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It's often said that the PC is both the best platform and the worst. Often hindered by the hardware of the player, the PC platform has not only a huge amount of promise, but can also constantly adapt to the latest and greatest hardware and games. This year saw many ground-breaking PC games, and the readers seemed to both prefer familiar names as well as new kids on the block.

Best PC 2004 Winner
World of Warcraft

It's really not a big surprise that World of Warcraft came out on top this year. After all, with a series as successful as Warcraft, what could go wrong? Well, a lot HAS gone wrong up to this point, but obviously not enough to dull true fansí enthusiasm towards its refined MMORPG-gameplay and familiar, yet new, world. It's not just popular because of its name, though. Blizzard put a lot of effort in to making the game function, and their work is very commendable. Although the servers have seemingly been hit with problem after problem resulting in lag and increased downtime, it only gave players more time to head here and vote the game in to first place.

So how did WoW earn this honor? What sets it apart from the rest? In truth, the game is very similar to a lot of other MMORPGs in some respects, but Blizzard has tuned their system so well that even despite not breaking any new ground graphically, fans apparently respect it above all other PC RPGs. With quests, a stable game economy, and so much to do, it's really no wonder that World of Warcraft has taken first place for last year, despite only being out for a little over a month before 2005 came upon us all.

Second Place - Final Fantasy XI: Chains of Promathia

Coming in second is the ever-present Final Fantasy franchise. With a very popular online game already released on consoles, it was only a matter of time before expansion packs hit the shelves for the PC. Final Fantasy XI: Chains of Promathia was not only an expansion pack, but it was also the second available for the PC. With the new expansion pack come many new areas to explore in the world of Vana'diel, as well as a new, deep story to unravel. Although it boasted many improvements, Chains of Promathia was not invincible. One of thethe major disappointments for players was the lack of certain new jobs for the players. Overall, however, Chains of Promathia has been widely praised as a great addition to the vast world of Vana'diel and the PC gaming library for many readers.

Third Place - Neverwinter Nights: Platinum

Neverwinter Nights has, in truth, been over for well over two and a half years already; but I guess all that means is that the game can stand the test of time, eh? Or perhaps most voters decided there wasn't anything better to vote for. Regardless, Neverwinter Nights: Platinum was released in 2004 adds both of the official expansion packs to the original game package. It's a good value for someone who hasn't gotten the chance to explore the Forgotten Realms in all its 3D goodness yet.

by Brian Hagan & Mikel Tidwell

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