Usually during the first few months of the year, game releases can be slow and for most gamers, it’s a time period of clearing out the backlog from previous years, or leaving your consoles to collect dust. If you’re concerned that this might be the case yet again, this list might help change that.
February 2nd – Gravity Rush Remastered (PS4)
It’s no secret that the Playstation Vita hasn’t sold well or managed to attract much of an audience. It’s also no secret that the Playstation 4 is the polar opposite of it’s handheld counterpart, which is why a re-release of Sony’s critically acclaimed Vita game Gravity Rush is a re-release that isn’t completely redundant. This is probably a game that PS4 owners should buy. The game will utilise the Dualshock 4’s motion sensors to accompany the game giving an added sense of control, and the re-release will also include extra costumes, missions and and challenges. The game will be available for purchase at the reduced price of £22.99 in the UK, and $29.99 in the US, and it will be available for download on the Playstation store as well as getting a physical retail release.
February 5th – XCOM 2 (Windows, Linux, OS X)
XCOM: Enemy Unknown was a strong reboot to the previously dead franchise that was released in 2012. It was a tactical strategy game that garnered a lot of praise for its addictive gameplay and harsh punishment for failure. If you’re a hardcore gamer, or a PC gamer, there’s a good chance that you already sunk hours upon hours into the previous game in the franchise. If you’ve not played XCOM: Enemy Unknown, but you’re a fan of strategy games, XCOM 2 might be worth considering. It’s sure to be a great game that will consume hours upon hours of your time. XCOM 2 is set for release on Steam for the price of £39.99 in the UK, and $59.99 in the US.
February 9th – Firewatch (Windows, Mac, Linux, PS4) and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (Windows, Xbox One, PS4)
Firewatch is a PC and Playstation 4 game that was initially announced in 2014. Since its initial announcement, it’s managed to invoke a lot of excitement in gamers world wide, due to its beautiful art style, as well as having the two creative leads behind the critically acclaimed Telltales The Walking Dead. Firewatch is a first person adventure game that will finally have it’s much anticipated release on February 9th. I’ve done some research, and it doesn’t appear to have a set release price, however I saw one source claiming it would be £42.99 in the UK. However, this information could change closer to the release.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 is the game that will be clashing with Firewatch. It may be easy for people who aren’t fans of the series to overlook this game, however it’s not a game that should be ignored. For fans of the series, this is probably the best Naruto video game release yet, and is the last game that will be released in this specific series. Since it’s conception in 2008, the Ultimate Ninja Storm games have been some of the best video game adaptations of an anime series, and aren’t just a fans dream come true, but they’re also relatively competent and well made fighting games. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 will drop at the standard retail price of £43.99 in the UK, and $59.99 in the US.
February 16th – Street Fighter V (Windows, PS4)
At the half way point of the month, the king of competitive fighters will return in the latest instalment Street Fighter V. As one of the most iconic franchises in gaming, this is a huge release, with its lack of an Xbox One release being a huge surprise to fans and gamers across the world. Despite it not appearing on Microsoft’s console, the game will probably end up being one of the biggest releases of the year, and is sure to be a fighting game that’s played for years to come. If you’re into competitive 2D fighters, you won’t want to miss out on this purchase. Street Fighter V will also be released at the standard retail price of £40-£45 in the UK (price varies depending on retailers and system), and $59.99 in the US.
February 19th – Fire Emblem Fates (3DS)
This is probably the blacksheep of releases in February. Not only is it probably going to be one of the systems last big releases, but it technically shouldn’t even be happening. Fire Emblem Awakening was initially going to be the last game in the series due to poor sales and lack of interest, despite the series constantly getting praise from fans and critics alike. However, Fire Emblem Awakening managed to do very well, and it single handedly kickstarted the series again. If you’re looking for an extensively large, engrossing and well crafted handheld experience, this is the game to get. This instalment in the Fire Emblem franchise will be available in two different versions (Fire Emblem Fates:Conquest and Fire Emblem Fates:Birthright) for the slightly lower price of £34.99 in the UK on its release, and the very reasonable price of $39.99 in the US. Each version will have a lot of similar mechanics, however they follow different stories. It’s up to personal preference as to which version is the better version to buy, as they both share a lot of similarities and identical elements.
February 23rd – Far Cry Primal (PS4, Xbox One)
Far Cry Primal is the game that wraps up the big releases for February. This is the next instalment of the franchise that started gaining mainstream appeal and critical praise with the release of Far Cry 3 in 2012. Ubisoft are trying to inject the series with some more life with this latest instalment, with vehicles and automatic weapons being exchanged for animals and spears. While its questionable as to how fresh the game will actually feel, it’s an interesting concept that’s definitely worth keeping an eye on. Far Cry Primal will yet again have the standard retail price of £40-45 in the UK, and $59.99 in the US.