In The Buzz of Online Gaming, we gave props to the following two online games.
Links 2004 (Xbox)
Golf is one of the most widely played games in the world, so it should come as no surprise to find that you can also play golf online on any number of virtual golf courses. For example, Links 2004 lets you play competitive rounds of golf with friends from around the globe via Xbox Live. And you aren't restricted to playing golf just once, twice, or even three times a week. If you want, you can play online any time of the day or night.
But maybe you're tired of playing against your regular buddies. Perhaps you no longer find that challenging or exciting enough. That's OK, because the other way you can play Links 2004 is to participate in championship tournaments, in which some of the best players on the golfing circuit will be your direct opponents. And by playing Links 2004 in Tour Mode, you can extend yourself and see just how far you can progress up the tournament ladder. As a bonus, when you make a great shot in Links 2004, a gallery of your devoted fans will cheer you on!
SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs (PlayStation 2)
In SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs, you're assigned the role of a SEAL commander, and it's your task to protect America—as well as her world allies—from terrorism. Your mission is proactive, so you'll lead your team of experts through a series of a dozen nerve-wracking raids. Your challenge in this game is to demonstrate outstanding leadership and to encourage your team members with your courage and quick thinking. Your country needs you, and now is the time to stand up and be accountable!
You can optionally use a USB headset to issue commands and to converse with individual members of your elite team. Note that this game has been rated M for mature audiences (17 years and over) by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) because of its blood and violence.
We also get a major kick in the pants out of Xbox Live's Crimson Skies, which puts you in an alternate-history WWI dogfighter and pits you against any number of nimble flyers. Well, what do you think? Now's your chance to spout off about your favorite online games.