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The games of March 2012

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March 20


Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
EU: March 23

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City isn't your average survival horror affair, and the input of past SOCOM developer Slant Six Games should make that quite clear. But this multiplayer shooter is arguably more akin to Left 4 Dead than Sony's military franchise, putting players on the side of either the devious Umbrella Security Service or the U.S. Special Ops as they battle for control of the city, all amidst the familiar zombie outbreak. As the Umbrella operatives on the single-player side, you'll hunt down familiar characters from the series (or play as them in the separate Heroes mode), while online co-op takes on the form of a team-based shootout. It's a speedier and more fluid experience throughout, which has us excited to tackle Resident Evil in an all-new manner later this month.


Ninja Gaiden 3

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
EU: March 23

 

Last month, the Vita got a remake of a remake in the form of Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus, but now it's time for something totally new: Ninja Gaiden 3, for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. With Ryu Hayabusa back in action, expect the same kind of familiar and challenging hack-and-slash combat, along with gobs and gobs of gore – plus new quick-time sequences in battle. But the biggest addition arguably comes from the introduction of online competitive play, which serves up chaotic four-on-four showdowns that arrive alongside two-player online co-op trials. Hey, if Assassin's Creed can deliver a pretty awesome online experience, what's stopping Ninja Gaiden? Don't miss our recent video preview of the campaign's first 30 minutes.  


Armored Core V

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
EU: March 23

Despite the number on the box, Armored Core V is actually the 14th distinct release in just more than as many years – but after a few years away, perhaps this revitalized entry can burst out of the niche corner it found itself wedged in. Armored Core V introduces much smaller and nimbler mechs, the scale of which should make the stages feel much larger and allow for more stealth opportunities. Beyond that, the game also includes online five-on-five match-ups, with each team led by a captain that issues commands and dictates strategy. It sounds like an interesting twist for online games, and hopefully something that will make this giant robot series stand out for the first time in a while.  


Silent Hill HD Collection

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
EU: March 16

It made perfect sense when the Silent Hill HD Collection was planned for a January release; in those near-empty early weeks of the year, this survival horror double-pack could grab a little attention and prime players for Silent Hill: Downpour. But we don't quite get why it's now launching a week after that new entry on the same platforms, at least in North America. Still, the ability to play franchise favorites Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3 in high definition with optional re-recorded dialogue should intrigue die-hard fans, and the $40 price is fair for a twin revival. We just hope it doesn't feel like a consolation prize for Silent Hill aficionados who don't dig the big new series release this month.  


Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure

Platform: Xbox 360
EU: March 23

It's tough to get too excited about a Kinect mini-game collection at this point, but here's one that we sincerely hope ends up being an amusing little option. Based on five of Pixar's biggest films, Kinect Rush offers numerous little activities based on the likes of Toy Story, The Incredibles, and Up, with Kinect-based actions that require you to use your body to balance, throw food at a giant human boss, steer a fast-moving car, and glide through the air. Considering the mostly excellent source material, we'd love to see something amazing here. Hell, we'll even take something pretty good, as long as it means a little playtime with some amazing cartoon heroes.  


Warriors Orochi 3

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
EU: March 30

For those of you still captivated by the Dynasty Warriors brand of historical hack-and-slash action, worry not: the next fix is on the way in the form of Warriors Orochi 3. Continuing the side series that last appeared back in 2008, Warriors Orochi 3 feels even more like a Tecmo Koei mash-up than before by not only combining the casts of Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors, but also including playable characters from Ninja Gaiden, Dead or Alive, Bladestorm, and other recent titles. All of that should give this third entry an amusing little hook, though we don't expect the core action to be tremendously different than what's been seen time and again.  



March 22


Angry Birds in Space

Platform: iOS, Android
EU: March 22

 

Set to be the next evolution (or at least, light reskinning) of the world's biggest mobile sensation, Angry Birds Space has only been teased thus far with a couple promo clips, with a full unveiling set for March 8. It's been a full year since the last new Angry Birds iteration, so the timing is right, but will this be more than a new set of levels for the hit franchise? Will they use the space setting to toy with the physics and introduce new play elements, or will it just be a fantastical setting for fowl-flinging action? We'll know more in a week, but whatever the case, it's sure to be a smash. 



March 23


Kid Icarus: Uprising

Platform: Nintendo 3DS
EU: March 23

Nintendo's next big 3DS salvo arrives later this month in the form of Kid Icarus: Uprising, the incredibly long-awaited revival of the beloved 8-bit hero. Uprising takes a surprising form as a third-person shooter, which also includes both online and local multiplayer modes – but based on our last couple of previews, we're feeling more and more confident about this reboot each time we play it. Sure, the core controls seem a little awkward, though the game supports the Circle Pad Pro attachment, but the mix of aerial and on-foot combat actually works well, and it's a serious looker on the hardware. We expected this game a year ago at launch, but we're glad it's on the horizon now; hopefully it matches up to the incredibly extended wait.

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27 comments

  • Zzombie99 - March 4, 2012 4:01 p.m.

