The Gaming Month Ahead – March 2016


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It feels like March is usually a little more glitzy. In years gone by we’d get games like Bloodborne, Mass Effect 3, Titanfall and Infamous Second Son. None of that is to say that this month’s offerings aren’t great, they just don’t seem as major as usual. Well, maybe Division kind of fits that bill.
The Division releases this month after a somewhat…divisive beta. I rather enjoyed its brand of cover-based action with a Defiance-like MMO style world. It certainly looks like it offers a significant amount of game to keep people playing. One of my main worries with it is whether the location can remain interesting enough for the whole game. MMO’s usually spread out to differnt locations in order to provide a varied aesthetic. If Division only takes place in biohazardous New-York, it may become all a little samey.

Hitman comes out this month too, trying to shed the over-used disguise mechanic of the last game, it also ditches any sub-title. For once, it’s just Hitman. Luckily the first game was called Hitman: Agent 47 so hopefully that will stop us from eternally calling this Hitman 2016 (like we’ve had to do with Tomb Raider 2013) IO interactive are trying to take us back to a time before Absolution, in terms of gameplay if not timeline, with more sandbox and less linear missions.

Going almost head to head with Hitman this month is Alekhine’s Gun – or Death to Spies 3. Alekhine’s Gun is set in a rather more interesting Cold War era and features stealth assassination gameplay not too dissimilar to Hitman.

There’s a few noteworthy ports and remasters this month. Heavy Rain HD releases on PS4 with better resolution and textures (though sadly locked to 30fps). Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD releases on WiiU and Hyrule Warriors Legends releases on 3DS) All worth getting if you haven’t played the originals.

Full March Release List

1st March

  • Broforce (PS4)
  • Screencheat (PS4)
  • Far Cry Primal (PC)

2nd March

  • Heavy Rain (PS4)
  • Ironcast (PS4)
  • Blazblue: Chronophantasma Extend (PC)

3rd March

  • Chasing Dead (WiiU)
  • Tap Tap Arcade (WiiU)

4th March

  • Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (WiiU)
  • Heavy Rain & Beyond: Two Souls Collection (PS4)
  • Mortal Kombat XL (PS4/XBone)
  • Goat Simulator: The Bundle (XBone)
  • The Witch and the Hundred Knight: Revival Edition (PS4)

8th March

  • Tom Clancy’s The Division (PC/PS4/XBone)
  • Kholat (PS4)

11th March

  • Stella Glow (3DS)
  • Alekhine’s Gun (PC/PS4/XBone)
  • Hitman (PC/PS4/XBone)
  • WWE 2K16 (PC)
  • Samurai Warriors 4 Empires (PS4/PS3/Vita)
  • Zombie Vikings (Ragnarok Edition) (PS4)

17th March

  • Need For Speed (PC)
  • EA Sports UFC 2 (PS4/XBone)

18th March

  • Senran Kagura: Estival Versus (PS4/Vita)
  • Pokken Tournament (WiiU)

22nd March

  • The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (WiiU)

23rd March

  • Elder Scrolls Online – Theieves Guild DLC (PC/PS4/XBone)

24th March

  • Hyrule Warriors Legends (3DS)
  • Adam’s Venture: Origins (PC/PS4/XBone)
  • Farming 2017: The Simulation (PC/PS4/XBone/WiiU)

25th March

  • Aegis of Earth: Protonovus Assault (PS4/PS3/Vita)
  • Lichdom: Battlemage (PS4/XBone)
  • Republique (PS4/XBone)
  • Tropico 5 (XBone)
  • Trackmania Turbo (PS4)

Playstation Plus:

Leaving PS Plus: 1st March

Entering PS Plus: 1st March


 

 Xbox Games with Gold

Leaving Games with Gold

  • Hand of Fate (XBone)
  • Styx: Master of Shadows (February 16th to March 15th) (XBone)
  • Gears of War 2 (February 16th to February 29th) (X360)

Entering Games with Gold

  • Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment (XBone)
  • Lords of the Fallen (March 16th to April 15th) (Xbone)
  • Supreme Commander (March 1st to March 15th) (X360)
  • Borderlands (March 16th to March 31st) X360

 

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