Can you feel it? That excitement in the air is because March is finally here. Along with March Madness and the beginning of spring, this particular March is carrying an extra dose of excitement related to the fact that quite a few high profile video games are coming out.
This first week isn’t exactly sprinting out of the blocks in terms of quantity, especially when it comes to the current gen consoles. But there is an eagerly awaited RPG for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC and the latest chapter in a multi-platform smash, so that counts as a good start.
Consider this an appetizer for the main course that starts next week with the launch of a certain Xbox One exclusive you may have heard something about. I’m not sure, because there hasn’t been much press coverage of the beta or much buzz around it (wink, wink).
Next week can wait though. Let’s dig into this week’s new video game releases:
South Park: The Stick of Truth (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) – March 4
Let’s be honest: it’s kind of a small miracle this game is about to be in our hands this week. For one thing, it’s pretty amazing a South Park RPG ever came to be in the first place. Then not only did it get made, it managed to survive the untimely demise of THQ and find new life at Ubisoft. It’s like it was meant to be!
While it may not have the cultural impact it once did, the South Park brand still carries some weight. What do we know about how it may fare when turned into an RPG? Well, the TV episodes that parodied the genre were both smart and funny. Also the game has been censored in Europe and several other regions, and our own Michael Straw, who is working on both a written and a video review, assures us the latter is NSFW. Hilarious and vulgar sounds like South Park for sure, so let’s hope it turns out that way.
The Walking Dead: Season Two — Episode Two: A House Divided (PS3, PC) - March 4
Telltale is one of those developers who is in a groove where it seemingly can do no wrong. While it lines up even more popular IPs, The Walking Dead is still going strong, and Clementine is still alive. For now, anyway.
The thing is, the people she’s with now aren’t the same ones she was with in Season 1, and they might be harboring even more secrets than their predecessors. The body count of the living and undead is almost guaranteed to stay high, along with the tension level. But that’s why everyone loves this series, right? And for everyone playing the games on something other than PS3 and PC, your versions should be along soon enough.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown: The Complete Edition (PC) – March 4
I mean, if you have any affinity for strategy games, you should already own XCOM: Enemy Unknown. It’s a great game, it’s available on a number of different platforms, and it’s been on sale a number of times, so you could have snagged it for a discounted price too.
Anyway, if for some reason you held off and you want to play it on PC, this is the version to get. As the name suggests, the Complete Edition contains the original game and all of the subsequent DLC released for it. Not a bad deal if the price is right. Don’t blame me if it starts sucking time away from other games you intend to play.
Also releasing this week: Awesomenauts Assemble (PS4) – March 4