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'Most Anticipated Games of 2005' - Part 2

by Judy on Feb. 14, 2005 @ 8:12 a.m. PST | Filed under Misc Events - Most Anticipated Games of 2005

You are witnessing Worthplaying history in the making, as we launch "part two" of our most anticipated games of 2005. Yesterday we revealed the bottom half of the top 20, and today we announce what the WP staff considers the 10 most anticipated games for the upcoming year. Head on over to our Most Anticipated Games of 2005 section for the final results!

'Most Anticipated Games of 2005' - Part 1

by Judy on Feb. 13, 2005 @ 1:51 a.m. PST | Filed under Misc Events - Most Anticipated Games of 2005

You are witnessing Worthplaying history in the making, as we launch "part one" of our most anticipated games of 2005. After a few weeks of deliberation, voting and briberies, we have finally completed our top 20, what we think will be some of the most promising games for the upcoming year. We're starting with titles ranked 11-20, so come back tomorrow for the top 10. Head on over to our Most Anticipated Games of 2005 section for the final results!

20. 'Castlevania DS' (NDS)

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2005 @ 12:30 a.m. PST | Filed under Misc Events - Most Anticipated Games of 2005

Soma Cruz – finds himself at the center of a mysterious cult's plan to resurrect their evil lord and master, Dracula. In order to save himself and protect the lives of those he loves, Soma Cruz must infiltrate the enemy's home base, a towering replica of Dracula's castle that is teaming with monstrous creatures. Players' abilities grow and develop as they collect items and gather experience points by defeating enemies.

19. 'Still Life' (Xbox/PC)

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2005 @ 12:30 a.m. PST | Filed under Misc Events - Most Anticipated Games of 2005

Still Life lets you play the role of FBI agent Victoria McPherson. Situated in Chicago, you are on the heels of a serial killer, much like your grandfather did 80 years earlier in Prague (Microids' Post Mortem). By means of flashbacks and timewarps, you will travel to locations like Eastern Europe to interrogate suspects, or North America, to scrutinize dead bodies.

18. 'Destroy All Humans!' (PS2/Xbox)

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2005 @ 12:30 a.m. PST | Filed under Misc Events - Most Anticipated Games of 2005

Use destructive weapons and innate mental powers to take on the most feared enemy in the galaxy - Mankind! Play as Crypto, an alien warrior sent to Earth to infiltrate humanity, control them, harvest their brain stems and ultimately destroy them. You choose the method - infiltration or disintigration!

17. 'Kingdom Hearts 2' (PS2)

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2005 @ 12:30 a.m. PST | Filed under Misc Events - Most Anticipated Games of 2005

Kingdom Hearts II follows Sora, Donald, and Goofy on their continuing quest to find their friends and King Mickey. Sora and friends are joined by a vibrant new cast of characters, including the king himself! In the effort to help Mulan and stop the villain Hades' devious plots, they will encounter countless dangers both familiar and brand-new.

16. 'Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth' (Xbox/PC)

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2005 @ 12:30 a.m. PST | Filed under Misc Events - Most Anticipated Games of 2005

Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth is an eagerly anticipated first-person horror adventure based on the award winning RPG from Chaosium that in turn is based on the writings of the acclaimed American horror author H. P. Lovecraft...

15. 'Battlefield 2' (PC)

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2005 @ 12:30 a.m. PST | Filed under Misc Events - Most Anticipated Games of 2005

Battlefield 2 features immense, richly detailed, destructible environments, from city streets to remote forests, in some of the most notorious hot spots around the world. Each map in Battlefield 2 adjusts in scale to support the number of players in the world, providing the ideal vehicle-to-player ratio and an optimized game play experience. Enhanced team play features allow players to enter the action on the front lines as part of a formal squad, or work behind the scenes in Commander Mode to direct the strategic assaults of their team mates. With in-game success, players increase their rank from recruit all the way to General and unlock awards, including new weapons, vehicle decals, medals, and more.

14. 'GTA: San Andreas' (Xbox/PC)

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2005 @ 12:30 a.m. PST | Filed under Misc Events - Most Anticipated Games of 2005

Five years ago Carl Johnson escaped from the pressures of life in Los Santos, San Andreas. On his return to the neighborhood, a couple of corrupt cops frame him for homicide. CJ is forced on a journey that takes him across the entire state of San Andreas, to save his family and to take control of the streets.

13. 'Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30' (PS2/Xbox/PC)

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2005 @ 12:30 a.m. PST | Filed under Misc Events - Most Anticipated Games of 2005

Created by Texas-based Gearbox Software, Brothers in Arms is the most realistic and authentic WWII shooter ever. While other WWII games have sugarcoated the war experience, Brothers in Arms is based on a true story and will immerse gamers into the gritty, uncensored and emotionally-charged side of war.

