I’m surprised. March is usually bursting full of games, this years offering seems somewhat slim. There’s still plenty of high profile titles, but the impact overall seems lessened. Perhaps the recent announcement of the PS4 and the impending announcement of the new Xbox has taken the shine off next month somewhat.
The month opens strongly with Tomb Raider. I’ll say it – I’m totally not sold on Tomb Raider. It may look great and according to many reviews it does its business with polish and style – but frankly, it’s not Tomb Raider. The focus has shifted more onto the action, bringing it over to the same genre as Uncharted, losing its puzzle and exploration focus entirely. But I’m sure it will do well regardless.
The middle of the month sees exclusive heavy weights God of War Ascension and Gears of war Judgement releasing side by side. These ought to be massive titles – but both take place as prequels, with the main trilogies already over and wrapped up. Certainly both games will have to be bought and played…but maybe not right away.
Bioshock Infinite seems like one of the most interesting games of the month. Because Ken Levine talks such utter garbage, I’ve been careful to avoid all stories about it, but I’ve seen enough to pique my interest. Bioshock 1’s method of delivering its story meant that I was never quite drawn into it. I’m willing to give Bioshock Infinite a chance though. The setting and characters look very interesting.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultra makes its way to Wii U and 3DS this month. It’s questionable whether it will really catch on with people here – the PSP Monster Hunters were massive, but still struggled to really get lots of sales in the UK.
The Vita gets some ported love in the form of Ninja Gaiden 2 Sigma Plus and Dead or Alive 5 Plus both ported over to its small, perfectly formed screen. Both games have lots of bells and whistles to entice players to try them again and DoA5 even comes with cross-platform online. With the announcement of Dead or Alive 5 being given free on PS3 as part of PSPlus, the new adopters on Vita should have plenty of opponents.
- Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus (Vita)
- Tomb Raider (PC/PS3/X360)
- DMC: Vergil’s Downfall (PC, PSN, XBL)
- Sim City (PC)
- Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk (PS3)
- Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (PS3/X360)
- Castlevania: Mirror of Fate (3DS)
- Star Craft 2: Heart of the Swarm (PC)
- Darkstalkers Ressurection (PSN/XBL)
- God of War: Ascension (PS3)
- Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 (PS3/X360)
- Hyperdimention Neptunia: Victory (PS3)
- Gears of War: Judgement (X360)
- Dead or Alive 5 Plus (Vita)
- Trials Evolution Gold (PC)
- Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (WiiU/3DS)
- Need for Speed: Most Wanted (WiiU)
- Bioshock Infinite (PC/PS3/X360)
- Raven’s Cry (PC/PS3/X360)
- Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel (Ps3/X360)
- The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (PS3/X360)
- Sly Cooper: Theives in Time (PS3)
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 (PS3/X360)
- Hello Kitty Picnic (3Ds)
- Luigi’s Mansion 2 (3DS)