So, March. End of the fiscal year and the first one for the 8th gen consoles. You might imagine that this might mean a flood of quality titles on all platforms. Well, there’s quality, just not really a flood of it. Which isn’t exactly a bad thing for those of us with more than one platform to game on. This month sees the release of the eagerly awaited Dark Souls 2. While the PC version (with confirmed improved textures and fps) won’t be out until at least another month, PS3 and X360 get to enjoy the next in one of this generations more surprisingly popular franchises. Its unique atmosphere and unforgiving gameplay have earned it a special place in gamer’s hearts. It promises to remain hardcore, while being more accessible to newcomers. Somehow those things don’t quite add up in my head, but I’ll reserve judgment.
Over on the eight gen – Titanfall drops onto PC and Xbone, with the X360 bluepoint handled port landing a little later in the month. Titanfall has managed to generate nothing but positive press so far. It’s easy learning curve and fodder-packed maps offer an instant thrill – whether it’s at the cost of longevity, only time will tell. Titanfall certainly does seem to show that graphics aren’t everything, as people enjoyed the beta immensely and were easily able to forgive the last-gen graphics.
Infamous Second Son strikes on PS4 and has certainly already wowed everyone with its graphics. The particle effects are stunning and that orbital drop special move is worth the next gen entry fee alone. I’m still a little surprised to see the series continue after the ending of Infamous 2 – but Sucker Punch’s gameplay has been evolving into something very fun, so I’m also glad that the series has managed to continue. It’s a little sad that there’s no demo – but then with hardly any other PS4 titles out this month, it’s kind of a no-brainer. Unless you really don’t like third person action open world games with super powers.
Okay so the eight gen does actually have other titles – Metal Gear Ground Zeroes is a prologue to the next Metal Gear that gives us a taste of what’s to come. Unlike the MGS2 demo that piggybacked on ZOE’s release, Ground Zeroes is a stand alone title, albeit sold at a reduced price. What you get is much like the MGS2 demo – something with far more depth that it might seem to have at first. I’ve heard it described as a cross between Metal Gear and Far Cry 3 – which is no bad thing. Ground Zeroes is out on 7th and 8th gen consoles. There’s no word on a PC release for Ground Zeroes of the still-in-development Metal Gear Solid 5. Japanese devs still seem a little shy around PC, even after the success of titles like Dark Souls and Revengeance on the platform.
Going the other way, Strike Suit Zero comes over from PC to 8th Gen. The Directors Cut promises a redesigned mission structure and a host of improvements to the space mech shooter. It’ll be great if the directors cut can bring out the potential hidden in the title. The original released to fairly negative reviews, with a tired escort mechanic and poor checkpointing mostly to blame. The improvements are due to be pumped back to the original PC version later in the year.
Also out is the remastered Final Fantasy X and X-HD on PS3 and Vita. Final Fantasy X was the first FF title on PS2 and it’s been updated with a fair amount of work put it. Models have been remastered, textures are improved, the music is remixed and it’s all in widescreen HD. FFX has one of the most interesting plots of any Final Fantasy, some decent characters, coupled with some of the worst voice over laughter I’ve ever heard. Getting this on PS3 seems a little unnecessary if you already played this on PS2 – but on vita, where you can spend hours grinding at the end game, it seems a perfect fit. Now go and kill Penance again.
Finally, let’s not forget the awesome, although slightly censored for European consoles, South Park – The Stick of Truth. I think this game can be summed up quite simply. It South Park, it’s an RPG, it’s made by Obsidian. If you like South Park – get it. There’s not many other games that would have anal probes, abortions or allow you to pick jew as a class. So, if you want the full version in the UK, get it on PC – or import the US release.
Full March Release List
- Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky (PS3)
- Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (PC/PS3/X360/3DS/WiiU)
- NASCAR’14 (PC)
- South Park: The Stick of Truth (PC/PS3/X360)
- Life with Horses 3D (3DS)
- Phineas and Ferb: Quest for Cool Stuff (3DS/WiiU)
- Tappingo (3DS)
- Vacation Adventures: Park Ranger (3DS)
- Cypress Inheritance: The Beginning (PC)
- Vessel (PS3)
- Pokemon Link Battle (3DS)
- Yoshi’s New Island (3DS)
- Dark Souls II (PS3/X360)
- Titanfall (PC/XBone)
- Infamous: Second Son (PS4)
- Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster (PS3/Vita)
- Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS4/Xbone/PS3/X360)
- The Witch and the Hundred Knight (PS3)
- Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z (PC/PS3/X360)
- Strike Suit Zero Directors Cut (PS4/Xbone)
- Deus Ex: The Fall (PC)
- Deception IV: Blood Ties (Vita)
- MXGP: Official Motorcross (X360/Vita)
- Titanfall (X360)
- Cho Dengeki Stryker (PC)
- Cut the Rope: Triple Treat (3DS)
- Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney (3DS)
- Age of Wonders III (PC)