2003 in video gaming

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List of years in video gaming

2003 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as Beyond Good & Evil, Call of Duty, Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga, PlanetSide, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and True Crime: Streets of LA.

Events[edit]

Hardware[edit]

Business[edit]

Notable releases[edit]

Video game platforms
GBA Game Boy Advance
GCN GameCube
PS1 PlayStation
PS2 PlayStation 2
Win Microsoft Windows
Xbox Xbox
Notable releases of the year 2003
Release Title Windows 6th Gen Handheld 5th Gen
January 3 Jazz Jackrabbit N/A N/A GBA N/A
January 3 Super Bubble Pop N/A GCN GBA N/A
January 7 Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced N/A N/A GBA N/A
January 11 Dynasty Warriors 3: Xtreme Legends N/A PS2 N/A N/A
January 12 Panzer Dragoon Orta N/A Xbox N/A N/A
January 14 SimCity 4 Windows N/A N/A N/A
January 19 The Getaway N/A PS2 N/A N/A
January 20 Battle Engine Aquila N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
January 22 Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball N/A Xbox N/A N/A
January 25 Devil May Cry 2 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
January 26 Black & Bruised N/A GCN, PS2 N/A N/A
January 26 HSX: Hypersonic.Xtreme N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 6 GT Advance 3: Pro Concept Racing N/A N/A GBA N/A
February 10 Command & Conquer: Generals Win N/A N/A N/A
February 10 .hack//Infection Part 1 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 11 Capcom vs. SNK EO N/A Xbox N/A N/A
February 12 Knight Rider: The Game Win PS2 N/A N/A
February 12 Yu-Gi-Oh! Dungeon Dice Masters N/A N/A N/A GBA
February 13 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Windows N/A N/A N/A
February 15 Disaster Report N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 16 Yu-Gi-Oh! The Duelists of the Roses N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 17 Dark Cloud 2 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 21 I.G.I.-2: Covert Strike Windows N/A N/A N/A
February 24 Everblue 2 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 24 Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb N/A Xbox N/A N/A
February 25 EverQuest: The Legacy of Ykesha Windows N/A N/A N/A
February 25 Master of Orion III Windows N/A N/A N/A
February 26 Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht N/A PS2 N/A N/A
February 27 Men in Black II: Alien Escape N/A GCN N/A N/A
February 28 Praetorians Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 3 Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 4 Murakumo: Renegade Mech Pursuit N/A Xbox N/A N/A
March 4 Freelancer Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 9 Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc N/A GCN GBA N/A
March 9 Sonic Advance 2 N/A N/A GBA N/A
March 10 Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis Win N/A N/A N/A
March 10 MLB 2004 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 10 World Series Baseball 2K3 N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
March 10 Zone of the Enders: The Second Runner N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 11 Mega Man & Bass N/A N/A GBA N/A
March 11 Piglet's Big Game N/A N/A GBA N/A
March 14 Tom and Jerry in Infurnal Escape N/A N/A GBA N/A
March 19 Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire (North America) N/A N/A GBA N/A
March 17 WWE Crush Hour N/A GCN, PS2 N/A N/A
March 18 Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
March 19 Bloody Roar 3 N/A GCN N/A N/A
March 19 Mobile Light Force 2 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 19 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 20 Pride FC: Fighting Championships N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 24 Amplitude N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 24 Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 24 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker N/A GCN (US) N/A N/A
March 25 Batman: Dark Tomorrow N/A GCN N/A N/A
March 25 Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22 N/A N/A N/A PS1
March 25 Dynasty Warriors 4 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 25 Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 25 Primal N/A PS2 N/A N/A
March 25 Samurai Jack: The Amulet of Time N/A N/A N/A GBA
March 25 Ed, Edd n Eddy: Jawbreakers! N/A N/A N/A GBA
March 26 Galactic Civilizations Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 26 Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis N/A Xbox N/A N/A
March 26 Superman: Countdown to Apokolips N/A N/A N/A GBA
March 30 Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes N/A Xbox N/A N/A
April 8 Midnight Club II Windows PS2 N/A N/A
April 9 Burnout 2: Point of Impact N/A GCN N/A N/A
April 9 Crazy Taxi: Catch a Ride N/A N/A GBA N/A
