2004 in video gaming

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2004 saw many sequels and prequels in video games. New intellectual properties included Fable, Far Cry, FlatOut, Killzone, Katamari Damacy, Monster Hunter, Ninja Gaiden, N, Red Dead Revolver, Sacred, The Sims 2 and World of Warcraft.

Events[edit]

Business[edit]

Notable releases[edit]

Video game platforms
GBA Game Boy Advance
GCN GameCube
NDS Nintendo DS
PS1 PlayStation
PS2 PlayStation 2
PSP PlayStation Portable
Win Microsoft Windows
Xbox Xbox
Notable releases of the year 2004
Release Title PC 5th Gen 6th Gen Handheld
January 5 Sonic Battle N/A N/A N/A GBA
January 13 Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel N/A N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
January 14 .hack//Quarantine Part 4 N/A N/A PS2 N/A
January 20 Delta Force: Black Hawk Down – Team Sabre Windows N/A PS2 N/A
Maximo vs. Army of Zin N/A N/A PS2 N/A
January 28 Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Vietcong: Fist Alpha Win N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
January 29 Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen (Japan) N/A N/A N/A GBA
February 2 R-Type Final N/A N/A PS2 N/A
February 8 Franny's Feet The Movie Activity Center Windows N/A N/A N/A
February 9 Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles N/A N/A GCN N/A
Metroid: Zero Mission N/A N/A N/A GBA
EverQuest: Gates of Discord Windows N/A N/A N/A
February 10 Nightshade N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Unreal II: The Awakening N/A N/A Xbox N/A
Wrath Unleashed N/A N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2004 N/A N/A N/A GBA
February 11 Feeding Frenzy Windows N/A N/A N/A
February 17 Jet Li: Rise to Honor N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Pro Evolution Soccer 3 Windows N/A PS2 N/A
February 24 Romance of the Three Kingdoms IX N/A N/A PS2 N/A
February 27 Steel Battalion: Line of Contact N/A N/A Xbox N/A
March 1 N Windows N/A N/A NDS
March 2 Drakengard N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Lifeline N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Ninja Gaiden N/A N/A Xbox N/A
Scooby-Doo: Mystery Mayhem N/A N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox GBA
MTX Mototrax N/A N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
March 4 Colin McRae Rally 04 Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 8 The Suffering Windows N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
March 9 Firefighter F.D.18 N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes N/A N/A GCN N/A
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 10 Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven N/A N/A Xbox N/A
March 12 Seven Samurai 20XX N/A N/A PS2 N/A
March 14 Battlefield Vietnam Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 15 Wade Hixton's Counter Punch N/A N/A N/A GBA
March 16 Unreal Tournament 2004 Windows N/A N/A N/A
March 19 Sacred[2] Windows (EU) N/A N/A N/A
March 23 Counter-Strike: Condition Zero Windows N/A N/A N/A
Far Cry Windows N/A N/A N/A
Final Fantasy XI N/A N/A PS2 (US) N/A
Mission: Impossible – Operation Surma N/A N/A GCN N/A
Sonic Heroes Windows N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A
March 24 Samurai Jack: The Shadow of Aku N/A N/A GCN, PS2 N/A
March 25 Sacred[2] Windows (NA) N/A N/A N/A
March 31 Resident Evil Outbreak N/A N/A PS2 N/A
April 1 Destruction Derby Arenas N/A N/A PS2 N/A
April 5 Alias Win N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
Fight Night 2004 N/A N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
April 12 Painkiller Windows N/A N/A N/A
Serious Sam Advance N/A N/A N/A GBA
April 13 TOCA Race Driver 2 N/A N/A Xbox N/A
April 20 Hitman: Contracts Windows N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
Manhunt Windows N/A Xbox N/A
April 27 City of Heroes Windows N/A N/A N/A
Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots Windows N/A N/A N/A
April 28 Beyond Divinity Win N/A N/A N/A
May 4 La Pucelle: Tactics N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Red Dead Revolver Win N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
Rallisport Challenge 2 N/A N/A Xbox N/A
May 6 Samurai Warriors N/A N/A PS2 N/A
May 7 Future Tactics: The Uprising N/A N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A
May 21 Way of the Samurai 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A
May 24 Mario vs. Donkey Kong N/A N/A N/A GBA
May 25 Metal Slug 3 N/A N/A Xbox N/A
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Windows N/A PS2, Xbox, GCN GBA
Thief: Deadly Shadows Windows N/A Xbox N/A
June 1 The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay N/A N/A Xbox N/A
June 2 Classic NES Series: Ice Climber N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 7 Sonic Advance 3 N/A N/A N/A GBA
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures N/A N/A GCN N/A
June 8 Ribbit King N/A N/A GCN, PS2 N/A
June 14 Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy Win N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
