10 games that make March 2014 the best month in PlayStation history
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS4) – March 18
Hideo Kojima’s bombshell that the latest iteration of his enduring brainchild Metal Gear Solid would in fact be split into two separate games caused a near unparalleled stir within the videogames industry. Nevertheless the one silver lining that’s emerged from the whole debacle is that we get the prologue, entitled: ‘Ground Zeroes’, a whole lot quicker than was first intended – and little can argue just how palpable the anticipation is on the eve of its March 18 release. And while initial reports detailed the game’s length as suspect, it’s been found that a straight mission run-through only accounts for a small fraction of entire completion, with the inclusion of open-world gameplay mechanics and Side-Ops missions boosting the overall longevity of the experience – and that’s something which will be no doubt music to the ears of Metal Gear perfectionists and enthusiasts alike. Although many may have denounced the decision to replace gruff series voicing staple, David Hayter, as the voice of the eponymous Naked Snake, Ground Zeroes is looking to be the perfect precursor to the fully-fledged The Phantom Pain, and as long as we’re able to still traverse guard-trodden areas in the confines of a cardboard box then we’re sold.
BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea – Episode 2 (PS3) – March 25
With the unexpected news of Irrational Games’ imminent closure still ringing in the perked-up ears of gamers high and low, many would be forgiven for overlooking the fact that the second and final single-player DLC drop for the studio’s magnum opus, BioShock Infinite, is scheduled for release on March 25. Burial at Sea – Episode 2, the Rapture-set, noir-tinged episodic adventure has players taking control of fan favourite Elizabeth for the very first time as she strives to unravel the mysteries of Rapture, following the events of Episode 1. Players will have to take a different route to playing as Booker’s companion, as the emphasis shifts from the usual run-and-gun method to a more premeditated, thoughtful approach. Elizabeth’s stature and load-out take precedence in this consideration, and you’ll sooner be hiding away and avoiding combat altogether rather than donning a bandolier and charging in all guns blazing. The common complaints levelled at Episode 1’s length are sure to be rectified, as Irrational Games’ head honcho, Ken Levine, has taken to Twitter to tackle that very query, assuring fans that this slice of DLC will take five-to-six hours to see through fully. All things considered, Burial at Sea – Episode 2 is shaping up to be a fitting farewell to one of gaming’s best-loved underwater cities, and indeed one of its most acclaimed studios.