The 12 Games I’m Most Looking Forward to Through March 2013

Forget the whole year in gaming, that's just too big: Let's talk about what's on tap over the next three months, because the first quarter's looking huge.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate (March 5)
Here’s the sequel to Konami’s 2010 Castlevania reboot we’ve been waiting for, envisioned as another side-scrolling, whip-slinging adventure on Dracula’s gothic candlelit turf starring four playable characters in various time periods. Castlevania-heads rejoice: Konami’s promising at least “20 hours” from this one. (3DS)

SimCity (March 5)
I’ve been watching the developer videos for this SimCity reboot with TIME Tech editor Doug Aamoth, who’s something of a SimCity guru, and we both agree it looks pretty snazzy — a multiple city-building strategy game that appears to scale elegantly between drag-and-drop simplicity and drill-down fiddling. Fingers triple-crossed. (PC)

Tomb Raider (March 5)
Another Tomb Raider? I know, but I’ll give developer Crystal Dynamics the benefit of the doubt, since they’re putting forward something few games do: a strong, hopefully non-stereotypical “male fantasy” female protagonist in a sandbox-style action-adventure that’s a full continuity, origin-story reboot. (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (March 12)
What more can StarCraft II do? Extend its story with 20 new missions, of course, for those that care, but also: focus on the alien Zerg, tweak the game’s visuals, add seven new units (and remove three) and price all of that in expansion territory ($40), though yep, it’ll require Wings of Liberty to run. (PC)

Gears of War: Judgment (March 19)
I enjoyed Gears of War, adored Gears of War 2, but bounced off Gears of War 3 so hard I couldn’t force myself to finish it. Gears of War: Judgment is the fourth in this sci-fi third-person tactical shooter series: a prequel co-developed by Epic Games and People Can Fly (Bulletstorm, Painkiller) with series creator Cliff Bleszinski once more handling design. Oh, and it’s co-written by a 2010 Guggenheim fellow. (Xbox 360)

BioShock Infinite (March 26)
A new BioShock from the guy (and much of the team) that crafted the original? A creepy castle-in-the-sky dystopia? A computer-controlled compadre who’ll toss you weapons in a pinch? A connective rollercoaster-style rail-system you can ride dangling with one-arm from a weaponized Sky-Hook? Sign me up. (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

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djmeyer
djmeyer like.author.displayName 1 Like

I am very very very excited for Ni no Kuni! I've been waiting for a great RPG (a JRPG at that) and after the playing the demo, I'm even more anxious. I had immediate flashbacks to playing RPGs on the SNES and PS1! In a gaming world filled with first person shooters (which I do enjoy but come on, you have to admit the market is flooded) Ni no Kuni is a refreshing spring that gives me full HP/MP (I couldn't resist)

bibleverse1
bibleverse1

I appreciate the fact that your list is based on opinion but the 2nd half looks better than the first.

bayonettafan
bayonettafan

Matt, 

In the Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance write up, you mention your interest because Bayonetta lead programmer Kenji Saito's involvement.  However, your list doesn't include Bayonetta 2 being released for WiiU in May 2013.  What gives?

Is Kenji Saito not involved in Bayonetta 2?  Are you just not excited about the WiiU in general? Or did Bayonetta 2 just not make the 12?  Just wondering.

-from a WiiU and Bayonetta fan



mattpeckham
mattpeckham moderator

@bayonettafan I would have included Bayonetta 2, but this list only runs through March, and B2's release date is still unannounced. As for Wii U games in general, there's almost nothing firm between now and March that's of interest, save for Rayman Legends (which in hindsight, I probably should have included).