If ever you thought February brought a lot of titles for you to enjoy, March brings the wallop to your wallet in a rip ‘n tear kind of fashion. March, which shall be henceforth known as “The Month of DOOM Eternal“, is here to provide heaps of gaming entertainment, even to those who prefer the finer things in life (simulation).
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
(PC, Xbox One)
Releasing March 11
Way back during 2017’s E3, Ori and the Will of the Wisps was announced. The follow-up to 2015’s Ori and the Blind Forest is said to feature 4K UHD capabilities, Xbox One X Enhancements, and be an Xbox Play Anywhere title. In the sequel, the player can look forward to a shard-based upgrade system, much in the vein of Hollow Knight. Being a Metroidvania-inspired game, players will be able to backtrack with new abilities to explore previously inaccessible areas. With a story focusing on the world beyond the forest of Nibel, and Ori’s true identity, players are most likely in for a rollercoaster ride of emotions.
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Releasing: March 13
Serving as a prequel tale to 2017’s Nioh, Team Ninja is upping the challenge in all ways possible in Nioh 2. This tough as nails, action role-playing game plays much like its predecessor, albeit a bit smoother and faster. This time around, players can create their own custom characters – not only this, but by defeating yokai in the game, players can harness certain yokai abilities, and even transform into one. To “ease” the challenging gameplay by a smidge, Team Ninja has included “Benevolent Graves” across levels, which allows players to summon to two AI controlled phantoms to assist them. Make no mistake, even with two assistants, this game is going to be tough.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Releasing: March 20
The popular life simulation video game from Nintendo is back with a brand new entry in the series. After purchasing a vacation package from Tom Nook, the player’s customizable character moves to a deserted island. As always, exploring, developing, and running day-to-day life is the name of the game here. The game’s weather will also be influenced by the Northern and Southern Hemisphere, depending on the player’s location. Confirmed returning characters (so far) is the lovable Isabelle and Mr. Resetti, with fans hoping for a couple more favorites.
(PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia)
Releasing: March 20
The hotly anticipated sequel to 2016’s DOOM is nearly upon us. id Software’s latest entry in the gruesome series is here to eviscerate demons and not take names. All the quality demon murder armaments return in Eternal, including a “Meat Hook,” which players can use in combat and environments, serving as a grappling hook. New movement mechanics like wall-climbing, dash moves, and horizontal bars are also being introduced in DOOM Eternal. A new “Destructible Demons” system will show the number of damage demons takes. This can also be used to destroy some anatomical parts to disable certain moves of the enemy. Say what you will, but id Software set out to double everything DOOM 2016 had to offer and judging by the trailer and gameplay videos, they are on a trajectory of success.
(PC, Xbox One)
Releasing: March 24
Ninja Theory’s latest entry surprised a lot of fans. Bleeding Edge, a multiplayer online brawler featuring 12 characters to choose from, some of which have melee, ranged or both attack types. These characters are divided into three classes: assassin, support, or tank. The synergy between teammates seems to be the priority in Bleeding Edge. In a market that is already saturated with online team-based games, it’s interesting to see what Ninja Theory’s 4v4 game will bring to the table.
Persona 5 Royal
Releasing: March 31
Following the route of Persona 4 Golden, Royal sits as the enhanced version of Persona 5. New and returning Phantom Thieves have a new Palace, new music (hooray!), additional plot and social elements, a third semester, and a brand new Phantom Thief member named Kasumi Yoshizawa to look forward to. It might not sound like much, but if ever you have experienced Persona 4 and Persona 4 Golden, you would know how much content this version will feature.
My Hero: One’s Justice 2 (PS4, NS, PC, XBOX) – March 13
The Legend of Heroes: Trials of Cold Steel III (PC) – March 23
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 (PC, NS, PS4, XBO) – March 27
There you have it, all the games not to miss during the month of March. Whether you choose to rip demons apart, develop a deserted island, or shoot other players in an arena, there is something for everyone this time around.