Skip to main content

Cops and robbers take to the streets this week with Battlefield Hardline’s release

Battlefield Hardline
Image used with permission by copyright holder
Battlefield Hardline makes its delayed debut this week, taking the franchise’s large-scale battles and transposing them into fast-paced, cops and robbers pursuits on the streets of Miami with a TV-style campaign broken. More pacifist gamers can take refuge in the colorful mini-games of Mario Party 10, the long-running party game’s first entry on Wii U.

What will you be playing this week?

Battlefield Hardline

PS3/PS4/Windows/X360/XB1 (March 17)
From the jungles of Vietnam to the hills of Afghanistan, the Battlefield series spanned the globe for both historical and fictional theaters of war. Now that fast-paced gunplay comes home to the streets of Miami for intense, cops-vs.-criminals urban warfare. This is Dead Space developer Visceral Games’ first foray into the franchise.

Battlefield Hardline - Launch Trailer

The new setting is supported by a variety of new, thematic PvP modes. In Heist, criminals race to blow open a vault or armored car and escape to an extraction point before police arrive to stop them. Hotwire replaces the control points of Conquest with cars waiting to be stolen or recovered by the police.

Mario Party 10

Wii U (March 20)
Nintendo’s long-running party game franchise, which began on Nintendo 64, comes to Wii U. The GamePad, Amiibos, and all of the console’s other bells and whistles allow for new kinds of gameplay never before seen in the series.

Mario Party 10 - Launch Trailer [HD]

Mario Party mode mirrors the gameplay of Mario Party 9, with characters racing to get to the end of a path while collecting the most Mini Stars. Amiibo Party mode lets players scan in compatible, Mario-verse Amiibos to play on smaller boards similar in play-style to the series prior to 9. Bowser Party sets up one player with the gamepad as Bowser, chasing down up to four others in a series of bite-sized 1v3 minigames.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

PS4/XB1 (March 17)
Behemoths, Cactuars, Moogles, Chocobos, airships, probably a guy or girl named Cid; all of the standard Final Fantasy tropes that fans have come to love over the last few decades are back in full force in this action role-playing game. Gameplay is reminiscent of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, with players controlling one character at a time in a swappable party of three in real time battles.

“The Legacy Lives On” – Gameplay Video: Familiar FF Elements – FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD

Originally released for PlayStation Portable in 2011, this HD upgrade removes multiplayer functionality in lieu of more difficulty options for solo play and vastly improved visuals.

Tales from the Borderlands episode 2: Atlas Mugged

Android/iOS/Mac/PS3/PS4/Windows/X360/XB1 (March 17)
Telltale Games’ episodic take on the colorful, sci-fi bulletstorm of Gearbox’s Borderlands series continues this week with the second installment. Protagonists Rhys and Fiona find themselves regaling a masked stranger with a tale of their race to uncover a new vault on Pandora, but the truth lies somewhere between their conflicting accounts of what happened..

Tales from the Borderlands - Episode 2, 'Atlas Mugged' Trailer

Handsome Jack, thought dead after the events of Borderlands 2, played an unexpected role in the events of Episode One. He’s not the only familiar face, either; Pre-Sequel Vault Hunter Athena showed up in the trailer for the second episode, and there are no doubt others to come.

What else is coming:

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 4 (PS3, PS4, Win, X360, XB1/Mar. 17) — This final chapter concludes the episodic survival horror saga of Claire Redfield and Moira Burton, no doubt with some shocking revelations about their island prison and overseer.
  • Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas (Win/Mar. 17) — First released for mobile platforms in 2013, this exploration RPG is a loving tribute to Zelda games, particularly The Wind Waker and Link to the Past.
  • Jamestown+ (PS4/Mar. 17) — This vertical-scrolling shoot-’em-up takes place in an alternate history steampunk 17th century Mars, mixing classic arcade gameplay with weird sci-fi colonialism.
Will Fulton
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Will Fulton is a New York-based writer and theater-maker. In 2011 he co-founded mythic theater company AntiMatter Collective…
Remnant 2 gets a big Steam discount alongside crossplay update
Three characters shoot at a boss in Remnant 2.

Remnant 2, one of the best multiplayer games of 2023, just received an update that added crossplay and is now available at a discounted price of $30 on Steam for a limited time.

Released in July 2023, Remnant 2 is a co-op third-person looter shooter with surprisingly great boss fights. Campaigns are made up of procedurally generated worlds and narrative moments pulled together from a wider pool, making each replay of Remnant 2 feel unique. It's very fun on your own, but most enjoyable with friends as it supports up to three players in co-op. Until now, multiplayer has been locked to individual platforms.

Read more
PSA: Don’t burn yourself out on Final Fantasy VII Rebirth’s open-world activities
Cloud from FFVII

I'm normally a completionist when it comes to games, but I wish I had told myself to push that mindset to the side before I started Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.

I get the desire to do it all, I really do. In the critically acclaimed sequel, we're finally let loose outside of Midgar. Square Enix has laid a huge, lush set of biomes to stretch our legs in after being stuck in the cramped hallways and tunnels of the drab city. Despite most of the world activities in Rebirth being standard open-world fare (activating towers, scanning points of interest, and hunting down specific monsters), there's an undeniable novelty to doing it with Cloud and the rest of Avalanche. What I wish I had known before starting was just how easy it was to burn out on that feeling.

Read more
With EA’s Star Wars shooter canceled, it’s time to revisit a classic
Star Wars Dark Forces Remaster key art.

Amid a layoff wave at the end of February, EA canceled a Star Wars first-person shooter that was in development at Apex Legends developer Respawn Entertainment. Considering this is a genre that Star Wars once dominated, as well as Respawn’s mastery with games like Titanfall 2, the news especially stung, even if it's small potatoes next to all the jobs lost in EA's layoffs. If you’re yearning for a Star Wars FPS and don’t want to wait for the Star Wars: Battlefront remaster launching later this month, you’re in luck.

On February 28, the Atari-owned Nightdive Studios released Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster. Employing the proprietary KEX Engine used on remasters of classic Turok and Quake games, Nightdive enhanced the 1995 MS-DOS and Macintosh shooter that follows the escapades of Rebel mercenary Kyle Katarn. Playing this game for the first time in 2024, I’ve found that it still holds up immaculately and is worth checking out if you’re worried about the future of Star Wars games.

Read more