It’s the third month of the year, and it’s going to be a doozy for PlayStation fans everywhere. We’re going to see new releases, rereleases of previously PC-only games, and updated games as well. Platformers, mysteries, turn-based strategies, and more. March will be a strange month, but it will be one to remember with old favorites coming back with a new look.
From Yakuza’s streets to the alternate timelines of Crash Bandicoot, this month will be a showcase of PlayStation’s variety of games, genres, and experiences that will make a player laugh, cry, and shake their head in bemusement as they play the newest games. Here are the biggest new PS4 and PS5 games that are coming out in March 2021.
5. Yakuza: Like a Dragon | March 2nd, 2021
Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio Publisher: Sega Platform(s): PS5
Take to the streets of Ijincho as Ichiban Kasuga, a down on his luck Yakuza recently released from prison, and after teaming up with an ex-detective, he gets shot by the family he was once a part of. But, never one to let his spirits die, Ichiban sets out to find out why his family betrayed him, why he was dumped into Ijincho with a counterfeit bill, and also to earn a living on top of all of that.
In a departure from Yakuza’s beat-em-up style, Yakuza: Like a Dragon takes cues from the Dragon Quest series, and focuses more on team-based combat, with summons, weapons, and special moves. But, make no mistake, the story is just as serious as previous entries, and just as intense, even in silly ways. Want to summon lightning to fry your enemies? Just pull out your handy cell phone and reach for the sky.
Releasing on the PS5 on March 2nd, Yakuza: Like A Dragon, will introduce newcomers to a series filled with both mirth and despair, and enjoy a story where Ichiban relearns what it means to have a family not bound by blood or tradition. In addition, PS4 owners of the game will get the PS5 version free of charge.
Developer: Toys for Bob Publisher: Activision Platform(s): PS5
It’s a blast from the past because Crash Bandicoot is back. A 3D platformer coming to the PS5 on March 12th, Crash Bandicoot 4 is a direct sequel to the third entry.
Following the ending of Crash 3, the villains, Dr. Vortex, Uka Uka, and N. Trophy are all left stranded in a void of space and time, with no way out. Where they remained for decades, trying to escape in any way they could. And in doing so, they create a slight problem for Crash and his sister, Coco. The villains’ actions caused a hole to appear in the space-time continuum, putting all of reality at risk.
In this platformer, take control of Crash, Coco, and an Alternate Tawna, as you jump, climb, spin, and die, die, die again in multiple levels across space and time. From floating pirate ships to voids beyond time, and robot factories, enjoy a variety of levels that will you leave you in tears. Either from laughter or frustration.
Crash Bandicoot 4 is a return to platformers of old in this game coming to the PS5. Like those old games, be prepared to try again and again as you navigate the levels, collect fruit, and extra lives. Like Yakuza, if you have a PS4 version of this game, you can get a free PS5 version.
3. It Takes Two | March 26th, 2021
Developer: Hazelight Studio
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platform(s): PS4, PS5
From the creators of A Way Out comes It Takes Two, a cooperative multiplayer game where two players take control of Cody and May, an estranged couple that have been turned into dolls by a magical spell. Worse yet, it seems that this spell and the corresponding world the two must navigate have been made by their upset daughter Rose.
The two must work together to traverse a variety of worlds, all while guided by a magical, talking book called Dr. Hakim. However, no two levels are the same, as every single one is unique with different mechanics and themes. In one scenario, you will be fighting for the squirrels against a hostile wasp invasion with ink, and in an ice-capped wonderland, you’ll have to use magnets to platform your way through treacherous terrain.
It Takes Two will come out on both the PS4 and PS5 on March 26th, and if you have the Friend Pass, you only need to buy one copy of the game to play with someone else. So, grab a friend, pick up some snacks, and try to make it through this unique love story like none other.
Developer: Balan Company Arzest Publisher: Square Enix Platform(s): PS4, PS5
Among the city’s streets lies a magical theater, and its owner is a man in a white top hat called Balan. Play as either Leo Craig or Emma Cole, a young boy and girl who have wandered into the theater, and are now tasked by Balan to free the other occupants.
A 3D platformer by Balan Company Arzest, take control of either Leo or Emma as you navigate levels with a variety of suits, each one giving you unique abilities and skills. On each level, explore a world made by the dreams of other theater-goers, and try to put their inner demons to rest.
Releasing on March 26th, this successor to the NiGHTS Into Dreams will take you to an exotic dreamscape where you don new suits, and find out the truth behind this Wonderworld.
You are a detective in the fictional city of Revachol, and you just woke up in a seedy motel room after a three-day drunken bender. Sounds problematic enough, right? Well, you’ve also lost all of your memory, and there is trouble brewing in the harbor district, the same place you just woke up in. Worse yet, there is one other problem with your mind. Namely, it’s talking to you. Or, rather, 24 voices are talking to you.
In a unique detective story set in an urban fantasy setting, take control of a down on his luck detective where your shattered psyche can offer hints, tips, and lies as you try to uncover a murder mystery. Thankfully, you’re not alone: Detective Kim is at your side and offers a sane position to your insane eyes.
Originally released on the PC in 2019, Disco Elysium is set to release sometime in March 2021. Disco Elysium has won numerous awards and accolades, with a compelling story that determines what kind of cop you want to be. If you’ve never had the chance to play it, then you’ll be pleased to know that it will come out on the PS4 and PS5 sometime this March with full voice acting and improvements over the original.
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