March’s Gaming Lineup (Part 3)
March 7, 2013

March’s Gaming Lineup (Part 3)

This post is the final post in a 3-part series. You can read the first two here and here.

As we bring this guide to a close, I want to talk about two of the titles that I think will make some of the most money this month. These two titles already have something going for them because their predecessors were so successful. I expect these games to be taking center stage in a few weeks.

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is the sequel to Nintendo’s Gamecube hit, Luigi’s Mansion. The original game had Luigi taking a trip through a haunted mansion looking for Mario. In this game, Luigi visits Professor E. Gadd, whose lab is in a place called Evershade Valley, where he studies friendly ghosts. Somehow, Evershade Valley’s Dark Moon is shattered, and the ghosts become strangely hostile. It’s up to Luigi to visit the multiple mansions in Evershade Valley and collect the pieces of the Dark Moon and restore peace to the valley. In order to combat the ghosts in the original Luigi’s Mansion, Luigi is given the Poltergust, a vacuum cleaner for ghosts. Dark Moon uses this same formula and develops it a little bit more for the 3DS. Luigi must hit the ghost with a flashbang-like stroboscope to stun the ghosts and then struggle to suck the ghost into the Poltergust. In addition to fighting ghosts, Dark Moon includes puzzles you can solve using your stroboscope and Poltergust. This game also includes a multplayer “ScareScraper,” where players visit several floors of a huge mansion and complete the objective and move to another floor. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon hits the U.S. March 24, 2013.

Bioshock Infinite is a spiritual successor to Irrational Games’s Bioshock, and Bioshock 2. While Infiinite shares similar gameplay styles as the first, the story is completely unrelated. In this game, you play as Booker DeWitt in 1912 during the period of American Exceptionalism. Booker is sent to a city floating in the sky called Columbia, to retrieve a girl named Elizabeth who is held captive there. Throughout the game, there is a conflict between the elitist Founders and rebel group Vox Populi throughout the city. Booker slowly learns the truth about these conflicts, and how Elizabeth’s peculiar powers are involved. Bioshock Infinite plays similarly to how the first two Bioshock games did, as a first-person shooter where you use weapons, gadgets, and psychokinetic powers to fight off foes. It also includes the same RPG elements like ability and gear upgrades. With a drastically different story and change of scenery, Infinite will provide a new experience even for Bioshock veterans. This is easily one of the most anticipated titles of the year and definitely should be on your list this month. Bioshock Infinite comes out for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC on March 26, 2013.

This brings us to the end of the March Gaming Lineup. This month is definitely chock-full of new titles, some of them I didn’t even get to talk about. In addition to all these blockbusters, there’s Lost Planet 3, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, and Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel coming in later this month. So if you’ve got cash to spare, head on down to your local game shop and pre-order one of these major games.

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