Games and Entertainment

For our spare time we want to use Windows Server 2008 to play games and have fun! On this page games that work and don’t work are listed. If you have a game that is not listed on this page, please leave a comment so I can add it to the list of (non)working games. More games can be found at the forum.

If games won’t install because the installation says your Operating System is not supported, the article Installing Unreal Tournament 3 might help you. If you have problems with crashing games or applications take a look at the Disable Data Execution Prevention article. When you get the message gameux.dll is missing, read the tutorial Missing gameux.dll. When having errors about a missing xinput9_1_0.dll read the Missing xinput9_1_0.dll article. file If you are getting errors about a DirectX version that is needed to run the game, follow the dmusic.inf article. To get your Game Controller working read the Game Controllers tutorial! If you want the Vista Game Explorer back, use the Game Explorer for Win2k8 installer made by

GameManufacturerWebsiteCompatibleIssuesFix
Unreal Tournament 2004Epic Gameshttp://www.unrealtournament2004.com/Yes--
Grand Theft Auto 2Rockstar Gameshttp://www.rockstargames.com/classics/YesError about incompatible DirectX version.Tutorial
The Elder Scrolls IV: OblivionBethesda Softworkshttp://www.elderscrolls.com/Yes--
Age of empires IIMicrosoft Gameshttp://www.microsoft.com/games/age2/Yes--
Battlefield 2142EA Gameshttp://www.battlefield.ea.com/battlefield/bf2142/Yes--
Call Of Duty 2 & 4Activisionhttp://www.callofduty.com/YesCOD4 v1.5 crashes with MultiPlayer in x64?Fix for sound
Crysis [:Warhead]EA Gameshttp://www.ea.com/crysis/Yes--
The Orange BoxValvehttp://orange.half-life2.com/Yes--
Battlefield 1942EA Gameshttp://www.ea.com/YesSee Comments.See Comment and Comment
World of WarcraftBlizzardhttp://www.worldofwarcraft.com/Yes--
Guild WarsArenaNethttp://www.guildwars.com/Yes--
Magic OnlineWizardshttp://www.wizards.com/magiconline/Yes--
Company of HeroesTHQhttp://www.companyofheroesgame.com/Yes--
Hour of VictoryMidwayhttp://www.hourofvictory.com/Yes--
Sudden Strike 3Fireglow Gameshttp://www.suddenstrike.com/Yes--
FIFA 08EA Gameshttp://www.fifa08.ea.com/YesError about incompatible DirectX version.GTA 2 tutorial
Dethkarz??Yes--
Battlefield VietnamEA Gameshttp://www.ea.com/Yes--
Battlefield 2EA Gameshttp://battlefield.ea.com/battlefield/bf2/Yes--
Half Life / Half Life 2 (all)VALVehttp://orange.half-life2.com/YesPossible issues with x64Disable DEP
Diablo I / Diablo IIBlizzardhttp://www.blizzard.com/diablo2/Yes?See comments
Unreal Tournament 3Epic Gameshttp://www.unrealtournament3.com/YesWon't install in Windows Server 2008.Tutorial
Warcraft III: Frozen ThroneBlizzardhttp://www.blizzard.com/war3x/Yes--
Madden NFL 08EA Gameshttp://www.easports.com/madden08/YesCrashes sometimesChange compatibility mode to Windows XP SP2
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of AngmarTurbinehttp://www.lotro.com/Yes?Install .NET Framework v1.1
Football Manager 2008Segahttp://fm08.footballmanager.net/Yes--
AudiosurfAudiosurfhttp://www.audio-surf.com/Yes--
Bioshock2K Gameshttp://www.2kgames.com/bioshock/Yes-Install gameux.dll
Counterstrike SourceVALVehttp://www.counter-strike.net/Yes-Disable DEP
Call of JuarezUbiSofthttp://www.callofjuarez.com/YesPossibly can't install because of script error 1628, but can work-
Dark Messiah of Might and MagicUbiSofthttp://www.darkmessiahgame.com/YesSometimes crashes like in Vista-
Fable: The Lost ChaptersMicrosoft Gameshttp://www.microsoft.com/games/fable/YesComplains about low graphic/system memory, but works fine!Close sidebar if the screen flickers
