The first two months of this year have been pretty slow in terms of releases, but this month is starting to pick up. With that being said, it’s time to look at the upcoming releases of March 2020.
The game has to be released on at least one of the major systems (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch). The game has to be new, so no remasters or re-releases onto new systems. One thing I do count is a game either entering or exiting early access, but that game can only be counted once. If a game does have multiple release dates like Destiny 2 or GTA 5, then I will only count the earliest release date. The exception to that is if the game has a pre-order bonus of entering the game early, in which I will count its normal release date. Finally, it has to be a game, not a DLC. With the rules out of the way, let's look at my top picks for March.
5. Nioh 2
Nioh 2 is the prequel to, get this, Nioh by Team Ninja that will follow the same gameplay formula as the first game. I haven’t played the first game, but its old Japanese setting and difficult combat has intrigued me since the game’s release. I don’t know what is different between the two games, but more of the same good game paints a pretty good picture of what it will be. Nioh 2 will release on the 13th for PS4.
4. Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Moon Studio’s Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest that follows a similar metroidvania gameplay style as the first game. Similar to Nioh, I haven’t played the first game, but I have heard great things about it, and the release of this new game will likely push me to play Will of the Wisps. Plus, I love the art style of the game, as for it imbues a great visual and emotional feel to the game. Ori and the Will of the Wisps will release on the 11th for Xbox One and PC.
3. Half Life: Alyx
It may not have the number three in front of it, but Valve is finally releasing a new Half Life game, this time following Alyx from the second game. One of the big components that has been missing from virtual reality is that one big game worth picking up a headset for, which is where I believe this game comes in. I’m actually happy that the game is a VR game because I believe it can make a great impact in that space, and I think the game would be underwhelming as a normal game. Half Life: Alyx will release on the 23rd for PC VR systems.
2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Nintendo’s newest game that brings an old franchise onto the Switch is Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a simulation game about exploring an island and calling it home. I have never played an Animal Crossing game before, but like most other major Switch exclusives based on existing franchises, I can finally have the chance of trying one out. On top of that, I am still on the search for a game that will really attach me to my Switch, and I think this game has that potential. Animal Crossing: New Horizons will release on the 20th for the Switch.
1. Doom Eternal
Id Software’s newest title is a trip back to bullet-filled, bloodstained, metal music Hell with Doom Eternal, the sequel to 2016’s Doom. I am a big fan of both old and new Doom, but after 2016’s release, I wondered how they could up the ante with a sequel. From the looks of it, this game delivers and then some with a larger scale, more brutal combat, new abilities, a crazier storyline, and much more. Doom Eternal will be ripping and tearing its way through demons when the 20th rolls around for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
That is going to wrap up list 32. Thank you for reading, and tune in next month for a new set of releases to throw your money at.