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15 Reasons Why March Will Be Epic for Games

Tis the season to be a poor gamer… again

By Briana Lawrence     March 01, 2010


15 Reasons Why March Will Be Epic for Games
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Suddenly we’vebeen bombarded with Bioshock 2 and hellish infernos while we were still trying to figure out how to have all of our crew members survive in Mass Effect. And then there was Mass Effect, and all were satisfied with gaming and were ready for some much needed recovery time. With all of this to fill our gaming plates, there’s still one huge month that’s coming along that will make gamers even poorer then they were before: March.
 

15. Grand Theft Auto: Episodes of Liberty City (PS3/PC)

The once 360 exclusive GTA expansions are now hitting the PS3. We’re a little surprised by this because didn’t Microsoft drop millions of dollars to keep the expansions for themselves? Did Sony pay money to get them? Did Microsoft only pay to have them for a short period of time? Whatever the case, the games will be available both in stores and for download at the end of the month.
 

14. Resident Evil 5: Gold (PS3/360)

GTA isn’t the only game getting new expansions this month. RE5 is getting two new episodes, extra costumes, and more characters for Mercenaries mode. For those who can‘t wait (or for those like us who already own the game) you can download the content online. The first episode, “Lost in Nightmares,” is already available for download and has Jill and Chris investigating the founder of Umbrella’s hideaway. 
 
Extra note: There is another Resident Evil expansion, the Alternative Edition, that is exclusive to the PS3 that’s supposed to use the new PS3 motion controller. Will it hit the US? It should, we think, but the controller has to be released first.   

13. Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love (PS2/wii)

So we’ve been trying to figure out when the PS2 is finally going to be put to rest. Just when we think it’s about to give up, another game makes its way onto the console. This time its Sakura Wars, an on-going strategy RPG where you live normally during the day and fight off demons at night. This is actually the fifth game in the series, but the first one to be released in the US. 

12. Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey (DS)

Space abnormalities, threats to humankind, supernatural beings, and Shin Megami Tensei. We’re expecting a very messed up plot, unique demons whom you can fuse together, unforgettable characters, and… Jack Frost. You always have to have Jack Frost somewhere.   

11. Fragile Dreams (wii)

This game seems like it’s going to be a walking ball of depression, albeit, one that’s pretty to look at. Nearly everyone in the world has disappeared and Seto, the main character, sets out to find any signs of remaining life after his grandfather dies. Players will use the wii-mote to find objects and clues, but on the way they will also discover ghosts and demons in the abandoned cities.   
 

10. Sonic Classic Collection (DS)

It’s about time the blue hedgehog took the hint and went back to the classic style we all know and love. Though he did grace us with his ultimate genesis collection before, he still insisted on trying to be 3-D and turn into a, sigh, werehog. But now Sonic understands what we want and is returning to the DS the way he should be: 2-D. This should definitely tide us over until Sonic the Hedgehog 4--an updated, and very much 2-D Sonic game--hits gaming networks.
 

9. Just Cause 2 (PS3/360)

It looks like your friend and mentor, Tom Sheldon, has decided to run off with top-secret intel and millions of Agency cash. Fortunately (?), he’s on an island full of rival gangs and an evil dictator for you to rough up with lots of weapons and vehicles in a free roaming environment. Don’t have too much fun, however, because the enemies in Just Cause 2 will get smarter and the game difficulty changes depending on your actions. 
 

8. Lunar: Silver Star Harmony (PSP)

This isn’t the first time this game has been remade. It started back in 1993 on the Sega CD--does anybody remember that thing--but we remember it as “Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete” on the PSOne. A tale of a simple boy with big dreams who, of course, gets tossed into an adventure he’s not ready for. The PSP remake will give the Sega CD version some better animation, new music, and an expanded story while keeping that classic turn-based rpg style intact. 
 

7. Resonance of Fate (PS3/360)

Earth is covered in a poisonous mist that has killed off most of humanity and the only solution that people have depended on for years is f-ing up. The plot does sound interesting, but what draws us to the game is the fact that everyone’s weapons are just normal, everyday guns--not something you‘d say everyday in a genre known for magic, mystical creatures, and giant swords. 
 

6. Red Steel 2 (wii)

Not too many people have nice things to say about the first Red Steel, but we should give the game some credit for being a launch game with the wii which was, at the time, an entirely new concept for any game system. Red Steel 2 looks like it will have its control issues fixed, using the motion plus and letting players play the game the way it was meant to be played. The cell shading is also a nice touch. 
 

