The Video Games to Play This Month: Get Tiny with Maquette, It Takes Two, and More! – The Portland Mercury

Maquette Courtesy Annapurna Interactive / Graceful Decay

But smallness does not always equal powerlessness, at least I hope not, and well be putting that premise to the test this month with a variety of new games. For some strange reason, multiple upcoming releases from multiple developers on multiple platforms all involve the same basic conceit: You are very small, and it is up to you to save a world that is very big.

Maybe there will be something cathartic about feeling both tiny and strong? That would be a relief, and now that I think of it, vastly preferable to the opposite being enormous and weak, a.k.a. how the bugs in my apartment think of me.

MARCH 2: MAQUETTE

MARCH 18: MINUTE OF ISLANDS

MARCH 26: IT TAKES TWO

ALSO: GIANT MONSTERS, MUSICAL THEATER, CRASH BANDICOOT

Of course, the months most prominent game in which you will be made to feel very small is Monster Hunter: Rise, coming March 26 to the Switch. Fight against colossal monsters in lush landscapes; though your character is not miniaturized, you might as well be as these creatures bear down on you. I wrote about how to get started with Monster Hunter over here. Also this month is a Crash Bandicoot 4 remaster for next-gen consoles, which will be fun though I cant imagine who is buying a PS5 to play last years/decades platformers. And then theres Balan Wonderworld (available on Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, and Steam), an odd indie-developed, Square Enix-published title that has a promising premise acquire powers by dressing up in a platform adventure themed around musical theater and a look that is so generic, unpolished, and uninspired that I fall asleep just thinking about it.

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