Still recovering from the March 5th madness? Well, I’ve got news for ya – you are in for another hit. Brace yourself – we’ve got the return of Kratos, the return of the Queen of Blades, and the return of Darkstalkers, just to name a few. We’ve got a total of 5 titles, and I know I’ve personally got to have 3, maybe even 4 of them. Christmas 2012 felt light compared to March 2013. Laugh it off while you can – it only gets more nuts from here.
God of War: Ascension [PS3]
God of War: Ascension is a Hack N' Slash Action game and PlayStation 3 exclusive that serves as a prequel to the popular God of War video game series. The game is the seventh release in the series, and reveals the details of Kratos' initial betrayal by Ares while human, and the source of his rage. Game features include: eight-player online multiplayer support, new combat and puzzle mechanics, HD video output and bluetooth headset support, and new enemies to battle. Before He Was a God, He Was a Man Vengeance is born in the fires of betrayal in this prequel to the best-selling God of War franchise. Six months have passed since Kratos stood over the bodies of his wife and child, his hands stained with their blood - tricked by Ares into murdering the only people he ever loved. Swearing to avenge them, Kratos broke the blood oath that bound him to Ares, but oaths to Olympus are not so easily broken... Sentenced to an eternity chained within a prison for the living damned, Kratos battles insanity at the hands of the Furies. He will be tested as he seeks freedom, redemption for his sins, and the clarity to avenge his family. Updated Single-Player Combat and Franchise First Multiplayer God of War: Ascension features a variety of new gameplay mechanics. In the single-player campaign these include a new prompt-free button input system, the ability to pickup and switch weapons, time manipulation and new enemies. In addition, God of War: Ascension features franchise first multiplayer, supporting up to 8 players in online play in which players have access to different weapons, armor, powers and control mythological characters in certain scenarios. Key Game Features Experience Kratos' quest for freedom from the very beginning with an epic new single-player story. Multiplayer comes to God of War for the first time. Take the epic God of War combat online with 8-player objective-based combat. Align yourself to Zeus, Ares, Poseidon, or Hades and earn their favor to unlock new customization options for your multiplayer gladiator. New combat and puzzle mechanics build on the award-winning God of War gameplay. Supports HD video output in 480P | 720P, and the official bluetooth headset for PlayStation 3 system.
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm [PC / Mac]
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is the first expansion to the 2010 release of the heralded Real-Time strategy game, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.* Heart of the Swarm features a new campaign continuing the epic story of Sarah Kerrigan, Queen of Blades, as she gathers the remnants of the Zerg Swarm and plots her revenge against the treacherous dictator of the Koprulu sector, Arcturus Mengsk. It also introduces several new multiplayer units and features that enhance the acclaimed StarCraft II online experience. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm game logo Continue the Story Where Wings of Liberty Left Off Heart of the Swarm picks up the story of StarCraft II where the 2010 release, Wings of Liberty, left off, focusing on Kerrigan's quest to reunite the Swarm and exact revenge on Arcturus Mengsk. Over the course of 20 campaign missions, players will follow Kerrigan as she sweeps across the galaxy, incorporating a variety of distinctive zerg species into her brood. Kerrigan will grow in strength from mission to mission, and players will be able to customize her with powerful new abilities, as well as evolve various zerg strains into fearsome new subspecies to suit their play style. New Weapons, Units and Multiplayer Features New weapons of war also debut in Heart of the Swarm's multiplayer, including new units such as Terran Hellbats, Zerg Swarm Hosts, and Protoss Tempests, while certain existing units from Wings of Liberty will be updated with new capabilities. New features will enhance the game experience, including group and clan systems; unranked matchmaking; Global Play, enabling players to battle others in different regions around the world; additional stat tracking; user interface improvements; an enhanced physics system, for more visceral looking battles; multiplayer replays, to watch replays with friends; a leveling system that gives Heart of the Swarm players a new way to earn customization options for their online profiles; and much more.
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 [Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC]
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 is military style First-Person Shooter (FPS) that specializes in sniper activity. The game is a follow-up to the original Sniper: Ghost Warrior release in 2010, and features sniping action set in three different terrain types: urban, jungle, and mountain. Features include an in-game spotter, differing sniping tactics, customizable play options that include levels of ballistics, a knife for silent stealth kills, heat and night vision goggles, intelligence and sniping missions, a bullet cam, a visibility meter on the mini map for keeping tabs on your enemies' view of you, and competitive multiplayer support. Sniper: Ghost Warrior game logo You Are the Hunter Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 takes the bulls-eye precision of its 2 million plus best-selling predecessor to new and exciting heights. It is the only multi-platform FPS modern shooter exclusively designed around the sniper experience and built using the most advanced game engine in CryENGINE3. The missions of Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 are graphically stunning and provide more diverse sniper challenges. Feel the kill as you experience unprecedented levels of realism in weapons, ballistics and environmental factors. Key Game Features Diverse Gameplay Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 takes all the breathless anticipation, precise controls and skillful fun of sniping and mixes it with stealth and silent elimination play, action scenes, a cooperative move playbook. Night vision and thermo vision goggles to use in limited visibility situations. Multiple and varied locations including urban, jungle, mountain environments. An array of faithfully recreated weapons are at your disposal. An Authentic, Modern Sniper Experience Realistic ballistics take into account the player's location, wind speed and direction, breathing rate and distance from the target. Snipers do not fight alone in the real world and nor do they in Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2. Working with your spotter is key. All environments are based on real-world locations. An array of faithfully recreated weapons are at your disposal. More Skill, More Rewards Silent kills allow for quiet enemy elimination. Bullet cam shows particularly successful hits. Innovation and Technology Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 is built on CryEngine3, the most advanced multi-platform development tool for current-generation consoles. New equipment for stealth gameplay. Epic story crafted by acclaimed writers.
Darkstalkers Resurrection [XBLA / PSN]
The beloved Darkstalkers fighting game franchise is back and ready to take the fight to current gen consoles in this double-pack of Darkstalkers games. Featuring a unique and colorful cast of characters blended with fast-paced fighting action, Darkstalkers Resurrection contains two games (Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge and Darkstalkers 3), for the price of one. Each game has a slew of features added including: robust GGPO-enabled online game play, HD graphical filtering with multiple viewing options, replay sharing, Spectator Mode, in-game achievements, Challenge/Tutorial Mode and an un-lockable vault filled with concept artwork, videos and more.
Monster High Skultimate Roller Maze [Wii / 3DS]
On Your Mark, Get Set, Scream! It's time to lace up your skates and get ready for Monster High: Skultimate Roller Maze! Pick your favorite Monster High character and assemble a team of friends and fiends as you skate your way through the catacombs of Monster High. Collect power-ups, avoid monstrous obstacles, scream past the competition and use each character's special ability and ghoul power to win the race and bring home the victory! The importance of teamwork and good sportsmanship are the final nail in the coffin as you "Be Yourself. Be Unique. Be a Monster!" Race as your favorite Monster High character, each with unique abilities Compete on multiple treacherous courses with distinctive themes from Monster High Customize your character and team to race to victory Capture monstrous pick-ups to help your team Unique gameplay modes to keep the racing spirited Choose multiple difficulty settings to match your skill Discover creeperific hidden items as you race your team to victory