Buy It, Rent It, Leave It: March 12th – March 18th

Virtual Katz is adding on to your dose of news with a spin, and is set to bring you a new taste of what’s to come in the week of gaming. Check back weekly for your newest Buy It, Rent It, Leave It, for what’s releasing and whether you should pinch your pennies until the next release or flop down your wad of cash for the newest in video games.

Overall, March had been both bad and good to gamers. With a bevy of titles to choose from this month has been great for people looking for a new game release every week, but on the other hand painfully bites the pocketbook with so many huge titles. This week is no different as a solid amount of content is set to be released on every console, including PC. Let’s check out what hitting store shelves this week in the Buy It, Rent It, Leave It.

God of War Ascension

Release Date: March 12th | Launching on:imagesCART100V

God of War has been a staple in gaming since its birth on the PlayStation 2, but we haven’t seen Kratos and his angry streak in quite some time. Well this week that all changes with the launch of God of War Ascension on the PlayStation 3. While we are three games into the series, Ascension doesn’t further the fallen God’s story, but instead takes us back to the beginning and allows us to see how and what, makes him so pissed off. God of War Ascension is looking fantastic from everything we have seen to date, and is yet another in a long line of PlayStation exclusives that Sony provides to keep fans happy. If you haven’t played any of the God of War games yet, the game is a fantastic place to start and you have the ability to play all the games successively to see how the story plays out. While this may not be the absolute defining title in the series, its still Kratos, he’s still awesome, and he’s still a bad ass.

Metacritic Average: 80

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Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 

Release Date: March 12th | Launching on:imagesCART100Vxbox_logo_sth_os_windows

Sniper: Ghost Warrior was an average title at best when it released back in 2010, but the game grew quite a decent cult following much like Sniper Elite did when it released as well. In late 2012 and early 2013 we gamers got another taste of what it’s like to hold a long rifle and take down the enemy from great distances away. After the lackluster and disappointing launch of Sniper Elite V2, fans of the long range shooting genre are hoping that Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 will build upon the average performance of the first title. While these games are fun for short spurts, the lack of depth to the story and similarities in layout and style tend not to divert from level to level. This can cause gamers to bore quickly and want something different to play after a small dose of the game. Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 is set to better the first, but still doesn’t quite warrant the funds.

Metacritic Average: No Reviews

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Darkstalkers Resurrection

Release Date: March 12th | Launching on:imagesCART100Vxbox_logo_s

Darkstalkers is the ever-popular fighting franchise with a Japanese stylized approach to the fighting genre. While this isn’t necessarily a brand new game, it does combines two of the J-Fighting genres better titles in Darkstalkers 3 and Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge. While the game has a slight learning curve to it and isn’t as friendly as others to newcomers looking for a fighting game, the game does give fans of the series some new features on their loved classics. The game does feature HD graphics and online play, but aside from some new combos, unlockable images and videos, as well as achievements/trophy support it doesn’t give you a new game that many would crave instead of an HD port. While there is a lot of content, with it being two games, and if your a fan of the series there is no doubt you may want to grab this, the rest of the gaming community may want to pass in favor of better current generation fighters.

Metacritic Average: No Reviews

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LEGO City: Undercover

Release Date: March 18th | Launching on: logo-wiiu

While the LEGO games have been insanely popular since their launch with the Star Wars franchise, we have never seen a LEGO game that is simply focused around LEGO’s in general. Instead of giving games something new and different, there is always a franchise license tied to the game. This is the first time that we are set to see LEGO’s in action in the LEGO City landscape. While many adults may think that these are kiddy titles, make no mistake that the LEGO games are a ton of fun and have only gotten better with age. LEGO Batman 2 gave us our first taste of LEGO’s in the open world and LEGO City Undercover gives gamers the chance to expand on that experience in a Grand Theft Auto sandbox style of gaming. There is no way that any gamer that loves action and adventure should miss this title, as it has great depth and solid mechanics. Let’s face it, it’s down right fun. Not to mention this is the first Wii U title in quite some time that should make gamers want to dust off their game pad for something unique to play. Even if your on your 100th play through of New Super Mario Bros. U or Scribblenauts Unlimited, do your self and your console a favor and slap something new in there…. LEGO Style!

