Shippin' Out March 4-10: Mass Effect 3

BioWare's sci-fi trilogy capper leads big week of new releases featuring Street Fighter X Tekken, Unit 13, MLB 12, and I Am Alive.

There's an old saying that states March "comes in like a lion and goes out like lamb." The first part of that is undoubtedly true this year when it comes to new releases, as this week sees a whole pride's worth of big game launches.

Mass Effect 3 is finally here.

First and foremost among the new games is Mass Effect 3, the capper to BioWare's sci-fi role-playing game trilogy. Set for release on the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, Mass Effect 3 sees planet Earth under siege. The attackers are the reapers, a race of heavily armed sentient spacecraft that were central to the plot of the first Mass Effect. Players will once again take on the role of Shepard, who is now on the run from the shadowy pro-human organization Cerberus. To save Earth, Shepard must travel the galaxy trying to rally support from alien civilizations with varying degrees of sympathy.

This week also sees Capcom's latest fighting game crossover debut with Street Fighter X Tekken. As the name implies, the game sees the rosters of the two fighting game franchises take each other on in a series of tag team battles. Representing Street Fighter will be a number of the series' heavy hitters like Ryu, M. Bison, and Chun Li, while Tekken faithful can knuckle up with the likes of Kuma, Kazuya, and Heihachi.

Gamers who'd rather take swings of another kind can warm up for the new baseball season this week with Sony's MLB 12: The Show and 2K Sports' Major League Baseball 2K12 for a host of different platforms. 2K Sports is even offering an Xbox 360 combo pack for sports fanatics, bundling its latest baseball sim with last year's NBA 2K12 for $70.

Handheld diehards will also have a few new options to check out this week. On the PlayStation Vita, Sony releases the system's first dual-analog-stick shooter with Zipper Interactive's Unit 13. While over on the 3DS, Sega has Crush3D, the sequel to 2007's original dimension-crossing puzzle game Crush.

Finally, Ubisoft's long-awaited I Am Alive makes its debut as a downloadable game on the Xbox 360 this week. Originally announced at the 2008 Electronic Entertainment Expo, I Am Alive tells the story of an everyman who has lost his wife and daughter during a mysterious but cataclysmic event. This man returns to his hometown, Haventon, a year later to find the city in ruins, with its inhabitants taking "necessary actions" to survive. I Am Alive will sell for 1,200 Microsoft points ($15).

For further details, visit GameSpot's New Releases page. The full list of downloadable games on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Marketplace, and Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.

TUESDAY, MARCH 6
Mass Effect 3--X360, PS3, PC--Electronic Arts
Street Fighter X Tekken--X360, PS3--Capcom
MLB 12 The Show--PS3, Vita--Sony
MLB 2K12 - NBA 2K12 Combo Pack--X360--2K Sports
MLB 2K12--X360, PS3, Wii, PC, DS, PSP, PS2--2K Sports
Unit 13--Vita--Sony
Crush3D--3DS--Sega
Blades of Time--PS3, X360--Konami
Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7--Vita--WBIE
The Sims 3: Showtime--PC, Mac--Electronic Arts
Top Gun: Hard Lock--X360, PS3--505 Games
Order Up!--PS3--Ignition
Nicktoons MLB 3D--3DS--2K Play
Country Dance Kinect--X360--Game Mill

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7
I Am Alive--X360--Ubisoft

Written By

Want the latest news about The Sims 3?

The Sims 3

The Sims 3

Discussion

11 comments
Pete5506
Pete5506

The week is finally here, lets hope its not a let down

sune_Gem
sune_Gem

@CptRexKramer I agree. The multiplayer had me fearing the worst, yet it's likely that I'm going to spend a fair few hours in it after having played it on the demo.

vader501st
vader501st

This is it people. Let's show those Reaper mofos what we're made of. Good luck and godspeed to all Shepards out there!

Animatronic64
Animatronic64

Mass Effect 3? More like Mass Ejaculation 3. I cannot wait.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

I'll be picking up my copy of Mass Effect 3 tomorrow morning.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

[This message was deleted at the request of the original poster]

darkouer
darkouer

hmmmm.... Wonder how well Blades of Time turned out... Konami seemingly could do no wrong during the 16-bit days, but after that, their games have been steadily decreasing in quality (except for MGS).

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Finally noticed a shipping soon message on my Amazon account for ME3. Too bad I won't really be able to play it until after I get home from work Wednesday morning. Just can't wait.

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

I loved the co-op in the ME 3 demo. Looking forward to it as well as I AM Alive.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

......Like Blue oyster Cult said.... [don't] Fear the Reapers... I'm looking forward to kicking some Reaper backside tomorrow.....