Warpback: What We Played in March 2016

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Here at Warp Zoned, it looks like we all just tapped our backlogs this cold month of March! There were a few minor exceptions, of course, like Salt and Sanctuary and Hyper Light Drifter, but for the most part, we were just tapping into old favorites or finally taking the shrink wrap off games we’ve had forever. Read on to see which systems we were playing games on as ol’ Mother Nature snowed most of us in.

John Scalzo
Editor-In-Chief
It Has Begun! Again! NetherRealm Studios released Mortal Kombat XL last month and it gave me the perfect excuse to dive back into my favorite fighter from last year. The four new characters are amazing (I think Tri-Borg is my new main) and the improved net code is a great addition to the game.

I also picked up Beautiful Katamari during an Xbox Games Store weekly sale last month and I think that $5 is an absolutely perfect price for the franchise’s only Xbox 360 appearance. It’s not a bad game (Katamari veterans will love it actually), but it’s over so quickly that I’m incredibly glad I didn’t drop $40 (plus DLC) on it back in 2007.

The month of March also gave me the chance to try out the non-VR version of Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, and the bomb defusal sim is equal parts exhilarating and nerve-wracking. Equally exhilarating and nerve-wracking is Devil Daggers, which I also played every chance I got last month. After much practice, I’ve been able to increase my time to 38.6 seconds. Bow before me!

Nicole Kline
Senior Editor
March was an awesome gaming month for me! I chipped away at both Persona 4 Golden and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, and I’m close to getting the Platinum Trophies in both. I’ve also been trying to finish Fallout 4 and I’m playing the new Automatron DLC. It’s been amazing!

I’ve also been having a great time in both Catlateral Damage (review here) and Hyper Light Drifter, though I wish I could say the same for Final Fantasy Explorers. I picked it up on recommendations by friends and I can’t say I’m enjoying it so far! But I’m hoping it will pick up soon.

Andrew Rainnie
UK Correspondent
Despite being in China for half of March, I managed to play a great deal. Not only did I finally finish Dark Souls II in preparation for buying the third entry in the series, but I went back and finished Lords of the Fallen (I had taken a time out from it, when in fact I was one boss away from the end). I also tackled the 400-odd Riddler Trophies I have left to complete in Batman: Arkham Knight, but that seems to be a losing battle.

Then I started two new games… Wolfenstein: The New Order, which is just fantastic; and Xenoblade Chronicles X on the Wii U, which has taken my breath away with its stunning landscapes and vistas. I miss the rich story of its predecessor, but this is still all kinds of JRPG fun.

Mike Ryan
Staff Writer
This month I put a bit more time into Destiny. I don’t play it often, but when I do, it’s a marathon. I also got sucked into Nintendo Badge Arcade. I love those skill crane games, and being able to decorate my 3DS home screen with the badges only makes it that much more intriguing.

Currently, I’m getting my ass handed to me by Mutant Mudds Super Challenge, which is a lot of fun but terribly… well… challenging. I’ll have a review up shortly.

Sam Sheldon
Staff Writer
March started slow for me, with Hitman (review here) and Dreii both disappointing my expectations. Fortunately, this was mostly forgotten about when Salt and Sanctuary came out of nowhere and hooked me with its interesting take on the Dark Souls formula. I am also loving TrackMania Turbo and will be playing it for some time.

Other than that, I tried my hand at Paragon, and, well, let’s just say I’ve got a lot to learn. I’d never played a MOBA before, but I’m looking forward to learning more about Paragon and the genre as the game’s roster slowly fills up in the coming weeks.

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