12. 'Forza' (Xbox)

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2005 @ 12:30 a.m. PST | Filed under Misc Events - Most Anticipated Games of 2005

Forza Motorsport gives Xbox gamers who are passionate about cars and racing the opportunity to own, customize, and race their favorite cars in a realistic driving simulation. From sport compacts to LeMans prototypes, players use earnings from hundreds of races to buy upgrades and aftermarket parts so they can transform real production cars into high-performance race cars.

11. 'F.E.A.R.' (PC)

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2005 @ 12:30 a.m. PST | Filed under Misc Events - Most Anticipated Games of 2005

An unidentified paramilitary force infiltrates a multi-billion dollar aerospace compound, the government responds by sending in Special Forces, but loses contact as an eerie signal interrupts radio communications. When the interference subsides moments later, the team has been literally torn apart. Your mission is simple: Eliminate the intruders at any cost. Determine the origin of the signal. And contain this crisis before it spirals out of control.

10. 'S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl' (PC)

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2005 @ 12:30 a.m. PST | Filed under Misc Events - Most Anticipated Games of 2005

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. provides players with dynamic gameplay of fast and tough combats, where you face intelligent enemies, wield a diversity of weapons, control machinery, in a team based story-driven single player game, and multiplayer with numerous modes.

9. 'Final Fantasy XII' (PS2)

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2005 @ 12:30 a.m. PST | Filed under Misc Events - Most Anticipated Games of 2005

Final Fantasy XII shakes the series to its core with the introduction of a unique new combat system, while still honoring the franchise's reputation for epic storytelling, incredible spectacle, and compelling characters. Final Fantasy XII is undeniably FF, but it's also something completely different.

8. 'Doom 3' (Xbox)

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2005 @ 12:30 a.m. PST | Filed under Misc Events - Most Anticipated Games of 2005

Built on id's revolutionary new 3D graphics engine, DOOM III draws players into the most frightening and gripping 3D gaming experience ever created.

7. 'Devil May Cry 3' (PS2)

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2005 @ 12:30 a.m. PST | Filed under Misc Events - Most Anticipated Games of 2005

Devil May Cry 3 unfolds an earlier chapter in Dante's history, before the original Devil May Cry, to the fateful clash between Sparda's twin sons, divided by the divergence of their chosen paths.

6. 'Killer 7' (NGC)

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2005 @ 12:30 a.m. PST | Filed under Misc Events - Most Anticipated Games of 2005

Years have passed; violence and instability have started to beleaguer developed nations. People with crazed and distorted smiles are appearing throughout the world. Anyone with this "Heaven's Smile" becomes violent and begins attacking anybody within close proximity. Now these crazed soldiers have started to overthrow huge city governments and have even taken the life of Harman's beloved Suzy. It is up to the player to utilize the special powers that dwell within Harman's seven "partners" to assassinate the powerful underworld kingpin behind it all, Kun Lan.

5. 'Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion' (PS3/X360/PC)

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2005 @ 12:30 a.m. PST | Filed under Misc Events - Most Anticipated Games of 2005

Oblivion is the quintessential role-playing game for the next generation and another leap forward in gaming. Step inside the most richly detailed and vibrant game-world ever created. With a powerful combination of freeform gameplay and unprecedented graphics, you can unravel the main quest at your own pace or explore the vast world and find your own challenges.

4. 'The Legend of Zelda' (NGC)

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2005 @ 12:30 a.m. PST | Filed under Misc Events - Most Anticipated Games of 2005

When an evil darkness enshrouds the land of Hyrule, a young farm boy named Link must awaken the hero...and the animal...within.

3. 'Splinter Cell 3: Chaos Theory' (NGC/PS2/Xbox/PC)

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2005 @ 12:30 a.m. PST | Filed under Misc Events - Most Anticipated Games of 2005

In Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory, the year is 2008. Citywide blackouts, stock exchange sabotage, electronic hijacking of national defense systems: This is information warfare. To prevent such attacks, operatives must infiltrate hostile territory and aggressively collect critical intelligence, getting closer than ever to enemy soldiers.

2. 'Dreamfall: The Longest Journey 2' (PC)

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2005 @ 12:30 a.m. PST | Filed under Misc Events - Most Anticipated Games of 2005

Dreamfall continues the story of one of the most critically acclaimed adventure games ever made, and will bring adventure gaming into a new era. Focusing on story and characters, Dreamfall features unparalleled 3D visuals, advanced character animations, stunning audio, and innovative gameplay - wrapped in a unique and magical ambience.

1. 'Jade Empire' (Xbox)

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2005 @ 12:30 a.m. PST | Filed under Misc Events - Most Anticipated Games of 2005

Set in the ancient, mysterious world of mythical China, players train under their master's watchful eye and learn powerful martial arts and mystical powers. When danger threatens, players travel across the world, from the harsh mountains of the Land of Howling Spirits to the lush gardens of the Imperial City. In their adventures, players face powerful human and supernatural foes, learn exotic and magical martial arts, and discover the darkest secrets of the world. Only by mastering the greatest fighting styles and defeating the most powerful enemies will players earn their place as a master of martial arts in the