Another month, another list. Hello and welcome to my monthly list of anticipated releases. Time to throw away the hearts (because who needs love (other than me)?) and bring out the shamrocks, as for it’s time to dig deep into March. But first, as always, the rules.
The game has to be released on at least one of the major systems (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch). The game has to be new, so no remasters or re-releases onto new systems. One thing I do count is a game either entering or exiting early access, but that game can only be counted once. If a game does have multiple release dates like Destiny 2 or GTA 5, then I will only count the earliest release date. The exception to that is if the game has a pre-order bonus of entering the game early, in which I will count its normal release date. Finally, it has to be a game, not a DLC. With the rules out of the way, let's look at my top picks for March.
5. Devil May Cry 5
Devil May Cry 5 is the newest installment into Capcom’s Devil May Cry series that follows demon hunters doing what they do best: hunt demons. I won’t lie when I say I am more excited about this game as a way to get into the series than I am excited for the game itself, but I still think this will be a fun release. Its gorgeous visuals and stylish action look like something to look forward to, and its gameplay (which I assume is like the previous games in the series) looks like something I have never tried before. Devil May Cry 5 will be out on PS4, Xbox One, and PC when the 8th rolls around.
4. Last Alive
Square Enix’s Last Alive follows three different characters as they try to survive an invasion by an enemy faction in the future. Even though this game is on this list, I am still not entirely sure what this game is. I see the different elements of this game like mech battles, third-person open-level action, and more, but I can’t quite piece it all together in my head. Despite that, I am still excited to see how the developers piece all of these parts together into one cohesive package, and I think the gameplay in a vacuum looks pretty fun as well. Left Alive will be out on the PS4 and PC when the 5th arrives.
3. Generation Zero
Avalanche’s next game (no, not Rage 2 yet) is Generation Zero, a first-person open-world game about a group of survivors who find their 1980s Swedish town taken over by robots and the townspeople gone. It feels like this game was only announced yesterday, and yet here it is on my list. Despite the world looking a little empty, I think its various combat mechanics and light take on survival aspects look like something I would enjoy a lot. Plus, I love the 80s Red Dawn theme that fits the game well without it being overblown. Generation Zero will be hurling giant robots your way like a kid with a meatball at Ikea on the 26th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
2. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Sekiro, the latest game from…From Software that takes a half-step back from the Souls formula and offers a new story about a bodyguard trying to save a recently-kidnapped lord he was sworn to protect in 16th century feudal Japan. I have been a fan of the Souls formula for some time now, but I’ll admit I have been more of a fan of other games tackling the sub-genre, which is why the new take on it looks fascinating. Its mixture of new mechanics and old formula looks refreshing and familiar at the same time, and I love the feudal Japan setting the game inhabits. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be out on the 22nd for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Rico is the next game by Ground Shatter that is about rookie cop (or rookie cops if you want to team up with others) as they try to take down criminal gangs. It’s a game about kicking ass and taking names, but the ass is actually a door. I know all of the other games from E3 announcements, but this is the one game I stumbled across a little while back, and I have been attached to it ever since, releasing this month, and it’s the only game me and my friends have been talking about for some time. The procedurally-generated gameplay looks like a lot of fun, its progression seems meaningful, and the cel-shaded art adds a nice little touch to the game. If you are personally attached to doors, then Rico will make you a very sad camper when it releases on all four platforms starting on the 12th.
Special (part one): Sinking City
Sinking City gets its own little shout-out from the rest of the special games because this game was originally going to make my list. The reason why it didn’t was because of the iffiness around the release date. Even though no delay has been confirmed, a lot of outlets are reporting a different possible release date, and that plus the lack of any word of a release date from the developers has me a bit suspicious of its original March release date. Still, I am very excited to check out this game, and I wanted to at least mention it if it does get released this month.
Special (part two): other games
A lot of great games are being released this month, so here are some that didn’t make the cut for various reasons: The Division 2, Half Dead 2, The Occupation, Outward, Project Downfall, ToeJam and Earl: Back in the Groove, Tropico 6, and Yoshi’s Crafted World.
That is going to do it for this list. Thank you for reading, and tune in next month for another batch of anticipated titles.