines South. New effects: Feel the sun, the wind, the fog and the grass as you walk 18. The most PGA TOUR pros: Play as or against Tiger Woods, Ty Tryon, Vijay Singh, Brad Faxon and many others. TrueSwing technology: Take full control over your swing, from straight drives to hooks and draws. Career mode: Purchase new equipment and lessons, hone your skills, and make your way to the top of the career rankings. [EA Sports]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
5.1
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault 4.

Medal of Honor: Allied Assault

Platform: PC
January 20, 2002
As Lt. Mike Powell, member of the famed 1st Ranger Battalion, you'll battle through over 20 levels based on historical military campaigns of World War II. Fire period weapons and command authentic war vehicles as you silence the gun batteries at Port Arzew, survive the Omaha Beach landing, and more. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.6
Neverwinter Nights 5.

Neverwinter Nights

Platform: PC
June 16, 2002
A hideous evil has awoken in the Forgotten Realms. Now, in order to save the inhabitants of the town of Neverwinter you must uncover a sinister conspiracy, unmask your mysterious betrayer and complete an epic struggle to defeat the powerful forces that look to halt your quest and unleash an evil your people would surely never survive. [Infogrames]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.2
No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way 6.

No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way

Platform: PC
September 30, 2002
A humorous story-driven first-person shooter featuring the beautiful but deadly UNITY operative Cate Archer. Cate must investigate a super-secret Soviet project that, if successful, could bring about a third world war. Armed with an assortment of conventional and experimental weaponry and gadgets, players will explore exotic locales, circumvent devious traps, and contend with deadly agents determined to take Cate out of the spy trade once and for all. [Sierra]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.7
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 7.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3

Platform: PC
March 28, 2002
Featuring eight massive levels filled with people, traffic, and other interactive elements, the game's environments are brought to life with richer graphics and advanced special effects optimized for today's PC video cards. Smoother life-like animations and significantly improved tricks capture the style of the world's best skateboarding pros. Further improving on the franchise's intuitive control scheme, the game allows players to perform tricks and combos in some of the world's most popular skate locations including Los Angeles, Canada and Tokyo. The enhanced skate park editor allows gamers to create the ultimate park up to twice the size of parks in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2. The Create-A-Skater features a new female skater model, and the ability to modify almost every aspect of their appearance, from accessories to clothing to hair color. [Activision]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.4
Freedom Force 8.

Freedom Force

Platform: PC
March 24, 2002
From a distant corner of the galaxy, an evil alien race sets in motion a sinister plan to conquer the Earth. They unleash a powerful catalyst - Energy X - that imbues the planet's worst miscreants with super-powers to bring the planet to its knees. Now Earth's only hope lies with a new breed of heroes... The Freedom Force! Command a squad of comic book heroes in the defense of Patriot City. Choose from over a dozen heroes or create your own comic champions. Fight for freedom in over 20 action-packed missions. Restore order in a completely interactive 3D world. Take your heroes online and join the fight in multiplayer mode. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.7
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast 9.

Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

Platform: PC
March 26, 2002
Several years have passed since Kyle Katarn avenged his father's death and saved the Valley of the Jedi from Jerec and his band of Dark Jedi. Allowing his Force powers to languish for fear of falling to the Dark side, Kyle set aside his lightsaber, vowing never to use it again. But when a new and menacing threat to the galaxy emerges, Kyle knows he must reclaim his past in order to save his future. Players assume the role of Kyle as they employ a unique mix of weapons, Force powers and your lightsaber in both single- and multiplayer modes of first-person action. [LucasArts]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.7
Age of Mythology 10.

Age of Mythology

Platform: PC
November 1, 2002
Age of Mythology transports players to a time when heroes did battle with monsters of legend and the gods intervened in the affairs of mortal men. Players wage war using human armies and diplomacy, progress through development ages, enhance military and economic performance with improvements, and manage economics through resource gathering and trade. Mythology enters the mix when players call upon the gods to act on their behalf or reinforce their armies with more than 20 mythological creatures. Ensemble Studios' new 3D engine adds a deep richness of graphical detail and creates a unique new title based on the ancient cultural history of the Greek, Norse, and Egyptian cultures, which are divided into nine detailed civilizations. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.9
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind 11.

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

Platform: PC
May 1, 2002
An epic, open-ended single-player game where you create and play any kind of character you can imagine. Be the noble hero embarking on an epic quest, or an insidious thief rising to leadership of his guild. Be a malevolent sorcerer developing the ultimate spell of destruction, or a reverent healer searching for the cure to a plague. Your actions define your character, and your gameplay changes and evolves in response to your actions. Confront the assassins' guild, and they take out a contract on you. Impress them, and they try to recruit you instead. No two sagas are the same in the world of Morrowind. [Bethesda Softworks]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.9
NASCAR Racing 2002 Season 12.

NASCAR Racing 2002 Season

Platform: PC
February 14, 2002
Race Against Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Dale Jarrett, and more in the 2002 Season! Get behind the wheel of a 750 horsepower stock car and battle for the championship on real-life tracks. Get under the hood to fine-tune your car or just jump in and race against the best in Arcade Mode. Feel car vibrations, hear the roar of the engines, and sweat it out racing fender to fender at 180 miles per hour. [Sierra]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
5.4
Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin 13.

Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin

Platform: PC
October 29, 2002
CMBB is the sequel to the award winning "Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord" game. CMBB is a 1 or 2 player, hybrid turn-based/realtime 3D simulation of WWII tactical warfare on the Eastern Front, from June 1941 through May 1945. It combines unparalleled game depth, stunning graphics and sound with a proven and easy to use interface in a true 3D environment. [Battlefront.com]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.7
Battlefield 1942 14.

Battlefield 1942

Platform: PC
September 10, 2002
In Battlefield 1942, you will experience the heat of battle as you heroically storm the beaches of Normandy, drive a tank across the deserts of northern Africa, pilot a fighter plane during the Battle of Midway, command a battleship at Guadalcanal, or parachute and commandeer a jeep in operation Market Garden. It is the only first person, team-based action game that places you in the midst of a raging WWII battlefield with 35 "machines of war" under your control. You'll pick up the sidearm of your choice and get behind the wheel of a variety of vehicles, ships, and aircraft to go to war on land, sea, and air during some of the most famous and pivotal battles of the Second World War. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.6
Madden NFL 2003 15.

