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GameSpy Unveils Top 25 Most Underrated Games of All Time.

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IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 3, 2003

GameSpy, the leader in online game play, is stirring up controversy again by ranking the Top 25 Most Underrated Games of All Time.

The list spotlights some of the most exceptional games in history that went largely unnoticed by either consumers or, in some cases, the gaming press. GameSpy.com editors point out that most of the games were under appreciated because of poor sales, coming into the market out of nowhere, possessing excessive originality or simply being overlooked.

 Voted the Top 10 among 25 Most Underrated Games of All Time were:

1 Ico (PS2) SCEA, 2001 - Ico set a high-water mark for purity and
 simplicity. It has yet to be matched by another game for the
 sincerity of its world and narrative. From the foreboding opening
 until the bittersweet end, it's a stunning achievement in game
 design.

2 Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution (PS2) Sega, 2003 - Sega's consistently
 excellent 3D fighting series sets a new level of perfection --
 perhaps the pinnacle of technical fighting to date.

3 System Shock (PC) Looking Glass Studios/Origin, 1994 - Not a
 shooter, not an RPG, its disparate blend of gameplay elements
 shocked and intrigued the few who played it.

4 Alone in the Dark (PC) Infogrames, 1992 - The first true survival
 horror title ever, it kick-started the genre. Its influence on
 Resident Evil or Silent Hill can't be overstated.

5 Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus (PS2) Sucker Punch/SCEA,
 2002 - With splendid cel-shaded style, Sly Cooper looks gorgeous
 and plays even better.

6 Rocket: Robot on Wheels (N64) Sucker Punch/Ubisoft, 1999 - Rocket
 had numerous, free-roaming worlds, creative level design and an
 outstanding physics system.

7 Grim Fandango (PC) LucasArts, 1998 - The best of LucasArts' great
 adventure games, Grim Fandango featured Manny Calavera, a poor
 working shlub toiling for the Dept. of Death in the Mexican
 afterlife.

8 Herzog Zwei (Genesis) TechnoSoft, 1988 - A console game that
 influenced the real-time strategy genre popular in PC gaming, it
 had great resource management and two-player head-to-head warfare.

9 Planescape: Torment (PC) Black Isle Studios/Interplay, 1999 -
 Presenting a unique spin on the D&D RPG license, it brought to
 light the weird and wonderful universe of the outer dimensional
 planes.

10 Wheel of Time (PC) GT Interactive, 1999 - Based on Robert Jordan's
 fantasy novels, Wheel of Time offered gamers a fantastical
 first-person shooter/adventure with a vast array of magical spells
 and weapons.


"We've reviewed hundreds of games, some that should have been instant classics, or at least successful titles but just never seemed to get their due," said Dave "Fargo" Kosak, executive editor of GameSpy. "We wanted to set the record straight by giving these games the credit they deserve."

GameSpy.com editorial content covers the video game and online game industry with news, reviews, previews and commentary written for game enthusiasts. For a complete listing and details of the 25 Most Underrated Games, go to http://www.gamespy.com/articles/september03/25underrated/.

GameSpy is the Web's #1 location for online information, entertainment and communities serving the gamer worldwide according to comScore. The GameSpy network has nearly 300,000 subscribers, 14 million unique visitors per month and 18 million registered users. GameSpy is also the leading provider of technology for online game play in video games. Founded in 1995, privately held GameSpy is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. www.gamespy.com.

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