Among upcoming video game releases: The ragtag soldiers of Bad Company make military mayhem, Supreme Commander's sequel offers improved accessibility for new players and veterans alike, and Final Fantasy XIII is at last released outside of Japan.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (360 PC PS3)
Release: North America, March 2. Europe, March 5.
Swedish developers EA DICE return with the exciting sequel to 2008's enjoyable military romp, Battlefield: Bad Company. EA recently announced that by Saturday February 19, 3.5 million people had tried out the game's downloadable demo, and player feedback on that demo has been extremely enthusiastic.
Price: $59.95/€69.95 (360 PS3), $49.95/€49.99 (PC)

Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic (PC)
Release: North America, March 2. Europe, March 5.
The 14-year Silent Hunter series is video game battleships taken to the extreme: a tense, tactical, and singular submarine-sim experience, with the added bonus of online multiplayer. However, buyers should be aware that publisher Ubisoft is implementing a new copy-protection system that appears to interrupt gameplay if it's unable to maintain a web connection, even in single-player mode.
Price: $49.99 / €49.99
Special Edition: €69.99 (iron case, game guide, fold-out map, soundtrack, extra vehicles)

Supreme Commander 2 (PC)
Release: North America, March 2. Europe, March 5
Gas Powered Games returns to the success of 2007's superb Supreme Commander with this strategy sequel that promises even better graphics, more robotic armies to create and control, and the emergence of experimental technologies that allow the manufacture of UFOs and a military unit called the Cybranasaurus Rex. An Xbox 360 version is to follow in the week of March 15.
Price: $49.99 / €49.99

Final Fantasy XIII (360, PS3)
Release: North America and Europe, March 9.
The never-ending Final Fantasy's epic role-playing adventure series returns to consoles following a four-year gap since Final Fantasy XII. In a coup for Microsoft, the game is the first to appear on Xbox 360 as well as the PlayStation brand (discounting the online multiplayer of Final Fantasy XI, that is). Said to be not quite up to fans' sky-high expectations, it's still decent fare. In addition to the standard retail version, there are Collectors' Editions and an Xbox 360 console bundle.
Price: $59.99 / €59.99

Yakuza 3 (PS3)
Release: North America, March 9. Europe, March 12.
A roaring success in Japan, much of the Yakuza series' seedy underworld of oriental gangsterism is set within an environment extremely similar to current-day Tokyo. Yakuza 3 was released in Japan a year ago, was given a near-perfect mark by Famitsu magazine, and became the year's second best-selling PS3 game. Grand Theft Auto as seen by the producer of Shenmue and Super Monkey Ball.
Price: $59.99 / €59.99

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (360, PS3)
Release: Europe, March 12. North America, June 2009.
Arc System Works previously presided over the Guilty Gear 2D fighting series and this is the firm's response to losing that franchise. BlazBlue was an immediate hit upon its release among fans of traditional side-on martial arts games, especially once the frenzy surrounding Street Fighter IV wore off. It now arrives in Europe ahead of Super Street Fighter IV's global release at the end of April. Collector's Editions and arcade-style controllers are also available.
Price: €59.99