Hold On To Your Butts, Here Comes March!

Posted on February 28, 2014 by Joe Modzeleski

If you're the type of gamer who enjoys a wide variety of genres and themes in their video games, and you're also the type of gamer who likes to stay current and play games as they release, then I've got terrible news for you.

March is going to decimate you worse than a Winter Steam Sale.

Don't worry, things start off pretty easy. Tomorrow is the first day of March and it's granting us a glorious full weekend, to use however we see fit. Maybe you haven't finished up Hard Mode in Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze yet? Maybe you haven't even bought Tropical Freeze yet, or a Wii U for that matter? If that's the case read my review of Donkey Kong's latest adventure and perhaps reconsider all of those terrible decisions.

That weekend isn't going to last forever, and you better be ready come Tuesday, because March is kicking things off hot and it isn't messing around. 

Tuesday, March 4th, kicks off the month with an event many of us thought would never happen. Obsidian is actually releasing the long-delayed South Park: The Stick of Truth and, better yet, previews have been very positive. I'm super cereal. Combining a reactive Paper Mario style RPG system with a script written entirely by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, there's little room to believe that Stick of Truth won't be absolutely hilarious. Having a company like Obsidian behind the mechanics certainly doesn't hurt either. It will be available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

On that same day Episode 2 of The Walking Dead: Season Two releases, so if you need some manic depression to go with your hilarity, you know where to turn.

March 11 is the motherload. Two highly anticipated games will be hitting store shelves at the exact same time, likely to cause a massive increase in sick day usage. Dark Souls II has been under the microscope of every fan of the previous Souls games in attempt to find some reason to be mad about it. Luckily the sequel looks sound and impressions have been quite positive. If you're looking for the type of game that can be played for years, look no further than Dark Souls II.

Stand by for Titanfall. There's not much to be said about Titanfall that hasn't already been said, but if you're curious you can read our impressions of the beta. It's fast, it's easy to learn, and it's a hell of a lot of fun. Titanfall looks to be a strong game for the Xbox One as a semi-exclusive, but will still be available on the PC and Xbox 360 for those that don't want to plunge on Microsoft's new console. If you haven't picked up an Xbox One yet you can try to preorder the Titanfall bundle that includes the game for free. Good luck, most stores sold out rather quickly.

The last Yoshi's Island game came out in 2006, so with eight years between them you might expect there to be more buzz surrounding the latest 3DS title.

Marketing has been low for Yoshi's New Island, and little has been seen outside of some basic gameplay demonstrations. It looks to be nestling itself somewhere on the more casual side of platformers, offering an experience that is enjoyable by players of many skill levels. While it's not exactly breaking everyone's radar, Yoshi's New Island looks to be a solid addition to the already fantastic 3DS library.

The stealthy Snake has not been able to avoid controversy with Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. Coming on March 18, the prologue that is arguably just a paid demo has been under scrutiny ever since a preview of the title revealed it could be finished in just over an hour and speedrun in five minutes. For what was being sold as $40 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, some people obviously found issue with that.

Since then the retail disc of the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game has been dropped to $30 to alleviate some of the concerns, matching up with the already reduced digital price of the game on Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Store. Despite the short length, previews have been positive, stating the games mechanics are solid and the short experience is one of the best Metal Gear segments ever made. I suppose we'll just have to wait and see whether it's worth the price of admission.

Not able to enter in alone, Metal Gear will be joined by Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster, as well as Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z.

March isn't just the month where Xbox One gets its first big post-launch (semi) exclusive. March 21 is the launch date of Sucker Punch's latest title Infamous: Second Son, and it's legitimately exclusive to PlayStation 4 (it won't be available in any form on PS3 or PC).

Wowing attendees at E3 2013 with its impressive visuals and fluid gameplay, Second Son is ramping up to be a stellar action game and a must-have for gamers who took the plunge on the PlayStation 4.

March 25 sees the release of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, the expansion pack to 2012's Diablo III. A long series of updates and alterations have made Diablo III into an entirely different experience than it was nearly two years ago, and the expansion seeks to push that even further. The expansion is exclusive to PC right now, but has been confirmed to be bundled with the PlayStation 4 version of the game when it releases. No word yet on the expansion being made available for the existing PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 versions of the game, or if the game will find release on Xbox One.

With a few other releases sprinkled throughout the month, I think there is a strong case to be made to spend the next four weeks indoors glued to your favorite gaming rig. What games are you picking up, and which ones will you have to pass on? Let us know in the comments below!

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