Hello one and all and welcome to the month of March. The month where things start to get serious after you’ve been dilly daddling for the first two months. We’re going to head into Fall this month and I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for the cold. I’ve been using fans so much that I can’t sleep without one right in my face on full blast. Also, the games this month are CRAZY.
Dead or Alive 6 – PS4, Xbox One, PC – March 1
Dead or Alive is probably one of the most maligned fighting game franchises out there. A lot of the criticism rightfully comes from their reliance on totally implausible female anatomy and the mechanics of the game were often not good enough for the hardcore fighting game community to really latch onto it.
But Dead or Alive 6 promises to fix these problems at least a little bit and craft a really solid fighter. It’s also touted as being easy for beginners which is always a plus because often fighting games get so far up their own butts that they feel nearly inaccessible. So, things are looking good for Jiggle Simulator 2019.
Prediction: I’ve only played one game in this franchise and I did enjoy it so I’m not adverse to the game, but fighting games have been doing some really wacky stuff. I’m not even going to predict a score, I just hope the game releases at least somewhat complete.
Left Alive – PS4, PC – March 5
If you’re anything like me, please stop you’re going to hurt yourself, but also you might have forgotten about this game since it flew a little under the radar. The game is set in the Front Mission universe and when you look at the gameplay trailers and art for it, you can only make one comparison. Metal Gear Solid but with mechs. That prospect alone should make you excited.
It’s described as a survival action game that allows you total freedom in combat. You can rush in with mechs and blaze through enemies, or you can be stealthy and take them out one by one. This game feels like one of those hidden gems that pop up a few times a year that not many people heard of.
Prediction: I have no idea what the Front Mission universe looks like, but the gameplay trailers I’ve seen wants me to give the game the regular prediction of 8/10, but due to the unknown nature, it can honestly go both ways.
Devil May Cry 5 – PS4, Xbox One, PC – March 8
The long-awaited next installment of the Devil May Cry franchise is almost upon us. The series took a bit of a detour with DmC: Devil May Cry, but it’s returning to the root franchise with this installment. The game takes place after the events of Devil May Cry 4 and has you once again following Nero and Dante through their demon killing escapades. You’ll be joined by a third, a mysterious character called V that we will probably get to know very quickly.
The game has fully embraced the modern aesthetic. The characters look like J-Pop members and away is the old Cathedral style that the series was known for. We’re in the modern world with modern threats. The bread and butter of the franchise is the feriocious combat and from what we’ve seen, this game has it in spades. It’s fast, it’s deadly and it looks like a hell of a lot of fun.
Prediction: This game has been a long time coming and it has to be a 9/10 or else. But I think the game is more than capable of handling that.
The Division 2 – PS4, Xbox One, PC – March 15
And here is our prerequisite games-as-a-service title this month. But The Division 2 has quite a number of things going for it. For one, it has all the knowledge and resources of the predecessor. For two, it’s Ubisoft and as much as you want to hate them, they do a great job of supporting their games from the start to the end.
The game promises to have a much better end game than the previous title which was one of the main criticisms for it. It’s iterative, you know? How are they going to keep improving and how will this game look like a few months down the line. It’s all important questions that should be answered soon.
Prediction: I have a feeling that The Division 2 is going to be a 9/10 game. Ubisoft are, reluctant as I am to say it, the master of the games-as-a-service and they know what they’re doing unlike Bethesda who went spelunking inside uranium mines for answers or Anthem which was developed by a story-driven crew.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – PS4, Xbox One, PC – March 22
From Software is one of those developers that can’t do wrong. Ever since they broke the mould with Demon’s Souls and perfected their formula with Dark Souls, they’ve just been on a roll. This will be a new venture for the studio, with a distinctly different aesthetic and feel than what we’re used to.
We’re following a named character this time in the form of Sekiro, a shinobi living in the Sengoku period of Japan. There’s voice acting and more traditional cutscenes than we’re used to in the Souls games. The combat is also vastly different, having no RPG elements or levels to speak of but rely on pure skill to attack enemies with precision and poise. It’s going to be one hell of a ride one way or the other, I’m pretty sure.
Prediction: Once more, there isn’t much that From Software can do wrong. But this is an entirely new venture they’re going on and it might be scary as we traverse new environments, but I really want this game to be a 9/10.
Yoshi’s Crafted World – Switch – March 29
If that’s not enough for you, we also got a Switch exclusive this month that isn’t a port! It’s a whole new Yoshi game that looks quite interesting as well. Yoshi’s Crafted World, like the title suggests, takes place in a world made with arts and crafts. Like pieces of paper and little
It will play like a traditional Yoshi game with our cute green dinosaur eating enemies and spitting out eggs that can be thrown to do some sort of strange and kind of violent self-genocide. Fun for the whole family.
Prediction: The game looks gorgeous visually and since it’s a Nintendo platformer, it’s bound to be good. I’m going with my usual 8/10 on this one.
Here’s a list of all the other games releasing in March:
Total War: Three Kingdoms – PC – March 7
Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn – 3DS – March 8
The Caligula Effect: Overdose – PS4, Switch, PC – March 12
One Piece: World Seeker – PS4, Xbox One, PC – March 15
American Ninja Warrior Challenge – PS4, Xbox One, Switch – March 19
Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy – PS4, Switch – March 20
The Sinking City – PS4, Xbox One, PC – March 21
The Princess Guide – PS4, Switch – March 26
Danganronpa Trilogy – PS4 – March 26
The Walking Dead: The Final Season: Episode 4 – PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC – March 26
Final Fantasy VII – Xbox One, Switch – March 26
Tropico 6 – PS4, Xbox One, PC – March 29
Assassin’s Creed III Remastered/Liberation Remastered – PS4, Xbox One, PC – March 29