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Last Updated: Friday, 7 January, 2005, 16:45 GMT
The gaming world in 2005
By Daniel Etherington
BBC Collective

If you have finished Doom 3, Half Life 2 and Halo 2, don't worry. There's a host of gaming gems set for release in 2005.

WORLD OF WARCRAFT

World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft is a massively multiplayer online role playing game
The US reception to this game from developers Blizzard has been hugely enthusiastic, with the title topping its competitors in the area of life-eating, high-fantasy, massively multiplayer role-player gaming.

Solid, diverse, accessible and visually striking, it may well open up the genre like never before. If nothing else, it will develop a vast and loyal community.

Released 25 February on PC.

ICO 2 (WORKING TITLE)

Ico remains a benchmark for PS2 gaming, a title that took players into a uniquely atmospheric and artistic world of adventure.

The (spiritual) sequel has visuals that echo those of the original, but promises to expand the Ico world, with hero Wanda taking on a series of giants. The other known working title is Wanda And Colossus.

Release date to be confirmed on PS2.

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA

Zelda
Zelda is one of Nintendo's most important franchises
The charismatic cel imagery has been scrapped in favour of a dark, detailed aesthetic (realism isn't quite the right word) that connects more with Ocarina Of Time.

Link resumes his more teenage incarnation too, though enemies, elements and moves look familiar from the impressive trailer that has been released. Horseback adventuring across a vast land is promised.

Release date to be confirmed on GameCube.

ADVANCE WARS DS

The UK Nintendo DS launch line-up is still to be confirmed at time of writing, but titles that exploit its two-screen and touch capacity, like WarioWare Touched! and Sega's Feel The Magic, are making a strong impression in other territories.

Personally, I can't wait for the latest Advance Wars, the franchise that has been the icing on the cake of Nintendo handheld gaming during the past few years.

Release date to be confirmed on DS.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

Stalker
Stalker will make use of high-end graphics cards
Following in the high-spec footsteps of Far Cry and Half-Life 2, this looks like the key upcoming PC first-person shooter (with role-playing elements).

The fact that it is inspired in part by Andrei Tarkovsky's enigmatic 1979 masterpiece Stalker and set in 2012 in the disaster zone, a world of decay and mutation, makes it all the more intriguing.

Released 1 March on PC.

METAL GEAR SOLID: SNAKE EATER
Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater
Snake returns in a new Metal Gear adventure

More Hideo Kojima serious stealth, featuring action in the Soviet-controlled jungle in 1964.

The game see Snake having to survive on his wits in the jungle, including eating wildlife. Once again, expect cinematic cut scenes and polished production values.

Released March on PS2.

DEAD OR ALIVE ULTIMATE

Tecmo's Team Ninja are back with retooled and revamped versions of Dead Or Alive 1 and 2. Here's the big, big deal though - they're playable over Xbox Live.

Released 11 March on Xbox.

KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC II

Looks set to build on the acclaimed original Star Wars role playing game with new characters, new Force powers and a new set of moral decisions, despite a different developer.

Released 11 February on Xbox and PC.




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