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

Unreal Tournament 2004Epic Games
Grand Theft Auto 2Rockstar Games about incompatible DirectX version.Tutorial
The Elder Scrolls IV: OblivionBethesda Softworks
Age of empires IIMicrosoft Games
Battlefield 2142EA Games
Call Of Duty 2 & 4Activision v1.5 crashes with MultiPlayer in x64?Fix for sound
Crysis [:Warhead]EA Games
The Orange BoxValve
Battlefield 1942EA Games Comments.See Comment and Comment
World of WarcraftBlizzard
Guild WarsArenaNet
Magic OnlineWizards
Company of HeroesTHQ
Hour of VictoryMidway
Sudden Strike 3Fireglow Games
FIFA 08EA Games about incompatible DirectX version.GTA 2 tutorial
Battlefield VietnamEA Games
Battlefield 2EA Games
Half Life / Half Life 2 (all)VALVe issues with x64Disable DEP
Diablo I / Diablo IIBlizzard comments
Unreal Tournament 3Epic Games't install in Windows Server 2008.Tutorial
Warcraft III: Frozen ThroneBlizzard
Madden NFL 08EA Games sometimesChange compatibility mode to Windows XP SP2
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of AngmarTurbine .NET Framework v1.1
Football Manager 2008Sega
Bioshock2K Games gameux.dll
Counterstrike SourceVALVe DEP
Call of JuarezUbiSoft can't install because of script error 1628, but can work-
Dark Messiah of Might and MagicUbiSoft crashes like in Vista-
Fable: The Lost ChaptersMicrosoft Games about low graphic/system memory, but works fine!Close sidebar if the screen flickers
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of ChernobylTHQ to newer version to get proper memory management (memory bugs are under vista with version 1.0, too)
SWAT 4: The Stetchkov SyndicateSierra
SuperPower 2DreamCatcher Interactive
The ShipMindscape
F.E.A.R.Vivendi Games
Supreme Commander: Forged AllianceTHQ
Quake III ArenaID Software
Hellgate: LondonElectronic Arts
UFO: AfterlightCenega
Conflict: Denied OpsEidos
Clive Barker's JerichoCodemasters
Warhammer 40000: Dawn of WarTHQ
Enemy Territory: Quake WarsActivision
NeverWinter Nights 2: Mask of the BetrayerAtari
Rainbow Six Vegas 1 & 2UbiSoft
Trackmania Nations ForeverNadeo
Soldiers: Heroes of World War IICodemasters Vista Patch
SoldatMichal Marcinkowski
Assassins CreedUbiSoft
Command & Conquer 3 [: Kanes Wrath]EA Games
World in ConflictSierra
UplinkIntroversion Software
TurokPropaganda Games
Savage 2: A Tortured SoulS2 Games
The Witcher[:Enhanced Edition]Atari Comments. Patch 1.4 problems-
Starcraft: Brood WarBlizzard Comments.-
Sam & MaxTelltale Games
Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Enemy TerritoryActivision
Need for Speed Most WantedEA Games
Far CryUbiSoft 1.3 to 1.4 doesn't work. (see comment)Install Patch v1.32
Grand Theft Auto San AndreasRockstar Games comments
Chessmaster Grandmaster EditionUbiSoft menu entries aren't created.Run setup in XP SP2 compatibility mode.
Team Fortress Classic / 2VALVe
Need For Speed CarbonEA Games
ContinuumBrilliant Digital Entertainment
Doom 3ID Software
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear SkyTHQ
Kane & Lynch: Dead MenEidos
Lost: Via DomusUbiSoft
Medal of Honor: AirborneEA Games
Unreal Tournament 3 DemoEpic Games't install in Windows Server 2008.See Forum Topic
Requiem: BloodymareGravity Interactive
ROHAN OnlineYNK Interactive
Dance Battle Audition OnlineMMO DEP and Configure IE
MapleStoryNEXON workarounds.See this blog
Age of ConanFuncom
Mass EffectBioWare
UEFA Euro 2008EA Games 2 tutorial
Lost Planet Extreme Condition Colonies EditionCapcom
Lineage II: The Chaotic ThroneNCsoft
Star Wars: Knights of the Old RepublicBioWare
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic IIBioWare Vista fix
Halo 2Microsoft Games't start.See this comment how to get it working!
Perry RhodanBrainGame
Resident Evil 4Capcom
EverQuest II: The Shadow OdysseySony Online Entertainment
Devil May Cry 4Capcom
Alien vs Predator 220th Century Fox graphical errors after start of some levels.-
Postal 2Running With Scissors
Gears of WarMicrosoft Games comment in DEP post
Worms World PartyTeam17 issue-
The ThingBlack Label Games?Yes--
Guitar Hero IIIActivision comments
Painkiller OverdoseDreamCatcher Interactive Control issuesSee comments how to patch it!
The Settlers VI: Raise of EmpireUBISoft Message: Starting this game is prohibited by parental controlRun in Windows XP SP2 Compatibility Mode.
Company of Heroes: Opposing FrontsTHQ about IGameExplorerSee comments
Warhammer Online[: Age of Reckoning (Beta)]Mythic Entertainment experiences: comment 1, 2, 3-
Alone in the Dark 5Atari
Anarchy OnlineFunCom
Ragnarok OnlineGravity issue-
