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New Releases: Week of 3/18/18

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I told y’all March was going to burn the house down! Now there is no denying it. This week is full of heavy hitters including plenty of oft-delayed yet highly anticipated games.

This week’s new releases include Sea of Thieves, Attack on Titan 2, A Way Out, Detective Pikachu, and Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom. Also releasing this week are Assassin’s Creed Rogue: Remastered and Titan Quest.

Sea of Thieves – Xbox One, Windows 10 – March 20

Ahoy mateys, it is time to set sail and explore the vast seas. Whether ye be travelin’ solo or with a crew, you’ll find plenty to plunder and explore. The open oceans are yours to roam dotted with unexplored islands and sunk ships to salvage. Whether your voyages be mirthful or tumultuous are up to you. Sea of Thieves is full of an untold amount of opportunities for industrious pirates to build their own legend on the seven seas.

Action and adventure awaits all aspiring pirates. When getting a crew together (of up to four players), you’ll need to work together to keep your ship running, but more importantly, you’ll need to master combat if you plan to survive. From manning the ship’s cannons to destroy enemy ships in high seas ship battles or learning how to handle a blade or fire a pistol to protect yourself against other pirates or worse in a scuffle, a strong defense is built around a good offense.

Sea of Thieves

Sea of Thieves.

It isn’t only other pirates you’ll have to worry about (though any ship you encounter in the shared world will be manned by other players). Monsters, sharks, and more are lurking out there hoping to end you. Brave pirates won’t balk at the dangers before them, but caution is advised when tackling the challenges before you. Search for treasure, uncover shrines, discover lost art, and find secrets awaiting you on your journey.

As a co-operative multiplayer experience, Sea of Thieves benefits from cross platform play between Windows 10 platforms and Xbox One. As a Play Anywhere title, buying a digital copy will get you both the Xbox One and Windows 10 versions. It is also available as the first Microsoft Studios first-party game to be included in the Xbox Game Pass program at no additional charge on release.

Attack on Titan 2 – PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC – March 20

Attack on Titan 2 follows up the events of the first game. The focus this time around will be on the events of the anime’s second season. It will also feature original stories supervised by the series creator Hajime Isayama.

One of the major changes from the first game is an improved omni-directional mobility gear. Now players have greater freedom of mobility with more precision and versatility to combat enhanced Titan movement. On top of better Titan movement, Titans will be more varied in combat with behaviors better mimicking the anime and manga to provide more challenge and excitement in battle.

Attack on Titan 2

Attack on Titan 2.

The online component of Attack on Titan 2 is expanded with a new competitive mode: Annihilation. This 4 vs. 4 mode sets two teams of scouts competing for the highest score in a time limit with the focus being on defeating Titans quickly and with the best team work. In addition to the new competitive mode, players can enjoy the story mode or scout missions in online co-op with friends or others from around the world.

Another feature getting an overhaul is the ability to form bonds with other characters. Town life will allow you to deepen the relationships between characters to reveal details and sides of them you’ve never seen before.

In addition, the game features plenty of new playable characters to take in the field and dispatch Titans. Players can also create their own scout for the first time.

A Way Out – PS4, Xbox One, PC – March 23

Prison is tough. Whether you’re a veteran inmate or a new fish in the cellblock, you’re always going to struggle with doing the time. In A Way Out, Leo and Vincent are at opposite ends of the inmate spectrum: one a brazen inmate whose made plenty of enemies, and the other a calm and collected greenhorn thrown into the thick of things. Despite being opposites, the two men’s fates will become entwined as they’ll need to rely on each other to escape prison.

Designed from the ground up to be a co-operative experience that takes advantage of split-screen co-op. Utilizing the split-screen players will experience the action and story as they haven’t before. Whether you choose Leo or Vincent, you’ll experience the co-op action with a friend the whole way through. Relying on the other, you’ll have to use teamwork to escape.

A Way Out

A Way Out.

A Way Out is unique in how it let’s players experience the co-op story. You can play couch co-op or online, which is cool. What makes the game novel though is Friend Pass Online. This allows you to play with a friend the entire way through the game with only one copy of the game. Simply invite a friend to play (and have them download the free trial) then experience the game together.

Detective Pikachu – 3DS – March 23

Tim Goodman is on a quest to find his missing father, Detective Harry Goodman. He’s gone missing in Ryme City after pursuing a case. When Tim arrives he quickly gets entangled with a detective, but it isn’t his father. No it is a gruff, witty Pikachu who loves a good cup of joe and solving mysteries.

Tim and Detective Pikachu team up and start trying to figure out why the Pokemon around Ryme City are going on a rampage. As the two start chasing down leads, they soon learn Tim’s father was trying to figure out the mystery too. Who knows what answers Tim and Detective Pikachu will find as they start to unravel what’s going on in Ryme City.

Detective Pikachu

Detective Pikachu.

Detective Pikachu is an adventure game where you’ll have to use your wits to solve the mysteries around Ryme City. Whether you’re exploring the city, finding clues, shaking down people for information, you’ll have to be savvy to put all the details together to solve the case. If you’re having trouble, don’t worry an easy mode is available where you can experience the story without getting stuck by letting Detective Pikachu show you the way.

The game features over 150 animated cutscenes with the fully voiced Detective Pikachu. A special 5.4” talking Detective amiibo releases alongside of the game that when used unlocks all of the cutscenes up to the point you are in the game.

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom – PS4, PC – March 23

All is not well in Ding Dong Dell following the death of its beloved King. Before Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum could ascend the throne and make a bond with his kingmaker, the treacherous Mausinger and the mousefolk plan a coup. Thanks to the help of a stranger from another world, Roland, Evan escapes the coup. However, as a king without a kingdom, Even will have his work cut out for him if he wants to live up to his destiny of building a nation where everyone can live happily ever after. The journey won’t be easy, but with the help of Roland, Tani, and others, Evan might just become the king he’s meant to be.

Ni no Kuni II’s gameplay focuses on action-RPG style combat where players focus on using light and heavy attacks along with skills, magics, and long range weapons to defeat monsters blighting the world. A departure from the familiar system seen in the first game, Ni no Kuni II focuses on the main cast of characters to do the fighting. However, the Higgledies are little sprites fighting alongside you that aid you in combat by healing, attacking, and more.

Outside of combat, there is plenty to do like participating in strategy-esque skirmishes, recruiting new citizens to your fledgling kingdom, and helping to build your own kingdom. Ni no Kuni II expands upon what made the first game so memorable without losing the heart and charm that made it so beloved.

Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs
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