As we head into the end of the first quarter of 2021, we see a handful of remasters set for release, along some really interesting new entries into the co-op and management sim genres; so without further ado, here are the 5 hottest games to check out this March:
Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Release date: 2 March 2021 (PS5)
Yukaza: Like a Dragon originally released on the PS4 back in 2020, but the title is getting a second-life on the PS5 this March with some new tweaks. Like a Dragon features a different hero to previous Yakuza games, as you play as Ichiban Kasuga, who embarks on a quest to clear his name and punch a whole bunch of fools in the process. Another key difference from previous Yakuza games is the battle system. Instead of the real-time beat ’em up mechanics of previous games, Yakuza: Like a Dragon features turn-based RPG type combat, with a four-person battle team.
Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition
Release date: 4 March 2021 (Xbox Series X/S | PS5)
One of the lesser-appreciated but actually-quite-good games of 2020 was Mortal Shell, and you now get to play it in its enhanced glory on the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. The remaster of the action-RPG features 60fps gameplay, enhanced textures, 4K resolution and DualSense support. And yes, existing owners of the Xbox One and PS4 versions will get the Enhanced Edition as a free upgrade.
It Takes Two
Release date: 26 March 2021 (Xbox One | PS4 | Xbox Series X/S | PS5 | PC)
If you’re looking for a game that’s all about cooperation and sticking together, then It Takes Two should be on your radar. Developed by Hazelight, who have released other great co-op experiences like 2018’s A Way Out, this new release requires two players to dive into a fun 3D platformer and work together in order to overcome some genre-bending moments, puzzles, and action sequences. The game also has an interesting narrative to it, as you play as married couple Cody and May as they have to learn to reconcile their differences get along to achieve a common goal.
Monster Hunter Rise
Release date: 26 March 2021 (Switch)
While Nintendo fans may have felt like they missed out when Monster Hunter World released in 2019, they now get to experience their version of that colossal open-world beast-hunting adventure with Monster Hunter Rise. The Switch release follows many of the new conventions for the series introduced through World while introducing new features, including a new animal companion called a palamute that can be used to ride across the map or into battle, and the use of wire bugs to traverse the game world vertically and mount and ride certain monsters in the game.
Evil Genius 2: World Domination
Release date: 30 March 2021 (PC)
Evil Genius 2 should appeal to those who love Two Point Hospital or any other management sim with a twist! The game is essentially a satirical spy-fi lair-builder where you are the criminal mastermind, and tasked to construct your base, train your minions, defend your operations from the Forces of Justice, and achieve global domination. The first instalment became a cult-classic, and there’s no doubt that the sequel will up the ante.