March is stacked with new video games — here are the 10 biggest releases coming next month
Can you feel it? The wave is coming.
With March, the first huge wave of game releases is about to crash. Prepare yourself!
Between a major new entry in the blockbuster "Far Cry" series — set in the United States for the first-time ever, no less — and a huge new entry in the Nintendo's beloved "Kirby" franchise, March is stacked with video game releases.
And that's before we start talking about the hotly-anticipated "Sea of Thieves," a rare Xbox One and PC exclusive game, or the PlayStation 4 exclusive "MLB The Show 18."
Here are all the biggest video games coming in March 2018:
1. "Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition"
Didn't "Final Fantasy XV" already come out awhile back? Yes, yes it did. In the case of "Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition," you're getting the full original game plus a gaggle of new stuff. There's a new dungeon, a bunch of bonus items, and new areas to explore that previously were unexplorable. Think of it like the "Game of the Year" version, or the "Complete Edition" — it's a re-release that costs $50 and comes with a bunch of bonus content.
Better still, on March 6 the "Windows Edition" of "Final Fantasy XV" finally launches. That means that, finally, PC game players can get in on the open-world epic that is "Final Fantasy XV." Release date: March 6Platform(s): Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
2. "Scribblenauts Showdown"
"Scribblenauts" is a zany franchise that encourages silliness and creativity at every step. By typing in various words, you're able to conjure stuff out of thin air — type in "chainsaw," and you'll get a chainsaw.
Traditionally, the games were focused on single-player, linear progression — and they were all on Nintendo handheld consoles. In the case of "Scribblenauts Showdown," you're using the same magical conjuring mechanism to face off against friends in minigames. And instead of playing it on Nintendo's 3DS, it's coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Release date: March 6
Platform(s): Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
3. "Kirby Star Allies"
"Kirby Star Allies" is another fresh take on a classic franchise from Nintendo. The focus here is on co-operative play, with up to four players at a time floating around.
The game otherwise features classic "Kirby" gameplay, with relatively simplistic platforming and combat that's focused on Kirby's main ability: consuming enemies and absorbing their power, like some sort of pink necromancer. Release date: March 16
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
4. "Assassin's Creed Rogue: Remastered"
"Assassin's Creed Rogue: Remastered" is a second chance for a game that was put in a strange place. In 2014, Ubisoft released two separate "Assassin's Creed" games: "Rogue" and "Unity." The former was set in the Colonial American period, while the latter revolved around the French Revolution. Moreover, "Rogue" was only released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, while "Unity" was available on the new (at the time) Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
"Rogue" was well-received positively by critics at the time, but was unfortunately overshadowed by its prettier sibling in "Unity." For this new game, "Rogue: Remastered," Ubisoft is giving the Colonial American-inspired game a second life on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. If your assassination itch wasn't scratched by 2017's excellent "Assassin's Creed Origins," perhaps "Rogue: Remastered" will do it. Release date: March 20
Platform(s): Xbox One, PlayStation 4
5. "Sea of Thieves"
"Sea of Thieves" is something completely new: It's a pirate-themed, open-world action-adventure game that's intended as a means of getting players together to take on pirate quests. It's essentially an open-world adventure game aimed at people who want to play out their pirate fantasies. And who doesn't want to play out their pirate fantasies? Release date: March 20
Platform(s): Xbox One, PC
6. "Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom"
The "Ni no Kuni" series takes traditional Japanese role-playing game tropes and combines them with the gorgeous art of Studio Ghibli, the iconic film studio behind "Spirited Away" and "Princess Mononoke."
Though its gameplay is simple, its story is rich with characters and its world is bursting with color. Like "The Secret of Mana" and "Chrono Trigger" were for young Super Nintendo gamers in the 1990s, the "Ni no Kuni" series is for young PlayStation gamers with a penchant for Japanese RPG trappings. Release date: March 23
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PC
7. "A Way Out"
Ever wondered what it's like to break out of prison with your best friend? A game called "A Way Out" offers just such an opportunity, and it looks fascinating.
The game stars two men named Vincent and Leo. They each have their own backstories and goals, but they must work together to escape prison. The way that applies to gameplay is what's so interesting: You and a friend control one of each character, either in a room together on one TV or online. There is no other way to play it. Release date: March 23
Platform(s): Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
8. "Detective Pikachu"
A new game for Nintendo's aging handheld console, the 3DS, in 2018? It's true! And a game starring Pikachu, no less!
In "Detective Pikachu," you play as Tim — a guy who gets to work with a bizarro-world, grizzled Pikachu who happens to be a gritty detective. Talk about a dream job!
You're doing the usual detective stuff: gathering evidence, talking to witnesses, and attempting to solve various mysteries. Though this game clearly falls into the spin-off category, it seems like a delightful treat for Pokémon fans and newcomers alike. Release date: March 23
Platform(s): Nintendo 3DS
9. "MLB The Show 18"
Normally I would ask if you were ready for some baseball, but chances are you're totally ready for some baseball if you're at all interested in "MLB The Show 18."
With a few minor exceptions, the "MLB The Show" is the only game in town when it comes to digital baseball. Like "Madden" and "FIFA," "The Show" is an annual franchise that serves a specific audience: People who play baseball simulation games. This year's game looks as pretty as ever, and it doesn't look like it's making any major changes to the formula fans have already come to know and love. Release date: March 27
Platform(s): PlayStation 4
10. "Far Cry 5"
"Far Cry 5" takes place in (fictional) Hope County, Montana. It's intended to represent "small town, rural America" — lots of outdoor sports and logging, not a lot of museums and malls. Previous "Far Cry" games brought players to despot-ruled, corruption-laced tropical lands; "Far Cry 5" is the first game in the series set in the US.
The hook with the "Far Cry" series is their massive, open-world environments filled with enemies to kill, animals to hunt, and adventures to be ventured. Think of it like a big sandbox full of very violent toys. "Far Cry 5" looks to continue that tradition — at its heart, it's still an open-world first-person shooter. Release date: March 27
Platform(s): Xbox One, PlayStation 4, P
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