JRPG Gamer's Guide: March 2014 Edition

By Andrew McDanell on March 3, 2014, 4:09PM EDT

February was quite the month for JRPG fans, but with its close comes yet another fantastic month to be a JRPG gamer.

So get your blistering thumbs ready, because as we head into March, it's time to talk about some more role-playing games that could potentially become classics to add to your piling list of games.

Atelier Escha & Logy [PS3 Exclusive]
Continuing the series of alchemy, Atelier Escha & Logy will be releasing in North America and Europe exclusive to the PlayStation 3. Due to hit shelves on March 7th in Europe and March 11th in North America, this title will bring a whole new approach to the Atelier series as players will choose between two protagonists to play.

Taking place 4 years after the events of Atelier Ayesha, this game follows the stories of Escha and Logy, two citizens of the western lands of Twilight Land. Thanks to the "End of Dusk", the people of these lands have rediscovered the arts of alchemy. Though Escha and Logy use different tools, they both are able to synthesize items and while story paths may be similar, their endings provide different conclusions for players to explore.

Dark Souls II [PS3/Xbox 360]
Be prepared to die all over again as Namco Bandai releases its sequel to the ever punishing world of Dark Souls. The game features similar game mechanics to the first and stays true to its working formula. While the world remains the same in scope, it's said to be much denser in content to give a more rich experience.

Releasing on March 11th in North America and March 14th in Europe, expect more classes to experiment with, easier to understand gameplay to broaden the appeal to newer players, and more death than you can ever ask for! Dark Souls II will be available on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 with a PC version available at a later date.

Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD [PS3/PS Vita]
The tenth number title of the Final Fantasy saga is a favorite to many gamers out there. Thankfully Square Enix has chosen to remaster this classic for new and old fans to enjoy all over again in new HD versions for both the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita consoles. To top it off, they will both be available in physical and digital download versions.

Releasing on March 18th in North America and March 21st in Europe, these will also be the never released international versions of X and X-2, opening a new realm of content for older players to try for the first time. Be advised however, that the digital versions of both will be bundled X and X-2 together and not be purchasable separately. Also, the physical version for PS Vita will only have Final Fantasy X on the cartridge and include a download voucher for X-2.

The Witch and the Hundred Knights [PS3 Exclusive]
Missing your NIS fix for the most bizarre gaming concepts around? Get ready for the world of Matalia and her hundred knight demon fighting for the land of Madea against her rival witch Malia. You'll take control of the hundred knight while exploring, fighting, tackling quests, or pillaging villages on your quest for victory.

The game has a battle system that shares mechanics that could be described as a Diablo II vantage rogue-like action role-playing game. If you die, you forfeit items gained and attacks are in real time. You wield up to 10 weapons at a time and can switch between them to execute combos against your opponent. Snag this title exclusive to the PlayStation 3 on March 21st in Europe and March 25th in North America.

That wraps up this jam packed JRPG Gamer's Guide. If you're excited for any game listed here then be sure to drop us a comment below to let us know. Don't forget to check back for more coverage and reviews of the games listed as well as many more as the month goes on.

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