March is set to be a big month for new game releases. With tons of titles set to drop in the coming weeks, from indie darlings to highly-anticipated AAA games, March 2015 has something to offer for everyone.
Amid the sheer quantity of games set to come out this March, a handful stand out above the rest. The ten games found below represent the best of the best when it comes to March 2015’s new video game arrivals.
Billed as a spiritual successor to RollerCoaster Tycoon, Screamride takes the concept of managing a theme park to a whole new level. Spread out across three different gameplay modes, Screamride allows players to build various roller coasters, ride on their creations and also take part in demolition-based challenges. A unique game to say the least, Screamride is best seen in action to truly comprehend.
9) OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood
One of many exciting indie title releasing in March, OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood is the sequel to last year’s runaway hit, OlliOlli. In OlliOlli 2, players will find themselves performing radical maneuvers and death-defying skateboard tricks, this time in all-new environments. The arcade-like gameplay of OlliOlli 2 is set to be one of its biggest selling points, making it what is sure to be one of March’s most enjoyable titles.
Helldivers is set to bring its insane action to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita in March, leaving a trail of death and bullet shells in its wake. Developed by Arrowhead Game Studios, Helldivers places players in a randomly generated world, full of deadly enemies and the ever-present threat of death by friendly fire. The cooperative aspect of Helldivers is a key component to the game, as learning to team up and tackle challenging enemies is the only key to survival.
7) Ori and the Blind Forest
After a short delay in development, Ori and the Blind Forest is set to release on March 11, 2015. The Metroid-inspired title places players in the role of Ori, a guardian spirit, who is left alone until meeting a creature named Sein. The two embark together on a journey to save the titular forest. Ori and the Blind Forest features astounding visuals and stunning art direction, combined with the ever-addicting ‘metroidvania’ gameplay style. Fans of indie games will be pleased to see the work that has gone into Ori and the Blind Forest by Moon Studios.
6) Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.
In many ways a steampunk take on the popular Advance Wars formula, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. is the Nintendo 3DS’ most promising title releasing in March. A turn-based strategy game, S.T.E.A.M. will also allow players to control their team members during action sequences using a third-person perspective, letting players get into the action. Players can expect tons of interesting moments when playing Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., including amiibo support from Super Smash Bros. characters, alien oddities, and Americana-inspired character designs.
5) Pillars of Eternity
Obsidian Entertainment is releasing Pillars of Eternity this month, much to the excitement of the CRPG loving masses. Funded through Kickstarter, esteemed director Josh Sawyer and his development team have been hard at work creating a modern take on the classic role-playing genre. Featuring tactical, turn-based combat similar to Baldur’s Gate and Planescape: Torment, Pillars of Eternity is the RPG title of March for those who grew up stalking the plains of Icewind Dale.
4) Axiom Verge
Another indie title worth being excited about, Axiom Verge takes inspiration from Super Metroid, Contra and other classic sidescrollers, making for an action-packed offering. Axiom Verge’s creator, Tom Happ, has been developing the game for five years, putting every effort into making it a game that is steeped in tradition while still carrying its own personal flair. The speedrun mode, glitch mechanics and stylized visual design of Axiom Verge are enough to get any 2D fan excited.
3) Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
Anyone who has played the first Hotline Miami will understand why Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number ranks so high on this list. Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is the closing chapter of the Hotline saga, promising to bring more action, absurd violence and pusle-pounding synth music to gamers than ever before. The original Hotline Miami captivated gamers with its frenetic gameplay and endless replayability, something Hotline Miami 2 intends to capitalize on. Grab your favorite animal mask, a bat, and some guns, because Hotline Miami 2 is going to be one hell of a ride.
2) Final Fantasy Type-0 HD
The Western release of Final Fantasy Type-0 has been a long time coming. The HD port of Final Fantasy Type-0 will take players in a direction that is markedly different from other titles in the classic franchise, opting for faster, more action-oriented combat than the turn-based mechanics of decades ago. The tale of Class Zero features fourteen playable characters, all with their own combat style and unique personality, which is sure to excite RPG fans. As an added bonus, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will ship with a playable demo of Final Fantasy XV. Playable Demo. Final Fantasy XV. It’s okay to hyperventilate.
FromSoftware’s PlayStation 4 exclusive, Bloodborne, has been steeped in mystery ever since the game was announced. A departure from previous Souls titles, Bloodborne favors more visceral combat instead of the methodical approach to combat seen in Dark Souls and its sequel. Set in the gothic Yharnam, Bloodborne has players taking on the role of a Hunter, fighting through the desecrated husk of a once grand city.
Of course, not much is known about the story elements of Bloodborne, but those who wish to learn a bit more about the game can check out our in-depth analysis of the recently released Bloodborne gameplay footage.
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