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of ChernobylTHQhttp://www.stalker-game.com/Yes-Update to newer version to get proper memory management (memory bugs are under vista with version 1.0, too)
SWAT 4: The Stetchkov SyndicateSierrahttp://www.swat4.com/Yes--
SuperPower 2DreamCatcher Interactivehttp://www.superpower2game.com/Yes--
The ShipMindscapehttp://www.theshiponline.com/Yes--
F.E.A.R.Vivendi Gameshttp://www.whatisfear.com/Yes--
Supreme Commander: Forged AllianceTHQhttp://www.supremecommander.com/Yes--
Quake III ArenaID Softwarehttp://www.idsoftware.com/Yes--
Hellgate: LondonElectronic Artshttp://www.hellgatelondon.com/Yes--
UFO: AfterlightCenegahttp://www.ufo-afterlight.com/Yes--
Conflict: Denied OpsEidoshttp://www.conflict.com/Yes--
Clive Barker's JerichoCodemastershttp://www.codemasters.com/Yes--
Warhammer 40000: Dawn of WarTHQhttp://www.dawnofwargame.com/Yes--
Enemy Territory: Quake WarsActivisionhttp://www.enemyterritory.com/Yes--
NeverWinter Nights 2: Mask of the BetrayerAtarihttp://www.atari.com/nwn2/Yes--
EVE OnlineCCPhttp://www.eve-online.com/Yes--
Rainbow Six Vegas 1 & 2UbiSofthttp://www.rainbowsixgame.com/Yes--
Trackmania Nations ForeverNadeohttp://www.trackmania.com/Yes--
Soldiers: Heroes of World War IICodemastershttp://www.codemasters.com/soldiers/Yes-Install Vista Patch
SoldatMichal Marcinkowskihttp://www.soldat.pl/Yes--
Assassins CreedUbiSofthttp://www.assassinscreed.com/Yes--
Command & Conquer 3 [: Kanes Wrath]EA Gameshttp://www.commandandconquer.com/Yes--
World in ConflictSierrahttp://www.worldinconflict.com/Yes--
UplinkIntroversion Softwarehttp://www.introversion.co.uk/uplink/Yes--
Warsow?http://www.warsow.net/Yes--
TurokPropaganda Gameshttp://www.propagandagames.go.com/Yes--
Savage 2: A Tortured SoulS2 Gameshttp://savage2.s2games.com/Yes--
The Witcher[:Enhanced Edition]Atarihttp://www.thewitcher.com/YesSee Comments. Patch 1.4 problems-
Starcraft: Brood WarBlizzardhttp://www.blizzard.com/broodwar/YesSee Comments.-
Sam & MaxTelltale Gameshttp://www.telltalegames.com/samandmax/Yes--
Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Enemy TerritoryActivisionhttp://www.activision.com/Yes--
Need for Speed Most WantedEA Gameshttp://www.nfsmostwanted.com/Yes--
Far CryUbiSofthttp://farcrygame.ubi.com/YesPatch 1.3 to 1.4 doesn't work. (see comment)Install Patch v1.32
Grand Theft Auto San AndreasRockstar Gameshttp://www.rockstargames.com/sanandreas/Yes?See comments
Chessmaster Grandmaster EditionUbiSofthttp://chessmaster.us.ubi.com/xi/YesStart menu entries aren't created.Run setup in XP SP2 compatibility mode.
Team Fortress Classic / 2VALVehttp://www.steampowered.com/Yes--
Need For Speed CarbonEA Gameshttp://www.nfscarbon.com/Yes--
ContinuumBrilliant Digital Entertainmenthttp://www.getcontinuum.com/Yes--
Doom 3ID Softwarehttp://www.doom3.com/Yes--
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear SkyTHQhttp://www.stalker-game.com/Yes--
Kane & Lynch: Dead MenEidoshttp://www.kaneandlynch.com/Yes--
Lost: Via DomusUbiSofthttp://lostgame.us.ubi.com/Yes--
Medal of Honor: AirborneEA Gameshttp://www.mohairborne.com/Yes--
X3 ReunionEGOSOFThttp://www.X3Reunion.com/Yes--
Unreal Tournament 3 DemoEpic Gameshttp://www.unrealtournament3.com/YesWon't install in Windows Server 2008.See Forum Topic
Requiem: BloodymareGravity Interactivehttp://www.playrequiem.com/Yes--
ROHAN OnlineYNK Interactivehttp://www.playrohan.com/Yes--
Dance Battle Audition OnlineMMOhttp://au.mmosite.com/Yes-Disable DEP and Configure IE
MapleStoryNEXONhttp://www.maplestory.com/YesNeeds workarounds.See this blog
Age of ConanFuncomhttp://www.ageofconan.com/Yes--
