Remember, February 2016 is going to be mad

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We’ve already seen plenty of big-name games released in February: Evolve, Dragon Ball Xenoverse, Don Bradman Cricket and The Sims 4. Good games! Hell, we’re still playing at least one of them. It’s not Evolve, I’ll tell you that much. Anyway, the first quarter of the year has become the new breeding ground for big budget releases. And 2016 looks no different.

Behold the list of February 2016 games!

  • Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth
  • XCOM 2
  • Arslan: The Warriors of Legend
  • Firewatch
  • Gravity Rush Remastered
  • Mighty No. 9
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
  • Project X Zone 2
  • Street Fighter V
  • Fire Emblem Fates
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (I CAN SEE THE FUTURE BASED ON MY CLOSING STATEMENT BELOW!)
  • Far Cry Primal

Now compare that to the big name February game releases of 2014:

  • Fable Anniversary
  • Outlast
  • The Lego Movie Videogame
  • Bravely Default
  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
  • One Piece: Romance Dawn
  • Skullgirls Encore
  • World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition
  • The Last of Us: Left Behind
  • LocoCycle
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Freedom Cry
  • Earth Defense Force 2025
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • Rambo: The Video Game
  • Basement Crawl
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
  • Tales of Symphonia Chronicles
  • Thief
  • Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy

Or 2013 even:

  • Fire Emblem Awakening
  • Dead Space 3
  • Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2
  • Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
  • We Sing 80s
  • Brain Age: Concentration Training
  • Alien Breed
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines
  • Omerta – City of Gangsters
  • Persona 4 Arena
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
  • Crysis 3
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
  • Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition
  • Driftmoon
  • Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires
  • Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus

Look, the point here isn’t about quantity. It’s about quality. Or the perception thereof, based on the number of trailers that I’ve consumed without asking too many questions. But 2016 is continuing the current trend of many a publisher dodging the November/December release window, for greener pastures.

And by ducking, I mean delaying a game for “polish”, a statement that regularly causes me to arch my eyebrow so high that The Rock sends me a cease and desist letter for infringing on his People’s Eyebrow gimmick. And I’m happy with that. February used to be devoid of any real games to break the bank on, with Capcom usually being the sole publisher around in a barren landscape of releases.

Now, I’ve got something to look forward to, that gives me hope when I realise that I need to spend a Christmas afternoon with my extended family. At least until half of those games get delayed by another month for more “polish”.

Last Updated: November 18, 2015

Darryn Bonthuys

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