It’s another notable week for game releases this month, with some big-name titles seeing their anticipated releases, but there are also some smaller games worth noting too.
Here’s our picks of the week:
Tom Clancy’s The Division
Release date: 8 March 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
This one has been a long-time coming, but it’s finally here this week. Tom Clancy’s The Division is a tactical third-person shooter set in a post-apocalyptic open-world New York that has been ravaged by a deadly outbreak. Players can customise their character, backpack and level up weapons, gear, and skills in order to survive the dangers of New York and its “Dark Zone”, which is an online PvP arena of the game, throwing players into a cornered off section of the city that contains all the really good loot, but it also has all the other players that really want that loot too. The game also features a dynamic, time based weather system in the winter-swept NY, which players can use for strategic advantage.
The Division is massively ambitious, and while we’ve seen developer walkthroughs and got our hands on the beta, we think it’s now time to experience the game in all its glory.
Hitman – “Intro Pack”
Release date: 11 March 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
The new Hitman game is finally getting a release this week, but we won’t be getting the full game yet, as this time around, the bald-headed assassin’s latest adventure will be an episodic one.
The first section debuts this week, and this only includes the prologue missions and the Paris contract. 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.
Release date: 8 March 2016 (PC)
The Culling is essentially the video game equivalent of The Hunger Games. Players are thrown into an island arena and forced to fight to the death to survive the over-the-top gore-filled battle royale. Players need to craft weapons, make traps, and outsmart their opponents in order to stay alive.
The game includes free-for-all multiplayer, two player team multiplayer, and an offline mode for practice against bots. With a price tag of $12.99 (just under R200), it’s not much of a risk for interested gamers to pick up, though the game is best spent with a group of friends ‘voting’ each other off the island.
The Culling is currently available for PC via Steam early access.
Rise of the Kasai
Release date: 8 March 2016 (PS4)
Rise of the Kasai is a PS2 game that is seeing a re-release on the PS4 this week, and if you’re into hack-‘n-slash adventures, this should be right up your alley. The game was originally released in 2005, developed by BottleRocket Entertainment as a follow-up to The Mark of Kri, that has already been re-released on PS4 a while ago.
It’s a little clunky and does look slightly dated in 2016, but it’s combination of stealth and action gameplay has made it quite the cult hit.
Ori and the Blind Forest – Definitive Edition
Release date: 11 March 2016 (Xbox One, PC)
The original game was highly lauded with multiple awards last year, the Definitive Edition of Ori and the Blind Forest enhances the original adventure with new goodness. The Definitive Edition adds new areas and abilities – discover Naru’s Past in the new environments and explore the game with the new dash and light burst abilities, and additional story sequences.
A highly requested feature of the original was adjustable difficulties. Now players can select “easy” mode to breeze through the narrative, or the newly added “hard” and “one life” modes for additional challenges. Explore Nibel like never before with the ability to fast travel between Spirit Wells. Owners of the original on Xbox One and PC will be able to upgrade to Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition upon release.
Lost Socks: Naughty Brothers
And finally, for those iPhone and iPad gamers looking to play something on their mobile devices, the highly-anticipated Lost Socks: Naughty Brothers launches this week.
Lost Socks: Naughty Brothers is a new hardcore action/runner/platformer/shooter thingymabob that had been in development for 4 years and launched just ahead of the normal weekly rush. People went bananas for the game’s most recent trailer a few weeks ago, and even more bananas once they actually got their hands on the game.
You play the game as a sock. Not the most exciting thing on paper, but throw in a giant gun and some serious personality, and you’ve got something special.
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