April 9 Evil Dead: Hail to the King Windows Dreamcast N/A PS1
April 13 Postal 2 Windows N/A N/A N/A
April 14 Golden Sun: The Lost Age N/A N/A GBA N/A
April 15 Ikaruga N/A GCN N/A N/A
April 16 Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee N/A Xbox N/A N/A
April 17 Final Fantasy XI: Rise of the Zilart Windows (JAP) PS2 (JAP) N/A N/A
April 17 Pinobee: Wings of Adventure N/A N/A N/A PS1
April 20 Siren N/A PS2 N/A N/A
April 22 Ninja Five-O N/A N/A GBA N/A
April 30 MLB 2004 N/A N/A N/A PS1
May 1 Burnout 2: Point of Impact N/A Xbox N/A N/A
May 6 Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow N/A N/A GBA N/A
May 6 Eve Online Windows (JAP) N/A N/A N/A
May 12 Finding Nemo N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox GBA N/A
May 12 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Win N/A N/A N/A
May 12 Iridion II N/A N/A GBA N/A
May 12 The Sims: Superstar Win N/A N/A N/A
May 14 Enter The Matrix Windows GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
May 20 Inside Pitch 2003 N/A Xbox N/A N/A
May 20 Rise of Nations Windows N/A N/A N/A
May 20 Planetside Windows N/A N/A N/A
May 21 WarioWare Inc.: Mega Microgame$ N/A N/A GBA N/A
May 27 Brute Force N/A Xbox N/A N/A
May 27 Hulk Windows PS2, GCN, Xbox N/A N/A
June 1 Sonic Pinball Party N/A N/A GBA N/A
June 2 Toontown Online Windows N/A N/A N/A
June 3 Midnight Club II N/A Xbox N/A N/A
June 9 Donkey Kong Country N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 17 Mega Man Network Transmission N/A GCN N/A N/A
June 17 Space Channel 5: Ulala's Cosmic Attack N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 17 Unlimited Saga N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 18 Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut N/A GCN N/A N/A
June 19 Drome Racers N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 20 Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 23 Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 23 Rock 'N Roll Racing N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 24 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wrath of the Darkhul King N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 24 Magic Pengel: The Quest for Color N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 24 Mega Man Battle Network 3 N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 24 Stuntman N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 24 Wario World N/A GCN N/A N/A
June 25 Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 30 Ape Escape 2 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
June 30 The Simpsons: Road Rage N/A N/A N/A GBA
July 1 Pirates of the Caribbean N/A Xbox N/A N/A
July 1 Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne Windows N/A N/A N/A
July 1 Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness Windows N/A N/A N/A
July 9 Charlie's Angels N/A GCN, PS2 N/A N/A
July 9 Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided Windows N/A N/A N/A
July 16 NCAA Football 2004 N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
July 17 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic N/A Xbox N/A N/A
July 17 The Italian Job N/A GCN N/A N/A
July 23 Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis N/A GCN N/A N/A
July 23 Dinotopia: The Sunstone Odyssey N/A Xbox N/A N/A
July 23 The Great Escape Windows PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
July 24 Robocop N/A Xbox N/A N/A
July 28 Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour N/A GCN N/A N/A
July 30 Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis N/A Xbox N/A N/A
July 30 Shrek: Reekin' Havoc N/A N/A N/A GBA
July 31 Butt-Ugly Martians: Zoom or Doom N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 5 Chaos Legion Windows PS2 N/A N/A
August 5 Freaky Flyers N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
August 5 Silent Hill 3 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 6 SplashDown: Rides Gone Wild N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 8 Freaky Flyers N/A GCN N/A N/A
August 12 Futurama N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
August 13 Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 19 Alter Echo N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
August 25 F-Zero GX N/A GCN N/A N/A
August 27 Bombastic N/A PS2 N/A N/A
August 27 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
August 27 Otogi: Myth of Demons N/A Xbox N/A N/A
August 27 Rescue Heroes: Billy Blazes N/A N/A N/A GBA
August 27 Soul Calibur II N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
August 28 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds N/A GCN N/A N/A
September 4 Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 5 Power Rangers: Ninja Storm N/A N/A N/A GBA
September 8 Anarchy Online: The Shadowlands Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 8 Final Fantasy Tactics Advance N/A N/A N/A GBA
