March affords us an opporunity to catch our collective breath, between the insanity of February and the tidal wave of new releases due in April, it seems.

The Division

Platforms PC, PS4, XBO
Developer Ubisoft Massive
Publisher Ubisoft
Release Date March 8, 2016

Delayed almost two years, March finally sees the anticipated release of The Division. I was able to get a quick hands-on at EGX last year, and followed that up with some extensive time with the closed beta earlier this year, and my interest certainly is piqued. The gameplay is tight and responsive, the world of post-apocalyptic New York is intriguing and well realised, and the potentially PvP Dark Zone is certainly an interesting idea. I can’t wait to dive deep into the game when it finally launches at the beginning of the month.

Pokken Tournament

Platforms Wii U
Developer Bandai Namco Entertainment
Publisher The Pokemon Company
Release Date March 18, 2016

Released to healthy acclaim in Japanese arcades almost a year ago, Pokemon fighting game Pokken Tournament released worldwide later this month. The game evokes memories of one of my favourite Pokemon games, Pokemon Stadium for Nintendo 64 (also one of the few Pokemon games I’ve actually played). It’s billed as a cross between the Pokemon series and Bandai Namco’s Tekken series, with a more action oriented style of gameplay over the latter franchise.

Alienation

Platforms PS4
Developer Housemarque
Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
Release Date March 23, 2016

From the developer that brought us Resogun, Super Stardust and Dead Nation comes a twin-stick shooter that throws players against a rampaging horde of aliens. Housemarque have barely put a foot wrong for a few years now, releasing impeccably well designed games that have put a focus on tight gameplay, and Alienation looks to be no different.