2006

This is straight conversion of the original GS list, so unlike with 2008 and 2009 lists there aren’t any links to a different site for each game. I will add them later on, but it’s a huge task, so it will take some time 🙂

STRATEGY GAMES

Airborne Assault: Conquest of the Aegean
Conquest of the Aegean is fun without being a chore, unlike a lot of other wargames where you have to individually move hundreds of units across the map: obsessive-compulsive people might enjoy that, but not me. In the end, Conquest of the Aegean truly is a fantastic gaming achievement.10/10 from Out of Eight website

Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords
Galactic Civilizations II is a strategy gamer’s dream9.0 from Gamespot

Company of Heroes
This visceral real-time strategy reenactment of World War II’s Western Front showcases just how far RTS game design and presentation quality have come.9.0 from Gamespot

Medieval II: TotalWar
“Epic” doesn’t quite begin to describe the scope and scale of the latest Total War game–there’s a lot of strategic depth, with plenty of amazing combat to enjoy.8.8 from Gamespot

WH40K: Dawn of War-Dark Crusade
This terrific update to one of the best sci-fi real-time strategy games in years packs in a great strategic campaign and a grand total of seven different interestin8.8 from Gamespot

StarWars: Empire at War
“Star Wars fans finally get to play a strategy game worthy of the license.”8.7 from Gamespot

Civilization 4: Warlords
Warlords adds six new civilizations and other enhancements to Civilization IV, but the cool new scenarios are the real treat in this expansion.8.6 from Gamespot

Norm Koger’s The Operational Art of War III
The Operational Art of War is one of the most comprehensive wargames available. The third version of the software includes a lot of user-made scenarios, minor tweaks, and support for Windows XP. The Operational Art of War III is really geared towards hardcore gamers, with its numerous options and excellent AI. Once you learn the mechanics of the game, playing The Operational Art of War III becomes quite fun (albeit challenging), and the sheer amount of scenarios available makes the replay value extremely high. Although there aren’t many large changes from previous version of the game (especially in the graphics department), The Operational Art of War III is still a really good wargame that lives up to the pedigree of the series. While simpler wargames may make it easier on new players, no other game can touch the flexibility of The Operational Art of War III.8.5 from Out of Eight website

Rome Total War: Alexander
It may be a bit too fast and furious, but this extremely challenging expansion depicting the conquests of Alexander the Great is a fantastic addition to the Rome: Total War family.”8.5 from Gamespot

Forge of Freedom
The combination of grand strategy and classic detailed tactical battles gives Forge of Freedom a leg up on most of the competition in terms of game features. Forge of Freedom is a highly enjoyable title that’s recommended to anyone who wants to take his or her shot at commanding the Civil War8.5 from Out of Eight website

Take Command:2nd Manassas
Wargamers and Civil War buffs will love the easy-to-play, historically authentic Take Command: Second Manassas.8.2 from Gamespot

SpellForce II
SpellForce 2’s intriguing mix of gameplay styles makes for a great divergence from the archetypal real-time strategy game.8.2 from Gamespot

Heroes of Might and Magic V
This latest installment captures much of the charm and addictiveness of the other excellent fantasy-themed turn-based strategy games that earned Heroes of Might and Magic its fiercely dedicated fan base 8.2 from Gamespot

Sid Meier’s Railroads!
Railroads! is an addictive economic strategy game that you don’t have to be a locomotive aficionado to enjoy.8.1 from Gamespot

Defcon
Though not a complex strategy game, Defcon’s specific sense of style makes for a compelling and unsettling experience8.1 from Gamespot

Empire at War: Forces of Corruption:
Forces of Corruption is a great addition to the Empire at War saga thanks to an interesting new faction that offers up a different way to conquer the galaxy.8.1 from Gamespot

Hearts of Iron 2: Doomsday
“Doomsday heats up the Cold War with nukes and spies.”8.0 from Gamespot

