After a reasonably slow schedule in February 2021, things are starting to look up. Some of the biggest new games of March 2021 are coming to a multitude of formats, including the next-generation consoles.
New Games in March 2021
Before we dive into the highlights, a few honourable mentions go to some of the lesser known releases. Harvest Moon: One World is the latest release in the franchise to come to PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Neptunia Virtual Stars continues the popular series about personified games consoles, while Monster Energy Supercross 4 also continues it’s beloved series.
Then we also have the Nintendo Switch edition of Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning and Control Ultimate Edition for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. Yup, picking the 7 biggest new games of March 2021 wasn’t easy. But here we are…
Monster Hunter Rise
Nintendo Switch gamers missed out on Monster Hunter World, but Nintendo reportedly weren’t happy with this situation and so sought out a deal with Capcom to bring a brand new instalment to the console. Monster Hunter Rise is exactly that, and the highly anticipated release even has a ‘Deluxe Edition’ package.
Much like Control Ultimate Edition, Samurai Shodown is technically a re-release for next-generation systems. However, based on the fact that Control has been offered for both Game Pass and PlayStation Plus subscribers recently, we feel it’s less of a statement than it perhaps could’ve been. Samurai Shodown, on the other hand, is the first one-on-one beat-em-up title to be optimised for next-gen consoles (with Guilty Gear Strive following next month). So, there we go.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon
One of the best Xbox Series X|S launch window titles finally comes to PlayStation 5. Yakuza: Like a Dragon tells the story of Ichiban Kasuga, a low-ranking grunt of a low-ranking yakuza family in Tokyo. He faces an 18-year prison sentence after taking the fall for a crime he didn’t commit. However, he serves his time and returns to society to discover that no one was waiting for him on the outside.
Sniper: Ghost Warrior – Contracts 2
The Sniper: Ghost Warrior series may not be as popular as it once was, but there’s still an ardent fanbase eagerly awaiting this newest title. Sniper: Ghost Warrior – Contracts 2 casts players as Reaper, a contract sniper assassin, operating in the heart of a lawless region of the Middle East along the Lebanese and Syrian borders.
Balan Wonderland is the highly anticipated platformer that is the first collaboration between Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima (Co-creators of Sonic the Hedgehog and NiGHTS) in 20 years. Or, at least it was. A pre-release demo disappointed many, but there’s still hope that the final game will perform closer to expectation.
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake
The best Prince of Persia game comes to modern consoles. Don’t think Prince of Persia: Sands of Time was the best? Not sure we care. But you should definitely pick up Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake and double-check that opinion.
It Takes Two
A co-op gem or a wasted opportunity? A well structured adventure of a mishmash of mini-game nonsense? It’s not long until we find out if It Takes Two can deliver on it’s promises. The game is set to release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One – with PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S compatibility – later this month.