March’s Gaming Lineup (Part 1)
March 4, 2013

March’s Gaming Lineup (Part 1)

This year is shaping up to be one of the biggest years in gaming in a while, with March being one of the biggest months of gaming history. Here, I’m going to take you through a preview of some of the month’s biggest titles.

2013 will mark the beginning of the end of this console generation and ring in the new Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4 machines. Many developers are finishing out the last leg of this generation with a bang, filling March with a slew of blockbuster games. This 3-part post will guide you through the ins-and-outs of big titles to look out for as this month goes on.

Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja STORM 3 is a direct sequel to beat-em up fighter Ultimate Ninja STORM GENERATIONS, which I talked about a few weeks back. It’s based around Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto manga. The story of the game will kick off where Generations left off at the Five Kages Summit and delve deep into Fourth Great Ninja War arc. The cast will be the biggest in the STORM series yet with over 80+ characters, plus assist characters and different awakening forms. One big focus for CyberConnect2 this time around is the multi-opponent story mode fights and bringing back epic, gigantic boss battles from STORM 2. The game features beautifully rendered 3D cut-scenes that depict the events of the manga, complete with quicktime events that require special button combinations and unlockable secret videos that flesh out the story even more. This game is definitely one to look forward to, and will be released for Xbox 360 and PS3 on March 5, 2013.

Tomb Raider serves as a total reboot to Crystal Dynamic’s series of the same name. The game’s plot focuses greatly on reconstructing Lara Croft’s origins as a hardened survivor. In this title, a young Lara Croft is seeking to make her mark by travelling on the Endurance, a ship sailing in dangerous waters. The ship is struck by a violent storm, stranding Lara and several survivors from the crash across an island in the Dragon’s Triangle, where she must fend for herself against nature, animals, and mercenaries. Tomb Raider will be an open-world action-survival game with RPG elements such as side-quests and skill upgrades. It also features a multiplayer mode with game types similar to the Uncharted series. After being delayed, the game is also set to release for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC on March 5, 2013, but is already available in Australia as of March 1.

SimCity makes its valiant return with its first title in over 5 years. For those not familiar with the series, this game is a simulator where you play as the mayor of your own city. You plan projects, design districts and sign bills to create and run your ideal society. You learn to deal with problems in the community, such as lack of entertainment spots or proper plumbing. With their new GlassBox Engine, developer Maxis says that problems in your city will be much easier to identify. One example given is a traffic jam building up to demonstrate your city’s lack of roads. SimCity will also feature a multiplayer mode where you and your friends can build your cities on the same map. This game will also release on March 5 for PC and Mac OS X computers.

This is part 1 of a 3-part post. Check back later to read the rest!

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