February is filled with fantastic games

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February-Games

January was dryer than the worst form of comedy this year, a month that saw scant few releases on the interactive entertainment side of things. And that’s good. Sometimes, you need that break, so that you can focus on what you really want out of life. Or to focus on which games you’ll be throwing your life savings at.

Traditionally the empty of quarters, the first quarter of the year has become home to various projects which were delayed for “polish” and other reasons. Big names, indies and weird games inhabit February. Here’s what’s coming in the month of looooove:

XCOM 2

XCOM-2-hires-Long-War-modders.jpg

Because you reminded me of it! Firaxis first XCOM was a smash-hit combination of tactics, base-building and finding the enemy within. This time, 20 years have passed and your enemies aren’t just ready to invade. They’ve already won.

Platform: PC
Developer: Firaxis Games
Genre: Turn-based tactics
Release Date: February 5

Crypt of the Necrodancer

Crypt of the Necrodancer

You may have mastered the one-step tango of your regular roguelike game, but can you can do it again with style? It’s not just about surviving a random dungeon, but doing so to the beat of the music. CAUSE I GOT THE MUSIC IN ME!

Platform: PS4
Developer: Brace Yourself Games
Genre: Roguelike – Rhythm
Release Date: February 2

Amazing Discoveries in Outer Space

Amazing Discoveries in Outer Space

Tantalisingly close to being a certain curse word in its acronym form, Amazing Discoveries in Outer Space is an exploration of our universe and the worlds that lie beyond our solar system.

Platform: PS4
Developer: Cosmic Picnic
Genre: Action – Platformer
Release Date: February 2

Gravity Rush: Remastered

Gravity Rush Remastered

Sir Isaac Newton would most likely spin so hard in his grave, that’d he’d tunnel his way through to China with the velocity generated if he ever set eyes on the latest version of Gravity Rush.

Platform: PS4
Developer: SCE Japan Studio
Genre: Action RPG
Release Date: February 2
Pre-Order: PS4

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth

Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth

Digimon! Digimon are the champions! Nintendo’s Pokemon franchise may be keeping quiet about a new core game this year, but Digimon is still ready to enter the digital world with reality-breaking monsters that happen to be best friends with us mere mortals. It’s an RPG with a detective twist, in the digital world of Digimon.

Platform: PS Vita and PS4
Developer: Media.Vision
Genre: RPG
Release Date: February 2 (NA), February 5 (EU)
Pre-order: PS4

Megadimension Neptunia VII

Megadimension Neptunia VII

A Japanese role-playing game where your position on a field carries the utmost importance? Niche game or not, it has my attention now.

Platform: PS4
Developer: Compile Heart
Genre: RPG
Release Date: February 2 (NA), February 12 (EU)

Nitroplus Blasterz – Heroines Infinite Duel

Nitroplus Blasterz – Heroines Infinite Duel

Sure, you may be used to fighting games with heavy combos and ultimate finisher attacks, but have you ever summoned a schoolgirl to blast your opponent with a laser that the Death Star would envy?

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Platform: PS4 and PS3
Developer: Examu Inc.
Genre: Fighting
Release Date: February 2

Cobalt

Cobalt

Deathmatch, TeamStrike, Survival, and an upcoming Adventure mode, all crammed into one game with an adorable mascot on the cover.

Platform: PC and Xbox
Developer: Oxeye Game Studio
Genre: Action – Sidescroller
Release Date: February 2

Not A Hero

Not A Hero

Elections are tricky. Do you vote for the opposition and their terrible stance on the daylight savings time policy, or do you cast your vote for a psychotic purple bunny whose staff happens to be made up of unrepentant maniacs who are armed to the teeth and canvas for support with as many bullets as possible? Think carefully.

Platform: PS4
Developer: Roll7
Genre: Tactical Shooter
Release Date: February 2

Arslan: The Warriors of Legend

Arslan The Warriors of Legend

First a cult hit book series, and now an even bigger manga and anime. It’s a Koei Tecmo game, so you know what to expect: Pure cannon fodder enemies for your swords and sorcery fantasies.

