- Staff Writer
This year doesn’t look as exciting for gaming as 2004 did, although I might be pleasantly surprised. Actually, a bit of a breather would be a good thing, as I didn’t have nearly enough time to work though all the amazing titles from last year. Still, there are plenty of noteworthy releases planned for the upcoming months, and quite a few have me impatiently waiting.
First off, Sony’s PSP is piquing my interest. While I haven’t seen my “must buy” title for the system yet, I’m sure it’ll just be a matter of time. Assuming no major hardware glitches or system shortages, I’m sure this will be one of the hottest things going this year, and I’m sure I’ll be a few hundred dollars poorer in the near future.
Looking to Sony’s other platform, I see one of my most highly anticipated games of 2005—Kingdom Hearts 2
. I’m currently working my way through Chain of Memories, and that’s just fuelling my hunger for the next installment in this incredible series. I just hope this one manages to hold onto its release date, and doesn’t fall into 2006.
On the PC side of things, Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich
is looking fantastic. I had a blast with the first, and can’t wait to get back into the campy, four-color superhero squad-based strategy.
Once I give my computer a bit of a tune-up, I’ll be ready for the PC version of Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords
. I still haven’t run the Dark Side on the first game, but I may have to fire that back up and give it a go in preparation for the sequel. With RPGs a little sparse lately, I’m ready to sink my teeth back into some Bioware goodness.
Finally, Galactic Civilizations 2
is opening a beta in the next few months. I’m not sure if the final version will be here before the end of the year, but I would be a very happy boy indeed if it was. The beta alone will most likely keep me addicted for more hours than is probably healthy.
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