Anybody want to buy a kidney? Because the shear volume of promising games releasing in March 2018 are in-SANE. Here are a pick of 16(!) to get excited about:
Gaming in 2018 might have been impressive so far with the likes of Celeste, Monster Hunter: World, Shadow of the Colossus and Bayonetta on Switch lighting up Metacritic like an explosion at the green firework factory but this year is about to kick into a whole new gear thanks to a packed out March. Prepare your wallet/purse for the damage that this bumper selection of 16 games are about to cause… *sharp intake of breath* this is going to be expensive.
1). Fear Effect Sedna
The long awaited Threequel to Fear Effect is almost upon us as Sedna launches on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch on March 6th. Hana, Glas, Rain and Deke are joined by new character Axel as they confront the spirit realm and enter the world of Inuit mythology in a real-time, isometric, tactic heavy action-adventure. We managed to play a small chunk of Fear Effect Sedna at EGX Rezzed last year and we were impressed with what we played and with another year of development under its belt, we’re excited to see the finished product.
2). Bravo Team
Bravo Team looks like the game version of those 90’s action B-Movies like Delta Force and that couldn’t make me happier. Trapped behind enemy lines in a city that has been thrown into turmoil, you and a friend have to don the PSVR headset, arm up with Aim Controller and fight your way to safety. Bravo Team is using the Aim Controller to its maximum potential giving you full movement with your weapon – “Pinned down by enemy fire? Lift the controller above your head and blind fire away.” – and the game is designed to be immersive so there’s no loading screens from start to finish. Bravo Team releases for the PS4/PSVR on March 6th in the US and a day later for Europe and the rest of the world.
3). Warhammer: Vermintide II
Currently enjoying a successful beta, Vermintide II is a co-op centric first-person action game set in the fantasy Warhammer universe. While it’s a sequel, you won’t have had to play the original Vermintide to enjoy this (but you should anyway, Vermintide: The End Times is great). This time around, the Nurgle worshiping Warriors of Chaos have joined forces with the relentless Skaven ratmen to lay siege to the realm of men. It’s your job to kick those rat faced freaks in the ass and send them packing with their long pink tail between their legs. Warhammer: Vermintide II is landing on PC on March 8th, 2018.
4). Sea of Thieves
Get ready to shiver some timbers, plunder some booty and have a Kraken good time when Sea of Thieves releases on 20th March 2018 for Xbox One and PC. If you’ve been marooned on a desert island somewhere and haven’t heard much about Rare’s latest project, it’s a “pirate extravaganza” in which you crew up with friends (or strangers) to sail around the sea, explore islands and do general pirate things (like locking your friends in the brig). Rossko recently got some hands on time with the Beta should you fancy reading more on Sea of Thieves.
5). Q.U.B.E. 2
The original Q.U.B.E. was a bit of a sleeper hit so we’re happy Toxic Games are back with a sequel in the six sided shape of Q.U.B.E. 2. In this first-person puzzle game you play as archaeologist Amelia Cross who awakes on a strange alien world and must manipulate her environment in order to survive and maybe unveil the mysteries surrounding her situation. Q.U.B.E. 2 launches on March 13th for PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4
How to deal with movement has been a continual bane for VR game development. Some games use teleportation, others use hand movement control and neither method feels entirely intuitive – but Golem, from Highwire Games, has introduced something new. Using something called “Incline Control”, you’ll be able to move through Golem by tilting your body as if you’re about to walk in that direction. Word on the grapevine is that this could be revolutionary for VR development and makes exploring the enemy and secret filled Endless City of Golem a breeze. Check out Golem when it launches on PS4/PSVR on March 13th, 2018.
7). Kirby: Star Allies
A new Kirby game is always a cause for celebration and this time, he’s not alone. With up to 4-player co-op, Kirby Star Allies allows the pink puff to hit enemies with hearts to turn them into allies. Nintendo are on a roll right now and Kirby Star Allies might be the next “must have” Switch title when it launches on March 16th, 2018.
8). Attack on Titan 2
I’ll be honest – I never expected Omega Force and Koei Tecmo to be able to replicate the fast paced, high flying, Maneuvering Gear powered combat from the graphic novels/anime series in a convincing way, but they nailed it with the original AOT game. With A.O.T. 2, Omega Force are building upon the many positives of the first game while improving the Titan AI and making the game more of a challenge. A.O.T. 2 is releasing on PC, Switch, PS4, Switch and even the PSVita on March 15th in Japan and 5 days later, on March 20th, for the rest of the world.
9). Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered
When it first released back in 2014 on PS3 and Xbox 360, Assassin’s Creed Rogue got a bit of a raw deal. It launched in the same window as Assassin’s Creed Unity and received next to no marketing spend when compared to its Parisian counterpart. They say that hindsight is 20/20 and looking back, Ubisoft might count that as a mistake because, as it turns out, AssCreed: Rogue was actually a really great game. Now it’s getting a deserved second bite of the cherry as a remaster, launching on the PS4 and Xbox One on the 10th of March. If you passed up on Rogue in favour of Unity, now is the time to witness the closure of the Kenway saga.
10). A Way Out
A Way Out stood tall as a surprise highlight from the EA E3 2017 showcase and less than a year later, the game has gone gold and is preparing to release on March 23rd, 2018. In the game you play as convicts Leo and Vincent who must break out of prison and go on the run from the authorities. In a pretty unique twist, the game is played in co-op (local of online) and the actions of one player will affect the game for the other player, even when the players are not presented on screen together.
11). Detective Pikachu
The Pokemon spin-off Detective Pikachu has been available in Japan for more than 2 years but on March 23rd (March 24th in Australia) the rest of the world will get to play it on the 3DS too. The game follows the mystery solving antics of an intelligent Pikachu and a boy named Tim who can understand what the iconic Pokemon is saying. If this wasn’t enough for you, there’s a Detective Pikachu 2DS, 3DS and Amiibo releasing in March too.
12). Far Cry 5
The Far Cry series has become synonymous with incredible villains we love to hate with such incredible bad guys as Pagan Min, Vaas and, the most deadly of them all, malaria. This seems to be a trend that’ll continue with Far Cry 5 and antagonist Joseph Seed and his Eden’s Gate cultists. Set in Montana, we’ll get to run, gun and drive around Hope County, kicking the cult in the nuts with a little help from our friends and a dog named Boomer. Far Cry 5 is blasting onto PC, PS4 and Xbox One on March 27th.
13). Ni No Kuni II: Revenent Kingdom
According to the vast majority of early impressions, RPG’s don’t come as charming or as involving as Ni No Kuni II: Revenent Kingdom. Unlike the original Ni No Kuni game, Studio Ghibli haven’t been involved in the creation of Revenent Kingdom but this certainly hasn’t affected how beautiful this game looks. Ni No Kuni II: Revenent Kingdom hits PC and PS4 on March 23rd and if you’re looking for an RPG with a difference, keep an eye on this one.
14). State of Mind
When you read the official description of State of Mind, it sounds like the description of a schlocky daytime telenovela; “You are Richard Nolan, a father and journalist from Berlin who discovers that he has been subject to an accident. As a result, he is still living with incomplete memories.Upon realizing that he is literally a torn man, Richard sets out on a dramatic and dangerous search for salvation. He aims to reunite with his family, as well as with his own lost memories.”. Thankfully, State of Mind is much more than just “EXPLOSIVE AMNESIA” and you’ll be exploring a dystopian Berlin as well as the sterile cyberspace to save your family, yourself and, indeed, the future of mankind. A passion project for director Martin Ganteföhr, State of Mind is exploring PC, Xbox One, Switch and PS4 on the 30th of March.
15). The Council
Episodic narrative adventure games have come a long way in the past few years and The Council, from Focus Home and developers Big Bad Wolf, is looking to continue that trend. Set in Georgian-Era England, The Council is a Whodunit murder mystery that’ll unravel around an illuminati-esque group of characters including Napoleon Bonaparte and George Washington. There’s no traditional “game over” screen to The Council and the plot will adapt and change to your decisions and it’ll feature a new aspect for these types of games – skills that you can develop that’ll help you guide the plot and other characters to the desired outcome. The Council is set to release as 5 separate episodes with the first launching in March 2018.
16). Burnout Paradise Remastered
Welcome to the jungle. We’ve got fun and games. It’s in your head now, right? Unless you were living under a rock when it was announced last week, Burnout Paradise is getting the remaster treatment for PS4 and Xbox One and it’s crashing in on March 16th (there’s a PC version also on the way later in the year). The Remaster includes 8 DLC packs and the original soundtrack – yes, including Avril Lavigne.
Are there any other games you’re excited about playing in March? Head to the comments section and let your fingers do the talking.