SIMS2: Open for Business
“Open for Business makes it fun to put your sims to work “8.0 from Gamespot

World at War 2
World at War provides a comprehensive yet comprehensible simulation of the “big picture” of World War II. Gamers who are looking for an introduction to high-level wargames should definitely consider giving this one a look7.9 from IGN

City Life
City Life combines the fun of a city-building game with the challenge of a financial simulation, though it requires patience and perseverance to master.7.8 from Gamespot

Age of Empires 3: Warchiefs
The WarChiefs expansion adds some interesting new elements to the tried-and-true gameplay of Age of Empires III.7.8 from Gamespot

Rush for Berlin
Rush for Berlin proves that there is still some life in the WWII RTS genre.7.8 from Gamespot

Caesar IV
“”After an eight-year absence, the Caesar series returns with a slightly flawed but very engrossing game about ancient city building.7.7 from Gamespot

The Movies: Stunts & Effects
By seamlessly integrating into The Movies, the Stunts & Effects expansion offers a lot of cool new toys for would-be studio bosses and virtual moviemakers to play with.7.7 from Gamespot

Anno 1701
Great design and atmosphere make this game about Caribbean colonization one of the better city builders to come down the pike in some time.7.6 from Gamespot

Rise of Legends
Rise of Legends is a bit flat in comparison to Rise of Nations, but quirky races and units provide a lot of off-the-wall appeal.7.6 from Gamespot

Distant Guns: The Russo-Japanese War at Sea
Distant Guns definitely does not serve as an introduction to naval combat strategy simulations. Instead, it’s one of the best games of that genre available and intended for veteran players and people who are serious about their naval operations. The high price and ultra-realism means that Distant Guns doesn’t have the wide appeal like some other games and I can’t recommend it to everyone, but it does fit its niche very well and fans of the genre will not be disappointed.7.5 from Out of Eight website

Empires & Dungeons
It’s an addictive game that’s harder than it first seems once you open up the higher difficulty levels.7.5 from Game Tunnel

Sword of Stars
Despite some flaws with the combat, Sword of the Stars distills the complex space strategy formula to a slick, streamlined, and enjoyable package.7.4 from Gamespot

Styrateg
There are some issues with the interface, but on the whole it’s a very good production that makes for a very fun and simple game7.3 from GameTunnel

Battle for MIddle-Earth 2: Rise of the Witch King
The Rise of the Witch-King is a fairly standard expansion that adds a brief campaign centered around one of the more enigmatic characters from the movies.7.3 from Gamespot

Warhammer: Mark of Chaos
Mark of Chaos captures the fantasy combat of the popular Warhammer franchise in a beautiful way, but it’s marred by some technical issues and a basic strategic campaign.7.2 from Gamespot

Black and White 2 : Battle of the Gods
Battle of the Gods is a straightforward expansion that adds some new, but not remarkably different, content to Black and White 2.7.2 from Gamespot

ROLEPLAYING GAMES

NeverWinter Nights 2
Neverwinter Nights 2 isn’t without some technical issues, but the engaging, dynamic story and proven Dungeons & Dragons framework make it a role-playing game that shouldn’t be missed.8.6 from Gamespot

Guild Wars: Factions
The follow-up to the innovative Guild Wars features a large new fantasy world to explore and enough competitive and cooperative role-playing action to easily keep you busy for weeks.8.5 from Gamespot

Guild Wars: Nightfall
Unmistakably similar to the previous two games in the innovative Guild Wars series, Nightfall features an impressive new Egyptian-themed continent to explore through plenty of solo and cooperative questing.8.2 from Gamespot

Space Rangers 2
It has its flaws, but Space Rangers 2 remains a crazy, inspired, over-the-top, and addictive blend of gameplay.8.1 from Gamespot

Gothic3
If you can get past its technical issues, Gothic 3 offers a substantial, open-ended role-playing experience.7.6 from Gamespot

