This Day in Video Game History
Virgin Interactive released the Disney’s Aladdin platform game, based on the animated film of the same name, for the Sega Genesis in Europe and the U.S.
Mindscape released the ground-breaking single-player Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat, based on Games Workshop’s Warhammer Fantasy Battle system, for Windows and the PlayStation. It was the first fully 3D real-time tactical game. Though it would go largely unnoticed in terms of sales, it would be enormously influential on a number of wildly popular real-time strategy and tactics games, such as Blizzard’s StarCraft.
Capcom released the Dual Shock Version of the Resident Evil 2 survival horror game for the PlayStation in the U.S. (ESRB: M)
Interactive Magic (iMagic) announced plans to merge MPG-net with the iMagic Online “pay-per-play” network.
Sony Computer Entertainment of America released the Spyro the Dragon platform game for the PlayStation in the UK. (ELSPA: 3+)
Sega released the ChuChu Rocket! puzzle game for the Dreamcast in Japan.
Capcom released the Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes versus fighting game for the PlayStation in Japan. It was the third game in the Marvel vs. Capcom series.
Atari released the Godzilla: Domination! for the Game Boy Advance in the U.S. (ESRB: E)
Capcom released the Resident Evil Zero survival horror game for the GameCube in the U.S. Evil Zero introduced the "partner zapping" system, by which players were able to play two characters simultaneously. It was originally intended for release on the Nintendo 64 console, but the developers decided that the N64’s cartridge system was inadequate for the game’s partnet zapping system. It’s the fifth game in the Resident Evil series, and it will sell 1.25 million copies globally. (ESRB: M)
Dreamcatcher Interactive released single-player fantasy-themed Arx Fatalis roleplaying game for personal computers in the U.S. (ESRB: M)
Interplay released the third-person shooter Run Like Hell: Hunt or Be Hunted for the Playstation 2 in the U.S. The game was notable for featuring a wide array of voice talent, including that of Brad Dourif, Lance Henriksen, Michael Ironside, and Kate Mulgrew, as well as a soundtrack featuring the music of Breaking Benjamin and Three Days Grace. (ESRB: M)
Konami released the Contra: Shattered Soldier run and gun game for the PlayStation 2 in Japan. It was the sixth title in the Contra series and, following several 3D titles, this installment returns to the series’ classic side-scrolling origins. (CERO: 15+)
Ubisoft released the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon tactical shooting game for the Xbox in the U.S. (ESRB: M)
Atari released the first-person shooter Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, based on the film of the same name, for the GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox. (ESRB: T)
Codemasters released the American Idol, based on the Fox Network program of the same name, music game for personal computers, the Game Boy Advance, and PlayStation 2 in North America. (ESRB: E)
Microsoft Game Studios released the Links 2004 golfing game for Xbox. (ESRB: E)
Sony Computer Entertainment released the Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando platform game for the PlayStation 2 in North America. It was the second game in the Ratchet & Clank series. (ESRB: T)
Ubisoft released Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu, based on the television series The New Batman Adventures, for the GameCube in the U.S. The game was notable for its addition of Sin Tzu, an entirely new character, to the Batman story. (ESRB: T)
Ubisoft released Beyond Good & Evil for Windows, the GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox in the U.S. (ESRB: T)
VU Games released the Contract J.A.C.K. stand-alone expansion pack for the first-person shooter No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy In H.A.R.M.’s Way for Windows. (ESRB: M)
Got Game Entertainment and Merscom announced that their Konung 2 real-time strategy game had gone Gold.
Microsoft Game Studios released the first-person shooter Halo 2 for the Xbox in Europe and Japan. The title had sold 1.5 million copies before its release, and it broke records by selling nearly 2.5 million copies within twenty-four hours of its release. (CERO: 15+, PEGI: 16+)
Sega released the Sega Superstars game compilation for the PlayStation 2 in Japan. The compilation included: Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg, ChuChu Rocket!, Crazy Taxi, House of the Dead, NiGHTS Into Dreams, Puyo Pop Fever, Samba de Amigo, Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Channel 5, Super Monkey Ball, Virtua Fighter, and Virtua Striker.
Electronic Arts released Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, loosely based on the film of the same name, for personal computers, the Game Boy Advance, GameCube, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and Xbox in Europe. (PEGI: 7+)
Fox first airs the episode "Game Over" of the television series Killer Instinct. The episode centered around a violent online video game. In it, teenagers playing the game unlock sexually explicit scenes and mini-games, a reference to the real world Hot Coffee minigame controversy, in which a normally inaccessible minigames in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas could be accessed using a mod.
France issues a special collection of postage stamps featuring “Heroes of Video Games,” including Ad boy, Donkey Kong, Lara Croft, Link, Mario, Pac-Man, Prince of Persia, Rayman, Spyro, and The Sims.
Nintendo released Mario Superstar Baseball for the GameCube in Europe. (PEGI: 3+)
THQ released the Scooby-Doo! Unmasked platform game for the Nintendo DS in Europe. (PEGI: 3+)
Ubisoft Entertainment released the GripShift PSP platform game for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable in Europe. (PEGI: 3+)
Sony released the PlayStation 3 video game console in Japan. Launch titles included Namco’s Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire and Ridge Racer 7, as well as Sony Computer Entertainment’s hack and slash game Genji: Days of the Blade.