2004 was another significant year in the video game industry, with several notable events, including:
The launch of World of Warcraft: World of Warcraft (WoW), an massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by Blizzard Entertainment, was released in 2004. The game became a cultural phenomenon and remains one of the most popular MMORPGs to this day.
The release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the third game in the Grand Theft Auto III trilogy, was released in 2004 for the PlayStation 2 and later for other platforms. The game was set in the 1990s and featured a sprawling open-world environment and a new story and characters.
The launch of the Nintendo DS: The Nintendo DS, a dual-screen handheld gaming console, was launched in 2004. The console featured a touch screen and a microphone and was backwards compatible with Game Boy Advance games.
The release of Half-Life 2: Half-Life 2, a first-person shooter developed by Valve Corporation, was released in 2004 for the PC. The game was highly anticipated and was praised for its graphics, gameplay, and storytelling.
The closure of Sierra Entertainment: Sierra Entertainment, a video game developer and publisher, was shut down by its parent company Vivendi Universal in 2004. Sierra was responsible for publishing several popular game series, including King’s Quest and Leisure Suit Larry.
Overall, 2004 was an important year for the video game industry, with the launch of World of Warcraft and the Nintendo DS, the release of influential games like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Half-Life 2, and the closure of Sierra Entertainment.
Video Games Released in 2004:
Here is our enormous collection of video games released in 2004 and detailed information on each. As always, new games are added to this collection regularly.
Click on a game listing to find out much more about it.