It’s one of those rare and unexpected moments in the year when it feels like it’s raining great video games. This week promises no fewer than seven solid games, all of which feel like must-play titles. Whether you’re a hardcore PC gamer or a console player plugging away on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch or 3DS, here’s what should be on your radar.
We’ll be kicking things off tonight with two big games that launch on March 20.
- Attack on Titan 2 is the sequel to Omega Force’s 2016 adaptation of the anime. Polygon talked to producer Hisashi Koinuma and Omega Force manager Hideo Suzuki in September, when they promised to make the game’s man-eating titans more terrifying than ever before. The game will be available on Nintendo Switch, PS4, Windows PC and Xbox One.
- Sea of Thieves, the wacky multiplayer pirate adventure, may be the funniest game we’ve ever played. It lands on Xbox One and Windows PC tonight. You’ll be able to cronch your way through it for yourself soon, and you can expect to see some more videos up tomorrow from the team here at Polygon. If you don’t have a copy pre-ordered, you can also get the game for free with the purchase of a new Xbox One X.
The week finishes out with five big titles coming on March 23.
- A Way Out has been on our radar ever since the game’s amazing trailer at last year’s E3. It’s being developed by Hazelight, the same team behind Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. If you haven’t played that game, you might recognize one of the developers as the guy who dropped an f-bomb during The Game Awards 2017. A Way Out, which requires two human players, tells the story of two men named Vincent and Leo who escape from prison and try to make their way home to their families. It’s coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
- Ash of Gods: Redemption is a turn-based roguelike role-playing game with collectible card game elements in the style of The Banner Saga. The developers promise an evolving story based on player choices in a unique high-fantasy world. They’re probably slamming on the final bits of code ahead of the PC release, so be sure to buy them some beer on Steam once the game is out.
- Detective Pikachu is one of the weirdest Pokémon games we’ve seen in some time, and that has team Polygon extremely excited for this Nintendo 3DS title. You’ll play a deep-voiced, English-speaking Pikachu who travels with a young boy named Tim to help out critters in need. So, sort of like a tiny yellow Hercule Poirot minus the ’stache.
- MLB The Show 18 is coming out this Friday, but only if you pre-order the game; otherwise, you’ll be waiting until March 27. It’s the latest iteration of the annual simulation baseball series from Sony Interactive Entertainment’s San Diego team, and is exclusive to PS4.
- Finally, Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom lands on PC and PS4 the same day. Polygon has had pre-release code for a while now, and our review went up just this morning. Long story short, this classic JRPG is “the full package, tying together a wide variety of different gameplay styles.”