Madden NFL 2003

Platform: PC
August 12, 2002
The Next Level of Online Play: Join EA SPORTS Online and play in Quick Tournaments, Two-Minute Drill mode and Mini-Camp Challenge with detailed stats. Audio Dream Team: Legendary announcer Al Michaels joins John Madden. Deepest Franchise Mode Ever: Play 30 years of Franchise mode and draft players each season with tips from your scouts. Create the Ultimate Online Hero: Take your created player online, earn points and spend them to customize accessories. New Enhanced Game Engine: Based on the same engine used in the console versions of Madden NFL 2003. [EA Sports]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.1
Medieval: Total War 16.

Medieval: Total War

Platform: PC
August 19, 2002
It opens with the preaching of the first Crusade in 1095. It ends with the fall of Constantinople in 1453. What happens in between is up to you. Guide your kingdom's fortunes through a period of brutal conflict and violent social upheaval. Lay siege to mighty fortresses as you command vast armies across the battlefields of Europe and North Africa. But be careful when forming alliances - and even more so when choosing enemies. For this is Total War: a world where empires fall even faster than they rise, and the penalty for fear is your life. [Activision]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.7
Mafia 17.

Mafia

Platform: PC
August 27, 2002
Mafia brings the 1930's underworld to life in this 3rd person 3D action game. Rise from the lowly but well-dressed footsoldier to the envied and feared Made Man in an era of big bands, zoot suits and Model T's. Take on the role of a hitman, enforcer, getaway driver and more in your struggle for respect, money and power within the Salieri Family. [Take 2]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
9.1
F1 2002 18.

F1 2002

Platform: PC
June 13, 2002
In-depth telemetry -- Optimize vehicle setup, driving style and general performance using detailed Telemetry data; State of the art technology -- Cutting edge graphics technology, dynamic weather effects, real word lighting, character animation for pit crews, and engine and brake temperature modelling; Authentic 2002 driver controls -- Experience the same technological wizardry available to Formula One drivers, including Launch Control, Traction Control and variable level automated shifting; Greater Accessibility -- An all-new team themed user interface, enhanced game controller support and Force Feedback. [EA Sports]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.4
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin 19.

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin

Platform: PC
October 1, 2002
As a retired assassin, forced back into action by treason, pick up contracts in exotic locations around the globe: Sicily, St. Petersburg, Japan, Malaysia, and India. Operate in a non-linear world where the outcome of your actions and proficiency as a hitman are measured on a balance between stealth and aggression. Stalk and eliminate your targets up close and personal, in either 1st or 3rd person perspectives. Execute your assignments with a diverse arsenal of equipment, from armor-piercing sniper rifles and explosives to chloroform and poison darts. Acquire and carry weapons and tools from mission to mission through an enhanced inventory and save-game system. [Eidos Interactive]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.2
Out of the Park Baseball 4 20.

Out of the Park Baseball 4

Platform: PC
February 28, 2002
A comprehensive baseball simulation that offers multiple play options, a career mode, an exhaustive financial model, an open-ended design allowing you to completely customize your gaming experience, and much more. Try to build a dynasty with your favorite team through trading, acquiring free agents and making good selections in the amateur draft. Play consecutive seasons and follow the careers of your players as they develop, age and retire. Or, use Out of the Park Baseball's connectivity with The Baseball Archive to create your own "season disks," and replay any single season in baseball history. You can even combine history and fantasy by creating a new career league that starts with a historical season from baseball's past, and moves forward through a future that you shape! [Out of the Park Developments]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
6.9
Dungeon Siege 21.

Dungeon Siege

Platform: PC
March 31, 2002
Dungeon Siege combines the immersive elements of a role-playing game with over-the-top intensity and non-stop action. Dungeon Siege plunges you into a continuous 3D fantasy world where you face off against an army of evil that has been unleashed. You begin as a humble farmer, and as you travel through the world and gain new skills, you can gather a party of up to eight characters to aid you. Dungeon Siege impels the player into one over-the-top battle after the other as the storyline unfolds and a larger plot begins to reveal itself. A world of adventure where you can explore sprawling landscapes in a seamlessly unfolding story awaits. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.8
Unreal Tournament 2003 22.

Unreal Tournament 2003

Platform: PC
September 30, 2002
Reload with Unreal Tournament 2003 - the sequel to 1999's multiple 'Game of the Year' award winner - "Unreal Tournament." Using the latest Unreal technology, Unreal Tournament 2003 takes you to the merciless arenas of the future, where elite warriors rely on skill, speed, cunning and awesome firepower to demonstrate their style and become the ultimate champion. [Infogrames]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.9
Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne 23.

Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne

Platform: PC
June 12, 2002
Delivering an invigorating mix of Empire Building, Role-playing, and Warfare, Age Of Wonders II offers the ultimate in fantasy turn-based strategy. Explore a world full of mythical creatures and mysterious lands. Build an impressive force as an all-powerful Wizard through dangerous perils and exhilarating challenges. Now is your time to embrace your destiny and take your rightful place at the head of the Circle, forever. [GodGames]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.4
Serious Sam: The Second Encounter 24.

Serious Sam: The Second Encounter

Platform: PC
February 4, 2002
Sam is back in the all new Second Episode of his battles with his arch-enemy Mental! After finding the Sirian spacecraft in ancient Egypt, Sam "Serious" Stone hijacked it and headed for Mental himself! But this, sadly, was not to be, as Sam lost control of the the alien craft and crash landed in the South American mountains. Now, Surrounded by an even stronger army of Mental's evil forces, Sam is forced to battle his way towards Mental's fortress and put a stop once and for all to his plans of world domination. [Take 2]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.6
Dark Age of Camelot: Shrouded Isles 25.

Dark Age of Camelot: Shrouded Isles

Platform: PC
December 2, 2002
The first expansion pack available for Dark Age of Camelot players. It extends the story of the original game with new character classes, new races, and three new continents to explore - displayed in an all-new state-of-the-art graphics engine that make it look as advanced as any game on the market. [Mythic Entertainment]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.4
Sid Meier's SimGolf 26.

Sid Meier's SimGolf

Platform: PC
January 23, 2002
Be the course designer, CEO, and resident Pro of your own golf resorts around the world. Grow your golf empire from a small, public pitch-and-putt to a global network of five-star resorts. From groundbreaking to par breaking, the ultimate golf design fantasies are in your hands. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.6
Heroes of Might and Magic IV 27.

Heroes of Might and Magic IV

Platform: PC
March 29, 2002
Lead multiple hero-characters into battle to fight alongside troops for an intense combat experience. Encounter all-new heroes and over 60 creatures in 6 massive campaigns and 24 scenarios. With an all-new game engine, lifelike isometric view, breathtaking graphics and richly detailed landscapes, the adventure map comes alive! With 48 Hero Classes and all-new skill and magic systems, summon all your strategic insight, tactical cunning and leadership abilities to ascend to the throne of this perilous new world! [3DO]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.6
Disciples II: Dark Prophecy 28.

