This Monday heralds a week of mayoral responsibilities and the raiding of trap-laden tombs, both of which undoubtedly require similar skill sets. As much as I'm a big fan of Ms. Croft, and it seems like her latest outing is one of her best, I'm a tad more taken with managing a crazy little city.
I'll admit that I'm still not completely sold on SimCity, however. It certainly looks lovely, but I miss my water pipes and gargantuan utopias, and so many of the design choices seem to be aimed at people who are social butterflies, when I'm more of a grumpy moth. Regardless, I'm still rather excited about its imminent release, and will be doing my best to ensure that Beardtopia is the grottiest, most unfriendly city in all the land.
On top of SimCity and Tomb Raider, there are a plethora of other new releases demanding your attention this week. Two Naruto Shippunden titles drop, saturating the colorful, super-powered ninja market; Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk gives budding herbalists something to do on the PS3, while also searching for their lost sister; The Showdown Effect jumps out of a burning building and punches a vaguely German sounding villain in the face; and the 3DS gets a new Castlevania: Lords of Shadow title.
You lot are getting spoiled this week. What's tempting you the most?
Xbox 360: Tomb Raider, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3, Mass Effect 3: Citadel, Forza Horizon: March Meguiar's Car Pack, MLB 2K13, DmC: Vergil's Downfall.
Wii U: The Amazing Spider-Man
PC: SimCity, Tomb Raider, The Showdown Effect, The Sims 3: University Life, Total War: Shogun 2 Gold Edition, Dollar Dash, War of the Roses: Brian Blessed DLC, Handball Challenge 2013
3DS: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, Naruto Powerful Shippuden, Kersploosh!
Vita: MLB 13: The Show
PSN: Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, Fist of North Star: Ken’s Rage 2, Fuel Overdose, Germinator, Port Royale 3: Pirates & Merchants, Dollar Dash
XBLA: Dollar Dash
Tomb Raider (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (PS3, Xbox 360)
MLB 2K13 (PS3, Xbox 360)
DmC: Vergil's Downfall (PS3, Xbox 360)
MLB 13: The Show (PS3, Vita)
Dollar Dash (PC, PSN, XBLA)
Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk (PS3)
The Showdown Effect (Mac, PC)
The Sims 3: University Life (Mac, PC)
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate (3DS)
Naruto Powerful Shippuden (3DS)