Galactic Civilizations is a turn based strategy game that was released in early 2003 by Stardock. Dominate the galaxy either by waging war, advancing technology, having an advance culture, or with diplomacy.
Publisher: Strategy First
Release Date: March 26, 2003
JustRPG Score: 82%
+Many diverse and interesting options for customizing the game.
+Huge replay value, as each new game randomizes the world and events.
+Impressive artificial intelligence.
+Players can adjust the difficulty level of computer opponents.
+Beautiful cut-scenes as well as impressive music.
Freelancer is a space simulator role playing game where the player takes on the role of an entrepreneur looking to build their financial empire in the universe.
|Developer: Digital Anvil
Release Date: March 5, 2003
JustRPG Score: 90%
+Fun trading system.
+Open universe to explore.
-Developers promised more features.
-No memorable characters.
Freelancer is a space trading, combat simulator, role playing game that was released in early 2003. The player takes on the role of a spacecraft pilot and sets out into the universe to choose their own adventure. Players can choose to be space pirates, trader, or engage in dog fights with hostile craft. The game was praised for it’s ground breaking controls, its pleasant visuals, and its overall concept. Although all these make this game pretty fun the game also had poor NPC design, and the game did not have a single memorable character. The story also was not very engaging and missions quickly became a chore for most players. Finally the developers promised more in depth multiplayer which was simply never delivered upon.
FIFA Football 2004 for the PC is a soccer game that sports realistic players and decent graphics for the time of it’s release.
Publisher: EA Europe
Release Date: November, 2004
JustRPG Score: 75%
+Great graphics and sound.
+Life like players.
+Off the ball control and free kick control are brilliant.
+Excellent reproduction of stadium and practice areas.
-Complicated game play for begginers.
-Navigation through menus is a nightmare.
-Same old wine in a new designer bottle.
FIFA Football 2004 Overview
FIFA Football 2004 is the eleventh game in the FIFA football franchise and the eighth to be in full 3-D. The game has very realistic looking players for the time of it’s release, but has pretty much the same engine as the previous FIFA Football 2003. Besides having slightly better graphics than the previous game the only added feature is a system called off the ball. This system allows the player to control two players at the same time which adds another layer of strategy to the game.
Far Cry is a first person shooter role playing game and was the first game in the series. The game takes places on an island where mercenaries run rampant.
Release Date: March, 2004
JustRPG Score: 93%
+Fun combat system.
-Console remakes had poor controls
Far Cry Overview
Far Cry is a first person shooter role playing game that takes place on an isolated island that is run by mercenary groups. The main character starts off escorting a girl but loses her when his ship is attacked by mercenaries. From that point onward the player must work to find her and bring her to safety. Other themes that are present in the game are genetic manipulation, and the genocide of natives on the island. Overall the game has a good story and is a great play through.
Everquest II is an massively multiplayer online role playing game that was the long awaited sequel to one of the first MMORPGs ever, Everquest. Everquest II was released in late 2004 and was an overall success.
|Developer: Sony Online Entertainment
Publisher: Sony Online Entertainment
Release Date: November 08. 2004
JustRPG Score: 90%
+Many races to choose from.
+Many classes to choose from.
-Can get repetitive.
Everquest II Overview
Everquest II is the long awaited sequel to one of the first massively multiplayer online role playing games ever, Everquest. This amazing MMORPG allows the player to choose from an impressive twenty races, and twenty six adventure classes. The game also allows the player to advance up to ninety five levels and has a heavy focus of quests. The game also supports six player parties and twenty four player raids. Overall the game is very exciting and was a proper sequel to the legendary Everquest, and actually has been the subject numerous academic studies such as a study of virtual game economies.
Eragon is an action role playing game for the Sony Playstation 2, the Xbox 360, Xbox, PC, and Nintendo DS. The game is based off the novel and movie series.
