3 Up, 3 Down – March 2024

March 2024 ended up being kind of a strange month for video game reviews. There were lots of high profile releases, but nothing scored especially high or low. Everything seemed to side in the 65-85 range. But with some major releases, a score in the 80s can seem like a disappointment. There were a few disappointments in that sense: games that were good, but not truly great. With all that being said, here are The Three Best (and Worst) Video Games from March 2024:

The Good

Balatro

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Balatro is the biggest surprise in COGconnected’s Three Best (and Worst) Video Games from March 2024. It’s the only game from the entire month that score in the 90s. It’s a deck-building game, based on Poker. The gameplay is incredibly addictive. Our reviewer’s only complaint is they wished the graphics were sharper. They admitted “I’m not much of a poker or deck builder player, but I find the combination of the two irresistible.” Balatro is a must-play for people who normally aren’t fans of card games.

Dragon’s Dogma 2

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Dragon’s Dogma 2 scored a lot better than the original game in the series. The original game didn’t score great because of its below average performance. But over time, players discovered how fun Dragon’s Dogma’s gameplay was. Dragon’s Dogma 2 is more of an update than a sequel, and still makes some odd choices. But its open exploration, epic boss battles, and pawn systems are really fantastic. Our reviewer concluded “the rewards are rich, singular, and utterly immersive in ways that have rarely been seen in the genre”. Just be ready to embrace Dragon’s Dogma 2’s unique choices.

WWE 2K24

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WWE 2K24 is another major sequel that played it safe, and scored in the 80s. We could have picked from several games for this third position on The Three Best (and Worst) Video Games from March 2024, but WWE 2K24 has a lot of people excited. It sticks to WWE 2K23’s formula, but updates the roster and adds an excellent WrestleMania-themed campaign. Our reviewer concluded “Each thoughtful tweak and refinement improves the gameplay to faithfully replicate the television experience”. Overall, WWE 2K24 is the best game in the long-running WWE 2K series yet.

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