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Here at Pipe Dream we like to keep our finger on the pulse, so when it comes to new releases that are about to drop, we need to take a look and give you our thoughts. Below will be a list of the latest games coming out in march along with our signature rating to give you our opinions on how we feel the game may fair in the charts. So without further ado, Lets jump in and have a look.
First up we have Total War: Three Kingdoms
The Total War franchise has been a stalwart in the turn based real time strategy market, With its newest addition and 12th mainline entry in the series ‘Three Kingdoms’ promising to be no different.
Set in the Three Kingdoms period, players control one of the game’s eleven factions, who must eliminate other factions, unify China and become its ultimate ruler, Standard everyday work if you ask me. These factions are led by warlords important to that era and show off some real historical figures. As for the the gameplay, nothing really changes too much from previous games, In siege battles, players command both infantry and cavalry units. All the parts of your forces featured in the game are divided into different groups made up of a mixture of units, with each led by a powerful general. The player can only deploy three generals into the battlefield at once, and players will only have access to the units that the generals can recruit. The player wins a siege battle when all the opponent generals are killed or the central point of the city is captured. A classic take down the home or take down the leaders scenario.
Alongside the siege battles, there has been some real importance placed on generals. These generals, which can be commanded separately from their troops, have possession of unique weapons and items, which can be looted once they are killed. Each general also has different classes and specialties, granting their units both active and passive buffs. The game has also introduced a social aspect into the mix, in which each general will form connections and relationships with other characters. Viewing concepts like “obligations, reciprocity, and trust” as important virtues, these generals have unique personalities and desires that players need to cater to. If their demands are not met, their happiness rating will drop and this may lead to various repercussions for players. This adds a real depth to the combat like never before and can make for some real battle changing instances to happen.
Using the two game modes in total war, players have the opportunity to play things in two distinct styles. The first mode, “Romance”, is based on the novel linking to the three kingdoms, in which generals are gifted with nearly superhuman strength, this puts even more emphasis on generals as a whole. The other mode, “Classic”,  presents a more historically accurate version. The generals have their powers removed and they can no longer be commanded separately enabling a more standard style for those who want to re-enact historical events and feel like they are part of what was an important part of that era.
Being someone who has dabbled in Total War before, I do think this will be a solid game, but it will appeal to a certain type of gamer. If you like to go in depth on tactics and be part of a real cinematic battle experience, I really feel this is the game for you. That being said, if you are wanting to see what all the fuss is about, don’t be afraid to jump in and take a look. For now, for us, this is going to be a solid frequent fallback, allowing for us to scratch that war driven itch every now and again that only Total War can achieve. Get your war on, on the 7th of march.
Next up is a nostalgia fuelled favourite of ours, Devil may cry 5.
Devil May Cry 5 is an action-adventure hack and slash video game developed and published by Capcom. It is the fifth instalment of the mainline Devil May Cry series and looks to add to the already very stylised genre with more hack and slash, demon killing action. We as fans were all wondering if this game would return after DMC 4 not selling as much as previous titles, But it seems if you hope hard enough your dreams might come true.
This iteration of the beloved series features the return of Dante and Nero as playable characters, along with a new character named “V” to wet the whistle where needed. As stated above the gameplay does its best to keep the same style as the other titles in the Devil May Cry series, focusing on fast-paced, stylised action. As always us as players have to fight off hordes of demons with a variety of attacks and weapons and receives a style-rating in combat based on a number of factors, such as move variety, the length of a combo and dodging attacks. The music in the game will change based on the player’s performance in combat just one of the things this game has to help add to the atmosphere it provides and setting itself apart once again from any games in this genre.
The story itself is set five years after the events of devil may cry 4, intertwining the games three main characters in its own unique way. With Nero having set up his own demon killing agency, Dante available as always to be hired to kill demons where needed and the mysterious figure ‘V’ needing help to kill a certain demon. We won’t give to much away but as you can imagine, where there is demons involved and the world to save this thing can get very crazy, Fast.
For us this is definitely one to pick up and has the potential to at the very least be worth pulling a sickie for. If you are new to the game series this one is still for you but it might be worth going back and playing the others if you are one for a great story. Let us know how you like it, we will be seshing this one hard, see you on the 8th of march.
Next up we have the highly anticipated for all sorts of reasons… The division 2.
