March 2015 Video Game Release Schedule: Battlefield Hardline, Resident Evil And Mario Party 10 Lead The Charge In Packed Month
February is finally, mercifully over. May we not have another for at least a year! March of 2015 storms in like a lion with a wealth of new video game titles, and shows no sign of crawling out like a lamb. While many may not be guaranteed, "hotly anticipated" AAA smashes, there are a lot of interesting games coming out over the next four weeks.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 - Episode 2 'Contemplation' (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - March 3 - after a short delay, the further adventures of Claire Redfield and the clan Burton continue. Watch the teaser here. Each episode costs about $5.99.
White Night - (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - March 3 - a horror noir (horroir?) done in a wickedly clever, Frank Miller inspired black and white color scheme. What starts as a really bad day only gets worse as night falls and he's forced to find safety in an old abandoned house. Or maybe it's not so abandoned after all. You might not have heard of it, but you should absolutely watch the trailer here.
Screamride (Xbox One, Xbox 360) - March 3 - for all you misanthropes who've watched a rollercoaster and gone 'Man, wouldn't it be cool if [terrible thing happened], Screamride is a full-featured, physics-based coaster game where creativity and destruction are equally welcomed. So, in the immortal words of Edgar Winger, "come on and take a screamride!" $39.99 for next gen, $29.99 for last gen. Watch the trailer. You can also pick up the demo!
Mario vs Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (Wii U, 3DS) - March 5 - a sort of precursor to the upcoming Mario Maker, Tipping Stars lets you create, play and share your own unique Mushroom Kingdom levels with the Miiverse and also includes 80 levels of its own for you to jump and tap your way through. As an added bonus, if you buy the Wii U version, you'll get the 3DS version, and vice versa. $19.99
Assassin's Creed Rogue (PC) - March 10 - the last gen, and working AC title from last year sees you betrayed by your Assassin brothers. Now a Templar, you take the battle to your former comrades on both land and sea in one of the finest entries in the series. $49.99 for the game, $59.99 nets you the deluxe edition with the two DLC packs.
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4, PS3, PS Vita, PC) - March 10 - the sequel to one of the most gleefully amoral titles of the past several years returns you to the neon-infused Miami nights of the 1980s in 20 new chapters alongside new factions, playable characters weapons and oh yes, animal masks. Perfect for all of you not very nice people out there. $14.99 on Steam currently.
Sniper Elite 3: Ultimate Edition (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3) - March 10 - the wonderful action title hits consoles with every piece of DLC previously released, including the mini-campaign Save Churchill. A perfect reward to those who wait. Check out Amazon to purchase.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 - Episode 3 'TBD' (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - March 10 - chapter 3!
DMC: Devil May Cry Definitive Edition (PS4, Xbox One) - March 10 - the fun and bloody remake gets a full 1080p remaster with all DLC included. The fast action gets even quicker with new game modes that up the difficulty, and the speed, as well as an endless onslaught that tosses you up against wave after wave of enemies just feasting for their own deaths.
Ori and the Blind Forest (Xbox One, PC) - March 11 - you had me at "Metroidvania inspired by Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli films". Guide Ori, a forest spirit, on his quest in this RPG/platforming adventure that is one of the most beautiful looking titles to come out of the genre since Child of Light. $19.99 on both platforms.
Sid Meier's Starships (PC, Mac) - March 12 - take command of a fleet of spacefaring vessels in the latest turn based strategy title from the legendary designer. Features fully customizable ships, endlessly diplomacy options, multiple paths to victory and all the classic gameplay you've grown to expect from a Sid Meier title. An iPad version is due out at some point this year, too.
Codename: S.T.E.A.M. (3DS) - March 13 - when invaders threaten the sanctity of the country, president Abraham Lincoln turns to an elite squad of steampunk soldiers to show them what for. Why have we not gotten this sooner? Watch the trailer. $39.99
You will definitely want to clear your calendar for the week of March 16, however. Let me count the ways...
