Well, that’s March done! Another Mother’s Day in the bag and another stupid clock change (for the UK at least). I thoroughly enjoyed losing another hour of sleep. And to add to everything, my dog seemed to know the clocks had changed and adjusted his incontinence so he could still bark until I let him out at the new 6am.
Still, onwards and upwards. It’s officially spring and Easter is on the way. But more importantly, April means my birthday is coming up! I’m the big 4-0 this year. What’s that? I don’t look it? You’re too kind, I owe it all to pizza. I honestly thought a midlife crisis would’ve taken hold by now as it did for a couple of friends. One of them took up skateboarding, and then quickly took it down. Luckily, I did that back when my bones healed with minimal fuss, whereas he now has a limp. One got themselves a dream classic car, which now sits awaiting new parts and a hefty bill. Instead, I’ve gone into a strange serene reflective period. I’ve accepted past mistakes and time wasted (mainly on horrific women, and I mean the real human equivalent of dumpster fires) because it all got me where I am now. Obviously, 40 isn’t that old, but it feels pretty good to be happy with where I’m at with no regrets. Plus, there’s plenty of time for the dream car - a Ford Pop if you’re wondering - and a Star Wars pinball machine... GAME NEWS!
March really hooked up Switch owners, with the release of Triangle Strategy on the 4th to scratch that tactical itch. Chocobo GP came out on the 11th and then at the end of the month on the 25th we were treated to Kirby and the Forgotten Land. Which was a wonderful hat trick that more than made up for the lack of Nintendo offerings in February.
Looking at April, things kick off strong with the 5th seeing the release of the long-awaited Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga on all platforms. Crysis Remastered will also hit Nintendo Switch on the same day. On the 8th we have Lake coming out on both of Sony’s consoles. The 12th will see 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim arriving on Nintendo Switch. The 21st will gives us two Jigsaw Fun titles - Wonderful Nature and Greatest Cities, both on the Switch. Mickey Storm and the Cursed Mask hits PlayStation4 on the 28th, King Leo and Ludo XXL will hit Nintendo Switch on the same day. Finally, the 29th sees the release of Nintendo Switch Sports. Better get this one pre-ordered as it’s going to be insanely difficult to grab a copy otherwise.
It’s been a mixed bag this month in the news. The lawsuits against the big companies continue. Many companies have come out in support of Ukraine, not just with blog posts, but with actual financial aid. Y’know, the stuff that actually helps. The rumour mill has been working overtime and claims the next FIFA game will be called EA Sports Football Club... I wonder how long it took the Execs to come up with that? The Halo TV series finally aired, and The Powers That Be made the terrible decision to unmask the Chief. Also in Hollywood, actor Oscar Isaacs, when asked about the Metal Gear Solid movie, said that the writers are actively searching for the right story... Hopefully, they take a look at the games soon. Anyway, here are a few of the month’s newsworthy highlights:
Dying Light 2 is Getting Photo Mode and New Game Plus
In a recent interview, Dying Light 2’s lead game designer Tymon Smektała addressed the biggest requests fans have had since the game’s release.
When asked about photo mode, a new game plus mode and additional tiers of difficulty, Smektała said: “those are definitely things that are on the table currently and that are being worked on.”
Smektała continued: “I don’t want to go into too many specifics here... but very soon, people will start seeing those things being added in one form or another into the game.”
Metroid Dread Third Highest-Selling Game in the Series
Based on physical sales, Metroid Dread had the best launch of all Metroid games when it released last year. It was also the fastest-selling entry since Metroid Prime 1.
In March the game re-entered the UK boxed charts at 14, becoming the third highest-selling Metroid game.
Metroid Dread was among a number of Nintendo games that re-entered the UK boxed charts this week.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, meanwhile, sat outside the top 10 at number 11 despite its new DLC tracks releasing.
No EA Play Live event this year
EA has confirmed it won’t be holding its annual EA Play Live event in 2022. Instead, it’ll reveal more about upcoming games “when the time is right”.
EA Play Live is normally been held alongside E3. The show had transitioned to a digital-only offering in the last two years thanks to Covid, but now EA has opted to cancel its 2022 event in its entirety.
In a statement, EA said its decision was based on the fact that “this year things aren’t lining up to show you everything on one date”
And That’s That!
March is down, April is here, we’re a third of the way through the year and I’m apparently halfway through my life... cheery stuff. But that’s not important, games are important! What ones will you be playing? Let us know on the Zatu social media pages.