One of the biggest months for gaming, March is so chock full of hefty single player releases and our Most Anticipated of 2014 that we’ve had to extend the usual 3 single player games list to 5. So sit back, relax and prepare yourself for 5 exciting singleplayer games for March:
Infamous: Second Son
Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Release Date: March 21
The inFamous series makes it next-gen debut with inFamous: Second Son, the highly anticipated Playstation 4 exclusive. The open world superhero adventure takes place in Seattle with a brand new character, Delsin Rowe. Delsin possesses a lot more powers than the previous main character as he has the ability to take powers from other superheroes. Delsin’s main powers so far include turning into smoke and neon for both combat and traversal purposes. With regards to the morality system that inFamous is known for, there’s said to be a bigger focus on the moral burden of the main character and that your decisions will not just affect your powers but also how others treat you. inFamous Second Son is one of the PS4’s best looking exclusives and will hopefully deliver the next-gen experience PS4 fans have been waiting months for. As with many other games on this list, inFamous Second Son is one of Only SP’s Most Anticipated of 2014
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment, South Park Digital Studio
Platform:PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Release Date(s): March 4 (US), March 6 (AU), March 7 (EU)
South Park: The Stick of Truth is gross, offensive and absolutely unapologetic, and that’s exactly why it looks so darn fun. Stick of Truth is an turn-based RPG adventure game from Obsidian Entertainment ,the makers of Fallout New Vegas and Alpha Protocol and takes place in the rude and crude world of the highly popular TV show, South Park. Thanks to the work of South Park Digital Studio and the lead writers of the show, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the game is shaping to look and feel exactly like an episode from the show. The project is a hybrid of both the show’s amazingly crass humor and the RPG elements of Obsidian Entertainment’s projects, so you can be sure to expect a game that you can sink a multitude of hours into and still manage to get a giggle at every politically incorrect joke.
Be sure to check back for a full review on March 4th.
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
Developer: Kojima Productions
Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date(s): March 18 (US), March 20 (JP), March 20 (EU)
“Kept you waiting, huh?” Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes marks the return of the iconic hero and all-round badass of the Metal Gear saga: Big Boss. The next chapter in the series features the brand new Fox Engine, the new voice of Big Boss, Keifer Seitherland and some revamped mechanics for next-gen including the use of vehicles and a custom soundtrack. The game has received some concerns for being finished in around 2 hours but MGS creator, Hideo Kojima was quick to defend the game and said that it will offer a lot of playtime for everyone. The game’s price was also just recently reduced on next-gen consoles to $30, originally costing $40, following complaints of the games short length.
Dark Souls II
Developer: From Software
Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
Platform: PS3, Xbox 360
Release Date(s): March 11 (US), March 13 (JP), March 14 (EU)
Prepare to die, again. Dark Souls 2 is the next chapter in the well received Souls series by From Software and is certainly attracting more of an audience than ever before due to its more accessible nature. However, this does not mean the game will let up on its promises of challenging gameplay and death at every turn. Dark Souls 2 is one of Only SP’s Most Anticipated Games of 2014. If you’d like to know more about Dark Souls 2 and how it holds up versus its predecessor, you can check out our preview.
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z
Developer: Team Ninja, Spark Unlimited, Comcept
Publisher: Tecmo Koei
Platform: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Release Date(s): March 6 (JP), March 18 (NA), March 20 (AU), March 21 (EU)
(The following segment was written by Michael Urban:)
Although it has the famed Ninja Gaiden moniker wedged into its title, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z can best be described as a loose and cheeky spinoff of said series. It casts players in the role of an overeager ninja baddie named Yaiba Kamikaze, who after being critically wounded in an encounter with iconic hero Ryu Hayabusa, is given cyborg implants and sets off on a revenge-fueled adventure filled with zombies, wisecracks, rocket launchers, over-the-top platforming and giant robot dogs.
Having played the game at last year’s E3, I can absolutely recommend it for its irreverent sense of humor, satisfying action, appealing cel-shaded style, thrilling pace and an interesting story of role reversal. While it’s admittedly a bit simplistic and linear, any game that has a protagonist who cackles manically after blowing up a lingerie store and subsequently having panties rain on him is worth checking out in my book. If you disliked Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 due to it being melodramatic, padded and overstuffed, then the lighthearted, nonsensical, thrill-a-minute Yaiba might be just the hack-n’-slash game you’re looking for.