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Gamepressure.com Staff Picks 2004

Below, you can find the best 2004 releases that earned Gamepressure's editorial recommendation.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Akcji 25 October 2004

The seventh installment in the controversial Grand Theft Auto series – one of the most popular game franchises in history that brought Rockstar Games company international fame. The series has been letting the player start as a petty criminal and work his way to the top of the criminal underground. This next part of the series is the biggest one so far, featuring world – the State of San Andreas – almost three times larger than Vice City. Among many innovations, there are several thing worthy of mention: improved AI of civilians, option to recruit gang members, increased number of interactive buildings, hunger factor, swimming, and new means of transportation (e.g. bicycles). On top of that, there game features numerous extra activities, highlighting the sandbox character of gameplay. The game features the atmosphere of the 1990s, apparent in both the graphics and the soundtrack available via the numerous in-game radio stations.

PS2

Need for Speed: Underground 2
Need for Speed: Underground 2

Wyścigi 12 November 2004

A sequel to Need for Speed: Underground, a best-selling 2003 game from Electronic Arts, which changed the shape of one of the most popular car racing franchises. The game takes you to a virtual metropolis that thrives after dark. For the first time in the history of the franchise, the city is completely open for exploration. As you ride around its streets you can challenge the drivers you meet on the way or learn more about the favorite locations of the street racing community. The gameplay mechanics did not change much; rather, the developers focused on an even more detailed recreations of licensed cars and car parts used for tuning. The game’s graphics were noticeably improved, featuring all sorts of new visual effects. The soundtrack keeps equally high level, as usually featuring songs by famous artists across a wide spectrum of genres.

PC

Far Cry
Far Cry

Akcji 23 March 2004

A FPS set in tropical environment. Far Cry is the first commercial production in the history of the German Crytek studio. Jack Carver, the game's main character, is a retired commando, who currently runs a small haulage company. He is contracted to ferry young miss reporter to Micronesia. Unfortunately, the job is suddenly hindered when Carver’s ship is sunk by an unknown military unit, his client vanishes, and Carver himself ends up shipwrecked on a tropical island filled with soldiers. The protagonist has to make use of his extraordinary skills retained from military service to come out unscratched of this situation. The sandbox gameplay of Far Cry doesn’t force any order, giving players a freedom in exploring the tropical setting and completing tasks. The game's impressive visuals are powered by the CryEngine.

PC

The Sims 2
The Sims 2

Symulacje 17 September 2004

A sequel to the bestselling human life simulation game – The Sims (2000). The Sims 2 was developed by Maxis Studio (SimCity, EA Land, and others) in cooperation with the Electronic Arts company. Players again take care of virtual characters leading them through their entire lives – from early childhood till elderly age. The main goal is to achieve as high Life Score as possible, which stands for how well a sim leads his/her life. When compared with its predecessor, The Sims 2 offers much more complex character creator and a wider array of available objects. A new, more efficient game engine allowed for presenting the life of the sims in fully 3D graphics.

PC

Half-Life 2
Half-Life 2

Akcji 16 November 2004

A sequel to the Valve Software's best-selling game that set new standards for the FPS genre back in 1998. Half-Life 2 is set several years after the events of the first game. Once again, the player assumes the role of Gordon Freeman – a doctor of physics who used to work in Black Mesa Labs, where an unfortunate incident opened a portal for alien life forms to invade the Earth. This time, the story takes us into a fictional City 17 and its immediate vicinity. The protagonist now works for a secret government organization. His mission is to repel the invaders from another dimension, in which he is aided by Alyx Vance – a young women fighting as a part of human resistance. The sequel introduces a technological revolution, employing the Valve’s proprietary game engine called Source. Its main advantage is excellent physics simulation, letting players destroy almost any element of environment and use various objects as covers or even weapons.

