Happy March everyone! It’ll not be long before them there leaves start browning, days begin shortening and we’re suddenly all huddled together in one giant human ball, whining about how cold it is. Or, in words shamelessly jacked from Game of Thrones: winter is coming. As is our March issue. You may already even have it, because you’re a dirty time-travelling cheat. Or you’re just incredibly lucky.
Either way, if you’d like to see what’s in store for you with NAG magazine this month, step into our web-office.
SimCity! It’s all over our cover, and we’re immensely proud. Isn’t it a striking image? Speaking of striking, we cannot wait to get our hands on this game so we can get to work wondering why our Sim citizens are so unhappy with that massive coal power plant we’ve just erected right alongside their (formerly) pristine suburban neighborhood. Or why Sims insist on getting so uppity with the traffic on the obviously perfect roads we’ve built for them. ‘Ey, if you Sims don’t like it: walk, damn it. Everyone loves a good dictatorship. Anyway, we’ve taken a good, long look at the upcoming reboot of this much-loved, timeless franchise, and written our thoughts on what you should expect, whether you’re a long-time fan or a total newcomer.
Beyond that, important features in this month’s mag include a brief look into the world of mobile gaming on your smartphone and/or tablet, in which we take a magnifying glass to 15 mobile games and the portable fun they provide. Then, with StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm out in March, we quickly recap the narrative events leading up to the heavily anticipated expansion.
Previews for March include a wealth of upcoming offerings. Digital toy box Disney Infinity sounds mighty impressive (except to the dismayed wallets of parents everywhere), and we take a walk amongst the free-to-play MMO shooter ideals of Firefall. Path of Exile‘s overwhelming action RPG-ness leaves us hopeful that it can fill the void left by Diablo III. And if none of that sounds exciting enough, Fire Emblem: Awakening turns your children into warriors. Seriously.
We also have reviews! The big one (six pages big) is Dead Space 3. Isaac’s space-faring not-quite-survival-horror action returns, and Tarryn and Michael have dipped into the seemingly endless well of Google Talk-chat reviews to give you their unique verdict on the game. Aside from that, we’ve got the JRPG exploits of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, The Walking Dead‘s harrowing zombie apocalypse tale, DmC: Devil May Cry‘s stylish action and the humorous lunacy of Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!! (which has to be one of the greatest game titles ever dreamt up by anyone, ever) in there as well.
You want hardware? We’ve got hardware! We put the ASUS ROG Xonar Phoebus to the test and find a worthwhile companion in the Patriot Gauntlet Node. The Rampage IV Gene motherboard may not be the newest kid on the block, but it sure is impressive. Evetech sends us another lovingly built gaming PC, this time constructed with LANners in mind. World of Warcraft fans will love SteelSeries’ pair of WoW-branded mice.
You’ll find all this and more nestled within the pages of our March issue. You should be able to find it on store shelves this Thursday, the 28th of February. Also, if you’d prefer a digital copy, bear in mind our Zinio offering. Also, if you happen to have the technology, be sure to test the augmented reality treats we’ve scattered throughout the mag. Now, scroll down for a look at that cover, and to snag the contents page PDF.