March: The month the floodgates of gaming open for 2014

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By Cory Wells – 19th February 2014
March: The month the floodgates of gaming open for 2014

While the industry has seen some solid titles and DLC released so far this year, the month of March looks to be the first big step in ushering in 2014. While the likes of Thief and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 are still due out in February, March will offer highly anticipated titles across most platforms. Below is a list of the bigger titles to expect in March 2014.

South Park: The Stick of Truth - March 4

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A long-awaited title that had kept getting pushed back, finally got a set release date for March 4th. Originally created around a story separate from any storyline, this proved to be different as the trilogy in the latest season seemed to be a giant advertisement for the game. The end of the trilogy that featured a Game of Thrones parody, a knock on Black Friday, and console launch wars, there was an advertisement for this game with a comment stating “…it’ll probably never come out.” Well about a month later, it was confirmed it would, and this should be the game of all games for any South Park fan. The game will look exactly like the show, as compared to the past, the Nintendo 64 version offered a 3D perspective and a solid shot at mimicking the show.

Dark Souls II - March 11

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A series known for unrelenting frustration and satisfaction, Dark Souls gets its sequel of death on February 11th. A day which sees another major exclusive release for Microsoft, most PlayStation owners will be picking this title up that could handle both Demon Souls and Dark Souls. With early rumors circulating of the game being “dumbed down” or offering an easy mode due to a director change, new director Yui Tanimura assured they would stick to their painstakingly evil guns when it comes to difficulty. Fans of the series should really enjoy what Dark Souls II brings to the table.

Titanfall - March 11

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That console exclusive mentioned above? Yeah, this is it, and it comes out the same day as Dark Souls II. Titanfall has entered beta this week for both PC and Xbox One, and there are plenty of fans who are enjoying it (amid the Call of Duty references). This exclusive (possibly for the time being) is limiting online multiplayer to six versus six gameplay, with cloud-based A.I. involved. Strangely enough, the Titanfall servers were hacked this week. This game has had its bumps leading up to launch, but plenty of people went with a Xbox One over a PlayStation 4 in anticipation of this game. Titanfall will also hit the Xbox 360 on March 25th.

Yoshi's New Island - March 14

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Do you need another reason to either dust off or flat out purchase a Nintendo 3DS? March 14th might be a good day for either as Nintendo drops another excellent exclusive with Yoshi’s New Island on 3DS. Playing much like its predecessors, this new take on the Super Mario World universe features side-scrolling action, but with the overall graphical scale in 3D. If you decide to purchase this for your children, or your younger sibling happens to get the game, it definitely would be a great opportunity to swipe it from him when taking a bathroom break from Titanfall or Dark Souls II. Nintendo of Europe is even getting a fancy Yoshi 3DS, which is pictured below. No news on a US release, however.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster - March 18

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One of the better games (and its okay sequel) from the PS2 days are getting a HD makeover on the PS3 and Vita. Final Fantasy X/X-2 are making their way onto an updated console near you, and fans should rejoice. The game looks glorious in high resolution, and everything about the games return. The idea of having Final Fantasy X and Titus on the go with the Vita is very inviting. This will hit March 18th.

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes - March 18

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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes stars Keifer Sutherland ::cough:: Naked Snake in a prologue for the bigger title Phantom Pain. This will be almost considered an extended demo, as according to GameInformer, the game can be completed within two hours. The game will be available on PS4 and Xbox One with exclusive content for both, and then also available on PS3 and Xbox 360. The next generation versions will sell for $39.99, while the current generation will sell for $29.99. The game will give the basis for what to expect in the major title, Phantom Pain. Director Hideo Kojima compared the release of Ground Zeroes to a prequel in a Hollywood film. Most people might think this is a tech demo, but either way, fans of the Metal Gear series will get something to tie them over until the main game releases.

Infamous: Second Son - March 21

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What we have here, is the official start of the second wave of PS4 releases. Some can argue that Tomb Raider, Metal Gear, or Outlast count, but this is a major exclusive to help push the system after launch (Xbox One has Titanfall for Microsoft’s exclusive). This is , arguably, going to be the best looking game to date. The first two games were fantastic, and now Second Son features a new protagonist. The game will look to include features from the Dualshock 4 controller, such as the touchpad and speaker. The game promises more open-world gameplay and parkour from object-to-object. This will be a must for PS4 owners comes March 21st.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - March 25

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After almost two years, Blizzard’s Diablo III will get an expansion pack. The console release of Diablo III saw a significant amount of success thanks to improved drops and the elimination of the auction house. As for the improvement of Reaper of Souls, players can expect a new character class with the Crusader, who specializes in defensive skills, large weapons, and holy magic. Also included will be a fifth Act to the story, an “Adventure Mode” where players are free to roam the world and take on random bonties and dungeons. A new artisan known as the Mystic can enhance properties and appearance of equipment. Lastly, the level cap is raised to 70, as compared to 60 previously. So with this release, Diablo fans who might have griped at launch might want to give this a whirl. Here is a list of all major titles and downloadable content due out in March 2014:

  • South Park: The Stick of Truth (360, PS3, PC) – March 4
  • Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky (PS3) – March 11
  • Dark Souls II (360, PS3) – March 11
  • Titanfall (Xbox One, PC) – March 11
  • Yoshi’s New Island (3DS) – March 14
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS3, Vita) – March 18
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3) – March 18
  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z (360, PS3) – March 18
  • Pokémon Battle Trozei (3DS) – March 20
  • Infamous: Second Son (PS4) – March 21
  • BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Part 2 – March 25
  • Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma (PS3) – March 25
  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (PC, Mac) – March 25
  • Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends (PS4, PS3, Vita) – March 25
  • The Witch and the Hundred Knight (PS3) – March 25
  • Titanfall (360) – March 25
  • Shovel Knight (Wii U, 3DS, PC) – March 3