Need a little reward after a grueling midterms week? Lucky for students, the month of March is filled with new and exciting game releases week after week. Everything from a brand new reboot of the Tomb Raider classic to the next installment of the ever popular first-person shooter BioShock Infinite. The only hard decision is…which one to play first.
The first on the list is Square Enix’s Tomb Raider, which is set to be released on March 5th. Unlike the previous Tomb Raider games, Square Enix has revamped the story to make this the first of a series of games to follow. The reboot was used to overhaul the beginnings of the ever popular character Lara Croft. Her transformation from an unsure young woman to an ass-kicking superstar is tracked through this new story, made for both the newer generation of gamers as well as the long time followers. It is also the first Tomb Raider game to be given both an “M” (Mature) and a “18+” warning on the label. The art style also greatly resembles that of the Final Fantasy series.
A perfect fit for the island of Hawaii, the story takes place on an unknown island where a young Lara Croft has become shipwrecked with her crew, while on her way to make something of herself. And it is up to her to survive and help her shipmates while fighting off deadly inhabitants turned mercenaries that are out for blood.
This action-adventure platform game will be available for the XBOX360, PS3 and PC. There are two versions up for sale, the Tomb Raider: Final Hours Edition will be the usual $59.99 + tax, while the Tomb Raider Survival/Collector’s Edition is $99.99 + tax. The Collector’s Edition comes with: 1) a copy of the game, 2) Play Arts Kai Lara Croft Figurine, 3) Endurance Survival Kit Packaging, 4) a Lithographic Print, 5) Experience Shields, 6) CD Soundtrack, and 7) Downloadable content.
God of War: Ascension
The next must have for this gaming season is God of War: Ascension, which is set to be released March 12th. This will be the seventh installment in the God of War series and it will be a prequel to the entire series.
God of War: Ascension takes place about 10 years before the original God of War series and is mostly centered around the theme of vengeance. Gamers will be playing as Kratos, but what will be different about this game is that Kratos is much more human. After being tricked by Ares into killing his wife and son, he is on a quest for redemption which also leads to his attempt to break bonds with Ares.
This third person action-adventure game will be released exclusively for the PS3. What’s more is that this will be the first game in the God of War series to have a multiplayer feature, as well as extra downloadable content. God of War fans won’t want to miss out! The regular edition is set to retail for $59.99 + tax, while the God of War: Ascension Collector’s Edition is set at a price of $79.99. The Collector’s Edition will include: 1) a copy of the game, 2) Exclusive 6″ Kratos Statue, 3) Premium Steelbook case, 4) a digital copy of the Official Soundtrack, 5) PS3 Dynamic Theme, 6) PSN Avatar Pack, 7) Multiplayer XP Boost Unlock, and 8) a pass for future downloadable content.
Gears of War: Judgment
And with every PS3 exclusive game there comes an XBOX360 exclusive game. Gears of War: Judgment is set to release March 19th. This game will be the fourth in the Gears of War series.
Like most of the games being released this month, Gears of War: Judgment is a prequel to the other three in the series with the chronology of events in this game predating the rest. The protagonists in this game being Damon Baird and Augustus Cole. Gamers get to follow the Kilo Squad battle their way to try and save the city of Halvo Bay in the subsequent aftermath of Emergence Day.
Made for the XBOX360, this epic third-person shooter is priced at $59.99 + tax for the regular copy and $78.00 + tax for the Gears of War Judgment EB Games Special Edition. The special edition, which is only available at EB Games, comes with a Steelbook and multiplayer skins. The game will also feature two new multiplayer modes for gamers to try out.
Third in the BioShock series, BioShock Infinite is set to be released on March 26th.
Set in 1912, BioShock Infinite does not follow the same storyline as the first two in the series. This new game is instead set in the floating air-city of Columbia where gamers get to play as Booker DeWitt, a former Pinkerton agent, who has been sent to rescue the long time captive Elizabeth. Although Booker is successful in saving the 12-year detainee Elizabeth, it is up to them both to fight off the different factions of the city of Columbia. But not to stray too far from the original series, gamers will still get to use the same style combination of weapons, gear and psychokinetic powers. A plus that gamers can look forward to in this new game is the expansion of available combat challenges due to the open-air nature of the setting.
This first person shooter will be available on the XBOX360, PS3 and PC. The regular edition is set to retail at $59.99, while the premium edition is set at $79.99. There is also a rare Ultimate Songbird Collection that has been seen priced at around $300 to $550.
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm
And the ever popular StarCraft series is finally releasing the long awaited expansion pack for StarCraft: Wings of Liberty. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is also part two of the StarCraft II trilogy. The expansion pack will include additional units as well as changes to the multiplayer mode. Also featured is a continuation campaign of the main story that focuses on the Zerg race.
Set to take place two years after the events of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, the main focus of this game will be on the Zerg race and on Sarah Kerrigan, who will be the protagonist as well as the anti-hero. Having regained her human form, Sarah is on a crusade to gain back leadership of her swarm, that has now been divided into many factions, while exacting vengeance on Arcturus Mengsk, Emperor of the Terran Dominion.
This military science fiction real-time strategy game developed by Blizzard is set to be released March 12th on PC and OS X. The regular edition will be priced as an expansion pack and will cost $39.99, where the collector’s edition is set at $79.99. In the collector’s edition gamers get: 1) a copy of the game, 2) exclusive behind the scenes dvd & blu-Ray 2-disc set, 3) soundtrack and art book, 4) Zero Rush mouse pad, and 5) exclusive in-game content.