Release Date: Wednesday, March 1st
Platforms: Playstation 4

Horizon: Zero Dawn is Guerilla Games’ first brand new series since Killzone. Already taking the world by storm, it follows a young woman named Aloy, who hunts robots using a combination of tools and weapons, and who is considered to be an outcast from her community. The catch? Humans are no longer as prolific a they once were, skyscrapers now stand as ancient ruin and large robotic dinosaurs roam the planet.

Steven said: “I’ve been hearing much positivity around this one (including from Shannon). The post-humanity world dominated by monstrous robot animal creatures is super intriguing, and fighting these beats could be super fun.”

Ewan said: “Horizon is my kind of game; an open-world action/adventure game with seemingly plentiful amounts of storytelling. I’ve jived with this game ever since the initial concept art was leaked — robotic dinosaurs in a post-apocalyptic setting, are you kidding me?! I can’t wait to dig into the world and its systems, and spend some quality robo-hunting, bow-weilding time with Aloy.”

Seamus said: I’ve been a fan of Guerrilla Games since the original Killzone, and although I love their FPS series, I was overjoyed to hear they were stretching their creative legs to create an action RPG. Their approach to creating a colorful, vibrant post-apocalyptic world featuring dinosaur inspired robotic creatures, had me on board from day one. And even more exciting, the Horizon story sounds like the most promising video game tale since the Last of Us. What more could I ask for?”

Mehdi said: It might be a bit of Dutch pride and the fact that I’ve passed Guerrilla’s offices dozens of times, but the sheer technical marvel of this game has intrigued me ever since they announced it. Guerrilla to me has always been a studio with the same potential for greatness as Naughty Dog, but the sheer fact that they’ve been locked to a singular franchise had put a long hold on their moment to prove their worth. Their games have always been technical marvels, but with Horizon they’re finally getting the opportunity to show their creative ambitions as we’re faced with a post-post-apocalyptic landscape that we don’t see that much in any type of media. I haven’t had the honor of doing a lot of coverage for Zero Dawn unfortunately, but it’s safe to say it’s not just my pick of the month but one of my most anticipated titles of the year!”

Jake said: “This would easily have to be my most anticipated for 2017. Ever since it’s announcement I’ve been so eager to jump into the world of Horizon and discover it’s glory which has exhibited itself in the many trailers and demos. I’m very much hoping it takes me on a wild ride both in gameplay and story.”

 

Release Date: Friday, March 3rd
Platforms: Nintendo Switch / Wii U

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the first original high definition Zelda experience. Originally beginning development when during the Wii U’s infancy, the game faced numerous delays until finally launching on Nintendo’s new console as well as the Wii U. One of the largest scale environments ever explored by Link, Breath of the Wild should (hopefully) be a breath of fresh air.

Steven said: “So much of what’s been shown of Breath of the Wild has given me hope again for the Zelda series. The first Legend of Zelda’s open world just begged to be explored and didn’t give you overt directions of how to do that and Breath of the Wild looks to bring Zelda back to this fundamental idea of free-form exploration and discovery.”

Matt said: “Open world. Extensive lore. Crafting elements. This is a Zelda game like we’ve never seen before. A reinvigoration of the franchise on a brand new console experience, that has teased us for oh so long, and finally after months of waiting will be available. The excitement is palpable.”

Jake said: “It’s a double whammy with this one! First of so keen to get a Switch and secondly it comes with the most awesome looking Zelda game to date. To finally have Zelda in this open world, RPG style game should cause nothing but excitement. But add that with the ability to literally play it any where….OMG! #dead”

Release Date: Friday, March 3rd
Platforms: Nintendo Switch

The first proper Bomberman game since 2001, Super Bomberman R brings the iconic character back just in time for the Nintendo Switch launch as well as the franchies 33rd Anniversary. While the inclusion of the eight player local and online multiplayer mode is a given, Super Bomberman R also includes a fully fledged story mode with over fifty levels. While it’s bound to feel familiar, Super Bomberman R should be a breath of fresh air for Switch players.

Steven said: “I’m a bit bummed that we won’t have online for this at launch, but even locally Super Bomberman R should be a blast! (Sorry.) It’s a simple, time-tested concept. Blow up your friends before they blow you up, but with the Switch and it’s flexible multiplayer abilities it should be easier than ever to set up a match and just get to exploding.”

