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Game Informer Issue 129

ISSUE: 129Content


  • Letter From the Editor: The Year in Review? (Andy McNamara discusses the changes made to the magazine's Games of the Year feature)
  • Dear GI (Reader Letters, Responses and Artwork)
  • A First Look At Final Fantasy XII (Square Enix releases first screenshots from next Final Fantasy)
  • Sony's PSP Concept (Sony's releases first concept images for their portable system, the PSP)
  • Calling It A Comeback (EA returning to video game boxing with Fight Night 2004)
  • IBM Controles Next Consoles (IBM to supply chips for all three next-generation systems)
  • By The Light Of A Red Moon (Acclaim announces video games based on comics 100 Bullets and Red Star)
  • Activision Drops 10 Titles (Activision announces it is dropping publishing duties on 10 titles, including Trinity and Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder 2)
  • Classic GI (A look back at SNK and it's Neo Geo hardware)

Cover Story: The Year in Review 2003 (Game Informer gives a review of the major events of the past year as well as its picks for the top 50 games for 2003)


The Top 50 Games:

  • SimCity 4 (PC)
  • Dark Cloud 2 (PS2)
  • Xenosaga Episode 1: Der Wille Zur Macht (PS2)
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GC)
  • Midnight Club II (PS2, XBOX, PC)
  • Ikaruga (GC)
  • NBA Street Vol. 2 (PS2, XBOX, GC)
  • Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Tides of War (XBOX)
  • Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)
  • Wario Ware, Inc.: Mega Microgames (GBA)
  • Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising (GBA)
  • WarCraft III: Frozen Throne (PC)
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (XBOX, PC)
  • Splashdown: Rides Gone Wild (PS2)
  • Madden NFL 2004 (PS2, XBOX, GC)
  • Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution (PS2)
  • Tron 2.0 (PC)
  • Disgaea: Hours of Darkness (PS2)
  • Soul Calibur II (PS2, XBOX, GC)
  • Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (GBA)
  • ESPN NFL Football (PS2, XBOX)
  • Homeworld 2 (PC)
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 (PS2, XBOX, GC)
  • NHL 2004 (PS2, XBOX, GC)
  • Viewtiful Joe (GC)
  • Jak II (PS2)
  • Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (PS2, XBOX , PC)
  • Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge (XBOX)
  • SSX 3 (PS2, XBOX, GC)
  • Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 (GBA)
  • ESPN NBA Basketball (PS2, XBOX)
  • Gladius (PS2, XBOX, GC)
  • Rainbow Six 3 (XBOX)
  • Tony Hawk's Underground (PS2, XBOX, GC)
  • Top Spin (XBOX)
  • Call of Duty (PC)
  • Fire Emblem (GBA)
  • SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs (PS2)
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (PS2, XBOX, GC, PC)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando (PS2)
  • Beyond Good & Evil (PS2, XBOX, GC, PC)
  • Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (GC)
  • Project Gotham Racing 2 (XBOX)
  • Final Fantasy X-2 (PS2)
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (GBA)
  • Manhunt (PS2)
  • Need for Speed: Underground (PS2, XBOX, GC, PC)
  • Deus Ex: Invisible War (PC, XBOX)
  • Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly (PS2)
  • The Sims: Bustin' Out (PS2, XBOX, GC)

100 Bullets (PS2, XBOX)(A look at one of the announced comic-book games to be developed and published by Acclaim)


  • Nightshade (PS2)
  • NFL Street (PS2, XBOX, GC)
  • Advent Rising (XBOX, PC)
  • Onimusha 3 (PS2)
  • Sudeki (XBOX)
  • MX Unleashed (PS2, XBOX)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (PS2)
  • Mas Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (PS2, XBOX)
  • James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (PS2, XBOX, GC)
  • Driver 3 (PS2, XBOX, PC)
  • Joint Operations (PC)
  • Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy (PS2, XBOX)
  • Cold Winter (PS2)
  • The Matrix Online (PC)
  • Mafia (PS2, XBOX)

