Biggest Surprise on PC
At GameSpot, we're constantly on the lookout for that game that might turn out to be the surprise hit of the season. Our Biggest Surprise on PC award goes to the game we consider to be the sleeper of the year, the game that came out of nowhere yet nevertheless met with runaway success. That game is:
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Digital Illusions
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It's particularly satisfying to see a game execute well on an innovative and technically difficult concept. Battlefield 1942 somehow pulled this off, and the first proof was in the multiplayer demo released last August. Few demos have such an immediate impact, but as soon as the Wake Island demo was released, suddenly everyone was talking about the game by the developer of the little-known Codename Eagle. There was a sense of amazement playing the game for the first time and discovering the sheer number of vehicles and gun emplacements you could jump into, and because of the simple control and fast pace, a single player could be at the center of the action, going on a tank rampage or defending a critical choke point. Even if the game had its imperfections at release, it proved itself by having the best vehicles seen in any multiplayer action game. Given the rocky history of ambitious online WWII games, it's a pleasant surprise just to finally get one that's really this good.