March 2021 Highlights

March seems to be the month of nostalgia for me!

Trying to keep ahead of things to look forward to, welcome to March Highlights even though it’s still February!

I am appreciating the love for some classic titles next month. I just wish that I had more in advance Board Game announcements to even out a very Video Game heavy list!

Fingers crossed and all going well, I should have a couple of Kickstarter deliveries that I have been looking forward to, and hopefully, the time to jump on them!

With that, let me share some of what I am looking forward to in March.

Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse – March 16

PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch

Around 15 years ago, I spent the best part of a month playing a game called Stubbs the Zombie. It was a zombie game where you played as a zombie. The story was well-executed but straightforward, and I still listen to the original soundtrack today.

Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse was a much needed original Xbox exclusive hit (that wasn’t called Halo). While a cult classic back then, there are still plenty of gamers that have never experienced this classic.

Similar to Destroy All Humans, Stubbs the Zombie is self-aware and enjoys what it is. This allows the player to have a great time as you attempt to reunite with your sweetheart while turning the townsfolk into zombies with you.

Honestly, there is nothing I can tell you about Stubbs the Zombie that will make it sound like a game you have to play. Listen to people that have played it talk about it, and/or watch their face light up as you rekindle the memories. If anything is going to convince you, that will be the clincher.

I won’t be grabbing this day one, as I am flipping between PlayStation or Switch. The only thing I can guarantee is that I will be nabbing this title and re-enjoying this classic game.

Kingdom Hearts Series – March 30

PC

Kingdom Hearts as a series has been the worst console exclusive for PlayStation. Why do I say this? Because the story is not contained primarily in the three numbered titles but spread over many titles and consoles. Even a concert!

With the launch of Kingdom Hearts 3, I was happy to see that the main games were coming to Xbox. It doesn’t make the story any easier to follow. Still, an entirely new group of players had a chance to enjoy the series. I understand the reason for console exclusives, but I wish all games could be played on your console of choice.

Now, Square-Enix has bought this dream one step closer by releasing the remastered main games to PC! I won’t be grabbing these as I have the series on PlayStation. Still, now PC players have the chance to enjoy this fun (and ridiculous) series for themselves.

I will say that going back and playing Kingdom Hearts 1 is an ordeal. The game itself is still fun, but I am saying that through nostalgia glasses. The controls have not aged well, meaning that really only fans or people really dedicated to seeing everything should play the first title.

The third numbered title however made a pretty strong appearance in my 2019 Top 10 games, which you can check out here.

Evil Genius 2: World Domination – March 30

PC

Sometime in the mid-2000s, I was given a copy of Evil Genius. The gift-giver said, “It seems like something you would like.” Well, they were right.

Evil Genius is basically a management sim. But instead of building up your corporation for maximum profits, you are basically a Bond villain setting up their lair with plans to take over the world.

Instead of spending money on marketing, you plan heists to fund your organisation. Customer service? None. You are a bad guy. Your biggest worry are those pesky secret agents.

While games like Sim City and Dungeon Keeper had wet my whistle, Evil Genius was the game I kept coming back to for years. A sequel seemed unlikely as the original developers shut down, and Rebellion didn’t seem to be doing anything with the IP rights.

Well, this year, Evil Genius is getting a proper sequel. I am intentionally keeping my head in the sand as I want to jump into Evil Genius 2: World Domination with no expectations.

My fond memories are already setting a pretty high bar, even though it’s easily been a decade since I played the original.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning – March 16

Switch

This entry is closer to an honourable mention. Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning has already been released after all.

One of my favourite YouTube channels is Outside Xtra. I was so pumped when Ellen, Luke and Jane came to PAX Aus in 2018, and Rabbit and I even made it into their Show of the Weekend Live!

Why am I talking about Outside Xtra? Ellen is possibly the most prominent advocate for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning outside of the original dev team. Watching her unbridled enthusiasm when talking about the game makes me regret passing it over. As such, I decided to give the remaster a fair shot.

Well, I haven’t gotten there yet. I will, but I have a heap of other equally good games on my playlist of shame.

Well, this month, I will be watching reviews for Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning on the Switch. I think having such a vast game portable will be fantastic – as long as the Switch can handle it.

I love the Switch, but there are games that it just can’t handle. This isn’t a negative – it’s just how it is. So I will be watching the performance comments closely to see if the Switch is the platform I will play Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning on.

Arkham Horror: Mother’s Embrace – March 23

PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

I have already done a write up of why I am looking forward to Arkham Horror: Mother’s Embrace. So I am cheating on this entry and just pointing to it!

The big news is a release date has been announced – March 23rd! Is it worth playing? I still have no idea! I am trying to keep away from any detailed information, as I want to go in blind.

I have pre-ordered it on Steam (with a 20% off until March 24), but on Steam full price is only AUD$30. Seeing as how the release is a month away, I should be back to time management like I was at the start of the year.

So I will have access to the game on day one. As for if I am going to recommend it, I guess you will have to watch the First Impressions video!

Until next time,

JohnHQLD
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