Video game releases February 2017 – Spelunking, awakenings and torment

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WHAT IS LOVE? BABY DON’T HURT ME, NO MORE! While that’s a tune that many of you will be singing this month (dressed in pastel suits and scouring the lands in groups of three while bobbing your head side to side), I’ve got a different date in mind. A date with my console, complete with candles and romantic music playing over the sound of all the carnage that I’ll be inflicting on enemies when I boot up.

Here’s the full list of what’s out this month, while I continue to cry in a corner over the NSFW Valentine’s day card that was sent to me and confirms that I’ll be forever alone.

Diluvion (PC) – February 2

Diluvion

It’s long been said that life is better down where it’s wetter under the sea. And that’s about as much as I can say without Disney suing the pants off of me. What I can also tell you however, is that Diluvion is shaping up beautifully, a Jules Verne-inspired dip into the RPG waters of a mysterious ocean that holds plenty of secrets.

Alwa’s Awakening (PC) – February 2

Alwa’s Awakening

Kids today don’t know how lucky they are, what with their regenerating health and save points. But back in our day, we had to get through stages with pure skill that left our thumbs blistered! Alwa’s Awakening is a reminder of that bygone era, but with the smoothness of modern-day software powerring its nostalgic action as players romp through dungeons designed to test and best them.

Fire Emblem Heroes (Android) – February 2

Fire Emblem Heroes

For the last couple of years, Fire Emblem has had a home on the Nintendo 3DS handheld. But this year’s sees the valiant heroes of an entire franchise travel to mobile devices, as Nintendo brings their trademark role-playing strategy game to a larger audience with a more streamlined approach.

Nights of Azure (PC) – February 7

Nights of Azure

Koei Tecmo’s 2015 cult classic finally makes the jump away fro  console, as their latest entry in the saga of swords and sorcery lands on PC this month. There’s a world of demons out there, each one begging for a magical combo to the face. Good thing that you’re up to the job then, right?

Uncanny Valley (PS4, Vita, Xbox One) – February 7 on PS4 and February 10 on Xbox

Uncanny Valley

There’s something…unsettling about Uncanny Valley. Despite its retro looks, this is a game that is very much out to frighten you with its survival-horror mechanics, while it also pens a love letter to a genre that kept us awake for many a night when we first ventured into it. I don’t think I’m brave enough to touch it.

Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book (PC) – February 7

Atelier Sophie

Looks like PC is doubling down on JRPG ports this month, as Atelier Sophie also heads to that platform. First released in 2015, Atelier Sophie was notable for its novel gameplay, which combined alchemic crafting to great effect to give fans something new to chew on.

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Nioh (PS4) – February 7 in the US, February 8 in the EU and UK

Nioh

Years in the making and thought utterly dead at one point, Nioh is back from the grave thanks to the efforts of developer Team Ninja. Part Dark Souls influence and another part clearly drawing inspiration from the iconic Ninja Gaiden series, Nioh is easily the hardest game this month and possibly this year. But it does so with a sense of style that is dripping with gorgeous Japanese aesthetics.

For Honor (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – February 14

For Honor

This Valentine’s Day, you can either take your significant other to a sappy romance movie, or you can buckle down for Ubisoft’s next big franchise. For Honor is a tight example of one on one dueling that feels like a western stab at the popular Dynasty Warriors saga of the East, but with a story that ropes in Samurai, Viking and Medieval factions for an onslaught of shield and steel.

Sniper Elite 4 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – February 14

Sniper Elite 4

Alternatively, there’s the greatest guilty pleasure in all of gaming: Sniper Elite. The fourth entry in the franchise isn’t straying too far away from its established formula, as players get the chance to hobble the Third Reich one Nazi at a time with vicious exit wounds and a camera that captures every single horrific shot in agonising detail. It’a quite superb actually.

All the Delicate Duplicates (PC) – February 17

All the Delicate Duplicates

Just what is reality? Can our memories be trusted? Are those toys watching me? Those are some of the questions that you’ll have to ask yourself, as the absolutely trippy All The Delicate Duplicates makes its presence felt this month with a mind-bending game of puzzles and fluid logic that might just mentally break you.

