The best PC games of the year 2004.
Battlefield Vietnam is a first-person shooter video game by Digital Illusions CE. It is the second game in the Battlefield series released after Battlefield 1942. The game is set during the Vietnam War, featuring a large variety of maps based on real historical settings.
The gameplay is similar to that of Battlefield 1942. Mostly the objective is to take Control Points around the map to enable friendly players and vehicles to spawn. The player has access to a variety of weapons based on the war. Various contemporary weapons and concepts are featured such as the AK47 assault rifle and punji stick traps. Players are able to fire weapons from the car whilst driving. An updated version of the game titled Battlefield Vietnam: Redux was re-released in 2005. It includes new vehicles and maps.
Bejeweled 2 is a tile-matching puzzle video game by PopCap Games. It is the sequel to Bejeweled and features various secret gameplay modes that can be accessed by beating levels of Classic, Puzzle, Endless and Action modes.
Gameplay involves swapping one gem with an adjacent gem to form a chain of three or more gems of the same color. After creating such a chain, the gems disappear and cause randomly generated gems to fall from the top to take the matched gems’ place. Sometimes, falling gems automatically line up, causing chain reactions. This is called a cascade. Several different modes of gameplay are available such as Action, Blitz, Classic, Endless and Puzzle.
Conflict: Vietnam is a tactical third-person shooter video game by Pivotal Games. It is the third game in the Conflict series. The player takes control of a squad of four 101st Airborne Division soldiers on the eve of the Tet Offensive in 1968.
The game starts in 1968, just days before the Tet Offensive begins. A 19-year old Private Harold Kahler is introduced to his squadmates on a Huey gunship while heading to “Ghost Town” a 101st Airborne Division base in South Vietnam. 28-year old Staff Sergeant Frank “Ragman” Wier is the leader, highly familiar with the Vietnam War from two previous tours of duty. Corporals Bruce “Junior” Lesh and Will “Hoss” Schafer comprise the rest of the squad. The 1968 Tet Offensive occurs just after Kahler’s first combat patrol. He and the rest of the squad soon find themselves cut off behind enemy lines after the helicopters deploying them on a night patrol are shot down.
Doom 3 is a sci-fi survival horror first-person shooter video game by id Software. It is the third game in the Doom series and serves as a reboot of the Doom franchise, disregarding storylines of the previous Doom games.
The game takes place on Mars in the year 2145. A military-industrial conglomerate has set up a scientific research facility to research into fields such as teleportation, biological research, and advanced weapons design. However, the teleportation experiments inadvertently open a gateway to Hell. This results in a catastrophic invasion by demons. The player takes control of a space marine who has just arrived on the UAC’s Mars base and must fight through the base and find a way to stop the demons attacking Earth.
Far Cry is a first-person shooter video game by Crytek Studios. It is the first game released in the Far Cry series. Several sequels to the game have been released since the release of the original title, such as Far Cry 2 (2008), Far Cry 3 (2012) and Far Cry 4 (2014).
The story follows an ex-Special Forces operator named Jack Carver, who is stranded on a mysterious archipelago in Micronesia. The player takes control of Jack, who is searching for a female journalist he was escorting after she went missing when their sailboat was destroyed by mercenaries. Jack travels across the various islands, battling mysterious mercenaries in search for Val. Through encounters with Trigens (genetically altered beasts) and information from Doyle, Jack soon discovers that the island is part of an experiment involving genetic modification, funded by the genetic company Krieger Corp. and led by its CEO, Dr. Krieger.
FIFA Football 2005 is a sports simulation football video game by EA Canada. Being the 12th game released, it is one of many games released in the FIFA football series. The game has several improvements over the earlier releases.
The game features a create-a-player mode, allowing the player to create and customize their soccer player. The main difference compared to previous titles from the series was the inclusion of first-touch gameplay which provided gamers the ability to perform real-life tricks and passes. It was also the first version to feature the full Mexican League and increased sales in the United States. The FIFA Theme soundtrack was composed by DJ Paul Oakenfold.
Ground Control II: Operation Exodus is a real-time tactics video game by Massive Entertainment. It is the sequel to the award-winning game Ground Control (2000). The game is similar to its predecessor and features various improvements.
Gameplay focuses on combat tactics rather than base construction or managing an economy. However, unlike its purely real-time tactics predecessor, the sequel has a resource system called acquisition. Acquisition points are earned through the capturing of victory locations and destruction of enemy forces and allow the player to field units on the battlefield and use the support weapons that are unique to each faction.
Half-Life 2 is a sci-fi first-person shooter video game by Valve Corporation. It is the sequel to Half-Life and introduces the Source game engine. The game takes place in a fictional City 17 about 20 years after the events of Half-Life.