PC

World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft

RPG 23 November 2004

An overwhelmingly popular MMORPG set in the universe known from a cult series of RTS games from Blizzard Entertainment. Several years after the events of WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne, Azeroth is still being shaken by the conflict between the new two opposing factions. The Alliance assembles Men, Dwarves, Night Elves, and Gnomes. On the other side of conflict there is the Horde, consisting of Orcs, Taurens, Undead, and Trolls. In the game you pledge your allegiance to either of the two, create a character by picking one of multiple races and professions, and join thousands of other players from all over the globe in exploration of the vast game world, fighting dangerous foes, and facing various challenges, which are constantly being expanded by Blizzard’s developer team. As you progress in the game, your character develops according to the frames set by the canon of computer role-playing games. In order to play World of Warcraft you must buy the game and pay a monthly subscription.

PC

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines

RPG 16 November 2004

The second virtual adaptation of the classic RPG system known as Vampire: The Masquerade. It is a third-person action RPG developed by Troika Games - though not the creators of the first adaptation, they were a team popular mainly for the well-received Arcanum: Of Steamwork and Magick Obscura. VTM: Bloodlines is set in an alternative version of the modern Los Angeles, where seven vampire clans fight each other constantly. The protagonist tries to become an important figure in one such community, making use of unique abilities, such as invisibility, superhuman speed or mind control. As the main character gains experience, these abilities can be additionally developed. The player explores the virtual environment, talks to NPCs and fights enemies. In combat, the player makes use of up to twelve vampiric abilities and a wide variety of conventional weapons. The high-quality visuals were delivered thanks to the Source engine, a technology created by Valve for the purpose of running Half-Life 2.

PC

Rome: Total War
Rome: Total War

Strategiczne 22 September 2004

The third installment in the acclaimed Total War strategy game series developed by Creative Assembly. This time, the player is taken to the period during which the Roman Empire is in its prime. The player participates in historical events, such as the Spartacus slave uprising, the Punic Wars, or Julius Caesar's conquest of Gaul. The creators faithfully recreated such historical elements as different military units, machines and technologies the ancient nations depended on. As usual, the gameplay is divided into two phases. The player makes large-scope decisions in the turn-based mode featuring the world map - for example, concerning technological development, diplomacy, development of cities or army management. The battles, on the other hand, are played in real time and the player commands particular formations or individual units. Rome: Total War includes the features introduced by the previous installments, such as sieges of cities, reconnaissance or reserves. Apart from the single-player campaign, the game offers multiplayer for up to 8 competitors.

PC

Doom 3
Doom 3

Akcji 03 August 2004

The third installment of the legendary FPS series by id Software which set new standards in the genre’s development back in the mid-90s. The action takes place in a secret research facility of the UAC corporation on Mars, where the protagonist, an ex-marine whom we control, begins his service. Shortly thereafter, strange things begin to happen: the lab comes under attack, the communications with the HQ are severed, and the people we encounter turn into bloodthirsty monsters. It turns out that a space-time portal was opened as a result of an experiment, which led to a demon incursion that we have to repel. Compared to its predecessors from the past decade, Doom 3 offers not only fast-paced and incredibly bloody action but also quite extensive plot as well as a number of horror elements. The game also features high-quality graphics.

PC

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within

Przygodowe 30 November 2004

Sequel to the 2003’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, rebooting the story of the hero from the classic 2D platformer from Broderbund Software studio. This time the prince has to deal with consequences of his reckless actions. He managed to turn back time and prevent releasing The Sands of Time, but he did not change his destiny, resulting in Guardian of Time chasing him to seal his fate. He travels to the mysterious island where, according to the legends, the Sands were made; the prince attempts to change the past and prevent their creation, thus saving himself from the fate. Prince of Persia: Warrior Within has a much darker atmosphere, but the gameplay is similar to its predecessor. Our hero must overcome many obstacles and traps, not to mention enemies. Game introduces a new, expanded fighting system, with prince himself becoming stronger and gaining new abilities.

