Malcolm Owen On January 2, 2003 at 6:10 am

2003 is going to be a great year for games. Ok, I could be lying, seeing as though Duke Nukem Forever is on it’s 78th decade of being created, with everyone expecting it to be released soon, only for it to be kept behind to be worked on more. But there are many other games out there to be excited about. Here is our top 5 list of games that we expect to be released before the end of the year that makes us all happy and giggle like schoolgirls at a Backstreet Boys concert.

5. Tron 2.0
Disney were on to something with that film of theirs. At a time when people were wondering what was happening inside the beige boxes of domination, Disney gave them a look through their technicolor microscope, to discover that little people really did exist. To make things more interesting, some moron got hit by a laser and got "digitised" (I am so close to saying "Digivolve" there) and sucked into the tiny world. The public loved it, hoping that Disney would continue in the same way, making learning about new things fun. Sadly they didn’t, instead going in the direction of The Little Mermaid and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Cue Tron 2.0, the followup to the film. In fact, come to think of it, it IS the film, but with a different story, and different characters, and it’s interactive instead of flickering images that can’t be changed.
Can’t wait for it!

4. Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance
Every Playstation 2 owner and their dog has played Metal Gear Solid 2. Most of the world’s population have heard about the original Metal Gear Solid, many having played it of course. But sadly, there will always be that extreme minority who hasn’t played a Metal Gear Solid game at all. It’s a good thing that MGS2:Substance will be coming out then.
MGS2:Substance is basically MGS2 with knobs on. A ton of extra VR Missions, a "Snakes Tales" option, and for reasons unknown to anyone except KCE Tokyo and Konami, there have been glimpses of Snake on a skateboard, a la Tony Hawk.

3. Halo: Combat Evolved
This is the game that forced people to buy Xbox consoles by the dozen. Originally it was slated for a PC release, but then those people at Microsoft got hold on it and refused to let go, wanting even more money so they could become three or four times the company that they already are. PC users were a bit upset by this. Now, after what seems like eons, Halo is now heading onto the PC, under the watchful eye of Gearbox (famed for that Half-Life add-on pack that no-one really uses any more).

2. Doom III
It’s Doom III.
It’s scary, it looks great, How much more do you want to know?

1. Black and White 2
Peter Molyneux gave unto this world Black and White. Now he is giving us Black and White 2. Before, the game turned out to be one huge and expensive tamagotchi, where people would toy with their beast rather than complete the rather feeble challenges that awaited their viewing.
This time, you return to your world, only to discover that the little people you impressed have started inventing stuff and going on holy wars and other such stuff. It’s your job to guide them to a new future, be it good (aka no fighting) or evil (aka running at the enemy and smacking the hell out of them)
The game has suddenly gone from being a "God Toy" and has grown up a fair bit, nestling in the heavens of the genre "Real Time Strategy".
Oh yeah, and the creatures are back too.

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