Looks like there’s plenty of stuff that’ll keep us entertained in March. It’s a big month for indies, with the Vita being hammered with releases next week, but we’ve also got some pretty big games to look forward to too: Borderlands, Battlefield and Bloodborne just to name a few (uh, all beginning with B…). Here’s a complete(ish) list of all games coming out in March. Forgive us if we’ve missed any!
All release dates listed are the UK/EU release dates – in many cases, the North American release is a day or two earlier.
Don’t make any big plans this month – your console needs you!
Week beginning 2 March
PS4, PS3, PS Vita (4 March – digital only)
Produced by Arrowhead Game Studios, the team behind Magicka and Gauntlet, Helldivers is a 4-player co-op top-down shooter. You play as a member of the Helldivers, an army set to fight for humankind to save them from an ever-present threat of alien takeover. It looks good fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously, so we’ll look forward to seeing more of this after its release.
PS4 and PS Vita (4 March – digital only)
OlliOlli2 is, surprisingly enough, a direct follow-up to the indie hit OlliOlli. The gameplay seems largely the same, but with lots of nice new functions and locations added. No doubt it’ll provide plenty more addictive fun.
Oreshika – Tainted Bloodlines
PS Vita (4 March – digital only)
Oreshika is a localisation of a Japanese game developed by Alfa System. It’s a sequel to a 1999 PS One release Ore no Shikabane wo Koete Yuke, set 100 years after the original story. Looks like typical JRPG gameplay, and some fairly stylised 2D graphics. We’re always happy to see Japanese games get a UK release, so we’ll certainly pick this one up at some point!
PS4, Xbox One (4 March – digital only)
White Night is a survival horror game by OSome Studios. Not your standard “survorror” (is that a word yet? It should be) though, White Night is entirely black and white, taking heavy influence from film noire of the 1930s. The high contrast 2-D rendering of the game certainly makes it stand out as something different, so we’re fairly intrigued by this one.
PS4, PS3 (4 March – digital only)
An “epic narwhal battle in space” is how Breakfall describe their new game Starwhal. It’s aimed at couch co-op groups of 2-4 people. It looks pretty mental (not a bad thing) and promises to be good fun. Frankly, they had me at narwhal.
Xbox One (6 March)
Screamride, developed by Microsoft Studios, is a new generation of Rollercoaster Tycoon. You design and manage your own white knuckle rides. There’s three different game modes, one of which lets you ride your own ‘coasters. It’s not going to be for everyone, but any fans of Theme Park and Rollercoaster Tycoon will likely be keen on this one.
The Arland Atelier Trilogy
PS3 (6 March)
Whilst technically not a new game, The Arland Atelier Trilogy brings together three popular Japanese RPGs on one disc. The collection includes Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland, Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland, and Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland. A great way to buy the games if you haven’t already played them.
Zombie Army Trilogy
PS4 and Xbox One (6 March)
Totally new to consoles, Zombie Army Trilogy brings together three classic PC games from developer Rebellion. Fight against a zombie Hitler and his fellow Nazi zombies and restore peace to an infested Europe. You know, standard everyday stuff.
Week beginning 9 March
DmC: Definitive Edition
PS4 and Xbox One (10 March)
The reboot of Devil May Cry is finally arriving on PS4 and Xbox One. It’ll feature the original release of DmC along with all previously released DLC and some new game modes and features, including being able to play as Dante’s twin brother in the all-new Virgil’s Bloody Palace mode. We can’t wait.
PS4, Xbox One (11 March – digital only)
Shiftlings is a 3D puzzle-platform game developed by Norweigan company Rock Pocket Games. The game is set in space and promises to be eccentric and good fun. There’s over 50 levels to sink your teeth into, so there should be plenty of hours of fun for all.
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
PS4, PS Vita (11 March – digital only)
Retro violence at its best: the sequel to indie hit Hotline Miami is coming out this month. Safe to say, we can expect even more mindless gore and violence in Hotline Miami 2 if the fact it’s been banned in Australia is anything to go by.
PS Vita (11 March – digital only)
Flame Over is the newest offering from Laughing Jackal, the indie company behind Hungry Giraffe and OMG HD Zombies!. If their past Vita titles are anything to go by, we can expect Flame Over to be rather quite addictive. It features randomly-generated levels, top-down fire-fighting action and an increasingly difficult race against time to save a building from being blitzed into oblivion.
Ori and the Blind Forest
Xbox One (11 March – digital only)
Ori and the Blind Forest is a nice-looking platform adventure developed by Moon Studios. Play as Ori, a young guardian spirit, and fight your way through the dark and sometimes treacherous forest to get back to safety.