June 15 Front Mission 4 N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising Windows N/A N/A N/A
June 21 Driver 3 N/A N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
June 22 Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 23 Mega Man Anniversary Collection N/A N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox (2005) GBA
June 27 Mega Man Battle Network 4 N/A N/A N/A GBA
June 29 CT Special Forces 2: Back in the Trenches N/A N/A N/A GBA
Spider-Man 2 (video game) Windows US 06/28/04, EU 07/09/04 N/A N/A N/A
July 2 Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Joey the Passion Win N/A N/A N/A
July 5 Around the World in 80 Days N/A N/A N/A GBA
July 9 Richard Burns Rally Win N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
July 13 Tales of Symphonia N/A N/A GCN N/A
July 14 Athens 2004 N/A N/A PS2 N/A
July 20 Catwoman Windows N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox GBA
Puyo Pop Fever N/A N/A GCN N/A
Sudeki N/A N/A Xbox N/A
July 21 Crimson Tears N/A N/A PS2 N/A
July 22 Bujingai N/A N/A PS2 N/A
August 1 NFL GameDay 2005 N/A PS1 N/A N/A
August 3 Doom 3 Windows N/A N/A N/A
August 5 Cartoon Network: Block Party N/A N/A N/A GBA
August 18 Astro Boy: Omega Factor N/A N/A N/A GBA
August 24 Starsky & Hutch N/A N/A GCN N/A
Viewtiful Joe N/A N/A PS2 N/A
August 30 Pikmin 2 N/A N/A GCN N/A
WWE Day of Reckoning N/A N/A GCN N/A
August 31 Street Racing Syndicate N/A N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A
September 2 Terminator 3: The Redemption N/A N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
September 3 Digimon Rumble Arena 2 N/A N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
September 6 Digimon Rumble Arena 2 N/A N/A GCN N/A
September 7 Burnout 3: Takedown N/A N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
Silent Hill 4: The Room Windows N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen (North America) N/A N/A N/A GBA
September 8 Carmen Sandiego: The Secret of the Stolen Drums N/A N/A PS2 N/A
The Fairly OddParents: Shadow Showdown Windows N/A GCN, PS2 GBA
September 9 King of Colosseum II N/A N/A PS2 N/A
September 12 Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper N/A N/A N/A GBA
September 13 Carmen Sandiego: The Secret of the Stolen Drums N/A N/A GCN, Xbox N/A
Digimon Racing N/A N/A N/A GBA
EverQuest: Omens of War Windows N/A N/A N/A
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius: Attack of the Twonkies N/A N/A GCN, PS2 GBA
September 14 Advance Guardian Heroes N/A N/A N/A GBA
Gradius V N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Bad Boys: Miami Takedown N/A N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A
Call of Duty: United Offensive Windows N/A N/A N/A
Fable N/A N/A Xbox N/A
Sly 2: Band of Thieves N/A N/A PS2 N/A
The Sims 2 Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 16 Pokémon Emerald (Japan) N/A N/A N/A GBA
September 17 Crisis Zone N/A N/A PS2 N/A
September 20 F-Zero: GP Legend N/A N/A N/A GBA
Def Jam: Fight for NY N/A N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 21 Blood Will Tell N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Final Fantasy XI: Chains of Promathia Windows N/A PS2 N/A
Second Sight N/A N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A
Star Wars: Battlefront (2004 video game) Windows N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force N/A N/A N/A GBA
September 22 Disney's Kim Possible 2: Drakken's Demise N/A N/A N/A GBA
Katamari Damacy N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Rome: Total War Windows N/A N/A N/A
September 23 Crash Twinsanity N/A N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
September 27 Shadow Hearts: Covenant N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Shark Tale Windows N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox GBA
September 28 Armored Core: Nexus N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Myst IV: Revelation Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 1 Scaler N/A N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A
Crash Twinsanity N/A N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
October 4 Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Windows N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox GBA
October 5 Tribes: Vengeance Windows N/A N/A N/A
Conflict: Vietnam Windows N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude Win N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
Mega Man Zero 3 N/A N/A N/A GBA
Syberia II N/A N/A Xbox N/A
October 11 Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door N/A N/A GCN N/A
October 12 BloodRayne 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Lilo & Stitch 2: Hämsterviel Havoc N/A N/A N/A GBA
Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams N/A N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox GBA
FIFA Football 2005 Windows PS1 GCN, PS2 GBA, PSP
Under the Skin N/A N/A PS2 N/A
October 18 Kirby & the Amazing Mirror N/A N/A N/A GBA
October 19 Neo Contra N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus Windows PS1 GCN, PS2, Xbox GBA, PSP
Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django N/A N/A N/A GBA
