February marks another cracker of a month for video games, with enough amazing releases to keep us drowning in digital delights well into March. Don’t expect your gaming backlog to shrink, in other words, because there’s something for everyone in February and it’s only 28 days long.
Fire Emblem Heroes
Release date: 2 February 2017 (iOS, Android)
Nintendo’s tactical role-playing game series is coming to your smartphone in February, and it’s going to be free-to-play. Made under Nintendo’s DeNA partnership, Fire Emblem Heroes will be a mobile-friendly spin-off of the franchise that Nintendo fans swear by. But will it have the same level of depth and story-telling as its console counterparts? We’ll find out soon enough.
Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World
Release date: 3 February (3DS)
Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World brings all the adorableness of the Wii U adventure game to the 3DS – so you can take Yoshi’s cute yarn world on the go with you. Discover secrets and enjoy woolly transformations in all the levels from the Wii U versions and new ones made exclusively for the 3DS. The biggest new feature to the game is the addition of Poochy. You can choose to play levels as either Poochy or Yoshi, and also tackle exclusive Poochy dash stages. Like the Wii U version, you can also find special patterns and switch between them in the Yoshi Hut, but you can also design personalised patterns that can be shared via street pass. The game also includes special stop-motion videos featuring Yoshi and Poochy to enjoy.
Release date: 9 February 2017 (PS4)
Team Ninja’s ghostly game about a cursed samurai (who looks an awful lot like a certain Witcher you might know) is very much a Dark Souls clone, but it’s got a lot going for it that has us excited. The emphasis of Nioh is on fighting styles and combat strategy, allowing you to alter your stance when attacking enemies, with each stance having pros and cons to it. However, the lead character William is also an elusive fellow and players will need to use his speed and dodging ability to outwit bigger foes. It looks to be an interesting title that will punish you for daydreaming but reward you for perseverance. We’re in!
Sniper Elite 4
Release date: 14 February 2017 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Sniper Elite 4, the stealthy shooter, is back with even more gruesome bullet time and enormous open-world levels to sneak through. Grizzled sniper Karl Fairburne is still battling his way alone through World War 2 and he’s made it as far as Mussolini’s Italy where the Nazis are welcomed guests. Spoiler: Karl doesn’t feel quite the same way.
Release date: 14 February 2017 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Medieval warfare game For Honor sees players take on the role of a Viking, Samurai or Knight, with each faction offering its own unique abilities. Unusually, players use controller’s analogue sticks to control movements and actions in battle, demanding greater accuracy to be successful. There will be a full campaign mode for each faction, as well as multiplayer (which will be a sure hit). Like Assassin’s Creed and the Tom Clancy games, Ubisoft is looking to turn For Honor into its next big franchise, so keep an eye on this one.
Halo Wars 2
Release date: 21 February 2017 (Xbox One, PC)
It’s been a long time coming for Halo Wars 2. Sequel to the 2009 real-time strategy game Halo Wars, the game brings a new threat to the UNSC crew. Instead of the Covenant, the human will be facing against a new alien faction known as the Banished. Coming from the same studios that’s behind the superlative Total War series, we have high expectations from this one.
Night in the Woods
Release date: 21 February 2017 (PS4, PC)
Night in the Woods is an adventure game focused on exploration, story, and character, featuring dozens of characters to meet and lots to do across a lush, vibrant world. After a successful Kickstarter it’s being made by Infinite Fall, a teamup of Alec Holowka (Aquaria), Scott Benson (Late Night Work Club), and Bethany Hockenberry. The game follows Mae, a cat who returns home from college to her beleaguered rust-belt town, but something is amiss. Night in the Woods looks jam-packed with lavish visuals and dense dialogue, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Berserk and the Band of the Hawk
Release date: 24 February 2017 (PS4, PS Vita); 21 February 2017 (PC)
The legendary manga series, Berserk, is getting its own Dynasty Warriors spinoff from Musou developer Omega Force. It features the familiar one-man-army hack-‘n-slash gameplay, but Berserk will feature some pretty grotesque violence – something that is synonymous with the original anime. Players will encounter a smorgasbord of fearsome foes throughout Berserk and the Band of the Hawk. Evil Spirits, Ogres, Kelpies, Golems, Trolls and Demonic Knights are just a handful of the many enemies that players must annihilate during their adventure.
Torment: Tides of Numenera
Release date: 28 February 2017 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
The long-awaited RPG from inXile (Wasteland) and spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment, this one promises to be a deep role-playing game with hard choices, lots of reading and mystery. It takes place in Monte Cook’s Numenera setting and promises dozens of hours of exploration and adventure. The game was a huge Kickstarter success and we’ll finally get to see the fruits of that labour.
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