March, the biggest month of the first quarter, is finally over. And that means we’re going to get a little break from enormous open-world RPGs for a little while.
But there’s still some interesting games to check out. Case in point: Snake Pass, the cutesy platformer from the makers of the Sonic All-Stars Racing series, some more demon slaying action courtesy of Toukiden 2, the Monkey Island creators return only to be wrong about toilet rolls, and a game that I’m sure probably isn’t any good but I’m honour bound to try anyway.
This Is The Police (XBO)
What is it? The XBO retail launch of a game about corrupt cops.
Should you care? Read Luke’s story first.
FlatOut 4: Total Insanity (PC, PS4, XBO)
What is it? The FlatOut arcade racer series returns.
Should you care? There is literally zero chance this will be as good as FlatOut 2. Nothing can beat FlatOut 2. And the first impressions so far haven’t been great. But I’ll still play it at some point out of loyalty to the series. After all, it’s FlatOut.
Danganronpa 1•2 Reload
What is it? Retail release of the first two Danganronpa games for PS4.
Should you care? If you have even the slightest interest in visual novel games, yes.
Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 Remix (PS4)
What is it? A remastered collection of the first two Kingdom Hearts games.
Should you care? “More than 150 hours of gameplay in one disc,” the description proclaims. Nope. I’ve got enough gameplay to work through as is. (Great if you’re a fan of the series, though.)
Anoxemia (PS4, XBO)
What is it? Console launch of a narrative driven adventure about exploring the ocean floor.
Should you care? Good music and atmosphere, but the gameplay got panned on Steam when it launched a couple of years ago.
APB: Reloaded (PS4)
What is it? An MMO about committing crime in the city of San Paro.
Should you care? I can’t even believe this is hitting consoles. APB at one point could have been amazing; the idea’s great. But your time is better spent elsewhere.
Fated: The Silent Oath (PSVR)
What is it? A VR game about a father doing trying to save his family in a world being destroyed by giants.
Should you care? Could be interesting if you’re looking for fresh PSVR content. VR Ping Pong is coming out next week, though.
Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition (PS4)
What is it? The PS2 classic returns.
Should you care? With Stardew Valley available? Probably not.
Has Been Heroes (PS4, XBO)
What is it? A roguelike that mixes turn-based and RTS strategy into a lane brawler.
Should you care? Don’t expect great things. Switch release of Has Been Heroes is next week.
Heroes of the Monkey Tavern (PS4)
What is it? A dungeon crawler with a view reminiscent of the 80’s and 90’s.
Should you care? Might be one for fans of Ultima Underworld or Legend of Grimrock.
Old Time Hockey (PC, PS4, XBO)
What is it? An arcade hockey game that’s more about stick fights than stick shots.
Should you care? Oh my God yes.
Thimbleweed Park (PC, PS4, XBO)
What is it? That game that puts its toilet rolls the wrong way up.
Should you care? In all seriousness, yes. Been hearing some very good things about this point-and-click adventure. Also, it’s a game from the makers of Monkey Island. Of course you should care.
Rain World (PC, PS4)
What is it? An adventure about a slugcat separated from its family, struggling to find food.
Should you care? Fuck. Yes.
Salt and Sanctuary (Vita)
What is it? Remember that 2D Dark Souls? It’s coming to Vita this week.
Should you care? Yeah, I would if I had a Vita.
Snake Pass (PC, PS4, XBO, Switch)
What is it? Cutest snake game ever made.
Should you care? LOOK AT IT IT’S SO CUTE
Wonder Boy Returns (PS4)
What is it? A HD re-release of Wonder Boy Returns for the PS4.
Should you care? Not unless you want to relive the past, or have a special amount of nostalgia for Wonder Boy.
So that’s most of the stuff out this week – a pretty good week for smaller titles and indies. See anything you like, or are you still working through the Massive Month of March?