September 8 WWE Wrestlemania XIX N/A GCN N/A N/A
September 9 Counter-Strike (Steam and Retail) Win N/A N/A N/A
September 9 EverQuest: Lost Dungeons of Norrath Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 9 P.N.03 N/A GCN N/A N/A
September 10 Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge N/A N/A GBA N/A
September 11 Road Rash: Jailbreak N/A N/A GBA N/A
September 12 Starsky & Hutch N/A N/A GBA N/A
September 13 The Rescuers Down Under (video game) N/A PS2, GBA N/A
September 14 Asterix & Obelix: Kick Buttix N/A PS2 N/A N/A
September 16 Boktai: The Sun Is in Your Hand N/A N/A GBA N/A
September 16 Homeworld 2 Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 16 NASCAR Thunder 2004 Windows PS1, PS2, Xbox N/A
September 16 The Simpsons: Hit & Run N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN GBA N/A
September 17 Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes N/A Xbox N/A N/A
September 17 Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 22 Command & Conquer: Generals - Zero Hour Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 22 NHL 2004 Windows GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
September 22 Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 Windows GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
September 23 DDRMAX2: Dance Dance Revolution N/A PS2, N/A N/A
September 24 The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius: Jet Fusion N/A N/A GBA N/A
September 24 Digimon Battle Spirit 2 N/A N/A GBA N/A
September 24 Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee N/A N/A GBA N/A
September 28 Beauty and the Beast N/A PS2, GBA
October 1 Freedom Fighters Windows PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
October 3 Dance: UK N/A PS1, PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
October 6 DemiKids: Light Version N/A N/A GBA N/A
October 7 Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 7 DemiKids: Dark Version N/A N/A GBA N/A
October 7 Sonic Advance N/A N/A N-Gage N/A
October 7 Viewtiful Joe N/A GCN N/A N/A
October 13 Kirby Air Ride N/A GCN N/A N/A
October 14 Cyber Troopers Virtual-On MARZ N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 14 Jak II N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 14 Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 14 Mega Man X7 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 14 Mega Man Zero 2 N/A N/A GBA N/A
October 14 The Haunted Mansion N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
October 15 Tak and the Power of Juju N/A GCN, PS2 GBA N/A
October 20 SSX 3 N/A Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
October 21 Castlevania: Lament of Innocence N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 21 Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge N/A Xbox N/A N/A
October 21 ESPN NBA Basketbal N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
October 21 SSX 3 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 21 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Windows GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
October 21 Time Crisis 3 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 22 SeaWorld Adventure Parks Tycoon Win N/A N/A N/A
October 24 The Hobbit N/A N/A GBA N/A
October 26 Super Duper Sumos N/A N/A GBA N/A
October 26 Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 N/A N/A GBA N/A
October 27 Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs N/A N/A GBA N/A
October 27 Tony Hawk's Underground N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN GBA N/A
October 27 WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain N/A PS2 N/A N/A
October 28 Amped 2 N/A Xbox N/A N/A
October 28 Dragon Ball Z: Budokai N/A GCN N/A N/A
October 28 Final Fantasy XI Windows (US) N/A N/A N/A
October 28 Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup Windows GCN, PS2, Xbox GBA N/A
October 28 SWAT: Global Strike Team N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
October 28 Top Spin N/A Xbox N/A N/A
October 29 Call of Duty Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 29 The Suffering Windows PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
October 31 Grand Theft Auto III N/A Xbox N/A N/A
October 31 SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Win GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A GBA
November 3 Drake of the 99 Dragons N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 3 Fire Emblem N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 3 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Win N/A N/A N/A
November 3 True Crime: Streets of LA N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
November 4 Civilization III: Conquests Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 4 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 4 SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 4 Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 N/A N/A N/A GBA
