With the year hitting full tilt and nothing stopping this gaming freight train from slowing down, it’s good to take a moment to glance at some of the games that may be overlooked this quarter.
Lego City Undercover (28 March 2013)
Lego City Undercover is not your typical Lego game.
This Wii-U exclusive throws players into an openworld Lego city, where you play a cop on the hunt for criminals – think GTA, but a little more blocky.
Players can pilot vehicles, such as cars and helicopters, and use loose bricks to build various objects. The Wii U GamePad is incorporated into the gameplay, and can be used to scan areas and locate criminals.
Brütal Legend (released 26 February 2013)
Despite being four years late, Brutal Legend has arrived on PC and should not be neglected due to its age, as the textures and rendering features have been given a heavy metal kick in the pants for its debut on the master race’s systems.
The game is a brilliant love-letter to all things metal, and Jack Black’s likeness and voice acting gives the game a charm that lacking in a lot of today’s titles.
The hack-‘n-slash and RTS hybrid gameplay style is also a unique element to the game, offering drastically different styles in one face-melting experience.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirrors of Fate (released 8 March 2013)
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirrors of Fate should not be overlooked.
This prequel to the 2010’s Lords of Shadow brings the series’ famous action, horror and exploration elements to the 3DS, in a new 2.5D adventure.
Expect some creepy vampiric, werewolf and who-knows-what-else type of enemies to deal with.
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (27 March 2013)
It’s a shame that Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is on the verge of release, yet coverage about it is very low.
The Sly Cooper series has to be one of the most consistent franchises around, with the InFamous developer SuckerPunch always delivering.
The team behind the HD trilogy collection, Sanzaru Games, are now handling the thieving racoon’s latest adventure, Thieves in Time, and things are looking as promising as ever.
Sly can now don some new special costumes, granting him new abilities, such as using a shield and shooting arrows to create rope lines. Sly’s ancestors will also make an appearance and are playable in a number of levels and scenarios.
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 (15 March 2013)
Don’t be put off because the sequel to Sniper has been delayed more times than we can count, as the game looks to be a huge step up from its predecessor.
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2, which is running on CryEngine 3, will see gamers heading into the deep, dangerous jungles of Burma to seek out weapons of mass destruction which are changing hands through shady deals.
You are the lone sniper sent to intercept these dodgy doings by any means necessary. Because what would any military game be without shooting baddies in the face and saving the day?