10 games that make March 2014 the best month in PlayStation history
InFamous: Second Son (PS4) – March 21
Initially a heavy-hitting launch title in the PlayStation 4 armoury, Sucker Punch’s InFamous: Second Son is now firmly fixated at the forefront of Sony’s 2014 gaming hype train ahead of its March 21 release date. The slow teasing of screenshots and videos over the past number of months has only served to strengthen the game’s grip at the top of every PlayStation aficionado’s wish list - little wonder given just how mesmerizingly good everything looks. The open-world adventure revolves around the trials and tribulations of loveable rogue Delsin Rowe, who, upon receiving a plethora of powers from his intervention in a bus accident, decides to ditch his lax attitude to life and take on the Department of Unified Protection (DUP), who exerts dystopian rule over all of Seattle. InFamous: Second Son’s gameplay takes cues from God of War chieftain, Kratos, as an arm-mounted chain provides the basis for attacks; the more powers that are absorbed through encounters with other Conduits the more abilities that can be used in conjunction with the chain. Holding L1 to aim is now a thing of the past, too, as the on-screen reticle will allow for instant, free-aiming attacks. Sucker Punch’s latest is shaping up to be its greatest and most ambitious title to date – and thankfully there’s not long to wait to find out what the fuss is all about.
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS3/PS Vita) – March 18
The general consensus that Square Enix has gone off the boil ever since the release of Final Fantasy XII is as ripe as ever, especially if the lukewarm reception to its Lightning trilogy is anything to go by. It may also be a rather disconcerting fact that the company’s most-hyped title in aeons is actually a re-mastering of two previous Final Fantasy entries from 13 and 11 years ago respectively. Still, if you were to pick a PS2-era Final Fantasy to champion it would undoubtedly be X, as it’s bloody brilliant; with memorable characters, a fantastic turn-based system and a masterful score from series mainstay Nobuo Uematsu, the game was a revelation upon its initial release, so much so that it spawned the first direct sequel in Final Fantasy’s history. And while Final Fantasy X-2 didn’t exactly light the gaming world ablaze as its bigger brother had years previously, it did find a rather resolute fan base who took solace in Yuna’s extended adventure. Just like English-speaking fans had an arduous, protracted wait for the original two games, lightning’s struck twice as it’s been nearly three years since the announcement of the re-mastering – luckily, however, the thumb-twiddling wait is just about over and it’s nearly time to delve back into Spira once more.