February was good, but March is going to be great. 2016 has started with a very huge schedule of games releasing in the very first months of the year and, took apart a slow January, gamers actually have whatever they might need to play and test some of the greatest experiences ever. In February we witnessed the launch of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, Unravel and Street Fighter V, for example, and Tom Clancy’s The Division open beta which was pretty good.
March is going to be great, as we said, since a lot of games are releasing in a matter of days. Take a look at our top 7 list below, which also misses some titles you might be willing to buy but are not that great in comparison with those we selected. In case you notice something good from that point of view, please let us know in the comments section.
TOM CLANCY’S THE DIVISION
We have already a lot of hours on our back when it comes to Tom Clancy’s The Division, although it still has to launch on March 8, thanks to the closed alpha and betas available in the last few months. The game is great, we truly see something special and unique in it, and Ubisoft has the opportunity to establish both a new AAA studio (Massive Entertainment is pretty new when it comes to console gaming) and intellectual property. Thanks to this well balanced mixture between Destiny and third person shooting, Tom Clancy’s The Division is a great experience for everyone to play, blinking an eye to those who love RPG as well.
Another great IP which has gone well beyond video games, Hitman is coming back to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 11, with a completely new and digital inspired formula. IO Interactive and Square Enix are about to launch as an episodic title, releasing one scenario per month just like it was Telltale’s The Walking Dead or Wolf Among Us. While the idea is pretty fascinating, it’s still to see if it will apply well to such kind of game, which has always been a complex and extensive stealth action adventure.
EA Sports UFC 2
Since we are still missing a new Fight Night game, we are going to get what it comes from EA Sports when it’s a matter of fighting simulations. The developer is the one that can make it perfect and we have already seen some of that perfection in the first game in the EA new deal of UFC. THQ was good in that but if you love UFC you can’t say you are missing them right now (and on EA Access you get it ahead of its official launch).
The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess HD
The legend comes back to Wii U, where actually there’s been a lack of new Zelda games – the first is expected to release this year but it is supposedly launching on Nintendo NX as well. Twilight Princess HD carries one of the most mature games in the saga over Wii U, with revamped graphics and features now adapted to GamePad other than just to motion controls. If you own a Wii U, this is definitely one for you… in the almost eternal wait for a new Nintendo console and the new open world Zelda.
Killer Instinct Season 3
In the second half of March you fighting games lovers are also getting the third Season in the free to play Killer Instinct reboot. The new season comes equipped not only with new characters and arenas, but also with boosted graphics that according to developer Iron Galaxy Studios make fighters feel more realistically fitting into the scenarios. Sure this is one Xbox One players have booked in their agendas, but we’ll also be able to play it for the first time ever on Windows PC.
Coming from the creators of Resogun, Housemarque, Alienation is a spiritual successor to Dead Nation, a fast paced alien themed isometric action game featuring character classes and drop in drop out co-op gameplay. It is releasing this month exclusively for PlayStation 4, confirming Sony’s commitment to digital only gaming for its current gen home console.
March is the month of virtual reality becoming… real. Oculus Rift shipments officially start on March 28, and Adrift is one of the first titles to support this new technology and gaming experience. Others are coming, and the game will also release on consoles later this year, but we selected Adrift to represent VR because of its space setting, amazing graphics and tremendous feeling of isolation it is going to offer to those who are brave enough to enjoy it. Are you among them?