Titan Quest
With its lengthy single-player campaign, well-integrated multiplayer, and full-featured level editor, Titan Quest is a robust package that nonetheless feels all too familiar.7.6 from Gamespot

Dungeon and Dragons Online
This online role-playing game lives up to its namesake as far as the quality of its action-packed quests is concerned, but it doesn’t have all the features you’d probably want.7.5 from Gamespot

Auto Assault
Auto Assault has potential, but that potential is buried under layers and layers of problems.7.2 from Gamespot

DOFUS Arena
The original DOFUS is very popular(250.000 players) free MMORPG. DofusArena is a new MMO spin-off from the franchise that’s concentrating on PVP tactical combat in vein of japanese rpgs like Ogre Battle or Fire Emblem

Tokimeki Memorial Online
A MMO version of insanely popular dating-sims series

PUZZLE GAMES

Diner Dash
Diner Dash is one of the best casual games we’ve played yet.9.1 from Gamespot

Eets
I’ll just state that you MUST download this game. The visual style is unlike anything else you’ve seen and the game plays like the one-of-a-kind gem that it appears to be.9.0 from Gametunnel

Wild Earth
There is a fairly good chance this is the closest you will ever come to wondering the Serengeti while taking photos of animals killing, hunting, bathing, and playing8.7 from Gametunnel

Steam Brigade
Steam Brigade is one of the best looking and most charismatic Indies games I’ve ever played and it is just cusping on greatness 8.0 from Gametunnel

Mosaic: Tomb of Mystery
Reflexive applies its famous uber polish to the Inlay genre. The Egyptian theme is trotted out once again but made fresh with rock-solid integration.8.0 from Gametunnel

The Odyssey: Winds of Athena
Hooray for originality! This is a very cool and very unique game. It fits into our newly created “frenzied clicking” genre, but with more thought than usual, and of course, it’s actually very original, unlike your usual clicker.8.0 from Gametunnel

Armadillo Run
It’s a game for real tech geeks, and I think a very enjoyable one!8.0 from Gametunnel

Crazy Machines: The Wacky Contraptions Game
other puzzle games on the PC, but the amount and quality of its content makes it worthwhile anyway.7.9 from Gamespot

Wonderlines
The game play has just enough action and strategy in piece placement to keep me playing without it ever becoming boring.7.3 from Gametunnel

Snowy: Treasure Hunter 2
Lots of control options and multilayered parallax backgrounds seem to just be extras, but it all adds up to a wonderful game with some really fun levels that may lead you to better appreciate how cool Snowy is.7.0 from Gametunnel

Tube Twist
Realistic physics, logic puzzles, and a tight GUI come together in a beautiful way in TubeTwist, I think what really makes it interesting is there is never a single correct solution, you can hammer away at your own idea and usually get it working.7.5 from Gametunnel

Toybox
Probably the coolest set of desktop toys ever.7.5 from Gametunnel

Virtual Villagers
Despite the tiny people not actually doing much I still recommend checking this, like a fish tank, it’s strangely relaxing.7.3 from Gametunnel

RACING

GTR2
Despite a slightly gentler learning curve, GTR 2 still demands the most out of your inner race driver.9.0 from Gamespot

NetKarPRO
netKar Pro , in many ways, is the most realistic simulator to come to the market,8.7 from AutoSimSport magazine

GT Legends
A joy to play and a real showpiece for the vintage cars it replicates, GT Legends is a great achievement and a must-have for simulation addicts8.5 from Gamespot

