The Year in Review 2004 Feature - The Next Level

The Year in Review 2004

GN takes a look back at the best and worst of '04...

Article by TNL Staff (Email)
December 31st 2004, 01:30PM

2004 ultimately will go down as the definitive “year of the sequel”. Our wallets took a beating, particularly during the third and fourth quarter, as the market became saturated with “must own” treasures that demanded our attention. Some of the biggest releases of this generation saw the light of day in '04. We saw the release of gems such as Metroid Prime 2, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Ninja Gaiden, Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow and Burnout 3 eclipsed by a sea of "highly anticipated" blockbusters.

Doom 3 and Half-Life 2 made our computers obsolete while Halo 2 and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas made our time nearly non-existent. Halo 2 shattered preorder records and sold countless millions, while even more millions flocked to an obscene San Andreas, making a case for even more explicit material in our video games.

The world of sports games finally got some competition. Sega launched its great ESPN franchise at the discounted price and took a huge bite out of EA's lock on the genre. Then, as we all know, EA bought the rights to the NFL, crippling Sega's future with sports games. 2004 was admittedly slow for the RPG fanatic, not seeing much beyond Paper Mario, Knights of the Old Republic 2, Fable and the Japanese release of Suikoden IV. PC gamers had no choice but to upgrade or sit out as millions played Half-Life 2, Doom 3, World of Warcraft, Sid Meier's Pirates!, Unreal Tournament 2004, and Rome: Total War.

Finally, the release of the Nintendo DS and the Sony PSP abroad helped to cement 2004 as one of the greatest years in the history of video games.

Without a doubt, 2004 was a phenomenal year to remember and the entire editorial crew at GotNext are rather pleased to have a few days to themselves before the next storm of excellence arrives. Fortunately, we managed to gather enough energy to come together and present our annual picks commemorating the best and worst highlights that occurred this year. Plus, as an added bonus, we’ve invited some of our readers the opportunity to present their Top 5 picks. Much to our surprise, Halo 2 did not dominate the charts.

And on that note, we’re proud to present The Year in Review 2004.

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