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Top 5 Most Anticipated Games Of March 2020

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Things are starting to heat up in terms of both weather and the video game release calendar, as March is set to be the first really big month for gaming in 2020. While there are numerous games set to launch next month, there are a handful that stand out from the crowd as being highly anticipated. Some of these games we have been waiting far too long for, and this article rounds up the top 5 most anticipated games of the month.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

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The Metroidvania genre certainly isn’t the biggest or most saturated genre on the market, but it is one that typically delivers phenomenal titles. Ori and the Blind Forest carved its own niche by offering a gorgeous and heartfelt (and heartbreaking) story, and 5 years later we are finally getting a follow-up. Ori and the Will of the Wisps looks like it is going to offer another gorgeous world and engaging Metroidvania gameplay to sink hours and hours into. The game releases on March 11th for Xbox One and PC.

Nioh 2

Nioh 2 Xbox One release date

I know that the term “Souls-like” for new games these days is way overused, but in the case of Team Ninja’s Nioh it is an extremely valid descriptor. They took what FromSoftware did with the Souls series and put their own twist on the formula, and the results were an exceptional game that stood toe-to-toe with its inspiration. Nioh 2 is actually a prequel to that game, but it nevertheless looks to be upping the ante with online co-op play, character creation and Yokai soul superpowers. We’ll see how punishing the game ends up being when it launches on March 13th.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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It’s hard to believe that it has been 8 years since the last main installment in the Animal Crossing series, and 12 years since the last home console release. While the Animal Crossing series has stayed in the headlines thanks to a series of spin-offs since 2012’s New Leaf, longtime fans are finally getting the follow-up they’ve been waiting for. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is set to offer the whimsical life-simulation gameplay that fans have come to expect, but with a number of quality of life upgrades and improvements. Players can begin their island life when it launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on March 20th.

DOOM Eternal

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The lead up to the release of id Software’s DOOM (2016) was an interesting one, as people were unsure of what to expect. The series had been dormant for several years, and a lackluster multiplayer beta didn’t exactly give anyone high hopes for the finished product. What many weren’t expecting was that it would end up delivering one of the finest single-player FPS campaigns of recent memory, with just about every second packed with brutal and thrilling action. The follow-up in DOOM Eternal is set to deliver yet another thrilling campaign on top of fixing its predecessors lacking multiplayer component, and this time hopes are very high. We’ll see if it can live up to the hype when it launches on March 20th for PS4, Xbox One, Stadia and PC.

Half-Life: Alyx

Half-Life Alyx

If you’ve kept up with the gaming scene at all over the past decade or so, you’ve likely seen at least one person asking when Half-Life 3 will finally come out. While Half-Life: Alyx isn’t quite what fans have been waiting for, seeing as its been well over a decade since the last game fans will more than gladly take it. This game is set between the events of the first and second games, with the protagonist being Alyx (who originally didn’t come into the story until the second game). She and her father are battling the occupying alien Combine, who have a stranglehold on humanity by the time the second game rolls around. This is a VR-exclusive release and will come to all PC-compatible VR headsets on March 23rd.

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Amazon’s great Fallout TV show is nominated for 16 Emmys

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Critics and fans alike went crazy for Amazon’s take on the famous role-playing game series Fallout. There were a lot of nominations for 16 Emmy awards, including Best Actor and Outstanding Drama Series. The show was able to reach audiences outside of gamers and got a lot of attention from the industry.

Eurogamer has been keeping track, and now that all the votes are in, Fallout is tied for fifth place with 23 nominations for the 76th Emmy Awards, which are put on by the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With 25, The Bear has the most nominations, followed by True Detective: Night Country with 23, and Shogun with 19.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Walton Goggins is up for Best Actor for his performance as The Ghoul. Although games will always be our first choice, it’s great that adaptations of games don’t have to be awful, and we can’t wait for the next season of the shows.

Are you surprised by how well Amazon’s version of Fallout has done in the mainstream? Is the curse of movies based on video games finally over? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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