SIMULATORS

ATC Simulator® 2
Simply put, ATC Simulator 2 is the most realistic air traffic control simulation on the market. A lot of the other competing titles are just cartoonish representations of aircraft and airports, but ATC Simulator 2 sticks to the realism angle. You get a feel for what real ATC operators have to deal with on a daily basis and why they get paid the big bucks (anyone who controls at the largest airports is certifiably nuts). This is all we want in a simulation: accuracy. Add to this voice recognition, multiplayer with Flight Simulator, a TRACON editor, and live aircraft, and you have the most complete simulation most people could ever want to have. Because of the learning curve, only those people who are interested in air traffic control will stick to it long enough to be entertained, but if you’re not interested in air traffic control, why are you playing the game anyway? Go back to elves and dragons, Poindexter! For those true fans of air traffic control, ATC Simulator 2 delivers the realism fanatics crave.8.5 from Out of Eight website

Microsoft Flight Simulator X
Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X provides a mind-boggling level of depth and breadth–if you don’t mind some less than stellar frame rates.8.4 from Gamespot

Darkstar One
DarkStar One lets you finally take to the space lanes like a Han Solo, not a stockbroker for hire.8.1 from Gamespot

Trainz 2006
An fairly decent simulation for anyone with an interest in trains7.5 from Out of Eight website

A-OK! – Wings of Mercury
New edition of best commercial astronautic sim ever.

A-OK! Spacecraft Simulation System
An open-ended simulation application designed as a “construction kit” for space vehicles of all types.

Ostfront: Decisive Battles in the East
Add-on to IL2:FB

ADVENTURE GAMES

Sam and Max: Culture Shock
Culture Shock in every way looks, sounds, and feels like a true Sam & Max sequel. If you can forgive the ease of the puzzles and embrace the episodic concept, it is nothing less than a complete blast of fun.8.0 from Adventuregamers

Scratches
Scratches is a great adventure game that shouldn’t be missed by anyone who enjoys a story well told within a scary, gothic presentation.8.0 from Adventuregamers

Bone: The Great Cow Race
An excellent step forward from Telltale, and a game that everyone should be playing.8.0 from Adventuregamers

Secrets of Da Vinci
It’s a thoroughly enjoyable game, with engaging puzzles and plot ; had it completely fulfilled its promise, it would have been exceptional.8.0 from Adventuregamers

Safecracker
A must-have for puzzle fans and definitely worth a look for anyone who values an intellectual challenge8.0 from Adventuregamers

Barrow Hill
Don’t let the word “independent” concern you; this game is an excellent adventure that everyone should give a chance, especially those who like their horror mixed seamlessly with science and history.8.0 from Adventuregamers

Anhk
It’s not quite the return of LucasArts-era cartoon adventures, but this cheerful game dishes out a lot of laughs.7.3 from Gamespot

Frasse and the Peas of Kejick
For the gamer on a budget this is a definite weekend killer that you should take the time to play and come to appreciate.7.3 from Game Tunnel

Paradise
While falling short of the masterpiece it could have been, Paradise remains a memorable experience that deserves to be given a chance.7.0 from Adventuregamers

CSI III: Dimensions of Murder
This is a solid sequel in the franchise and while it doesn’t really break any new ground, it does make some minor but important improvements that make it the best game in the series.7.0 from Adventuregamers

Secret Files: Tunguska
Secret Files: Tunguska is a highly-polished game, but suffers from an uninspired design.7.0 from Adventuregamers

Nancy Drew: The Creature of Kapu Cave
This series has always provided quality stories and good value for the cost of the games. With some enhanced animations and cutscenes, this entry is better than the last game but shorter in duration,7.0 from Adventuregamers

Al Emmo and the Lost Dutchman’s Mine
A charming old school comic adventure that’s definitely worth a play through if you can get past the graphic weaknesses and the main character’s voice.7.0 from Adventuregamers

EVIDENCE: The Last Ritual
Although insanely difficult at times, EVIDENCE is a compelling take on the tracking of a serial killer. You’ll need a lot of patience to see it through to the end, though7.0 from Adventuregamers

ACTION

Half-Life 2: Episode One
Episode One is even better than Half-Life 2. The only problem is that it’s over before you know it.8.7 from Gamespot

the Ship
This wildly different take on Quake, The Sims, and Clue is off the wall and innovative.8.3 from Gamespot