Mass EffectBioWarehttp://www.masseffect.com/Yes--
UEFA Euro 2008EA Gameshttp://www.electronicarts.co.uk/Yes-GTA 2 tutorial
Lost Planet Extreme Condition Colonies EditionCapcomhttp://www.lostplanet-thegame.com/Yes--
Lineage II: The Chaotic ThroneNCsofthttp://www.lineage2.com/Yes--
Star Wars: Knights of the Old RepublicBioWarehttp://www.bioware.com/Yes--
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic IIBioWarehttp://www.bioware.com/Yes-Install Vista fix
Halo 2Microsoft Gameshttp://www.microsoft.com/games/halo2/YesWon't start.See this comment how to get it working!
Perry RhodanBrainGamehttp://www.perry-rhodan-game.de/Yes--
Resident Evil 4Capcomhttp://www.residentevil.com/Yes--
EverQuest II: The Shadow OdysseySony Online Entertainmenthttp://www.everquest2.com/Yes--
Devil May Cry 4Capcomhttp://www.devilmaycry.com/Yes--
Alien vs Predator 220th Century Foxhttp://www.alienvspredator2.com/YesSome graphical errors after start of some levels.-
Postal 2Running With Scissorshttp://www.postal2.com/Yes--
Gears of WarMicrosoft Gameshttp://www.gearsofwar.com/Yes-See comment in DEP post
Worms World PartyTeam17http://wormsworldparty.team17.com/YesMinor issue-
The ThingBlack Label Games?Yes--
Guitar Hero IIIActivisionhttp://www.guitarhero.com/Yes-See comments
Painkiller OverdoseDreamCatcher Interactivehttp://www.projectoverdose.com/YesParental Control issuesSee comments how to patch it!
The Settlers VI: Raise of EmpireUBISofthttp://thesettlers.us.ubi.com/YesError Message: Starting this game is prohibited by parental controlRun in Windows XP SP2 Compatibility Mode.
Company of Heroes: Opposing FrontsTHQhttp://www.companyofheroesgame.com/YesError about IGameExplorerSee comments
Warhammer Online[: Age of Reckoning (Beta)]Mythic Entertainmenthttp://www.warhammeronline.com/YesConflicting experiences: comment 1, 2, 3-
Alone in the Dark 5Atarihttp://www.centraldark.com/Yes--
Anarchy OnlineFunComhttp://www.anarchy-online.com/Yes--
Ragnarok OnlineGravityhttp://www.ragnarokonline.com/YesMinor issue-
RF OnlineCodemastershttp://www.rf-onlinegame.com/Yes-Disable DEP
Bionic Commando RearmedCapComhttp://www.bioniccommando.com/Yes--
Race Driver: GRIDCodemastershttp://www.grid-game.com/Yessettings issue-
SporeEA Gameshttp://www.spore.com/Yespossible issue-
King's Bounty: The LegendAtarihttp://www.kings-bounty.com/Yes--
Space Rangers 2Cinemawarehttp://www.spacerangers2.com/Yes--
Divine DivinityLarian Studioshttp://www.larian.com/divinity/Yes--
Alpha PrimeBlack Element Softwarehttp://www.alpha-prime.com/Yes--
Far Cry 2UbiSofthttp://farcrygame.ubi.com/Yes--
Bully Scholarship EditionRockstar Gameshttp://www.rockstargames.com/bully/Yes/NoInstalls, plays on x86; can't play on x64-
Fallout 3Bethesdahttp://fallout.bethsoft.com/Yesissues with ASUS software-
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3EA Gameshttp://www.ea.com/redalert/Yes--
Call Of Duty 5: World at WarActivisionhttp://www.callofduty.com/Yes-If any problems, see this comment
James Bond 007: Quantum of SolaceActivisionhttp://www.007thevideogame.com/Yes--
Command & Conquer Generals [:Zero Hour]EA Gameshttp://www.commandandconquer.com/YesPossibly stuck at loadscreen.See comments
Left 4 DeadValvehttp://www.l4d.com/Yes--
LegendaryAtarihttp://www.legendarythegame.com/Yes--
Tomb Raider: Anniversary | Legend | UnderworldEidoshttp://www.tombraider.com/Yes--
Grand Theft Auto IVRockstar Gameshttp://www.rockstargames.com/Yes-See forum topic
Lego BatmanLegohttp://www.legobatmangame.com/Yesnote-
Dead SpaceEA Gameshttp://deadspace.ea.com/Yes--
The Sims 2EA Gameshttp://thesims2.ea.com/Yes--
Prince of Persia (2008)UbiSofthttp://www.princeofpersiagame.com/Yes--
