New games! Forever one of the more exciting things about following games as a form of entertainment is the fact that new games keep coming out and there’s always something fun to look forward to. So far this year, there has been arguably too many games to keep up with, so to simplify it a little, here are the best new games in March 2017.
Nintendo Switch – Friday 3rd March
Well, of course, where else were we going to start? The Nintendo Switch was announced in late 2016, officially shown off for the first time on January 13th this year and is released on Friday 3rd March. That is one of, if not the very quickest turnarounds for a new gaming console we’ve seen since the days of the SEGA Saturn. The short time between announce and release is all part of Nintendo’s plan though. They’re doing something new, unique and outside the box with the Switch – a gaming console that is a hybrid of both home console and handheld system.
When docked, the Switch will output to a television screen at a full 1080p and you can sit back and play games like Zelda and Super Bomberman R on a big screen. If you want to, though, at any point, you can pop the Switch out of the dock and it becomes a fully portable handheld console, complete with kickstand and removable controllers on either side of the screen. Though the console is lacking a massive line-up of games at launch, Nintendo promises a steady stream of releases throughout the year.
Let’s face it, though – it’s a brand new Nintendo console, it’s a brand new idea and it’s exciting! Coming in at £279.99 / $299.99, it’s not going to be an impulse buy, but it might be a fun new gadget to have around. What would you be playing on it once you have one though? Well…
In the UK: Nintendo Switch from Amazon UK
In The US: Nintendo Switch from Amazon US
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Friday 3rd March
Of course! Nintendo is launching the brand new console with a cross-platform release of a brand new Zelda game – the first since Skyward Sword landed on Wii in 2011. Reviews have already poured in for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and it’s no hyperbole to say that the majority of reviews and scores for this one have been gushing, to say the least. Eurogamer’s Oli Welsh rated the game as ‘Essential’ for his in-depth review, too.
With Breath of the Wild, Nintendo is taking Zelda back to its roots somewhat but also exploring brand new territory. Taking cues from games like Dark Souls, this new Zelda features elements that no previous game in the franchise has done to date. Take, for example, weapon degradation – as Link finds weapons and uses them to defeat his foes, he will wear them down until eventually, they will break and Link will be forced to find a new implement of death. This is also one of the most challenging Zelda games to date, something that has been mostly missing from the franchise since the original NES title.
Breath of the Wild also marks the first time that a Zelda game has been completely open-world. Beyond a lot of initial PR boasts of ‘see that mountain? you can go there’, the game features a vast and hugely impressive landscape which is entirely available to explore. Indeed, players can spend hours simply searching and finding new trinkets, shrines, dungeons and other landmarks. This seems set to be a game that is an early contender for 2017’s game of the year and if you happen to be picking up a Nintendo Switch or are already a Wii U owner, you’re going to want to get this one.
In the UK:
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Switch from Amazon UK
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Wii U from Amazon UK
In The US:
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Switch from Amazon US
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Wii U from Amazon US
Ghost Recon: Wildlands – Tuesday 7th March
Shifting gears slightly, the second week of March sees the release of the yet another Tom Clancy game from Ubisoft! Ghost Recon: Wildlands is the first game in the franchise to be released since the previous generation of consoles’ Ghost Recon Future Soldier. This time, Ubisoft is taking the series away from its near-future setting and back into present day, giving players a vast open-world to explore and a whole host of missions to complete.
Set in South America, the plot followers a team of mercenaries dropped into Bolivia in the hopes of putting an end to a growing drug cartel that has ties to the South American government. The entire game is playable in co-op mode with up to four players at a time able to traverse the picturesque landscapes on foot or in one of dozens of vehicles, including helicopters, dune buggies and more.
As with previous Ghost Recon games, tactics are key. Performing reconnaissance and planning out attacks before they happen will be the difference between a quick defeat and a massive victory for you and your team. Together with this, players are able to customise and equip their characters will a whole host of brand new gear for both aesthetic and tactical reasons. Ubisoft ran a very public beta of the game at the start of the year and the feedback so far has been mostly positive. For a franchise that looked dead in the water for a long time, this kind of new setting and fresh approach might be exactly what was needed.
In the UK:
- Ghost Recon: Wildlands on Xbox One from Amazon UK
- Ghost Recon: Wildlands on PS4 from Amazon UK
- Ghost Recon: Wildlands on PC from Amazon UK
In The US:
- Ghost Recon: Wildlands on Xbox One from Amazon US
- Ghost Recon: Wildlands on PS4 from Amazon US
- Ghost Recon: Wildlands on PC from Amazon US
Nier: Automata – Tuesday 7th March
Nier: Automata is, to some, the least expected sequel in years. The original Nier remains, to this day, a bit of a cult classic and although it never sold massive amounts, is well-regarded and cherished by those who played it. Thus, when a sequel was announced a few years ago, that cult following grew into a much larger audience of excitable fans who were eagerly awaiting this follow-up.
Positioning itself as an ‘action role-playing game’ set on a post-apocalyptic Earth thousands of years after the events of the original game, Automata takes on the role of combat androids and are let loose on an open world environment. Uniquely, the game transitions from traditional fixed-camera beat ’em up (ala God of War) into top-down shooter style gameplay (akin to Geometry Wars) seamlessly and at multiple intervals while playing. This creates a blend of gameplay styles to master that players may be confronted with at any given moment.
Along with its gameplay, Automata’s setting is intensely striking and sets itself apart from the previous title enough to have an identity of all its own. You won’t need to have played the original game to enjoy Automata, you’ll just need to have a fondness for the abstract and the relatively insane presentation that the game offers.
In the UK: Nier: Automata on PS4 from Amazon UK
In The US: Nier: Automata on PS4 from Amazon UK
Mass Effect: Andromeda – Tuesday 21st March
Mass Effect is one of the most well-known and recognisable video game series around and while the story of Shepard, the star-trekking Commander of the Normandy, came to a close at the end of Mass Effect 3, players will get another chance to explore the Mass Effect universe when Andromeda lands on all formats in March.
Taking on the role of brand new character Ryder (either Scott or Sara, depending on which gender you’d prefer), players are put once again in control of the leader of a band of merry men, women, aliens and others in one of the all-time greatest space soap opera stories ever made. Ryder is a pathfinder, like their father before them, and as such is tasked with leading their crew into the Andromeda galaxy in search of a brand new home for humanity.
As fans of Mass Effect have come to expect by now, the game will be packed full of missions, side quests, characters to chat with, crewmates to romance and planets to explore. Frankly, the mere prospect of another chance to play a Mass Effect game full of brand new, fresh characters and a wholly original story is one of the most exciting things I can think of. Roll on March 21st.
In the UK:
- Mass Effect Andromeda on Xbox One from Amazon UK
- Mass Effect Andromeda on PS4 from Amazon UK
- Mass Effect Andromeda on PC from Amazon UK
In The US:
- Mass Effect Andromeda on Xbox One from Amazon US
- Mass Effect Andromeda on PS4 from Amazon US
- Mass Effect Andromeda on PC from Amazon US
There you have it, our top picks for the best new games of March 2017. Are we missing anything big? Feel free to let us know via Twitter or Facebook and come back soon for more deals, offers and premium pre-orders.