November 4 Yu-Gi-Oh! The Falsebound Kingdom N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 5 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King N/A GCN, Xbox N/A GBA
November 6 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 10 Mario Party 5 N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 10 Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
November 11 Beyond Good & Evil N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 11 Looney Tunes: Back in Action N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 11 Medal of Honor: Rising Sun N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN N/A N/A
November 11 Muppets Party Cruise N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 11 Onimusha Tactics N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 11 Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 11 SSX 3 N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 11 The Hobbit Win GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
November 11 Uru: Ages Beyond Myst Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 11 Legacy of Kain: Defiance Windows PS2, XBOX N/A N/A
November 12 Disney's Magical Quest 2 Starring Mickey & Minnie N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 12 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 12 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 13 Double Dragon Advance N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 13 Monster Rancher 4 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 13 Muppets Party Cruise N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 13 The Simpsons: Hit & Run Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 15 Crash Nitro Kart N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN GBA, N-Gage N/A
November 17 Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 17 Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 17 Mario Kart: Double Dash!! N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 17 Need for Speed: Underground (North America) Windows GCN, PS2, Xbox
November 18 America's 10 Most Wanted Win PS2 N/A N/A
November 18 American Idol N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 18 Counter-Strike N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 18 Go! Go! Hypergrind N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 18 Kya Dark Lineage N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 18 Final Fantasy X-2 N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 18 Manhunt N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 18 Metal Arms: Glitch in the System N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
November 18 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 18 Space Channel 5 Special Edition N/A PS2 N/A N/A
November 18 Spy Muppets: License to Croak N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 18 Star Wars: Flight of the Falcon N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 18 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 18 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 18 The Fairly OddParents: Breakin' da Rules Win GCN, PS2, Xbox GBA N/A
November 18 Tonka: Rescue Patrol N/A GCN N/A N/A
November 18 Victoria: An Empire Under the Sun Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 18 Whiplash N/A PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
November 18 XIII Windows GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A N/A
November 19 Beyond Good & Evil Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 19 Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 20 Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 24 Dragon Ball Z: Taiketsu N/A N/A GBA N/A
November 25 Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne N/A Xbox N/A N/A
November 26 BlowOut N/A GCN, Xbox N/A N/A
November 30 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Windows N/A N/A N/A
December 1 1080° Avalanche N/A GCN N/A N/A
December 2 Beyond Good & Evil N/A Xbox N/A N/A
December 2 Deus Ex: Invisible War Windows Xbox N/A N/A
December 2 Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne N/A PS2 N/A N/A
December 2 Mission: Impossible – Operation Surma N/A Xbox GBA N/A
December 2 Pac-Man Vs. N/A GCN N/A N/A
December 2 Silent Hill 3 Windows N/A N/A N/A
December 2 The Sims Bustin' Out N/A N/A GBA N/A
December 3 Gotcha Force N/A GCN N/A N/A
December 5 Counter-Strike (EU) N/A Xbox N/A N/A
December 8 Mission: Impossible – Operation Surma N/A PS2 N/A N/A
December 9 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon N/A Xbox N/A N/A
December 9 Yu Yu Hakusho: Spirit Detective N/A N/A GBA N/A
December 10 Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly N/A PS2 N/A N/A
December 11 Beyond Good & Evil N/A GCN N/A N/A
December 14 Medabots Infinity N/A GCN N/A N/A

Trends[edit]

Computer games continue to lose ground to console video games with a US sales drop of 14% in 2003. (NPD)[permanent dead link] Total 2003 entertainment software sales in the United States grew slightly to $7 billion USD; console sales increased to $5.8 billion and computer games accounted for the remaining $1.2 billion. ESA (pdf)

Video game consoles[edit]

The dominant video game consoles in 2003 were:

Handheld game systems[edit]

The dominant handheld systems in 2003 were:

Additionally, two new handheld consoles were introduced in 2003, the Game Boy Advance SP (an enhanced GBA) and Nokia's N-Gage.

Video game sales[edit]

The top 10 selling console video games in 2003 in the United States ranked by units sold, according to NPD, were:

Top Best Video Games of 2003
Rank Title Platform Publisher
1 Madden NFL 2004 PS2 EA Sports
2 Pokémon Ruby GBA Nintendo
3 Pokémon Sapphire GBA Nintendo
4 Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros 3 GBA Nintendo
5 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker GameCube Nintendo
6 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City PS2 Rockstar Games
7 Mario Kart: Double Dash!! GameCube Nintendo
8 Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga GBA Nintendo
9 Enter the Matrix PS2 Infogrames
10 WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain PS2 Yuke's

Titles with notable critical reception[edit]

Metacritic (MC) and GameRankings (GR) are aggregators of video game journalism reviews.

Critically acclaimed titles[edit]

