With two months down in 2018, the release schedule might not be as barnstorming as the start of 2017 was, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a whole heap of quality games to wade through already. There haven’t been too many Western AAA games just yet, but the likes of Monster Hunter: World and Dragon Ball FighterZ have made strong cases for being awards contenders.
Thanks to the sun being a bit weird, we have fewer days in February than usual, which means less time for gaming. Luckily, a new crop of games is on its way, so let’s get stuck in to some of the biggest new games of March 2018, including some violence in the countryside, seafaring shenanigans, and the return of a white-haired half-demon.
Developer: Supermassive Games Publisher: SIE Platform: PSVR Release date: March 6th
The victim of a slight delay, Bravo Team is Supermassive’s second foray into VR of the year after the incredibly meh Until Dawn prequel, The Inpatient. If you wish Rainbow Six was more like it used to be, this team-based shooter might be right up your street. Don’t worry about Supermassive nailing the combat here: Rush of Blood is still one of the best VR shooters you can pick up.
Developer: NapNok Games Publisher: SIE Platform: PS4 Release date: March 6th
The jury’s still out on whether the PlayLink experiment has been a worthwhile one for Sony. While it has offered some neat morsels of fun that anyone can enjoy with their mobile phones, none of the games released so far have been essential. Frantics is the last of the games on the slate from when Sony first revealed PlayLink, so here’s hoping it can finally convince a few.
Warhammer: Vermintide 2
Developer: Fatshark Publisher: Fatshark Platform(s): PC Release date: March 8th
The original Vermintide was a very rough but enjoyable kill-em-‘up set in the Warhammer universe with heavy leanings towards Valve’s Left 4 Dead series. Some of the new additions included a revamped loot system and a more intuitive gameplay director, so if that sounds like your thing, be sure to grab a sword and start killing some rats — not like you don’t already do that, of course.
“Give us DMC 5,” the people cry. “Have this and shut up for a bit,” Capcom respond, shoving a couple of classics and Devil May Cry 2 into their waiting arms. It’s not the sequel we are crying out for and doesn’t really seem all that dissimilar to the collection from 2012, but Devil May Cry HD Collection might just tide you over until Dante returns, white hair and all. I thought DmC was alright, for what it’s worth.
Kirby Star Allies
Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Platform(s): Switch Release date: March 16th
If 2017 was the year of the A-team for Nintendo mascots, it’s the back-up squad’s turn in 2018. Alongside Yoshi for an unannounced date, Kirby is getting his own game for the Nintendo Switch and is bound to be bundles of pink, mutating fun. Although I can’t personally say this is going to be on my wishlist, I think it could be seriously great to bring generations of gamers together or something saccharine like that. If you want to find out about more Switch exclusives, check out our coverage of the best.
Sea of Thieves
Developer: Rare Publisher: Microsoft Studios Platform(s): Xbox One Release date: March 20th
It seems like we turned around for a second and Sea of Thieves became one of 2018’s most hotly anticipated games. Whether it’s a combination of drip-feeding betas or Microsoft announcing that it will be available on Game Pass from day dot, Sea of Thieves has plenty of people excited. They might have good reason to be, too: it’s from Rare, who have certainly taken their time to craft a pirating bit of co-op nonsense. Here’s hoping that it pays off for the legendary studio.
A Way Out
Developer: Hazelight Publisher: EA Originals Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1 Release date: March 23rd
Listen, it doesn’t matter whether or not A Way Out proves to be good or not: Josef Fares will convince you that it is. The “off-the-wall” developer has been pretty passionate about his project so far, which features an applaudable focus on couch co-op over online. With an interesting hook like that, the only thing to do is to wait and see how it plays when it lands in the back half of March.
An open-world RPG, you say? You suddenly don’t have a job or any obligations, you say? You haven’t showered in several weeks, you say? If you were a fan of the original Ni no Kuni but had some quibbles with its combat, jump aboard Revenant Kingdom and get utterly lost inside it when it lands late in March. Just be warned: you may become one with your couch, like some kind of David Cronenberg VFX offcast.
If you like single-player games, you better cherish Far Cry 5 because it might be the last one Ubisoft produce for a long time. The company is shifting to live service games pretty dramatically, so be sure to take all the time in the world to explore Hope County and kill the bad guys who live within it. Also, marvel at the dog because he is one of the goodest boys.
Developer: Madmind Studio Publisher: PlayWay Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1 Release date: March 30th
This game looks totally minging, but in a good way. I’ve been following Agony for a long time and what it may lack in gameplay (that we know of) it more than makes for up with some very arresting visuals, which include demon boobs and nightmarish deformities. March isn’t exactly a spooky month, but think about it: it’s the third month of the year and the game is out on the 30th. Drop the 0 from the date and add the numbers together and you get 6. Add another two sixes and you get 666. Definitely a hidden message.
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