Out Next Week: ‘Battlefield,’ Final Fantasy,’ and More

If you’ve been sitting around wondering when March was going to drop some big AAA games on you, wonder no more. Next week, nine promising games are coming out, and they all look pretty excellent. We’ve got one of the biggest shooters of the year launching with Battlefield Hardline, plus a Final Fantasy spin-off, a new Mario Party, and a lot more on top of that. No matter what kind of games you like, or what systems you own, you’re sure to find something to play the week of March 16.

Battlefield Hardline

Releases March 17 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One,

Hardline is a major departure for the Battlefield series. Rather than taking place in a wartime setting as the previous games have (that’s why it’s called Battlefield, after all), this installment is a cops-and-robbers shooter. The single-player campaign will tell a crime story divided up into episodes, but the multiplayer mode is where the real fun comes in. You can play as cops or criminals across a handful of modes that have you work as a team to do things like hijack a bank truck, save hostages, and engage in combat racing. It sounds like just the breath of fresh air this series could use.

Final Fantasy Type-O HD

Releases March 17 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

This Final Fantasy spin-off is an action role-playing game, which means combat takes place in real time, with attacks mapped directly to buttons rather than locked behind menus. The game follows twelve students of a magical academy as they try to protect important crystals from an evil empire. The game came out in Japan on the PlayStation Portable in 2011, but this version has been upgraded to HD.

A major selling point for this release is that it includes a download code for a demo of the upcoming game Final Fantasy XV.

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 4

Releases March 17 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3
Releases March 18 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows

This is the fourth and final part of this episodic survival horror game. It concludes the adventures of Claire Redfield and Moira Burton as they fight off the living dead. Reviews of the first three episodes were fairly positive, so if you’re looking to put a scare in your gaming life, this ought to do the trick.

The buying options go like this: You can buy episodes individually for $6. A season pass, which gets you all four episodes, costs $25. Or you can buy the whole thing on a disc for $40.

Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 2 – Atlas Mugged

Releases March 17 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS, and Android

The first episode of this adventure game about a heist on a hostile planet was excellent. If this episode is like the last one, it will be full of great acting, witty dialog, bad decisions, and wild plot twists. In other words, worth checking out.

Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries

Releases March 17 for PC

In this update on the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood, the heroine is all grown up, and she sets out to strike back against Mr. Woolfe, the man who ruined her life. It’s an action platformer that switches between side-scrolling 2-D and all out 3-D as you play. Looks stylish.

The Awakened Fate Ultimatum

Releases March 17 for PlayStation 3

At the start of this dungeon crawler, a pack of demons accosts you and stabs you through the heart. As luck would have it, the forces of the afterlife have been on the lookout for a human to turn into a god. You fit the bill, so they stick a crystal in your chest, saving your life and making you into a deity, at which point you join the battle between angels and demons. The idea is to explore randomly generated dungeons, learning how to use your newfound powers, and making decisions that will steer the fate of the world. No biggie.

Bladestorm: Nightmare

Releases March 17 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PlayStation 3

This game of historical warfare puts you in the boots of a mercenary during the Hundred Years War, which took place many centuries ago. You can choose to fight for England or France, but either way you’ll lead soldiers into battle, commanding squads of footmen, bowmen, horsemen, cannon troops, and more. And if total historical accuracy isn’t your thing, you can play in Nightmare mode, which brings dragons and cyclops into the fray.

Mario Party 10

Releases March 20 for Wii U

The best way to play Mario Party games is to gather a bunch of friends around the TV and have fun together. The games usually play out like board games, with characters taking turns rolling to see how many spaces to move. The space you land on can aid or thwart your progress, but you never go long without engaging in some kind of wacky mini-game with the other players.

One of the new additions to this installment is something called “Bowser Mode,” which lets one player control the infamous Mario villain using the GamePad, while the other players try to make it to the end of the level without dying. Expect lots of silliness in this game.

Fossil Fighters Frontier

Releases March 20 for Nintendo 3DS

This kid-friendly game has a unique premise. You play as a person with an archeological bent who drives around in a fully customizable vehicle, digging up dinosaur fossils and carefully cleaning them up. Once they’re bright and shiny, the fossils come to life as Vivosaurs. Then you pit your creatures against wild Vivosaurs you find. It sounds strange, but who knows, it could be fun.

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