It’s common knowledge that 2015 will be a big year for the console market, with games such as Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Halo 5: Guardians looming on the horizon. When looking a little closer to the present, however, it’s clear that March will be a massive month for Microsoft and Sony, with both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 playing host to a variety of exclusives. For what it’s worth, here is a comparison of just which games will suck your wallet dry over the next 31 days.
Note: For the purpose of this article, I will list PlayStation 4 exclusives, Sony exclusives, Xbox One exclusives, and Microsoft exclusives as four separate categories. Sony exclusives will include games on the PS4, PS3, PS Vita, and PC; while Microsoft exclusives will include games on the Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.
Bloodborne (March 24th)
Helldivers (March 3rd)
OlliOlli 2: Welcome to OlliWood (March 3rd)
Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines (March 3rd)
Starwhal (March 4th)
The Arland Atelier Trilogy (March 6th)
Hotline Miami 2 (March 10th)
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea (March 10th)
Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters (March 10th)
Jamestown+ (March 17th)
The Awakened Fate Ultimatum (March 17th)
Toukiden Kiwami (March 31st)
MLB 15: The Show (March 31st)
Kinect Fruit Ninja 2 (March 18th)
ScreamRide (March 3rd)
Ori and the Blind Forest (March 11th)
L.A. Cops (March 13th)
Neverwinter (March 31st)
What makes the month of March so interesting is that it’s populated mostly by multiplatform games (and some PlayStation Vita games). Games like Battlefield Hardline, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, and The Zombie Army Trilogy are just a few of the heavy hitters making their way into the market next month.
Bloodborne has received a lot of anticipation from PlayStation 4 owners since its initial announcement – given developer From Software is responsible for the Demon’s/Dark Souls series, it’s a no-brainer.
While the Xbox platforms don’t seem to have as quite a heavy-hitter as Bloodborne, Ori and the Blind Forest and ScreamRide are both very promising projects that don’t yet have a rival on the Xbox One, so it will be interesting to see how they are received upon release. Personally, I am quite intrigued by both, and can say from demo experience that ScreamRide should be very fun.
In summary, if you own the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita then you’re going to have a great March full of great games; by the same token, Microsoft is having a month of variation by introducing games to their platforms that may stand out in the crowd. The quality of titles coming from both companies look pretty great, especially for a release schedule so early on in the year.
If this is a sign of what’s to come, then 2015 will be an incredible year for gamers.