So most of us are still reeling a little from the first iteration of this game. It did have a very love hate relationship with its fans, starting almost unplayable, then becoming a little mundane once fixed, before finishing strong and being a solid game at its end. Now as we all know the best to be a solid game is at the very start. Needing to grip in those players is how you set yourself a apart as a great game. Before we give you a little overview on what the division 2 has for us, just keep in mind they made mistakes in the first one and the main thing we are looking for is how can they make this one so much better.
There is not a massive amount of info out there on the story of this one, we know its set 7 months after its predecessor, in which a civil war between survivors and villainous bands of marauders breaks out. We are sent in to try and restore order with the setting being one of the most iconic things about this game before launch. The pictures of the white house being on fire enough to really put this in perspective. As for character development of course you still have the usual ubisoft style upgrades but narritvely there still isn’t any voice acting or name associated to your character which once again makes it hard to really to relate to the person you are playing.
The biggest draw to this game for us is how adamant the developers are that they have taken feedback from the first game very seriously, looking to include more game content at launch and improve the endgame overall with that being the massive focus following on from the first one. The promise of  a raid type feature, which can be completed by up to 8 players, is very appealing and it might just be time to get the squad back together. If we also take the beta as a platform for what the game can offer it does show a lot of promise, the setting of Washington D.C. being very dynamic, and massively interesting to explore, Tons of activities in addition to standard missions to help drive diversity and add to the overall atmosphere of the world and as always the gun-play being satisfying at the very least with what looks like to be more intelligent A.I enemies which gives a level of challenge we need to keep coming back.
We wouldn’t feel right if we sat here and told you this was a completely new approach in comparison to the first one, in short it is a slight upgrade with a few added features to try and fix the problems of the first one. Potentially its the game we wanted at the start, maybe it will make us fall in love all over again, Who knows. It’s hard to judge this one because if its done well we will all be pulling a sickie for sure but it could very quickly become a frequent fallback when you have nothing else to play. One thing’s for sure, it’s worth trying at the very least and if you can persuade friends to play it with you then its replay-ability could be amplified massively. This ones out on the 15th of march, let’s give it a chance and squad up.
Lastly it’s our most anticipated game of march, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
Enter FromSoftware, once again offering another round of souls style complexity to add some much need challenge to the gaming world. Now although this one has been compared inevitably to the souls series, the approach they are taking on this one is like nothing we have seen before.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is an action-adventure game played from a third-person view just as we would expect, taking place in a reimagined late 16th century Japan, the player takes control of a shinobi who was left for dead after his lord was kidnapped. With his arm severed by a leading samurai of the Ashina clan, the missing arm has been replaced with a prosthetic which in turn leads him to be names Sekiro, or “the one-armed wolf”. The prosthetic becomes a vital part of the combat style of this game, allowing for various tools and gadgets to be installed on it, which added to the usual katana of this era allows for a fresh approach to the combat style  
But the game doesn’t stop there. It takes us down a different path, featuring no role-playing elements, such as character creation, classes, or equipment upgrades, as well as having no multiplayer elements at all. This is already a big change to other games in this genre. Alongside that, rather than attacking to drive down an enemy’s health points, combat in Sekiro revolves around using a katana to attack their poise and balance instead, which eventually leads to an opening that allows for a single killing blow. This in our opinion adds to the atmosphere of the game in a time period that fighting styles and technique were immortalized just as much as a final kill. Also the idea of working towards that final blow opportunity definitely gives us a unique approach at how we look at battle, with a chess like feel to it.
Other features of the game include stealth elements, allowing players to immediately eliminate enemies if they can get in range undetected, its unsure whether this will be true for boss like enemies but it’s a great added possibility. In addition, the player character has the ability to use various tools to assist with combat and exploration coming of course from this prosthetic arm, such as a grappling hook and a torch amongst other things to help you on your travels. Lastly another welcome difference to previous games of this genre, If the player character dies, they have the option of being revived on the spot under certain conditions instead of respawning at earlier checkpoints allowing for even more planning around approaches on tackling things around you.
As you can see there is a lot of things that really do set this apart from the other games like this. When you think of souls, bloodborne, Nioh.. They all have the same kind of premise hid behind a varied storyline. This one looks to use a tiny bit of the foundation whilst pushing the boundaries of what is possible in this type of game. Don’t be surprised if this one becomes game of the year, if it’s done well we will be seeing this for a long long time, i think it might be time to book a week off now. It’s yours on the 22nd of march, look out for our review of it when its out.
Of course there are many more games coming out in March, but these are our top games to look for. As always, these are just our opinions and are here simply to help you choose what to play next. As always, thanks for reading, follow us on our socials and we will see you in the next one!
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