PC

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War

Strategiczne 20 September 2004

A real-time strategy which takes place in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. The game was released as a result of cooperation between the publisher THQ and Relic Entertainment, the studio known for Homeworld, among other games. The story of Dawn of War focuses on one of the many conflicts in the world of Warhammer. It focuses on Gabriel Angelos – the leader of Blood Ravens chapter of the Space Marines - who tries to stop an Ork invasion on his planet. Similarly as in the majority of real-time strategies, the essence of the game is leading troops during combat. Thanks to the unique setting and various futuristic weapons, the battles are spectacular and very brutal. The game lacks the typical resource gathering element, usually used for improving the base. Instead, the resource system was based on conquering and controlling key locations. The way how units look is worth mentioning – they are based on authentic figurines created by Games Workshop.

PC

Sid Meier's Pirates!
Sid Meier's Pirates!

Przygodowe 22 November 2004

Sid Meier’s pirates! is a new version of the classic from the 80s. Similarly to the original version, it is a mix of features of action games, adventure games and cRPGs. The game takes place during the age of the pirates in the Caribbean.

PC

Sacred
Sacred

RPG 27 February 2004

A fantasy hack'n'slash role-playing game similar to the popular Diablo series. The game was developed by Ascaron, an experienced German studio known for the cult series Patrician.

PC

Soldiers: Heroes of World War II
Soldiers: Heroes of World War II

Strategiczne 29 June 2004

A real-time strategy game developed by Best Way. The action of the game takes place in the World War II Europe, while the player assumes the role of a commander of a group of soldiers. Our job is to get through 25 varied missions, in which we control infantry and as mechanized units. The game is characteristic for its original mechanic that enables the player to take direct control over a given unit – a well-aimed shot can disable a tank by tearing its tracks, while soldiers can be hurt or killed through efficient aiming. Soldiers: Heroes of World War II also employs advanced AI modules (the soldiers can scour the area, or encircle the enemy), and detailed 3D graphics, as well as destructible environments.

PC

Syberia II
Syberia II

Przygodowe 29 March 2004

A sequel to the excellent adventure game created by Benoit Sokal and studio Microids. Syberia II continues the plot of the first installment - it presents the further adventures of Kate Walker, an American lawyer. Her intention of finalizing a contract led her to the adventure of her life. The game starts in the same place where the first Syberia ended – in the Russian city Romansburg. This time Kate decides to follow the trail of Hans Voralberg, the heir to an automaton factory, for her own reasons. The woman joins Hans and she helps him discover the mystery of the last living Mammoths. The greatest change in comparison to the first game lies in the quality of the graphics and the increase of the gameplay dynamics. Many new graphic effects were added, including dynamic shadows and an animated snow. Syberia II takes place in completely new locations that are much more different from each other than previously. During her adventures Kate will visit, among other places, the North-West passage and the village of the Youkol people.

PC

Call of Duty: United Offensive
Call of Duty: United Offensive

Akcji 14 September 2004

The first official addition to the hit FPS "Call Of Duty". It is worth mentioning that Infinity Ward is no longer responsible for the game's production. His role was taken over by Grey Matter Studios, which includes people responsible for "Return to Castle Wolfenstein" or "Kingpin".

PC

Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault

Akcji 04 November 2004

A continuation to the 2002's best-selling first-person shooter Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, released by Electronic Arts company. Action of the installment, developed this time by the EA's internal studio, focuses on the US-Japan conflict during the World War II in the Pacific region. In the game we take part in a series of missions taking place in jungles, military bases and warships – fighting both alone and alongside other members of our squad – starting from the historic attack on Pearl Harbor base and ending with the famous battle of Guadalcanal. Compared with the original, Pacific Assault features much more cutscenes, illustrating ongoing events and changes in the psyche of the protagonist. Individual missions are also characterized by increased degree of non-linearity, which allows us to complete them in several different ways. Concerning technical aspects, the game is built on improved Quake III engine, used in the first installment of the series.

PC

Halo 2
Halo 2

Akcji 08 November 2004

A sequel to bestselling shooter franchise from Bungie Software, which debuted 2001 as one of the launching titles of the Xbox console. We meet old friends from the first Halo, such as Master Chief or Cortana, who now try to protect the cradle of humanity against the assault of aggressive Covenant forces. The game reuses the best features of its predecessor while taking players to a completely new environment, filled with even more interesting and complex locations. The arsenal has been expanded along with list of available vehicles, and the capabilities of enemy artificial intelligence have been significantly improved. Also, the second Halo introduces environmental destruction, resulting in an even more realistic world and forcing players to use various tactics. Multiplayer options have been expanded with the addition of new game modes.