The player takes the role of Gordon Freeman and needs to progress through several chapters of the game. The player starts without items and slowly builds up an arsenal over the course of the game. Despite the game’s mainly linear nature, much effort was put into making exploration rewarding and interesting. Several optional areas of the game world in City 17 can be missed or avoided. The health, weapon systems, and periodic physics puzzles remain mostly unchanged from the earlier game except with the newer Source Engine being capable of better graphics.
Hitman: Contracts is a stealth third-person video game by IO Interactive. It is the third game in the Hitman series and the sequel to Hitman 2: Silent Assassin. The game features recreations of four levels from Hitman: Codename 47. A sequel to the game titled Hitman: Blood Money was released in 2006.
The player takes control of hitman, Agent 47. He is sent to various locations to assassinate targets. Many weapons can be used, from kitchen knives to belt-fed machine guns. While stealth and subterfuge are encouraged, the player can choose to take a more violent approach and gunfight their way to their mission goals. Players can collect various armaments found in the levels, allowing them to be used in future missions. Several missions allow the player more subtle ways to eliminate hits, such as judicious use of poison, or arranging “accidents” like a heat-induced heart attack inside a sauna.
Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile is a city-building video game by Tilted Mill Entertainment. The game set in ancient Egypt and allows the player to build a city. A new enhanced edition of the game along with an expansion for it titled Children of the Nile: Alexandria were released in 2008.
The player designates construction sites for various classes of citizen. The citizens are divided into private workers and government workers. Citizens who are eligible for social advancement will move in and construct their dwelling. Most construction sites are free to designate and will be constructed in a few moments by their new occupants, but most government buildings must be constructed with bricks, which are created in government-run brickworks and carried to construction sites by bricklayers.
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault is a World War II first-person shooter video game by EA LA. It is the 7th game released in the Medal of Honor series. The story takes place during the Pacific War.
The player takes the role of Pvt. Thomas Conlin, a U.S. Marine in the Pacific Theater of Operations in World War II. The game opens up on Conlin, about to land on Tarawa in a landing craft. His voice-over reminisces about how much of a journey it was to arrive there, commenting on the friends he’s lost, the untrained quality of the new-recruits and the futility of taking this small stretch of land from the Japanese. Conlin’s Amtrac is hit by an artillery shell as it approaches the shore. Conlin and the other soldiers are forced to defend themselves and wade ashore.
Painkiller is a first-person shooter video game by People Can Fly. The game is similar to titles such as Doom, Quake, and Serious Sam. Several expansions were released for the game. A sequel titled Painkiller: Overdose was released in 2007.
Gameplay involves the player progressing through each level by slaughtering hundreds of monsters. Each level presents a new location with various themes and art styles. The levels include castles, monasteries, an opera house, Venice, graveyards and more. Most levels feature new types of monsters. There are five “boss” levels where the player fights a boss. The game presents an option to complete a special task each level, which results in the player getting a “tarot card”, a rare, hard-to-obtain bonus. Each equipped card provides different bonuses for a small amount of time, like powered-up weapons or slow motion.
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within is an action-adventure video game by Ubisoft. It is the sequel to Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2003). The story continues where The Sands of Time left off.
The game is set seven years after the events of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. The Prince finds himself constantly hunted by a terrible beast known as the Dahaka. The Prince seeks counsel from an old wise man who explains that whoever releases The Sands of Time must die. Because the Prince escaped his fate, it is the Dahaka’s mission as guardian of the Timeline to ensure that he dies as he was meant to. The old man also tells of the Island of Time, where the Empress of Time first created the Sands. The Prince sets sail for the Island in an attempt to prevent the Sands from ever being created.
Rome: Total War is a strategy video game by The Creative Assembly. It is the third title released in the Total War series. The expansions released for the game are Rome: Total War – Barbarian Invasion and Rome: Total War – Alexander.
The game is set during the early Roman Empire. The player takes control of one of three Roman families (other factions are available after unlocking). Tactical battles take place across Europe, North Africa, and the Near East. On the large strategic scale, players spend each turn managing diplomacy, developing infrastructure, moving armies, and managing the population’s growth and public order through taxes and gladiatorial games, among other tasks. On the smaller scale, real-time battles against enemy armies take place within or between cities.
Sacred is an action role-playing video game by Ascaron. The game is set on the magical continent of Ancaria with characters of various races such as dark elf, vampiress, wood elf and other. Each race has their own missions.
