The build up of games continues this month with another epic monsoon of must-haves. Top of most peoples lists this month is going to be either Mass Effect 3 or Street Fighter X Tekken (possibly both, but they are out on the same day!) Mass Effect 3 hopes to recreate Mass Effect 2’s critical success while exceeding it’s commercial success. A tough order, but EA are no doubt betting on the wider variety of play options (you can play it totally like an action game or an RPG or indeed a mix!) and an online co-op mode to help snag new fans.
Meanwhile Streetfighter X Tekken boasts one of the biggest unique character rosters outside of Warriors Orochi (that would be the Dynasty/Samurai Warriors mash-up) and a game that has had every fighting game fan drooling since its announcement so long ago. I had a chance to play this at the Eurogamer Expo and I am so looking forward to playing it again.
Other releases this month are no smaller with Snake Eater on 3DS, Ninja Gaiden 3 and Aliens: Colonial Marines all seeing releases this month. For anyone who’s finished Dynasty Warriors Xtreme Legends 7 (Yeah, right!), Warriors Orochi 3 comes out at the end of the month with over a 120 characters! This time guest stars from Ninja Gaiden, Troy and Bladestorm are also featured.
I also had a slight surprise when looking through the new releases this month (it doesn’t happen often) 2009’s X-blades is getting a surprise sequel. Dropping name and the cel shaded, anime look, but keeping the skimpy outfitted protagonist the game sees a near simultaneous worldwide release this month as Blades of Time.
Full Release List
- SSX (PS3/X360)
- Mario Party 9 (Wii)
- Mortal Kombat: Komplete (PS3/X60)
- Mass Effect 3 (PC/PS3/X60)
- Street Fighter X Tekken (PS3/X360)
- Sims 3: Showtime (PC)
- Unit 13 (Vita)
- Twisted Metal (PS3)
- MGS: Snake Eater 3D (3DS)
- Asura’s Wrath (PS3/X360)
- JASF (PC/PS3/X360)
- Lego Harry Potter (Vita)
- Wicked Monsters! Blast (Wii)
- FIFA Street (PS3/X360)
- Birds of Steel (PS3/X360)
- Cabela’s Big Game Hunter 2012 (PS3/X360/Wii)
- Blades of Time (PS3/X360)
- Ben 10: Galactic Racing (Vita/3DS)
- Yakuza Dead Souls (PS3)
- Captain Morgane & The Golden Turtle (PS3/Wii/DS/PC)
- Saint Seiya: Sanctuary Battle (PS3)
- RE: Operation Raccoon City (PS3/X360)
- TW: Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai (PC)
- Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS)
- Ninja Gaiden 3 (PS3/X360)
- Azada (3DS)
- Armoured Core 5 (PS3/X360)
- Kinect Rush (Kinect)
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 (PS3/X360/Wii)
- Aliens: Colonial Marines (PC/PS3/X360)
- Naruto Shippuden: Generations (PS3/X360)
- Ridge Racer: Unbounded (PC/PS3/X360)
- Warriors Orochi 3 (PS3/X360)
- Rayman Origins (PC/3DS)
- Inversion (PS3/X360)
Honestly, I’m still playing Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, but Mass Effect 3 is a day one purchase regardless. Street Fighter X Tekken may have to wait until I’m done with SoulCalibur V (which won’t be long – SCV is a very limited and unbalanced game). Warriors Orochi 3 may also have to wait on Dynasty Warriors Xtreme Legends 7, but Ninja Gaiden 3 may also be a swift purchase. What are you planning on buying right away? Let’s not forget games like Asura’s Wrath and Yakuza: Dead Souls are also coming out this month.