 

Release Date: Friday, March 3rd
Platforms: Nintendo Switch

1-2-Switch is one of the flagship titles for the Nintendo Switch, playing like the Party games Nintendo have come to be known for. Designed to extensively use the innovative technology of the Joy-Con controllers, 1-2-Switch features 28 different mini-games that rely on players looking at each other rather than the screen. It’s quirky and weird, but hopefully fun enough to justify it’s status as a standalone title.

Release Date: Tuesday, March 7th
Platforms: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon series shifts into a dramatic new direction as you assemble your squad of bounty hunters to take on the South American drug cartel. Wildlands features some great team dynamics, an incredibly authentic setting and hopefully the same longevity that Ubisoft’s other games like The Division and Rainbow Six Siege have provided in the past.

Jake said: “The thing that interests most about Wildlands is the multilayer aspect. I’m super pumped to jump in with the PS crew and plan out some wicked ways of taking down enemies and infiltrating bases. It’s a game that excites me for solid team work and fun online.”

Release Date: Friday, March 10th
Platforms: Playstation 4

NieR: Automata is an action role playing game designed by PlatinumGames and published by Square Enix. While Automata takes place in the same universe as the underrated original, NieR, the storyline is entirely separate. Combining Square Enix’s knack for the genre with PlatinumGame’s incredible action pedigree; NieR Automata looks to be the exhilarating and engrossing.

Release Date: Wednesday, March 15th
Platforms: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

Torment: Tides of Numenara is an isometric, turn based role playing game designed to be a somewhat spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment. Crowdfunded well beyond its initial goal, the game features input from some of the greatest names in in-depth RPGs. Tools developed by Obsidian Entertainment, writing from Chris Avellone and a soundtrack from Planescape’s original composer means this should be a great evolution of Planescape in all but name.

Release Date: Thursday, March 23rd
Platforms: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

Mass Effect: Andromeda has a lot to prove after the controversial reaction to Mass Effect 3. Taking place 600 years after the original trilogy, Mass Effect: Andromeda lets you follow the story of Sara or Scott Ryder as they embark on a journey to find a new home for mankind. Featuring a killer blend of single player, exploration based design and tense and frenetic multiplayer, Andromeda will hopefully be the best Mass Effect experience BioWare has offered.

Seamus said: “Mass Effect and Shepard’s story is my favourite sci-fi franchise/tale of all time. I’ve never been more invested in characters or the fate of multiple races then in the Mass Effect universe. So I couldn’t be more excited to dive into a new Mass effect story, with new races, new political intrigue and conflict, and undoubtedly, new worlds to save.”

Steven said: “I was a latecomer to Mass Effect but once I jumped right into the series I found a compelling science fiction world full of interesting characters and decisions. I am glad Shepard’s story is over, but peachy keen to jump back into Mass Effect’s space warpy alien world with Ryder.”

Raymond said: “Being a fan of BioWare’s Knights of the Old Republic series, I always regarded Mass Effect as the spiritual successor to those games. Feeling that the original trilogy had been left somewhat open-ended, I look forward to Andromeda expanding on the universe that I had grown to love.”

Release Date: Friday, March 31st
Platforms: Playstation 4

Given the series convoluted storyline, Kingdom Hearts – HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX brings together all of the major Kingdom Hearts games thus far on a single disc and on Playstation 4. Packed to the brim with content, there’s a total of six experiences to play through. With such a deep and comprehensive package, this package is the best way to relive or get started with Kingdom Hearts before the long awaited Kingdom Hearts III.

Jake said: “After getting time with the first Kingdom Heard remix to hit us this year, KH2.8, I have been looking forward to getting my hands on the next line up coming this month. Hands down one of my favourite game franchises! And now to be able to go back and refresh myself on the extensive story and fun gameplay, all before the big Kingdom Hearts 3 drops…definitely going to be struggling to find time for anything else!”

Release Date: Friday, March 31st
Platforms: Playstation 4

Danganronpa 1.2 Reload is a collection of Playstation Vita titles along with several new features. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair are merged together to create the Playstation 4 exclusive Danganronpa 1.2 Reload. The series is best described as a murder mystery kind of setup set in a school that evokes gameplay similar to Ace Attorney.

Damian said: “After reviewing Yakuza 0 last month, I realised there’s quite a big gap in my knowledge when it comes to Japanese-developed games. So I’m excited to jump into another revered series from Japan. Especially when it’s about trying to solve a murder mystery while being terrorised by a mechanical bear.”