Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice screenshot of a battle against the Corrupted Monk

FromSoftware's action-RPG Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is set to arrive this March 22nd for both PC and consoles. While you can expect Sekrio to carry forward some of the elements found in Bloodborne and Dark Souls, it's important to mention that it's not aiming to be a simple successor to those games, but rather a more fast-paced and movement-focused RPG. After all, you'll have a grappling hook to help you move around the various levels!

While the recently posted trailer won't exactly tell you much about the gameplay itself, it will give you a bit of a sneak peek at the sort of narrative Sekiro will be taking us through, as well as what sort of character we'll be playing as. Have a gander:

Pillars of Eternity 2 official artwork and logo

While I'm a gigantic fan of classic RPGs due to their focus on storytelling and actual roleplaying, there is one element of the genre that I've always found a bit lacking - the combat. Whether we're talking about Baldur's Gate, Torment: Tides of Numenera or the more modern Pillars of Eternity 2, the combat is always the weakest and least interesting part of the experience. I wouldn't go as far as to call the combat in these games bad, mind you, but for me the real-time, isometric combat system is a relic of the past and should remain there.

With that in mind, I hope you can realize just how happy I am to announce that Pillars of Eternity 2 has now added a turn-based mode! More importantly, instead of simply slowing down the action and keeping everything more or less the same, the developers have gone and rebalanced a good portion of the combat system in order to ensure that the new turn-based mode is more than just a gimmick. In fact, the changes are so extensive that you simply cannot shift between real-time and turn-based modes at will, so if you're planning to give Pillars of Eternity 2 another look, be prepared to start a brand new campaign.

Total War: Three Kingdoms official screenshot of a battle from up close

Total War: Three Kingdoms will be heading over to PC this March 6th with what appears to be a sizable list of features. Diplomacy will be getting reworked from the ground up, actions in battle will have an effect on your heroes and their relationships, there will be realistic and Dynasty Warriors inspired game modes, espionage will be getting a variety of improvements, and the list goes on.

If you're wondering how all of this translates into gameplay, allow me to share with you the recently posted developer preview showing off what it takes to build an empire. Have a gander, it's a pretty interesting video:

Vermintide 2 screenshot of Sienna burning Chaos forces away

If you're looking for something to pass the time while we're still stuck in the "your brain will freeze if you go outside" weather, you might want to check out February's Humble Monthly bundle. For $12 it offers the excellent Vermintide 2, the incredibly cheesy Earth Defense Force 4.1, as well as the surprisingly captivating Cultist Simulator. And as an additional bonus, once the next month rolls around you'll get a couple of extra games as well.

As you might imagine given my review of Vermintide 2, I would highly, highly recommend you pick up this bundle. Both Vermintide 2 and Cultist Simulator are brilliant games in their own right, while Earth Defense Force 4.1 is somewhat niche, albeit still rather entertaining if you're willing to turn off your brain and just enjoy the mindless shooty action. I think Verminitide 2 alone is worth the $12, so if you're even remotely interested, make sure to give the bundle a closer look.

MTG Arena artwork for Niv-Mizzet, Parun

MTG Arena finally added a ranked play mode a little while ago, though unfortunately the developers made it so only best-of-one games counted for your progression. This meant that, much like Hearthstone, the best decks to climb the ladder with were ones that were so aggressive they would either win or lose in a couple of turns. Not exactly ideal for a competitive mode.

As such, I am very happy to say that the latest update has now also added best-of-three matchmaking. This not only makes surprise tactics a lot less relevant, but due to the presence of a 15-card sideboard, you can now also adapt your deck to each opponent so hard-counters are less of an issue. However, if you don't like best-of-three games, or you simply don't have the time to play them, worry not as the best-of-one mode will not be going anywhere! Best-of-three is merely an additional option.

Team Sonic Racing artwork showing the logo and various characters

Team Sonic Racing will be coming to PC and consoles this May 21st, bringing with it fifteen Sonic characters to play around with, as well as a variety of tracks, powerups and tricks to help spice things up. It is being developed by Sumo Digital, the studio behind the truly excellent Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed kart game, so unless something goes terribly wrong, chances are that Team Sonic Racing will end up being pretty darn enjoyable.

While the recently posted trailer unfortunately doesn't showcase much in terms of straight up gameplay, it'll give you a pretty decent idea of the sort of characters and tracks you'll be able to mess around with. Have a gander:

Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China official artwork

If you've completed all of the mainline Assassin's Creed games and you're looking for a little bit more, you might be interested to hear that Ubisoft is currently giving away Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China. Simply head on over to the Ubisoft store, grab yourself a copy, and after a brief download you'll be able to slice and dice your way through ancient China.

The only catch, as you might imagine, is that this giveaway is time-limited. As such, you'll have to grab Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China before February 5th, though once you have it unlocked you'll be able to play it at any point.