XBOX

Painkiller (2004)
Painkiller (2004)

Akcji 09 April 2004

A fast-paced first-person shooter developed by Polish studio People Can Fly. In Painkiller the player assumes the role of Daniel Garner, who upon dying has been assigned to stop the armies of hell led by Lucifer himself. The story told in the game is linear and the campaign is split into five chapters, each one consisting of several levels. The gameplay is based on fighting hordes of enemies – all sorts of creatures coming straight from hell as well as even more powerful bosses. Fortunately, the protagonist is far from being defenseless against those enemies – in combat he uses a vast arsenal of creative weapons, starting with classic shotguns and rocket launchers to the famous Stakegun or the so-called Shuriken-do Gun. Painkiller is characterized by high-quality graphics and realistic physics simulated by Havok 2.

PC

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow

Akcji 25 March 2004

The sequel to the highly acclaimed third-person action game by Ubisoft Montreal studio, in which we play as Sam Fisher - a secret government agent and member of a special operations group called the Third Echelon. The action of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow takes us from heavily urbanized areas to the tropical region of Indonesia, where a host of new tasks await us, such as sabotage of a submarine base or infiltration of a local village where secret documents are hidden.

PC

Thief: Deadly Shadows
Thief: Deadly Shadows

Akcji 25 May 2004

The third installment in the bestselling first-person stealth series, Thief, developed by Ion Storm studio - team composed mostly of developers responsible for the first two parts of the series. The story of Thief: Deadly Shadows is independent from its predecessors, though once again we play the part of well-known thief named Garrett who was the main protagonist of the previous games as well. This time, Garrett's quest is to stop a long-prophesied advent of an era of darkness, which requires him to steal valuable treasures and artifacts from different parts of the city. But things take an unexpected turn when Garrett inadvertently awakens the ancient evil, and becomes considered a traitor by the members of his guild. In terms of game mechanics, the title does not differ significantly from its predecessors, and every mission in the game can be completed in several different ways. The main difference is the new graphic engine and body awareness mechanism through which we have much more control over the hero's actions.

PC

The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay - DC
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay - DC

Akcji 13 August 2004

The Chronicles of Riddick'. (in Poland known as "Riddick's Chronicles") became an inspiration to create a game under the same title as the screening itself. This is a fantastic story describing the story of a prisoner gifted with the ability to see in the darkness, who gets into the very middle of a galactic war.

PCXBOX

Lineage II
Lineage II

RPG 27 April 2004

One of the most famous and valued MMO games in the history of this genre. Production takes place in a fantasy world inhabited by people, elves, dwarves and other beings. Lineage II is characterized by a huge world, extensive character development, large-scale battles and the motif of taking control of castles. In December 2011, the game moved to a free to play model.

PC

Colin McRae Rally 04
Colin McRae Rally 04

Wyścigi 02 April 2004

The fourth installment of the Codemasters rally series, signed with the name of the famous driver Colin McRae. Colin McRae Rally 04 is the best part of the cycle so far, trying to capture the realities of rallies as faithfully as possible.

PC

Battlefield Vietnam
Battlefield Vietnam

Akcji 15 March 2004

A sequel to the 2002 online multiplayer FPS game developed by DICE. As its title suggests, Battlefield Vietnam takes place during the Vietnam War, allowing you to play as a member of the U.S. Army or a Vietnamese soldier, and participate in the series of battles spanning from 1964 to 1975. The mechanics of the game are virtually the same as its predecessor's, being a combination of strategy with FPS elements. The players are divided into two teams, and the objective of each is reducing the opposite teams' tickets to zero by killing the opponents or capturing their flags. Just like in Battlefield 1942, you can play as a soldier of your chosen class and use various military vehicles. Singleplayer fans can also test their mettle against AI-controlled foes.

