Winter is over, and with it the rest from major releases is over. Now developers from a wide variety of studios will bombard gamers with their new interesting games, surprising with new mechanics, beautiful graphics, or an engaging storyline. Although, of course, this does not apply to all releases - some publishers decided that in order to attract attention and good sales, it is enough to release something with a recognizable name. We decided to select the most interesting ones from a whole stream of brand new games, by which a self-respecting gamer will definitely not pass. There are flying on brooms, and the conquest of Mars, and hardcore, and even pirate romance.
Broomstick leagueLast year, the authors of the Broomstick League officially announced their Quidditch project. This is such a sports discipline from the Harry Potter book series, in which wizards and sorceresses fly on brooms, scoring balls in the rings. Naturally, no one will give developers a full copy of Quidditch, so they just took the broomstick as a basis for the gameplay - the player will need to keep up with the ball and score it in a special hole to get points for it. True, the subtleties do not end there, because this is a magical world and could not do without spells either.
During the battle with the enemy, the player can use various spells cast with a magic wand. Just like in Harry Potter, yes. The player can slow down the enemy, create various difficulties and obstacles for him, although the authors of the project so far do not talk about the full list of spells. Probably, after the release, their list will be replenished, since you can come up with a lot of interesting things. In addition, the creators of the Broomstick League said that they paid special attention to the process of customizing their character - the player will be able to create a wizard or a sorceress of his dreams.
The character will have a customizable appearance, which is also complemented by various cosmetic items. You can change the magic wand, broom, clothes and accessories of the character to stand out from the rest and get additional aesthetic pleasure from the contemplation of your hero. Yes, and built-in purchases, and they will definitely be here, are also implemented on the basis of cosmetic items. Although, so far, the authors of the Broomstick League do not say anything about the donat. But there is much more information about the regimes and stadiums - they have already been shown in all its glory. It will be possible to fight in 1 on 1, 2 on 2 and 3 on 3 modes, so that a gamer will be able to enjoy the project both alone and in company with friends.
There are also quite a few stadiums, and after the release they promise to add a few more units. All of them are quite different from each other, and indeed do not look like what was in the book series about wizards. There are more decorative fantasy elements, more space and even more magic. Actually, for Harry Potter fans this is a great opportunity to try Quidditch, and for the rest of the players it's just a very active competitive game with elements of magic.
Broomstick League will be released on March 5 on PC.
Ori and the Will of the WispsAt the current generation of consoles, Microsoft has big problems with exclusive games - while Sony buys large studios and releases real blockbusters, Ori comes out on the Xbox One. This is a good platformer that really attracts attention with its graphics and gameplay elements that competitors in the genre do not have, but the project, of course, does not attract the title of a breakthrough exclusive. However, Microsoft is not going to abandon this series and continue to invest decent budgets in the development of new parts. It is for this reason that Ori and the Will of the Wisps, the continuation of the first part, looks so cool.
It’s hard enough to surprise gamers with beautiful graphics, but Microsoft succeeded - the second part of the story about Ori’s journey in a mysterious forest looks simply gorgeous. Designers worked on the perception of light and shadows, on locations, color palette and effects. Literally at any moment of passing, a gamer can stop, look around and see a sea of interesting details, small elements and a deep study of the virtual world. For those who love games with their eyes, and among the majority of gamers, this project will be an opportunity to get aesthetic ecstasy.
In the gameplay plan, there are also changes, but they are insignificant enough to pay attention to them. Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a classic platformer in which the main character, the spirit of Ori, travels through the forest in attempts to help the locals. There will be conditional puzzles, and tests for reaction, and breathtaking speed races, and quiet walks on locations with very beautiful backgrounds. There is nothing surprising in game mechanics, since it is still a platformer, and to come up with something new in this genre is extremely difficult. Although, the developers clearly know how to entertain their player.