Disciples II: Dark Prophecy

Platform: PC
January 22, 2002
Dark Prophecy returns gamers to the magical realm of the Sacred Lands where four races - the Empire, the Mountain Clans, the Legions of the Damned and the Undead Hordes - continue the battle for the destiny of their Gods. A decade after the First Great War, the final prophecy continues to unfold. [Strategy First]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.7
FIFA Soccer 2003 29.

FIFA Soccer 2003

Platform: PC
November 2, 2002
The World of Soccer: Play with all the best clubs, players and national teams. Powerhouse Detail: The Club Championship highlights the top 18 club teams with intense detail, including team-specific stadiums and chants. Total Ball Control: Use your feet and head to control the ball like never before. New Set Pieces: Use free kicks and corner kicks to set up a shot or even score directly. Game-changing AI: Computer opponents will adopt tactics based on the real game situations. [EA Games]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
6.9
Icewind Dale II 30.

Icewind Dale II

Platform: PC
August 26, 2002
The worst fear of the civilized realms has come true. The Goblinoids have united into an army of outcasts and misfits and they want to call the Ten Towns their own. Massive swarms of Orcs and Worg-mounted Goblins are attempting to overrun the town of Targos, and that's just the beginning! A call has gone out to all those willing to face insurmountable odds in defense of the Ten Towns. Will you heed the call to arms and face the greatest threat to the Spine of the World? [Interplay]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.3
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2002 31.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2002

Platform: PC
February 24, 2002
New TrueSwing/Total Precision Swing lets you drive in true, slice it or add a draw, giving you more control over your shots. Compete as or against 12 PGA TOUR professionals including Tiger, Jesper Parnevik, Vijay Singh, Colin Montgomerie, and Notah Begay. Brand new course lineup includes such amazing layouts as Pebble Beach Golf Links, TPC at Sawgrass, Royal Birkdale in England, and more! [EA Sports]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
5.8
MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries 32.

MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries

Platform: PC
November 7, 2002
Control 100 ton 'Mechs while leading up to eight hired guns into the heat of battle in the quest for the all-mighty C-Bill in this latest standalone installment of the critically acclaimed MechWarrior action-simulator franchise. And this time around, honor doesn't even enter into the equation - it's all about the money. Get your fledgling mercenary company sponsored by some of most notable and notorious mercenary groups in BattleTech history and battle your way through the Inner Sphere in more than 40 new missions as you doggedly pursue more lucrative C-Bill payoffs. With more than 35 'Mechs, new weapons, and new electronic packages available for purchase, chances are you'll need every C-Bill you earn. In MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries, being a hero doesn't pay, being a mercenary does - very well. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.5
Asheron's Call 2: Fallen Kings 33.

Asheron's Call 2: Fallen Kings

Platform: PC
November 20, 2002
Are you ready for the next generation of multiplayer role-playing games? Asheron's Call 2: Fallen Kings combines state of the art 3-D graphics , innovative combat and game-play and a dynamic monthly update system that immerses players in a lush, living world filled with danger and challenges. AC2 takes place in a fantasy world that has been devastated by a great disaster. You and your fellow players must venture forth and shape the course of this ever-evolving world. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.2
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Desert Siege 34.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Desert Siege

Platform: PC
March 27, 2002
East Africa, 2009. A 60-year conflict boils over as Ethiopia invades its smaller neighbor Eritrea, threatening the world's most vital shipping lanes in the Red Sea. An elite team of U.S. Army Green Berets, known as the Ghosts, moves in to safeguard the seas and free Eritrea. As the war rages on, the Ghosts are drawn from Eritrea's shores to the heart of Ethiopia in their deadliest battles yet. [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
6.7
Warlords Battlecry II 35.

Warlords Battlecry II

Platform: PC
March 11, 2002
Experience a unique combination of role-playing heroes and real-time strategy game play. Build Hero warriors in the Warlord's fantasy world of Etheria and develop them into unique classes such as Death Knight, Assassin or Ice Mage. A new single player campaign delivers 12 unique sides, new terrain and new magical effects. Create multiple heroes and track their courage in the single player campaign or over the Internet. [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.8
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Island Thunder 36.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Island Thunder

Platform: PC
September 25, 2002
Cuba, 2009: Castro is dead, and the first free Cuban elections in decades are thrown into turmoil by a drug-funded warlord. The Ghosts, an elite team of U.S. Army Green Berets, are sent to Cuba as part of a UN peacekeeping force to destroy the rebel forces and their mercenary leaders and secure the elections for a free Cuba. [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
6.7
Airborne Assault: Red Devils Over Arnhem 37.

Airborne Assault: Red Devils Over Arnhem

Platform: PC
June 17, 2002
Take part in the biggest Airborne operation in history! Can your British "Red Devils" seize and hold the Rhine crossings and end the war before Christmas 1944? Or can your desperate German forces resist the onslaught and eliminate this threat to the German heartland?
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.4
Europa 1400: The Guild 38.

Europa 1400: The Guild

Platform: PC
November 18, 2002
It's the year 1400. Europe sees the dawn of the "golden age of the new departures and the free spirit" - the late Middle Ages. Under the rule of the bourgeoisie and businessmen, more and more towns are emerging from the clutches of the aristocracy and are achieving independence, power and wealth. New businesses are flourishing, bringing financial strength and political influence to a growing economy. However, life in the narrow, overpopulated alleyways and streets of the towns also has its downsides: epidemics and diseases are spreading, and thieves and highwaymen lie in wait to get their piece of the wealth. Now you can try your hand in these exciting times of change. Will you head down the path of an honest craftsman or a dubious priest? [JoWood]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.4
Links 2003 39.

Links 2003

Platform: PC
September 16, 2002
The newest version of the best-selling golf simulator of all-time features improved graphics, six brand-new championship courses, high-resolution 3D characters, a Dynamic Camera that lets you to see your shot from different perspectives, and improved putting with a new 3D Green Analyzer. Links 2003 also brings improvements to the powerful Arnold Palmer Course Designer - the same 3D course architecture tool used by the Links team to create course graphics in stunning photorealistic detail. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
6.8
Earth & Beyond 40.

