March Kicks Some Video-Game Butt



Hey, what’s going on here? Provide month-after-month of video game roundups and then suddenly it goes quiet? What about March?

Sorry about that, but I was busy looking at everything this month has to offer. Should we meet on the street and I forget that, feel free to remind me.

I was distracted because March has a number of potentially great titles releasing. A brand new MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online), Rift, hit shelves at the start of the month, and while subscriber info was sketchy to start with, the publishers of the game (Trion Worlds) boasted a million subscribers prior to launch. The game is cool: great graphics, solid story elements, lots of players and a really good bit of entertainment thrown in.

Find out what's in store for the rest of March after the jump.

Dragon Age 2 (PC, PS3, 360)
Release date: March 8
The second title in the franchise—which began with Dragon Age: Origins, an epic and award-winning role-playing game—doesn't offer multiplayer, but you can bet that BioWare is upping the ante with DA2. In DA2, players take the role of Hawke, a penniless character who must rise up to champion the world against the Blight aka, the evil threatening to cast the world into eternal evil and darkness. The story takes place over a 10-year period, features moral choices, asks players to draw allies to their sides and brings life to the myth and rumor that swirls about the central character.

MLB 11: The Show (PS3, PSP)
Release date: March 8
Baseball season is just around the corner and SCEA’s MLB sim is stepping up to the plate. This is one of the best games on the market but Sony isn’t content to stand on first and wait to be advanced. It is taking off on the wind-up with a slug of new elements, such as the pure analog control system, which includes analog controls for hitting, pitching and throwing, adding more precision and accuracy to all three disciplines. It also has a co-op mode for up to four players, new training modes in the road-to-the-show mode and a no-assist fielding option aimed at rendering a more realistic experience. The PlayStation Move also gets a nod in the home run derby mode so players can take their cuts in a much more interactive way.

Homefront (360, PS3, PC)
Release date: March 15
It’s the future in the United States. A decade-long energy crisis collapsed the world economy, fraying nerves of the most powerful countries and just when it appears that things couldn’t get much worse, they do. The United States is an occupied war zone with North Korea the aggressor. An accompanying book was co-written by John Milius (Apocalypse Now, Red Dawn) and Raymond Benson (who wrote two Metal Gear Solid books) and its release will coincide with the game's release.

Yakuza 4 (PS3)
Release date: March 15
The Yakuza are back for a fourth installment in this action-packed game with plenty of violence and adult material. Four characters are central to a story that takes place in a fully realized and authentic recreation of Tokyo's Sin-City District. Players can visit night clubs, enjoy karaoke, play pachinko or indulge in other adult entertainment between taking on the missions that drive players through the game’s story.

LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (PS3, PC, Wii, PSP, DS, 360)
Release date: March 22
Legos, Star Wars … enough said.

Crysis 2 (PC, PS3, 360)
Release date: March 22
The traffic in New York City may be bad, but what really bites are the alien invaders. In the sequel to Electronic Arts' successful original game, aliens are stalking the streets and players must harness the awesomeness of the Nanosuit to repel the invading horde.

That gets us through March. I can't wait to see what April has in store.