Cryostasis: Sleep of ReasonAction Forms Ltd.http://cryostasis-game.com/Yes--
Fifa Manager '09EA Gameshttp://www.fifamanager09.com/Yes-DirectX Fix
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance??Nosee comment (explanation)-
Navy FieldSDEnterNEThttp://www.navyfield.com/Yes-See comments
F.E.A.R. 2 Project OriginVivendi Gameshttp://www.whatisfear.com/Yes--
Need for Speed Underground 2EA Gameshttp://nfsu2.ea.com/Yes--
Babylon 5: I've Found HerTime Warner Entertainmenthttp://ifh.babylonfive.ru/YesRuns choppy-
Mirror's EdgeEA Gameshttp://www.mirrorsedge.com/YesSee comments-
Mount & BladeParadox Interactivehttp://www.taleworlds.com/Yes--
Rise Of The ArgonautsCodemastershttp://www.codemasters.com/argonauts/Yes--
Saints Row 2THQhttp://www.saintsrow.com/Yes-Might need Compatibility Mode
Worms 4: MayhemTeam17http://www.wormsmayhem.com/Yes--
Medal of Honor: Pacific AssaultEA Gameshttp://mohpa.ea.com/Yes-Read Install Guide
Condemned: Criminal OriginsSegahttp://www.condemnedgame.com/Yes--
Burnout Paradise The Ultimate BoxCriterion Gameshttp://www.burnoutparadise.com/Yes--
ShellShock 2: Blood TrailsEidoshttp://www.eidos.com/YesSee commentsSee comments
Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason1C Companyhttp://www.cryostasis-game.com/Yes--
Blazing AngelsUbiSofthttp://blazing-angels.us.ubi.com/Yes/NoNo Vista CompatibilitySee comments
Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War IITHQhttp://www.dawnofwar2.com/Yes/NoSee comment and comment-
X3: Terran ConflictEGOSOFThttp://www.terranconflict.com/YesError: File not found. x3config.See comments
NecroVisionAspyrhttp://www.necrovision-game.com/Yes--
LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original AdventuresLucasartshttp://indianajones.lego.com/Yes--
Empire Total WarSegahttp://www.totalwar.com/Yes-Note
Dark SectorDigital Extremeshttp://www.darksector.com/Yes--
Tom Clancy's HAWXUbiSofthttp://www.hawxgame.com/Yes--
Beyond Good and EvilUbiSofthttp://www.beyondgoodevil.com/Yes--
Wanted: Weapons of FateWarner Broshttp://www.warnerbros.com/Yes--
WheelmanUbiSofthttp://www.wheelmangame.com/Yes--
Unreal Tournament 99Epic Gameshttp://www.unrealtournament.com/Yes-Use zeckensack's Glide wrapper
Silent Hill HomecomingKonami Digital Entertainmenthttp://www.silenthillhomecoming.net/Yes--
Flight Simulator XMicrosoft Gameshttp://www.flightsimulatorX.com/YesIssue-
City of HeroesNCsofthttp://www.cityofheroes.com/Yes--
Sacred 2 - Fallen AngelAscaron Entertainmenthttp://www.sacred2.com/Yes-See comment
War RockK2 Networkhttp://www.warrock.net/Yes--
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher BayAtarihttp://www.riddickgame.com/Yes-See comment
Unreal 2: The AwakeningLegend Entertainmenthttp://www.unreal2.com/NoSee comment-
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark AthenaAtarihttp://www.riddickgame.com/Yes--
Velvet AssassinReplay Studioshttp://www.velvetassassin.com/Yes--
Zeno ClashACE Teamhttp://www.zenoclash.com/Yes--
Commandos 2: Men of CourageEidoshttp://www.eidos.com/Yes-Latest patch?
Dungeon Siege: Legends Of ArannaMicrosoft Gameshttp://www.microsoft.com/games/dungeonsiegeloa/NoSee comment
DamnationCodemastershttp://www.damnationthegame.com/Yes--
Terminator Salvation The GameWarner Broshttp://www.terminatorsalvationthegame.com/Yes--
Battlefield HeroesEA Gameshttp://www.battlefieldheroes.com/Yes--
PrototypeActivisionhttp://www.prototypegame.com/Yes--
Call of Juarez: Bound in BloodUbisofthttp://www.callofjuarez.com/Yes--
FuelCodemastershttp://www.fuel-game.com/Yes--
Street Fighter IVCAPCOMhttp://www.streetfighter.com/Yes-Might need XP Compatibility mode. (see comment)
The Sims 3EA Gameshttp://www.thesims3.com/Yes--

