March generally is a big month for gaming releases. Major titles get released issuing in spring, as well as delayed titles from autumn get pushed back to right around this time. The first week of March saw an influx of major releases to blow your paycheck on. If you’re a sports fan, MLB 12: The Show and MLB 2k12 were released to coincide with the beginning of Spring Training in Major League Baseball. The Show was absolutely spectacular (see my review here http://nextooze.com/video-games-in-greenville/mlb-12-the-show-review-review), meanwhile 2k12 was another drab in a long line of drabs.
The much anticipated Street Fighter vs Tekken was released. Much controversy was tied into this shortly after the release as Capcom did their “thing” in announcing DLC later in the year and the news hitting the web of this content already being on the disc. Capcom’s reasoning behind this was “compatibility”. The explanation that was stated involved the ease of matchups involving people who purchase the DLC and the people who don’t. Honestly that’s such a horrible excuse and this is why I no longer support Capcom. Hackers soon exploited this and the DLC characters have appeared in online matches and videos showing up on Youtube.
Want more controversy? Mass Effect 3 released on March 6th, along with these other previous noted games. The game got rave reviews at release, even though there were obvious major bugs. It wasn’t until 2 weeks after this that the web started buzzing with complaints about baffling endings. You have to think, it might take a couple days to play through the game, but there’s multiple endings, so this would explain why it took so long for the buzz to hit. It’s bothered fans to the point that Amazon was giving full refunds for the game. User reviews have dropped off as well, not to mention EA admitting of on disc DLC already.
A week later, we saw the release of the new Silent Hill called Downpour. I have yet to review this game, but will soon after I finish. This game got some mixed reviews mainly due to technical issues and people’s complaints of combat. The atmosphere in this game is top notch and is the best actual Survivor Horror game that has been released recently. To coincide with this release, Konami released the Silent Hill HD collection. This was actually pushed back a week possibly to help sales for Downpour. IGN rated this game a 9.0, but clearly the game has technical issues. Controversy struck when fans playing Silent Hill 2 noticed, what some say is the most important moment of the game, a rape scene involving the Pyramid Head had been edited and cut short. This rubbed some people the wrong way.
Journey was released on the PSN for download to amazing reviews. I’ve yet to play this game or know the premise, but the praise it has received is unreal. It sells for $15 and everyone, including myself, should pick this up. Some have gone on to say this is the best downloadable game of all time. The Armored Core franchise also got its first release in years with version 5 coming out.
Now towards the end of the month, we get one of the worst weeks in gaming history in terms of failing. The long anticipated Ninja Gaiden 3 and Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City were released. Reviews and info were not necessarily made readily available until after the release date. That’s always a bad sign going into a release of a game. Now I have not played Ninja Gaiden personally, but hearing from owners of the game stating it’s unplayable and just horrible. I personally purchased Resident Evil, and it was the most bug-ridden, stalest, cash crop of a game I have ever played (My review/non-review here http://nextooze.com/video-games-in-greenville/resident-evil-operation-raccoon-city-is-the-worst-game-of-all-time). Since writing that, i gave it more of a chance, playing the online modes, but when it came down to it, it was just boring. The only entertaining thing was watching the A.I. I loved when I was doing 3 player online through what I believe is the police station where the Lickers first appear, and the A.I. is just staring at the wall. Not to mention enemies don’t follow you from room to room. Atrocious, still.
The final week of the month saw the release of Tiger Woods ’13. Many people try to warrant a sports purchase from year to year, but from what I’ve read it’s worth it. People complain it’s too hard, but that’s what made ’12 so great, it was so rewarding. The Kinect gets implemented for the first time, but the idea of swinging an invisible golf club is dumb. Atleast with the Move, you’re holding something. I plan on picking this up today and reviewing soon.
So the month of March had a lot to talk about. The month was full of controversy and disappointments and enough of both to keep people writing about it. The Show was clearly the best game released this month. All that really matters is that Diablo 3 is coming soon enough, and you won’t have to worry about playing any of these games. Please shut up, and take my money Blizzard.