MARCH GAME RELEASES
BY RICK CLICK
Before I start on the releases for March, I would just like to forewarn you that game releases have a habit of slipping back. This can be for many reasons, I just don’t want you to be disappointed if something you’re looking forward to gets delayed. Personally, I prefer this instead over a game being rushed out full of bugs. Now on with the show.:
Since I started this column I had no idea just how many roleplaying games are getting released every month. Considering each takes several hours to finish, who’s out there playing them? I guess people wait for their own favourite. This month we have “Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom”, “Shining Resonance Refrain”, “Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings”, you get the idea. However, one release really caught my eye.
“Fantasy IV” coming to the PC.
This release is significant as for years the Final Fantasy series has only been available on consoles. I also remember Final Fantasy 7 being a Playstation exclusive. But now I guess with the influence of Skyrim, Square Enix has finally decided to venture out onto PC. This version will also have all the DLC and also some bonus content. They’ve also added a first-person mode, which might be strange in a final fantasy game during combat sections. With Nvidea support look forward to new added graphical effects, it should look stunning. And enjoy 4K support if you are lucky enough to have this setup. Mod support is coming, so I’m guessing fans will go crazy, and yes “Cloud” will one day appear in this game. If you own a PC sounds like you’re in for a treat.
A game not for the faint of heart, journey into hell in this survival horror. Having looked at an early trailer they don’t pull any punches. So, expect some really nasty imagery, it’s going to be very Heavy Metal. The game play is from a first-person perspective as you control a martyr who has been condemned to hell. Sort of like “Amnesia the Dark Descent” meets Dante’s inferno. As you progress you are also able to control some of the Demons you encounter, so if you want to survive get ready to hide.
Far cry 5
The open world shooter franchise continues. This time set in hope county Montana. In case you don’t know Far Cry, features an open world sandbox, with many different vehicles to help you move around. Enemy outposts around the map need to be cleared to undermine and weaken the oppressing despot and liberate the locals. This time there will be a new character creation feature so you’re not stuck with the premade hero. I’m curious to see what people are able to come up with, maybe play as Donald Trump? You will also be able to recruit some of the locals to help in the fight Also different is the premise, where as a deputy you are enlisted to stop a doomsday cult lead by the Reverend Joseph Seed. They always have interesting villains in these games so I bet the cutscenes will be fun to watch.
“Bravo Team” and “Golum” PSVR
English developers of the charming little big planet have a new game for the PSVR called Bravo team. Bravo Team is set in a fictional modern day Eastern European city. Where your escort mission goes wrong resulting in the President’s assassination, a country threatens to tear itself apart...and your team along with it. Featuring single player and two players on line co-op.
Ok so this is a cover-based shooter. Movement looks to be via teleportation. People are starting to get a bit fed up with this, which makes this game more like an on rails shooter. We all remember playing “House of the dead” and “Time crisis” back in the day. Movement in VR is proving to be a challenge. However, coming to the rescue are the makers of “Golem” also out on PSVR. They have their own solution something called an incline control system, where you move your body slightly in the direction you want to go. Maybe this will feel more natural than teleportation we shall see. However there is no doubt that the sword fighting looks excellent reminds me of using a Wii controller yes couch potatoes will have to move their arms to block and parry. I would personally prefer to be playing this over “Bravo Team” especially in single play.
So what a great month with some really great games, sadly both require a lot of time and money. Sorry if I didn’t get around to releases for the younger crowd. Just to let them know that there is a new “Kirby” game along with “Pikachu Detective” and “Scriblenauts showdown”.
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