Publisher: Vivendi Games
Release Date: November 14, 2006
Platforms: PS2, Xbox 360, Xbox, PC, DS
JustRPG Score: 55%
+Appeals to fans of the novel series.
-Lack luster combat system.
-Poor camera angles.
Eragon is a third person action role playing game based on the novel and movie series. The game was released in 2006 for the Sony Playstaion 2, the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Xbox, PC, and the Nintendo DS. The game starts with the main character finding a jewel which turns out to be a dragon egg. This catches the attention of the dragon lord and Eragon, the main character, must fight to destroy him. Overall the game was pretty poor, having bad visuals, bad camera angels, and very linear game play.
Enter the Matrix is an action adventure role playing game that is based on the hit movie series, The Matrix. This game includes a story concurrent with the second Matrix movie and has over an hour of unique footage.
|Developer: Shiny Entertainment
Release Date: May 15, 2003
Platforms: PS2, PC, GameCube, Xbox
JustRPG Score: 70%
+Appeals to fans of the movie franchise.
+Fun combat system.
-Clearly an unfinished game.
Enter the Matrix Overview
Enter the Matrix is an action adventure role playing game that was released for the PS2, PC, GameCube, and Xbox in early 2003. The release of the game was concurrent with the release of the second Matrix movie, The Matrix Reloaded. The game lets you control two main characters, Ghost, and Niobe, and sports about an hour of unique footage not seen in the movies. The game operates with a third person view which helps simulate the characters awareness of their surroundings like they have in the movies. The combat system is pretty fun and the extra footage is pretty cool but the game was obviously rushed and thus was unfinished.
Dungeon Fighter Online is a 2D side scrolling hack and slash role playing fight game that was released globally in 2009. The game successfully combines role playing elements with traditional 2D fighting games.
Release Date: September 22, 2009
JustRPG Score: 80%
+Fun combat system.
+Multiplayer works well.
Dungeon Fighter Online Overview
Dungeon Fighter Online is a Korean online role playing game where players fight in a traditional 2D fighting style. The game, which was published by the very popular Nexon, combined role playing elements with a fighting style similar to Street Fighter, or Marvel vs. Capcom. The player’s characters will level up and earn skill points they can use to upgrade the specific class they chose. Technique points are also in the game which are awarded when players successfully complete combos with their party members. The game also supports different areas, or zones, in which they can fight different monsters. While the graphics for this game are pretty simple the gameplay is pretty fun and the combination of role playing elements and fighting game style combat seems to work well.
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey is a third person action adventure role playing game set in a setting where there are two parallel worlds; one run by magic, the other by technology.
Release Date: April 18, 2006
Platforms: Xbox, PC
JustRPG Score: 83%
+Engaging Story line.
+Great cast of Allies
-Short in overall length.
-Annoying sound effects.
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey Overview
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey is an adventure role playing game where the player controls four main characters throughout two worlds; one run by magic, the other run by technology. The game plays with no interface and the player only really plays the game through exchanges of dialogue with non player characters. Although there is no combat and no interface hud the story of the game is very interesting and keeps the player engaged throughout the play through.
Dragon’s Lair 3D is an action adventure role playing game based off of the 1983 arcade game, Dragon’s Lair. Play as Dirk and save the princess from the evil dragon.
|Developer: Dragonstone Software
Release Date: November, 2002
Platforms: PC, Xbox, GameCube, PS2
JustRPG Score: 20%
+Revitalizes a classic arcade game.
-Linear story line.
Dragon’s Lair 3D Overview
Dragon’s Lair 3D is a remake of the original 1983 arcade game that was released in 2002. Players take up the role of Dirk, a knight who is trying to save the princess from an evil dragon that has taken her captive. Throughout the game the player must complete simple puzzles in order to make his or her way through the castle where the princess is being held. Overall the gameplay is very simple and the story is linear, on top of that the controls are clunky and the graphics are not impressive. All in all this game is not very good and you are better off playing the original arcade game.