Earth & Beyond

Platform: PC
September 2, 2002
Welcome to Earth & Beyond, the first online role-playing galaxy. It's your turn to pilot your own starship, adventure in a massive galaxy, and take part in a thriving community. Alien encounters, fierce combat, cutthroat commerce, new discoveries, perilous quests, strategic alliances, diplomatic backstabbing, and epic wars await you and the friends you meet online. Earth & Beyond allows you to build your character and career in three distinct ways: exploration, trade and combat. The game is designed around these three activities, and each race, profession, skill, starship and item affects how well you excel in these core activities. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.1
Syberia 41.

Syberia

Platform: PC
September 1, 2002
Syberia is a pure adventure game, where the player will discover a magical world of automatons and meet amazing and intriguing characters in 4 mysterious and incredibly beautiful, realistic and detailed European environments. Syberia is a 3rd person perspective single-player, adventure game using unequalled graphics with 3D characters, with a rich and evolving storyline and a cast of very intriguing and interesting characters.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.5
Celtic Kings: Rage of War 42.

Celtic Kings: Rage of War

Platform: PC
August 21, 2002
Both RTS and Role-Playing gamers will enjoy the experience of becoming the young Warrior Larax, who after losing his beloved one, has given himself to the goddess of war, Kathubodua. In strategic mode, you play against computer opponents or other players on the Internet exercising your strategic and tactical skills to achieve objective victory. You train and command many units, hire and develop heroes, acquire powerful artefacts and conquer strongholds and villages. Launch large-scale military campaigns against your foes to bring them to their knees. The game-play in this mode is similar to the traditional RTS gameplay. In adventure mode, you control a party of heroes and explore the world as the struggle between Caesar and the Gaul chieftain evolves. Which side you will support? Will you betray your allies of yesterday? Will you follow the mysterious druids as they request your assistance? Command strongholds and large armies; take risky missions behind the enemy lines. Find powerful artefacts to support you. [Strategy First]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.6
America's Army 43.

America's Army

Platform: PC
July 4, 2002
Become a member of the world's premier land force; trained and equipped to achieve decisive victory - anywhere. Earn the right to call yourself a Soldier, letting the enemies of freedom know that America's Army has arrived... [U.S. Army]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
5.8
Star Trek Bridge Commander 44.

Star Trek Bridge Commander

Platform: PC
February 27, 2002
While on duty in a remote area of space, a nearby sun suddenly erupts releasing a deadly blast that damages your ship, kills your Captain and threatens nearby colonists. Now you must take control of your ship and lead your crew to solve the mystery. Your mission is clear -- discover the cause of the devastating explosion and prevent it from happening again. During the race you will battle the Cardassians, ally with the Klingons, investigate the unpredictable Romulans and reveal a secret plot that threatens the Federation itself. [Activision]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.5
Chessmaster 9000 45.

Chessmaster 9000

Platform: PC
August 31, 2002
Chessmaster 9000 builds on the strong foundation of its predecessors by adding many new tools to help players master the game of chess, including a new course on the Psychology of Competition by International Master Josh Waitzkin, a new Endgame Quiz from five-time chess champ and Grand Master Larry Evans, and a new Blunder Alert feature that immediately notifies players of better moves when they move their pieces into danger. Additionally, new online features include a free matchmaking service via ubi.com, special chat events, and rated games online. [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.6
EverQuest: The Planes of Power 46.

EverQuest: The Planes of Power

Platform: PC
October 28, 2002
Cross over to realms of ancient power, where legendary creatures guard long-hidden secrets. EverQuest: The Planes of Power will take you to places not meant for mortal eyes, reveal treasures and challenges mightier than any before, and bring you face to face with the gods themselves. Prepare yourself, the Planes await! [Sony]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.0
Divine Divinity 47.

Divine Divinity

Platform: PC
September 22, 2002
Set in a new fantasy universe, Divine Divinity takes the player on a fantastic quest in a land torn apart by corruption and dark magic. Throughout his journeys the player will get the chance to develop his character as one of six character types, and meet a variety of people and fantastical beings. By combining the best features of the RPG genre, and introducing a lot of new features, Divine Divinity will appeal to both hard-core and new RPG players. [Larian Studios]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.5
NBA Live 2003 48.

NBA Live 2003

Platform: PC
November 14, 2002
Revolutionary Hand Control: Unprecedented control over both hands lets you make lightning-quick steals, monster shot blocks, and crossover dribbles. NBA Speed, NBA Power: Hundreds of new animations, including new signature moves. "D Up": Amazing control and new shot blocking animations bring defense to life. Real NBA Coaches: All the NBA head coaches are courtside in full 3D, reacting to the on-court action. Brand-new Commentary: Over 5,000 new lines keep the commentary fresh throughout the entire LIVE season. [EA Sports]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.8
The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal 49.

The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal

Platform: PC
November 6, 2002
A ruthless new king has taken the throne of Morrowind, while an aging god drifts deeper into madness. Continue your epic journey into vast new cities, and through massive, epic-sized dungeons. The fate of Morrowind is in your hands again. [Bethesda Softworks]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.9
2002 FIFA World Cup 50.

2002 FIFA World Cup

Platform: PC
April 30, 2002
The official soccer game of the 2002 Korea/Japan World Cup features new "Air Play" gameplay with intuitive one-button headers, volleys, scissor kicks, juggling and showboating. New player-to-player animations allow for agressive jostling for the ball on the ground and in the air. The Tournament Mode features a seven game series beginning with round-robin play, followed by playoffs leading to the final match with a progressive story line and a rising intensity as you advance. [EA Sports]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.5
Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood 51.

Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood

Platform: PC
November 14, 2002
Roam the dense foliage of Sherwood Forest and come face to face with royal trouble as you fight for the common man in Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood. Take on the role of the legendary nobleman, Robin Hood, and join forces with Little John and his Merrymen as the battle for control of the King's throne ensues. A fascinating universe with strong-willed, powerful characters, Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood, takes you on a voyage through medieval Sherwood with a fistful of arrows and a heart full of courage. [Strategy First]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.5
Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix 52.

Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix

Platform: PC
May 20, 2002
Double Helix plunges the players into the secret and deadly world of the modern day mercenary as they race around the globe to stop a bio-terrorist organization. New features include enhanced version of the Quake III Arena game engine for explosive special effects and fast action gameplay and even deadlier AI than the original. [Activision]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.1
Deadly Dozen: Pacific Theater 53.