2003 games and expansions scoring at least 88/100 (MC) or 87.5% (GR)[2][3]
Game Publisher Release Date Platform(s) MC score GR score
Grand Theft Auto Double Pack Rockstar Games November 4, 2003 Xbox 96/100 94.6%
The Legend of Zelda Collector's Edition Nintendo November 17, 2003 GameCube 95/100 92.17%
Championship Manager 4 Eidos Interactive March 28, 2003 Microsoft Windows N/A 95%
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Rockstar Games May 12, 2003 Microsoft Windows 94/100 94.39%
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic LucasArts July 15, 2003 Xbox 94/100 94.21%
NCAA Football 2004 EA Sports July 16, 2003 PlayStation 2 94/100 93.27%
Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Nintendo July 11, 2003 Game Boy Advance 94/100 92.25%
Madden NFL 2004 EA Sports August 12, 2003 PlayStation 2 94/100 91.77%
Madden NFL 2004 EA Sports August 12, 2003 GameCube 94/100 91.54%
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic LucasArts November 19, 2003 Microsoft Windows 93/100 93.19%
Project Gotham Racing 2 Microsoft Game Studios November 18, 2003 Xbox 90/100 93.16%
SSX 3 EA Sports October 20, 2003 PlayStation 2 93/100 92.28%
Soulcalibur II Namco March 27, 2003 GameCube 93/100 92.23%
Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution Sega March 13, 2003 PlayStation 2 93/100 91.59%
Viewtiful Joe Capcom June 26, 2003 GameCube 93/100 91.19%
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Ubisoft November 18, 2003 Xbox 92/100 92.67%
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Ubisoft November 18, 2003 GameCube 92/100 92.12%
SSX 3 EA Sports October 20, 2003 GameCube 92/100 92%
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Ubisoft November 10, 2003 PlayStation 2 92/100 91.94%
Soulcalibur II Namco March 27, 2003 Xbox 92/100 91.62%
Soulcalibur II Namco March 27, 2003 PlayStation 2 92/100 91.47%
SSX 3 EA Sports October 20, 2003 Xbox 92/100 89.93%
Madden NFL 2004 EA Sports August 12, 2003 Xbox 92/100 89.24%
Call of Duty Activision October 29, 2003 Microsoft Windows 91/100 91.52%
NCAA Football 2004 EA Sports July 16, 2003 Xbox 88/100 91.33%
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Ubisoft February 19, 2003 Microsoft Windows 91/100 90.16%
ESPN NFL Football Sega September 3, 2003 Xbox 91/100 89.27%
Madden NFL 2004 EA Sports August 12, 2003 Microsoft Windows 91/100 88.4%
ESPN NFL Football Sega September 3, 2003 PlayStation 2 91/100 88.12%
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Konami May 6, 2003 Game Boy Advance 91/100 87.9%
F1 Challenge '99–'02 EA Sports June 24, 2003 Microsoft Windows 91/100 85.29%
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne Blizzard Entertainment July 1, 2003 Microsoft Windows 88/100 90.98%
Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando Sony Computer Entertainment November 11, 2003 PlayStation 2 90/100 90.64%
Tony Hawk's Underground Activision October 27, 2003 PlayStation 2 90/100 90.58%
NCAA Football 2004 EA Sports July 16, 2003 GameCube 89/100 90.42%
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Nintendo November 17, 2003 Game Boy Advance 90/100 90.41%
NBA Street Vol. 2 EA Sports April 29, 2003 PlayStation 2 90/100 90.16%
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising Nintendo June 24, 2003 Game Boy Advance 89/100 90.16%
ESPN NHL Hockey Sega September 9, 2003 PlayStation 2 90/100 86.42%
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind - Game of the Year Edition Bethesda Softworks October 31, 2003 Xbox 88/100 89.9%
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 EA Sports September 22, 2003 PlayStation 2 89/100 89.78%
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 EA Sports September 22, 2003 GameCube 89/100 89.54%
Burnout 2: Point of Impact Acclaim Entertainment April 9, 2003 GameCube 89/100 89.43%
NBA Street Vol. 2 EA Sports April 29, 2003 GameCube 88/100 89.36%
Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge Microsoft Game Studios October 21, 2003 Xbox 88/100 89.26%
NASCAR Racing 2003 Season Sierra Entertainment February 13, 2003 Microsoft Windows 89/100 89.25%
Rise of Nations Microsoft Game Studios May 20, 2003 Microsoft Windows 89/100 89.17%
World Series Baseball 2K3 Sega March 10, 2003 Xbox 89/100 89.12%
F-Zero GX Nintendo July 25, 2003 GameCube 89/100 89.03%
NBA Street Vol. 2 EA Sports April 29, 2003 Xbox 89/100 88.91%
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames! Nintendo March 21, 2003 Game Boy Advance 89/100 88.83%
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Ubisoft November 10, 2003 Microsoft Windows 89/100 88.59%
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Ubisoft March 28, 2003 PlayStation 2 89/100 88.07%
Top Spin Microsoft Game Studios October 28, 2003 Xbox 89/100 88.05%
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 EA Sports September 22, 2003 Xbox 89/100 87.23%
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Ubisoft April 10, 2003 GameCube 89/100 86.82%
Tony Hawk's Underground Activision October 27, 2003 GameCube 89/100 86.18%
ESPN NBA Basketball Sega October 21, 2003 PlayStation 2 89/100 86.13%
Fire Emblem Nintendo April 25, 2003 Game Boy Advance 88/100 88.83%
Beyond Good & Evil Ubisoft December 2, 2003 Xbox 87/100 88.61%
Burnout 2: Point of Impact Acclaim Entertainment May 1, 2003 Xbox 88/100 88.55%
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne Rockstar Games October 14, 2003 Microsoft Windows 86/100 88.52%
Beyond Good & Evil Ubisoft December 11, 2003 GameCube 87/100 88.14%
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 Ubisoft October 28, 2003 Xbox 86/100 88.06%
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 Activision August 27, 2003 Microsoft Windows 88/100 87.64%
ESPN NHL Hockey Sega September 9, 2003 Xbox 88/100 87.27%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight Microsoft July 29, 2003 Microsoft Windows 88/100 87.07%
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 EA Sports September 22, 2003 Microsoft Windows 88/100 86.77%
NASCAR Thunder 2004 EA Sports September 16, 2003 PlayStation 2 88/100 86.72%
Jak II Sony Computer Entertainment October 14, 2003 PlayStation 2 87/100 87.93%
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance Square February 14, 2003 Game Boy Advance 87/100 87.64%

