Welcome to the next entry in a Fextralife series highlighting the Top 5 RPGs for the upcoming month. In this edition, we’re going to take a look at what we think are the Top 5 RPGs of March 2018, talk a little about each, and then explain why we think they deserve to be on the list. So join me now and find a mixture of some hidden gems and old favorites given a shiny new coat of paint.
Top 5 Upcoming RPGs of March 2018
Spring is nearly here now, just a few weeks a way, and March has traditionally been a huge month for gaming. With releases like Dark Souls III, Bloodborne and many others falling in this transitional month in the past few years, what will 2018’s version bring? How does it measure up? You be the judge! Without further ado, I present the Top 5 Upcoming RPGs of March 2018.
Honorable Mention: Titan Quest Remastered
Release Date: March 20th, 2018 (Nintendo Switch TBD)
Platform: PS4 & Xbox One
Developer: Iron Lore Studios
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Titan Quest, over ten years later, is finally making its way on to consoles! If you have not heard of this game, and it’s likely that many of you haven’t, it was originally released on PC back in 2006 (this was before Steam rose to prominence and people actually purchased physical copies of PC games). For all intents and purposes the concepts of Titan Quest are similar to Diablo, in that players hack n’ slash their way through hordes of enemies, gain loot, improve their character class, rinse and repeat. The setting of the game, Ancient Greece, Egypt and China was much different than Blizzard’s, however, it was widely popular and the game is considered the best imitation of it to-date.
I myself, have spent somewhere near 1000 hours playing and replaying the game, as it features some things that I have fallen in love with. First of all, the amount of Builds and variety of ways you can play the game are astounding. Each player chooses 2 Skill Trees to place points in, of a total of 9, making for a staggering amount of combinations. You can play as a Templar, Paladin, Oracle, Battlemage, Prophet, Juggernaut, Warden, Avenger, Warlock, Conjurer and many more. Warning, testing out the different Builds and which you like most may consume your life.
Secondly, the game gets more interesting the more you play. When you finish the game the first time, you can up the difficulty and the next playthrough has more loot and higher power loot that you cannot get on the normal difficulty. This makes replaying again much more enjoyable, as their is incentive to do so. Also, when you get to the highest difficulty you will face mythical monsters of legend, like the Manticore and the Hydra, that are not present in the lower difficulties of the game, further enhancing the experience. Oh yeah, did I mention that it’s up to 6 player online? Yeah there’s that too…
Titan Quest releases on PS4 and Xbox One on March 20th, with the Nintendo Switch version yet to be announced.
5. Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings
Release Date: March 27th, 2018 NA – March 30th EU
Platform: PS4, PS Vita, Nintendo Switch, PC
Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings is a single-player RPG developed by Gust and Published by Koei Tecmo. The game follows the alchemist twins Lydie and Suelle as they discover a mysterious painting and are subsequently pulled inside into a world filled with alchemy materials. As the player you will guide them to running the best atelier, managing the day to day tasks of the shop. But also, exploring the mysterious worlds various paintings hold inside, while battling epic monsters and completing quests.
Like most JRPGs, combat in the game is turn-based, and you will alternate between Lydie and Suelle in combat fighting off monsters and looking for alchemy ingredients. Using the ingredients and reagents you acquire, you will make food, potions and crystals for the townspeople as necessary. Atelier Lydie and Suelle: The Alchemists and Mysterious Paintings is the 3rd and final installment in the “Mysterious” series of the franchise and will be released on March 27th for PS4, PS Vita, Nintendo Switch and PC (via Steam).
