Black Desert Online (PC) – March 3
Black Desert Online is one stunningly gorgeous MMORPG. With one of the most advanced character creators seen in a video game, and it’s focus on action-based gameplay it is definitely one to watch out for.
Players will enter a fantasy world full of magic and war as they find themselves between two rival nations. Using gameplay that is focused on player skill and input rather than a hotbar, players will have a huge, open-world action game ahead of them. Master the art of countering and dodging if you don’t want to see your beautiful character perish.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (Wii U) – March 4
Link returns to Hyrule in this HD re-release of the GameCube/Wii release of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Cursed with the form of a wolf and tied to Midna, Link must retrieve the stolen light to bring peace back to Hyrule.
This time, players will get to experience the adventure in a much prettier fashion thanks to the power of the Wii U. Other enhancements such as the ability to view maps and swap gear on the gamepad without having to pause, new difficulties, and mechanics to fix some of the more difficult puzzles have been added as well.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD also has some added amiibo functionality. The brand new Wolf Link amiibo will unlock an exclusive dungeon, and other Zelda-related figures will add extra perks.
The Division (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – March 8
Ubisoft steps into the shared-world experience with The Division on March 8. Become a sleeper agent and help save the city after an attack leaves society in shambles. It is up to you to set up base and save civilians as you rebuild communities and flush out the bad seeds.
Play alone or with friends as you complete missions, unlock loot and skills, and craft the perfect agent. When you’re tired of saving people, you can jump into the Dark Zone to test out your skills against other players. Here you can be a lone wolf just out for rewards, or a scoundrel who preys on those who aren’t alert. Play how you want in this detailed recreation of New York City.
Hitman (PS4, XBox One, PC) – March 11
Hitman surprised many when the studio developing the game decided on an episodic format. It’s a model that has been unheard of for fully priced releases. Yet, if the beta was any indication, this may be just what the series needed to help it reclaim the assassination spotlight.
Each episode will drop players into a new, fully fleshed out location. With several contracts, a host of different tools and weapons, and the freedom to play as you please, players will be able to play as the Agent 47 they want. March 11 will see the release of the intro pack which drops players into Paris in order to get their murderous feet wet.
It is definitely something different, but Agent 47 seems hellbent on proving himself in this new space.
Need for Speed (PC) – March 15
Need for Speed is one damn pretty game on consoles. When you throw in the customization and the amount of creativity some players put into their paint jobs, you have some great looking cars and action. Backed by the power of PC, you’ll be able to make some stunning rides to show off and drive around.
The game is fully optimized for PC with an unlocked frame rate and support for up to 4K resolution. Become the envy of car lovers everywhere as you design, trick out, and take glorious screens of the realistic looking cars in-game.
Pokkén Tournament (Wii U) – March 18
Nintendo is coming out swinging this month. Not only are they releasing two different Legend of Zelda titles for both the Wii U and 3DS, but there is a brand new Pokémon game coming out as well. But this isn’t your typical pocket monster experience. Pokkén Tournament is a full blown fighting game with some of the most powerful Pokémon out there.
You won’t journey around trying to find some little monster to train and fight. In Pokkén Tournament, you’ll step into an arena and face off in one-on-one battles. No turn-based combat, no picking moves, just pure brawling to prove who’s really the best. To up the ante you’ll be able to use signature attacks and even use Mega Evolutions to give yourself the edge.
Republique (PS4) – March 22
Republique adds action-adventure stealth to the episodic format. Hope is trapped in a facility that freely experiments on its human subjects and needs your help to escape. Using your phone and computer, you’ll hack surveillance feeds as you assist her in escaping.
The thought of having to wait for each episode may put some people off, but get that out of your head. Republique launches on the PS4 on the same day that the fifth, and final, episode releases meaning you’ll get to uncover all of the secrets behind “Metamorphosis” (the facility) without having to deal with all of the suspense.
Hyrule Warriors: Legends (3DS) – March 25
Hyrule Warriors: Legends gives players a new way to experience the story from 2014’s Hyrule Warriors on the Wii U. Packed with the original release and all of the DLC, Hyrule Warriors: Legends also adds a bit more to the package. Two new story chapters and five playable characters join in on the fun. A new area based on The Wind Waker is added to the rotation and will host its own story. There is also a new system called “My Fairy” that is now a part of the Adventure Mode.
Hyrule Warriors: Legends packs all of this content onto the 3DS so that you can take one of the most surprising Wii U hits on the go. The added content make this more than just a simple port and well worth your time.
Adrift (PC) – March 28
Adrift puts players in complete isolation, floating in the endless expanse of space as you work out just what went wrong and how you could possibly fix it. Being alone is nothing new to games, and neither is having to survive. Yet, there’s something about how Adrift leaves players alone in a way that magnifies your solitude by forcing you to gaze upon the earth where everyone you love remains.
Players will discover the beautifully crafted wreckage of a space station in order to find some way to make things work so that they can get home. As you work your way through the environment, learning and solving puzzles, you’ll come across artifacts belonging to the now dead crew that you can take with you if you choose. This exploration and discovery will uncover secrets about the events that lead you to this place as well as help you discover who you are.
The Show makes its annual return on the PS4 and PS3. New features include a perk system, more fanfare for your created character, and a bigger focus on just the basics for those who don’t need all of the extra flash. The series continues to improve visually as well, with this being the most realistic presentation Sony San Diego has put forth yet.
For baseball fans looking to scratch that sports game itch, look no further than MLB The Show 16 on March 29.