This week sees the return of an FPS veteran, albeit in a slightly stripped-down way, historical way. We also get some more assassinations, story-driven zombie survivalists, and the return of a familiar blue hero from yesteryear.
Far Cry Primal
Release date: 23 February 2016 (Xbox One, PS4), 1 March (PC)
Far Cry Primal takes the beloved FPS series back to the Stone Age – stripping away the automatic weapons and focusing on the player’s relationship with the world around them. Sabre-tooth tigers, woolly mammoths, and other frightening Jurassic creatures will be hunting you down, but, there’s a twist: you’ll be able to control them too. This is one of the most interesting releases this year, and we can’t wait to see how it pans out.
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2
Release date: 23 February (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
The original Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare was a refreshing take on the popular tower (lawn) defense series with class-based gameplay that took its inspiration from the best of greats like Team Fortress 2. Garden Warfare 2 is back to expand upon an already successful franchise with new classes, modes, crossovers and even loyalty rewards. With more generous pacing and worthwhile single-player content, Garden Warfare 2 is a robust shooter with a strong level of diversity that all but guarantees you’ll encounter something new every round you play.
The Walking Dead: Machone – Episode 1 – A Telltale Game Series
Release date: 23 February (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
If you’ve been wanting to return to Telltale’s style of The Walking Dead game, then Michonne’s first episode should be on your agenda. In the same vein of the developer’s award-winning game series, this three-episode spin-off, which will tie into Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead comics, tells Michonne’s story between issues 126 and 139. Orange Is the New Black’s Samira Wiley voices Michonne in the game, which showcases what pulled Michonne away from her group and what led her back to them. Expect more surprises, exploration, life-or-death decision, and of course, survival when Episode 1 arrives this week.
Mega Man Legacy Collection
Release date: 23 February (3DS, PS4, Xbox One)
Those looking for some nostalgia this week should look no further than the Mega Man Legacy Collection. The collection features complete versions of Mega Man through to Mega Man 6. Developer Digital Eclipse has created pixel-perfect emulations of each title making for a very authentic experience. Anyone old enough to have played the games when they were first released on the NES will recognize the flicker, occasional slowdown and glitches throughout, but in this case those issues have been included deliberately. Each game also contains one save state, so you can easily stop in the middle of a level and continue later. You can also access the boss battles of each game through the database menu, if you just want to practice taking down the various insane robot master
Hitman: Go – Definitive Edition
Release date: 23 February (PC, PS4, Vita)
Hitman Go is a a different spin on the popular Hitman franchise, turning the third-person stealth game into a turn-based strategy/puzzle experience set in the same universe, but reinvented as diorama-style set pieces. This new Definitive Edition of Hitman Go features all of the original game’s content and upgrades which amounts to more than 90 turn-based puzzles. Long-time Hitman fans will also recognize some old favorites like the Paris Opera from Blood Money, and the St. Petersburg Stakeout mission from Hitman 2: Silent Assassin.
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