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January 18th, 2004, 04:52 PM
Let's do a little award ceremony. Everyone can just pick their favorite games of the year in each category. Cool?


1st prize: Viewtiful Joe

Runner up: Castlevania: Lament of Innocence


1st prize: Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga

Runner Up: Windwaker


1st Prize: Return to Castle Wolfenstein

Runner up: Didn't play any others


First Prize: Warcraft 3: Frozen Throne

Runner up: You mean there are other RTS games?


1st Prize: Final Fantasy Tactics Advanced

Runner Up: None


1st prize: Mario Kart: Double Dash

Runner Up: F-Zero GX


1st prize: Soul Caliber

Runner Up: None that I can think of.

Surprise of the year:

Viewtiful Joe. I knew next to nothing about this until I played it at the mall and was floored. I bought it the same day. Awesome game. Tons of style.

Disappointment of the year:

Halo for PC. I was really looking forward to this game ... ugh. Bad frame rates (even on a computer bought the same year), and no adjustments from the x-box version killed this one. The game is simply much too slow for a mouse and keyboard setup. Add that to a clunky menu-system and you've got a dud. I'll take the x-box version anyday, and that's the only time I've ever said that about a FPS game that's on both PC and home systems.

January 19th, 2004, 12:07 PM
Well, here would be mine. These are all on PC as I don't play consoles


1rst place
Call of Duty

Runner Up
Max Payne 2


1rst place
Rise of Nations

Runner up
Didn't play any others


1rst place
Morrowind Bloodmoon

Runner up
Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undertide


1rst place
Madden 2004

Runner up
MVP Baseball 2004

Didn't do any action or racing this past year.

My biggest disappointment of the was EA Sports NHL 2004. Game had great expectations and was a flop in my mind.

January 20th, 2004, 06:46 AM
Being the kind of guy who buys old games rather than new some of my choices are probably out of date.

RTS: Medieval TW

All I 've played at the mo as Warrior Kings won't install and I haven't gotten into the trekkie ones I bought yet.

FPS: A really old one called "Undying" based on a Clive Barker story (I think) . Which is a sort of RPG/FPS cross over with magic/ ghosts and the sort of supernatural creatures that made my skin crawl as bad as Half-life did.

Action: Enclave (see review thread for more details)

BTW isn't Max Payne 2 a 3rd person shooter?

Can't comment on other genres much as I haven't really played many much recently.

January 21st, 2004, 01:25 AM
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Best thing Star Wars related since the original trilogy. The battles are turn based but they did an exceptional job making it look real time. Using lightsabers and the Force was fun too. Nothing quite like commanding a squad of jedi masters. :) Story and dialogue are up there with the best in videogamedom. Music wasn't that strong but I loved the default battle music--even made an mp3 out of it. The feeling one has when facing down a trio of Dark Jedi with the blaring alarums of the battle music kept the game exciting. May the Force be with you!

January 23rd, 2004, 05:25 AM
Prince of Persia
Viewtiful Joe

(sheesh, I played so many)
Suikoden III

Max Payne 2
Battlefied: 1942

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

Mario Kart DD, simply because Gran Turismo 4 isn't out yet.

Soul Calibur II, of course

Surprise of the Year
Final Fantasy X-2...it's actually pretty good.


February 2nd, 2004, 05:38 AM
Final Fantasy X-2...it's actually pretty good.

I'm afraid to try it.

February 16th, 2004, 10:52 PM
Originally posted by Bear

I'm afraid to try it.

You should be. I hated it.

I am back on DAoC.

February 17th, 2004, 06:40 AM
Don't know if anyone likes space flight/combat simulators, but Freelancer is quite a tasty little game and more of an arcade game than a simulator as the view is 3rd person, i.e. behind the ship (think "Afterburner").
One of my fave games atm and worth checking out.