New Releases 1st – 7th March

March madness has arrived with the month’s first of many huge titles: Battlefield: Bad Company 2. We swooned over the beta and dreamt of what the full title might bring to the somewhat stale FPS table, and now we get to find out on Friday.

Apart from EA’s potential COD-killer, the rest is slim pickings; ironic considering most people believe the month of March is synonymous with spontaneous wallet combustion. Konami ports a popular survival horror to the PSP, while there’s more surviving and horror of the less psychological and more zombie blasting kind when Capcom unleashes RE5’s Desperate Escape on Wednesday and Thursday (360 and PS3 releases respectively). Keeping things Japanese for the final title, Way of the Samurai 3 finally sees a European release.

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Wednesday:

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Resident Evil 5: Desperate Escape (DLC)

Release date: March 3rd (360), March 4th (PS3)
Platforms: PS3, 360
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom

Synopsis: As this is DLC, we’re not 100% sure Resident Evil 5’s latest chapter will appear this week. It will in the US at least, but the jury is out if we’ll get it at the same time. Desperate Escape stars Jill Valentine and Josh Stone trying to escape – desperately we assume – from the Tricell facility. The event ties in with the original game … which we won’t spoil here for those who have yet to play it.

Thursday:

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

Release date: March 4th
Platforms: PSP
Publisher: Konami
Developer: Climax Group

Synopsis: We’re intentionally staying tight-lipped about Konami’s revisit to Silent Hill in fear of ruining a review of the title which will appear later on this week. Needless to say you’re back in Silent Hill, and like all great protagonists of the series, you’re missing a kid/sibling/other random relative. You’re also likely on the run from social services, a point the games never seem to mention.

Friday:

Way of the Samurai 3

Release date: March 5th
Platforms: PS3, 360
Publisher: Gamebridge
Developer: Acquire

Synopsis: Sixteen months after its Japanese release, PS3 and 360 fans of feudal Japan and its crazy enforcers finally get their hands on Way of the Samurai 3. Sporting over one hundred weapons and the ability to draw your sword at any time during cut-scenes for that added dramatic effect, WotS 3 also lets you fall to your knees and beg for mercy. Yeah, right, like you’ll be doing that anytime soon.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Release date: March 5th
Platforms: PS3, 360
Publisher: EA
Developer: EA DICE

Synopsis: EA’s first in a two-pronged assault to wrestle the FPS crown back from Activision, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is easily the highlight of the week. The PS3 exclusive beta was sublime, as was the two demos that subsequently appeared on each of the consoles. The question now is how the single-player plays, and if the full multi-player offering is as delectable as the early taste suggests it will be.

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Games released this week in North America include:

Lunar: Silver Star Harmony (PSP), Major League Baseball 2K10 (360, PS3, PSP) and MLB ’10: The Show (PS3, PSP). Here’s hoping that at least MLB ‘10: The Show enjoys a European release. Its predecessor was an awesome title.

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Please note: while every attempt is made to get both the dates accurate and every applicable game included, we are not infallible and mistakes will be made. Feel free to mention any omissions or corrections in the comments below. We’ll endeavour to correct the above and even thank you personally. We’re good like that. Finally, all dates are the official EU dates. Actual release dates in your country may vary to the dates shown above.

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