Halo Wars 2 (PC, Xbox One) – February 21

halo-wars-2

It has long been said that strategy games just cannot function on consoles. And that’s a bit of a lie perhaps, as the original Halo Wars proved that it was more than capable of bringing resource and troop management to a flatscreen and allowing the action to be controlled with a mere game controller. Can Halo Wars 2 repeat the magic of the original game? We bloody well hope so, as that debut title was one of the most underrated games on the Xbox 360 console.

LEGO Worlds (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – February 21

LEGO Worlds

If you had enough LEGO, you’d probably build entire cities and monuments in a rush of four-stud mania. But you don’t have enough space for that much LEGO, and the stuff is a tad bit expensive. Fortunately, there’s the digital equivalent as LEGO finally gets in on the Minecraft craze with LEGO Worlds. It’s your typical LEGO action, but on the grandest scale of all time as the only limit is your imagination. And that missing one-stud block you can’t seem to find.

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Ys Origin (PS4, Vita) – February 21

Ys Origin

After more than a decade, one of the most revered cult classic JRPGs of all time is finally headed to PlayStation console for a brand new audience to enjoy. I’m not talking about Final Fantasy VII Remake, but rather Ys Origin. A classic of a bygone era, this latest build features all the enhancements from the 2012 PC re-release, just in case you missed out on it all those many years ago.

Night in the Woods (PC, PS4) – February 21

Night in the Woods

The great outdoors! Adventure! Nature! You as a weird cat-person thingy finding all of that and more! Yup, Night In The Woods may be one of the more visually distinct games out this month, as players find themselves facing a few mysteries outside of the comfort area of a big city. Meow.

Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4) – February 28 in the USA and March 1 in the EU and UK

Horizon Zero Dawn

For years now, Guerilla Games were known as the house of Killzone. But 2017 marks a fresh start for the developer, as they trade first-person action for third-person adventuring in Horizon: Zero Dawn. Vast, gorgeous and mysterious, Horizon: Zero Dawn might be Sony’s first big hit of the year if the game lives up to the hype.

Torment: Tides of Numenera (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – February 28

Torment Tides of Numenera

In the ancient age of the 1990s, games of strategy, skill and fantasy ruled the lands. Eventually driven underground by more visceral experiences, these games have finally begun to make their way back into the light. Built on a legacy that stretches back to the iconic Planescape: Torment game, Tides of Numenera is a new stab at an old genre that is set eons ahead in a future where mankind has been left shattered and broken.

How to Survive 2 (PS4, Xbox One) – February 28

how_to_survive_2

Think you’re ready for the zombie apocalypse? Or did you skip class the last time you got offered a chance to learn how to deal with the undead in the original How To Survive? Well good news then, because you’ve now got a chance to catch up in the sequel. This school of hard knocks, is in session.

Last Updated: February 1, 2017

  • Leave the nazis alone! This is 2017, they apparently now have rights too!

    • Nikola

      hahaha everyone has rights in 2017 even gingers….

      • You crazy bro? We gave our rights up for eternal life!

        • Hammersteyn

          No, you gave up the right to have souls 😛

          • Yes, eternal life!

          • Hammersteyn

            XD

  • miaau

    Torment: Tides of Numenera.

    So not sold on this. AND accordin to their write-ups, I am the player they want. I played all those old games, using the same engine, to death. Pools and Radiance, Curse of the Azure Bonds, Torment, had / have most of them somewhere. Including a series of 4 games, word silver one of the titles. Same engine as the others, but your get very high level. Man, high level was FUN

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      I’m quite looking forward to it. You’re thinking of the Infinity Engine games like Icewind Dale & Baldur’s Gate?

      • Original Heretic

        If it’s anywhere near as good as Planescape: Torment, I want it. I want it bad.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Well that’s the type of game they’re aiming for, hopefully they get there. Sounds like they are from the Kickstarter updates I get.