The player starts the game by selecting one of six different character types. Each character begins in a different part of the Ancaria continent and with a different starting quest. Character classes are also restricted to a certain set of items and have different sets of skills. To increase these skill levels, characters must find runes that correspond to those skills, a rather novel system in contrast to the more mainstream model of skill points.
Silent Hill 4: The Room is a survival horror third-person video game by Team Silent. It is the fourth release in the Silent Hill series and the sequel to Silent Hill 3 (2003).
Gameplay takes place in the fictional town of South Ashfield and follows Henry Townshend as he attempts to escape from his locked-down apartment. During the course of the game, Henry explores a series of supernatural worlds and finds himself in conflict with an undead serial killer. The main gameplay elements focus on combat, exploration, and puzzle-solving. Various weapons found throughout the game can be equipped and used.
Sonic Heroes is an adventure platform video game by Sonic Team USA. It is the eighth game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. The game is set after the events of Sonic Adventure 2.
The story follows the journeys of four individual teams of three who are on their search for the mad scientist Doctor Eggman. However, Sonic the Hedgehog’s robot duplicate and nemesis, Metal Sonic, is secretly manipulating the game’s events in a plan to eradicate his long-time foe. The game features four teams; Team Sonic, Team Rose, Team Dark, and Team Chaotix, each with their own campaigns.
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay is an action sci-fi first-person video game by Starbreeze Studios. It is a tie-in prequel to the futuristic sci-fi movie The Chronicles of Riddick. If you enjoyed the movie, play this game.
The game follows Riddick, the anti-hero of the two movies Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, as he attempts to escape from a maximum-security prison called Butcher Bay. Escape from Butcher Bay ‘ s designers focused on exploring Riddick’s character in a prison break setting to differentiate the game from the film. The player takes control of Richard B. Riddick and attempts to break out of Butcher Bay prison. There are various weapons the player can use, including screwdrivers, shiv, and shanks.
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth is a real-time strategy video game by EA Los Angeles. The game is based on The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy and features short video clips from the movies and a number of the voice actors. A sequel titled The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II was released in 2006.
Gameplay involves gathering resources and using them to construct military bases and armies. Buildings may only be constructed on the building slots of predefined plots. Plots range from farmhouses to full-fledged castles, with different slot arrangements and available buildings, and plots can be purchased when they’re in the sole presence of a side’s forces. The only resources are the nebulous “resources,” which are produced inexhaustibly in dedicated buildings. An expansion to the game titled The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II – The Rise of the Witch-king was released in 2006.
The Sims 2 is a life simulation video game by Maxis. It is the second game released in the series and the sequel to The Sims. Gameplay is very similar to the earlier game with new features added and improved graphics.
Players control their Sims in various activities and form relationships in a manner similar to real life. There are no defined final goals as gameplay is open-ended. Sims have life goals, wants and fears, the fulfillment of which can produce both positive or negative outcomes. The Sims 2 builds on its predecessor by allowing Sims to age through six stages of life. Although the gameplay is not linear, storylines exist in the game’s pre-built neighborhoods. Pleasantview is based 25 years after the town in the original The Sims. Strangetown’s storyline is based on the supernatural and is loosely connected with Pleasantview.
The Suffering is a psychological horror first-person (and third-person) video game mainly by Surreal Software. A sequel to the game titled The Suffering: Ties That Bind was released in 2005.
The player takes control of Torque, a man who has been sent to Abbott State Penitentiary on Carnate Island, Maryland. He has been convicted and sentenced to death for murdering his ex-wife and two children, although he claims to have blacked out at the time this happened and cannot remember anything. The night Torque arrives, a powerful earthquake happens and releases an army of monsters upon the facility. Torque’s cell door breaks and he is freed from captivity. He leaves the cell and begins to explore the prison in an attempt to escape Carnate Island alive. The player has access to a large variety of weapons which are similar to those found in prisons, such as shivs, revolvers, Molotov cocktails and a large variety of other weapons.
Thief: Deadly Shadows is a first-person and third-person stealth video game by Ion Storm. It is the third game released in the Thief series.
The game begins when Garrett steals a rare opal from a nobleman’s castle. The player takes control of Garrett, an independent master thief who aims to steal his way through the City. Gameplay involves using stealth, devices, and weapons in order to complete objectives and make profits on the side. The player may steal from or mug innocents for loot, and avoid, distract, attack or knock out guards. Loot and weapon ammunition may be stolen simply by ‘touching’ it, when close enough. Locked rooms and chests can be broken into after completing a lock-picking minigame.
Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 is an adventure sports simulation skateboarding video game by Neversoft. It is the sixth game in the Tony Hawk’s series and the sequel to Tony Hawk’s Underground. The game is partially based on season 2 of Viva La Bam with many references to the Jackass TV series.
