We’ve scoured the previews, read the releases and played the demos. Now, here are our picks for the biggest and best games of March 2019.
First up is The Division 2, the online experience situating players in Washington D.C. during the fallout of a pandemic as rival factions fight for control over the capitol. If you prefer games out of Japan, Devil May Cry finally returns will a sequel ten years in the making. Also, Sekiro, the latest game from FromSoftware, will punish players just like Dark Souls and Bloodborne before it – possibly leading to some smashed controllers.
Then there’s a detective story set in the HP Lovecraft universe and another investigative game set in 1980s England surrounding a possible terror attack. Yoshi makes his way to Switch in an adorable looking game, and finally, a funky old-school title from 1991 gets an unexpected sequel. March is shaping up to be another big one.
The Division 2 – PC, PS4, XB1
Seven months have passed since a deadly virus cripples the population. A unit of sleeper agents known as The Division are activated as the last line of defence. Now, Washington, D.C. – the most heavily protected city on earth – is at risk. If Washington is lost, then the nation falls.
In Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, players explore the urban areas and historic sites of a Washington DC radically transformed through floods, violent storms and a pandemic. The streets are overrun with enemy factions, each with its own agenda vying for control. It’s up to you to liberate the city and protect what remains of society.
Work closely with civilians to keep them safe and in turn, they will come to your aid and provide supplies and assistance to build up your base of operations, giving a deeper meaning to the people and the world around you.
After completing the main campaign, gain access to new specialisations such as demolitionist, sharpshooter, and survivalist. Each opens up an entire new progression system with new skills, mods, and unique talents to acquire and maximise your agent efficiency in your chosen role.
The Division 2 was built with an “endgame-first” mentality, ensuring players always have access to fresh, unique, and diverse activities long after completing the main campaign including a full year of free additional story-driven missions, map expansions, and gameplay modes. Available March 15.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – PC, PS4, XB1
From the studio behind the brutal Dark Souls series and Bloodborne comes another punishing dark and twisted game, this time set in 1500s Sengoku Japan; a brutal and bloody period of history.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a third-person, action-adventure game with RPG elements. Play as the “One-armed Wolf,” a disgraced and disfigured warrior whose mission is to rescue his master and exact revenge on his arch nemesis.
Players will come face-to-face with larger than life foes; unleash an arsenal of deadly prosthetic tools and powerful ninja abilities to blend stealth, vertical traversal, and visceral head-to-head combat. Through exploration, discover new items, meet new characters, and encounter hidden enemies.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is hard-core. Fans of FromSoftware will find the gameplay challenging, yet fun and rewarding. Take revenge. Restore your honour. Kill Ingeniously. Available March 22.
Devil May Cry V – PC, PS4, XB1
Fans have been waiting 10 years for this sequel. In Devil May Cry V, the demonic invasion begins with the seeds of a “demon tree” taking root in Red Grave City. This hellish incursion attracts the attention of the young demon hunter, Nero, an ally of Dante who now finds himself without his demonic arm.
As Nero heads to Red Grave City in his motorhome, he ruminates on how everything started: The loss of his demonic arm, the demonic invasion, and Dante’s defeat. The appearance of the mysterious V, and the bitterness of retreat. Things must be settled once and for all.
Featuring groundbreaking graphics that utilise photo-realistic character designs and stunning lighting and environmental effects. Three playable characters each offer a radically different combat play style as they take on the city overrun with demons. Adrenaline-fuelled boss fights play out against destructible environments in the striking streets of Red Grave City. Available March 8.
Yoshi’s Crafted World – Switch
Kamek and Baby Bowser attempt to steal a fabled artifact that can grant the bearer their wildest dreams! But when the artifact’s gems are sent flying, it falls upon Yoshi and friends to find them.
As Yoshi, players leap up high, gulp down enemies, and set out on a treasure hunt to find all the gems. On the flip side, stages can be played backwards, providing new perspectives to explore and new ways to locate some of the more craftily hidden items.
Overcome classic Super Mario enemies and new threats like Zombie Guys and Skelesaurus. Outfit Yoshi in collectable, protective, handicraft costumes as he makes his way through to the end of the journey.
Yoshi’s Crafted World can be played with two players and two Joy-Cons. It’s the perfect father-son/daughter bonding experience. Or if the little ones are playing solo, Mellow mode gives Yoshi wings for an easier experience. Available March 29.
Toejam & Earl: Back in the Groove – PC, PS4, Switch, XB1
ToeJam and Earl have crash-landed back on Earth for a funky fresh rogue-like adventure infused with old school hip-hop and jam-packed with awesome throwbacks to the 1991 classic.
There are 9 playable characters who can interact with an abundance of items. Some may be a little unpredictable. Then players can return to the HyperFunk Zone to power up the characters and freestyle awesome beats in the classic rhythm matching mini-game.
Enjoy over 30 groovy tunes including unforgettable remixes and fresh basslines performed by musical funkmeister Cody Wright.
Original Co-Creator Greg Johnson is back at the helm, and you can thank Kickstarter and its backers for making this one happen. Available Now.
The Occupation – PC, PS4, XB1
It’s 1987, North West England; A time of 80’s pop, grand architecture and political unrest. An explosion has triggered a controversial act which threatens to erode civil liberties. You are a journalist tasked with investigating and questioning people on their actions from a tumultuous night which resulted in the loss of many lives.
Each person has a different account of the night’s event, and you must use the tools at your disposal to get results.
Will you take the most direct route at the risk of getting caught, or plan your approach carefully while precious time ticks by? Events happen in real-time, and you must make quick decisions based on the evidence. You are the reporter. You decide the narrative. Available March 5.