Deadly Dozen: Pacific Theater

Platform: PC
October 31, 2002
The key to victory hinges on the defeat of island strongholds throughout the Pacific. To do this the U.S. army deploys specially trained soldiers to carryout commando-style attacks against the forces of Japan. From sweltering rainforests to sun-baked coral beaches and stinking mangrove swamps, players lead their squad of 12 skilled heroes on real missions with real consequences. Coordinate attacks, sneak into enemy villages, rescue captured POWs and more. Missions can be played single-handedly or jointly with friends over the Internet for cooperative play. [Infogrames]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.0
The Sims: Unleashed 54.

The Sims: Unleashed

Platform: PC
September 23, 2002
As fans of The Sims know, there has always been something missing from their virtual neighborhoods... pets. In The Sims Unleashed, players can now add furry friends to their Sims' families. An all new expanded neighborhood featuring parks, pet stores, cafes and markets will give the Sims and their new pets a variety of places to sniff, explore and meet their new neighbors. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.6
Trainz 55.

Trainz

Platform: PC
February 10, 2002
Trainz is a complete virtual model railroad experience that allows you to collect, create and control, the many aspects of a working railroad. Start by building up your collection of locomotives, rolling stock, objects, buildings, flora and fauna, then create the ultimate railroad layout using the simplest and best landscape editing tool available before jumping into the driver's seat for a whole new perspective. [Strategy First]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.2
Uncommon Valor: Campaign for the South Pacific 56.

Uncommon Valor: Campaign for the South Pacific

Platform: PC
December 2, 2002
You will find that you are not just playing a game but running a war! Uncommon Valor is a completely new operational game covering the campaigns for New Guinea, New Britain, New Ireland and the Solomon chain from May 1942 to the end of December 1943. The scale is 30 miles per hex and the attrition factor is individual vehicles, guns and squads. Phases are one day, composed of two 12-hour impulses. A turn is composed of 1 to 7 phases, at the player's discretion. He may also choose continuous play and may interrupt that by pressing a key. [Matrix Games]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.6
Global Operations 57.

Global Operations

Platform: PC
March 25, 2002
Global Operations puts you into present-day hot spots such as Chechnya, Sri Lanka, North Africa and the South China Seas. As a member of an elite military force, accomplish team-specific missions like hostage rescue, bomb disarmament and VIP escort. Only as a team can you defeat the opposition. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.7
Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project 58.

Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project

Platform: PC
May 14, 2002
Gaming's king of action returns in an all new adventure, this time in New York City. Duke battles his way across towering skyscraper rooftops and through gritty subway stations on the hunt for power-hungry villain, Mech Morphix. Mutants of every kind are thrown at Duke as he chases down Morphix through eight huge environments and avoids the green slime called GLOPP that is causing all the chaos. But radioactive slime isn't Duke's only problem--there over 25 uniquely dangerous mutated enemies hell-bent on making a meal of him. Whether it's Uzi-sporting alligators or ten-foot tall roach beasts--Duke's in town to blast bad guys and save babes. Sure, pipe bombs, a machine gun, a rocket launcher and a pulse cannon are gonna make a goo-filled mess in the Big Apple, but what's a hero to do? [ARUSH]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.7
Tropico: Paradise Island 59.

Tropico: Paradise Island

Platform: PC
February 3, 2002
As the all-powerful dictator El Presidente in this "Tropico" expansion, face new challenges as you build your thriving island paradise... not to mention a bountiful Swiss bank account. Paradise Island provides more tourist attractions such as beach villas, tennis courts, and nature preserves to help lure those Yanqui tourists. And for you "evil" tyrants out there, new dictator attributes allow for the success of even the most unjust regime! It may be time to enforce Martial Law, because it looks like there's trouble in paradise! [Take 2]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.5
Star Trek: Starfleet Command III 60.

Star Trek: Starfleet Command III

Platform: PC
November 6, 2002
Similar to the earlier games in the SFC franchise Star Trek Starfleet Command III allows gamers to optimize their ship and allocate power to their ship's systems for different types of strategies such as hit-and-run maneuvers, ambushes or direct assaults. However, this installment simplifies the process by introducing a new interface for system management that reduces the "micromanagement" of starship control, and allows players to focus on combat. Additionally, for the first time in any Star Trek game players can significantly customize their vessel's weapons, engines, shields and other systems. As players progress through the game, they can acquire better phasers and disruptors, stronger shields and outfit their ship with new special weapons. Star Trek Starfleet Command III also pushes the boundary of the genre by incorporating RPG elements into the experience. Over the course of the game, officers under the player's command will gain experience and acquire unique skills which increases the ships overall efficiency and enable the player to employ advanced attacks. Players can also choose to recruit new and more experienced officers to maximize the overall effectiveness of their ship. [Activision]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.5
Stronghold: Crusader 61.

Stronghold: Crusader

Platform: PC
September 25, 2002
Journey to distant lands renowned for brave warriors and fearsome weaponry. This highly anticipated successor to the best-selling Stronghold combines the finest aspects from a City Builder and a Real-Time Strategy game. Lead a determined group of crusaders, forged by centuries of barbaric conflicts, or wage war against a powerful foreign invader amidst the haze of the desert heat. Within impenetrable walls beats the heart of a thriving society full of Fletchers, Brewers, and Armourers, while outside stalk enemy Assassins, mighty War Engines, and the constant threat of fire! As European nobles or Arabian warriors, conquer this unforgiving wasteland, defend desert fortresses, and lay siege to fearless enemies during the legendary Crusades of the 11th and 12th centuries! [God Games]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.8
Austerlitz: Napoleon's Greatest Victory 62.

Austerlitz: Napoleon's Greatest Victory

Platform: PC
July 10, 2002
When he saw the magnificent sunrise burning through the mist on the morning of the Battle of Austerlitz, Napoleon thought he could see his destiny. The combined Russian and Austrian armies were following the French emperor's script to the letter. The Allies believed they were superior in the numbers and that Napoleon, who had fallen back from the best defensive position in the area, the Pratzen Heights, was afraid of a confrontation. The Allied high command was wrong. The latest game in The Greatest Battles Series. Originally based on the Sid Meiers' "Gettysburg" engine, this game will be the basis for an entire new series of grand battles. [Shrapnel Games]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
6.3
Arx Fatalis 63.

Arx Fatalis

Platform: PC
November 11, 2002
The goal of the game is to destroy the secret cult of Akbaa, the god of devastation and chaos, thereby preventing his return to the physical world. Should the player fail, the demon is bound to impose his reign of terror upon Arx. The player assumes the role of the potential hero, fights inside an underground fortress using wooden clubs, swords and magical items to defend himself against creatures including goblins, trolls, rat-men and other vicious opponents. However, brute force is not always the best way to succeed: The player has at his disposal the innovative new "onscreen gesture based magic system" to assist him in his progress through the game. Using the mouse, burning runes can be drawn in mid-air. A series of these gestures combine to create powerful magic spells that will protect the player or empower him to defeat his enemies and pursue his quest. [JoWood]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.3
Geoff Crammond's Grand Prix 4 64.

