March top gaming news round-up
A summary of all the gaming news, good and bad, from the month gone by
So much happened in March. New games were revealed, trailers were showcased, release dates were made final, and reviews were posted. In case you missed any of the gaming world’s headline making news, here is a March news round-up.
Ubisoft finally shed some light on this year’s Assassin’s Creed title with a sneak peak trailer, but not before a few screenshots had been leaked by an insider. Assassin’s Creed Unity is said to be the next-gen version of the series, with another game titled “Assassins Creed Omega” releasing on older consoles. That’s right, two Assassins Creed game releasing this year.
The built-from-the-bottom-up remastering of Abe’s adventures has been off the radar for a while, but this month we finally got to see some evidence that this game is more than just an HD remake. New ‘n Tasty is looking good, and I can’t wait to visit Rupture Farms again.
Blizzard’s trading card game was in beta for quite some time, and now, finally, we all get to play Hearthstone. The game is out and free for all.
Double Fine’s revealed that Costume Quest will be getting a sequel this year. Cue Costume Quest 2 and hopefully more enticing turn-based RPG action.
The side-scrolling espionage action title features stealth elements and is set in an alternative version of the Cold War.
Sacred 3’s development seems to be moving along much quicker than I expected with the game given a release date a month after the first CG trailer was showcased to the public. Sacred 3 will be hitting PS3 and Xbox 360 in August 2014.
Definitely one to watch, Bound by Flame is Spider Studios’ latest hack and slash RPG with great character customization, a well imagined world, and it looks great on PS4. Bound by Flame has been set to release on 9 May 2014
After months of speculation, and delays from its December 2013 release, Ubisoft finally gave us a a release date for Watch Dogs – 27 May 2014.
Titanfall did well with the critics, with the Xbox One version sitting on 86% with 61 reviews on Metacritic. The PC version only has 20 reviews but its score is an equally impressive 87%. The game has been doing well, and these reviews are surely a sign of what is in store for the franchise’s future.
Sony’s first PS4 exclusive since launch has done very well, with an impressive 1 million pre-orders in before the game was even available. Currently it is sitting on 80%, based on 74 reviews on Metacritic. Check out the all the game’s details here.
Dark Souls 2 (and their servers) launched without a hiccup in March. The reviews were outstanding, the game is a hit, and people keep going back to die again and again. The game’s PS3 version has earned a 90% ranking while the Xbox 360 version is sitting on 92% on Metacritic.
Sony’s much rumoured VR headset was finally unveiled at GDC in March. Project Morpheus is designed to work with the PS4, and bundled with the PlayStation Camera will redefine VR gaming. It is a sleek looking piece of hardware and even though it is in its early days Sony has promised that it will be affordable.
Sony announced some new features coming to the PS4 in their next firmware update which will be landing in April. Sucker Punch then gave us even more when they tweeted that pre-release date game loading will be only available in April, giving away part of Sony’s planned updates and stealing a bit of their thunder.
We will finally have the opportunity to play Ryse and maybe Titanlfall in September 2014. Microsoft revealed that the Xbox One will be launching in a few more countries as well in September 2014.
Overall, March was a great month for gaming. There were plenty of games released and all faired well in the reviews. We finally know when we can play Watch Dogs and Bound by Flame, and we know that soon we will be strapping on a VR headset to play our PS4 games. Talking about PS4 games, Sony revealed plenty of them headed to the PS4 soon including Trails Fusion, CounterSpy, CastleStorm, KickBeat, Dragon Fin Soup. We also learned that the Last of Us and Tomb Raider have done quite well with their sales all exceeding the 6 Million mark in March. Lastly, The Xbox One finally has a local release date.
The Titanfall cancellation was a blow to gamers, and the fact that the decision was based on our Azure standards not being up to scratch does not bode well for the future. We also learned that Watch Dogs needs a super PC to run the game, so you better start saving to upgrade your specs before the game’s release. The Witcher 3 was delayed until 2015 so the game could be “polished”.
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