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New Releases: Week of 3/15

/ Mar 15th, 2015 No Comments

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

Summah is already here even though it is March. So you might want to beat the heat with some new video games. Luckily the third week of March has some new releases that might pique your interest. This week sees the return of the Battlefield series with Battlefield Hardline, the Final Fantasy series returning with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, a new episodic jaunt in Tales from the Borderlands, and a game full of smaller games in Mario Party 10.

Battlefield Hardline – PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC – March 17

There is a drug war going on in Miami, no man (or woman) is safe from. Rookie detective, Nick Mendoza and his veteran partner, Khai Minh Dao are putting a hurting on the drug trade in Miami. The two detectives follow the drug supply chain from dealer to supplier. The case is more complex than they initially imagined. They start doing more off-the-books work to uncover how deep the drug trade goes, and how power and corruption in the drug game knows no boundaries.

Battlefield Hardline

Battlefield Hardline.

Hardline marks a departure for the Battlefield series focusing on the modern criminal element than the military action the series is known for. There is a bigger story emphasis this time around for Battlefield with Hardline’s story told in an “episodic” format to ape current TV dramas. Despite the greater narrative importance, Hardline will retain the online gameplay fans expect, albeit with some new modes thrown in to match the new setting. Heist, Blood Money, Hotwire Mode, Rescue, and Crosshair are all new to the online repertoire among fan favorites.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD – PS4, Xbox One – March 17

Orience is a nation divided into four “Crystal States”. These four states protect a crystal that imbues them with a special talent. Each state has its own academy that protects and researches their crystal. Because of these crystals, a war between these “Crystal States” breaks out and threatens the balance of Orience. When Militesi Empire attacks the Dominion of Rubrum, Class Zero, a group of elite students in Rubrum’s academy must act to protect their home. Due to the aggression, Class Zero is forced to defeat the Militesi Empire and find out the reasons behind the war.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD puts you in control of Class Zero, a group of 14 students with different abilities, weapons, and battle styles. Choose your party and compete in harrowing action in an active-time battle combat. This is the first time the game will be available outside of Japanese PSPs, and features newly redone HD graphics. Anyone picking up first run copies of the game will get access to Final Fantasy XV –episode duscae-, a small taste of the upcoming Final Fantasy XV.

Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 2– PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, PC, Mac, iOS – March 24

“Atlus Mugged” picks up after “Zer0 Sum”. The Gortys Project causes everyone to trying and figure out what the Atlas Corporation was doing before Hyperion took over Pandora. Not only are Fiona and Rhys looking to discover the truth, but so are Vault Hunters, bounty hunters, Vasquez, and a giant monster-ish creature. Rhys has some stuff to deal with this go around, and it is up to Fiona and Sasha to try and keep it all together.

Tales from the Borderlands

Tales from the Borderlands – “Atlus Mugged”.

For more on Tales from the Borderlands, make sure to read our review of episode 1: “Zer0 Sum”. Our very own Greg Johnson had this to say on “Zer0 Sum” and the remaining episodes in the season, “The episodic nature of Telltale’s Borderlands game ensures players will be using their time wisely, and the decisions give it unique replay value. Whatever comes next in these Tales from the Borderlands, make sure to grab a seat aboard.”

Mario Party 10 – Wii U – March 20

It is back, the great scourge and menace of fun and friendships, Mario Party. In the first Wii U Mario Party, Bowser shows up uninvited to the mini-game fun. Players can play as Bowser with four other players controlling other characters. “Bowser Party” mini-games allow Bowser to cause a ruckus in the party by using the different aspects of the GamePad to force the other players to endure the mayhem. It is 4v1 chaos, where everyone takes on both a real and meta monster, take that Evolve!

Mario Party 10

Mario Party 10.

Mario Party X will include classic board modes to enjoy the tremendous fun of a traditional Mario Party with four people. Also new to the game is the “Amiibo Party” mode. In Amiibo Party you can use your Amiibo to play on special boards designed for the main Amiibo character with special rules. Coinciding with the release of Mario Party X are six new Amiibos: Bowser, Yoshi, Mario, Peach, Luigi, and Toad.

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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