March 4 - March 8

SimCity has been a hard beast to be excited about. As many are quick, and well within their rights to point out, EA's newest implementation of SimCity is a rose that comes with some sharp, metal thorns. Required internet connectivity at startup, smaller spaces to build, the promise of lots more stuff to buy in the long run, shared regions, save games on the cloud, and the inability to save, destroy and reload your city; this isn't your dad's SimCity.

All we need now is for nobody to be able to log in during the launch and I can practically write tomorrow's internet myself.

I've had my say on what I feel is the current inevitability of games with these kinds of "features" and I don't really have anything new to say about it. At this point, I've bought in so my time is pretty much just focused on wanting to play the game, which after watching several videos looks pretty good. So, SimCity goes down as my game of the week.

But don't lose sight of Tomb Raider either. It's gotten some pretty good early buzz. A different game than previous Tomb Raiders by all accounts, the origin story of Lara Croft portrays a very different person than the self-assured, hyper-confident, back-flipping heroine with her low-slung pistols and flowing pony tail. If the digital zen garden of SimCity doesn't do it for you, the Uncharted-style reboot of Tomb Raider may be a good choice.

Finally, in the annual first rite of spring, baseball returns to the console with MLB2k12 on most consoles and the latest version of The Show on PS3 and Vita.

PC
- Dollar Dash (download - $10)
- Masters of the World: Geopolitical Simulator 3
- SimCity
- The Showdown Effect (download - $10)
- The Sims 3 University Life
- Tomb Raider

Xbox 360
- Dollar Dash (XBLA - $10)
- MLB 2K13
- Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3
- Tomb Raider

PS3
- Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk
- BIT.TRIP Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (PSN)
- Fuel Overdose (PSN - $10)
- Germinator (PSN - $10)
- MLB 13: The Show
- MLB 2K13
- Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3
- Tomb Raider

Wii U
- The Amazing Spider-Man Ultimate Edition

Vita
- Germinator (PSN - $10)
- MLB 13: The Show

3DS
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate
- Kersploosh! (eShop)
- Naruto Powerful Shippuden

Comments

wordsmythe wrote:
S0LIDARITY wrote:

@Jayhawker, I was really just hoping for some scrambling by Wordsmythe. I have 2K11, I found that I really only enjoyed the My Player Mode. I can wait for a price drop for 2k13.

Why? I don't see an error.

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;)

Really enjoying Tomb Raider so far. Normal difficulty seems to be pitched at just the right challenge/fun level.

Gorgeous environments with excellent water and fire effects. I've found a few issues getting into areas containing collectibles once I return to a completed region, but hopefully they'll open up later once I've geared up a little more.

SimCity has been OK. Today was the first day I had connectivity problems. Not thrilled with the smaller cities - in fact I fired up Cities XL just to get my sprawlopolis itch scratched.

Yay 1st post! Long time lurker, first time poster.

Anyways, call me old fashioned, but in my day, people didn't give money to crappy companies no matter how "good" their products are.

I might be missing out on a ton of good to great games, but I refuse to support EA.

I know I am by far the minority and losing my single sale doesn't mean a thing to them, but at least I know I am not contributing to the problem.

I hold out hope for more ethical companies to make something similar and as good so I may support them with my dollars....my One Meeeeelyon Dollars....ahahahahhaah!

EvilShawnAndrich wrote:

Yay 1st post! Long time lurker, first time poster.

Anyways, call me old fashioned, but in my day, people didn't give money to crappy companies no matter how "good" their products are.

I might be missing out on a ton of good to great games, but I refuse to support EA.

I know I am by far the minority and losing my single sale doesn't mean a thing to them, but at least I know I am not contributing to the problem.

I hold out hope for more ethical companies to make something similar and as good so I may support them with my dollars....my One Meeeeelyon Dollars....ahahahahhaah!

I sense a point-counterpoint article coming on.