Metacritic Average: No Reviews

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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm 

Release Date: March 12th | Launching on: th_os_windows

StarCraft is the ever popular PC franchise that give you the ability to play as one of three races Zerg, Protoss, or Terran. When StarCraft II first launched it arrived to a ton of fanfare and reaped the benefits of huge sales. Heart of the Swarm gives players even more content to enjoy StarCraft II with, with its first expansion set. This real-time strategy giant is serving up enough to keep gamers going for a long time. If you love StarCraft or are just getting started buying this game is a no-brainer. I am not a huge RTS player, but even I love StarCraft. It is just loads of fun, and this expansion set builds on the StarCraft II lore. If your a PC gamer, have a PC that will run this, and the original StarCraft II just isn’t enough content buy this set. Even if you have enough, buy it anyway because StarCraft is just awesome. End of story buy the game, buy the expansion, plain and simple.

Metacritic Average: No Reviews

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While there are other XBLA, PSN, and PC releases this should keep you guys happy for the week. If you are looking for something to hold you over until next week there are three buys on this list that should appeal to you in some way shape or form, if of course you have one of the consoles listed. If your a bored 360 gamer pick up Sniper as a rental and see if it’s your cup of tea. We’ll be back with the same segment next week previewing the likes of  Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Gears of War Judgment, and Dead or Alive 5 Plus.

Written By Nick

Nick is a man obsessed with all things related to film. From the most obscure to the very popular, he’s seen it all and hopes to one day turn his obsession into a career that makes a lot of money so he can buy a monkey, a bulldog, and a full size Batman suit.

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Nick is a man obsessed with all things related to film. From the most obscure to the very popular, he's seen it all and hopes to one day turn his obsession into a career that makes a lot of money so he can buy a monkey, a bulldog, and a full size Batman suit.

  • Nick

    And thus begins my weekly reminder of how poor I am…

  • Sort of bummed that Lego game is only available on Wii. Seems like something my kid would be into but he’s way to cool to be caught playing some lame ass Wii system 😉

  • Aaron

    Oh Nick, this is a reminder about how poor we all are, especially the month of March, it’s not just you. The games list of March is simply incredible, probably one of the strongest months that I can remember in quite some time. The sad part is that this is the weakest week (eh, not bad huh! haha) of the month. We have seen more Triple A titles in March than the last 3 combine. If your a gamer, whether you can afford them or not, it’s just exciting to see the influx of titles. Rentals are always an option 😉

  • Aaron

    LEGO games have been incredibly popular, and honestly brought the actual bricks back to prominence. LEGO city is exciting as a title in general because its nice to see that another type of game, other than something that is along the lines of GTA, Far Cry, or Saints Row, can pull off a game that gives a huge amount of content. Its not like I am all about the kiddy games, but at the same time, I do enjoy something a little more simplistic and also light hearted at times as well.

    Luckily, if your son either owns a Nintendo 3DS, or is willing to play on one (remind him to get the small one because he can hide it in his pocket if the cool kids are looking) there is a version of the game coming out on April 17th. It’s awesome when you have a kid that is into these types of games because when someone sees the title and asks you “You play this?” You can pass it off that “Oh no that’s the boy’s.”, but we all know the truth! Hopefully both of you can get your hands on a version of the game because LEGO City is looking very promising.

  • Philip

    I hate to be the negative nelson here, but I think I’m passing on all of this week’s releases. GoW just doesn’t appeal to me. I played the beta and the multiplayer is sort of interesting but I’m just not in the mood for copious amounts of blood staining my LCD right now. And Lego games make me fall asleep. Wake me up if Bioshock Infinite is worth the time 🙂