From forgotten point-and-click adventures to loot-and-shoot madness, March looks to deliver the gaming goods
February has nearly come and gone, but it left us with a mountain of great games to enjoy. Sure, Street Fighter V might have been a pretty big letdown out the gate, but we had plenty of gems to take the sting away. From XCOM 2‘s cerebral blend of tactical action to a stunning roguelike set upon the banks of a raging river. Hell, there was even a surreal horror game that made us toss a few pairs of pants in the trash. That said, we had quite a few memorable experiences to talk about here at the HPP hive in February. I mean seriously, we even got a new Far Cry game to kick off the new year! How often does that happen? That said, we saw quite a few more than games roll out in February than we’d typically expect for such a traditionally slow month in the industry. And while the first few months of 2016 have been kind to gamers, March looks to continue that trend with a wealth of must-play games poised to release over the next few weeks.
Here are a few of the games we can’t wait to get our hands on in March:
5. Day of the Tentacle Remastered (PS4, Vita, PC)
While the original Maniac Mansion is fondly remembered by many 30-something year old point-and-click adventure fans for its biting sense of humor and clever puzzles, the game’s sequel, Day of the Tentacle, is largely overshadowed by its predecessor. That’s not to say the game wasn’t fantastic – it pretty much towers over the original with its vibrant visuals and fantastic writing – but Maniac Mansion was released on a number of platforms, including the hugely popular NES, while Day of the Tentacle was exclusive to the PC. Now, 23 years after the game was originally released, Double Fine, lead by former Lucasarts employee Tim Schafer, will be releasing a remastered version of the classic adventure title on consoles and PC. This means a new generation of players will finally get to experience this long-overlooked classic. We can’t wait to tear into Day of the Tentacle Remastered when it makes its way to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC next month.
4. Hitman (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Sure, we still may not be sold on Hitman’s episodic nature, but the more we see of the upcoming game, the more eager we are to get in on the action. Agent 47 looks better than ever in his latest journey into the murderous world of Hitman, and the options for taking out targets look more robust than ever before. Many fans argue that while Hitman: Absolution was great, Blood Money is where the series peaked. We’re inclined to agree with that assessment, and following the game’s recent closed beta we can’t help but feel that Hitman is poised to follow in the footsteps of of IO Interactive’s 2006 classic.
In any case, we can’t wait to find out for sure when the first chapter releases on March 11, 2016.
3. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (Wii U)
Another year, another gorgeous Zelda remake courtesy of Nintendo. Just over a year after Majora’s Mask 3D graced the 3DS, another adventure in the long-running series is making its poised to wow fans. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD looks to revitalize Nintendo’s 2006 epic with a visually stunning HD port. However, the visuals aren’t all that’s been changed this time around. The game will also include a new Hero Mode, which adds a new challenge as Link takes twice the damage he normally would while removing the collectible heart drops typically found scattered across the world. Toss in upgraded control options and Amiibo functionality and it seems like this return trip to Hyrule is well wroth the price of admission.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD releases on March 4, 2016.
2. The Witch and the Hundred Knight: Revival Edition (PS4)
NIS America’s upcoming remaster of the PS3 adventure The Witch and the Hundred Knight is just around the corner. The Witch and the Hundred Knight: Revival Edition allows players to once again assume the role of the game’s titular knight, spreading the Swamp Witch Metallia’s scourge across the land. In addition to the game’s cleaned up visuals, which include new lighting effects, textures and character models, the game also introduces new features. The most interesting of which is the The Tower of Illusion, a brand new area will allow you to offer up your favorite weapons to battle foes whose strength is determined by the strength of the sacrificed weapon. It’s here that the Hundred Knight can gain access to powerful new gear and precious loot. That’s not all, either. Journeying to the tower and and collecting Concentrated Mana will enable you to players and play as the Swamp Witch herself.
The Witch and the Hundred Knight: Revival Edition releases on March 1 exclusively for the PlayStation 4.
1. Tom Clancy’s The Division (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Tom Clancy’s The Division, the upcoming loot-and-shoot title from Ubisoft, is just over a week from release. It’s been a long time coming, but after two years and a pair of wildly successful Beta tests, it looks like the game is finally ready for deployment. It’s not hard to understand the game’s massive appeal, that’s for sure, as the title has has plenty going for it. The Division looks gorgeous, and the shooting mechanics are tight and responsive. There’s plenty to keep busy in The Division, too. From scavenging the hostile Dark Zones to customizing your Base of Operations to gearing up with friends to tackle hordes of terrorists in a plague-ravaged vision of NYC, the game looks to have all of the right elements to keep players entertained for months to come. If Ubisoft manages to keep the servers running smoothly and doles out a steady stream of fresh content for players to enjoy, The Division could well be a contender for one of 2016’s biggest games.
We won’t have to wait long to find out, as Tom Clancy’s The Division releases on March 8, 2016.
That about covers the games we’ll be foaming at the mouth over for the next few weeks. Did we leave out any games you’re looking forward to? If so, which titles are you most hoping to dive into next month? Be sure to sound off in the comments section below and let us know.