March seems like the perfect time to act like a kid again. Hire a bouncy castle for the weekend, even though you’re 30 years old and it’s not your birthday for another eight months. Insist on riding in the backseat of your significant other’s car, incessantly asking “are we there yet?” every five minutes as they drive you to work. Throw an enormous tantrum in the queue at the grocery store because you’re allowed to choose one sweet, and one sweet only, and of course you can’t decide between the five sweets you’re clutching in your hands. Buy water wings and use them to disturb all the other adults at your best friend’s kid’s birthday party, clumsily splashing around the pool yelling, “Look mommy! You’re not looking. Mommy? MOMMY!”
Or you can relive your glory days of growing up playing cops and robbers in your backyard by plunging into some Battlefield Hardline. It’s guaranteed to be a far less embarrassing way of reliving your childhood – except for when you accidentally kill half your team with a misplaced grenade. The choice is yours. Either way, you should definitely follow us below to discover the contents of NAG’s March issue.
As you’ve no doubt surmised, our cover is Battlefield Hardline. We went hands-on with the recent beta and decided that there’s no way this game is going to slip by without getting a cover from us. It’s all the Battlefield goodness you’ve come to expect, with the added bonuses of bank robberies and hostage rescues.
We’ve also recently been re-dabbling in some Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II, and even though it’s somehow already six years old (which, in video game years, is practically a lifetime), we still adore its chunky, explosive combat and addictive action RPG sensibilities. Playing it cooperatively is a blast, so this felt like the perfect opportunity for us to play a little less StarCraft II and break out The Other Guys.
Previews this month feature such hits as Blizzard’s upcoming free-to-play MOBA Heroes of the Storm (curse your daily challenges, Blizzard!), ArenaNet’s first expansion to evergreen MMORPG Guild Wars 2 (which they’re calling Heart of Thorns), and the gorgeously detailed racing of Project CARS.
Our reviews section delivers our verdict on the remastering of classic adventure game Grim Fandango, aptly named Grim Fandango Remastered. The Talos Principle is indie puzzling at its finest, proving once again that you don’t have to be Valve to carve a path to puzzle victory. Dying Light reminds us why we’re afraid of the dark, and why it’s always a good idea to take a UV flashlight to bed with you.
GIGABYTE’s GTX 960 G1 Gaming goes head-to-head with the MSI GTX 960 Gaming 2G in our Versus feature. We review the BenQ XL2430T, which happens to be an actual gaming monitor in a sea of not-gaming monitors, and one to which it’s well worth devoting a significant chunk of your upgrade attention. We go colour-mad with the Chroma series of Razer peripherals, and can GIGABYTE strike overclocking gold again with the X99 SOC-Champion?
Flip through the pages of our March issue and you’ll find all this, plus more. Digilovers can snag themselves a digital copy of the magazine on Zinio.
Now’s the time for a look at that eye-catching cover of man wearing sunglasses holding gun. Isn’t it attractive? ARE YOU NOT ATTRACTED? Also, there’s a full list of the mag’s contents below. It’s due on store shelves this Thursday, the 26th of February. If you’ll excuse us, we’ll just be off buying ourselves a bouncy castle for the office, because we’ve created an itch. Enjoy!