Tyler Sager – Staff WriterGalactic Civilizations (PC)
Not only is GalCiv one of the best 4X games in quite some time, continuing support from its designers (including oodles of patches, tweaks, and even a free expansion pack) makes this incredible game that much more great. This has become my favorite time-waster game, and will probably remain so for quite a while.Dark Cloud 2 (PS2):
Dark Cloud 2 is simply the best console RPG I’ve ever played. It’s also the best dungeon-delving/world-building/photo-taking/golfing/fishing simulator I’ve ever experienced. SSX3:
The SSX series just gets better and better, this time with a completely new set of tracks, extremely open-ended gameplay, and oodles of extra secrets and challenges.
John Yan – Senior Hardware EditorCall of Duty
When I saw this at E3, I thought it was going to be one hell of a single player World War II experience. When I finally got my hands on it, I wasn’t disappointed. Call of Duty
offered a lot more than run and gun giving you three theaters and great scripted events. The fact that you weren’t alone for most of the game and fought along side others makes this first person shooter fun for the single player.NCAA Football 2004
After the high of my alma mater winning a national championship, I was anxious to get into a college football game. EA’s latest was also the best effort so far with great gameplay, new features, and awesome graphics. It’s too bad the Xbox version lacked online play but that still didn’t discourage me from picking the game up for that platform as I really like having the hard drive save all the data. NCAA football 2004
continued to deliver great college football action and the ability to build a football dynasty like no other.ATI Radeon 9800 XT
It’s one of the most expensive and also fastest video card out there. ATI continued its performance lead with the release of the Radeon 9800 XT
. With the Catalyst driver set providing mostly stable performance, the card excelled and gave power gamers the performance they wanted.
Ben Zacheim - Staff Writer Fire Emblem(GBA)
This gem came out of nowhere for me. I should have known it would be exceptional since it came from the same minds that gave us Advance Wars but I couldn’t be prepared to be swept into a deep story with involving gameplay and truly strategic challenges. I can’t think of another game that’s ever made me care so much about its characters. Advance Wars 2
Speaking of Advance Wars, this is my second fave game of the year. I really fell in love with my GBA in 2003. The device has come into its own in my mind. AW2 is an incremental improvement on AW1. But when you talk about improving on perfection, you begin to get an idea of how wonderful AW2 really is. It doesn’t have the story of Fire Emblem but AW2 is strategy gaming at its finest. Space Colony
– Never a fan of sim games, this one took me by surprise. It’s fun to manage this cast of characters as they try to keep the station running, get along, fight off aliens and bathe. The production value on SC is exceptional, from sound to clever visuals to a streamlined interface. Hours pass like melted buttah when I play Space Colony.
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