March is here and that means sunshine, new games, and lots of work. We work hard here at Pure PlayStation, but we play harder. Here’s what we’re looking forward to playing this month. It’s a long read, so grab a brew and judge our gaming tastes.
Watch Dogs Legion Multiplayer Mode (March 9th)
There was something missing when Watch Dogs Legion released late last year and it’s finally coming this month: multiplayer mode.
I’ve been giving Watch Dogs 2 a play on the Series X with the fancy new FPS Boost and it’s amazing, but it also made me realise how much I missed being a bit of a dickhead to other players by invading their games and ruining their fun. I’m ready to take that shithousery to new next-gen levels with Watch Dogs Legions’ multiplayer.
Drive Buy (March 12th – PC, Switch)
Vehicle combat games have been my jam since I was eating jam butties as a kid. Vigilante 8 was my go-to game but these days it’s slim pickings. Destruction AllStars was a blowout but there’s something a little more my style coming soon: Drive Buy. Unfortunately, it won’t be coming to PS4 or PS5 (not yet at least) so I’ll have to settle with either the PC or Switch version. It looks like a really fun combat/racing/delivery game and I’m down for that.
Terminator: Resistance – Enhanced (March 26th)
This is the next-gen upgrade for the PS4 version, which I own because I was the lucky sod who got to do the original review. It’s not the best game around – it’s an average shooter at best – but it’s the best Terminator game we’ve had in decades, so I’ll take what I can get.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 Next-Gen Upgrade (March 26th)
As much as I loathe Activision’s decision to put its next-gen upgrades behind a paywall, you just know that I’ll be there on day one with my digital wallet open. You know what, though, I might actually have the deluxe edition of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 which means I might not have to pay. Still, I wish that wasn’t a question I have to ask myself – 99% of other games with next-gen upgrades just do it for nothing. Boo on you, Activision. Boo on you.
Root Film (March 19th)
The first game I’m looking forward to is Root Film – a self-described adventure game with visual novel elements. Following a similar art direction and locale to Root Letter (a rather underappreciated game, though admittedly not without its faults), it sets you upon a twisting story that’s independent to its inspiration but faithful to it’s intrigue. It also promises to mix it all together with various interactive elements (similar to AI Somnium Files, if that is a more recent game you’re familiar with), so expect to be interacting almost as much as you’re reading. Granted, I’m yet to be convinced that it’ll meet the lofty heights of some more infamous visual novel-esque games, but I’m confident it will make an enjoyable playthrough either way.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon (March 2nd)
The second game to grab my attention is Yakuza: Like a Dragon. This is the latest game in the series, but as it is doing things a little differently, could almost be described as a new beginning. Despite early scepticism regarding the RPG elements, it has continued to enthral gamers, so I’m very excited to try it out for myself. And with the writing being on point, as always, I’m looking forward to all the WTF moments – you don’t get those in games much these days.
Two Point Hospital: Jumbo Edition (March 5th)
The third and final game to tempt me to part with my pennies is Two Point Hospital Jumbo Edition. What can I say? As a PC gamer missing a PC, I’ve got to grab the simulation games where I can. And none have translated over to console better than Two Point Hospital, which makes it a no brainer. With a number of extra DLC bundled in, the Jumbo Edition sounds like THE edition to own. And may just tempt the developer to keep on creating new expansions; trust me when I say all my fingers and toes are crossed!
Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Again… March 2nd)
Having heard nothing but good things about the latest entry in the Yakuza series I have held off playing this so far, but as Yakuza: Like a Dragon hits PS5 this month I think that might be as good a time as any to give it a go.
Having recently purchased Marvels Avengers for a second time (read about my digital-only woes here) I am primed and ready for the PS5 upgrade when it launches later this month. Not only that but I have two Hawkeye DLCs to play through as well having not touched it since way back in November. Playing as one of two Hawkeyes should keep me busy, and hopefully Square Enix has managed to polish some of the end game content in my absence.
It Takes Two (March 26th)
Developers Hazelight Studios have a bit of a track record for creating fun and innovative co-op experiences in the form of their previous games Brothers and A Way Out, and it looks like they have continued to refine their formula with It Takes Two, a co-op platformer that looks fantastic – I am really excited for this one.
Launches March 26th
Disco Elysium: The Final Cut (March – TBA)
Another critically acclaimed RPG, Disco Elysium finally launches this month. This has been a game I have kept my eye on for a long time since it launched on PC back in 2019. Based upon a tabletop RPG the gameplay and mechanics behind this look so unique I can’t wait to give it a go and see for myself what all the fuss is about.
Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse (March 16th)
It only took 15 years, but Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse will finally be bringing violence, blood, and plenty of crude humour on to PlayStation consoles. Stubbs gets down among the dead men, literally, in the town of Punchbowl by plaguing the locals, devouring brains, and my personal favourite, urinating in the water supply of the dam. I cannot wait to relive (maybe not the best choice of words) this ghoulish classic once again.
Root Film (March 23rd)
Root Film is a mystery puzzle game where a chain of murders seems to be linked to a TV pilot series. I am very curious to snoop into the game mechanic called the zapping system. It allows you to swap between two characters to solve puzzles from their perspectives, which could lead to some interesting brain teasers.
Arkham Horror: Mother’s Embrace (March 23rd)
For me, nothing quite hits the spot like a good old eerie tale. Arkham Horror: Mother’s Embrace is set in the mesmerizing cult universe of H.P.Lovecraft and is inspired by the award-winning board game franchise of the same name. Personally, I’m looking forward to playing a video game adaptation of a well-loved tabletop again. Or perhaps I should keep expectations low, as we all know what happened in December with a particular game…
Sanity of Morris (March 23rd)
Sanity of Morris is a detective psychological horror game that gives off serious X-files vibes. The game appears to be going down the road of the mental aspect of horror, which could offer a compelling story if pulled off correctly. I’m hoping that there will be plenty of opportunities for spying, eavesdropping and some good old espionage.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon (March 2nd)
The big one for me is Yakuza: Like A Dragon for the PS5. Ever since hearing about the transition to an RPG, it’s been the top of the list, but I was waiting for it to release on PS5.
Balan Wonderland (March 26th)
Balan Wonderland is another big one this month from Square Enix. This will go down well with the family, and perhaps they’ll tolerate me playing on the big screen if they’re enjoying it.