5. Yakuza 3 (PS3)

When will Kazuma Kiryu learn that he just cannot have a peaceful life? This time he’s running an orphanage and is living happily with his adoptive daughter, but when a friend of his is caught in an assassination attempt, Kazuma must, once again, go out and kick some ass via missions, sub-scenarios, mini-games, and battle mode.   
 

4. Battlefield Bad Company 2 (PS3/360)

What’s better than a T-rated game where you can blow out walls? An M-rated game where you can collapse buildings! It’s rare for a Battlefield game to reach the mature level, but Bad Company 2does when the previous installment remained T. The single player campaign is estimated to be around 10 hours, but we all know that we want to take this game online, especially after the developer announced dedicated servers for the game. Oh, and you get the limited edition for no extra charge.   
 
 

3. Pokemon Heartgold/Soul Silver (DS)

Say what you will about Pokemon, but the ones most excited for these two re-releases aren’t the little kids who drag their parents into the game store. These games were huge when we were growing up and even fans who have long since left the Pokemon craze have to admit that they get a small, nostalgic smile on their faces when they thing of Gold and Silver.
 

2. God of War 3 (PS3)

Kratos. 1080p. There isn’t much else that needs to be said. We’ve been teased long enough with the demo, the trailers, and the “God of War” collection. We’re ready for the real thing. It’s what our PS3s were meant to do. 
 

1. Final Fantasy 13 (PS3/360)

Like God of War, there’s not much left to say. We’ve seen enough trailers, read enough articles, heard enough interviews, and have seen enough fans ranting, raving, speculating, cosplaying, debating over which system to get it on, and just… yeah, we’re ready.   
 
 
Honorable mentions: We’re not really baseball fans, but we have to say that MLB 10: The Show looks amazing, but Sony’s baseball franchise always looks good. And for the computer savvy there‘s Command and Conquer 4 and Supreme Commander 2-- though this one will have a 360 release later in the month, we know it does best on the PC.
 
 
How has the year been for you with games? See how our track record has been with the  20 Most Anticipated Games for 2010.
Also check out Hanso's review of BioShock 2 already, one of our favorite games of 2010.
 

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egoist 3/1/2010 2:15:18 AM

When will Diablo III come out? I am so ready to stay a while and listen.

hanso 3/1/2010 3:28:44 AM

God of War 3 and Final Fantasy 13 FTW!!

dnbritt 3/1/2010 4:39:18 AM

I'm sure at least one of these could have been bumped for Dragon Age: Awakenings, the big expansion/sequel to the best RPG of the year.  Also, MLB The Show is the best baseball series since Baseball Stars on Nintendo. 

jedibanner 3/1/2010 5:35:16 AM

Dnbritt, you read my mind, the best RPG in a while, Dragon Age:Awakening is coming out soon and it's the best thing to come out after GOW3.

Bye bye GF.....

goldeneyez 3/1/2010 5:39:44 AM

egoist... sorry to tell you but Diablo III will be coming out when "Hell freezes over." Get it... OK sorry for my lame attempt at humor (Hell... Blizzard...).

It's not coming out this year unless there's some miracle at Blizzard.  Most folks are saying next year, but it may be longer with Blizzard's, it's done when they feel it's done approach to games.

makabriel 3/1/2010 5:44:28 AM

Yeah, the only think Blizz is releasing this year is Starcraft2 and Cataclysm.

 

Calibur454 3/1/2010 5:45:16 AM

i'm rather surprised that no computer games were on the list- i know that computer games are the least popular in the group but still there could have been at least one listed

panzerhd 3/1/2010 6:03:37 AM

You can get on EBay and pay over 200.00 for a beta key for Starcraft 2 if wanna play now......LOL

I get to peckup my Bad Company 2 on Tuesday morning we see how good that one is.  Anybody that likes fps should check out Global Agenda that uses a PC.

HudsonTaco 3/1/2010 6:37:21 AM

Hanso is right GOW3 and FFXIII are going to lead at least in sales, FFXIII being number 1. the more I see of Just Cause 2 the more I like, I may just have to pick it up as soon as I get a new PS3(60 gig RIP)Glad to see that exclusivity deal that Microsoft signed for the GTA4 DLC really paid off LOL. GOW looks amazing in ways I have never seen before. Gametrailers TV had an episode on thursday that focused on totally on GOW3, the demo barely scratched the surface, can't wait.

Jestlyr25 3/1/2010 7:12:19 AM

Mass Effect 2 absolutely blew my mind. Never have I played a series that has given me such enjoyment. With that said, the God of War and Final Fantasy series are all right up there with a side of Bioshock. So I can only imagine how great March is going to be... let the countdown begin for March 9th...with a following week of awesomeness leading to March 16th.

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