          • Original Heretic

            It’ll be that type of game, yeah, just like the Icewind Dale games, Baldurs Gate, etc.
            But it was the story in Planescape: Torment that really clinched it for me. And the awesome characters. It was a gem of a game, one that I went back and played again about 2 years ago.
            A RPG without a great story can easily fall flat.

          • Yay! Let’s play using old tech, what is this, the Switch launch!?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            But they’re not using old tech, unlike your face!

      • miaau

        No, older than that

      • miaau
        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          I remember those, Eye of The Beholder games were my favourites, and Thunderscape was super fun.

          This is meant to be a successor to Planescape Torment though, which was an Infinity Engine game.

          • miaau

            Yeah, um, I just googled planescape torment. Oops, same as Baldurs gate. Um.

            BUT trailer of game on Xbox STILL does not remind me of that.

          • miaau

            EYE of the Beholder, as dungeony, mazey and fairly linear as they were, were important. They were the transition games, from Pools of Radiance, ect…., to Neverwinter nights and Baldurs Gate. Good evolution

    • Original Heretic

      Wait, am I missing something here? Despite being a fan of all those old games, you’re NOT sold on this?

      • miaau

        Yes, this new game looks, I dunno, not what I expected. Watched trailers on Xbox over the weekend.

        • Original Heretic

          As with all games these days, wait for the review. I am super excited for this one, but I’m not planning on getting it until I see good numbers.

    • Hammersteyn

      Darn was kinda looking forward to it

      • miaau

        Well, do you think it well be like the old Planescape Torment?

        • Hammersteyn

          It looks like it’s trying to. But I played Torment so long ago it’s hard to remember

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Night of Azure looks nice & interesting.

  • Original Heretic

    How to survive 2.

    Is that meant to be Freddie Mercury on the far right in the pic?

  • MonsterCheddar

    Checked out Sniper Elite 4, but it looks like a lot of the same. Will give it a miss.

  • MonsterCheddar

    Definitely getting For Honor.

    • Hammersteyn

      I dunno, watched a couple of vids and I’m completely sold. Will wait for reviews

      • MonsterCheddar

        I’m only getting it the end of the month, should have a review or two by that time. If they are negative, then I will keep my dosh for ME:A.

        • Hammersteyn

          I’m planning on getting Wildlands

          • MonsterCheddar

            Already preordered the gold edition. Cant wait.

        • Hammersteyn

          Got game sharing running with a friend. He buys a game and I buy one. Get 2 games for the price of 1 😀

  • Hammersteyn

    Sniper Elite 3 was so much fun! Will definitely get the 4th one at some time

    • MonsterCheddar

      It really looks just like 3 and the dynamics seems very much the same. 3 was leaps and bounds ahead of 2, but 4 looks just like 3.

      • Hammersteyn

        At least this one is in Italy. Away from the desert and all that sand. I don’t like sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere.

    • MonsterCheddar

      If I can get it on a sale later then I probably will.

      • Hammersteyn

        Do it. Shoot all the nazis in the balls!

    • MonsterCheddar

      I would actually like a modern take on Sniper Elite. Running around Afghanistan or something with modern day weapons. Should be awesome.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3?

      • MonsterCheddar

        Work in real effects like the calcs and ballistic effects modern day snipers have to do and take into consideration and you have a winner.

      • Hammersteyn

        Indeed, imagine using a rifle like the on from Eraser with Arnold Schwarzenegger

        • MonsterCheddar

          Nah, I want a Barrett .50 cal.

          • Hammersteyn

            You did see the Eraser right?

          • MonsterCheddar

            Nope. Actually not. Will download and check

          • Hammersteyn

            The rifles they use are railguns Xray scopes
            O_o

          • MonsterCheddar

            Okay, now that sounds weird.

          • Hammersteyn

            Watch the movie and see

  • Sageville

    For honor!

    Already pre-ordered like a fool!

    • MonsterCheddar

      LOL

    • MonsterCheddar

      Let us know how it is

    • Hammersteyn

      Yes you are 😛

  • GooseZA

    Man, the more I see of For Honor on Twitch, the more I want it.

    But…. .Mass Effect….

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