Hola, champs! As we come to the end of February (and hopefully some tax refunds), it’s time to start planning what games we want to buy this year! Since I don’t want to bombard you with everything at once, I’m going to take it one month at a time. Some of these games are going to be across systems and some won’t. If I don’t have the information on it now, I’ll be sure to update it later. Until then, everything I have is yours! Enjoy.
First up is Heavy Rain; slated for March 1st. Simply a remake for the PS4 since it was not a cross-buy game previously. As we all know, the newest generation of PlayStation equipment is not backwards compatible. So we’re getting stuffed with remakes. Personally, I’m trying to get back into having a big collection of physical discs so remakes are great for that.
Heavy Rain was well known for it’s gameplay having the ability to change the narrative. The four main characters can be killed and different endings and scenes can be achieved in these cases. It is considered an action-adventure game in film noir style. It feels more like an open RPG. However, you are limited in certain ways. That’s okay though, because you can go back through individual scenes to change any outcomes you may have. Not like other games where you can go back just to grab a trophy. You would have to play through the other scenes to gain any new information or endings. Since many remakes tend to have some extra features, and this game did come with PS Move support, I’m so ready for this.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Next is The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess; slated for March 4th. This is another remake in HD for the Wii U. Try not to sleep on Nintendo’s home consoles. Although, in my opinion, the handhelds are far more fun, they are still the front runners for their unique controls and features on the big (but not too big) screen. The Wii U is also having the same deal on remake situation due to no backwards compatibility. I really believe it’s because of how successful digital games have become.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was one of the grittiest in the series…maybe just the art style… Majora’s Mask was some serious stuff but this takes place afterwards. As the series normally demands, you have to be a political activist in all the craziest situations across the world (or kingdom, same difference) and gain the trust and powers from each area. I want to tell you more about the story but that would really kill it if you haven’t played it before. Just know that Link is badass in wolf form, badass in human form, and double badass when he gains the ability to freely switch between the two. Midna is a slightly bigger version of Navi and highly annoying sometimes but she comes through in the end. All in all you can never go wrong with a Zelda game so be ready to grab it if you’re big on collections too.
Tom Clancy’s The Division
After that, we have Tom Clancy’s The Division; slated for March 8th. This game will be available for the PS4, XBox One, and PC. Although, I do love a Clancy game every once in a while (he is the creator of Rainbow Six for those who don’t know), I can’t get with this one. Sometimes you see too much or too little of a movie from its trailers and you lose interest. That’s how I felt about this one. The BETA is out now and I have yet to hear anything good about it but I will still give you the rundown.
Tom Clancy’s The Division has been placed in the strangest combo-genre I have ever heard of…it’s considered an “online open world third-person shooter role-playing game”. I’m being so serious. Oh, and it also has “survival” elements. Do you understand why I lost interest yet? Anywho, as a stay-behind tactical agent in the Strategic Homeland Division after the U.S. has effectively collapsed due to a smallpox pandemic, you have permission directly from the President to take out any threat brought about during the collapse (gangs, rioters, criminals from the prisons, etc…) and bring back the normal order of things. During these battles you must also fight those who released the virus on the city. There’s a lot going on, almost too much for me. Especially in third person…just…no. You play through and battle, gain experience points and money, and upgrade your character as you see fit. There is a PVP mode known as The Dark Zone but if you die too often there your rank (separate from the main game) has the possibility of dropping. It annoys me just thinking about it.
Fire Emblem Fates Revelation
Onward to Fire Emblem Fates Revelation; slated for March 10th. This is a little weird because it’s technically a DLC. As the third game in the series, it actually shipped originally if you ordered the Special Edition of Fates. It has the ability to give you an alternate ending from the original game that people are guessing is the “true” ending. Since the March 10th release is actually the DLC that has to be purchased separately, there aren’t a lot of people liking that. If you have those extra tax funds though, go for it.
Fire Emblem Fates Revelation is basically a different path. As the original game gives you an option to choose which faction you will be siding with, this one follows you not choosing any and finding your own way. In this story you find out that there is a puppetmaster on both of those previous sides but you can’t tell due to a curse…it’s actually kind of funny. Anyway, you now have to gain followers with nothing but the idea of truth. You don’t get a lot of information as to what the whole backstory is which kind of works if you played the original game…which gives it a good reason for being DLC. There are 27 chapters and a ton of sidequests so for DLC price, you get a lot of substance. I support this game wholeheartedly.
Bringing back another remake, we’re getting Hitman; slated for March 11th. Be ready to see it on the PS4, XBox One, and PC. This is a game that has been insanely popular since it’s first release way back in 2000. I am hype for this because it has a great history behind it. However, and listen to this, it will be in episodic format. Don’t panic though! All expansions and extra missions are free. You buy the main game and every update is supposed to add to it. No DLC or microtransactions. Unless you get annoyed easily because you beat games too fast, read on.
Hitman is in the action-adventure stealth genre. Think of Metal Gear but more action and less stealth (I say this only by comparison because you can make it through Hitman with or without stealth if you so choose, but in Metal Gear you sometimes don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell without stealth). The BETA is a small prequel to the entire series but the rest of the game takes place after the Absolution installment. This is a classic third-person game and you play as Agent 47 and travel the world fulfilling your contract kills. For these kills, you can essentially handle them however you like, so long as you get the kill. That’s what made it so popular. No funny moves or special requests, just do the job. Plus, you can put on disguises to gain access to otherwise unreachable areas. After your mission you get rated on time, innocent kills, witnesses, captures, and equipment left behind. There are even time-based missions that are basically real-time. If you fail the job, the mission will never come back to do again. It mimics legitimate contract killers (or what we know of them) very well. Totally worth it.
Hyrule Warriors: Legends
Another Nintendo release will be Hyrule Warriors: Legends; slated for March 25th. Releasing on everyone’s favorite handheld, the 3DS, this game has been described as a perfect combination of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors. The original version is known as one of the best-selling games on the Wii U. I was never too big on Dynasty Warriors myself but I am absolutely caught on the trick of putting some of my favorite characters in to make me try this style of gameplay again.
Hyrule Warriors: Legends in a hack-and-slash just like Dynasty Warriors. As a secondary release, it has added characters along with their stories and weapons not seen in the first installment. It was created from a joint effort by Nintendo and Koei Tecmo. You play as your chosen character and utilize weapons from multiple games in the Zelda universe. As you change your equipment, your abilities change as well. You must use these abilities to fight through large numbers of classic enemies in Dynasty Warriors giant battle setting. As a special feature, the game is also compatible with amiibos. You can play through this game in multiple modes; Legend is the story mode; Free is a mode allowing you to replay the story chapters as different characters; and Adventure is a mode where you can explore a map based off of the original Zelda release. There’s also an in-game bazaar allowing you to forge new weapons and spend rupees to raise character levels. If you didn’t really like or understand Dynasty Warriors, this game will give you a chance to really appreciate it.
That’s it for the new releases in March! Try not to drop your entire refund on them and let me know which ones you’re looking forward to the most! Stay tuned for next month and happy hunting, champs!