March gaming madness


New Playstation 4 game “Bloodborne” has players explore the world of Yharnam where they fight off monsters and other creatures of the nights. Official image, Playstaition.

Nowell Montejo, Co-Arts & Features Editor

Some individuals follow college basketball, others like to drink themselves into oblivion on St. Patrick’s Day and some individuals, well, they don’t care about either of those things. These folks prefer to enjoy staying inside away from that bright fiery ball in the sky and a shiny new game to play.

March is the month for gamers this year, with a drastically diverse lineup of titles launching, ranging from the punishingly difficult “Bloodborne,” to a fantastic reimagining of Abraham Lincoln fighting aliens alongside fabled characters such as The Cowardly Lion, all the way to an exploration shooter pulled straight from 1985 called “Axiom Verge.” These upcoming games will take gamers to dangerous and exciting new worlds, giving them an escape from the doldrums of reality.

Here’s a quick look at what to expect in the month of March:

March 11 — “Ori and the Blind Forest” (Xbox One, PC)

“Ori and the Blind Forest” lets players control a forest spirit on his quest to find his purpose in the world. This game is full of lush, vibrant scenery that feels like it was pulled right out of a painting and immerses gamers in its beautiful world.

“Ori” takes its gameplay cues from Nintendo’s “Super Metroid” and “A Link to the Past,” which were released in the early ’90s. Part action, part exploration, it seeks to learn from the successes of those titles while creating a name for itself in the gaming community.

March 13 — “Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.” (3DS)

In “Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.,” a strategy game from Nintendo and Intelligent Systems, developers of the popular “Fire Emblem” series, players are tasked with controlling a team of heroes led by Abraham Lincoln to protect Earth from an alien invasion.

“S.T.E.A.M.” takes place in an alternate history where everything is powered by steam, including the vehicles and weaponry that the game’s heroes must use to fend off the alien attack. Alongside Abraham Lincoln, characters from popular American folk tales join the fray, such as The Cowardly Lion, Tiger Lily, Tom Sawyer and several other heroes, each with their own set of unique skills.

March 24 — “Bloodborne” (PS4)

In their latest action game, FromSoftware (the same developers behind the infamous “Dark Souls” series) take players on a journey to the world of Yharnam, a gothic city filled with monsters and dungeons for masochistic gamers to get their fix.

Highly detailed environments really show off the PlayStation 4’s power, with its impressive visuals and lighting and topping off an already incredible display of combat, utilizing guns and swords to beat the horrors faced within the dungeons.

March 31 — “Axiom Verge” (PS4)

“Axiom Verge” is the ultimate fan service to lovers of classic exploration games like “Metroid” and “Castlevania.” Stranded on an alien world, a scientist fights to survive on his own, using the powerful weapons and upgrades he finds to kill any aliens along the way to freedom.

Certainly an homage to classic gaming, “Axiom Verge” takes a less is more approach by giving players very limited instruction as they begin the game, leaving them to their own devices and discovering the path to survival through trial and error.