Bladestorm: Nightmare (Xbox One, PS4, PS3, PC) - March 17 - the guys over at Tecmo Koei are bringing the sequel to Bladestorm: The Hundred Years War, a troop combat/Dynasty Warriors hack n slash. They keep making these, and somebody must be buying them. And so can you, for $59.99. Watch the trailer!
Battlefield Hardline (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - March 17 - 'Let's Be Cops', the overmilitarized domestic police force edition. EA's latest has had a troubled beta, but there's no denying that this will be the big hit of the winter season. Cops and robbers are redefined for the modern era, bringing the same gameplay elements from the series' more traditional war games to the sunny stretches of the US. Watch the trailer.
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD - (Xbox One, PS4) - March 17 - the PSP remake gets a grand upgrade to next gen. Play any of 14 new characters in one of the most ambitious FF titles to date as you navigate through a thoroughly modern warzone, and if you pre-order you can even get in on the FF XV demo 'Episode Duscae' or as I call it, 'Square Enix's Endless Camping Trip'. Pre-order HERE.
Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas (PC) - March 17 - burned through Majora's Mask on 3DS? Don't have the patience to wait for the Wii U Zelda game? Then Oceanhorn is precisely the game you need. Originally an iOS title, the game has been reconfigured for PC play and of the many Zelda knock-offs, this is one of the best. Check out the trailer HERE.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 - Disc Version (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - March 17 - "Contains everything included in the Complete Season (the four main episodes, the two extra episodes, additional Hunk for Raid Mode and Raid Mode Throwback Map Pack) plus additional costumes for Claire, Moira, Barry and Natalia for the campaign and Raid mode as well as Albert character for Raid mode."
Worlds Of Magic (PC) - March 19 - the spiritual successor to Master of Magic, the new 4X title puts the 'deep' into 'deep and immersive gameplay'. Hundreds of units, multiple resources to keep track of, a large number of factions, the works. This is the kind of strategy title you're gonna need Excel docs for and we can't wait to see it in action. Purchase it via Steam.
Fossil Fighters: Frontier (3DS) - March 20 - drive around in a souped-up truck and excavate dinosaur fossils, that THEN COME TO LIFE forcing you into battle. Your childhood called, they want their dreams back. Check out the trailer. $29.99
Mario Party 10 (Wii U) - March 20 - Bowser crashes the party in this, the first installment of the beloved series on Wii U. One player controls the lizard king, wreaking havoc to the others as they try to win the fun collection of mini-games. Partytime, thy name is 'asymmetric multiplayer'. $49.99
Bloodborne (PS4) - March 24 - because you can never have too many Dark Souls-type games, FromSoftware's latest title has won accolades galore and they certainly look well earned. If it ain't broke, don't fix it and the more punishingly difficult games in the world, the better.
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (Xbox One, PS4) - March 24 - the beloved RPG/shooter series brings Borderlands 2 and the Pre-Sequel to next gen consoles along with every piece of DLC currently released. Savvy, and rich, fans can purchase a working Claptrap robot to command and abuse at their whim.
Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious (Xbox One, Xbox 360) - March 27 - just in time for the release of Furious 7, you can take up the race as members of 'mi familia' in this (hopefully) over-the-top DLC package for the racing sim.
And finally, we come to the end of the month with...
Neverwinter (Xbox One) - March 31 - "the premier Dungeons & Dragons MMORPG experience, featuring fast-paced combat and epic dungeons. Explore the vast city of Neverwinter and its surrounding regions, battle its many enemies, and be a part of Forgotten Realms history." All completely remapped and reconfigured for use on console. Watch the trailer.
To say nothing of the surprise drops, mobile titles and other unexpected pleasures that inundate us on a weekly basis. Who knows what we'll find out at this weekend's PAX East in Boston? We'll keep this list updated as best we can over the course of the month. Until next time, keep watching the skies.