Critically panned titles[edit]

2003 games and expansions scoring lower than 37/100 (MC) or 37.5% (GR)[4][5]
Game Publisher Release Date Platform(s) MC score GR score
Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing GameMill Publishing November 20, 2003 Microsoft Windows 8/100 3.83%
Navy SEALs: Weapons of Mass Destruction ValuSoft July 18, 2003 Microsoft Windows 18/100 18.83%
Gods and Generals Activision March 1, 2003 Microsoft Windows 19/100 25.5%[6]
Drake of the 99 Dragons Majesco Entertainment November 3, 2003 Xbox 22/100 20.48%
Charlie's Angels Ubisoft July 8, 2003 GameCube 23/100 23.74%
Pulse Racer Jaleco January 2, 2003 Xbox 24/100 27.75%
Batman: Dark Tomorrow Kemco March 18, 2003 Xbox 25/100 24.06%
Terminator 3: War of the Machines Atari, Inc. November, 2003 Microsoft Windows 25/100 27.67%
Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis TDK Mediactive July 23, 2003 GameCube 27/100 25.1%
Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis TDK Mediactive July 30, 2003 Xbox 26/100 30.87%
¡Mucha Lucha! Mascaritas of the Lost Code Ubisoft November 18, 2003 Game Boy Advance 26/100 26.08%
Stake: Fortune Fighters Metro3D, Inc. May 5, 2003 Xbox 26/100 31%
Ultimate Demolition Derby Global Star Software September 16, 2003 Microsoft Windows 27/100 32.33%[7]
Celebrity Deathmatch Gotham Games October 14, 2003 Microsoft Windows 30/100 27.42%
Batman: Dark Tomorrow Kemco March 21, 2003 GameCube 29/100 27.83%
Mistmare Strategy First June 30, 2003 Microsoft Windows 33/100 28.14%
Puzzle Bobble VS Taito October 6, 2003 N-Gage N/A 28.73%
Interstellar Trader 2 Shrapnel Games March 21, 2003 Microsoft Windows 31/100 29%[8]
RoboCop Titus Interactive July 24, 2003 Xbox 30/100 40.75%[9]
Airport Tycoon 2 Global Star Software February 26, 2003 Microsoft Windows 32/100 31%
Ring II: Twilight of Gods Global Star Software September 16, 2003 Microsoft Windows 31/100 35%
Celebrity Deathmatch Gotham Games October 14, 2003 PlayStation 2 32/100 36.76%
Yu Yu Hakusho: Spirit Detective Atari, Inc. December 9, 2003 Game Boy Advance 33/100 39.67%
American Idol Codemasters November 7, 2003 Microsoft Windows 39/100 33.17%
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Atari, Inc. November 11, 2003 Xbox 35/100 41.06%
Fugitive Hunter: War on Terror Encore, Inc. November 18, 2003 PlayStation 2 35/100 42.71%
Celebrity Deathmatch Gotham Games October 14, 2003 Xbox 36/100 35.83%
MotoGP THQ November 14, 2003 N-Gage N/A 35.85%
Ozzy & Drix Midway Games December 16, 2003 Game Boy Advance 36/100 45.6%
Dragon Ball Z: Taiketsu Bandai November 24, 2003 Game Boy Advance 40/100 37.4%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Attendance and Stats". IGN. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  2. ^ "Best Video Games for 2003". Metacritic. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  3. ^ "Highest-Ranking Games of 2003 (with at least 10 reviews)". GameRankings. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  4. ^ "Worst Video Games for 2003". Metacritic. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  5. ^ "Lowest-Ranking Games of 2003 (with at least 5 reviews)". GameRankings. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  6. ^ "Gods and Generals for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  7. ^ "Ultimate Demolition Derby for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  8. ^ "Interstellar Trader 2 for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  9. ^ "RoboCop for Xbox". GameRankings. Retrieved August 12, 2019.