March 2018 in Gaming (News & More)
This guide for March 2018 in gaming will cover all released titles across all platforms, and will also include fun news about any gaming developments or related content.
Games being released in March 2018
- Bravo Team (PSVR) - March 6th (US) & March 7th (Europe)
Set in a fictional Eastern European city, in the modern day, this title is an immersive, first-person cover shooter built for co-op. This game has been developed for single-player and two-player online co-op. Supermassive Games has been quoted as saying, "Bravo Team demands that you interact with your weapon and environment in natural, tactile ways. To lean around cover simply lean left or right. To aim your weapon, just raise the controller and line up the iron sights as you would in reality... Each action is performed naturally and intuitively, just like in real life."
- Fear Effect Sedna (PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One) - March 6th
The third installment in the indie role-playing series Fear Effect was funded by a Kickstarter campaign. This game has switched styles since the first game's initial release on the PlayStation and now describes itself as "a pausable real-time tactical action game"
- Final Fantasy XV (PC) - March 6th
This release was a resounding success on the PS4, becoming Playstation's 5th biggest selling game of all time. Currently the playable demo on steam has very positive reviews. This action role-playing game features an open world environment and action-based battle system, incorporating quick-switching weapons, elemental magic, and other features such as vehicle travel and camping. DLC has also expanded the content to include multiplayer and additional playable characters. See the official reveal trailer on Youtube.
- Frantics (PS4) - March 6th
Frantics is a fun party game, for up to 4 players, with 15 different mini-games available to play. This Playlink game doesn't require your ordinary controllers as you play using your smartphone. Perfect for some casual fun, the gameplay trailer is available on Youtube.
- Scribblenauts Showdown (Switch, PS4, Xbox One) - March 6th
The latest installment in the Scribblenauts series is an imaginative game in which if you can imagine it, you can conjure it. The game boasts a dictionary of over 35,000 words, so the odds are that whatever you can think to type will appear. You can play solo, or with up to 3 friends, or you can play in sandbox mode and create however you like.
- Your Four Knight Princesses Training Story (Switch, PS4, Xbox One) - March 8th
In this game, players are tasked with training four different princesses to become knights. It is described as a princess-raising strategy action game where players communicate with the princesses while leading soldiers into battle. You can watch the latest trailer on Youtube. This game is currently only being released in Japan, with there currently being no news of a western release.
- Warhammer: Vermintide 2 (PC) - March 8th
The sequel to Fatsharks' 2015 Warhammer: End Times, is a first-person action video game that promises "a visually stunning and groundbreaking melee action game pushing the boundaries of the first person co-op genre". The gameplay trailer is available on youtube. This game is one of the most highly anticipated releases this month.
- Devil May Cry HD Collection (PC, PS4, Xbox One) - March 13th
Capcom's release will include Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 2 and Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening Special Edition, all of which are remastered in high definition. This is another highly anticipated release of the month and sales are expected to be high, as people revel in the nostalgia of playing them through on the PS2.
- Golem (PSVR) - March 13th
This innovative VR release uses "incline control" as a movement mechanism, in which you move as you would naturally by slightly leaning your body as if you were about to take a step. Once mastered, these new controls claim to help you move 'effortlessly' throughout your environment. In the story-based Golem, you play as an injured child exploring the abandoned ruins of the Endless City through magical gifts and the assistance of her family.
- Surviving Mars (PC, PS4, Xbox One) - March 15th
Paradox Interactive describes the simulation game Surviving Mars as "a sci-fi city builder all about colonizing Mars and surviving the process". The main features of this game are listed as being "building a sustainable colony in space, individually simulated colonists, futuristic Space Dome construction, exploration of Mars’ secrets, randomized research tree, unique retro-futuristic aesthetic, and expansive mod support".
11. Kirby Star Allies (Switch) - March 16th
This upcoming platformer is the latest in the Kirby series. With new copy abilities and dynamics, the ability to play with up to 3 friends, and the inclusion of 2 mini-games, this release promises to bring something fresh to the franchise. Watch the trailer on Youtube for more gameplay information.
12. Assassin's Creed Rogue: Remastered (PS4, Xbox One) - March 20th
This remaster of the Rogue installment of the Assassin's Creed series, set in 18th century North America, promises "enhanced graphics with improved environment rendering, upscaled shadow resolution, denser crowds and upscaled graphical resolution". This release will also include two bonus missions, customization packs and additional bonus content via the Ubisoft Rewards Program.
13. Assault Gunners HD Edition (PC, PS4) - March 20th
This is a remaster of the robot-themed action game originally released in 2012 for the PS Vita. You play in control of a robot with the job of defending Earth’s Migrants and the Mars Colonies from a threat to humanity. Assault Gunners promises to be highly customizable and have high replayability, with 35 different missions and a horde gameplay mode.
14. Attack on Titan 2 (PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One) - March 20th
Based on the manga series of the same name, this traditional action 'hack and slash' has both single-player and multi-player modes. Expanding greatly on the first game, A.O.T.2 boats 30 playable characters, side-stories and deep conversations involving NPCs, and more versatile omni-directional action.
15. Sea of Thieves (PC, Xbox One) - March 20th
Sea of Thieves has been one of the most hotly anticipated games of this month since footage of the playable beta emerged on Youtube. This multi-player action adventure game is set on the high seas as you play as a pirate. You can learn to sail your ship, and go on voyages for treasure and other rewards. With a large map that you can roam, and the ability to parley or wage war on other ships, Sea of Thieves promises an interactive and immerse, fun experience. An in-depth look at game play can be found in the Achievement Hunter Let's Play of the beta.