October 20 Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Tron 2.0 N/A N/A N/A GBA
October 22 Sacred Plus[2] (EU) Windows N/A N/A N/A
October 25 Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War N/A N/A PS2 N/A
OutRun 2 N/A N/A Xbox N/A
October 26 Dead or Alive Ultimate N/A N/A Xbox N/A
Grand Theft Auto N/A N/A N/A GBA
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Win N/A N/A N/A
Star Wars Galaxies: Jump to Lightspeed Windows N/A N/A N/A
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Yu-Gi-Oh! Destiny Board Traveler N/A N/A N/A GBA
October 27 The Nightmare of Druaga: Fushigino Dungeon N/A N/A PS2 N/A
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Windows N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox GBA
October 29 The Incredibles (video game) Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 1 Counter-Strike: Source Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 2 Codename: Kids Next Door: Operation S.O.D.A. N/A N/A N/A GBA
Killzone N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault Windows N/A N/A N/A
Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal N/A N/A PS2 N/A
The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age N/A N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox GBA
November 3 Spyro: A Hero's Tail N/A N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A
The Incredibles: When Danger Calls Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 4 Godzilla: Save the Earth N/A N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
November 5 Bejeweled 2 Windows N/A N/A N/A
FlatOut (video game) (Europe) Win Xbox N/A N/A
November 8 EverQuest II Windows N/A N/A N/A
Mario Power Tennis (North America) N/A N/A GCN N/A
November 9 EyeToy: AntiGrav N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Halo 2 N/A N/A Xbox N/A
Jak 3 N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Shaman King: Master of Spirits N/A N/A N/A GBA
Shaman King: Power of Spirit N/A N/A PS2 N/A
November 10 Hot Wheels: Stunt Track Challenge N/A N/A PS2, Xbox GBA
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (video game) Windows N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox GBA
November 15 Crash 'n' Burn N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest N/A N/A N/A GBA
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes N/A N/A GCN N/A
MTX Mototrax Win N/A N/A N/A
Need for Speed: Underground 2 Windows N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox GBA, NDS
November 16 Crash 'n' Burn N/A N/A Xbox N/A
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Feel the Magic: XY/XX N/A N/A N/A NDS
Fight Club N/A N/A PS2, Xbox N/A
Half-Life 2 Windows N/A Xbox (2005) N/A
Joint Operations: Escalation Windows N/A N/A N/A
Starwberry Shortcake: Summertime Adventure N/A N/A N/A GBA
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 17 Asphalt Urban GT N/A N/A N/A NDS
Castle Shikigami 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone N/A N/A Xbox N/A
King Arthur N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Pac-Man World N/A N/A N/A GBA
November 18 Blinx 2: Masters of Time and Space N/A N/A Xbox N/A
Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure N/A N/A N/A GBA
Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean N/A N/A GCN N/A
Yu Yu Hakusho: Tournament Tactics N/A N/A N/A GBA
November 19 Mario vs. Donkey Kong N/A N/A N/A GBA
November 21 Super Mario 64 DS N/A N/A N/A NDS
Spider-Man 2 N/A N/A N/A NDS
Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt N/A N/A N/A NDS
November 22 GoldenEye: Rogue Agent N/A N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox NDS
JFK: Reloaded Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 23 Alien Hominid N/A N/A GCN N/A
World of Warcraft Windows N/A N/A N/A
November 29 Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls N/A N/A N/A GBA
November 30 Mr. Driller Drill Spirits N/A N/A N/A NDS
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within Windows N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A
December 1 Painkiller: Battle out of Hell Windows N/A N/A N/A
Scrapland Windows N/A N/A N/A
Top Gun: Combat Zones N/A N/A N/A GBA
December 2 Metal Slug Advance N/A N/A N/A GBA
December 5 Mario Party 6 N/A N/A GCN N/A
December 6 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II The Sith Lords Windows N/A Xbox N/A
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth Windows N/A N/A N/A
December 7 Growlanser Generations N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories N/A N/A N/A GBA
Kuon N/A N/A PS2 N/A
It's Mr. Pants N/A N/A N/A GBA
Mega Man X8 N/A N/A PS2 N/A
Ridge Racer DS N/A N/A N/A NDS
December 8 The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay Windows N/A N/A N/A
Sprung N/A N/A N/A NDS
Viewtiful Joe 2 N/A N/A PS2 N/A
December 14 Gungriffon Allied Strike N/A N/A Xbox N/A
December 15 Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 N/A N/A GCN N/A
December 22 NFL Street 2 N/A N/A GCN, PS2, Xbox N/A
December 24 Garry's Mod Windows N/A N/A N/A
December 28 Gran Turismo 4 N/A N/A PS2 N/A

