February 1st – Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (PC)
February 5th – Away: Journey to the Expected (PS4/Xbox One/Switch/PC)
February 6th – Salt & Sanctuary (Xbox One)
February 6th – Astroneer (Xbox One/PC)
February 7th – Reverie (PS4/PS Vita/Switch)
February 7th – Defense Grid 2 (Switch)
February 8th – God Eater 3 (PS4/PC)
February 8th – Yo-kai Watch 3 (3DS)
February 12th – Hyper Jam (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
February 12th – HackyZack (PS4)
February 12th – Conarium (PS4/Xbox One)
February 14th – OlliOlli: Switch Stance (Switch)
February 14th – Degrees of Separation (PS4/Xbox One/Switch/PC)
February 15th – Jump Force (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
February 15th – Far Cry New Dawn (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
February 15th – Metro Exodus (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
February 15th – Crackdown 3 (Xbox One/PC)
February 19th – Yakuza Kiwami (PC)
February 22nd – Anthem (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
February 26th – Trials Rising (PS4/Xbox One/Switch/PC)
February 26th – The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame (PS4/Xbox One/Switch/PC)
The Resident Evil 2 remake zombie shuffled its way into our hearts in January, but like that twelve-month gym membership you signed up for in the New Year, it’s time to forget about January and focus on what matters: February. Probably one of the bigger virtual water cooler conversations (read: BELLIGERENT SHOUTING IN ALL CAPS) will surround Crackdown 3, and whether it can rejuvenate the beleaguered Xbox brand. Anthem has a lot to prove too, with both BioWare and EA languishing in negative public opinion (negative even by EA standards) recently. February? More like Febredemptionuary… terrible.
After playing the amazing remake of Resident Evil 2 I thought I could hang up and my controllers in satisfaction and never play another game again. Turns out I was wrong, as February features another one of my favourite series in Metro. I’ve been hanging for an excuse to throw on my apocalyptic jorts and finally, Metro Exodus is here, which gives me a reason to bust them out. While I am keen for the game, I have some reservations about the changes they’ve made (bullets are no longer currency for instance). Plus now that the game is finally here I can read the third book (after finishing the game of course). February also brings with it another Lovecraft-inspired title in Conarium, which is heavily influenced by his At the Mountains of Madness, and you know I’ll try anything with Lovecraft’s name all over it. Lastly and somewhat surprisingly, I am intrigued by Crackdown 3. After all the delays, after all the problems, after how bad the game looked early doors, I am curious to see how the game turns out. It could prove us all wrong and be tighter than a pair of Terry Crews jorts. Only time will tell.
February is a far less intense month for me compared to January, but there are still a few titles that I’ll be delving into despite still being overwhelmed by the games of last month. Firstly we have AWAY: Journey to the Unexpected, a game that is a 3D first-person adventure where you do battle with 2D anime-style enemies. It’s a unique style that captured me the moment I saw its first trailer, and I can’t wait to dive in when the game releases. Next up is Reverie, an Earthbound and Zelda inspired action adventure game set in New Zealand of all places. I’m a sucker for anything with pixel art, so I will be making a concerted effort to play through Reverie throughout the month. Jump Force is a game I may not spend a tonne of time with, but I’m sure as hell gonna have a red hot dabble. Having Yugi Muto battle Naruto sounds like something I need to experience. Lastly, I’ll be sinking my teeth into Far Cry New Dawn, a game I’m excited for, yet paradoxically still cautious in my optimism. I have no doubt that the game will decent, but after not liking Far Cry 5 as much as Far Cry 4 which I also didn’t like as much as the series best game Far Cry 3, I’m hoping that New Dawn can pull me back in. Either that or the franchise fatigue of the Far Cry series is coursing through my veins.
Fuck me it’s February already? Look, I’m still busy chasing the platinum trophy in Kingdom Hearts III, not to mention my ever-growing pile of shame from the holiday period, so could someone please tell 2019 to settle the hell down? That said, I am pretty damned keen for a few of this month’s impending releases. The biggest one for me is Metro Exodus, a game that I’ve been hyped for since its announcement and have played in various capacities at press events and absolutely loved. The team at 4A have something great cooking. Aside from that, I’m going to be playing some Away: Journey to the Unexpected and Ghost of a Tale and maybe check out Far Cry New Dawn if I feel like I have the time to commit to it. I probably won’t though, because for some reason they’re bringing out RPG Maker MV for console and I am all about that! My first game will be called Tight in the Jorts: The Denim-y Within.
February sees a bunch of releases that increase the tension in my jorts. To start off we have Far Cry New Dawn. The Far Cry games have always been a guilty pleasure of mine. I wouldn’t necessarily call them great, as they all fall under the banner of Ubisoft’s grey, nebulous design, but they’re still fun time wasters. Far Cry New Dawn looks to be an improvement on 5, which was an improvement on the previous ar Cry formula (though you cannot top Blood Dragon). It’s looking great, so let’s hope it delivers! Next up is Metro Exodus. I’m a PC gamer. It would be sacrilege to not be keen for a Metro game and the previous Metro games have some of my favourite shooter campaigns around. I’m also keen to see how the game handles ray-tracing as BFV was a bit of a dumpster fire in that regard. Thirdly there is Anthem. If you read my thoughts on the VIP demo, you would know that I had a lot of criticisms for the game, but it’s also one that I see a lot of potential in, not to mention it is do or die for BioWare. For their sake, I hope it rocks. Lastly, there is Trials Rising. The game was just as fun as ever in the preview I did and I cannot wait to spend some time being stupid with the Tandem Bike.