Prepare to die at least twice in Sekiro
From the director of Dark Souls, the long-awaited release of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twiceheadlines the month right alongside Devil May Cry 5. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 will give loot shooter and co-op fans something to chomp on. 3DS owners will have Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn to look forward to, and Switch owners will have some cuteness of their own with the release of Yoshi’s Crafted World.
For this month’s nostalgia does, ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove will revive the ’90s original Sega classic. And finally, Assassin’s Creed III gets remastered and released for free to Assassin’s Cree: Odyssey Season Pass holders.
Dead or Alive 6 (March 1)
Dead or Alive 6 is the latest entry in the long-running Dead or Alive fighting game series, and it’s coming to major platforms on the first of the month. This entry brings with it a greater focus on realism and graphic detail during combat, including persistent damage on character models.
Gameplay changes include a push toward accessibility with the addition of one-button combos and a new meter mechanic called Break Gauge that will fill as players deal or take damage. When the meter is filled, you can easily perform a powerful attack by pressing the special attack button and forward or a powerful counter with special attack and backward.
Credit: Koei Tecmo
ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove (March 1)
A follow-up to ToeJam & Earl, the 1991 Sega Genesis cult classic, ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove gives players a chance to dive back into the Rogue-like action and exploration gameplay seen in the original release. Players will explore randomly generated levels in search of key items to clear each level while fending off and avoiding enemies.
Played from the classic isometric perspective and featuring a lot of that old ’90s charm, Back in the Groove adds some new features to keep things fresh. Four-player offline and online co-op play and a total of nine playable characters should help round out the nostalgic experience.
Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn (March 8)
The feel-good Kirby platformers keep coming, and so do the reasons to keep your 3DS charged with the release of Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn early this month. Originally released in 2010 for Wii, then digitally on Wii U in 2016, this 3DS Extra Epic version of the game features the same unique world interactions, like unzipping parts of the background and unraveling Kirby to help him make his way through the world.
New to this re-release are additional minigames and a challenging Devilish Mode with more enemies on each level.
Devil May Cry 5 (March 8)
Devil May Cry 5 is the next in the action combat series, known for flashy combos and flashier protagonists. This time around, you’ll get to play as three characters: Dante, Nero and a newcomer, V. All characters use their own unique weapons and combos to rack up the damage. Returning fans will remember Dante’s and Nero’s signature weapons, Rebellion and Red Queen, respectively. When playing as V, you’ll summon demons to assist you in combat by carrying you around the battle arenas and helping you add to your combo strings.
Online multiplayer has also been added. Dubbed the Cameo System, this will allow players to fight alongside each other during the points of the campaign where the different playable characters are scripted to meet up. So, instead of your ally being an AI partner, it’ll be another player who is either off in the distance or right next to you at different points in the story.
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 (March 15)
The Division 2 will continue the story of the original, this time taking place in Washington, D.C. In this third-person online loot shooter, you’ll work your way through D.C. seven months after the man-made viral outbreak of a very deadly flu-like disease that took place during the first game. As in the original, you’ll go on missions as designated agents of the U.S. government to save people and restore order to the area.
Newly added to The Division 2 is an eight-person raid on marauder strongholds.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (March 22)
The next game from Hidetaka Miyazaki, director of the Dark Souls series, is Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. You play as a specific person in Sekiro — a one-armed shinobi in a heavily mythologized version of 16th-century Japan who seeks revenge for his kidnapped lord. Like the Souls games, Sekiro is a third-person action game that requires you to study and carefully react to enemy attack patterns.
You’ll be much more mobile in Sekiro than you ever were in Dark Souls; now you can jump and swing from trees. Another departure from the Souls games, however, is the lack of multiplayer capability — either competitive or cooperative — making Sekiro a strictly offline, single-player experience.
The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 4 (March 26)
The final episode of the final chapter of Clementine’s story arc in the Walking Dead series will be made available later this month. As with previous entries in the series, this is a narrative-focused game that forces you to make decisions during scenes with dialog and action, and those decisions will determine the course of the story.
The Final Season centers on Clementine, now a young adult, and her companion AJ as they find a new community made up of children holing up in an old school. The fourth and final episode will see Clementine and her new group struggle against and attempt to invade a nearby raider encampment.
Credit: Skybound Games
Assassin’s Creed III: Remastered (March 29)
The remastered version of 2012’s Assassin’s Creed III will land on PS4 and Xbox One at the end of the month, and brings with it some welcome graphical improvements. As in the original, you play primarily as Connor Kenway during the events of the American Revolution. You also play as Desmond Miles when outside of the Animus simulation, attempting to uncover a solution to a world-ending natural disaster.
Assassin’s Creed III has added dual wielding and a smoother free-running system, as well as naval segments that have you commanding Connor’s warship at sea for parts of the game. Co-op and competitive online multiplayer modes will also return in the remaster, just as in all previously released DLC add-ons. You can buy it as a stand-alone game or get it free if you have the season pass for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
Yoshi’s Crafted World (March 29)
If Kirby on 3DS wasn’t enough cuteness for you this month, you’ve also got Yoshi’s Crafted World to look forward to on Switch. Like other Yoshi games, this is a side-scrolling platformer where you eat enemies, put them into eggs and throw them at other enemies. You’ll make your way through an arts-and-crafts-themed world, featuring lots of cardboard and other crafts items that make up the world design.
Some stages will include 3D depth that allows you to explore toward and away from the camera, and each stage is designed to be played once, from right to left; and a second time in the opposite direction. A two-player mode will be included for offline co-op play.