Here we are in the marvelous month of March! As the weather starts to heat up, so do the video game releases! There are a ton of amazing titles hitting PCs, gaming stores, and consoles alike this month. Here are some of the games we’re looking forward to playing this March!

Black Mesa

Bellevue-based developer Valve gave their blessing to third-party Crowbar Collective in 2012 to commercially release Black Mesa: a remake of 1998’s Half-Life. Originally published as a free mod in 2012, Black Mesa began life in 2005, in response to the lackluster reception for Half-Life: Source. The original Half-Life remake ported the original game from Valve’s old GoldSrc game engine to its brand-new Source engine. Unfortunately, Valve failed to take advantage of Source’s technical improvements, so the Steam modding community took it upon themselves to fully redesign Half-Life to the best of Source’s capabilities.

For the past fifteen years, Black Mesa has been delayed and overhauled again and again. The finished game boasts reskinned textures, models and NPCs, a noticeably longer runtime, and additional story elements. What has fans particularly excited is the fully-redesigned Xen. Xen is the extradimensional world that serves as the final level for Half-Life, and it is widely considered one of the worst designed levels of the original game. Will Black Mesa find itself trapped between two very different worlds? Or are you ready to don your Hazardous Environment suit once more to save Lambda Complex? 

Black Mesa is now available on the PC through Steam.

Most Anticipated Game: Black Mesa

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX

On the heels of Pokémon’s 24th birthday, we are getting a remake that we have been dying for. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX puts you into the shoes of a Pokémon. It is your job to recruit your team and set out to uncover the mysteries deep in the dungeons. The remake introduces Mega Evolved Pokémon and features a watercolor-inspired art style. Needless to say, this looks beautiful. It will be a nice change of pace from the traditional Pokémon titles with its unique play style but also still features a turn-based combat system we know and love.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is now available on the Nintendo Switch.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

If you haven’t had a chance to play Ori and the Blind Forest, then you need to finish reading this article and buy the game. It was one of the best indie games to come out in recent years. Therefore, imagine the sheer joy of Ori fans when it was revealed that a sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, would be released in 2020.

In Ori and the Will of the Wisps, the main protagonist Ori returns and with the help of Ku, Kuro’s last child, they will journey beyond the forest of Nibel. The game will still feature side-scrolling gameplay, open-world exploration, challenging puzzles, and difficult death-defying escapes. New features include more side quests, more NPCs, a shard system for ability upgrades, and more movement abilities. The game will also allow for more character customization by allowing players to equip weapons and abilities that match their play style. And if you’re wondering if the game will still be as difficult at the first, yes it will be. However, instead of racking up hundreds of deaths in the game (like me), there will be opportunities for players to get out of situations and revisit areas when they are ready.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps will be released on March 11, 2020 for PC and Xbox One.

Most Anticipated Game: Ori and the Will of the Wisps

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Nioh 2

Acting as a prequel to 2017’s NiohNioh 2 is the latest entry in the fantasy RPG series by Shinjuku-based Team NinjaNioh 2 is set in late 1500s Japan during the Sengoku period. The player creates and takes control of a “Yōkai” (a supernatural spirit from Japanese folklore), and can equip historical weapons from the Sengoku period (such as “odachi” swords, “kusarigama” chained sickles and more). The game also features a three-player co-op mode for multiplayer. Nioh 2 hopes to take lessons from the previous Nioh to improve upon confusing story and inventory management while retaining the game’s signature combat and aesthetics. To this end, Team Ninja has carefully examined feedback from both the Open Beta in December 2019 and the Last Chance free trial this past weekend. For example, Yōkai abilities are being made more manageable, and enemy difficulty within certain levels are being rebalanced. Will your Yōkai be a force for good fortune or evil calamity? 

Nioh 2 will release exclusively on March 13, 2020 for the PlayStation 4.

Nioh 2

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Since 2017, fans have been clamoring for the next installment of the Animal Crossing series. Now the wait is almost over! In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, players will get an all exclusive private island to themselves! Talk about an upgrade from your standard mayoral position! On this island, you’ll be able to fish, harvest, dig, catch, explore, and for the first time, craft! Using your Nook Phone, you’ll not only be able to craft items and furniture, but also change the designs of furniture, clothing, and more! Likewise, prepare to see many familiar faces and even some new ones! Your island’s customization and direction are in your hands! Get ready to escape the mundane world and live the perfect island life! 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons will be available on March 20, 2020 for the Nintendo Switch. 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Moons Of Madness

Need a bit of supernatural horror in your life? Look no further than Moons Of Madness. The first-person story-driven cosmic horror is making the jump from PC to consoles. As a low-level engineer stationed aboard Trailblazer Alpha, a research outpost on Mars. Things start to go very wrong and the mist is rolling in. Not to mention the crew you are here with seems to have disappeared. Be prepared to face off against monsters inspired by HP Lovecraft and explore the darker side of Mars.

Moons Of Madness will be released on March 24, 2020 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 

Moons over Madness

Persona 5 Royal

It’s once again time to steal some hearts with the Phantom Thieves! Persona 5 Royal is finally getting its worldwide release! In this expanded edition of Persona 5, fans can look forward to meeting Kasumi (the newest party member), a new school semester, a brand new Palace, new Personas, exploring Kichijoji, and much much more! In addition to a ton of new features, players can look forward to gameplay adjustments across the entire game. I’m particularly excited about the fact that Morgana won’t tell you to go to Bed after school as often! Whether you’re a fan of Persona 5 or are interested in diving in for the first time, Persona 5 Royal is the game for you! 

Persona 5R will be available on March 31, 2020 for the PlayStation 4. 

Most Anticipated Game: Persona 5 Royal

Overall

Whether you’re into RPGs, side scrollers, horror titles, or even social simulators, there is a game coming out in March for you! This month wraps a rather interesting and fun Quarter 1 of 2020! Likewise, it looks like 2020 will be packed with even more surprises throughout the year! What titles are you looking forward to grabbing this month? Let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Additional Contributors: Julia Roth, Renee Lopez, and Tyler Boyce.

 

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