    I hope I'm not the only one excited for Armored Core V...once I recover money-wise from ME3, Armored Core is next on my list.
  • Nashah - March 13, 2012 1:55 p.m.

    No you are not the only one. Though there seems like most are not paying attention to it.
  • PleasantPig - March 2, 2012 11:06 a.m.

    No PS3 release for the Capcom Digital Collection?
  • sirdilznik - March 2, 2012 7:40 a.m.

    I got Kid Icarus: Uprising pre-ordered and paid off. I can't wait to get some in on some of that Space Harrier-esque on-rails shooter action.
  • winner2 - March 2, 2012 3:55 a.m.

    ME3, mario party 9, and I guess that's it
  • sleepy92ismypsn - March 2, 2012 12:39 a.m.

    You guys forgot to list Twisted Metal which comes out March 7th in Europe.
  • Cyberninja - March 2, 2012 3:40 a.m.

    i believe they made that note in the games of February, which is why things say out in EU and not listed every month
  • NanoElite666 - March 1, 2012 10:10 p.m.

    Hell yeah, time for some more Armored Core! And some Mass Effect 3 I guess. Gotta finish Dark Souls first though. And all my PC games I can now suddenly play having recently built a gaming rig.
  • shawksta - March 1, 2012 8:27 p.m.

    Guys, ive seen gameplay of quite a bunch of Mario Party 9 minigames that use the Wiimote sideways and its not just gonna be a waggle-fest like recent party games, you shouldnt put out the wrong idea, you shouldve known that if you played the preview you gave us. I just hope the review doesnt discredit it.
  • samsneeze - March 1, 2012 7:48 p.m.

    "though we don't expect the core action to be tremendously different than what's been seen time and again." I'd appreciate it if this was applied to all things if you want to keep this line of thinking up. Other than that, I Am Alive, Warriors Orochi 3, and Mass Effect 3 are the only things that stand out to me right now, so I'll go with that.
  • sgloomy - March 1, 2012 6:46 p.m.

    AS someone who takes his fighting game seriously, I am going to find it really hard to take time off from SFxTK to play anything else, not only this month but in the upcoming months. But I will HAVE to find a way to play ninja Gaiden III and I Am Alive. This means more coffee, less sleep!!!
  • Baron164 - March 1, 2012 4:37 p.m.

    Mass Effect 3, enough said. All though Combat Wings does look interesting and I may pick it up. Sniper Ghost Warrior 2 comes out in March as well so I might pick that up depending on how it reviews.
  • shawksta - March 1, 2012 3:40 p.m.

    Damn, March has got it going on! Kid Icarus Uprising and Mass Effect 3 are ultimate first day purchases for me! An Ultimate Rebirth, and an Ultimate Part 3! I want to get Mario Party 9, the new twist that shakes things up than the usual rehash is making it worth getting, especially the Competitive Co-op and tons of bosses in each stage! Im gonna get Street Fighter X Tekken someday, and Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm generations depends if its actually as awesome as it seems, Ive been hoodwinked by Ultimate Tenkaichi and i dont want Bullsh*t like that again.
  • Cyberninja - March 1, 2012 3:04 p.m.

    lets see, i want the new tales, Naruto and Kid icrus
  • xarab4lyfex - March 1, 2012 1:19 p.m.

    Not too much this month I'm interested in. Really only looking forward to Naruto Generations. But Journey and the Resident Evil Raccoon City also look promising as do some games like the silent hill ones. Not getting Kid Icarus because I'm a lefty and refuse to pay extra money (to get a circle pad pro) just so I can get the same experience as right handed people. The rest of the games are meh at best.
  • Zaphod Beeblebrox - March 1, 2012 12:28 p.m.

    The shot of Supremacy MMA: Unrestricted looks like zombies boxing. Silent Hill book of memories looks interesting, although I haven't got a Vita which kinda sucks.
  • BladedFalcon - March 1, 2012 12:17 p.m.

    Mass Effect 3 is already pre-ordered in my PSN account, and Journey is looking as a must buy if Cundy's latest preview is any indication. Interested in both I am alive and Tales of Graces F, but I'll wait for the reviews, with tales of graces specially, since I want to know if the story and characters will be vesperia grade, or awful ToS 2 grade. Not really keen on the sugary premise of the trailer, but who knows, might be better than that. Ninja Gaiden 3 MIGHT be worth a look just to see what direction the series has taken now that Itagaki no longer helms it. Unless the story surprises to be good though, (doubt it) probably won't bother with it.
  • babyhenchy1 - March 1, 2012 12:11 p.m.

    It's all about Mass Effect 3. I've never been more excited for a game in my life.
  • Jacko415 - March 1, 2012 12:11 p.m.

    Finally an awesome release month! Time to save money and splurge at the end of the month.
  • MetroidPrimeRib - March 1, 2012 11:50 a.m.

    Tales of Graces F, I am Alive look good. And Silent Hill Downpour might get some pity play Armored Core V looks and plays bad. So sad.

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