Games to look out for in March 2018
We are getting a little bit of everything in March: New VR titles, party games, platformers, RPGs, strategy games, open-world games, first person shooters, and whatever the heck Detective Pikachu is.
It’s a grab bag of a month, with something for fans of every genre. It’s a lineup that will keep us busy for a while as we head into the blockbuster releases of spring and the summer wasteland that follows.
Bravo Team (March 6 - PSVR)
The month starts off with a highly anticipated VR title from Supermassive Games, the same studio that brought you The Inpatient earlier this year. Bravo Team is what many hardcore VR fans have been looking for, a serious VR FPS , though FPS might be a bit of a misnomer. It’s more of a rails shooter that involves shooting enemies from behind cover, Time Crisis style.
It’s been awhile since we’ve seen an arcade shooter like this, so if you have a PSVR and an itchy trigger finger, Bravo Team is likely worth looking into.
Fear Effect Sedna (March 6 – PC, Switch, PS4 Xbox One)
The third installment of the Fear Effect series is coming out thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. For the uninitiated, it’s an isometric real time tactical action game with scattered puzzle elements and an amazing comic-book art-style. Of course Fear Effect fans will probably get the most out of this game, but even newcomers to the franchise can enjoy it for its unique gameplay system and smooth graphics.
Scribblenauts Showdown (March 6 – Switch, PS4, Xbox One)
Scribblenauts Showdown is a minigame compilation with a twist; you can bring one object into each minigame to help you. That object can be anything you can think of, so long as you can type it. An elephant? A chain saw? A black-hole? A zombie plague? If you can write it you can use it. Certain games will restrict your creativity, only allowing you to bring in objects that start with a certain letter or that fall into a certain category. This is likely to prevent you from summoning up all-powerful Cthulhu and plunging the world into centuries of darkness.
Devil May Cry HD Collection (March 13 – PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Relive Dante’s action packed adventures again with the Devil May Cry HD Collection, which also came out last generation. The collection hasn’t received much of a face-lift for our current generation of consoles. But they’re just as fun to play as ever. If you’ve never played Devil May Cry 1, 2 and 3, this is the perfect time to try them out, and if you have, at least now you can own them on the latest console or PC.
Kirby Star Allies (March 16 – Switch)
One of our most anticipated Switch titles of 2018, Kirby Star Allies brings back a fan favorite gameplay mechanic: power-mixing. We haven’t seen Kirby play around with this since Kirby 64. Combine the fire and sword abilities for a flame sword, or use an ice bomb that freezes multiple enemies at once. Nintendo is once again giving you a huge toy-box of mechanics that interact with each other in interesting ways, and asking you to get creative. It’s like Kirby’s version of Breath of the Wild.
On top of that, the game allows for four player simultaneous co-op, bringing back the co-op days of Kirby Super Star. Even without four friends to bring along, Kirby can amass a small army of computer controlled allies, each with their own extensive special abilities list. This incredible mixture of new and old gameplay elements is sure to make Kirby Star Allies one of the hottest Switch titles this year.
Sea of Thieves (March 20 – PC, Xbox One)
Remember when pirates were the next big thing in video games? Sea of Thieves is here to remind you. It’s a huge cooperative action adventure first person multiplayer open world game. You can search for buried treasure, plunder ships, collect loot and even battle other players, all with a pirate crew consisting of your closest friends. It’s not quite an MMO. It’s instead being billed as a “shared world game,” but you’ll still have more than enough other players to loot and plunder. Yaaar!
Valkyria Chronicles 4 (March 21 – PS4 (Import))
After the Valkyria franchise took an unsuccessful detour into the world of musou-action, it is finally returning to form with Valkyria Chronicles 4. March 21 is the release date for the Japanese version, which is highly sought after by importers. If you just can’t wait for this new tactical military game, then now is the time to get it shipped overseas. For the rest of us, we’ll have to wait for its official release later in the year.
A Way Out (March 23 – PC, PS4, Xbox One)
From the makers of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons comes a new co-op action adventure game with an even darker premise. A Way Out is about two prisoners looking to escape jail and reclaim their lives. The only way is to work together, despite their clashing personalities. The game plays out in split-screen, which is an interesting take on co-op, and both players will have to perform wildly different tasks on a time crunch in order to escape jail and evade the law. It’s one of the only major two player co-op experiences coming out this year, so check it out if you have a buddy who you trust enough to have your back when the cops are hunting you down.
Detective Pikachu (March 23 – 3DS)
Are you a fan of Pokémon? Are you a fan of the Ace Attorney series? Have you ever wanted your Pikachu to sound like Danny DeVito? Well this is the game for you! Solve crimes in the Pokémon world with your creepy older sounding buddy in this new detective game, and then go see the film adaptation starring Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Pikachu. It’s like someone threw darts at a dartboard filled with concepts for a new Nintendo 3DS game, and just went with it. Should be worth checking out just for the novelty of it.
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (March 27 – PC, PS4)
After several delays, the long awaited sequel to Ni no Kuni is finally getting released. Featuring the amazing animation of Studio Ghibli, a combat system reminiscent of Pikmin, and a fantastic fairy tale world that tugs on your nostalgia for old fantasy RPGs, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is sure to be one of the biggest RPG releases of the year. It is one of our most anticipated RPGs of 2018, and if the child in your heart hasn’t shriveled up and died yet, you will absolutely adore this whimsical mystical fantasy adventure.
Far Cry 5 (March 27 – PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Finally we have Far Cry 5, another game with a political message following in the footsteps of last year’s Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. What happens when a particular brand of American patriotic religious zealotry goes too far? The answer, a cult. A cult so powerful that it takes over the entirety of Hope County, Montana. It’s the same Far Cry formula with a renewed focus on melee weapons, recruited allies and strategic planning. Also, you can attack members of a militaristic religious cult with a bear, and isn’t that just the dream of all Americans?
What games of March 2018 are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments.