Players name Far Cry 5 March 2018’s best new game, while PS Blog and PS Store editors pick their favorites from the first quarter of 2018.
Welcome back! Thank you all for casting your votes to help name March 2018’s best new game. If you didn’t vote, we’ll let it slide… as long as you promise to vote next time. Deal?
We’ve got a double-header for ya today — first up, we’ll reveal the Players’ Choice winner for March 2018. Scroll a bit further down and you’ll see our top picks. PlayStation’s editorial team weighed in on our top games of 2018 so far (January 1 to March 31, specifically).
Expect to see a new selection of Editors’ Choice picks every three months or so; you can even browse our favorites at PlayStation Store. Meanwhile, our Players’ Choice polls will continue to hit at the end of each month as usual.
In a decisive victory, Ubisoft’s outlandish open-world trek through Hope County, Montana claimed the Players’ Choice crown for March 2018! The runners up for the month included gorgeously animated JRPG journey Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom and ambitious cinematic co-op adventure A Way Out — both deserving nominees in their own right.
We’ve got some choice titles launching this month — any guesses for the Players’ Choice in April…?
The PlayStation.Blog and PlayStation Store editorial teams want to chime in with some of our favorite picks too, but we don’t want to steal too much of the spotlight from you, the players, so at the end of each quarter we’ll share some of our favorites from that three-month period. Here are the games we were most impressed by from January 1 to March 31, 2018:
Monster Hunter always seemed a bit like a “cool kids club,” a series whose praises a certain subset of gamers could never stop singing, but I always scratched my head about. Despite multiple attempts to break through its prickly outer shell in the past, the increased accessibility and sticky progression loop in World makes it the first game in the long-running series I’ve been able to wholly, irrevocably succumb to. I’m finally part of the club.
Moss is a true joy of a game to play on PlayStation VR – it oozes storybook charm with its heroine mouse Quill in a puzzle-oriented action-adventure that was a comfortable VR experience throughout. You play as a larger-than-life being that helps guide Quill by manipulating the world from above while simultaneously controlling her actions in real time. It almost feels as if you’re playing co-op in VR with Quill herself – I dare you to not smile when you high-five her through the game.
Remastering a classic is always a challenge, but Bluepoint Games makes it look easy with its breathtaking update on Shadow of the Colossus. Stunning visuals lead the way here, as you roam a cursed kingdom to hunt down 16 ancient Colossi in return for the soul of a slain girl. Finding the right strategy to take down each Colossi kept me on my toes, and made it all the more satisfying when I landed those final blows.
The first time I saw the new game from the TowerFall team, I knew it was going to be something special. Ask anyone at PlayStation HQ – I wouldn’t shut up about it! So, I’m delighted to report that Celeste’s pixel-perfect platforming, top-tier level design, beautifully realized low-fi art style, breathtaking soundtrack, and surprisingly personal story still, despite my lofty expectations, caught me off guard. One of the greatest platformers to ever make me want to snap my controller in half.
Dragon Ball FighterZ is a treat to behold for fans of the series and newcomers alike. Each 3v3 tag-battle is a thrilling light show thanks to incredible animation that rivals the anime on which it is based. Streamlined controls offer depth for hardcore fighting game fans, and ease of learning for casual players (or button-mashers) And don’t worry, you need not be well-versed in 30 years of Dragon Ball lore to enjoy the refined combat systems and the cast of quirky combatants.
A Way Out is another innovative and emotional journey from the creator of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. As you sneak out of prison with another live human player, you’ll coordinate to misdirect guards, smuggle contraband, and crawl through vents on the way to freedom. These co-op interactions are often surprising and hilarious, forging emotional bonds between you and your buddy. Over time, as the story inexorably reaches its conclusion, those bonds will be put to the test. Already one of the year’s best games.