March Madness: The Elite Eight of Gaming

Here come the games!

We are only three months into the year, but a lot of people are already calling 2017 one of the best years of gaming…ever. So far this year we have seen top contenders for Game of the Year already. Resident Evil VII, Yakuza 0, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Gravity Rush 2 just to name a few. So today we wanted to bring you a look at eight games you might want to keep an eye out for in March. While everyone else is celebrating basketball, let us celebrate the sheer amount of quality game developers are pouring out in the first quarter of 2017.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

(Switch, Wii U)
Very few games constitute an event quite like a new Zelda game, especially one so long in the making. Remember that the Wii U is the only Nintendo console to wait this long to receive an entry in the series, and Breath of the Wild seems to be shaping up to be the biggest adventure in the series to date. Nintendo is finally bringing Link into an open world with a gorgeous art style and new systems that should make it one for the ages.
Release Date: March 3rd

NieR: Automata

(PlayStation 4)
The original NieR is one of the most unique games in recent memory. When Square Enix announced a sequel was coming, I was excited. When I heard it was being developed by Platinum Games,my excitement increased ten-fold. Now the game is almost here, and after playing the demo, I cannot wait to dive into this unique world of action excellence.
Release Date: March 7th

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands

(PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
It has been years since the last Ghost Recon title, but I still have memories of playing with friends in the original game on Xbox Live over a decade ago. Now I get to relive those memories with this co-op focused, open-world shooter. There are certain to be great times ahead.
Release Date: March 7th

LEGO Worlds

(PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
Since the introduction of Minecraft people have wondered when LEGO would take the idea and add their unique spin on the genre, not to mention their colorful charm. Well that time is now, and it is coming to consoles as well as PC, giving players a chance to build with the grandfather of block mastery.
Release Date: March 7th

Danganronpa 1-2 Reload

(PlayStation 4)
Visual novels are becoming more and more popular, and there is one that always comes up when discussing the genre. Recently only available on portable systems, this unique series finally comes to PlayStation 4, so for those that have skipped out on the series to date, there has never been a better time to jump in with the first two offerings in one package.
Release Date: March 14th

Mass Effect Andromeda

(PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
It has been a long time since our journey with Commander Shepard ended. The world of Mass Effect is returning on new consoles and the galaxy is once again ripe for exploration. Take on a whole new crew with new alien races and of course plenty of intimacy. Mass Effect is back, and I cannot wait to dig into the rich new world of Andromeda.
Release Date: March 21st

MLB The Show 17

(PlayStation 4)
It is nearly impossible to create an annual franchise that improves so much year-to-year. The team behind The Show have managed to craft one of the best sports games each and every year, and 17 seems like no exception. This version even includes a retro mode and plenty of new enhancements. Spring Training cannot come soon enough.
Release Date: March 28th

Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 Remix

(PlayStation 4)
While it may have one of the most confusing stories in gaming today, people cannot get enough of this Square Enix and Disney mash-up. While Kingdom Hearts 3 is likely years away, players can relive the original series with this spruced-up collection of the first two games, now available on PlayStation 4.
Release Date: March 28th

March is shaping up to be an incredible month for games, but again this is only the third month of a year that is playing host to two new consoles and some massively anticipated games, and plenty we don’t even know about yet. 2017 could easily turn into one of the best years for gaming in recent memory.

Ken McKown
Ken is the Editor-in-Chief of this hole in the wall and he loves to troll for the fun of it. He also enjoys long walks through Arkham Asylum and the cool air of Shadow Moses Island. His turn-ons include Mortal Kombat, Metal Gear Solid and StarCraft.

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