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March will hit your wallet hard: upcoming releases

by Han Cilliers (Lola)  Posted Thursday, February 28, 2013 7:49:00 AM

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If you are a gamer, then March is going to hit your wallet hard. What is also significant about the March releases is that the games are spread across various genres; we have triple A games ranging from the ever popular first-person shooter genre right through to the life simulation genre. March has something in store for every gamer, let’s take a look.

SimCity

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Release date: March 5

Platform: PC

Age Restriction: 10+

Price: Limited Edition R359.95, Digital Deluxe Edition R520.15

Genre: Economic Simulation

Synopsis: This new edition of SimCity marks a true rebirth of the franchise that brings the depth of simulation that has been the series hallmark for more than two decades and marries it with next generation accessibility and a robust multiplayer mode, giving players the power to change a world together.

Gameplay: Players take charge of their own customized cities and build a world that co-exists alongside friends. For the first time in SimCity franchise history, players' decisions will have long-lasting repercussions that will extend beyond their city limits. Together, players will address real global challenges such as climate change, the search for renewable resources and natural disasters. It’s up to the players to decide whether to compete or collaborate to shape the world of tomorrow.

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Developer: Maxis

Official homepage: SimCity

 

Tomb Raider

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Release date: March 5

Platform: PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3

Age Restriction: Mature

Prices: PC for R329.95, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for R599.95

Genre: Action

Synopsis: Tomb Raider explores the intense and gritty origin story of Lara Croft and her ascent from a frightened young woman to a hardened survivor. Armed only with raw instincts and the ability to push beyond the limits of human endurance, Lara must fight to unravel the dark history of a forgotten island to escape its relentless hold.

Gameplay: The game will start out with Lara having no weapons, food, water, or tools. As the game progresses, base camps become unlocked, giving Lara a place to craft new tools out of picked-up items. Base camps also offer a place for Lara to learn new skills in the "skill system" to unlock new parts of the island to explore. Fast travel will be available between base camps.

Review scores: Polygon 9/10, Gamespot 8.5/10, Eurogamer 8/10, IGN 9.1, Metascore 86

Publisher: Square Enix

Developers: Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Studios - Montreal

Official homepage: Tomb Raider

 

God of War: Ascension

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Release date: March 12

Platform: PlayStation 3

Age Restriction: Mature

Price: R531

Genre: Action

Synopsis: God of War: Ascension returns players to the storyline of the epic God of War franchise. Join Kratos as he seeks freedom, redemption and the clarity to avenge his family.

Gameplay: A third-person single-player game viewed from a fixed camera perspective. The game also features a first-person camera view. The player controls the character Kratos in combo-based combat, platforming, and puzzle game elements. The game will offer a multiplayer feature for up to eight players, with a small story element. Players will be either on two teams of four, or alone, and will try to take control of a map in order to earn rewards from the gods, although the players must first sell their champion's soul to one of four deities: Ares, Hades, Zeus, or Poseidon.

Publisher & Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment

Official homepage: God of War: Ascension

 

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm

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Release date: March 12

Platform: PC

Age Restriction:  Teen+

Price: R349.95

Genre: Real-time strategy

Synopsis: Heart of the Swarm continues the epic story from Wings of Liberty with an all-new campaign that focuses on Kerrigan, the former Queen of Blades.

Gameplay: In the Heart of the Swarm campaign, players will be able to evolve their swarms with unique, campaign-only units and abilities, and this evolution will happen in an organic manner befitting of the expansion’s zerg theme. Kerrigan will also play a major role in each of the battles as a powerful hero. Over the course of the campaign, she will grow in strength and earn new abilities, and players will choose which powers to enhance and use from mission to mission.

Publisher & Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Official homepage: StarCraft 2 Heart of the Swarm

 

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2

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Release date: March 12 for Xbox & PlayStation, March 14 for PC

Age Restriction: Mature

Prices: PC R429.95, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 R599.95

Genre: First-person shooter

Synopsis: Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 is the only multi-platform, first-person, modern shooter exclusively designed around the sniper experience. It takes the bulls-eye precision of its predecessor to new and exciting heights, offering more diverse sniper challenges; a rebuilt AI system and the thrilling “one shot, one kill” precision that made the original a huge hit, selling 3 million copies worldwide

Gameplay: Sniper specific features such as bullet penetration: bullets behave as they would in real life and a high velocity .50 cal. round is capable of going straight through a concrete wall to kill the enemy hiding behind it. Better yet, line up your enemies and let a single round take out an entire squad and target rich environments form the backbone of the gameplay.

Publisher & Developer: City Interactive

Official homepage: Sniper Ghost Warrior 2

 

Gears of War: Judgement

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Release date: March 19

Platform: Xbox 360

Age Restriction: Mature

Price: R532

Genre: First-person shooter

Synopsis: Gears of War: Judgment takes you back before the events of the original Gears of War trilogy to the immediate aftermath of Emergence Day — the defining event of the Gears of War universe.

Gameplay: Follow Kilo Squad, led by Damon Baird and Augustus The Cole Train Cole, as they fight to save the city of Halvo Bay from an unstoppable enemy in the most intense Gears game yet. Gears of War: Judgment introduces a variety of new multiplayer experiences, including OverRun, a thrilling new class-based competitive mode that will pit Locust and COG soldiers in a head-to-head battle unlike anything Gears fans have experienced yet.

Publisher: Microsoft

Developer: Epic Games

Official homepage: Gears of War: Judgment

 

BioShock Infinite

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Release date: March 26

Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

Age Restriction: Mature

Price: PC R429.95, Xbox & PlayStation R599.95

Genre: First-person shooter

Synopsis: Set in 1912, players assume the role of former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt, sent to the flying city of Columbia on a rescue mission. His target? Elizabeth, imprisoned since childhood. During their daring escape, Booker and Elizabeth form a powerful bond -- one that lets Booker augment his own abilities with her world-altering control over the environment.

Gameplay: Together, they fight from high-speed Sky-Lines, in the streets and houses of Columbia, on giant zeppelins, and in the clouds, all while learning to harness an expanding arsenal of weapons and abilities.

Publisher: 2K Games

Developers: Irrational Games

Official homepage: BioShock Infinite

 

Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel

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Release date: March 26

Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

Age Restriction: Mature

Price: R529.95

Genre: Third-person shooter

Synopsis: Players find themselves on the deadly streets of Mexico as Alpha and Bravo, two operatives working for Tactical Worldwide Operations (T.W.O.), a PMC outfit that drops them in the middle of a drug war conflict for an assignment full of corruption and deceit. With the ability to unleash the power of ultimate destruction, players will need to work together as their objectives unravel, allegiances begin to blur and they face off against a ruthless opposition.

Gameplay: Featuring both online and split-screen co-op, Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel gives players the chance to distinguish themselves from their friends by providing a deeper and more advanced upgrade and customization system. From the mask that protects them in battle to the very weapons that keep them alive, players can customize their own Alpha and Bravo to create the deadliest mercenary team as they see fit.

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Developers: Visceral Games

Official homepage: Army of Two: The Devils Cartel

 

Well there you have it, now, let’s go rob a bank?

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