March Madness

March is going to be one heck of a month for gaming.  I can’t remember the last time there was so much coming at us the same time.  It will be interesting to see how this month profits for companies and perhaps we’ll see a 2 month year stem from it (the other being November).

Tomb Raider is out this week and is getting some very nice buzz.  I’ve been a fan of the series for many years and thought the puzzle element was always the best part.  Uncharted does the story/movie aspect a lot better.  Apparently this new one is meant to provide both and it looks like I’ll be getting it on Steam shortly.

Sim City is back, though the focus this time is on single cities rather than large metropolises.  Sadly, it’s an EA distributed game, and my wallet says I won’t be buying it.  Mind you, this is the first game where I thought of changing that principle, in over a year.  Says something about EA…

Bioshock: Infinite is out too and by George, that series has a stranglehold on philosophy in gaming.  While there are balance issues with the game, the story portion and pacing is the bar others try to replicate.  Fingers crossed it does a good job with the idea of freedom vs. religion.  All signs point to yes.

The next installation of the Starcraft 2 trilogy is out.  I played the crap out of the original Starcraft and Broodwar.  Starcraft 2 was essentially a new coat of paint and having it split in 3 never sat well with me.  Has a great following and will be interesting to see how Blizzard includes micro-transactions into it.  I do remember them saying they wanted to MOBA it a bit more.

Gears of War and God of War are out too.  Both have protagonists I can’t stand and acted more like tech demos than actual stories you cared about.  They are console exclusives too, and bets are on to say GoW sells better.

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