4. The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2
Release Date: March 27th, 2018
Platform: Playstation 4
Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
Publisher: NIS America
The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 is a single-player action RPG coming to Playstation 4 on March 27th. In the game the people of Kevala have been stricken by a plague known as “Witch Disease” that affects young girls before their 10th birthday. Those afflicted grow a third-eye on their forehead and transform into a bringer of death and destruction upon its opening. You must stop the plague that has not only affected the town, but also your family…
The Witch and Hundred Knight 2 features a top-down isometric view, not unlike that of Diablo or Torchlight, and combat is very much hack n’ slash, with it’s own little wrinkles. Players can use 5 different weapon types: Swords, Spears, Hammers, Lances and Staves, all featuring different attack ranges and speeds to peform combos. Combos will grant the player increased drop rates as well as increasing the rarity of items dropped. Combat is fast paced and the game features a unique art style that combines anime and more modern ARPGs.
3. Valkyria Chronicles 4
Release Date: March 21th, 2018 (PS4), TBD (Xbox One)
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
It is the year 1935 EC. The continent of Europa is engulfed in the flames of the Second Europan War between the Atlantic Federation and the Autocratic Eastern Imperial Alliance. Although the Federation struggles valiantly against the Empire’s forces, the relentless imperial military machine threatens to consume them. With victory slipping away, the Federation executes Operation Northern Cross: a last-ditch attempt to capture the imperial capital and end the war.
Valkyria Chronicles 4 takes place in the same universe as the previous games only following a different cast of characters. It has the same tactical squad-based combat whereby players take turns controling the actions of their squadmates before passing to the enemy (sort of like XCOM). The game features 5 Classes: Scout, Shock Trooper, Lancer, Engineer and Sniper to go along with the brand new Class: Grenadier. The game features anime style visuals and the technology and weaponry of the characters is circa World War II. If you like strategic combat, turn-based RPGs and anime, this game might be right up your alley.
The Japanese version of Valkyria Chronicles 4 releases on PS4 March 21st, with the NA and EU versions coming later in the year.
2. Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition
Release Date: March 6th, 2018
Platform: PC (Microsoft Windows)
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Final Fantasy XV is the gift that just keeps on giving with its PC release just days away on March 6th for the price of 49.99 USD. Players on Microsoft Windows will finally be get to play as Noctus and Co. only this time in stunning HD quality. Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition is compatible with native 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution and HDR 10. Graphical options can also be configured to support up to 8K!
The windows version of the game comes with:
- An all-new dungeon – Insomnia City Ruins: Expanded Map
- New features such as first person mode, new gear, and new bosses.
- Armiger Unleashed – after you collect all 13 royal arms, a more action-oriented mode of the Armiger is unlocked
- Royal Vessel – the boat from FFXV is now a controllable vehicle. The same body of water (between Cape Caem and Altissia) can now be freely explored.
- All season pass content – Episode Gladiolus, Episode Prompto, Multiplayer Expansion: Comrades, and Episode Ignis.
- Over a dozen pieces of DLC, including weapons, Regalia car skins, and item sets.
Note that console players purchasing or upgrading to the Royal Edition of the game will also get these features as well.
1. Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Release Date: March 23th, 2018
Platform: PS4 & PC
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is a single-player RPG that follows Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum, a young king who was usurped as he sets out to reclaim his kingdom from those who have taken it from him. A beautiful kingdom it is too, as players will explore vibrant cities and enchanting environments all done in an anime-eque art style. There isn’t another game quite like it.
Players will travel on a world map in chibi form where they can take on enemy encounters they find there, placing them into a combat scenario. Unlike the previous game that had a pseudo turn-based combat system, in Revenant Kingdom the combat is all done real time, much like an action RPG. You can switch between characters at will during combat to control any of your party members you wish.
The game also boasts an intriguing “Tactics Tweaker” that allows the player to dictate some finer points of combat. One example is the types of rewards they prefer to get in combat, like more xp and less gold, or vice versa. Or you can choose to have your party take reduced damage when blocking, or perhaps move more quickly when escaping. You have a limited number of points to spend, so players will have to choose what best matches their playstyle.
Ni No Kuni II looks gorgeous and we cannot wait to get our hands on it later this month on the 23rd!
That’s a wrap for the Top RPGs of March. Did I miss your favorite March RPG release? What games are you most looking forward to this year? Please let us know in the comments below.
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