09/01/04 - Half Life 2
Not much explanation needed for this one. The multiplayer mods that spawn from this engine will likely be very big. Counter Strike: Source (Source is the name of the HL2 3D engine) is already being played in some cyber cafand word is that its pretty decent. I could put together a Lan Party around this one and feel good about it. Plus as someone who completed the single player of original I am really looking forward to the storyline as well.
09/14/04 - The Sims 2
I am not really sure why I even list this one. I played the original and found nothing fun about doing the annoying tedious things I have to do day in and day out (taking out the trash, making my bed, etc). Well at least this one's in 3D and has alien abductions. The sequel to one of the best selling series ever should probably be listed and I will probably begrudgingly end up playing it at some point just so I can say that I have. And who knows Sid Meyer is the man after all.
09/20/04 - Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War
We need at least one RTS on this list and unfortunately since Empire Earth 2 wont hit until early next year this is pretty much it. However it has a great deal of potential. I am a fan of the Warhammer world admittedly which is partially why this title showed up on this list. With bizzarro features like being able to customize the look of your army (i.e. paint) this might end up with more in common with the tabletop game than it seems. I have read good things about it thus far but admittedly It will likely suck just like every other warhammer franchised computer game I have played. Heres hoping that I am wrong.
09/21/04 - Star Wars Battlefront
Talk about your reasons to LAN. I am really excited about this one for some reason. Combine the star wars license with 1942 like gameplay, over 30 vehicles (x-wing,y-wing,tie fighter, AT-STs, speeder bikes, etc) and 4 factions ranging both trilogies (separatists, clone army, rebels, empire). Sounds like multiplayer mayhem to me. Bet on a LAN party late September, early October.
09/22/04 - Rome: Total War
Ok so I lied about warhammer being the only RTS but truth be told these total war games are more like large scale battle simulators than RTS games (whats the difference you ask? I have no idea I say). The total war series is all about packing tons of troops on the field in formations and letting terrain actually have a factor in the battle. Rome apparently pushes the engine to its limits. Besides Hannibal is one of my all time favorite generals (even though in the end Carthage lossesBadly) a chance at playing a simulation of the Battle of Cannae using the total war engine has me excited.
09/28/04 - Evil Genius
This one admittedly is a bit wacky and its a bit not necessary for the list considering the shear number of September titles that are looking cool. However who doesnt want to play the role of a Dr. Evil like tyrant? Anyone... Anyone. Yeah I thought so. You get to build lasers on the moon, develop highly destructive technology and hire henchmen to protect your secret underwater lair. You must be joking! More fun could not be found unless they added midget clones. This ones probably not everyones cup of tea and its not multiplayer but it looks fun none the less.
10/05/04 - Men of Valor
Ok I know we are all sick of Vietnam games but wait a second. Remember a couple of years ago when we were all sick of WW2 games and then Call of Duty came along? Yup same deal here, this one is created by the same people that did Call of Duty. Multiplayer for Call of Duty was great but I personally think the single player was one the best FPS single player games I have played. If anyone can breathe life into the Vietnam shooter genre then 2015 can. Chalk this one up for another LAN party hopeful.
10/11/04 - The Matrix Online
As a City of Heroes fan I had to at least mention this one. I think its coming out too late to really be picked up by anyone in this group. Its sandwiched between too many good titles. Its boasts a huge world and a skill based system. I would probably have tried it if it had been released in July but given the title that follows it my chances of playing it are well, truthfully, nil L.
10/12/04 - Tribes Vengeance
Yep this is biggy for us. Many a wife has lost their husband for the day to LAN party where Tribes 2 was the star. Hopefully this iteration wont be so buggy. Gameplay I hear is largely the same except for the addition of some vehicles and a grappling hook(??? Yeah that was my reaction). October 12 is a Tuesday so that puts our first LAN day with this title at October 16th. Mark it down, I am so going down like a presidential intern for this one.(*ERROR: shit talk filter malfunction*) Crap, I mean your so going down like a .. ahh nevermind.
11/01/04 - Dragon Empires
A decent looking fantasy MMORPG. This unfortunately is another case where it proximity with other titles (WOW/EQ2) will likely be its downfall. Again I say I might have played it in July.
11/09/04 - Medal of Honor Pacific Assault
Medal of Honor was one of the first really great WW2 shooters. Unfortunately the team that did it largely up and left and started 2015 (giving us call of duty) but some of the talent remained. I am kind of torn on this one. I think its proximity to tribes and eq2 will mean its largely ignored by us unless its something very special. Multiplayer for this one better be something spectacular. Originally it was slated for a 09/20 release but it got pushed back. That may be the nail in its coffin as far as me playing it.
11/15/04 - Everquest 2
This date is far from assured but it definitly seems more likely than any other and its been put forth by more than one source. The sequel to the game that sucked our souls and left us nearly divorced is back. Let me just say that I have zero desire to throw hours and hours at a retarded level time sink. However I suffer from stupidity so I will be playing anyway. I am sure my ADD will kick in and keep me from playing more than a month or two but for that month I will be in hardcore gaming nirvana. Mark your calendars folks, were heading back to Norath.
12/07/04 - World of Warcraft
I was really hoping WoW would hit before EQ2 (it still may as both of the dates for these games are not 100%), but even if it doesnt I will likely give it a shot. If WoW actually turns out to be the more casual gamer friendly of the two games I may actually enjoy it more. If its PvP system turns out to be well done and balanced then I may actually invest some serious time into it. At this point it looks as if wow has more ground to cross but never underestimate Sonys uncanny ability to alienate their customers. I am not sure any of us will ever commit the time we did in the past to these games but if there were ever any games on the horizon that posed a threat to our relationships with our significant others then EQ2 or WoW are it. Be the warned! Now Gibber to meh my Betaz!!!.
Thats what we got. I am sure I missed a few but I think frankly thats plenty. Its gonna be a good fall meesa tinks.