SWAT 4: Stetchkov Syndicate
“The Stetchkov Syndicate’s additional weapons, aggressive suspects, and new multiplayer mode breathe new life into an already great tactical shooter.”8.2 from Gamespot

Battlefield 2142
Battlefield 2142’s new Titan mode is an exciting new addition to the Battlefield series, though for the most part 2142 offers up minor evolutionary improvements over its illustrious predecessor.8.1 from Gamespot

Chameleon
Chameleon is an excelent game, which can easily compete with the best of what SplinterCell and Hitman series have to offer.8.0 from Games Imperium

Dark Messiah of Might and Magic
If you give it, it’ll pay you back. You won’t remember Dark Messiah’s busty-woman character guide, but you will remember the sheer joy of mutilating the orcish, undead and assorted monstrous hordes in a variety of imaginative ways. When mass slaughter is as imaginative as this, it can’t help but be memorable.8.0 from Eurogamer

Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45
Red Orchestra is an enjoyable, team-based online shooter for those who like the Battlefield-style games but want a more technical and realistic experience.7.9 from Gamespot

F.E.A.R: Extraction Point
Extraction Point offers up about five more hours of the intense F.E.A.R. gameplay, but that’s pretty much it.7.8 from Gamespot

Sin Episode 1
This is a pretty-looking, short, budget-priced, by-the-numbers futuristic shooter that’s most notable for its episodic nature and its old heritage.7.3. from Gamespot

DevastationZone Troopers
The gameplay harkens back to the heyday of the PC, when you loaded up a title not knowing what to expect and ended up really surprised by what you found. The level of polish, the presentation, gameplay, sound, the two different play aspects ;it all works wonderfully.8.3 from Game Tunnel

Titan Attacks
At it’s best Titan Attacks pure retro goodness heaped on so high that you’ll wonder how anyone could have put together everything in such a cool package. The game is honestly just shy of perfect and at such a low price is something that every gamer should immediately put into their home library.8.3 from Gametunnel

Bullet Candy
Hard to go wrong here…I keep coming back to it all month!8.0 from Gametunnel

Gumboy: Crazy Adventures
Playing this game made me remember, once again, why I love Indies.8.0 from Gametunnel

Phoenicas
This game is a combination of many types of shooters distilled into one adrenaline pumping experience.7.5 from Gametunnel

RIP: Strike Back
You’ll get your moneys worth of sadistic bloodshed here.7.5 from Gametunnel

Clash’N’Slash: Worlds Away
A very solid shooting game and one worth checking out.7.5 from Gametunnel

Garden Dreams
It all comes together as a powerful motivator that keeps you playing to see the next special item. I played this time-waster far too long, strangely mesmerizing.7.3 from Gametunnel

Pizza Panic
I couldn’t help but think this game did a fantastic job of transporting me back to being a little kid playing arcade games at the roller rink. Simple straight forward game play collecting various food like objects (think Wonder Boy) while delivering pizzas on a skateboard. Race levels were definitely a plus. Well worth spending a couple of evenings on.7.3 from Gametunnel

Battlefield2:EuroPack
7.7 from Gamespot

Battlefield 2: Armored Fury
7.4 from Gamespot

Mr. Smoozles Goes Nutso
Mr. Smoozles Goes Nutso is an adventure game that features more depth than you might first give it credit for.7.5 from Game Tunnel

Ninja Loves Pirate
Great old school beat-em up

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is simply one of the best role-playing games ever made.9.3 from Gamespot

World Soccer Winning Eleven 9
Winning Eleven 9 represents a significant enough improvement over its predecessor that it’s impossible not to recommend you check it out.9.1 from Gamespot

Rainbow Six: Vegas
Rainbow Six is reinvented and reinvigorated for a new age thanks to beautiful visuals and top-notch tactical shooting action.8.7 from Gamespot

