Release Date: March 1
Split-screen experiences may have carved out a passionate niche on current-gen consoles thanks to a recent resurgence in both supply and demand. Still, many feel games that cater to this nostalgic itch are few and far between; those releases that evoke fond memories of GoldenEye and have you playing long into the early hours of the morning with friends and family.
Rocket League and Diablo 3 are all well and good — great, in fact — but Samurai Punk’s upcoming first-person shooter Screencheat is a game that’s built around the split-screen experience, rather than one that simply presents the mechanic as an optional feature. Here’s the kicker: Much like the title suggests, Samurai’s shooter actively encourages you to have a peep at your opponent’s screen because in Screencheat, all players are invisible.
It’s an elevator pitch that immediately piques our curiosity. Toss in eight-player support, challenges and a roster of added features from the PC release and we can hardly wait to hop into Screencheat for some old-fashioned fun on March 1.
Release Date: March 8
Another low-key release making the jump from PC to PlayStation 4 is Witch Beam’s twin-stick shooter, Assault Android Cactus. A sci-fi romp built on an arcade foundation, the studio’s bullet hell title represents a rare sheen of polish in a genre that’s arguably over-saturated. It takes something quite special to release a twin-stick shoot ‘em up that’s considered above par, but Witch Beam looks to have achieved that feat and then some, with charming characters and a sound, intense gameplay loop at its beating heart.
Assault Android Cactus is on course to release on March 8, and it’ll also feature Cross-Buy between both PS4 and Vita.
Release Date: March 22
Having already carved out an audience across mobile and PC, Republique is poised to slink onto PlayStation 4 later this month. Situated in the titular totalitarian state, Camouflaj and Logan Games’ episodic stealth actioner follows Hope (AKA 390-H), a young woman trapped in the Metamorphosis facility. Your task, then, is to guide Hope out of the compound before calibration, and it’s a story that’s told across five distinct episodes.
Republique will make a beeline for PlayStation 4 come March 22.
Release Date: March 23
Prepare to die — and we’re not talking about a certain unforgivable RPG. For in Vision Games’ physics-based puzzler 101 Ways to Die, you’ll be meeting your maker more times than you can count. It is, in a word, “reverse-Lemmings,” a whimsical romp that centers on a bat-shit insane professor who, in a last-gasp attempt to recreate the events of the titular novel, begins experimenting with Splatts — “strange creatures also created in the lab for the purpose of aiding with the Professor’s experiments.”
Featuring over 50 levels, you’ll then begin utilizing the professor’s tools of chaos throughout the course of the game, and even from the trailers released thus far 101 Ways to Die isn't too far removed from the excellent Stealth Inc.: A Clone in the Dark.
Expect spills and thrills aplenty when 101 Ways to Die catapults onto PS4 on March 23.
Release Date: March TBA
After securing its crowdfunding goal three years ago, Last Limb's Kickstarter darling Organic Panic is finally nearing its PS4 debut.
On paper, it's a 2.5D physics-based puzzle-platformer, with the studio citing the likes of Lemmings, Worms, Gears, and even Little Big Planet as creative inspirations. A single-player story mode will allow you to get to grips with the game's destructible environments -- each can be flooded to open up new areas -- before venturing into the couch co-op and four-player versus modes.
A Vita version may be off the table, but Organic Panic will bring unruly chaos to PS4 at some point in March.