Games to look out for in March 2019
March is almost here believe it or not, and that means a bunch of new games are on their way.
This month is a particularly diverse set of releases, with everything from fighting games to adorable platformers making their way to PC and consoles. Let's kick things off (see what I did there?) with a fighting game that will be available in just a few days.
Dead or Alive 6 (March 1 – PS4, XBO, PC)
What was once known as the ultimate fanservice fighter is now trying to take itself more seriously as a competitive game. Bouncing anatomy and skimpy outfits have been de-emphasized in lieu of complex tutorials and detailed training modes. The major question is, will DOA’s fanbase be happy with the change and, if they aren’t, will the rest of the fighting game community finally pick it up?
ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove! (March 1 – PS4, XBO, PC, NS, Mac, Linux)
Billed as an “all new adventure game from 1991,” ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove! faithfully recreates the gameplay of early TJ&E games, right down to the isometric wandering. But does this genre have a place in our current market? Will we be content to wander around different planets while listening to a funky soundtrack?
I know I am, but then again, I’m a child of the 90s.
Left Alive (March 5 – PS4, PC)
While Square-Enix’s Front Mission series is usually about giant robots destroying each other, they’re going in a very different direction with Left Alive. In this shooter, you’re abandoned behind enemy lines, and must find a way to survive utilizing stealth, cunning, and your own skill with a gun. There will also be Telltale like story sequences where you make important choices that change the plot of a game.
It’s a very ambitious project, that unfortunately hasn’t seen a lot of signal boosting.
The Occupation (March 5 – PS4, XBO, PC)
The Occupation is another stealth game, but with a very different model.
There is no health, there is only time. Get caught and you’ll be detained, losing time and giving you less opportunity to gain information, which is your primary goal. Set in a world ruled by an oppressive government, you are an investigative journalist looking to uncover the dark secrets of the ruling regime. No action, and all intrigue, The Occupation is all about the many different ways you can obtain information, and what you do with that information.
Devil May Cry 5 (March 8 – PS4, XBO)
If you’re looking for some mindless over-the-top action this month, look no further than Devil May Cry 5. Want to dual wield motorcycles? You can do that. Want to summon the beasts of hell to devour your enemies? You can do that. Want to surf on your own robot arm? You can do that too.
DMC5 plays it tongue-in-cheek. It knows how crazy it is, and embraces it. So get ready to choose your Hot Topic Boi; Nero, Dante, or V, and crack some demon skulls.
Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn (March 8 – 3DS)
Kirby’s Epic Yarn was an incredible platformer for the Wii that let you chill out with no threat of dying.
All you needed to do was collect as many beads as possible. This new remake brings all the gameplay of the original back with a few extras thrown in. Kirby can now use new powers, new mini-games are available starring other Dreamland faces such as King DeDeDe and Metaknight, and there are even some new levels to play, just to extend your gameplay experience a little bit further.
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 (March 15 – PS4, XBO, PC)
Set seven months after the first The Division, The Division 2 takes place well into the post apocalypse. A civil war has broken out between survivors and marauders, and it’s up to you to protect the innocent. With new gameplay elements such as new weapons, new ways to utilize cover, and eight player raids, Ubisoft appears to have listened to fan feedback for the first Division.
The private beta has just ended and reports are looking good, so if you liked the first one, be sure to check this one out.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (March 22 – PS4, XBO, PC)
While it’s tempting to call Sekiro a sort of samurai Dark Souls, that misses a lot of the point. While the game is by From Software, and does have its trademark ultra-hard gameplay, there aren’t any RPG elements. For that matter, enemies don’t even have health bars. Your goal is to use your weapons to knock them off balance, allowing you to strike a killing blow. It’s a very unique concept that we haven’t quite seen since Bushido Blade, and certainly haven’t seen in a single-player adventure context.
Generation Zero (March 26 – PS4, Xbox One, PC)
It’s only a matter of time before robots take over the world. Generation Zero simply asks “what if they did it in the eighties?” You and four friends go out for an island holiday, but when you get back, machines have wiped out the human race. It’s up to you to explore the open world, find out what happened, and mount a resistance against your new robot overlords.
Tropico 6 (March 29 – PC, Mac, Linux)
Take a break from all this action, and relax as a dictator of your own island nation. Put your people to work. Have a statue erected in your honor. Build a wall on your borders to keep out undesirables. For the first time ever, you get to manage more than one island, instead managing a small archipelago.
It’s the perfect game for an power-hungry despots out there.
Yoshi’s Crafted World (March 29 – NS)
Finally, we have a nice little gift from the craft works guys at Nintendo. Yoshi is back, and this time his world is made of cardboard, paperclips, string, and leftover tin-cans. It’s the cutest platformer since Yoshi’s Wooly World. Explore 3D worlds, solve puzzles, throw eggs, and most importantly, play multiplayer where Yoshis can ride other Yoshis.
Those are the big titles that we are excited for this March. Which ones are you excited for? Let us know in the comments.