Geoff Crammond's Grand Prix 4

Platform: PC
September 10, 2002
New 3-D graphics engine brings a whole new dimension to this legendary series. Updated Artificial Intelligence creates an ultra realistic and competitive Formula One gaming experience. Unparalleled physics creating the true feeling of driving an Formula One car puts you in control. Tracks modeled using GPS data to create stunningly accurate layouts. 3-D Audio utilising real Formula One samples, improved use of EAX, 3-D spatial sound and reverb brings the awesome sound of Formula One to your PC. GPaedia reference guide, offering detailed insights into the teams, drivers and circuits and provides advise on car setups and more. Incredibly realistic pit crews, engineers and marshals created with motion capture technology and with the assistance of The OrangeArrows Formula One Team. Features all the teams, drivers, and tracks from the 2001 FIA Formula One World championship. Choice of 11 cars all accurately modeled. [Infogrames]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.7
Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom 65.

Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom

Platform: PC
September 9, 2002
You are transported back in time to when emperors reigned and China was the greatest and most resplendent power on earth. Epic in scope, Emperor spans seven dynasties and more than 3,000 years of Chinese history: from China's pre-imperial Xia dynasty circa 2100 BCE to the Mongol invasion of the Middle Kingdom under Genghis Khan in 1211 CE. As Emperor, you will build housing to attract immigrants to your new city. Then the city's workers and farmers, administrators and soldiers will be yours to command, and you will have the work force you need to build a provincial city into a great metropolis. At your bidding, legions of workers will toil to erect walls strong enough to keep the barbarians at bay. Under your banner, armies will march forth to do battle with the enemy. Trade and commerce will flourish and an army of tax collectors will collect the taxes that are due. Schools and clinics, palaces and gardens will embellish the city you have built and proclaim your benevolence to the world. [Sierra]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.8
Operation Flashpoint: Resistance 66.

Operation Flashpoint: Resistance

Platform: PC
July 10, 2002
Resistance, the official expansion to Operation Flashpoint, is set years before O.F.'s Cold War reached crisis point, and delivers a campaign which forms a prequel to the original game's plot. The game casts the player as Victor Troska, an experienced ex-Special Forces soldier. Having turned his back on his military past, Troska has settled into respectable civilian life on an island just a short distance from the original game's three islands. However, his situation changes when Soviet forces invade the island group, destroying Troska's idyllic dreams. Reluctant at first to return to a conflict situation, he is forced to participate in, and then lead, the ramshackle Resistance effort, which grows up in response to the Soviet occupation. [Codemasters]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.7
MoonBase Commander 67.

MoonBase Commander

Platform: PC
August 13, 2002
MoonBase Commander puts players in charge of their own lunar territory in a quest to build the most powerful empire on the moon. The key to winning is to find, exploit and use valuable energy pools to eliminate rival factions who are also on the same quest. Along the way players must choose the best way to accomplish their goals by using weapons, surveillance or shields to fortify their defenses. MoonBase Commander features multiple and unique opposing factions, bright graphics, a light storyline and various types of terrain that can be easily customized with the terrain editor. [Infogrames]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
6.9
The Thing 68.

The Thing

Platform: PC
August 20, 2002
Dropped into the frozen wastelands of Antarctica, you're the leader of a military rescue team sent to investigate the mysterious deaths of an American scientific expedition. In the punishing wind and cold, your team encounters a strange, shape-shifting alien life form that assumes the appearances of the people it kills. This monster is difficult to see, hard to kill, and seemingly impossible to evade. And when you see it, it's often too late. [Universal Interactive]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.6
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 69.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Platform: PC
November 14, 2002
Players enter fantastical free-roaming 3D environments from Harry's world. Players become Harry Potter and delve not only into Harry's world, but also into his personality, via an internal "voice." Conversing with unique characters like Moaning Myrtle, shopping in Diagon Alley, and exploring the convoluted corridors of Hogwarts, players make crucial and independent decisions within Harry's world. Additionally, Harry can, of course, cast spells against foes - but these spells must be perfectly executed, or they could be miscast with humorous or critical consequences! Mini-games within levels can be revisited, so players can help Mrs. Weasley with "de-gnoming" her garden, challenge other students in Professor Lockhart's Dueling Club, or complete other mini-games again and again. [EA Games]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.4
RalliSport Challenge 70.

RalliSport Challenge

Platform: PC
November 6, 2002
RalliSport Challenge delivers an action-packed racing experience by combining four different types of Rally competition into one pulse-pounding game: Hill Climb, traditional Rally, RallyCross, and Ice Racing. This variety of race types allows for gamers to experience traditional rally racing against the clock, as well as fierce, wheel-to-wheel grudge matches against computer opponents or over a network against friends. With 29 licensed cars (and several ?bonus? vehicles), 48 tracks, realistic AI opponents, and spectacular crashes with realistic car damage, RalliSport Challenge packs more fun and thrills into every race across a variety of terrain. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.0
Command & Conquer: Renegade 71.

Command & Conquer: Renegade

Platform: PC
February 27, 2002
For the first time, experience the Command and Conquer universe up close and personal as you fight it out on the ground among the structures, vehicles and weapons made famous in the original C&C. You assume the role of Havoc, elite GDI commando who fights and explores from a first or third-person viewpoint. Battling through exotic indoor and outdoor environments, you're free to use both brute force and stealth in your mission objectives against the evil Brotherhood of Nod. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.7
Hegemonia: Legions of Iron 72.

Hegemonia: Legions of Iron

Platform: PC
November 13, 2002
In 2104, mankind is engaged in a fratricidal war between Earth and Mars populations. After weeks of fierce space battles and heavy losses, both sides however have to join together and form the Legions of Iron to fight a new alien enemy force. Discover a powerful space-opera like RTS game created by the developers of the award-winning Imperium Galactica 1 and 2, which will allow you to break unreached grounds of Gameplay. [DreamCatcher Interactive]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.6
The Sims: Vacation 73.

The Sims: Vacation

Platform: PC
March 25, 2002
(Known as "Sims on Holiday" for its European release.) Take your Sims on a vacation of a lifetime. Whether they've been working hard or livin' large, going downtown or partying down, your Sims deserve a break. You chose whether they'll spend the weekend at a beach resort, rough it in the woods, or chill out in a winter wonderland. Whether they're embarking on a family adventure or hooking up on a romantic getaway, your Sims will always have plenty to do on Vacation Island. Expansion Pack. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.8
Spider-Man: The Movie 74.