Trends[edit]

In 2004, the total U.S. sales of video game hardware, software and accessories was $9.9 billion compared with $10 billion in 2003. Total software sales rose 8 percent over the previous year to $6.2 billion. Additionally, sales of portable software titles exceeded $1 billion for the first time. Hardware sales were down 27 percent for the year due in part to shortages during the holiday season and price reductions from all systems.

Video game consoles[edit]

Handheld game systems[edit]

The dominant handheld systems in 2004 were:

Additionally, Nokia released an updated version of their original N-Gage, called the N-Gage QD. Nintendo released the Nintendo DS on November 21 in the United States. In Japan Sony released the PlayStation Portable on December 12.

Video game sales[edit]

Based on figures from the NPD Group.

Best-selling video games of 2004 in the United States[3]
Rank Title Console Publisher
1 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas PS2 Rockstar Games
2 Halo 2 Xbox Microsoft Game Studios
3 Super Mario 64 DS DS Nintendo
4 Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door GameCube Nintendo
5 Need For Speed: Underground 2 PS2 Electronic Arts
6 Pokémon Fire Red with adapter GBA Nintendo
7 NBA Live 2005 PS2 EA Sports
8 Spider-Man 2 PS2 Activision
9 Halo: Combat Evolved Xbox Microsoft Game Studios
10 WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw PS2 THQ

Highest critically reviewed games (Metacritic)[edit]

Number Video Game Publisher Platform Release Date Average score Number of reviews Refs
1 Half-Life 2 Valve Corporation PC November 16 96 81 reviews [4]
2 Halo 2 Microsoft Game Studios Xbox November 9 95 91 reviews [5]
3 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Rockstar Games PlayStation 2 October 26 95 80 reviews [6]
4 Burnout 3: Takedown Electronic Arts Xbox September 7 94 76 reviews [7]
5 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow Ubisoft Xbox March 23 93 74 reviews [8]
6 World of Warcraft Blizzard Entertainment PC November 23 93 53 reviews [9]
7 Unreal Tournament 2004 Atari PC March 16 93 48 reviews [10]
8 World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 International Konami PlayStation 2 February 17 93 28 reviews [11]
9 Metroid Prime 2: Echoes Nintendo GameCube November 15 92 60 reviews [12]
10 Rome: Total War Activision PC September 22 92 58 reviews [13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Attendance and Stats". IGN. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c http://www.gamefaqs.com/pc/915057-sacred/data
  3. ^ "The NPD Group Reports Annual 2004 U.S. Video Game Industry Retail Sales". NPD Group. January 18, 2005. Archived from the original on November 25, 2006. Retrieved February 28, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Reviews for Half-Life 2". Metacritic. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Reviews for Halo 2". Metacritic. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Reviews for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas". Metacritic. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Reviews for Burnout 3: Takedown". Metacritic. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Reviews forTom Clancy's Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow". Metacritic. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Reviews for World of Warcraft". Metacritic. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Reviews for Unreal Tournament 2004". Metacritic. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Reviews for World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 International". Metacritic. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Reviews for Metroid Prime 2: Echoes". Metacritic. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Reviews for Rome: Total War". Metacritic. Retrieved January 13, 2015.