Fortunately, Xbox One exclusives can be run on a computer running Windows 10. This means that even if you do not have a Microsoft console, you will still have the opportunity to go through a new platformer with beautiful graphics and a new history. Of course, it cannot be said that Ori and the Will of the Wisps can compete in terms of popularity with the largest releases of March, but this is definitely the game that is better not to be missed. Ori has prepared an emotional adventure for fans, during which the gamer will completely forget about shooters, races, RPGs and other genres.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps will be released March 11 on the Xbox One and PC.
Nioh 2Surprisingly, hardcore projects that are created for a small audience of fans are even more popular than major arcade races or shooters. The fact is that a modern gamer is tired of simple games in which the developer leads quests by hand, helps in difficult situations and does not let him die. Gamers want a challenge to make the game sweat, suffer, and try. Nioh 2 is very good in this regard, because you will die in this project very often, if not constantly. One mistake is enough for the enemy to swept you out of their way and the boot screen from the last control point appears on the monitor.
In the first part, the developers showed us a rather complicated battle mechanics, in which the player really had to dance on the controller, delivering accurate blows to the enemy at a certain moment. It was impossible to strike sooner or later - the window for striking was rather small, after which a hail of strikes fell on the player again. In Nioh 2, this system was worked even deeper so that the player not only suffered, but also enjoyed it. Various enemies with their unique battle mechanics require from the fan not only a good reaction, but also an excellent memory.
If you've ever played hardcore games, then you understand how everything works here. You come to a difficult boss, he takes you out with just a few strokes, after which you memorize his animation of strokes, find a window for attack and gradually train, passing one enemy after another. Thanks to the huge variety of opponents in Nioh 2, getting used to the monster will be much more difficult - the player will need to spend a lot of time training, honing skills. They like such games for this - they do not give the opportunity easily and quickly, by pressing a single button, to pass the enemy. In addition, no one doubted that the gameplay would be cool.
The developers do not say anything about the plot, only hinting that the player will be sent to the same setting, but to new locations. Most likely, the plot will again be remotely built on the real events of that time, but with the main characters changed. And, of course, the plot in Nioh was never the main thing - the developers always focused on gameplay, battle mechanics, enemies, and the story and storytelling style always went by the wayside. Probably, the situation with the second license plate will not change, so if you liked the first game in the series, then the second will definitely do.
Nioh 2 will be released March 13 on the PS4.
MLB The Show 20Baseball is very popular in the USA, as it is almost a national sport there. Like hockey in Canada, for example. However, recently baseball has begun to gain momentum outside the United States, only in the format of video games - developers from SIE San Diego Studio are investing a lot of resources to make their sports simulator more interesting and easier to understand every year. By lowering the threshold of entry, the authors of the project allow a larger audience of users to play and enjoy this process. And we do not require anything else from video games.
In MLB The Show 20, the new part of the sports simulator, the developers made many adjustments to the gameplay, improving the physics of the ball, the realistic behavior of the bat and the athletes themselves. This means that if you are a big fan of the series and played in the previous parts, then you will get a more realistic gameplay. Newcomers, who had never heard of baseball before and do not quite understand why in sports discipline of a bat, will be simply satisfied with the extremely realistic physics of everything that is on the virtual field. There are no fundamental changes compared to last year's part, all changes are a refinement of the engine and mechanic.
The gameplay itself is no different from baseball in the real world - there are tournaments, championships, leagues, world-class stars, various equipment, stadiums and stuff like that. Gamers only need to get used to some game features, after which it will be possible to calmly and with pleasure hit the ball, forcing the enemy team to look towards the horizon. Naturally, MLB The Show 20 has a training system that will allow all mechanics to get used to and understand the rules of baseball. Still, even in the USA, not every fan thoroughly understands how the database system works, for example.
I would also like to praise the authors of the project for a very cool schedule. The fact is that the developers of MLB The Show 20 needed to draw not so many models - the baseball field is relatively small, although there are a lot of stadiums, but they are noticeably smaller than in the same football, and the sports form of the players differs only color gamut. Thanks to this, the picture really managed to be raised to a new level, although you still should not expect a breakthrough - the game is exclusive to PS4, so the developers' ideas rested on the capabilities of this console. The breakthrough will already be on the PS5.
