The Nintendo Switch is arguably the most anticipated gaming-related product coming out this month, but that’s just the beginning. In addition to the new console, gamers can also look forward to quite a few exciting titles releasing on all platforms in March. As always, though, at the start of each month we take a look at PC games, in particular, and discuss some of the major titles releasing in the next thirty days or so. Most of these titles are actually multi-platform releases, but we’re primarily interested in the PC versions of the new games releasing throughout March 2017.
There are already quite a number of Lego games out there, but none quite like this one. Lego Worlds is a sandbox game that looks a lot like Minecraft and wears its source of inspiration proudly on its sleeve. And why shouldn’t it? Minecraft has a solid concept behind it and spawned a lot of clones over the years. Lego Worlds, however, makes a lot more sense than most of those clones since Lego is all about playing around with blocks at the end of the day. Lego Worlds has been in Early Access for almost two years now and will finally be ready to launch on March 7th.
Wildlands is the first installment in the long-running Ghost Recon series to feature an open-world design. Similar to its predecessors, the game revolves around a fictional US elite task force known as the Ghosts, which you are a part of. This time around the action takes place in a fictional version of Bolivia and will feature a number of new additions, such as side missions, and of course, a whole bunch of cool gear to play with. That said, Ubisoft was recently criticized by the Bolivian government because of how the country is depicted in the game and the government is even threatening to take legal action against the developers. As far as we know, though, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is still scheduled to launch on March 7th.
Just as its name suggests, Shards of Darkness is the successor to 2014’s Styx: Master of Shadows. The upcoming stealth game will once again revolve around the titular goblin, however, this time the action takes place in the Dark Elven city of Körangar. Styx: Shards of Darkness might be one of the least hyped PC games coming out this month and that’s a real shame because the gameplay footage revealed so far looks very promising. In addition to new abilities, gameplay mechanics, and a co-op mode, gamers can also expect the game to look prettier than its predecessor thanks to the Unreal Engine 4 powered graphics. Styx: Shards of Darkness is scheduled to launch on March 14th.
It’s been five years since the original trilogy came to an end but the wait for a new installment is almost over. As I’m sure you already know by now, Mass Effect Andromeda will not be related to any of the previous titles and will feature an entirely new cast of characters, as well as a new protagonist that goes by the name of Ryder. In addition, the game will also feature a new skill tree, combat system, and will rely heavily on exploration, much like the original. Other notable changes include the removal of the Paragon/Renegade system, the addition of a more flexible progression system with no classes, and an ESRB rating for full nudity. Mass Effect Andromeda is scheduled to launch on March 21st.
Perhaps not technically a major PC release, Vikings: Wolves of Midgard is definitely worth keeping an eye on if you’re a fan of Norse mythology. But while the isometric RPG is indeed based on Norse mythology, it also features a healthy dose of fantasy for good measure. In Vikings: Wolves of Midgard you play as a clan leader trying to save his people from Ragnarok itself after the Jotan have returned to take vengeance on the Gods of Asgard. You do this, of course, by brutally beating undead, giants, and a wide variety of other monstrosities. Vikings: Wolves of Midgard is scheduled to launch on March 24th.
Strafe pays homage to the great FPS games of the 90s both in terms of aesthetics and gameplay. The game has been in development for a couple of years now and even got a retro trailer when it was first announced to showcase just how old school everything looks. That said, Strafe isn’t totally a callback to the 90s as it also features some more moderns elements like vendors and upgrades. For the most part, though, the game does look very reminiscent of the original Doom, Quake, and other highly acclaimed FPS titles of that era. Strafe is scheduled to launch on March 28th.
Word on the street is that Nier: Automata is also scheduled to make its way to the PC later this month. While not officially confirmed by Square Enix, a recent leak suggests that the game might make its way to the platform as early as March 17th, though it’s possible that this is just the Japanese release date. Until an official announcement has been made you should probably take this one with a grain of salt.
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