Video game fans are going to be spoiled as the month of March comes roaring in like a lion starting tomorrow. The third month of the year is bringing with it some of 2014’s most promising new video games. Covering almost every major genre, March’s new video game releases will ensure that gamers the globe over will be busy this entire month.
From the Sci-fi first person shooter Titanfall, to the challenging indie platformer that is Shovel Knights, March is bursting at the seams with a diverse selection that promises to keep even the most picky gamer happy.
Of all the new game releases coming in the following month, a handful stand out among the rest as the best, most anticipated games dropping in March. Below, are the top ten games you need to get your hands on in March 2014
10 – Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD
Fans of the long running Final Fantasy series have plenty of reasons to get excited for Square Enix’s HD remaster of the PlayStation 2 classics, Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2. Boasting updated visuals and a wealth of additional content, the HD port of Final Fantasy X/X-2 is the perfect way to revisit a classic.
9 – The Witch and the Hundred Knight
The Witch and the Hundred Knight looks to be the perfect combination of the beatiful visuals and quirky humor that Nippon Ichi Software’s games have always been known for. Moving away from the more strategic RPG elements that NIS’ games such as Disgea have prided themselves on, The Witch and the Hundred Knight throws players into an action-packed lootfest as they don the immortal armor of the titular knight. Packed with witty dialogue and tons of great combat, The Witch and the Hundred Knight is exactly what RPG fans should expect from NIS.
8 – Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
Despite its rather lukewarm start, Diablo III has seen a wealth of improvements since the game’s initial release. The upcoming expansion, Reaper of Souls aims to continue the trend of improving Blizzards hack and slash game. Boasting plenty of overhauled mechanics, a new fifth act to the game and a new playable Crusader class, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is certain to contain everything that is required to bring Diablo back to the top once again.
7 – The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 2 ‘A House Divided’
Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead has changed the way that video game fans look at storytelling within games. By taking the unfathomable popularity of The Walking Dead and fully realizing the haunting world of the graphic novel series, Telltale created an unforgettable experience within the game’s first season.
The second season of The Walking Dead followed suit and continued to raise the bar set by the first offering. By putting players into the shoes of the beloved Clementine, The Walking Dead: Season Two began an intense tale of survival. With the second season’s second episode, A House Divided, set to release the first week of march, fans of Telltale’s The Walking Dead are sure to have a lot of tough choices and unforgettable moments ahead of them.
6 – Shovel Knight
Most video game fans might not have heard of the indie developer Yacht Club Games, but their upcoming platformer, Shovel Knight is sure to make them household names. Billed as a love letter to the challenging classic platformers of the Nintendo era, Shovel Knight features 8-bit graphics and a color pallete that screams NES.
Building off of the tradition of old-school gameplay, Shovel Knight features a knight and his sharpened shovel on a quest to defeat an evil enchantress and rescue his beloved maiden. Challenging, enjoyable and retro to the core, Shovel Knight is almost certainly the next big thing in the indie gaming world.
5 – inFamous: Second Son
The PlayStation 4 exclusive offering from Sucker Punch, inFamous: Second Son builds upon the remarkable successful formula of the previous titles in the series before it. Taking place years after the events of inFamous 2, Second Son throws players into the shoes of a young man from Seattle who finds himself awakened to impressive powers. Sucker Punch has been working on Second Son for quite some time and it certainly shows, the game’s visuals and lighting are nothing short of impressive. inFamous: Second Son is undoubtedly the open-world ‘superhero’ game that PlayStation 4 owners will be excited to get their hands on this month.
4 – South Park: The Stick of Truth
The much delayed, eagerly anticipated South Park: The Stick of Truth has been a hot topic of discussion as of late, thanks largely to South Park’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone refusing to give an inch when it comes to censoring their game. Developed by the talented Obsidian Entertainment, The Stick of Truth takes the vividly vulgar world of South Park and perfectly translates it into a traditional, turn based RPG.
Packed full of humorous references to classic fantasy and the ever-funny writing that South Park has always been known for, The Stick of Truth is sure to be an instant hit with RPG fans.
3 – Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
Hideo Kojima is destined to go down in history as one of the video game industry’s most creative minds. For decades, Kojima has continually impressed gamers with his Metal Gear Solid series, redefining the stealth genre as well as storytelling in games as a whole time after time. The upcoming Ground Zeroes is a prequel to Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid V that has fans of the series foaming at the mouth in anticipation.
In breaking of Metal Gear Solid tradition, Ground Zeroes -and by extension MGSV – opt to move past the oft-linear structure of the series instead opting to take a true ‘open-world’ approach to steal within the game. For its unique gameplay, jaw dropping graphics and significance to the Metal Gear Solid saga, there is absolutely no reason to pass on Ground Zeroes.
2 – Titanfall
Fans of first person shooters have long been awaiting Respawn Entertainment’s first game, Titanfall. Created by ex-Call of Duty devs, Titanfall looks to be the next big thing withing the genre – quite literally, thanks to the game’s massive mech-like Titans.
In Titanfall’s high octane matches, players can take to the skies with jetpacks, utilize futuristic weaponry and call in heavy artillery, all while enjoying classic FPS gameplay with great visuals. Already one of the most anticipated video games of the year, there is no doubt that Titanfall will live up to the lofty expectations set for it.
1 – Dark Souls II
From Software’s Dark Souls II has been one of the most scrutinized games of all times Fans of the first Dark Souls rabidly picked apart ever detail of Dark Souls II’s development, convinced that the upcoming RPG would somehow be more streamlined. From Software, however, has responded in kind, improving just about every single aspect of the game, while still managing to the make the game even more challenging.
Bleak, yet still markedly beautiful, Dark Souls II is sure to carry the tradition of implicit game design and difficult gameplay that its predecessors so perfectly created.
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