Gameplay is similar to that of previous Tony Hawk games. The player skates around in the game environment modeled after various cities and attempts to complete various goals. Most goals involve skating on or over various objects or performing combos. Scores are calculated by adding the sum of the point value of each trick strung together in a combo and then multiplying by the number of tricks in the combo. Many levels return from previous games, such as expanded warehouse, School and Downhill Jam from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Canada, Los Angeles, Airport from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 and Philadelphia from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2.
Unreal Tournament 2004 is a sci-fi futuristic first-person shooter video game by Epic Games and Digital Extremes. It is part of the Unreal series of games and is a sequel to Unreal Tournament 2003 (2002).
The game is based on a fast-paced fictional extreme sport of the future. It features an extensive array of weapons, all of which come with a secondary fire. Some of them were designed specifically for use in vehicle-based game types and typically appear only in those game types, such as the Anti-Vehicle Rocket Launcher (AVRiL) and the Grenade Launcher. Over 100 maps are included in the game for all new and existing game types. A sequel to the game titled Unreal Tournament 3 was released in 2007.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines is an action role-playing first-person (and third-person) video game by Troika Games. The game is based on the earlier game Vampire: The Masquerade (1991).
The game follows a vampire who seeks to uncover the truth behind a recently discovered relic that heralds the end of all vampires. The player can assign their character to one of several vampire clans. Each clan has its unique powers, customizable combat and dialog abilities and progress through the game with violent and nonviolent methods. The player can complete side missions away from the primary storyline by moving freely between the available hubs: Santa Monica, Hollywood, downtown Los Angeles, and Chinatown.
World of Warcraft is an MMORPG video game by Blizzard Entertainment. It is the fourth game released in the Warcraft series and the sequel to Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. The game is set in the fantasy Warcraft universe and takes place within the Warcraft world of Azeroth. Warcraft release.
The game is set in a fictional world known as Azeroth. Players control a character avatar within the game world, exploring the landscape, fighting various monsters, completing quests, and interacting with non-player characters. Various expansions were released for the game: The Burning Crusade (2007). Wrath of the Lich King (2008), Cataclysm (2010), Mists of Pandaria (2012) and a fifth expansion titled Warlords of Draenor was released in 2014.
Ok no messing around with our best PC games of 2004 list as we have a lot of games we want to give special mention to in this summary! So please have a look and see what we thought of some of the biggest PC games of 2004.
The amount of first-person shooters released in 2004 was just crazy! First-person shooters really started to take over right about now. Half-Life 2 was finally released and it did not disappoint. Even now, well over a decade later. Many people say it is the best game of all time! Doom 3 brought the Doom series into modern gaming with some incredible graphics, lots of blood and some really awesome action. Doom 3 also was one of the first big games that required you to put in a code from the manual to enable online play. If you bought the game used, you would still have to pay more money to play it online!
Pro gaming favorite, Painkiller, got the very first release back in 2004 and many gamers still love to play it today. Any best PC games of 2004 list are sure to have Far Cry on it. The breathtaking island that the game was set on was a major change for first-person shooters. The incredible graphics of the game saw many PC gamers want to upgrade their PC to run the game at as high settings as possible. Of course, now Far Cry is one of the biggest franchises in gaming.
Two games based on the Vietnam War were released in 2004. Battlefield Vietnam took the Battlefield series to Vietnam. The game was very, very popular and it was for many people, one of the best PC games of 2004. The other game based on the Vietnam was Conflict: Vietnam which was a third-person person shooter. For a few years, the Conflict series was very popular and many say this is the best in the series.
One other first-person game released in 2004 we want to give special attention to is The Chronicles Of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay. This was released to tie in with the Chronicles Of Riddick movie, but this was far from a quick cash in like we were used to. For many, Chronicles Of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay is one of the best movie tie-in games of all time! It was a fantastic adventure game that had stealth, puzzles and of course first-person shooter action as well.
We have to talk about World Of Warcraft. Not just one of the biggest PC games of 2004. World Of Warcraft is one of the biggest video games of all time! This game was huge and really was the first big MMORPG. It is still very popular now and as well as spawning a few expansion packs has a whole merchandising empire as well.
The Sims was another game that saw many people buy a PC just to play it. The Sims 2 added many new things for the Sims to get up to as well as greatly improving the graphics. The Sims 2 was very popular and even now, many people love The Sims games.
We know we left some big games out, but in our summary of the best PC games of 2004, we can only fit in so many. But please have a look at our full list as there really was a ton of incredible games released in 2004.