Carrying on from where February left off, March is here and it brings with it a whole load of awesome new games for the PlayStation Vita! Now we all know that some games can appear out of the blue and release on our favourite handheld with only a few days notice, but here are the key titles that we can expect this month;
Release Date – 3rd March NA / 4th March EU
In Arrowhead Game Studios’ HELLDIVERS you join the titular, elite HELLDIVERS and form a team that will act as mankind’s last line of defence in a brutal war against an evil alien race. You can play through the game’s missions solo or you can join three others in multiplayer to defeat the extraterrestial enemies. One thing to be wary of is that death by friendly fire is possible, and there is no way to switch this off! Your elite squad will take advanced weaponry into the warzone and have the ability to call vehicle and air strikes in should you and your team need additional support. Buying the game for the PlayStation Vita will also grant you the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions via the Cross-Buy scheme!
htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary
Release Date – 4th March EU
Set far in the future, htoL#NiQ follows Mion; a little girl that wakes up on December 31, 9999 not knowing where she is or how she got there. Your job is to help her escape this place by controlling one of two fireflies that guide her, and by using objects to augment your play and maneuverability.
The two fireflies exist such that one lives in the light and one lives in the shadow, each one having different abilities tuned to their environments. The light-loving firefly can make plants grow to open new paths for Mion, while the shadow-loving firefly can move through the shadows and use a “shadow link” skill to move objects.
While exploring the ruins you can find memory fragments in hard to reach places. These memory fragments give you a glimpse of someone’s past; these replays giving you an idea of what happened in the past and the truth about how the owner became a corpse.
La Mulana EX
Release Date – 3rd March NA / 4th March EU
The protagonist of La Mulana is Lemeza; a whip-wielding tomb raider, similar to Indiana Jones or Lara Croft. Lameza’s job is exploring the tomb within La-Mulana – and that’s where the game takes place. Doctor Lemeza is an Archeologist who comes to this Land with only his trusty whip and a research PC. Helped by e-mails from the tech-savvy elder of the tribe that protects the Ruins of La-Mulana, Lemeza must avoid traps, solve puzzles, and reach the very end of the Ruins.
OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood
Release Date – March 3rd NA / March 4th EU
Launching as one of March’s PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection titles, OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood is the ultimate OlliOlli. With a whole new art style, cleaner lines and stunningly detailed new player animations, there are sweet additions to the much praised combo system, the ability to perform manuals to further boost your combos, more ramps, epic hills and multi route levels. If you have played the first game in the series you will know to expect a brilliant, fun, yet challenging, skateboarding game. If you haven’t played the original then live wild and pick it up, it will not be an easy game to put down!
Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines
Release Date – March 3rd NA / March 4th EU
Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines is an RPG set in ancient Japan with an artstyle that is inspired by brush paintings from the Heian era. In the game you will be exploring a watercolour world that is full of wonderful yet strange creatures based on Japanese mythology. The game will feature a Japanese voiceover to ensure that the audio matches the overall feel of the game.
The reason for the Tainted Bloodlines part of the game’s name is due to the fact that in Oreshika you will take control of a clan whose bloodlines have been tainted with two terrible curses – a Curse of Broken Lineage that prevents procreation and a Curse of Ephemerality that sees you age rapidly. This will mean that you will have to manage your clan with extra care to ensure you get the best out of them!
Release Date – 10th March NA / 11th March EU
Your objective in Flame Over is simple. Just guide your heroic fire fighter, Blaze Carruthers, up through the floors of the Infernal Industries building in London, extinguishing all fires and rescuing all the stranded workers and – naturally – their pet cats as you go.
As you guide Blaze through this mazelike building on your quest to put out the deadly inferno and save the day, you’ll move through four different zones, each with their own unique features and hazards.
Paul played Flame Over at EGX last year and had great fun with it! Check out his preview of the game here.
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
Release Date – March 10th NA / March 11th EU
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number follows the escalating level of violence through multiple factions born from the events of the original game and driven by uncertain motivations. Step into the murderous mind of several distinct characters – each with their own motivations and methods of execution – as storylines intersect and reality slips away into a haze of neon and carnage. The game is set to feature twenty brutal chapters, unique gameplay styles and savage new weapons through different playable characters throughout the game and hundreds of new sprites and animations in the distinct visual style that create lush new areas to clear floor-by-floor and a driving new soundtrack keeps your heart racing and begging for more.
Expect the game to be just as brilliant (and gory) as the original upon its release!
Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters
Release Date – March 10th NA / March 13th EU
Tokyo Twilight Ghosthunters is a visual novel/RPG that features a unique system where you lay out sensors and traps on a map to detect enemy movement. The gameplay itself combines battles and visual novel elements where players will choose from five different emotions and the five senses to convey their desires. When you aren’t hunting ghosts, there’s also an in-game board game that you can play, which apparently functions quite similarly to the main game.
Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype
Release Date – March 17th NA / March 18th EU
Soldner-X 2: Final Prototype is a single stick side-scrolling shooter in the R-Type and Graduius vein, with some very hectic game play and was praised for its addictive nature and great visuals. The game released on the PlayStation 3 in 2010 to positive reviews and, in an added bonus, if you own the original PS3 version you will get the Vita version free as the title will be Cross-Buy.
LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin
Release Date – March 24th NA / March 27th EU
There is a new threat in Ninjago, and his name is Ronin. With help from his army of dark samurai, Ronin steals the Ninjas’ memories using an ancient weapon called the Obsidian Glaive. The Ninjas forget how to use their elemental powers, and it is up to the players to help them find their Obisidian weapons, regain their memories and reclaim their powers before Ronin completes his plan and releases an even greater evil on Ninjago.
The game is the next one in the Ninjago series and the follow up to Nindroids. Players can expect to revisit familiar territories from the popular TV series as they battle new enemies while utilizing various mechs, vehicles and dragons. Players will also have to solve puzzles and combine powers with the other ninjas to create the ultimate weapon to destroy this new threat.
Metal Slug 3
Release Date – March 24th NA / Unknown EU
Arguably the best game in the Metal Slug series, Metal Slug 3 is a 2D run & gun action shooting game series that still continues to fascinate millions of fans worldwide to this day for its simple yet intuitive controls, refined game balance and game volume, branching paths, and intricate dot-pixel graphics. If you like your games fun, addictive and great to pick up and play – then Metal Slug 3 could be exactly what you are looking for!
Release Date – March 27th EU / March 31st NA
This enhanced release of Toukiden: The Age of Demons, Toukiden Kiwami, features new weapons, chapters, fighting styles, Oni, abilities, options, and upgrades. Like Soul Sacrifice Delta before it, it’s a completely re-worked version of the original game which contains that original content while expanding upon nearly every aspect.
MLB 15: The Show
Release Date – March 31st NA / April 1st EU
The next iteration in the fantastic MLB: The Show series releases for the PlayStation Vita at the end of this month. Bringing with it a slough of game improvements, MLB 15 is set to offer enhanced visuals, new gameplay features, and an improved online experience. They’ve also noted that this iteration offers a renewed focus on player emotion and personality, and to aid in that; for the first time ever the game will feature licensed equipment from the most recognizable brands in baseball!
So there we have the key titles that are set to release for the PlayStation Vita this March!
If you prefer to learn about the upcoming titles via video, then check out the awesome March preview that Kyle put together for the site below (and while you’re at it, why not subscribe to our YouTube channel).
Let us know which of the above titles (if any) you will be picking up in the comments below!