Beyond Good & Evil (GCN)
Adventure 11 December 2003
An action-adventure 3D game, created by Michel Ancel, the father of the iconic Rayman series. The plot of Beyond Good & Evil takes place in an alternative reality, on planet Hyllis, inhabited by a peace-loving nation of humans and humanoid animals. Their world has been attacked by an aggressive Alien species, the DomZ, apparently to claim its resources. The protagonist is a young reporter named Jade who, once involved in the war, begins to reveal a conspiracy and the shocking truth behind the planet's defenders - the Alpha Sections. During her journey, the main character can count only on her camera (photos of rare plants and animals can be sold, earning us money to buy, for example, health restore items), innate investigative abilities and her trusty Dai-jo staff. Beyond Good & Evil features elements of a dynamic action game, including arcade combat, platforming, various vehicles, riddles, and a gripping plot. The locations are colorful, varied, and fully three-dimensional.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005) (GCN)
Racing 15 November 2005
The ninth installment in a legendary racing game franchise created by Electronic Arts company. After two Underground games, featuring illegal night street races, the franchise went back to its roots, combining ideas from the two most recent titles with classic elements. The player’s goal is to climb to the top of a black list of the most wanted drivers. Again you get to explore a huge virtual city, taking on different racing challenges. These include circuit, sprint, drag, elimination, time trial, speed challenge, and police pursuit. After completing enough of these you can challenge subsequent drivers from the black list. Apart from elements typical for the series, such as licensed cars and diverse soundtrack, the game features complex car customization, both in terms of appearance and performance.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (GCN)
Action 14 November 2002
The second installment of the video game series following the adventures of Harry Potter based on the books written by J.K. Rowling. Young wizard, who is about to start his second year at Hogwarts, is bound to encounter new challenges.
Resident Evil 4 (GCN)
Action 11 January 2005
The fourth major installment of the cult series of survival horrors created by Capcom. In the game the player assumes the role of ex-cop Leon S. Kennedy, a character well known from the second entry in the franchise. As a special agent responsible for protecting the presidential family, he goes to Europe in order to find the missing daughter of the US president. The trail leads to a small village in Spain. The village is controlled by a mysterious sect and the citizens are infected with a virus which causes mutations. During the game one will face hordes of zombies as well as more demanding bosses, such as giant monsters or the powerful leader of the sect, Osmund Saddler. Resident Evil 4 retains the dark feel of the previous installments and the game contains puzzles, but gameplay mechanics were greatly changed and the new engine allowed the developers to create faster and more dynamic action sequences. The game also contains many quick-time events.
Need for Speed: Underground 2 (GCN)
Racing 17 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.
The Sims (GCN)
Simulation 14 January 2003
A bestselling life simulator developed by Maxis, a studio that specializes in the genre (they've created SimCity, SimTown and other titles). The Sims enables the player to take care of a virtual family of Sims. During the game the player must take care of various needs of his characters – starting with typically physiological ones (eating, toilet, hygiene etc.), through social relations, to career. The player has great freedom in expanding his family’s house, which can be furnished with various items that will be useful for the Sims. The gameplay mechanics are based on very simple principles and lack any violence, making the game a good title for casual players. A specific humor and large number of funny animations of character’s reactions are worth mentioning.
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (GCN)
Action 19 June 2003
The sequel to Io-Interactive's well-received stealth action game from 2000. The game’s story starts in a Sicilian monastery, where the protagonist of the first game, Agent 47, tries to forget about his former deeds by seeking atonement in peaceful life and prayer. Unfortunately, he is soon tracked down by the Russian mafia and forced to get back to work. He quickly learns that he is being manipulated and eventually becomes a target himself, hunted by highly-trained ex-Spetsnaz operatives. Hitman 2: Silent Assassin is a set of 21 new missions set in six main locations all over the world. As you play, you make use of the protagonist’s talents, such as reconnaissance, camouflage, sneaking, and covering his tracks. The game offers a selection of more than 30 diverse weapons, including brand new tools, such as crossbows, poisonous darts, stun ammo, and even chloroform.
The Sims 2 (GCN)
Simulation 24 October 2005
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.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (GCN)
Action 09 December 2003
The first adventure game based on the best-selling novel written by J.K. Rowling about a young wizard – Harry Potter. The main protagonist is trying to develop his magical potential in Hogwarts, School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Medal of Honor: European Assault (GCN)
Action 07 June 2005
Another console installment of the series of World War II first-person shooters developed by Electronic Arts. After a short trip to the Pacific this time the series goes back to European countries. The player assumes the role of Lieutenant William Holt, a commander who, together with his new squad, is selected to complete many secret special missions. He and his team can impact the outcome of four great battles that took place in France, North Africa, Stalingrad and in Ardennes. Medal of Honor: European Assault consists of 12 scenarios filled with various main and side objectives. During them the player will use 35 different weapons. In addition to improved graphics and physics, thanks to the use of the realistic engine Havok 2.0, a special Rally Mode was introduced to the series. After activating it the protagonist becomes temporarily invincible, moves faster and is able to kill enemies with a single shot.
Medal of Honor: Frontline (GCN)
Action 07 November 2002
Another installment in an FPS series tracing its roots back to the PlayStation console. The Medal of Honor series of war shooters is considered to be the predecessor of the Call of Duty franchise. In Medal of Honor: Frontline, the player assumes the role of lieutenant Jimmy Patterson from the American OSS agency. The protagonist is sent to the most dangerous battlefields of World War II, including the spectacular landing on the Omaha beach for example (a mission inspired by the 1998's film Saving Private Ryan). The player will be taken inside a German U-boat, they will fight over a strategically important bridge in Nijmegen, and most importantly, they will hijack a German plane prototype capable of tipping the scales of victory. In terms of mechanics, the game does not stray much from the formula behind the previous installments, giving the player an opportunity to experience a true war horror, which is intensified by the use of convincing sound effects. In the game, the player participates both in open shootouts as well as stealth-action sequences, making use of a massive number of different weapons representing authentic firearms of the period.
Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc (GCN)
Arcade 02 March 2003
The third installment in the series of adventures of the eponymous friendly hero. Released for PC Windows and consoles, the game is an action platformer. Rayman and his friends, Globox and Murfy, have to face the army of Hoodlums. As you play, you explore new, colorful locations, from beautiful, magical places to ruined areas inhabited by hostile creatures. Visually, the game looks better than the second installment — the textures and animations have been improved. The Game Boy Advance release, however, is a 2D platform game utilizing a side view perspective. In this edition, you need to find a cure for Globox, who accidentally swallowed the evil Dark Lum Lord. It is also worth noting that the production is among the visually best ones for Nintendo handhelds.
LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (GCN)
Action 12 September 2006
LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy is a continuation of one of the best made electronic and entertainment products of 2005. According to the subtitle, this time the developers focused on three episodes of the Star Wars film cycle, shot by George Lucas in 1977-1983.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (GCN)
Adventure 18 November 2003
An action adventure game which is a remake of the 1989's Prince of Persia, one of the most popular platformers of all time, originally developed Broberbund Software. The game was created by Ubisoft Motreal and Jordan Mechner – the father of the original game, who worked on The Sands of Time as consultant and lead designer. The game tells a story of the eponymous Prince who accidentally releases the legendary Sands of Time, a mystical artifact that poses a terrible threat to the world. With the help of the beautiful princess Farah, the protagonist has to make up for his mistake and bring back order to his land by facing various creatures and dangers. Gameplay of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is seen from the third-person perspective and features fully 3D graphics. During the course of the game, the hero makes use of the supernatural power to control the time. The creators emphasize their effort to recreate the characteristic elements of the original title, like realistic animations and combat system.
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (GCN)
Action 18 November 2002
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast is the third part of Raven Software's series of first person shootouts set in the world of Star Wars. The player once again takes on the role of Kyle Qatar. This time, the Jedi Knight has to face the mighty Dark Jedi, who is working on power limiting technology in the Galaxy.
KAO the Kangaroo: Round 2 (GCN)
Adventure 15 April 2005
A continuation of a three-dimensional platformer developed by the Polish studio Tate Multimedia (previously known as X-Ray Interactive). Kao the Kangaroo: Round 2 returns to the titular hero, who once again embarks on a demanding journey all around the world to save hundreds of animals that have been abducted by an evil poacher and his band of thugs. The game sees us travel through 20 varied levels in five different worlds filled with difficult obstacles as well as numerous vehicles and objects. Moreover, our hero has to face over 30 types of opponents that can be dealt with seven different weapons, including a tail slash or a boomerang. Fortunately, Kao is supported by other animals, including a pelican or a whale. As always, the levels are full of different collectibles and hidden bonus sections.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (GCN)
Adventure 29 May 2004
Harry Potter and Azkaban Prisoner is the fourth game based on J.K. Rowling's books about the adventures of Harry Potter's title student and his two friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.
The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age (GCN)
RPG 02 November 2004
The Lord of the Rings returns! The Third Era has come. An era of chaos and doubt. History has made a circle. Gather your team and embark on another expedition for truth and justice. But beware of the ominous eye - it won't rest until it annihilates you.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 (GCN)
Sports 23 October 2002
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 is a Beenox-produced sports game signed with the name of a famous skateboarder. Players have the opportunity to test their strength in professional skateboarding. The creators envisaged more than 190 different tasks to perform and a whole spectrum of possible acrobatics on the board. For lovers of sports rivalry with living opponents, an 8-person multiplayer fun mode has been introduced.
Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes (GCN)
Action 09 March 2004
The Twin Snakes is a remake of the sneakdown game TPP Metal Gear Solid, originally released for PlayStation in 1998. We play the role of a retired commander, who has to filter the terrorist-controlled base in Alaska alone. In addition to improved graphics, the design of the rooms has also been changed, adding, among other things, more places to hide.
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (GCN)
Action 05 June 2003
A third-person stealth action game by Ubisoft Montreal, inspired by the works of the famous Tom Clancy and the NetForce novel series. We assume the role of Sam Fisher, a federal agent and an operative of a secret unit within NSA (National Security Agency). The protagonist's task is to perform missions given to him by the agency, usually involving elimination of incredibly dangerous enemies, destroying documents, or infiltrating secret installations. Contrary to such series as Rainbow Six or Ghost Recon, where the emphasis is put on teamwork and commanding a unit, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell focuses on controlling one character, making it more of a stealth game. There is no shortage of open confrontation opportunities in the title, though. In such scenarios, we can choose from 13 available weapons and other useful gadgets.
Action 15 April 2003
Re-edition of the popular shumpa. We sit at the controls of a futuristically designed fighter, eliminating enemy units appearing on the screen. We play alone or work with a second player in cooperation.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (GCN)
Action 08 November 2002
Lord of the Rings: Two Towers is a spectacular third person perspective action game (TPP) based on Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings: Two Towers". Guided by Aragorn, Legolas or Gimlie, the player has to fight against the hosts of servants Saruman and Sauron. The work of Stormfront development studio is considered to be one of the best adaptations of a film in the history of the video games industry.