PlayStation 2 Reviews:

  • Manhunt
  • R: Racing Evolution
  • Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly
  • Legacy of Kain: Defiance
  • Spy Hunter 2
  • RPG Maker II
  • The Sims: Bustin' Out
  • Goblin Commander: Unleash the Horde
  • Spawn: Armageddon
  • Tokyo Xtreme Racer 3
  • Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2
  • Whiplash
  • I-Ninja
  • Harry Potter And the Sorcerer's Stone
  • Fugitive Hunter

Gamecube Reviews:

  • 1080° Avalanche
  • Sonic Heroes
  • True Crime: Streets of LA
  • Gotcha Force
  • The Sims: Bustin' Out
  • The Hobbit
  • Pokemon Channel
  • Pac-Man Vs.

XBOX Reviews:

  • Rainbow Six 3
  • Deus Ex: Invisible War
  • Armed and Dangerous
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Grand Theft Auto III/Vice City
  • Counter-Strike
  • Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix
  • Star Wars: Jedi Academy
  • Legacy of Kain: Defiance
  • Goblin Commander: Unleash the Horde
  • ARX Fatalis
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind - G.O.T.Y. Edition
  • True Crime: Streets of LA
  • Battlestar Galactica

PC Reviews:

  • Deus Ex: Invisible War
  • Final Fantasy XI
  • Civilization III: Conquests
  • Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna
  • Hidden & Dangerous 2
  • The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Ring
  • Commandos 3: Destination Berlin

Game Boy Advance Reviews:

  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
  • Sword of Mana
  • Max Payne

Quickie Reviews (Small, one-paragraph reviews):

  • Cabela's Dangerous Hunts (PS2)
  • Celebrity Deathmatch (PS2, XBOX)
  • Hot Wheels World Race (PS2)
  • Battlestar Galactica (PS2)
  • Looney Tunes: Back in Action (PS2)
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (PS2)
  • NCAA March Madness 2004 (PS2)
  • Bionicle (GC)
  • Goblin Commander (GC)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Falsebound Kingdom (GC)
  • Secret Weapons Over Normandy (XBOX)
  • Maximum Chase (XBOX)
  • Whiplash (XBOX)
  • Spawn: Armageddon (XBOX)
  • Drake of the 99 Dragons (XBOX)
  • Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon (XBOX)
  • Korea: Forgotten Conflict (PC)
  • Patrician III (PC)
  • The Black Mirror (PC)
  • Pirate Hunter: Seize and Destroy (PC)
  • Nosferatu: The Wrath of Malachi (PC)
  • Planetside: Core Combat (PC)
  • Contract J.A.C.K. (PC)
  • Super Duper Sumos (GBA)
  • Scooby Doo! Mystery Mayhem (GBA)
  • Tak and the Power of Juju (GBA)
  • Star Wars: Flight of the Falcon (GBA)
  • Top Gear Rally (GBA)
  • Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs (GBA)
  • The Sims: Bustin' Out (GBA)

Secret Access (Cheat Codes):

  • NBA Live 2004 (PS2, XBOX, GC)
  • Tony Hawk's Underground (PS2, XBOX, GC)
  • Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This At Home (PS2)
  • Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (PS2, XBOX)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (PS2, XBOX, GC)
  • Mega Man X7 (PS2)
  • Rogue Ops (PS2, XBOX, GC)
  • True Crime: Streets of LA (PS2, XBOX, GC)
  • Grand Theft Auto III (XBOX)
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (XBOX)
  • Rainbow Six 3 (XBOX)
  • Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike (GC)

Classic Reviews:

  • Descent (PC)
  • Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure (SNES)
  • Rising Zan: Samurai Gunman (PS)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (NES)

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    Title: Game Informer Issue 129
    Month: January
    Year: 2004
    Publisher: Sunrise Publications
    Editor: Andy McNamara
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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