A Look Ahead At 2005


posted 1/25/2005 by The GN Staff
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Cyril Lachel - Staff Writer

1. Sony’s PSP - Anybody that knows me knows that I am a sucker for both portable games and brand new hardware, so it’s almost as if Sony read my mind when coming up with their PSP. Not only does it appear to be light years ahead of anything else on the portable market (even the recently released Nintendo DS), but it also does just about everything you could possibly want. It plays music, it let’s you watch movies, it’s even a portable photo album, the PSP does it all. But knowing all that is fine and good, I’m most excited about the brand new line up of games; especially WipEout Pure, Twisted Metal, Grand Theft Auto, and a brand new Metal Gear game. But even if all of those games fail to live up to expectations, the PSP marks a change in the portable market and I am excited to see where it goes from here.

2. Racing Games - Outside of Burnout 3 and Rallisport 2, 2004 was a mediocre year for racers at best. But things appear to be different this year, thanks to at least three major profile racers that will surely set a new high water mark for speed freaks like me. No matter what system you own (unless it’s the GameCube) you’re going to have head over heels for this year’s line up. For one thing, we finally have the release of Gran Turismo 4, a game that has been in development for what seems like forever and just not getting it’s release. On the Xbox there’s Forza Motoresport, which will show off the Xbox Live better than any other racer on the market. And if you’re not into traditional races, there’s always Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition, the sequel to 2003’s best racing game. I’m looking forward to all three and can’t wait to see what these companies can pull out of a hat.

3. God of War - I love adventure games, but these days they never seem epic enough and always seem to go over the same terrain a lot. But God of War is different, it promises to take you places you have never seen with graphics that are so good they can’t possibly be running on a PlayStation 2. And I’m not just talking about amazing level designs and highly detailed graphics, the bosses and foes are stunning, easily the best reason to play this game. Although I have only seen the demo, I can honestly say that this is shaping up to be one of the best games of the year. Plus, it’s made by the same guy who gave us the revival of car combat games (Twisted Metal Black) and one of the few good Disney games (Mickey Mania). How can this go wrong?

4. Xbox Next - Last year it seemed all but certain that the next generation Xbox would launch in 2005, but with only months to go it’s anybody’s guess what is actually going to happen. But no matter whether Microsoft is actually able to get the system out or not, 2005 is going to prove to be an exciting year for people charting the next generation battle. We’re going to learn a lot about the future in a very short amount of time. What games will it play? What format will it use? Will it be online from the get-go? What about a hard drive? How much better are the games going to look? These are just a few of the questions I have about the system, questions that will surely be answered the closer we get to the end of the year.

5. Wonderfalls DVD - That’s right; my final pick for 2005 is not a game at all. It’s a TV series that just about nobody saw, but everybody should check out. Wonderfalls is the story of Jayne, a young gift shop worker who really isn’t happy with how her life is turning out. But then one day her stuffed animal starts talking to her and giving her suggestions and clues … only to find out that they mean something. Is Jayne crazy? Is it God, or something much more sinister? I actually don’t know, because Fox decided to kill the show only four episodes in. Now on DVD you can see the four episodes they aired as well as the nine they decided to scrap. Sure it’s quirky, but it was one of the most creative shows on TV and well worth checking out on DVD in February. There are a lot of DVDs I want, but few more than Wonderfalls.
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