January 2023 gave us some great games like the remake of the first “Dead Space” and the unexpected and unforeseen “Hi-Fi RUSH,” alongside some other games like “Spongebob Squarepants: The Cosmic Shake” and the rather disliked “Forspoken.” That was January, and February is steadily coming to a close, and despite the handful of days left during this month, we still have games like “Like a Dragon Ishin!” and “Atomic Heart” to look forward to. This year is off to a great start, won’t you agree? We have been getting a constant stream of new games coming our way almost every month over the last few years, but I don’t think we have quite had a year like 2023, which has started off this strong and is showing no signs of stopping with games like “Suicide Squad Kill The Justice League,” “Alan Wake 2,” “Starfield,” “Redfall,” “Like A Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name,” “Marvel’s Spider-Man 2,” and more on the horizon. All of these will come our way when the time is right, but let’s focus on what’s coming up in the near future. March 2023 is looking jam-packed as well, with tons of AAA and indie games slated to release in its 31 days. We have picked two of those releases, which we’ll be highlighting here, and are eagerly looking forward to getting our hands on these games. Make no mistake, the train doesn’t stop with these two, as there’s more here, but these two games are ones that we want to play right now!
Wo Long: A Fallen Dynasty
I have said a million times before that Soulsborne games are not my cup of tea. I have tried games like “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” and “Dark Souls 3” alongside “The Surge” and a couple more before, and no dice. Is there a skill issue? Yes, absolutely there is, and I am not that skilled. I have no shame in admitting that. But that’s not the only reason why these games don’t click with me. I just get bored of dying over and over again trying to figure out and learn the attack patterns the bosses throw our way and then trying to master them. My opinion is unpopular, I know, but to each their own. Despite that, I have my eyes set on this game. Why? There are so many Souls games coming out this year and in the future that look incredible, and I don’t wish to be left behind because I am not comfortable with a genre. Games like “Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn” and “Lies of P” to name a few, and from what I played of “Wo Long” from the demo, I sort of found it interesting. Was I able to beat the demo? No, the game is brutally hard, as you’d expect. Despite that, however, I did get pretty far, and I take that as an accomplishment.
Sorry for rambling by the way, “Wo Long Fallen Dynasty” is a souls games set in a Chinese setting and is being developed by Team Ninja and Koei Tecmo Games. The game features action-packed combat, which is quite fast-paced and pits you against tons of crazy bosses and enemies. Just like any other Souls game, you can expect challenges, mechanics, classes, and more that you’ll need to learn and master as you go through the game. For experts, this will be a cakewalk more than likely, but for beginners like me, a game like this can eat up hundreds of hours just to make a dent. Especially for someone like me who likes to 100% games. Yikes, just thinking about it I get scared but hey! It’s a challenge and an opportunity to expose myself to new ventures, so I guess I’ll be taking it this time. Who knows, maybe I’ll become a Souls game expert with enough practice and go back to play all the games I missed. The game, released on March 3rd for Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PlayStation 5 and 4, and PC, will be available with Xbox Game Pass on launch. Despite my reservations, don’t get me wrong; I am sure this game will be one to be remembered.
Resident Evil 4
This one I am more confident about. Capcom has been killing it with the “Resident Evil” series lately, especially with the remakes of “Resident Evil 2” and “Resident Evil 3.” Sure, they had some missing features and cut content, but you can’t deny the fact that they poured their hearts and souls into modernizing these games both visually and mechanically, and their efforts are to be commended. The original “Resident Evil 4” was their magnum opus, a game loved by all that not only brought the series to third-person but also delivered a memorable, albeit weird, story. Protagonist Leon Kennedy was always a fan favorite and the fact that turned him into even more of a badass with this game was always appreciated. Now, for the remake of this game, it seems like Capcom is going all out and cutting no corners once again. I mean, why should they? This is the game that brought an already beloved series to the stratosphere, and I am sure Capcom is aware of how much fans love this game in particular and how critical they’ll get even if they mess it up slightly. To put it simply, there’s a lot riding on this game, but their recent track record speaks for itself, so there’s no need to worry.
I am sure everyone knows what “Resident Evil” is at this point, but if you have been living under a rock somehow, it’s a series of survival horror games that feature zombies and other weird and horrendous monstrosities. The games also tell somewhat ridiculous stories that work, if you ask me, and the lore behind these games is interesting at worst and incredible at best. It’s B-movie stuff, but it’s excellent; I’m sorry if that offended any die-hard fans. What makes “Resident Evil 4” stand out is that they mixed action with survival horror and did it brilliantly. You’ll still be running and hiding a lot all the while managing your inventory but here, you can fight back and bring the pain and while these two concepts are polar opposites, they are blended here perfectly like gin and tonic. The best part about the “Resident Evil” games is the weird charm these games have, which is hard to explain but if you have any experience with the series, then you know what I mean. The remake looks fantastic and is expanding on a lot of things, like adding side missions and more, all the while preserving the original story. How they’ll handle the colorful characters here, is something we’ll have to wait to see, but so far they have stayed true to the originals, so I see no reason for them to stray now. This game is going to rock, and I am eagerly looking forward to playing it. The game will come out on March 25th for Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5 and 4, and PC. Sorry, Xbox One owners, you are left behind for this one.
What do you guys think? Two solid games, right? Well, there’s more coming out like “WWE 2K23,” “Sifu” for other platforms, and “The Last of Us Part 1” for PC, alongside a few other big-name games, all in the span of March 2023. What an interesting time to be a gamer as back-to-back big name IPs are seeing launches left, right, and center. This happens quite rarely. Let us know what games you are most excited to see come out in March 2023; these two have been our biggest picks.