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Reinventing Franchises
Metal Gear Solid, Castlevania, Silent Hill-new faces of Konami favorites
 
Though not slated for release until 2004, Metal Gear Solid 3 for PS2 has gamers riled already. With new gameplay, new characters, and some stunning plot twists, developer Hideo Kojima is sure not to disappoint. There's also Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes for GameCube coming out this winter brings the franchise to Nintendo's console.
 
But if you need more Kojima and can't wait for the next MGS, take your GameBoy Advance out into the sun with Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand. Hideo Kojima's vampire-hunting game includes solar sensors, so if you're playing at high noon, your slayer has boosted powers, but if it's dark outside, the enemies will be harder to defeat.
 
A prequel to the game that hooked a lot of us on side scrollers, Castlevania: Lament of Innocence for PS2 takes players back to the 11th century as they control Leon Belmont in 3D as he attempts to rescue his love from the evil hold of Dracula and his minions.
 
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the survival horror genre, Konami's bringing out Silent Hill 3. Creepy and cool, the game uses frightening sights and sounds that will have gamers on the edge of their couch.
 
A little less on the dark and scary side, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for all platforms features cell-shaded 3D fighting with everyone's favorite half-shell heroes. Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello take on the Shredder with an incredible variety of hand-to-hand combat moves.
 
It's time to start singing and dancing with Dance Dance Revolution coming out for Xbox and DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution and Karaoke Revolution for PS2 on their way. Your downstairs neighbors can't wait!
 
Move over Cagney and Lacey and make room for Ice and Aska, heroines of Cy Girls, an action law enforcement game for the PS2. The ladies lay down the law with explosive firepower and martial artistry as they battle an evil (is there any other kind?) crime syndicate.
 
Konami's longest running shooting franchise is headed to the PS2 with Gradius V. It's a return to a classic style of gameplay as players take the Vic Viper space ship through this visually stunning world.
 
Todd McFarlane's Monster action figures come to life in McFarlane's Evil Prophecy for PS2. Players must face off against more than 150 monsters, including Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, and a werewolf.
 
There's plenty more at Konami's booth this year, including two new Frogger games, a Silent Scope collection for Xbox, and an action firefighting game for PS2.
 
-By Joel Strauch
 
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