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New Releases: Week of 3/5/17

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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands

Congratulations to Nintendo on its launch of the Switch, hopefully everyone looking to get one managed to pick one up. If you’re not thoroughly entranced by Breath of the Wild or didn’t have interest in a Switch then maybe this week’s new releases can tickle your fancy.

This week’s new releases include Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, Nier: Automata, Lego Worlds, and Disc Jam.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands – PS4, Xbox One, PC – March 7

Bolivia has become a lawless narco-state with the populace living in fear under the first of the Santa Blanca Mexican drug Cartel. While Santa Blanca was formerly a minor player since coming to Bolivia, they started become big time with their influence now spreading beyond. Santa Blanca raises the ire of the US Government when it bombs the U.S. embassy in La Paz and kidnaps and kills DEA agent Ricky Sandoval.

Unwilling to let this transgression stand, the US sends an elite special ops unit, “the Ghosts” to Bolivia to eradicate the Santa Blanca Cartel. To remove Santa Blanca from power, you’ll need to expose the connection between the Cartel and the local government. Destabilizing the region and Santa Blanca’s interests will leave the Cartel exposed without the help of the corrupt government.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands.

As Ghost you will go behind enemy lines to explore a massive open world with plenty of choices and options available to you. From how to approach missions to your appearance to your gear, you have the freedom to play how you want and the world will react to those choices creating dynamic gameplay.

The depth of customization allows you to choose how you look, what weapons you’ll take with you with further customization of those weapons, and which of the game’s over sixty vehicles you’ll use in missions. Wildlands features a dynamic weather system and a day and night cycle both of which will affect how you approach missions and how enemies react to you. It’ll also be the first Ghost Recon to have side missions.

Wildlands features four-player co-op gameplay that allows you and three other friends to tackle the game’s campaign missions and take down the Santa Blanca Cartel.

Nier: Automata – PS4 – March 7

After invaders from another world unleashed their unrelenting, aggressive secret weapon: the machines on earth, the human race was left devastated. Unable to stop the machines, the human race leaves earth to take refuge on the moon.

While there the Council of Humanity develops an army of android soldiers to try and retake earth, but the android army is unable to make serious headway against the machines. In hopes of claiming victory on earth, the humans create a special breed of androids: the YoRHa squad.

Nier: Automata

Nier: Automata.

2B is one of the YoRHa squad tasked with heading to earth and decimating the machines. However, 2B’s crusade against the machines will reveal a long-forgotten truth about the world.
Nier: Automata takes place in the same world as the first game only thousands of years after the events of Nier. The game will feature ties to both Nier and Drakengard 3.

The game’s action takes place in a seamless open world that connects across many different locations on earth allowing players to play through the game’s main campaign and complete side quests. The action is easy to pick up, quick paced and extremely fluid running at 60 fps. Like Nier the game can shift from standard third-person camera view to side-scrolling to over-head resulting in exciting different perspectives but still retaining the game’s core stylish action.

Nier: Automata

Nier: Automata.

2B can employ four different types of weapons small swords, large swords, spears, and combat bracers) including Noctis’ Engine Blade from Final Fantasy XV. The weapons can be switched out mid-combo to create larger combos. In addition to traditional melee weaponry, 2B’s trusty pod can target and shoot enemies and be upgraded to add additional support.

Lego Worlds – PS4, Xbox One, PC – March 7

The worldwide sensation Minecraft was billed as digital Legos years ago. Now the original papa is getting in on the Minecraft clone game. It raises the quest can something that is so engrained in our DNA as the arbiter of building imagination be a clone of something that borrows from it?

Lego Worlds allows players to explore a procedurally-generated open world made up of Lego Bricks. Zip around your customized world either on a helicopter, motorcycle, or a dragon.

Lego Worlds

Lego Worlds.

Players can manipulate bricks how they want to create a world of Legos beyond their wildest imagination or real life skill set or budget. Whether creating creations of your own or dropping in prefabricated structures, Lego Worlds has a wealth of possibilities.

Disc Jam – PS4, PC

Before DotEMU announced it was bringing back Windjammers, Disc Jam was the spiritual successor that was poised to give us the disc-based sports game we deserved.

Disc Jam is the true sport of the future pitting 2-4 players against each other in a fast-paced, intense match of disc volleyball. Players can compete in 1-on-1 or in a doubles matches to see who is the best Disc Jammer around.

Disc Jam

Disc Jam.

Whether you’re rallying the disc around hoping to jam it in the opponents’ goal, lob it for an easy point, or get tricky with a special attack, the matches are a test of will and skill. Disc Jam supports online play or couch co-op.

Disc Jam will be available to PS Plus users as one of PlayStation 4’s free games for March.

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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