Each month that we’ve covered so far this year seems to have its own videogame staple – January has always been the month of few releases, February was the month of the PlayStation Vita and March was the month of what many would consider to be the best game in years – Journey.
While February did have a lot of games, many of which released alongside the Vita, none of them quite compared to the incredible Journey, which did more in two or three hours than any of the previously released titles could have done with all their playtimes combined. Indeed, it proved that gaming wasn’t all about lengthy adventures, and that budget downloadable titles could be considered amongst some of the retail big-hitters. It currently sits at a 92 on Metacritic (thanks to one poor review) and Alex gave it the highest praise, scoring it 10/10 in his review.
Mass Effect 3 was another big release in March and caused quite a stir when every single living cell in the entire Universe exaggerated about just how bad the ending was. People sent the game back, shouted at BioWare through their social media channels and swore to never trust anyone but themselves with anything ever again.
Really, it wasn’t that bad – the writing did take a turn for the worse towards the end, a lot of questions weren’t answered and many of your choices were ignored, but the entire game beforehand was a brilliant action RPG with some excellent moments. I stand by my 9/10 review (Mass Effect 2 was still better) and the Metacritic scores reflect this too, with a 93 on PS3.
Other notable retail releases in March included Street Fighter X Tekken, Unit 13, FIFA Street, Ninja Gaiden 3 and Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. While the downloadable market – clearly overshadowed by Journey – for this month included titles such as I Am Alive, Shoot Many Robots, Rayman 3 HD and Sine Mora.
Another big release in March, though not in the gaming world but in streaming video, was the first Kony 2012 video from the charity Invisible Children. They proposed that the war criminal Joseph Kony had to be tracked down and caught by making him famous and plastering him everywhere. The campaign was quickly forgotten, however, after news spread that this charity had poorly described the situation and the director of the video and founder of Invisible Children had a temporary breakdown, spawning another popular video.
Back on TheSixthAxis, GAME continued to struggle and temporarily stopped stocking EA titles, including Mass Effect 3 and FIFA Street, leaving everyone uncertain if the company would manage to pull through. We know that they’re fine now but they did go into administration back in March although, after closing certain stores and suspending reward cards, they managed to pull themselves out of it by the end of the month.
Peter Molyneux also left Lionhead Studios to pursue new projects, the first of which – Curiosity – is out now. There was also the usual dose of rumours, release dates and announcements of announcements across the internet, none of which seemed particularly interesting.
Oh, and a new iPad was announced, just to be replaced by a newer model sixth months later.