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Yahoo! Games Names 2004's Must-Have Titles

December 8, 2004, 2:32 pm PST
Total comments: 14

Pretty much what you'd expect, but it never hurts to ask.

HOT FOR THE HOLIDAYS: YAHOO! GAMES POLL

INDICATES MUST-HAVE TITLES FOR 2004

Yahoo! Games released the results of its recent holiday poll, asking site

visitors to vote for the games they anticipate playing the most throughout

the holidays. In descending order of popularity, Yahoo! Games users

selected the following titles:

1. Halo 2 (Microsoft)

2. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Rockstar)

3. Half-Life 2 (VU Games)

4. Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (LucasArts)

5. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (Konami)

6. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (Nintendo)

7. Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (Ubisoft)

8. The Sims 2 (EA Games)

9. World of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)

10. Need for Speed Underground 2 (Electronic Arts)

Yahoo! Games is the premier destination for gaming on the Web, with more

than 10 million visitors per month*. For more information on the Yahoo!

Games user poll and holiday gift guide, please visit http://gamesdomain.yahoo.com/holiday2004/poll_results.

Talkback

nolimit19December 08, 2004

disappointing

MarioDecember 08, 2004

expected

Hostile CreationDecember 08, 2004

I pilfered Halo from my friend's roommate two days ago, and I'm already pretty bored with the game. Even online.

Just an observation. I was unimpressed (for computer, of c ourse, but it's the same game (with, I think, improvements, actually)).

KDR_11kDecember 09, 2004

Oh, so I must have Halo 2! Never mind I have absolutely no use for it because I neither like the genre nor have the system, I must have it! Oh, and GTA! Yeah, it's a game with gameplay that doesn't amuse for more than five minutes but I must have it! And of course Half-Life 2, yet another generic run-and-gun FPS! Well, okay, so I have that already.

"Must buy" is a stupid descriptor. And I'm not planning on buying any of those games soon (well, except for HL2 which I already have but that doesn't really count because I had it before the "holiday season").

Hostile CreationDecember 09, 2004

Is Half-life 2 any good? Because I've heard it is, and it looks good, but I haven't had any reliable feedback on it.

KDR_11kDecember 10, 2004

It's a run-off-the-mill straight up FPS. While there are talks about a better than average storyline people said the same about HL1 and I haven't seen much of a storyline in there. The only real difference to other FPSes is that they put "physics puzzles" in there which means you have to use the weight of objects to tilt a teeter-totter. And of course crate stacking. Oh, and it almost seems to have more levels where you drive a vehice than ones where you're on foot. With the obligatory regular bit on foot to get the vehicle further that has been in FPSes since HL1 or at least Gunman. A positive thing is that the number of small enemies with melee attacks is kept relatively low but it has small melee thingies that reduce you to 1 health when they hit you.
Some say HL2 is the best game ever or something like that but I don't think it's more than an FPS and it's definitely not as original/interesting as Metroid Prime.

cmoneyDecember 11, 2004

Half-Life 2 is hardly run of the mill. It was an experience.

KDR_11kDecember 11, 2004

Ah, yes, that mysterious term. People say Halo was an experience. People say Half-Life was an experience. Some even say that about Doom 3. You know, sometimes I get the feeling "experience" means "average game that we expected so much from that we have to make up a reason to love it".

cmoneyDecember 11, 2004

I wouldn't call halo an experience. The first two levels were a great time. It was downhill from there. Doom III was creepy as hell, and I'm still not sure why I never finished it. Half-life 2, I just loved. As did many people.

Have you even played the game? Looks like you're just hating on it because so many other people have enjoyed it.

KnowsNothingDecember 11, 2004

Halo's first two levels of the game were the best? That's funny, because after finally getting my hands on a PC version I was completely and utterly tired of it and I never finished the second level.

Now there's actually SUBSTANCE to my Halo insults tpg.gif
that seems to happen with wildy popular games like that. I couldn't stand Vice City.....which actually taught me a valuable lesson. When you research a game, the score reviewers give means nothing. But we all knew that, right?

Oh yeah, very predictable.

KDR_11kDecember 11, 2004

Have you even played the game? Looks like you're just hating on it because so many other people have enjoyed it.

'course. Whats the point of buying it when you don't play it? Should've gone with my initial plan of waiting until the mods are out before I buy it but people talked about it like it was the best game ever and I wanted to see what made it great. I'd rate it 80%, "solid game that doesn't bring anything new to the table", same as Doom 3.
I don't get why people call Doom 3 creepy, it's about as creepy as Quake. Well, it pretty much IS Quake with more linear levels.

TMWDecember 12, 2004

Geez people, one persons opinion of a game doesn't make it bad or good.

There is no accounting for taste, dig?

Hostile CreationDecember 12, 2004

Same with me, knowsnothing. I never beat the second level.

MattVDBDecember 14, 2004

Usually I agree with KDR, but in this case I will make an exception. Half life 2 isn't your run of the mill RTS. There I said it. But, it isn't more then one by much.

I got the game, not because I was super stoked about it, but because I was curious. I wanted to see what the hype was all about. (Same thing with Halo 2, but I never actually did go buy an Xbox for it). I played the original Half Life, yes, but to a point. There was a point in the original *spoiler* that all your gear gets jacked. I was very put off by this, and quit. That was all I knew, and that was years ago.

What Half Life 2 has going for it, is that it doesn't spell anything out. It is the "experience". The plot, even after you beat it, is never fully finished. By playing through the eyes of Gordon Freeman, you learn everything he learns, and likewise. Anything you do, he does. It's an interesting twist, that is able to keep you in suspense longer then if you weren't inside his head.

Contrary to what KDR says though, there are 2 driving missions. I won't ruin the total number of missions for those still playing/wanting to play, but there are more then 5 times that number of regular type run and gun missions.

The gameplay in and of itself can sometimes be a bit shallow. Possibly it was the difficulty I was on, not requiring more, but I really only ever used 2 guns. (shotgun and magnum)

The characters they talk about, and the water to go with it, are both top notch. Best faces ever, and best water yet. Period. End of sentence.

Basically, if you would like to be wowed, perplexed, and definatly confused, play and beat the game. If you want a deep actioneer, look to Prime 2. It's that simple. Oh, but did I mention it's fun? That needs to be said somewhere. The last mission especially.

Now if you will excuse me, and hopefully forgive me for such a wandering post, I must go.

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