Sniper Elite 3: Ultimate Edition
PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One (13 March)
This second release of Sniper Elite 3 includes all DLC packs that were previously released. There’s three additional single-player missions and 18 new weapons, all in one package – and at a low RRP, it’s a great incentive for those who haven’t played the game before (or those who enjoyed it enough to play it again).
Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters
PS Vita, PS3 (13 March)
Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters is a Japanese visual novel/strategy RPG about a group of, you guessed it, ghost hunters. The game promises to allow players to “make their own path” through the game, relying on your own choices to affect the outcome of the story. There’s 13 episodes to the game, as well as a wealth of side missions.
Xbox One (13 March – digital only)
LA Cops is an isometric shooter, drawing influence from Hotline Miami. It’s published by Team 17, the team that brought us the likes of Worms, so we can expect some entertaining gameplay.
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea
PS3 (13 March)
The third and final game in the Atelier Dusk series is finally arriving in Europe this month. We can expect much of the same format as its prequels, Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk and Atelier Escha and Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky. The third instalment, however, will deliver a new environment system, and significant changes to the battle system.
Week beginning 16 March
PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One (20 March)
Moving away from the backdrop of war that previous Battlefield games typically give us, Battlefield: Hardline offers a bit of a departure from that – it’s more of a “cops and robbers” type game. Expect something along the lines of Payday, but with the gameplay we’ve come to expect from Battlefield.
PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One (20 March)
The first new IP from developer Milestone, Ride is a motorbiking racing game. The game features 25 licenced motorcycle brands with full bike and rider customisation. We’re always interested to see new game franchises, so hopefully Ride will offer something promising.
PS4 and Xbox One (20 March)
Bladestorm: Nightmare, a remake of Bladestorm: The Hundred Years’ War released in 2007, promises to provide some solid historical strategy action. After creating a mercenary, players are able to fight for England or France across many battles inspired by real events.
Final Fantasy Type-O HD
PS4 and Xbox One (20 March)
Final Fantasy Type-0 proved to be such a hit in Japan that Square Enix have seen fit to give it the HD remaster treatment for us in the West. Promising a darker storyline and a more action orientated battle system, Type-0 HD hopes to offer Final Fantasy fans something fresh to play while they wait for Final Fantasy XV.
Awakened Fate Ultimatum
Playstation 3 (20 March)
Sequel to the 2013 RPG Guided Fate Paradox, Awakened Fate Ultimatum begins with its unfortunate protagonist being stabbed in the heart. After being saved by a mysterious girl, he finds himself thrust into the middle of a war between angels and devils and must decide how he should use his newly acquired powers.
Mario Party 10
Nintendo WiiU (20 March)
The first entry of this long running series on the WiiU, Mario Party 10 finally allows you play as Bowser. With new minigames and ways to play, Mario Party 10 looks set to be a bundle of laughs for fun loving WiiU owners.
Week beginning 23 March
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
PS4 and Xbox One (27 March)
This next-gen remaster bundles both Borderlands 2 and Borderland: The Pre-Sequel along with all the available DLC. Exploring Pandora with the vertically challenged Claptrap has become one of our favourite pastimes, so we’re certainly looking forward to this title.
Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin
PS Vita and 3DS (27 March)
Sequel to Lego Ninjago: Nindroids released in 2014, Shadow of Ronin will allow players to play as Kai, Cole, Jay, Zane and Lloyd in order to defeat Ronin and his army. However, with their powers stolen by the evil Ronin, the Ninjago will have their work cut out for them.
PS4 (27 March)
From the mind of Hidetaka Miyazaki comes his next horrific action RPG opus, Bloodborne. Exploring the gothic city of Yharnam in search of a rumoured potent medical remedy, players will encounter a whole host of grotesque creatures that must be vanquished to ensure your survival.
PS4 & PS Vita (27 March)
This expanded version of 2014’s Toukiden promises a whole new story roughly the size of the first to play through, as well as a whole host of other additional content and gameplay tweaks. Those looking for a monster hunter-like experience on the PlayStation platforms should certainly keep an eye on this title.
Week beginning 30 March
Xbox One (31 March – digital only)
This massively-mutliplayer online RPG will be free to play for those with Xbox Gold subsciptions. Players can choose from 7 Dungeons and Dragons character classes and party up with four of their friends to complete quests and progress through the games story.
…..And breathe. Phew, that’s a wrap for all new games coming out in March (providing nothing new gets announced, or any release dates change, which, let’s face it, is likely). Looks like we’ll be busy bees with lots of games to review this month. Stay tuned!