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The Dark Souls games have been a beloved fixture of the gaming world for over half a decade—longer, if you count the prototypical-but-canocially-separate Demon’s Souls. With the release of Dark Souls III‘s final DLC, The Ringed City, however, the saga is finally coming to a close. Developer FromSoftware has announced plans to step away from the series for the foreseeable future, and the promotion of the new expansion has been almost elegiac, promising “one last journey” and the “close of the age of fire.” What will the future hold for brutally difficult action RPGs with brilliantly minimalist storytelling? We’ll have to wait and see, but it sounds like that future won’t be quite as dark.

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week. And if you’re wondering about future release dates, check out EGM’s full list of gaming release dates in 2017 and beyond, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

EGM’s top picks for this week:

Dark Souls III: The Ringed City (March 28th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: FromSoftware

Why we’re excited: There are only two kinds of gamers left in this world: those who love the punishing nature of the Souls games and those who haven’t yet played them. Okay, that might not be strictly true, but From Software has built the acquired taste to end all acquired tastes, and countless fans are eagerly anticipating this saga-ending chapter as a last hurrah. The early buzz: The two platforms that currently sport Metacritic scores are both solidly in the green. The PS4 version comes in at a 79 out of 100 average, while PC holds an 81. That’s lower than the base game, but substantially higher than the middling scores received by Dark Souls III‘s first expansion, Ashes of Ariandel. A soul still burns: If you’re heartbroken by the end of the Souls series, you might want to look forward to The Surge, a sci-fi-infused take on the formula from Deck 13 coming in a just few months.

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Final Fantasy XV: Episode Gladiolus DLC (March 28th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix Business Division 2

Why we’re excited: Final Fantasy XV managed to mostly live up to fans’ impossibly high expectations, and this first major story DLC lets players take control of the lovable beefcake Gladio. The new expansion also includes a showdown with classic Final Fantasy villain Gilgamesh, and a patch released just before the DLC overhauls the game’s most hated section, Chapter 13. Talk about your fanservice. The early buzz: No score reviews have hit at time of writing, but early impressions have been favorable. Game Informer, for instance, has written that Gladio is more fun to play than the main game’s Noctis ever was. Scared shirtless: If you do well enough in the DLC, you can actually unlock the ability to play through the game topless, putting Gladio’s physique on full display. You know, if you’re into that sort of thing.

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Snake Pass (March 28th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Publisher: Sumo Digital
Developer: Sumo Digital

Why we’re excited: Snake Pass is the first original game from Sumo Digital, the best developer you may not have ever heard of. (They’re behind the criminally underrated Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, among many others.) This platformer-of-sorts puts you in the role of a cartoon snake, tasking you with slithering around levels to collect coins. It looks to be a fresh take on the classic Rare style of games. The early buzz: No reviews out yet, but EGM’s Josh Harmon is working on his own to go up later this week, and he assures us that the early signs are good. The ol’ Switch-aroo: While Snake Pass is coming to just about every gaming platform under the sun, it’s noteworthy for being one of the earliest third-party games to make the leap to Switch right at launch. The vibe looks to be a perfect fit for Nintendo’s system, so if you’re looking to expand your library, you could do worse.

Also releasing this week:

March 28th

Anoxemia (PS4, Xbox One)
Ballistic Overkill (PC, Mac, Linux)
Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King (PC)
Bomb Squad Academy (PC)
Dark Souls III: The Ringed City (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Destiny: Age of Triumph live event (PS4, Xbox One)
Fated: The Silent Oath (PS4, PSVR)
Final Fantasy XV Episode: Gladioulus DLC (PS4, Xbox One)
HackyZack (PC)
Has-Been Heroes (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
Heroes of the Monkey Tavern (PS4)
Horse Racing 2016 (PS4)
Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX (PS4)
Korix (PS4, PSVR)
Lamp Head (PC)
Majotori (PC, Mac, Linux)
Manipulated (PC, Mac, Linux)
MLB The Show 17 (PS4)
Narcosis (PC, Mac, Rift, Vive, OSVR)
Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call (PS4)
Old Time Hockey (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
R.B.I. Baseball 2017 (PS4, Xbox One)
Rain World (PS4, PC)
Salt and Sanctuary (Vita)
Scribble Ships (PC, Mac, Linux)
Snake Pass (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
Sumoman (PC, Linux)
Twisted Arrow (PC, Rift, Vive)
The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Episode 3: “Above the Law” (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac)
We Are the Dwarves (PS4)
Vikings: Wolves of Midgard (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