Spider-Man: The Movie

Platform: PC
April 16, 2002
Assume the role of the super hero himself, weighing great power with great responsibility as he embarks on a career to thwart crime and put an end to a mastermind criminal, the Green Goblin, and his legions of evil. The game features all-new aerial combat and maneuverability, an advanced combat system with dozens of combos, and new super villians including Shocker, Vulture, and experimental HK units compliments of Oscorp Industries.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.3
NHL 2003 75.

NHL 2003

Platform: PC
September 30, 2002
Dynamic Deke Control: User-activated dekes give you full control of the puck. Game Breaker: Build enough momentum and the action slows in key moments -- feel your heart pounding while you go for goal. New Graphics and Animation Engine: NHL action comes to life with all-new animations and stunning graphics. New Puck Physics and Goalie AI: The players and puck respond more accurately to your actions. More Cool Features: 4 game modes, Create-A-Player, real on-ice sounds, and dynamic camera work bring the NHL to your fingertips. [EA Sports]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.4
Magic: The Gathering Online 76.

Magic: The Gathering Online

Platform: PC
June 14, 2002
In the Magic Online game, you will be able to purchase digital cards and trade them with other players, build and customize your decks and organize your card collection right on the PC. A wide range of game rooms will allow players of different levels to find just the right environment for them, from casual pick-up games to highly competitive tournaments. Players new to the Magic game will be able to observe games in the Casual Play room. Built-in tutorials and practice rooms will help get game-play under way quickly.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
5.0
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 77.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 2

Platform: PC
October 15, 2002
Includes 25 Six Flags roller coasters from 5 different locations, including Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Great Adventure. Create your own incredible roller coasters using the all-new Roller Coaster Designer. Trade creations and challenge other RollerCoaster Tycoons worldwide on rollercoastertycoon.com. Push the limits with new roller coaster types, including Giga Coaster, Spinning Wild Mouse, Inverted Impulse Coaster and more. Customize your park with new and unique themes, including Giant Garden, Wild West, Pirates and more! [Infogrames]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.7
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - Spearhead 78.

Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - Spearhead

Platform: PC
November 12, 2002
This Expansion Pack for Medal of Honor Allied Assault features nine expansive single-player levels ranging from behind enemy lines in Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge and the fall of Berlin. Over 12 new multiplayer levels including the Arnhem Bridge and the streets of Berlin. New multi-player modes emphasizing more robust team multi-player and team objective-based gameplay. New weapons including the British Enfield Mark 1 rifle, the Sten submachine gun, smoke grenades, and the Soviet PPSh-41 submachine gun. Work with squads of American, British and Soviet troops to complete single-player objectives. New soldier models, skins and voices including British and Soviet troops. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.5
Cossacks: The Art of War 79.

Cossacks: The Art of War

Platform: PC
March 31, 2002
The focus of this expansion to "Cossacks: European Wars" is on an improved and more dynamic single player mode with adjustable difficulty. In addition to that the internet play and community features were greatly improved allowing players to check out each others histories and review recorded games. New units, nations, ships, a map editor, joining forces with the computer and exchanging resources all together take Cossacks to a new level. [CDV]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.3
Warrior Kings 80.

Warrior Kings

Platform: PC
April 13, 2002
Set in a fantastical medieval world where small Kingdoms struggle for supremacy in a chaotic land of knights, and demons, you are the ruler of a new kingdom, born from the ashes of a once mighty realm. To resurrect this realm to its former glory you must forge order out of chaos by uniting the fragmented lands into a single, mighty empire under the rule of one warrior king - you. [Microids]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.7
Treasure Planet: Battle at Procyon 81.

Treasure Planet: Battle at Procyon

Platform: PC
October 31, 2002
Take the helm of the most powerful fleet in the universe - the Royal Navy. In this Real-Time Strategy game, as head of the Royal Navy, you must use your wits and courage in an all out battle against alien enemies.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.8
Worms Blast 82.

Worms Blast

Platform: PC
October 23, 2002
Fall in line for fast, furious firefights with Worms Blast. Your mission: launch your Worm marine into hostile waters and blast your way to survival. Go head-to-head with a friend in a barrage of gameplay modes and mini-games. Recruit your Worm from a crazy corps of cartoon grunts with serious delusions of grandeur. Worms Blast puts your mettle, reflexes, and blasting skills to the ultimate test. Are you ready soldier? Then move out! [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
6.9
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 83.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2

Platform: PC
October 21, 2002
Become the "Champion Road Racer" by conquering numerous racing events, all carrying rewards such as: cars, tracks and high performance upgrades. The game challenges the driver to dodge traffic, police and natural elements in high speed and high style... true NFS style! Evade any cops encountered, as getting busted just might end your career. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.8
Soldiers of Anarchy 84.

Soldiers of Anarchy

Platform: PC
October 8, 2002
It's 2013. 10 years ago, a fanatical cult caused a near apocalypse on the Earth. To survive, you and a group of military veterans went underground. Now, you emerge to a world enslaved by the cult. You must free humanity from its new oppressors. Controlling a fully customizable squad of up to 12 soldiers, you work your way through a scarred landscape. Starting with only a pistol, your squad must locate and recapture the weapons of modern warcraft and do battle. But be careful because all weapons and vehicles can also be commandeered by the enemy, even in mid-battle-and used against you, too.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.3
Baseball Mogul 2003 85.

Baseball Mogul 2003

Platform: PC
April 30, 2002
The pennant race is heating up! Your team is four games behind the division leaders, with most of the season behind you. The trading deadline is almost past, and now you have to decide - what is the best way to get to the playoffs? Should you pay top dollar to acquire another starting pitcher? Would a new slugger do the trick? Or can your current players handle the sprint to the finish on their own? Take control of your favorite team - with the real roster of big league players - and show the world that you've got what it takes to be a Baseball Mogul! [Sports Mogul Inc.]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.3
Impossible Creatures 86.

Impossible Creatures

Platform: PC
December 29, 2002
A 3D real-time strategy game set in the 1930's that pits the player against an evil madman in a desperate campaign across a chain of remote and diverse islands. Using Earth's most formidable animals as building blocks, the player creates an army of unique, mutant monsters in a struggle to protect an unsuspecting world. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.8
Cultures 2: The Gates of Asgard 87.

