What we are looking forward to in 2004


posted 1/26/2004 by The GN Staff
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Beatmania IIDX 7th Style (PS2) I don’t know if it’s fair to put a Japanese game in here but I am going to do it anyway. If you’re a fan of Bemani games like DDR and such then you’ve no doubt heard about some of the other games, like Beatmania. This DJ Simulator is a ton of fun to play and the last release 6th Style has now hit a stale point after being out for nearly two years. The amount of effort it took to get this game made shows how dedicated fans are to the series (Konami wanted 20,000 preorders in 3 weeks time, available only to ship to a Japanese address with COD charges).

Star Ocean 3: Till the End of Time for PS2 It seems like this game is never going to come out, but I’m still waiting with baited breath for this RPG. Star Ocean 2 was a great PS1 title and ever since the first screen shots this has been on my “Must Have” list. The battle system looks fantastic and I’m waiting on the story just to keep it a secret to myself, no spoilers for me, no sir.

Silent Hill 4: The Room for PS2 Akira Yamaoka has to have quite a sick and twisted mind to be able to follow up the awesome Silent Hill 3 with another game just a year later. With a new lead character and some even more disturbing character designs, this looks to be the freakiest Silent Hill ever. This game can’t come out soon enough if you ask me.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles for GameCube Final Fantasy makes a return to Nintendo and I look forward to this one greatly. I’ve already got my Saturday’s off for the next couple of months for some awesome four-player action. Be sure to get this one with a GBA and three other friends in order to get the most out of this game.

A new Dance Dance Revolution game for either PS2 or Xbox DDR has come a long way in the states, I remember when Palace Park in Irvine, CA was the only place the actually had a machine, people would drive from miles away to see the wacky dancing game. Now that DDR has become less of a niche titles it’s getting some quality music. Hopefully the next iteration on Xbox will be up to snuff to compete with the PS2 version for my dancing dollars.

Tyler Sager – Staff Writer
As usual, my list of Most Wanted games for the current year consists mainly of games that slipped from the previous one. Although I’m not really a big first-person fan, my top two games are from that category: Half-life 2 (PC) and Thief 3 (PC). Half-life 2 has some very big shoes to fill, and I can’t help but worry that too-high expectations will make this a bit of a disappointment. Thief 3 also has a lot to live up to, with the previous two titles being the most immersive games I’ve ever had the pleasure to play. While I’m excited about both of these new titles, I’m also a bit anxious about the growing trend in these sort of PC games—namely that they are designed to be easily ported to (or from) a console game, and so lose something. Another intriguing title that slipped from 2003 is Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance 2 (PS2). The original dungeon-crawler was a blast to play, and from what I’ve seen of this next title, it’ll continue that tradition. While the future of this franchise seems in limbo due to the closing of Black Isle, hopefully this promising title made it through unscathed. Moving on to adventure titles, LucasArts is bringing back two of my all-time favorite characters with Sam & Max 2 (PC). Canine and rabbity crime-fighting goodness await! Finally, I’ll round out my list with what I believe to be an extremely unlikely-to-be-released-in-2004 title. But I would be The Happiest Boy if this title actually made it our way before the year ended: Kingdom Hearts 2 (PS2).
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