Let's Play - Sea of Thieves: Pirate Skirmishes - Achievement Hunter Live Stream
16. Valkyria Chronicles 4 (PS4) - March 21st
With a brand new set of characters, the 4th installment of the tactical role-playing game takes place in the same time-frame as the original Valkyria Chronicles. It is set on the continent of Europa, where the Second Europan War is fought, between the Atlantic Federation and the Eastern Imperial Alliance. This game introduces a new soldier class known as the Grenadier who can fire mortar rounds at enemies.
17. A Way Out (PC, PS4, Xbox One) - March 23rd
In this game, which is designed to be a split-screen multiplayer (local or online), the players control two convicted prisoners who break out of prison. As the story of both protagonists is told simultaneously, their progress may not be synchronized. Players need to cooperate with each other in order to progress, and each situation can be approached differently, with both characters taking different roles. The gameplay trailer is available on youtube.
18. Detective Pikachu - (3DS) - March 23rd
This adventure game is a spin-off of the Pokémon franchise, in which players work with a talking Pikachu to solve mysteries. It was released in Japan in 2016 and has since been picked up for a film adaptation. The latest trailer was made available on youtube on Feb 22nd.
19. Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (PC, PS4) - March 23rd
This role-playing game, played in the third person, gives players the opportunity to either freely roam the open world or progress through the story by completing linear quests. When players encounter an enemy they will enter an open, free to roam, battlefield. In Revenant Kingdom, players also have the ability to build and manage the kingdom.
20. Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings (PC, Switch, PS4) - March 27th
This third game in the Mystery series, and 19th in the Atelier series, is a role-playing game in which the player controls twins who travel the world. Fighting monsters in turn-based combat, and taking on quests from NPCs, the player unlocks various secrets and abilities to unlock the truth behind the paintings. The game also features puzzle-based mini-games.
21. Far Cry 5 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) - March 27th
Another one of this month's highly anticipated releases, the fifth in the series of action-adventure first-person shooters, sees the player in an open world environment, taking on the role of sheriff's deputy in order to take on a militaristic doomsday cult. The interesting Far Cry 5 - The Baptism Live-Action Trailer was published on Feb 28th.
22. MLB The Show 18 (PS4) - March 27th
This Major League Baseball game recently hit the headlines and gained popularity due to it's 'bat flipping trailer' on youtube. Aaron Judge is featured as the cover star for the U.S. version, Marcus Stroman will be on the cover of the Canadian version. Matt Vasgersian, Dan Plesac and Mark DeRosa will be the play-by-play commentators. Mike Carlucci returns as public address commentator.
23. Shining Resonance Refrain (PS4) - March 29th
This traditional JRPG sees the player make interactions between the main character and other playable characters to affect player's "relationship level"; talking while resting or camping initiates special story scenes, which in turn can lead to dating scenes.
24. Super Robot Wars X (PS4, PS Vita) - March 29th
Physical and digital versions of this mecha crossover will be released in Japan, while a version with English subtitles will be released in Southeast Asia on April 26. A grand total of 23 different works are participating.
25. Agony (PC, PS4, Xbox One) - March 30th
Being pegged as The Horror Release of the month, Agony is a first-person survival game in which players will begin their journey as a tormented soul within the depths of hell without any memories of his past. The mystical 'Red Goddess' whom the player must find to ensure their escape from Hell featured in the cinematic trailer, available on youtube.
26. Long Gone Days (PC, Mac, Linux) - TBA
Long Gone Days is a role-playing game set in a dystopian future where the player takes on the role of a soldier from an underground country named "The Core" after he's deployed to a mission. After discovering the truth about the operation he deserts to find a way to prevent the upcoming war. The game also deploys the use of a Morale system to motivate other party members and the topical issues covered by the plot.
27. RBI Baseball 18 (Switch, PS4, Xbox One) - TBA
Allowing the player to take control of their favourite Major League Baseball team, including over 300 authentic MLB players, this game features enhanced lighting, textures, a revamped 3-D crowd system and new dynamic camera angles. The player can also challenge a friend or the CPU in a Home Run Derby mode.
- The release of JRPG Death End Re;Quest (PS4 exclusive) has been delayed by publishers Compile Heart until April 12th in Japan, and there is currently no western release date available. A video showing gameplay has been released.
- According to a tweet from the official global Final Fantasy XV account:
"If you pre-order or purchase #FFXV Windows Edition on Origin before 1st May, you'll be able to claim The Sims 4 Pack for free! For more info & reveals check out the SE [Square Enix] Blog."
- Pre-purchase the game Surviving Mars to receive the original soundtrack, and an exclusive set of in-game dome styles inspired by Paradox Interactive’s interstellar empire-builder, Stellaris!
- Facebook has launched a new website called Women in Gaming, featuring stories, talks, industry news/opportunities and research. All in order to encourage more women to get in to gaming and feel more comfortable in the environment.
- Lexip have met the goal on their Kickstarter campaign for a revolutionary new mouse design. Featuring a joystick on the inner side of the mouse and putting the whole mouse on a pivot without restricting normal movement. It has so far received rave reviews.
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