Games To Look Out For In March

by Sage Ashford

After a mediocre February that brought more delays than good games, 2020 finally starts to work on taking some cash out of the wallet of every kind of gamer, from FGC fans to FPS gamers. Here’s a look at some of the titles you can play as self-isolation begins.

Granblue Fantasy Versus
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4
Release Date: March 3rd 2020 (PS4), March 13th (PC)
This isn’t the Granblue title everyone was waiting on–that one’s still deep in production, but that doesn’t stop Granblue Fantasy Versus from being a highly anticipated title. Developer ArcSystemWorks has far more hits than misses, and from the looks at early reviews this isn’t going to be much different. The biggest problem with this game is an anemic roster, but considering they threw in an entire RPG-esque story mode, hopefully this balances things out until the first wave of DLC characters arrives.

Langrisser I & II
Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4
Release Date: March 10th
NIS America brings us a remake of two classic strategy RPGs with Langrisser I & II. Originally launched on the Mega Drive, these games have been visually overhauled drastically; aiming for a new generation of fans. The Langrisser universe is known for it’s non-linear storylines and their branching paths along with allowing players to control a massive number of characters for combat.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Platforms: PC, Xbox One
Release Date: March 11th
Moon Studios’ prior Ori game was a massive success, proving to be one of the most beautiful platforming titles this side of Mario Odyssey. The sequel has the primary character venturing outside Nibel — the setting of the original game — where Ori will learn about himself as well as discover new techniques to aid him in exploring in the rest of the world.

My Hero: One’s Justice 2
Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: March 13th
If it feels like Bandai Namco has been drowning the video game world in new releases … well, it has. That’s part of their goal — they’ve released a new title every month thus far this year, and March won’t be an exception to the rule. On the contrary, they’re bringing us a sequel to My Hero: One’s Justice, a game which launched roughly 18 months ago. Well, no one can say they aren’t serving their market … whoever that is. Nonetheless, this looks to be a fighter jam-packed with both characters and content, so those looking to live out their dreams of beating Bakugou for being an ungrateful jerk can have at it.

NiOh 2
Platforms: PS4
Release Date: March 13th
The original NiOh was more of a meme than a joke, as it was originally announced to be a part of the PlayStation 3. But it found a great niche by joining the Souls clone group, separating itself by utilizing its Sengoku setting and having a more story-driven game than most of From Software’s titles. As a result, NiOh 2 has been highly anticipated.  And it didn’t take much time for them to get it out the door, as barely three years later we’ve got a sequel focused on an unnamed character trying to balance their yokai side.

MLB The Show 20
Platforms: PS4
Release Date: March 17th
The exclusivity of this game won’t be a thing for much longer, so Sony fans better enjoy it. America’s Favorite Pastime comes to PlayStation again courtesy of Sony San Diego. This time around they’re adding new animations and new systems to help the best players in the game stand out from the good, and the good from the bad.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: March 20th
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the first big Nintendo title to come out this year — particularly if we aren’t including games people got on the Wii U. The social sim game sees a character move to a deserted island thanks to everyone’s favorite timeshare shilling raccoon Tom Nook. The player can build up their perfect little home, allowing animals to come and live with them as they build it into a proper neighborhood. New Horizons will also allow up to eight different players to inhabit the island at once, while offering a host of new customization options as well.

Doom Eternal
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Google Stadia
Release Date: March 20th
Doom Eternal feels like it’s been teased for years now, but finally the intense shooter title is on its way. And on the same day as Animal Crossing!  Something which has resulted in a surprisingly wholesome response from both fanbases. Eternal takes place on Earth, with Doom Slayer being teleported there with all new weapons to deal with a demonic invasion force.

Half-Life: Alyx
Platforms: PC (VR)
Release: March 20th
For Virtual Reality fans, Half-Life: Alyx is on it’s way. The sequel to one of the most popular PC games of all time, Half-Life: Alyx takes place before the events of Half-Life 2, and has Alyx Vance battle against the Combine aliens. Alyx has been in development for quite some time now, and from every preliminary report we’ve seen, it seems to be incredibly well-received. Could this be exactly what VR needs now that the new technology isn’t quite so new?

Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: March 24th
This wasn’t the Vampire: The Masquerade game everyone was hoping for — that one comes later in the year. This one is actually an adventure game where most of the title revolves around text based conversations and choices. As ever, players have to keep from revealing they’re actually a vampire to those around them. They’ll get to choose between three different vampire clans: Toreador, Brujah, Ventrue, all of which have their own unique special abilities the player gets access to. Coteries arrived on PC to only decent reviews, but hopefully Switch fans will enjoy it a bit more.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: March 24th
The original Legacy of the Duelist title came out years ago — essentially a version of Yu-Gi-Oh: Tag Force on home consoles — it provided players with dozens of hours of story mode, as they could face off against every character in every series from the original all the way up to Arc-V.  But this new version upgrades things, taking it all the way into Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, and opening the door for a new set of summon mechanics and challenges. For every duelist’s sake, hopefully they include the new 2020 Master Rule.

Bleeding Edge
Platforms: PC, Xbox One
Release Date: March 24th
Ninja Theory’s online beat ’em up game finally comes out at the end of this month. The title will have a dozen characters to choose from at launch; each with their own identity and fighting style. A bit of a break from their usual titles, hopefully Bleeding Edge sees the success that a talented developer like Ninja Theory deserves.

Persona 5 Royal
Platforms: PS4
Release Date: March 31st
Persona 5: Royal is a new and improved version of the original and beloved Persona 5. This version of the game adds some improvements for PlayStation Pro owners, while also adding another semester, an additional palace, and Kasumi — a new member for the Phantom Thiefs.
That’s it for the month of March, and…wow, that’s a lot of games.  But for those that weren’t impressed, April seems to have almost as many major titles to grab everyone’s cash.

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