PC

FIFA Football 2005
FIFA Football 2005

Sportowe 12 October 2004

A new version of the famous FIFA football series. In addition to cosmetic changes in the form of improved graphics and a new background music, EA Sports developers have made every effort to implement a number of new elements into the game, including the "Off the Ball" control system.

PC

Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy
Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy

Akcji 14 June 2004

Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy is a science fiction-based dynamic third person view (TPP) action game. The player directs the actions of Nick Scryer's agent, who uses innate psional skills to try to filter the terrorist organization The Movement. The producer and publisher of the game is Midway Games. produced by the Midway Games development team

XBOX

Unreal Tournament 2004
Unreal Tournament 2004

Akcji 15 March 2004

The third installment in the popular series of online first-person shooters developed by Digital Extremes. It is an improved and enhanced version of its 2003 predecessor, expanded with patches, expansions and additions. In addition to having better graphics, based on the improved engine from Unreal Tournament 2003, and a new user interface, Unreal Tournament 2004 adds two new game modes: the Assault Mode from the first game and Onslaught Mode based on the similar mode from Battlefield 1942. There are nine vehicle types in Unreal Tournament 2004 and the list of available weapons was expanded. There are 20 completely new maps for the modes known from the previous game in the series. The game introduces a special system for voice communication between players and the Unreal TV that allows hundreds of spectators to watch the matches.

PC

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

Akcji 17 November 2004

The third major installment in the stealth game series developed and published by Konami and a continuation of the Metal Gear franchise, created by Hideo Kojima back in the eighties. The game takes place in 1964 on Soviet Union territory. The player becomes a special operative, code-named Snake, whose current task is to extract a Russian scientist working on a mobile, nuclear-capable launch platform. Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater, for the first time in the series, takes the action from industrial area to a jungle. This led to the addition of completely new movements for the main protagonist, who now fights not only humans, but animals as well. The developers also implemented a new close quarter combat system and improved character's range of movement, which now allows you to change your position while holding enemy as a human shield.

PS2

Burnout 3: Takedown
Burnout 3: Takedown

Wyścigi 07 September 2004

A third installment in a popular series of console racing games, originally launched in 2001 by the British studio Criterion. Burnout 3: Takedown is the biggest game in the series, sporting an impressive set of more than 70 cars, divided into 12 categories, and 40 varied racing tracks on three continents. The list of game modes was also updated, with an overall of 9 single-player modes and 7 multiplayer ones, in which up to 16 players can take part. The biggest emphasis was put on the trademark of the Burnout series, the Crash Mode, which also underwent some changes and improvements. Among them, the most important are the ability to enable the afterburner in any moment of the race, the ability to control the vehicle during the crash to cause even more destruction, or pick-ups, increasing caused damage and increasing the final score.

PS2

Richard Burns Rally
Richard Burns Rally

Wyścigi 03 September 2004

Another game (after products from the Colin McRae Rally series by Codemasters), named after a well-known professional driver. In this case, the famous 2001 World Rally Champion Richard Burns became a patron.

PC

Winning Eleven 8
Winning Eleven 8

Sportowe 15 October 2004

Pro Evolution Soccer 4 is a sports game, which is the fourth installment of the football cycle developed by the Konami development team led by Shingo "Seabassa" Takatsuki. Players have the opportunity to test their football skills in realistic games involving nearly 200 club and national teams. On the American and Asian markets the game is known as Winning Eleven 8.

PCPS2

Tony Hawk's Underground 2: World Destruction Tour
Tony Hawk's Underground 2: World Destruction Tour

Sportowe 04 October 2004

Another part of the very popular skateboard simulation series, signed with the name of the famous star of this sport - Tony Hawk.

PC

Race Driver 2
Race Driver 2

Wyścigi 16 April 2004

The full-fledged successor to the 2002's TOCA Race Driver - a realistic racing game belonging to a bestselling series developed by Codemasters, a British company. TOCA Race Driver 2 combines the best elements of the previous installments, offering an opportunity to participate in 30 global championships taking place on 56 faithfully recreated tracks. As usual, the game features a wide variety of licensed cars belonging to such renown brands as Jaguar, Aston Martin, Ford, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Audi, Opel or Mercedes. Again, special emphasis was placed both on the driving physics and a unique damage system simulating different mechanical faults caused by collisions. Also, both the visuals and artificial intelligence of computer-controlled drivers were improved. The career is the main game mode here - it was introduced first in the previous installment. However, the game offers a multiplayer mode for up to 12 players as well.

