March is a hell of a month for video-games

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Having happily strode into 2019 now, we look to the future at what’s coming up. What’s the next big thing we get to play? And when? Well, turns out, a large chunk of what’s to look forward to is all releasing in March. However convenient that may or may not be is yet to be seen, but it’s certainly happening.

Have no fear though, I’m here to give you the run-down on what’s what, and when to rush into the nearest game store. (I know I will be with a couple of these).

Devil May Cry 5, March 8th.

Playstation 4, Xbox One.

I’m honestly fairly shocked by how good this game looks? Having never been super into the previous entries in the series, I saw this get announced and thought “Eh, that’s neat. Not for me though.
Oh boy though, was I ever wrong. In the months since the initial E3 reveal, DMC 5 has morphed into what looks to be an incredible title.
The visuals are astounding, with some Final Fantasy-level character designs to back them up.
Combat, story, it all looks great. The team behind the project seem super passionate, which is always a big selling point for me.
I’m totally down for this one. Whether or not I’ll have the money to pick it up on release remains to be seen, but I will certainly be playing this at some point this year.

Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn, March 8th.

Nintendo 3DS.

Oh, oh heck. Same release date as DMC 5? Interesting. Very different target demographics I suppose, but I’m the type of weirdo that likes both.
Anyhoo, this is more or less a simple port of the original Wii title of the same name, minus the “Extra“.
I’m thrilled to see Nintendo still supporting the 3DS, and with this being the last confirmed big title for the system that I can think of, I do worry a bit for the little guys future.
I suppose we’ll find out in the next Direct what it is Nintendo has planned, if anything.
Silence on their part at the next Direct would not leave things looking good for our little buddy.

I’ve played bits and pieces of Epic Yarn on the Wii and it’s an enjoyable title. Quite on the easy side, certainly seems to be aimed more at a younger audience (a little more so than the typical Kirby game, if you ask me).
Either way, I love seeing this get released on the 3DS in this day and age, and its a very well made game for anyone interested in something lighter, perhaps to play as a wind-down in the evenings.

One Piece: World Seeker, March 15th.

Playstation 4, Xbox One.

Being the massive One Piece fan that I am, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone that I’m excited about this one.
A large-scale open world (ish) game set in the One Piece universe? Built with a surprising amount of talent and budget? Hells yes.
These anime games are very often just fine, you know. Generally mediocre, but you play them because you love the characters and world.
World Seeker looks to break that trend though! I don’t think it looks like the most well-made game ever or anything, and I certainly don’t expect huge things from it. But it appears to be a massive step up for anime games.
For One Piece titles, certainly.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, March 22nd.

Playstation 4, Xbox One.

Ohoho, now we’re getting into the real meat of things. Sekiro had me totally and utterly captivated during its presentation at E3 last year. From Software’s latest title looks to be a natural next step in the progression of their style of game; mixing the stealth aspects of the Assassins Creed games with the already beautifully realised mechanics of the Dark Souls games is brilliant.
Not only does this lead to more combat options, it invites the developers to design on a new level, literally; vertically.

Sekiro’s world has the refined design of those that came before it, only now with a slew of new ways in which to approach situations. The verticality aspect alone adds so much to the formula.
I’m massively excited for this one, and will likely be picking it up day one!
Normally I’d be sold on the traditional Japanese setting alone, but thankfully Sekiro appears to be more than capable of backing itself up mechanically.

Yoshi’s Crafted World, March 29th.

Nintendo Switch.

Along with Kirby, Nintendo decided to announce the release for this one only today.
To be perfectly honest, we haven’t seen a huge amount of gameplay for it, but honestly, we know what to expect.
It’s helmed by the same developers who brought us Wooly World (in case that wasn’t already obvious), and appears to play very similarly.
What I love about it though, is the charm has been turned up seven-fold. It’s just so lovely! Every inch of this game looks to have been crafted with the utmost love and attentions to detail. It may as well have been physically hand-crafted.

The graphics and charm are my favourite aspects of this one as things stand, but it looks like something I’d be absolutely thrilled to sit down and play with my girlfriend in the evenings. So we’ll see how the game holds up mechanically then. Wooly World was brilliant fun with friends, and if we only get a refined version of that, I’ll be more than happy.

Some more notable titles you may be interested in:

Dead or Alive 6. PS4, Xbox One, PC. – March 1st.
Total War: Three Kingdoms. PC. – March 7th.
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. PS4, Xbox One, PC. – March 15th.
Tropico 6. PC. – March 29th.

That about sums it up. Pretty hectic month though, right? Let me know what you’re interested in, and if I missed anything (some indies, maybe?).

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