New Game News - MARCH 2021
(This article will focus on new game releases, not necessarily games that launched previously but have their next-gen versions arriving, but may include major game seasonal updates or expansions, or "major" ports.)
March is a month filled with next-gen upgrades, and some major Switch ports, and light on new games, nonetheless, some exciting gems are to be found.
"New Game News" showcases some major game releases of the month! Scroll down to see if any of the major releases appeal to you!
1. Apex Legends, New to Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 3/9
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC, Now on Switch
Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Apex Legends is coming to Nintendo Switch. After a covid related delay out of 2020, March finally sees the massively popular Battle Royale game hit the Nintendo Switch. I find this Switch port especially interesting because Respawn was one of the most vocally skeptical developers of the Switch back when we were all understandably skeptical. It is hard to remember now, but the Wii U era made Nintendo's hardware future very questionable. I was in the same boat as many that they maybe they should get out of hardware all together. Respawn was on record for saying there was "no way" Titanfall 2 could run on Nintendo Switch. Other developers laughed off ideas of AAA ports to Switch. Years of financial success later have brought us countless examples of games no one thought possible on Switch like Doom, Wolfenstien, or even the Witcher 3. Now, somewhat hilariously awkwardly, here comes Respawn with Apex Legends. Don't get me wrong. I LOVE APEX. I want it on everything. I want everyone to play it. I want it to the biggest game.
There is something that Respawn really needs to prioritize however, is Cross Progression. Their biggest competitors Call of Duty and Fortnite both have cross progression. This needs to be added before the mobile version releases. I already started over once to switch Apex from Xbox to PC. I won't do it again, maybe other than to just see how it plays. I want it on Switch, and I want it eventually on mobile; but I NEED ALL MY STUFF.
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2. It Takes Two
Release Date: 3/26
Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, PC
Developer: Hazelight Studios
Another in Hazelight list of games with the opinion that two players are better than one. Made from the same crazy mind of Josef Fares who said "F*** the Oscars" and gave us the prison escape game, A Way Out, It Takes Two is a quirky cartoony self described "rom-com" where a couple is turned into dolls and must work together on their adventure.
3. Kingdom's of Amalur Re-Reckoning, New to Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 3/16
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4, *New on Nintendo Switch
Developer: 38 Studios (Original), Now owned by THQ Nordic
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Last year, we named Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning "Best Remaster 2020". When one of our all time greatest games, and in my opinion on of the most underrated games of all time, Amalur released last year with visual upgrades. I played it, and it was so great to have my beloved favorite get fresh paint. I played it on Xbox One X, but now I am really torn. I kind of wanted to get it on PC as well, but now I could get the new Switch version. I just wish more developers would adopt cross save into more games. That NEEDS to become popular. I don't even mind buying it twice, if I could enjoy the visuals at home on PC and take the switch version on the go. Regardless of platform, please try this game out. It got squashed by Skyrim, and no one played it. It is excellent.
4. Monster Hunter Rise
Release Date: 3/26
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
I will say I am not a huge fan of the Monster Hunter franchise, but I know people who love the series, and the massively popular Monster Hunter World. Rise appears to be meant to be a slightly less intensive game, in the growing genre of, for lack of a better term, "dumbed down" version of a franchise for Nintendo Switch. We see sometimes developers make a lesser game in a franchise for Switch and Mobile with main versions hitting Xbox, Playstation, and PC. We do know however that Rise will also come to PC in the future.
5. Kingdom Hearts Franchise, 3 included, New to PC via Epic Games Store
Release Date: 3/30* on PC
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, New on PC
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Kingdom Hearts 3 is one of the weirdest genre bending games I've played. It looks like a kids game, with characters such as Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse, but with a mature, confusing story meant for adults. It's story was pretty unwelcoming to new comers, a strategy I criticized considering it's massive development time. I enjoyed the combat (once using system accessibility features to over come it's wacky atypical controls) but had little idea what was going on. Nonetheless, this franchise has a huge following, and fans of the franchise can be excited to see the series coming to PC.
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