Cultures 2: The Gates of Asgard

Platform: PC
August 26, 2002
Cultures 2 is more than just a part 2. It is a completely new story. Hero Bjorn and his brave Vikings are still the focus but they have to face numerous new challenges. Their adventures take them to alliances with comrades-in-arms and clashes with enemies. The road to their final destination goes through many tricky situations. While the action in the first part took mainly place on the American continent, in part two the Vikings will cover half of Europe and the Middle-East. [JoWood Productions]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.6
Hearts of Iron 88.

Hearts of Iron

Platform: PC
November 24, 2002
Hearts of Iron is the first ever World War II PC game of true Grand Strategic scope. The game map spans the entire world and allows players to take the War to any new front of their choosing. Any nation in the world is playable, but the game focuses on the epic struggle between the great alliances of the new world orders Fascism, Communism and Democracy. Hearts of Iron is developed by the team behind the award-winning sales success Europa Universalis I and II and brings the same depth of gameplay and historical accuracy to a modern day gaming experience. Hearts of Iron aims to be no less than the definitive World War II strategic experience. [Strategy First]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.8
The Sum of All Fears 89.

The Sum of All Fears

Platform: PC
May 28, 2002
Lead a team of domestic counter-terrorism experts through 11 dangerous missions that span the globe. Formed from the elite of the F.B.I.'s HRT, you have been tapped to perform covert ops in the most dangerous circumstances imaginable. As the commander of this team, you'll lead your unit into the heat of battle, performing missions ranging from eliminating terrorists to planting bugs, and destroying illegal weapons caches to rescuing hostages. You'll give them orders in the field and take the point in leading them into combat. [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.2
Black & White: Creature Isle 90.

Black & White: Creature Isle

Platform: PC
January 21, 2002
Travel with your creature to an undiscovered island and encounter the mysterious Brotherhood of Creatures. Undertake their rigorous trials and expand the power of your creature as he learns new skills and abilities. Successfully complete the challenges and earn the group's highest honor -- the Mark of the Brotherhood. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.3
Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns 91.

Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns

Platform: PC
May 14, 2002
Clone Campaigns features 14 original single-player combat scenarios, new civilizations, environments, vehicles, and more than 200 new units. By adding the expansion pack to Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns, in both skirmish and multiplayer modes, players can mix and match civilizations from Attack of the Clones with those from the classic Star Wars universe. [LucasArts]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.7
Battle Realms: Winter of the Wolf 92.

Battle Realms: Winter of the Wolf

Platform: PC
November 11, 2002
Winter of the Wolf takes place seven years prior to the events in Battle Realms. The Wolf Clan has suffered under the lash of its Lotus slave masters for three decades, toiling endlessly in the brutal depths of the shale mines. As Grayback, new chieftain of the Wolf Clan, players must unite the scattered Wolves and win their freedom from tyranny. At their disposal are slaves wielding shale-breaking sledgehammers strong enough to shatter iron; hurling burning pitch to sear the flesh from their enemies' bones; even brawling two-fisted with massive slabs of stone. Grayback must use his knowledge of the mines to defeat superior forces, rediscover the powers of the lost Druidesses, and convince his fellow slaves to risk everything for their chance at freedom. [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.0
Shadow of Destiny 93.

Shadow of Destiny

Platform: PC
December 2, 2002
A murder has been committed... your own! Travel back in time to solve thought provoking puzzles as you unravel the mystery of your death. See how your actions in the past change the course of events in the future. You have the power to prevent your death, identify your killer, and change your destiny. Use it wisely. [Konami]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.5
Industry Giant II 94.

Industry Giant II

Platform: PC
September 2, 2002
This brand-new business simulation starts in America at the dawn of the 20th century. Trade and economy range from the rise of industrial mass production to the age of information technologies. [JoWood]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.6
Zoo Tycoon: Marine Mania 95.

Zoo Tycoon: Marine Mania

Platform: PC
October 21, 2002
You'll make a huge splash by adding killer whales, manta rays, and other exciting marine animals to your existing zoo. Have a whale of a time as you combine land, marine, and prehistoric animals to build the wildest, most exciting zoo ever! The newest expansion pack to the top selling Zoo Tycoon franchise will provide more than 20 new marine animals (dolphin, great white, giant squid), customized aquatic shows such as the dolphin and killer whale shows, a ton of new objects, and 10 new scenarios. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.5
Star Wars: Starfighter 96.

Star Wars: Starfighter

Platform: PC
January 20, 2002
Courage. Skill. Honor. These are the three primary qualities that you must bring to Star Wars Starfighter, a flight action/adventure combining intense air and space combat in rich 3D environments. Join three starfighter pilots in a series of harrowing missions to save Naboo and the galaxy from the oppressive abuses of the Trade Federation. May the Force be with you, young starfighter pilot. [LucasArts]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
6.6
The Sims Online 97.

The Sims Online

Platform: PC
December 18, 2002
The Sims Online is a virtual world built from the imaginations of thousands of players like you -- an unpredictable, alternate reality where you are both spectator and participant. Build a network of friends to enhance your power, wealth, reputation and social standing. Explore neighborhoods, create crazy locations, or host wild events to entertain others. In this massive and never-ending online event you become a Sim, choose your role and find your destiny. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.6
Silent Hill 2 98.

Silent Hill 2

Platform: PC
December 2, 2002
James Sunderland's life is shattered when his young wife Mary suffers a tragic death. Three years later, a mysterious letter arrives from Mary, beckoning him to return to their sanctuary of memories, the dark realm of Silent Hill. Now James must go back to that special place to uncover the truth, unaware that the answers he seeks require the ultimate sacrifice. Check out the PC exclusive features below! [Konami]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.9
Law & Order: Dead on the Money 99.

Law & Order: Dead on the Money

Platform: PC
September 24, 2002
Join the Law & Order team in this exciting 3-D mystery game based on an original, complex murder case. Partner with Detective Lennie Briscoe to collect evidence and interview witnesses. Once you've arrested the killer, work with Serena Southerlyn to build a compelling case that will convince the jury to return a guilty verdict. [Legacy Interactive]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.5
Strategic Command: European Theater 100.

Strategic Command: European Theater

Platform: PC
July 16, 2002
As the supreme commander of the Axis or Allied forces, the player shapes the fates of the nations at war during the Second World War in Europe. Political options, research and upgrade of equipment, management of supply and resources and the strategic employment of one's armed forces are some of the keys to success. With limited phase restrictions and wide open turns you are in complete control to try many different approaches and entertain just as many possible outcomes. The future of Europe and perhaps ultimate glory is in your hands. [Battlefront.com]
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70
User Score:
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