PC

Asterix & Obelix XXL
Asterix & Obelix XXL

Zręcznościowe 18 June 2004

An extensive arcade game. The player plays the title characters - Asterix and Obelix. These heroes first appeared in 1959. Since then, they have seen, among other things, two fully-fledged screenings and a whole host of games (computer and console).

GBA

Full Spectrum Warrior
Full Spectrum Warrior

Strategiczne 21 September 2004

Team tactical action game, based on a special training program for American infantry. The player assumes the functions of a commander (sergeant) of two infantry teams with the task of leading them to perform a number of combat tasks located in realistic locations.

PC

Crusader Kings
Crusader Kings

Strategiczne 18 April 2004

A sequel to the 2001 strategy game Europa Universalis II, which focused on a 400 years period between 1419 and 1820. Crusader Kings can be considered a prologue of the previous standalone installment of the franchise, taking place earlier and allowing us to lead the European nations in the years 1066-1419. Like its predecessor, Crusader Kings is a faithful simulation of the period, taking into account diplomatic, social, military, religious and feudal relations. The greatest difference between the two games is the fact that Crusader Kings doesn't focus solely on the development of your nation, but building the prestige and influence of your dynasty. A huge innovation is the new combat system, faithfully recreating the differences in the offensive capabilities of the individual nation's units.

PC

Xpand Rally
Xpand Rally

Wyścigi 24 September 2004

WRCeXpanded class rallies. This is an extreme and very spectacular struggle, because there are no restrictions on the power of cars and various modifications to improve their capabilities.

PC

Nexus: The Jupiter Incident
Nexus: The Jupiter Incident

Strategiczne 05 November 2004

Nexus: The Jupiter Incident (formerly Galaxy Andromeda and Empire Galactica III: Genesis) is a powerful real-time strategy (RTS) that takes place in space.

PC

Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005

Sportowe 05 November 2004

Football Manager 2005 is in fact another part of the series of football managers known so far under the title of Championship Manager, and at the same time the first that was created in cooperation with Sports Interactive and SEGA.

PC

Ninja Gaiden
Ninja Gaiden

Akcji 02 March 2004

A remake of Ninja Gaiden — a popular arcade action game, very successful on arcade machines as well as on most major gaming platforms during the late 80s and early 90s — developed with Xbox in mind. In the game, we assume the role of the eponymous warrior named Ryu who seeks revenge on the mysterious organization called Vigoor Empire and its leader, the man responsible for murdering the protagonist’s clan and stealing the magical sword Ryuken. Fighting subsequent hordes of enemies is, as you could expect, the key gameplay element, although the Xbox version, in contrast to the original, offers fully 3D graphics with dynamic camera. The game also comes with a larger arsenal of melee weapons as well as a simple progression system, which allows us to learn new techniques and upgrade our armaments.

XBOX

The Moment of Silence
The Moment of Silence

Przygodowe 05 November 2004

"Moment of Silence" is a typical example of an adventure game created in a classic style, but with the use of modern technologies. Her production is the responsibility of House of Tales studio, which in the past released another adventure - "Mystery of the Druids".

PC

Myst IV: Revelation
Myst IV: Revelation

Przygodowe 28 September 2004

The fourth installment of the extremely popular series "Myst". (the first part was published in the early 1990s). We are dealing here with an adventure played in a static environment. The fourth part of the series is a kind of return to the roots (taking into account what we saw in Uru: Ages Beyond Myst), which means that the player moves on the photorealisticly accurate boards, and all commands are given with the mouse.

PC

Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising
Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising

Akcji 15 June 2004

Multi-person tactical action game with a first person perspective called Joint Operations prepared by a development team from NovaLogic (authors including Delta Force: Black Hawk Down).

