Our choices for most anticipated game of March 2013.
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PS3
We shall see Lara’s ascend from frightened young woman to a hardened survivor
Open world, good old action-adventure, platforming and attempt on multiplayer. Most importantly the game tells us intense story of the origins of Lara Croft. Yes please. We shall see Lara’s ascend from frightened young woman to a hardened survivor Tomb Raider is. It just might be an icon reborn.
Gears of War: Judgment
Release Date: March 19, 2013
Platform: Xbox 360
…still plenty of bloody gore to go around
Time to clean the dry blood off your lances because Gears of War is coming back as an all new prequel to the series. Gears of War: Judgment follows protagonists Damon Baird and Augustus “The Cole Train” Cole as they disarm, dismantle, and destroy locust enemies before Emergence Day, the event that kicked off the Gears of War trilogy. Judgment plans on telling the stories of our favorite characters before they became the world saving heroes we know today. But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of bloody gore to go around.
Release Date: March 26, 2013
Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PS3
…a bold attempt to recapture player’s imagination
Bioshock basically wrote the book on using the environment as a storytelling medium. It’s hard to deny that most players when first entering Rapture weren’t immediately enthralled by the sights and sounds of a morally ambiguous utopia run amok.
Bioshock Infinite looks to be a bold attempt to recapture player’s imagination and transplant them into a world of fanatical ideals that make us question our own.
I look forward to walking the streets of the floating city of Columbia trying to decipher exactly what went so wrong this time around.
Spring’s most anticipated game
Bioshock games are all about atmosphere and environment, and this game’s setting looks mind-blowing. Between the screenshots, trailers, and reviews of people that got to play it early, there is no reason this game should not only be March’s most anticipated, but Spring’s most anticipated game. I don’t have the money to buy very many games, but rest assured, this one is on the list!!!
Like real turn of the century America, it has a dark undercurrent of militant nationalism.
Darn, looks like Ryan beat me to the punch about Bioshock Infinite. Well, fine, I’ll add my fanboy voice to the fray, then. Ryan spoke lovingly about the undeniably amazing environmental modeling and overall vision of the decaying world of Rapture, and it looks as if the flying city of Columbia will deliver yet more gritty steam punk flavored goodness.
But to me, the really intriguing thing about Bioshock was its wondrous mindscrew plotline mixed with a generous dollop of political satire. In this day and age in which serious presidential contenders speak of Objectivism as something other than an embarrassing youthful obsession, Levine has to be applauded for his willingness to show “gone Galt” gone very, very wrong. But Bioshock didn’t stop there. It didn’t just tweak the whole FPS notion of the ubermensch, it was a send up of the whole premise of the genre. At the end, I found myself thinking “Yeah, I guess blindly following orders of random NPCs isn’t exactly the most normal thing in the world to do.”
Will Bioshock Infinite address such heady topics as the nature of freewill and identity? I don’t know. But it’s clear that Levine has lost none of his penchant for poking at politics. The world of Columbia is set firmly in turn of the century America, but Bioshock Infinite is no Music Man reboot. It’s not a cute, quaint little world filled with marching bands and Sunday ice cream socials. Like real turn of the century America, it has a dark undercurrent of militant nationalism. It was a time of armed battles between union workers and mercenaries hired by the factories and mines, bomb throwing anarchists and the KKK. Judging by the reaction of many to this not yet released, this time period is still a sensitive one for many Americans. Levine should be applauded for his willingness to take on subjects like that in an industry that seems more and more reluctant to court controversy.
Did I mention that the System Shock based gameplay of Bioshock is a kick? Well, it is. For that alone, Bioshock would have been a classic. But it’s so much more.
LEGO City Undercover
Release Date: March 18th, 2013
Platform: Wii U
…the writing in this game looks like it’s going to be a winner
I think what made LEGO Batman 2 work so well was how self aware it was. Yes, it pulled off every trick it could think of from the rulebook of your standard Saturday morning kids cartoon show. But it was great, because not only did it make sure they knew what they were doing, the game was genuinely funny.
Now, it looks like they really driving in the self awareness by having you play as a character with an Awesome McCool Name, Chase McCain, with a lot self referential humor, and even references of other movies. It looks like it’s sticking with tried and true gameplay, but the writing in this game looks like it’s going to be a winner, so, we’ll see how it turns out on its release.
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