March is lining up as one of the most exciting months of an already jam-packed year of gaming. Blockbuster sequels, new IPs, and some interesting smaller titles headline the gaming releases for the month; so, in light of what’s on the horizon, we’ve rounded up the 9 most-anticipated games of March 2017:
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Release date: 1 March 2017 (PS4)
Killzone developer Guerilla’s post-apocalyptic action-adventure game Horizon: Zero Dawn is an exciting yet savage look at a world post-modern civilisation. Playing as heroine Aloy, the game relies heavily on its hunting, stealth and combat mechanics in order to survive the harsh environments and giant robotic beasts that look something like Terminator dinosaurs. Horizon: Zero Dawn definitely has our attention.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Release date: 3 March 2017 (Switch, Wii U)
To accompany Nintendo’s new gaming console, fans are getting their hands on the long-awaited Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, which is a huge, open-world adventure title where you have to explore, fight, and traverse the vast environments in order to conquer the quests that await you. The game is quite easily the largest and most ambitious game in the franchise to date, featuring new gameplay elements like changing weather patterns and scalable cliffs. There is also a wider array of weapons like spears and axes that Link has access to, along with the ability to pick up food to replenish health. This is the Zelda game we’ve always wanted.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Release date: 7 March 2017 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Ubisoft is ditching the advanced tech you might typically associate for the Ghost Recon franchise, making Ghost Recon: Wildlands a more rugged, down-to-earth take on team-based military ops. The tactical warfare takes place in modern-day Bolivia this time around, as you and your elite squad of specialists work to systematically take down a drug cartel in a giant open-world setting.
Release date: 7 March 2017 (Xbox One, PS4, PC); TBA (Switch)
Essentially LEGO meets Minecraft, LEGO Worlds throws you into a playbox-type building sim that allows players to construct whatever they want – in either single or co-op play. Players can also explore each unique procedurally-generated World in the game and unlock new discoveries: from cowboys and giraffes to vampires and polar bears, to steamrollers, race cars, and colossal digging machines! Also available to the players’ arsenal is the multi-tool, which can help shape environments and alter any World to your liking: raise the terrain to create vast mountain ranges, or enter the Brick-by-Brick editor to build anything you can imagine.
Release date: 10 March 2017 (PS4, PC)
Offering a fresh blend of action and RPG gameplay styles, NieR: Automata is the follow-up to the 2010 cult hit NieR, and combines the design talents of Drakengard designer Yoko Taro in collaboration with development team Platinum Games (Bayonetta, Vanquish). The game tells the story of androids 2B, 9S and A2 and their battle to reclaim a machine-driven dystopia overrun by powerful weapons known as machine lifeforms.
Styx: Shards of Darkness
Release date: 14 March 2017 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Styx: Shards of Darkness is the fantasy stealth game that puts players in the boots of the Styx, a master thief who sticks to the shadows and strikes unseen against his enemies. The original game, Styx: Master of Shadows was released back in 2014 and built up quite the cult following, and the sequel is looking to improve upon all those foundations. Shards of Darkness features more enemy varieties, larger environments, and new gameplay mechanics that will allow greater freedom to the player. The game is also said to be less linear than the original game and Styx will have new powers and abilities to take advantage of. Of course, it’s still as filthy as ever.
Flatout 4: Total Insanity
Release date: 17 March 2017 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Offroad racing fans will be ecstatic to see the return of the beloved Flatout series. In addition to 27 vehicles (including a rocket-powered ice-cream van) and 20 new tracks, the studio has already promised that FlatOut 4: Total Insanity will include a number of fan-favourite modes from previous FlatOut games, such as Stunt mode, where you catapult the driver of your car through the windshield for points. In addition to six of the “classic” stunt varieties, the studio will be adding in six new stunts for player to try.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Release date: 23 March 2017 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Eager space-explorers will be glad to know that Bioware’s fourth entry in the Mass Effect franchise, Mass Effect: Andromeda, is releasing this month. Andromeda sees players will take on the role of Ryder (who can be male or female, depending on your decision). Ryder is a Pathfinder, who’s tasked with leading humanity’s search for a new home in the uncharted and unforgiving region of an entirely new galaxy as part of the Andromeda Initiative (hence the game’s name). The franchise’s traditional class system has been done away with, with a branching skill tree now the standard progression system, giving players the chance to boost or change up their skills and gameplay style throughout the game. Of course, in addition to the RPG elements, there’ll also be tons of shooting, traversing, and squad dynamics at play.
Vikings – Wolves of Midgard
Release date: 24 March 2017 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Vikings – Wolves of Midgard is a throwback to the isometric hack-‘n-slash RPG games of yesteryear, and is looking to be a hit for fans of Gauntlet and other classic games in the genre. It puts you in the sturdy boots of a viking (either the stronger male warrior or the faster female shieldmaiden) entrusted with defending the world against a race of ice demons who have been plunging the world into a deep freeze.