MLB The Show 20 will be released March 17 on the PS4.
Occupy Mars: The GameMillions of people around the world dream of colonizing Mars in order to start a new life there and expand the influence of mankind in the galaxy. As if Earth alone were not enough for us. And while Elon Musk is confidently preparing rockets to deliver people to the red planet, the authors of Occupy Mars: The Game make it possible to prepare for life in the conditions in which the first space colonizers will survive. Naturally, the video game can not be compared with real life on Mars, but for fans of space and the genre of "survivors" this project will be a real breath of fresh air. What could be better than farming on a distant planet?
In the game, as in life, astronauts are sent to Mars with a certain supply of provisions, so that they can live up to the moment when they can grow some food on their own. True, in Occupy Mars: The Game, the supply of resources will be more modest and the gamer will have to engage in gardening in an accelerated mode. Of course, in addition to this, you also need to extract resources for construction and crafting, look for more suitable locations for the construction of the necessary buildings or mechanisms. In fact, the player will have to build a residence from scratch in those conditions in which it is even extremely difficult to survive.
The developers emphasize that the player himself will decide exactly where to build the settlement. A space traveler will be able to explore locations for resources and, if any of the locations is more suitable for life, occupy her conditional home. There is also a sea of various additional buildings that are needed for oxygen generation, water production, crafting and so on. And, of course, in the future, the authors of the project promise to release updates, adding more buildings and functions so that the gameplay does not bother the fan after a week of survival. This is good news - such updates save many games.
On the other hand, right now, before the release, Occupy Mars: The Game has a lot of things - you can assemble a rover and ride it, you can fly on a special installation, blow ice or obstacles in your way, build huge spheres suitable for living , and also various mini-factories. It remains only to understand the features, physics and mechanics to conquer Mars and survive on it. Although this is not an AAA game from a large studio, but a small release from independent developers, fans of the genre will clearly enjoy the game with its variability and flexibility.
Occupy Mars: The Game will be released on March 23 on PC.
Skull and bonesThe setting of pirates, plowing the seas and oceans in search of prey, has always interested gamers from around the world. The Corsairs franchise from the domestic Akella studio still delights fans with exciting sea battles, and in 2013 Ubisoft even decided to change the direction of its iconic Assassin's Creed series by releasing Black Flag, a full-fledged AAA game on the subject of pirates. Apparently, the developers from Ubisoft decided that you can develop this topic into a separate franchise by releasing Skull and Bones in a release. Gamers have been waiting for this game for a very long time and, apparently, waiting for a reason - the authors really pleased with the gameplay, graphics and plot.
The most important element of Skull and Bones, of course, is sea battles - a gamer can use a variety of tactics and strategies to sink an enemy ship. To do this, you can crush with firepower or accurate aimed shots, go into the "blind" zone of the enemy, use the environment to win, and so on. The developers clearly took elements of naval combat and the physics of the behavior of ships from Assassin's Creed Odyssey, but seriously modified everything. Battles between ships look as exciting as possible, and for those who master the tricks of naval battles, it will be much easier to defeat even more powerful ships.
Of course, as in all new Ubisoft games, a lot of attention was paid to pumping the ship and the captain, that is, the player’s character. The player after successful battles will be able to improve his ship on a whole list of points, getting more powerful guns or improving the hull. There are also a lot of cosmetic elements - everyone can make their ship as unique as it can be imagined. Ubisoft developers have learned a lot from Sea of Thieves errors - in Skull and Bones there will be a lot of content right on the release and, most importantly, there will be a progress mechanics.
You need to understand that although Skull and Bones have both single player mode and multiplayer, the developers still focus on multiplayer battles. Various competitive modes will be implemented in the game so that the player is not tired of just fighting at sea, plus the conditional plot of the project allows us to develop from a novice ship captain to the lord of an entire fleet. The fans of this theme will give the game everything that they’ve dreamed about for so many years, and we can only hope that Ubisoft will not go too far with in-app purchases.
