2016 has got off to a bang with some great gaming releases warming us up for what’s to come. March is set to heat things up even more, with some big-name titles finally seeing their releases. Here’s our picks for the biggest games of March 2016:
Far Cry Primal (PC)
Release date: 1 March
After attacking the home consoles, Far Cry Primal makes its way on PC this month. Primal takes the series back to the Stone Age – stripping away the automatic weapons and focusing on the player’s relationship with the world around them. Sabre-tooth tigers, woolly mammoths, and other frightening Jurassic creatures will be hunting you down, but, there’s a twist: you’ll be able to control them too.
Release date: 1 March 2016 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Essentially Hitman-with-hair, Alekhine’s Gun‘s is a third-person stealth-action game that throws players into the shoes of Agent Alekhine, a highly skilled Russian assassin working alongside American CIA agents during the Cold War. Using the environments, traps, and some brutal close-up kills, players will need to take down those responsible to ensure the future of the US. It looks like an interesting distraction as a warm-up for Hitman.
Release date: 1 March 2016 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Broforce has already been blowing up PCs, and now the game is making its way to PS4.
The game puts players in control of “an under-funded, over-powered paramilitary organization dealing exclusively in excessive force.” This side-scrolling action game is reminiscent of the likes of Contra, but instead of some generic joes, you get to play the game as a number of bro-infused heroes, like Rambro, Brommander, MacBrover, and Bronan the Barbarian.
Broforce also features a co-op component for up to four players, upping each level’s potential for explosive chaos. Each level ends with a ceremonial raising of the American flag and a quick escape via helicopter as explosions erupt below. Classic.
Release date: 1 March 2016 (PS4)
Heavy Rain is an ambitious project that tells a complex story through contextual actions and realistic visuals. Embracing the idea of “interactive storytelling,” the game is built around an emotive and compelling proposition: “How far would you go to save someone you love?” The game was quite the hit on PS3 and should pull in some new fans with its jump to PS4.
Mortal Kombat XL
Release date: 1 March 2016 (Xbox One, PS4)
Mortal Kombat XL, which consists of the base game and both DLC Kombat Packs, releases this week for bloodthirsty-gamers. In addition to last year’s fantastic fighting game, the package features the new playable characters released post-launch: Alien, Leatherface, Triborg, Bo’Rai Cho, Predator, Jason Voorhees, Tremor, Tanya, and Goro. It also includes the new skins pack Apocalypse Pack and all previously released skins packs.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
Release date: 1 March 2016 (Wii U)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD remake for the Wii U does more than just pretty up the game to new HD graphics. New to this version is an item called the “Ghost Lantern”, it glows when near a Poe making the Poe soul-retrieving quest easier to complete. Hero Mode can also be selected from the beginning of the game and makes the game much more difficult.
The GamePad also gives the game much easier controls by allowing players to access map and inventory at any time using the touch screen, quickly transform into a wolf, access Miiverse, and play the game in off-TV mode. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD launches with a Wolf Link amiibo, and features amiibo support.
Black Desert Online
Release date: 3 March 2016 (PC)
Black Desert is a large scale of sandbox oriented MMORPG that provides you a variety of unique experiences with spectacular action and battle, strategy-based castle siege, sophisticated simulation contents such as trade, NPC-hiring and real estate management. Black Desert Online is looking like it could develop that cult following that makes it a permanent fixture.
Tom Clancy’s The Division
Release date: 8 March 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Ubisoft Massive’s ambitious, persistent online shooter is an enormous undertaking. We’ve seen developer walkthroughs and got our hands on the beta, but now we want to experience the full game to see its post-apocalyptic open-world New York, which has been ravaged by a deadly outbreak.
The Division’s massive world will also be greatly utilised, as you can team up with other Division players across the map via online play. Players can customise their character, backpack and level up weapons, gear, and skills. The game also features a dynamic, time based weather system in the winter-swept NY, which players can use for strategic advantage.
Release date: 11 March 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
The new Hitman game is finally getting a release this month, but we won’t be getting the full game yet, as its been revealed that the bald-headed assassin’s latest adventure will be an episodic one.
The first section debuts on 11 March, and this will only include the prologue missions and Paris. More cities will be added in the following months, with the entire planned game getting released by the end of 2016. There’s no doubt players will be thrown into some pretty complex murderous conundrums, with massive open environments filled with possibilities and the ability for players to choose their approach.
EA Sports’ UFC 2
Release date: 15 March 2016 (PS4, Xbox One)
If you’ve been craving kicking some people in the face, UFC 2 follows-up the original game with new innovations, stunning character likeness, and new animations, adding an all new Knockout Physics System and authentic gameplay features.
There are also five brand new game modes, a revamped Career Mode (which introduces the option to create female fighters for the first time in a UFC game), and a new Title Chase system for Online Championships.
Release date: 18 March 2016 (Wii U)
Essentially a bizarre baby between Tekken and Pokémon, Pokkén Tournament is a new fighting game that lets players use their favourite Pokémon characters to battle it out in fighting arenas.
It’s the Pokémon fighting game we’ve wanted since the first episode of the anime debuted, and its use of tried-and-tested fighting mechanics gives it a great chance of impressing.
Release date: 22 March 2016 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Trackmania is back, and fans of the Hotwheel’s inspired racing chaos will be ecstatic with the spiffy new graphics and frantic gameplay that Turbo will offer.
Highly replayable, Trackmania Turbo can provide you with a diversified gaming experience by blending arcade-style racing with the perfect track building toolbox.
Thanks to the revamped and easy-to-use Trackbuilder, you will also be able to design an infinite number of outlandish tracks.
Resident Evil 6
Release date: 29 March 2016 (PS4, Xbox One)
We’ve recently been gifted with revamped versions of the original Resident Evil and Resident Evil 0 on the current-gen consoles, and now the latter games in the series are getting a shiny new coat of paint too.
Easily the most action-packed games in the franchise, (whether that’s a good or bad thing) Resident Evil 6 will be making its way to PS4 and Xbox One. The game features three playable campaigns, each featuring series favourites and newcomers, along with a fourth campaign featuring Ada Wong.
Resident Evil 6 is loud, over-the-top, and pretty frightening in parts, and the fact that it has co-op makes it that much more enjoyable.
MLB 16: The Show
Release date: 29 March 2016 (PS4, PS3)
MLB: The Show 16 looks to firmly place itself as the best baseball video game to date when it comes out this month. Improvements in the Road to the Show career mode include a new perk system and bullet-time to give the player more control during a key situation. It will also feature a revamped menu system to streamline your experience, if that’s the kind of thing you’ve been looking for.
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