March 29th

Air Guitar Warrior (Xbox One)
Babylon 2055 Pinball (PC)
Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition (PS4)
Quantic Pinball (PC)
The Sims 4 Bowling Night Stuff DLC (PC, Mac)

March 30th

Beat Cop (PC, Mac, Linux)
Cube Life: Pixel Action Heroes (Wii U)
Dimension Hunter (PC, Rift, Vive)
The Eagle’s Heir (PC, Mac, Linux)
Enigma Sphere: Enhanced Edition (PC, Rift, Vive)
Four Bombs (3DS)
Light It (PC)
M.A.C.E. (PC)
Miniature Garden (PC)
Pastry Lovers (PC)
Swarm Universe (PC)
SubaraCity (3DS)
Tank Battle: East Front (PC, Mac)
Thimbleweed Park (Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux)
Titanfall 2: Colony Reborn DLC (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Wonder Boy Returns (PS4)

March 31st

A-Escape VR (PC, Vive)
APB: Reloaded (PS4)
Castle Explorer (PC)
Chronicles of a Dark Lord: Tides of Fate Remastered (PC)
Deep End (PC, Rift, Vive)
Downward Spiral: Prologue (PC, Rift, Vive)
Gemstone Keeper (PC)
Flamel’s Miracle (PC, Mac, Linux)
Four Sided Fantasy (Xbox One)
Hero Barrier (PC)
The Inner World (Xbox One)
Lament (PC)
Project: surviving (PC)
Punch Club (PS4, Xbox One)
Ripple (PC)
SkyKeepers (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
There’s Poop In My Soup: Number 2 (PC, Mac)
Trigger Happy Shooting (PC, Vive)
Waveshaper (PC)

April 3rd

1166 (PC, Mac, Linux)
Antihero (PC, Mac)
Domina (PC)
Feral Fury (PC, Mac, Linux)
Glorch’s Great Escape: Walking is for Chumps (PC)
Idle Evolution (PC, Mac, Linux)
Roots of Insanity (PC)
Spaceship Looter (PC)

The biggest new games out this week: March 28th–April 3rd

The Dark Souls games have been a beloved fixture of the gaming world for over half a decade—longer, if you count the prototypical-but-canocially-separate Demon's Souls.

By EGM Staff | 03/28/2017 12:15 PM PT | Updated 04/3/2017 12:53 PM PT

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The Dark Souls games have been a beloved fixture of the gaming world for over half a decade—longer, if you count the prototypical-but-canocially-separate Demon’s Souls. With the release of Dark Souls III‘s final DLC, The Ringed City, however, the saga is finally coming to a close. Developer FromSoftware has announced plans to step away from the series for the foreseeable future, and the promotion of the new expansion has been almost elegiac, promising “one last journey” and the “close of the age of fire.” What will the future hold for brutally difficult action RPGs with brilliantly minimalist storytelling? We’ll have to wait and see, but it sounds like that future won’t be quite as dark.

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week. And if you’re wondering about future release dates, check out EGM’s full list of gaming release dates in 2017 and beyond, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

EGM’s top picks for this week:

Dark Souls III: The Ringed City (March 28th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: FromSoftware

Why we’re excited: There are only two kinds of gamers left in this world: those who love the punishing nature of the Souls games and those who haven’t yet played them. Okay, that might not be strictly true, but From Software has built the acquired taste to end all acquired tastes, and countless fans are eagerly anticipating this saga-ending chapter as a last hurrah. The early buzz: The two platforms that currently sport Metacritic scores are both solidly in the green. The PS4 version comes in at a 79 out of 100 average, while PC holds an 81. That’s lower than the base game, but substantially higher than the middling scores received by Dark Souls III‘s first expansion, Ashes of Ariandel. A soul still burns: If you’re heartbroken by the end of the Souls series, you might want to look forward to The Surge, a sci-fi-infused take on the formula from Deck 13 coming in a just few months.

FFXV EpGlad

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Gladiolus DLC (March 28th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix Business Division 2

Why we’re excited: Final Fantasy XV managed to mostly live up to fans’ impossibly high expectations, and this first major story DLC lets players take control of the lovable beefcake Gladio. The new expansion also includes a showdown with classic Final Fantasy villain Gilgamesh, and a patch released just before the DLC overhauls the game’s most hated section, Chapter 13. Talk about your fanservice. The early buzz: No score reviews have hit at time of writing, but early impressions have been favorable. Game Informer, for instance, has written that Gladio is more fun to play than the main game’s Noctis ever was. Scared shirtless: If you do well enough in the DLC, you can actually unlock the ability to play through the game topless, putting Gladio’s physique on full display. You know, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Snake Pass 2

Snake Pass (March 28th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Publisher: Sumo Digital
Developer: Sumo Digital

Why we’re excited: Snake Pass is the first original game from Sumo Digital, the best developer you may not have ever heard of. (They’re behind the criminally underrated Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, among many others.) This platformer-of-sorts puts you in the role of a cartoon snake, tasking you with slithering around levels to collect coins. It looks to be a fresh take on the classic Rare style of games. The early buzz: No reviews out yet, but EGM’s Josh Harmon is working on his own to go up later this week, and he assures us that the early signs are good. The ol’ Switch-aroo: While Snake Pass is coming to just about every gaming platform under the sun, it’s noteworthy for being one of the earliest third-party games to make the leap to Switch right at launch. The vibe looks to be a perfect fit for Nintendo’s system, so if you’re looking to expand your library, you could do worse.

Also releasing this week:

March 28th

Anoxemia (PS4, Xbox One)
Ballistic Overkill (PC, Mac, Linux)
Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King (PC)
Bomb Squad Academy (PC)
Dark Souls III: The Ringed City (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Destiny: Age of Triumph live event (PS4, Xbox One)
Fated: The Silent Oath (PS4, PSVR)
Final Fantasy XV Episode: Gladioulus DLC (PS4, Xbox One)
HackyZack (PC)
Has-Been Heroes (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
Heroes of the Monkey Tavern (PS4)
Horse Racing 2016 (PS4)
Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX (PS4)
Korix (PS4, PSVR)
Lamp Head (PC)
Majotori (PC, Mac, Linux)
Manipulated (PC, Mac, Linux)
MLB The Show 17 (PS4)
Narcosis (PC, Mac, Rift, Vive, OSVR)
Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call (PS4)
Old Time Hockey (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
R.B.I. Baseball 2017 (PS4, Xbox One)
Rain World (PS4, PC)
Salt and Sanctuary (Vita)
Scribble Ships (PC, Mac, Linux)
Snake Pass (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
Sumoman (PC, Linux)
Twisted Arrow (PC, Rift, Vive)
The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Episode 3: “Above the Law” (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac)
We Are the Dwarves (PS4)
Vikings: Wolves of Midgard (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

March 29th

Air Guitar Warrior (Xbox One)
Babylon 2055 Pinball (PC)
Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition (PS4)
Quantic Pinball (PC)
The Sims 4 Bowling Night Stuff DLC (PC, Mac)

March 30th

Beat Cop (PC, Mac, Linux)
Cube Life: Pixel Action Heroes (Wii U)
Dimension Hunter (PC, Rift, Vive)
The Eagle’s Heir (PC, Mac, Linux)
Enigma Sphere: Enhanced Edition (PC, Rift, Vive)
Four Bombs (3DS)
Light It (PC)
M.A.C.E. (PC)
Miniature Garden (PC)
Pastry Lovers (PC)
Swarm Universe (PC)
SubaraCity (3DS)
Tank Battle: East Front (PC, Mac)
Thimbleweed Park (Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux)
Titanfall 2: Colony Reborn DLC (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Wonder Boy Returns (PS4)

March 31st

A-Escape VR (PC, Vive)
APB: Reloaded (PS4)
Castle Explorer (PC)
Chronicles of a Dark Lord: Tides of Fate Remastered (PC)
Deep End (PC, Rift, Vive)
Downward Spiral: Prologue (PC, Rift, Vive)
Gemstone Keeper (PC)
Flamel’s Miracle (PC, Mac, Linux)
Four Sided Fantasy (Xbox One)
Hero Barrier (PC)
The Inner World (Xbox One)
Lament (PC)
Project: surviving (PC)
Punch Club (PS4, Xbox One)
Ripple (PC)
SkyKeepers (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
There’s Poop In My Soup: Number 2 (PC, Mac)
Trigger Happy Shooting (PC, Vive)
Waveshaper (PC)

April 3rd

1166 (PC, Mac, Linux)
Antihero (PC, Mac)
Domina (PC)
Feral Fury (PC, Mac, Linux)
Glorch’s Great Escape: Walking is for Chumps (PC)
Idle Evolution (PC, Mac, Linux)
Roots of Insanity (PC)
Spaceship Looter (PC)

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