Platform: PS3 and PS4 [Japan] Developer: Koei Tecmo
Genre: Action
Release Date: February 9

Firewatch

Firewatch

A mystery set deep in the woods of the late 1980s, Firewatch is part mystery and equal parts style. Exploration, conversation and interaction combine into a tense game of cat and mouse.

Platform: PS4 and PC
Developer: Campo Santo
Genre: Adventure
Release Date: February 9

Dying Light: The Following

Dying Light The Following

The best zombie-slaying action game of 2015 returns in 2016 with a massive expansion. And four wheels of gas-guzzling death as players swap parkour for petrol in a vast new region of Harran where the dead aren’t just plentiful. They’re actually worshipped.

Platform: PC, Xbox One and PS4
Developer: Techland
Genre: FPS – Action
Release Date: February 9

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

After more than a decade in print, the Naruto manga reached the end of its tale last year. Now, the Ultimate Ninja Storm games are also coming to a conclusion, with the final game in the series getting ready to end the Fourth Great Shinobi World War in style and grace.

Platform: PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Developer: CyberConnect2
Genre: Action – Fighting
Release Date: February 5 (EU), February 9 (NA)
Pre-Order: PS4, Xbox One

Assassin’s Creed: Chronicles

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles

Three assassins, one game. Swapping the heavily-convoluted 3D story of the core games for a heavily-convoluted 2.5D story instead, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles will have you crossing the globe and platforming with stealth as you continue the fight against the Templar order.

Platform: PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One and PC
Developer: Ubisoft
Genre: Action, Platformer and Stealth
Release Date: February 9
Pre-Order: Xbox One, PS4, PS VITA

Unravel

Unravel

EA’s massive smash hit reveal from E3 2015 is finally here! Adorable, cuddly and ready to make some friends, Yarny just wants to spread some thread into your heart in February.

Platform: PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Developer: Coldwood Int.
Genre: Platformer
Release Date: February 9

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Layers of Fear

Layers of Fear

Horror to the psychedelic extreme, Layers of Fear will make you dread the canvas and run away in fear from any nearby paintbrushes as you craft a masterpiece with your very psyche.

Platform: PC
Developer: Bloober Team
Genre: Adventure – Horror
Release Date: February 16

Pixel Piracy

Pixel Piracy

Pixel Piracy is more than just a side-scrolling high seas game. It’s another excuse for you to lot to drive me mad when you start talking like pirates yet again.

Platform: PS4, Xbox One
Developer: Abstraction Games
Genre: RPG
Release Date: February 16

Street Fighter V

Street Fighter V

STREET FIGHTER V BRO! At long last, Capcom’s next instalment in the greatest fighting game franchise of all time has arrived. New fighters, new visuals and the same-old Shoryuken to the face that you made you fall in love with Street Fighter in the first place. Want to play some one-one with us? SUREYOUCAN!

Platform: PS4 and PC
Developer: Capcom
Genre: Fighting
Release Date: February 16
Pre-Order: PS4, PC

Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders

Agatha Christie The ABC Murders

Agatha Christie’s classic novel gets yet another adaptation, as private detective Hercule Poirot finds himself hunting down the elusive ABC killer.

Platform: PC
Developer: Artefacts Studio
Genre: Point & Click Adventure
Release Date: February 4 (Europe), February 26 (North America)

Far Cry: Primal

Far Cry Primal

Pack away your guns and binoculars: Far Cry is going prehistoric, with the next chapter in the Ubisoft series featuring a back to basics approach to survival.

Platform: PC,PS4 and Xbox One
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Genre: FPS
Release Date: February 23
Pre-Order: Xbox One, PS4, PC

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2

Plants Vs Zombies: Graden Warfare was a wonderfully silly game. And the sequel looks like an even bigger experience of heavily-armed vegetables and outrageous undead villains running amok. After all, what other game on the market will allow you to enter battle with a laser-firing Orange?

Platform: PC,PS4 and Xbox One
Developer: PopCap Games
Genre: TPS – Tower Defense
Release Date: February 23
Pre-Order: Xbox One, PS4

Toki Tori 2+

Toki Tori 2

A Metroidvania-style puzzle game featuring the happiest of birds, Toki Tori 2+ leaves you in control to explore and learn at your own pace.

