It’s that time of the year again! We’ve reached the end of Quarter 1 for 2018. And with the end of a Quarter, comes a massive release of games! Here are the games we’re most looking forward to playing this March!

Kirby Star Allies 

This game is one of Nintendo’s first big original releases of 2018. It was announced last year at Nintendo’s E3 2017 presentation, and we’ve received more and more gameplay information over the past few months. Kirby Star Allies is not only a single-player campaign game, but also functions as a multiplayer campaign. You and up to three other friends can control Kirby and his pals as they make their way throughout Dream Land. And Kirby’s pals are a crucial part of the game! Players must utilize character combos to solve puzzles, defeat baddies, and more! The story will feature new characters, as well as beloved classics, such as King DeDeDe and Meta Knight. Kirby Star Allies will be available for the Nintendo Switch on March 16

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Sea of Thieves

This game remains one of the top highlights of E3 2017. Sea of Theives is a multiplayer Pirate adventure game from Rare Studios. Players and their crew of friends venture into an open world of pirates and plunder to explore the unknown. There are a variety of roles that each player can take on: hoisting sails, navigating, steering, firing cannons, drinking grog, and even chomping on a banana. Additionally, player crews will embark on quests and adventures that have them not only collecting treasure but engaging with other player crews across the world. Additionally, Sea of Thieves features cross-platform multiplayer abilities. PC and Xbox One players will be able to interact and play the game together. Personally, this is one Xbox Exclusive that makes me want to buy the console! Sea of Thieves hits Xbox One and PCs on March 20

A Way Out 

From the director of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons comes another two-person co-op game: A Way Out. You and the other player play as Leo and Vincent, two convicts trying to escape prison and the watchful eyes of the authorities. Unlike Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons which had strict character roles, Leo and Vincent share the same abilities. For instance, Leo can distract a guard, while Vincent sneaks around, or vice versa. Another key feature of the game, besides its co-op multiplayer gameplay, is the emotional journey of the story. From the trailer at the EA E3 2017 Press Conference alone,  A Way Out has an incredibly emotional and compelling narrative. You’re not just simply working to solve puzzles and escape prison; you’re also on the journey of these two men, and what their lives were like before, and after incarceration. A Way Out will be available for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on March 23.

Detective Pikachu

Detective Pikachu was originally released in Japan back in 2016, and is finally getting it’s US debut this month! This Pokémon title is an adventure game that follows an intelligent and talking Pikachu. This Pikachu befriends a human boy, and together they solve mysteries affecting the Pokémon in the city around them. Gameplay consists of finding clues, speaking with other Pokémon, and exploring the city for all kinds of secrets. While this game may not be for every die-hard Pokémon player, it’s a fun game that explores the Pokémon world outside of gym-battling. Detective Pikachu hits the Nintendo 3DS on March 23

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

Another highly anticipated sequel for the month of March is Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom. This game is a sequel to Ni no Kuni: The Wrath of the White Witch, which was initially released in 2011, and then in 2013 for Western audiences. The one big change between the two games is that Studio Ghibli did not contribute to Revenant Kingdom like it did in The Wrath of the White Witch. The sequel still retains the art style and the lore, but not the company’s participation. The story of  Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom takes place 100 years after it’s predecessor’s story. In the game, you take on the role of Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum. Your throne has been usurped during a coup d’état and now you fight to reclaim your throne and restore peace. The gameplay is traditional third-person RPG fights, with the added element of the Higgledies. These tiny magical beings provide area based buffs and special elemental attacks. If you are a fan of JRPGs, definitely pick this one up this March! Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom will be available for the PC and PS4 on March 23

Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5 has caused as much excitement as it has drama. The setting and story caused quite the initial controversy. This is due to the fact it is set in the United States, a Far Cry first, and deals with an extreme sect of Christianity. However, in the time between E3 2017 and it’s March launch, Far Cry 5 has received far more positive remarks. As the player, it is your job to take back Hope County from the apocalyptic cult Eden’s Gate. Like many of the other Far Cry games, players can travel by foot or by a vehicle (truck, crop duster, etc), in addition to hunting and exploring the open world of Hope County, Montana. I personally got to play this game at Ubisoft’s E3 2017 Booth, and it honestly feels and plays so well. Even when you’re flying the crop duster, there is a weight and resistance to the controls that make you feel like you’re REALLY flying the plane.  If you want an early taste for Far Cry 5, a live-action Far Cry 5 short film will be available on Amazon Prime on March 5! Far Cry 5 will be available on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on March 27

And thus concludes Quarter 1 for 2018! Honestly, I’m impressed with the lineup of games that have come out. The first Quarter is always the hardest because you’re coming off of Christmas and individuals who may not want to be making a ton of purchases at the beginning of the new year. However, with February’s lineup of HD re-releases, and March’s new game lineup, Q1 is looking to be quite the strong quarter! I hope you’re able to get your hands on some of these releases! I know I will! 


Emily Rose Jacobson
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