Sarcasmo ought to be happy this week; it’s a good week for gamers that features quite a few different gaming genres. We finally see our first AAA title, Titanfall, on a next gen system and early reviews indicate it’s going to be as good as advertised. This week also features the next installment in a notoriously difficult RPG series, a couple of puzzle platformers, a combat archery title that encourages you to punch your friends and the return of Nintendo’s favorite dinosaur, Yoshi.
Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky (PS3)
The 15th installment in the Atelier series, Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky, drops on March 11th. Players can choose to play as one of two different characters-Escha Malier or Logy Ficsario-each featuring its own distinct story perspective and gameplay. Who will you choose?
Constant C (XBLA)
Constant C, a 2D puzzle platformer, features a tiny robot and his quest to leave the challenging environment where he finds himself stuck. Many obstacles lie in wait as deadly traps to prevent our tiny hero’s escape. Luckily, our robot friend has a couple of tricks up his sleeve: the ability to rotate the world around him at any time and the ability to manipulate time in his surrounding area. Rotate a room to walk on its ceiling to circumvent the traps that surround you or release blocks frozen in stasis to reveal the path to freedom. Bone up on your puzzle solving skills beginning on March 12th.
Dark Souls II (Xbox 360, PS3)
An unfamiliar world, a new hero and storyline and the same excruciating and punishing difficulty make this game a must have for fans of FromSoftware’s hardcore action RPG series. Dark Souls II is as equally unforgiving as its predecessors. Dying in this game costs you health; dying too much sees your health at 50% of what it once was. Success in this game is predicated on managing your deaths. Good luck. Try your patience with Dark Souls II beginning on March 11th.
Titanfall (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC)
Considered to be one of the first AAA releases on the Xbox One, Titanfall hangs it hat on what the developers at Respawn, many of whom cut their teeth at Infinity Ward, do best-kick ass multiplayer! Play as both the nimble pilots-who use their jet packs to wall climb and maneuver through the surrounding environments-and Titans-20 foot robots called into battle from the sky by their respective pilots. New perks and gear are available for both your pilot and Titan as you gain XP. I played the Titanfall beta and highly recommend it-especially if you are a fan of excellent 6v6 multiplayer! Titanfall drops for Xbox One and PC on March 11th. Xbox 360 owners must wait until March 25th to get their copy.
Towerfall: Ascension (PS4)
Towerfall: Ascension is 1-4 player combat archery platformer that features fast and furious combat archery. The game is “best played competitively with friends, cross legged on the floor within punching distance of each other.” Play arcade co-op or hilarious, intense versus matches beginning March 11th.
Developed by StrangeLoopGames, Vessel is a 2D puzzler set in a world overrun by living liquid machines called Fluro’s. Arkwright, as their inventor, must now stop the chaos his machines wreak on his world. Vessel’s liquids and physics are the foundation of its gameplay and the keys to your success. Each liquid in Vessel possesses its own unique properties while Fluro’s possess their own unique behaviors. You must solve the games puzzles by combining the Fluro’s unique behaviors with the fluid they are made from. Got it? Vessel drops on March 11th.
Yoshi’s New Island (3DS)
The third installment in the Yoshi franchise brings back the classic Flutter Jump, Ground Pound and Egg Throw gameplay mechanics while adding several new gameplay elements. Yoshi can now throw both Mega and Metal Eggdozers, transform into a submarine or jackhammer and, given a special star, transform into Super Yoshi granting Yoshi the ability to fly or run on walls and ceilings. Get your platform on with Yoshi’s New Island beginning on March 14th.