Platform: Wii U, PlayStation 4 and PC
Developer: Two Tribes B.V.
Genre: Platformer – Puzzle
Release Date: February 23

Rocket League

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The greatest sports game of all time was only seen on PC and PlayStation last year. Now, Xbox One owners are going to experience the sheer thrill of hurling a rocket-powered car at a massive ball in the best version of football ever made.

Platform: Xbox One
Developer: Psyonix
Genre: Sports
Release Date: TBA February

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Last Updated: January 29, 2016

Darryn Bonthuys

Something wrong gentlemen? You come here prepared to read the words of a madman, and instead found a lunatic obsessed with comics, Batman and Raul Julia’s M Bison performance in the 1994 Street Fighter movie? Fine! Keep your bio! In fact, now might be a good time to pray to it!

  • STREEET FIGHTEERRRRR V

    • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

      No XCOM 2?

      • Hammersteyn

        Delayed till 2017

        • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

          You shut your whore mouth!

          • Hammersteyn

            Seems kinda like the opposite thing a whore would do

          • Sageville

            See, this is where George experience comes in handy….

          • Hammersteyn

            XD

      • Commander Bob

        He’s an advent sympathiser. You know what to do, fellow Commander.

        • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

          Correct!

          BLADE TO THE FACE

    • PoisonedBelial

      Street “Meh”ter

  • VampyreSquirrel

    1 correction… Pixel Piracy has been out since 23 April 2015… Pixel Privateers is their new game.

  • Ryanza

    which games have no drm that i can buy from retail for pc?

    • Ryanza

      That’s right, none.

      Don’t Support DRM. Cyberpunk 2077 is coming

      • Sageville

        There are so many games you have and will continue to miss out on because of your issues with DRM.

  • Original Heretic

    Must…get…Dying…Light. All zombies must DIE!!

  • Hammersteyn

    Crypt of the Necrodancer, Amazing Discoveries in Outer Space, Firewatch, Street Fighter V, Far Cry: Primal…. and no way to afford them all

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      Yep, Yes, This^^

      • Hammersteyn

        Should’ve bought a XBOX. They haven’t nearly as many exclusives :/

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          HAHAHAHA!!! Would’ve spent most of the time watching Netflix then?

          • Hammersteyn

            TV TV TV TV

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            Sperts, Sperts, Kile O’ Doody, Kile O’Doody, TV TV TV TV

  • Commander Bob

    The only game I’m looking forward to in Feb is XCOM 2.

    • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

      ^This

      AND NOT EVEN MENTIONED!

      A thousand Scooby Doo’s to you Darryn!

      • hahahaha

      • Commander Bob

        I propose we have a specialist DDoS their servers with his drone – 3 turns remaining 😛

  • “Hi. I want to work as a JRPG artist.” “Okay son, show me your most cliched character that has been done over a thousand, nay, million times.” “Okay sir! Hai!”

  • Very curious about Firewatch, even with its whole 6 hours…

  • VampyreSquirrel

    That list gets MUCH shorter as a PC gamer… O.O

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      Perfect time to catch up on the Steam backlog, I for one will be investing a lot of time in Dirt Rally, Assetto Corsa and Project Cars, until I get distracted of course…

  • VampyreSquirrel

    Only game on that list that I want is Unravel.

  • XCOM 2 added. Sorry chaps, I got a full-blown case of the Fridays.

    • HvR

      YOUR EXCUSES ARE WEAK WITH NO MERIT!!!

    • VampyreSquirrel

      Fix Pixel Piracy too… read my first comment on this article.

      • Pixel Piracy was released on PC in 2015. The PS4 and Xbox One versions are new for this year. Pixel Privateers doesn’t have a solid release date beyond “Q1” and is a newer game.

        • VampyreSquirrel

          You still had it wrong though. Thanks for fixing it, it was bugging me.

  • Sageville

    Question: With Rocket League happening on Xbone, will they be playing against PC and PS4 players?

    – I mean how many console games are truly “Cross Platform” in the multiplayer arena, isn’t this a first?

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