PC

EverQuest II
EverQuest II

RPG 08 November 2004

EverQuest II is a follow-up to an immensely popular MMORPG, released five years after the original. It was developed by Daybreak Game Company, a studio which created the whole franchise. The game is set in the land of Norrath, perfectly known to all the fans, which was enhanced with many new locations. The list of changes also includes the character creator: before the beginning of the game, the players can select the race, looks, and gender of their avatar – the statistics and specialization of the character are determined later on in the game. EverQuest II also introduces new means of transportation (you can travel both on horseback and aboard a boat), as well as new events (such as gladiator duels), and the whole gameplay premise has been altered in many aspects; for example, experience can now be gained by peaceful conduct as well – for instance by developing craftsmanship, trading skills, magic abilities, or elements of the inventory. If compared with the prequel, Ever Quest II can boast substantially better graphics, spearheaded by high-resolution textures, complex weather effects, and rich animations.

PC

Ground Control 2: Operation Exodus
Ground Control 2: Operation Exodus

Strategiczne 22 June 2004

Continuation of the excellent tactical game by Massive studio. The authors once again offered real time and a system of clashes that focuses on commanding units and not on expanding the base. Compared to the original, the list of factions was extended and aliens joined the war.

PC

Space Rangers 2: Dominators
Space Rangers 2: Dominators

Strategiczne 26 November 2004

Space Rangers 2: Rebelia is a continuation of the real-time space strategy (RTS) published in 2002 by the development team of Elemental Games studio. The action of the game was set 200 years after the events presented in the "one". The player plays the role of a hero, who is supposed to stop rebellious machines, planning to conquer the whole Universe.

PC

Final Fantasy X-2
Final Fantasy X-2

RPG 19 February 2004

A Japanese Roleplaying game which is a direct continuation of the themes from Final Fantasy X. Thanks to it we can learn what happened to the characters of this production. The game has changed significantly compared to the previous edition. The fight took on a certain tactical character and the campaign gained in non-linearity.

PS2

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

Przygodowe 15 November 2004

The main character of "Metroid Prime 2: Echoes" is again Samus Aran, an intergalactic award hunter. Hired by the government of the Galaxy Federation, she travels to the planet Aether to find the lost troop of the federation's soldiers and help him return home.

GCN

Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War
Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

Symulacje 25 October 2004

The Unsung War is the fifth edition of Namco's popular Ace Combat jet simulator. As in the previous parts of the game takes place in the alternative reality of our world.

PS2

Reader Rabbit: 2nd Grade
Reader Rabbit: 2nd Grade

Logiczne 04 May 2004

The next installment of the series of games with "Rabbit Bystrzak" in the main role, dedicated to players taking up education in the second grade of primary school (children over 8 years old).

PC

RalliSport Challenge 2
RalliSport Challenge 2

Wyścigi 04 May 2004

Rallisport Challenge 2 is a continuation of one of the best rally games for Microsoft Xbox consoles. We have at our disposal a furnace of various game modes, which will satisfy even the most demanding rally driver and about forty vehicles, which can be crashed along ninety routes.

XBOX

Metal Slug Advance
Metal Slug Advance

Zręcznościowe 04 October 2004

The world-famous series of platform games with automatic pedigree, presented in the classic 2D perspective, returns in a new version.

GBA

Donkey Konga
Donkey Konga

Towarzyskie 27 September 2004

A musical arcade game from the monkey series Donkey Kong, addressed to the younger part of the players. A special controller in the shape of two drums is attached to the game. The gameplay is based on appropriate tapping out the rhythms of famous songs and moving on to the next stages. The game also offers the possibility of having fun in several people.

GCN

Pikmin 2
Pikmin 2

Strategiczne 30 August 2004

We will continue to play again the intrepid Olimar, to whom this time a helper, the tireless Louie, has been assigned. And you need to know that this time help will be indispensable.

GCN

Sabre Wulf
Sabre Wulf

Zręcznościowe 12 March 2004

The adventures of the blue wolf and the adventurer Sabreman appeared for the first time in 1984 on 8-bit ships. Now the player has the opportunity to play a new, refreshed version of the old hit.

GBA