Best Video Games: Cool Games

Friends! Romans! Oddball cosmic princes! In our ranking of 2004's TOP 10 VIDEO GAMES, you will meet them all

It's no secret that video games aren't just for kids anymore. And this month, when Halo 2 sold more than 2 million copies on its very first day--at $45 a pop--any remaining doubters were blown away. Gamemakers aren't flinching. They already invest, on average, $15 million to develop a game. But which offerings are truly worth your time and money? We dug in--and started playing. Our criteria: Is it fun? How many hours will it keep you entertained? Does it break new ground? Is it mind numbing or mind expanding? We enjoyed many titles. But only 10 were good enough to...

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