Dreamfall
Anchored by a wonderful cast of characters, the very well-crafted sci-fi story in Dreamfall will leave you anxiously wanting more.8.1 from Gamespot

Condemned
This first-person action game hits you like a sledgehammer with its astounding, stunningly creepy presentation, but it sacrifices opportunities for more shocks and surprises by settling for repetition.8.1 from Gamespot

Godfather
The Godfather is a great addendum to the film and a fun and lengthy game in its own right.8.1 from Gamespot

Football Manager 2006
Sports Interactive’s best game to date combines stability and variety in a truly immersive football experience.8.5 from Gamespot

TOCA Race Driver 3 (PC)
The TOCA racing series returns for a third go with numerous improvements over its predecessors. TOCA Race Driver 3 features upgraded artificial intelligence, a spectator mode, rivalries, and 35 racing styles.8.5 from Gamespot

Marc Ecko’s Getting Up
Getting Up builds a cohesive and entertaining world without sacrificing gameplay, resulting in a really great overall package.8.4 from Gamespot

Battle for Middle-Earth 2
New races, heroes, and battlegrounds let you command battle in all-new ways.8.4 from Gamespot

Marvel Ultimate Alliance
Raven improves upon the great work it did with the X-Men Legends games, creating a lengthy adventure that touches nearly every last corner of the Marvel Universe.8.3 from Gamespot

Hitman:bloodmoney
While the underlying stealth action is mostly unchanged from the previous Hitman games, a diverse sequence of imaginative scenarios gives Blood Money its own fair share of violent thrills.8.2 from Gamespot

FIFA World Cup 2006
2006 FIFA World Cup does a good job of re-creating the carnival atmosphere that surrounds the competition, and it plays a good, fast-paced game of soccer to boot.8.1 from Gamespot

Splinter Cell Double Agent
Agent Sam Fisher’s latest assignment turns out to be a fairly routine stealth action operation, but changes to Splinter Cell’s innovative multiplayer mode help make up for this.8.0 from Gamespot

Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
A thick, unsettling atmosphere fills this ambitious first-person action adventure, which makes up for some frustrating moments and dated graphics with plenty of chills, variety, and originality.7.9 from Gamespot

Ghost Recon:Advanced Warfighter
While the PC version of GRAW offers the most impressive and expansive campaign, the extreme system requirements and multiplayer headaches make this tactical shooter feel rougher around the edges than it should.7.8 from Gamespot

Madden 07
As good as Madden NFL 07 generally is, it’s hard not to feel like it’s time for the series on the PC to evolve beyond its current vision.7.8 from Gamespot

Need for Speed: Carbon
Even though the wingman mechanics and canyon races don’t quite pan out, it’s still a stylish and enjoyable street racer.7.6 from Gamespot

Prey
Prey is an easy ride through an alien world that doesn’t cash in on all its potential but still offers enough thrills to make it a worthwhile trip.7.5 from Gamespot

Tiger Woods 2007
There’s very little that’s truly new in Tiger Woods 07, but it’s still a good game.7.5 from Gamespot

Onimusha3
Blatantly ripped straight from the PlayStation 2, this version of Onimusha 3 still packs some good, solid hack-and-slash combat and a likable story.7.4 from Gamespot

Flatout2
FlatOut 2 seems a little too slick for its own good in spots, but it still manages to provide plenty of destructive racing fun.7.4 from Gamespot

Sensible Soccer 2006
“The first game in the series for seven years, Sensible Soccer 2006 plays as well as its predecessors, albeit with little innovation and a few gameplayissues.”-7.2 from Gamespot

Devil May Cry3: SE
Though it’s like a fish out of water on the PC, this straight port of a great, gruelingly fast and intense PlayStation 2 action adventure game can still be exciting.7.1 from Gamespot

RoboBlitz
RoboBlitz may be short, but it’s also one great-looking, catchy grab bag of classic 3D platform challenges.7.0 from Gamespot

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