353 thoughts on “Games and Entertainment”

  • re*s.t.a.r.s.*2 says:

    Hi Admin

    I want to say that UT03 work flawsless ,Ut2004 Ask for gameux.dll, So there is some Issues… thanks for reading… I want to give back to this becouse server standard 2008 rocks…

    Arris: For me UT2004 worked directly in Server 2008 32bit, but I updated the status! 😉

  • Unreal Tournament, Age of Empires, Dethkarz, BF Vietnam, BF2, Half-Life, Half-Life 2 works fine. I;m trying to get Bf1942 to work. Had it working under Win2003Ent 64-bit

  • Oh yeah, Diablo 1 and 2 work fine (even XP couldn’t run D1 on my machine). D2 requires disabling themes in the .exe properties though.

    So far all other games i have (except BF1942) run really nice.

  • Fifa 2008 says:

    Fifa 2008 does not work. Gives an error stating that Directx must be installed. Then incorrect version.

  • These are the games I’ve gotten to work without issues:
    Battlefield 2142
    Call of Duty 4
    Crysis (Demo)
    Portal

    Also Ideazon just released beta drivers for their Zboard products that work with Server 2008. Check their forums.

  • Battlefield 1942 doesn’t work. With the GTA2 DirectMusic Patch, I can get it to start and take me to the main menu (w/o the patch it doesn’t even do that), but as soon as I move the mouse the game crashes.

  • Has anyone figured out how to get the bundled Games from Vista to work? I’ve tried copying over both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Microsoft Games folder (I’m running 64-bit W2K8), however, I’ve had zero luck getting them to work. Problems range from complaints about a missing XINPUT9_1_0.dll (tried various combinations and versions, copied to System32, the local exe folder, etc.) to the programs just not loading at all (or loading and then unloading so quickly I can’t tell).

    Call me quaint, but I really miss solitaire! 🙂

    RCK

  • World of Warcraft – if someone can confirm World of Warcraft runs after tweaking 2008 Server – I’m so there.

  • Calamarin says:

    Age of empires II. Complains about gameux.dll. After manually copying that to %windir%system32 and registering (regsvr32 gameux.dll), it works fine.

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