RF OnlineCodemasters DEP
Bionic Commando RearmedCapCom
Race Driver: GRIDCodemasters issue-
SporeEA Games issue-
King's Bounty: The LegendAtari
Space Rangers 2Cinemaware
Divine DivinityLarian Studios
Alpha PrimeBlack Element Software
Far Cry 2UbiSoft
Bully Scholarship EditionRockstar Games, plays on x86; can't play on x64-
Fallout 3Bethesda with ASUS software-
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3EA Games
Call Of Duty 5: World at WarActivision any problems, see this comment
James Bond 007: Quantum of SolaceActivision
Command & Conquer Generals [:Zero Hour]EA Games stuck at loadscreen.See comments
Left 4 DeadValve
Tomb Raider: Anniversary | Legend | UnderworldEidos
Grand Theft Auto IVRockstar Games forum topic
Lego BatmanLego
Dead SpaceEA Games
The Sims 2EA Games
Prince of Persia (2008)UbiSoft
Cryostasis: Sleep of ReasonAction Forms Ltd.
Fifa Manager '09EA Games Fix
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance??Nosee comment (explanation)-
Navy FieldSDEnterNET comments
F.E.A.R. 2 Project OriginVivendi Games
Need for Speed Underground 2EA Games
Babylon 5: I've Found HerTime Warner Entertainment choppy-
Mirror's EdgeEA Games comments-
Mount & BladeParadox Interactive
Rise Of The ArgonautsCodemasters
Saints Row 2THQ need Compatibility Mode
Worms 4: MayhemTeam17
Medal of Honor: Pacific AssaultEA Games Install Guide
Condemned: Criminal OriginsSega
Burnout Paradise The Ultimate BoxCriterion Games
ShellShock 2: Blood TrailsEidos commentsSee comments
Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason1C Company
Blazing AngelsUbiSoft Vista CompatibilitySee comments
Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War IITHQ comment and comment-
X3: Terran ConflictEGOSOFT File not found. x3config.See comments
LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original AdventuresLucasarts
Empire Total WarSega
Dark SectorDigital Extremes
Tom Clancy's HAWXUbiSoft
Beyond Good and EvilUbiSoft
Wanted: Weapons of FateWarner Bros
Unreal Tournament 99Epic Games zeckensack's Glide wrapper
Silent Hill HomecomingKonami Digital Entertainment
Flight Simulator XMicrosoft Games
City of HeroesNCsoft
Sacred 2 - Fallen AngelAscaron Entertainment comment
War RockK2 Network
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher BayAtari comment
Unreal 2: The AwakeningLegend Entertainment comment-
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark AthenaAtari
Velvet AssassinReplay Studios
Zeno ClashACE Team
Commandos 2: Men of CourageEidos patch?
Dungeon Siege: Legends Of ArannaMicrosoft Games comment
Terminator Salvation The GameWarner Bros
Battlefield HeroesEA Games
Call of Juarez: Bound in BloodUbisoft
Street Fighter IVCAPCOM need XP Compatibility mode. (see comment)
The Sims 3EA Games

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353 Responses

  1. 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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Viktor says:

    Warcraft III/The frozen throne does work. You have to manually add “gameux.dll” in your sys folder. Perchance you could add a Guide for that?

    Arris: The file gameux.dll can be downloaded from;8055393;/fileinfo.html. Save it to C:WindowsSystem32

  3. Rob says:

    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

  4. cyn says:

    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.

  5. Fifa 2008 says:

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

  6. Marko says:

    Company of Heroes – Opposing Fronts works

  7. Marko says:

    VLC Media Player works (vlc-0.8.6e-win32)

  8. Marko says:

    Hour of Victory works, but fails to be any good =)

  9. Marko says:

    Sudden Strike 3 works

  10. Marko says:

    Call of Duty 4 confirmed, multiplayer works too…

  11. Nicholas says:

    Guild Wars and Magic Online works in Server 08

  12. Crispin says:

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

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

  13. cyn says:

    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.

  14. silas says:

    FlatOut 2 ?

  15. Sjaak says:

    GTA2 rox!

  16. 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! ๐Ÿ™‚


  17. minime says:

    Wow working better then in Vista

  18. Bob says:

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

  19. 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.

  20. Calamarain says:

    Oblivion. Error about missing gameux.dll, but after clicking ok, it works fine.

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