Skull and Bones will be released in March 2020 on the PS4, PC and Xbox One.
Half-Life: AlyxThe VR-helmet market has been developing for several years, but there are still no worthy projects for this platform. Developers are not in a hurry to invest millions of dollars in creating full-fledged games, since they understand that the audience of helmet owners is not very large, so even recouping development costs will be problematic. However, Valve decided to make a knight's move by officially announcing a full-fledged game for virtual reality helmets called Half-Life: Alyx. Yes, this is a game in the universe of a cult franchise, but not the third part, as many expected. Valve still avoids the number three in the name of his games.
Nevertheless, the plot is based on the events that took place between Half-Life and Half-Life 2. The scriptwriters will show us a rather sad world occupied by an alien Alliance. Mankind has lost the battle for Earth, but this is not the end, because there will always be daredevils who will even oppose superior enemy forces. It is in Half-Life: Alyx that we, as the main character (or rather, the heroine), we will take part in the birth of the Resistance, which ultimately will play the main role in the destruction of alien invaders. In terms of plot, the game is clearly ready to surprise and amaze not only the devoted fans of the series, but also those who have never heard of it.
The player will be controlled by a character named Alix Vance - this is the girl who is the key character in the second part of the series. The user will control her hands, moving around the virtual world and solving various puzzles. And, of course, the player will have the opportunity to shoot at various hated monsters, which in the original dilogy brought a lot of problems. Nevertheless, the feeling of an alien monster grabbing a player by the head will be completely different when all this happens in the first person. The helmet of virtual reality allows you to immerse the gamer in the virtual world one hundred percent.
In addition to the obvious advantage of participating in a cult franchise, Half-Life: Alyx has one more trump card in its sleeve - this is not a demo, not a simplified version of some ordinary PC game, not an hour project. Valve created a full-fledged large game that was originally created for VR. And if you are the proud owner of such a helmet, then passing this release will be simply wrong. It is likely that it is Half-Life: Alyx that will be the first step in the video game industry towards full AAA releases for VR helmets.
Half-Life: Alyx will be released March 23 on PC.
Mount & Blade II: BannerlordOften, developers of large projects drag out the release of their games to satisfy gamers and bring their ideas to mind. However, Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord looks like a real old-timer against the background of any transfers - the project was announced in 2012, and the launch in early access mode will take place only in March 2020. For fans who have been waiting for this game for a very long time, the news is simply gorgeous - many did not even believe that the developers could reach the release, albeit conditional. But they succeeded and now you can immerse yourself in a global role-playing game.
Yes, Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord is positioned precisely as a role-playing game based on multiplayer. Of course, there will be classic quests for singles and classes for those who do not really want to contact other players, but the project is still geared specifically for online. You can interact with other players, join various communities, fight with other gamers together, arrange whole sieges, pump your character and all that sort of thing. Actually, just imagine any role-playing game about the Middle Ages and add multiplayer there. Sounds pretty good.
However, the developers of the project understand that it’s hard enough to populate a large open world with players, and so that fans do not get bored, artificial intelligence will also be implemented here. The authors of the project also promise entire cities, the ability to create weapons and equipment, spend time playing games in taverns and other entertainments. That is, it is not at all necessary to constantly run and fight, there are a lot of secondary tasks here, as in any modern multiplayer game. There is only one minus - the game began to be created in 2012 and since then the picture has improved only slightly. This means that most will not like it.
Just remember what games were released in 2012, add a little realism and more modern lighting to that schedule. The result is a project for ardent fans who are not very interested in graphics, or for those who have a weak computer and nothing more beautiful than Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord will not work anyway. On the other hand, there are no large projects of this level in the setting of the Middle Ages right now - large studios are moving toward science fiction, and here you have swords with shields, horse chases, old cities with taverns, and a cozy atmosphere. It is worth paying attention even in spite of the fact that this is not even a release, but early access.
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord will be released March 31 on the PS4, PC and Xbox One.