Today is the 15th anniversary of the publication of Half-Life 2 . Certainly a big game, but it was just one of many big and popular games released in November 2004. These weeks saw the release of World of Warcraft, Half-Life 2, Metroid Prime 2, Metal Gear Solid 3 and Halo 2 in late 2004 to name but a few.
By the end of the year, some of the biggest and most anticipated games of the year are usually released. So it's not uncommon for two or even three blockbuster games to be canceled in a week, like November or October. It happens.
In November 2004, however, there were far more than just two or three great games. According to my count, it was 1
November 2004 started with a blast with Counter -Strike: Source released on the 1st day of the month and the following day appeared the wonderful Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 . Killzone was released on PlayStation 2 . I do not necessarily count this as a good game, but it was important to Sony and would later become more important as a franchise. So worth mentioning.
A few days later, on November 4, The Legend of Zelda The Minish Cap was released and praised by the critics of the time. Gamespot gave him a 9.1 and praised his graphics and music. The next day Bejeweled 2 was released for the PC. This is a Bonafide classic in my book and still one of the best jigsaw puzzles on the market.
Three days later Everquest II was released on the PC. 15 years later, Everquest II is still alive and is still expanding, with a large one scheduled for next month. Over on the Gamecube was on November 8 Mario Power Tennis 
 24 hours later, on November 9th , Halo 2 was released on the original Xbox after months and months of hype and teasing. It was a great success, although its end was a huge disappointment. On the PlayStation 2 Jak 3 was released. A darker and more serious episode in the franchise of Jak And Daxter Jak 3 was also the end of the trilogy.
Next week, November 15, Metroid Prime 2 was released for the Gamecube. The sequel to the hugely popular Metroid Prime (19459003) (19459004) was highly praised by critics and fans and is now regarded as a classic. Although I played something different this week. On the same day Need For Speed: Underground 2 appeared, a game that most children in my middle school and later in my high school were obsessed with for years. To this day Underground 2 is still a game. NFS fans mention whenever a new NFS game is announced. It also contained one of the strangest and most confusing remixes.
The 16th of November was the day many people had been waiting for. After numerous delays and leaks, Half-Life 2 was finally published. I remember a friend who bought the game a few days after its release at Walmart and was angry that he had an internet connection. Something called Steam was needed to play it. He was annoyed.
The next day, November 17, was the day we got the best Metal Gear Solid game Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater . The Camo system was great and the boss battles are among the best in the series.
Three days later, on November 21, the Nintendo DS was released and launched with Mario 64 DS. The DS later became one of the most successful consoles ever.
November 23, another MMORPG appeared, this time it was the launch of World of Warcraft. Just weeks after Everquest 2 launched WoW and suffered some technical issues. At some point it started to work and 15 years later WoW is still there and still one of the most popular MMORPGs available.
These were just a few of the games that came out in November. Wikipedia has a great list of everything. And what's wild is just before November, in October 2004, several other major games were released, including GTA San Andreas, Ace Combat 5 and Tony Hawks Underground 2.
have some great months in gaming, but November 2004 could still be one of the best. The month had something for everyone, including the launch of a new Nintendo console and two major MMO releases. This month, many purses and bank accounts have been emptied. And many parents had an expensive Christmas.