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Welcome to March! Some very-long awaited games join us this month, with PC gamers and RPG lovers particularly getting the best of the bunch. Let’s get stuck in!
Grand Theft Auto V’s Online Heists are now available!
Rockstar have finally — after over a year of delays — released the first of their cooperative Online Heists for Grand Theft Auto V this month. Get together with your friends and rob a bank, then joyride down the road in a stolen car to get away from the cops. Read more about that here!
Unfortunately this news comes at a price — Grand Theft Auto V was due to launch on PC this month (after even more delays!) but it’s now been pushed back to April. Sorry, PC fans.
March 19: Battlefield Hardline (PC, PS4, XB1)
This year’s entry in the Battlefield franchise moves away from the military theme and into the suburbs, with cops and robbers shooting it out, chasing each other on reckless high-speed pursuits, and generally causing as many explosions as possible. We have some concerns that it’s going to play out a lot like regular Battlefield, but it’s got a lot of great new features that long-term Battlefield players might find enjoyable.
Something really interesting about Hardline (pictured) is that the single-player campaign for the game is themed around a gritty primetime TV cop drama, and as a result of that — and some great planning by the team at Visceral — it’s actually (probably for the first time in a long while for the series) very interesting and engaging to play. Check out our hands-on preview here.
It’s not all good news on the Hardline front — developers Visceral revealed just this week that the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions won’t run at full 1080p on your big screen TV. PC gamers are going to get the superior experience on this one unfortunately.
Mar 25: Bloodborne (PS4 exclusive)
Fans of Dark Souls — or of any game which rewards patience, perseverance and courage — will want to check out Bloodborne, which comes to us from the same developers at FROM Software and is very much the “spiritual successor” to these wildly popular dark RPGs.
Unlike previous games in the series, Bloodborne isn’t limited to swords-and-sorcery, taking place in a dark alternate somewhat Victorian-era city which has access to shotguns and other black powder weapons. It’s also going to be slightly more forgiving than the Souls games, with the player able to regenerate health by chipping away at enemies. Check out our coverage of Bloodborne right here!
Mar 26: Pillars of Eternity (PC exclusive)
If you’re a fan of old-school RPGs and cut your teeth on games like Baldur’s Gate or Planescape: Torment, then quite frankly you’ll probably already know about Pillars of Eternity — the new, old-school RPG which comes to us from the RPG lords at Obsidian Entertainment and one of the first titles to really show the power of Kickstarter for games development.
If however you don’t know, then Pillars of Eternity is an enormous, sprawling isometric RPG done up in the classic old style. The people behind Fallout: New Vegas and South Park: The Stick of Truth are doing it, which includes a bunch of people who made some of the most popular old-school isometric RPGs in gaming history. It raised nearly $4 million through crowd-funding and shattered records. It’s going to be pretty big. And you can read all about it here!
See you next time for April, where we look at Grand Theft Auto V on PC, the new Mortal Kombat game, and more!