Top three most anticipated games of March
By Steven Cayer, Contributor
Christmas has come early for video gamers. Throughout this month, three big games will be coming out: Tomb Raider, God of War: Ascension, and Bioshock: Infinite. In the next few weeks, I will be doing a review of each game, but in the meantime, let’s go over just why there is so much to be excited for.
The first game is the highly anticipated series reboot, Tomb Raider, arriving on March 5 and published by Square Enix. I have been waiting for a good Tomb Raider game and this is shaping up to be the best one yet. The game tells the origin story of tomb raider Lara Croft, taking us with her as she goes through her very first journey. While traveling by sea, Croft’s ship gets capsized on an isolated tropical island somewhere in the Dragon’s Triangle, leaving her to fend for herself—for the first time in her life.
The gameplay of Tomb Raider involves hunting, exploring, searching for other survivors, and, most likely, raiding tombs. While I’m looking forward to the side missions, I have also heard that the game will feature online multiplayer. I’m always sceptical when it comes to multiplayer, as I feel it takes away a certain something from the experience of the single-player campaign. Regardless, it looks to be a very fun game, and however you play Tomb Raider–as Square Enix puts it—“a survivor is born.”
If by chance I get Tomb Raider done fast enough, I’m definitely going to get Santa Monica Studio’s God of War: Ascension right after, which is expecting a March 12 release date. This game will also be an origin story, though featuring Kratos, former servant of Ares and ‘God of war.’ Ascension takes place 10 years before the original God of War game, re-telling the gruesome story of how Kratos tried to sever his ties with Ares.
Like its six predecessors, Ascension will definitely include a combo-combat fighting style. You’ll be able to pick between four deities (or classes), each with their own combat moves and powers: Ares, Hades, Zeus, or Poseidon. One thing that’s different this time around—much like with Tomb Raider—is that Ascension will have an online multiplayer mode as well.
Our last game comes out on March 26, and is one I can hardly wait for, Bioshock: Infinite. Set during 1912, a man named Booker DeWitt is hired by an unknown proprietor for a search and rescue operation to find prisoner Elizabeth, who has been stuck on the floating island of Columbia for 12 years. Developers Irrational Games’ and 2K Marin’s portrayal of Columbia feels like a breath of fresh air compared to claustrophobic, previously underwater environment of Rapture, and also offers ample opportunity to experiment with our new setting.
With that, you have three amazing-looking games to cleanse your palate in the month of March. Rather than worry about whether they’ll be good or not, I prefer to stay positive and remain excited. Who knows? These could end up being the best games of their respective series… hopefully.