First of all, I want to apologize for the lateness of this article. It should have been done two weeks ago, but I have been in a funk. I will make sure they are on time from now on.
Some major stuff this month, like the launch of the Nintendo Switch, The new Zelda and the latest Mass Effect. This month I will start dividing it up by having games that are multi platform, than have games and news that are platform specific.
Mass Effect Andromeda
The long awaited Mass Effect sequel arrives later this month. Here is the latest trailer highlighting exploration. PC and Xbox One owners can get early access to the game prior to the official launch date. Some players are mentioning animation issues which will hopefully be fixed when the official launch date happens.
Mass Effect Andromeda developed by Bioware (ESRB M) MSRP $69.99 comes out Tuesday March 21st for PS4, Xbox One, PC
The Survival Horror game Outlast 2 now has a release date. I had a chance to play the PS4 demo. It is a heart pumping, nightmare inducing thrill ride. This game is definitely not for someone that has a weak stomach.
You play cameraman Blake Langermann. Blake and his wife Lynn are investigating the murder of a pregnant woman in Arizona, and are fighting for your life by running from a demented cult.
The game will be available on disc for Xbox One and PS4 as part of the Outlast Trinity package which includes the first game and it’s expansion. Game will also be available digitally on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. No word on price for the game separately yet.
Australia has recently banned this game due to some of the sexual violence it portrays. Unlike the U.S. where movies and games are rated separately and done by private organizations, Australia’s rating system is uniform and covers everything from films, videos, to games and is a government organization.
Here is a link their official ruling: Australian Classification Board Bans Outlast 2
Outlast 2 developed by Red Barrels (ESRB M) MSRP $39.99 (a part of the Trinity package) comes out April 25th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC
From the makers of Descent (first released 1994), Overload is a new game that is a “six-degree-of-freedom shooter”. The player guides a ship through a base destroying enemy drones and blowing up doors. The ship can go left, right, forward, backward, up and down. A playable teaser is currently available on Steam. Early access is also available on Steam, Monday March 13th.
Descent (pictures courtesy of dosgamesarchives.com)
Overload is currently available for early access on Steam.
PlayStation Now is a service from Sony that allows you to rent games individually or through a Netflix like subscription that allows you try out a number of games a month (mostly PS3 and Vita games). Recently they announced on August 15th PlayStation Now will only be available on the PS4 or PC. Currently it’s available on PS3, PS Vita, PlayStation TV, Sony Bravia TVs, Sony Blu-ray player and Samsung TVs.
PS4 Firmware 4.50
The firmware update I mentioned last month is now live. Among other things you can now install and run games from an external hard drive.
Here are the patch notes:
PlayStation Plus Free Games
One of the free games this month is indie game Lumo. Very reminiscent of the NES game Solstice, Lumo is isometric puzzle platformer.
Solstice (pictures courtesy of nintendolegend.com)
Lumo now available for free on Playstation Network for PS4 and PSVita.
PSPlus Free Games March 2017
- Disc Jam
- Tearaway Unfolded
PS Vista, PS4
- Earth Defense Force 2025
- Under Night: In-Birth
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know the Switch came out this month and sold out very quickly. It’s almost impossible to find the Switch anywhere or the major accessories. Unfortunately some people are taking advantage by offering to sell it for upwards of $400 to $550 on Amazon through their third parties, so beware. Fortunately Nintendo will double production to 16 million starting in April (source:WSJ)
Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild
The new Legend of Zelda, Breath of The Wild (BotW) (which released with the Switch), is getting very high marks by critics. Once I can get my hands on both the Switch and BotW, expect a very lengthy review. I also plan on doing a special article for the Amiibos for the new Zelda (some are made for the game while others are older Zelda related Amiibos that work with BotW). Here is some more concept art from Nintendo in the meantime.
Switch Indie Games
Nintendo released a video highlighting some of the Indie (independent) games coming to the Switch. Some of these are multi-platform while some are exclusive to Nintendo (ie Switch and 3DS) or to the Switch. The exclusives include Blaster Master Zero, Graceful Explosion Machine, Season of Heaven and the Pocket Rumble. The Pocket Rumble takes advantage of the Switch’s portable features.
Seasons of Heaven
Seasons of Heaven is an upcoming game based on a French novel about survivors after an apocalyptic event. The game centers on Yann, a boy with Asperger’s and his French bulldog Ani. You will be able to play both characters.
Season of Heaven developed by AnyArts Productions (ESRB rating pending) Price and Release Date TBA
Xbox Game Pass
Xbox will soon be starting a service similar to PlayStation Now that will let you rent games from a Netflix like service allowing players to try out games for a monthly fee later this spring. I will provide more details when available.
Here is the info on Xbox’s website: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/xbox-game-pass
Xbox Gold Live Free Games
As this article is late Borderlands 2 is no longer available.
Xbox 360, Xbox One
- Borderlands 2 Available from March 1-15
- Heavy Weapon Available from March 16-31
- Layers of Fear Available from March 1-31
- Evolve Ultimate Edition Available from March 16-April 15
Games Coming Out March 2017
- 1-2-Switch (Switch)
- Fast RMX (Switch)
- Human Resource Machine (Switch)
- I Am Setsuna (Switch)
- Just Dance 2017 (Switch)
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch, Wii U)
- Little Inferno (Switch)
- Shovel Knight
- Skylanders Imaginators (Switch)
- Snipperclips – Cut it Out, Together (Switch)
- Super Bomberman R (Switch)
- World of Goo (Switch)
- Ghost Recon Wildlands (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- Loot Rascals (PS4, PC)
- Nier: Automata (PS4, PC)
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- Danganronpa 1-2 Reload (PS4)
- Styx: Shards of Darkness (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash (PS4)
- Mass Effect Andromeda (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- Troll & I (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- Battle for Orion 2 (PC)
- The End of an Age: Fading Remnants (PC)
- Rock Band VR (Rift)
- Dreamfall Chapters (PS4, Xbox One)
- Mario Sports Superstars (3DS)
- Has-Been Heroes (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
- Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix (PS4)
- Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (PS4)
- MLB The Show 17 (PS4)
- Snakepass (PS4,Switch, Xbox One, PC)
- Thimbleweed Park (Xbox One, PC)