We’ve all recovered from the madness that was the Christmas and New Year’s sales (be still my heart Steam) and it’s just about that time of year where we’re starting to look for new games to play. February has a great lineup of mixed game genres coming out, both indie and AAA. So without further ado here’s our Top 10!
XCOM 2 – 5th February
XCOM 2 is the sequel to the 2012 turn-based strategy game, awarded Game of the Year, XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Earth has changed, Twenty years have passed since world leaders offered an unconditional surrender to alien forces and XCOM, the planet’s last line of defense, was left decimated and scattered. Always on the run, the remnant XCOM forces must find a way to rise from the ashes, expose the insidious truth behind the occupation, and eliminate the alien threat once and for all.
Dying Light: The Following – 6th February
Dying Light: The Following is the latest expansion pack for Techland’s zombie survival horror game. The update will include new areas to explore as players investigate a force of fanatical cultists, believed to be linked to the outbreak of a deadly virus. New to The Following will feature fully customisable and upgradable dirt buggies, each with their own unique trees. The buggies are useful for traversing the large outdoors, and can be used as weapons in their own right against the roaming infected and deadly cultists.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Firewatch – 9th February
The trailer looks absolutely stunning and the story itself is just the right amount of adventure, with a mix of suspense. Firewatch is a first person adventure game with a frightening twist. Play as Henry, who is searching for two missing women in the wilderness of Wyoming. It’s a decision-based game, where your choices affect the environment and end result of the story.
Platforms: PC, PS4
Unravel – 9th February
One of the more impressive games that was featured at E3 2015 came from indie developer Coldwood. With scenes straight out of a Pixar movie, this charming game lets you play as Yarny a creature made entirely out of yarn. You use this yarn to solve puzzles and explore the land, it’s quite a lovely game with a very heartwarming message.
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair – 12th February
Earth Defense Force 4.1 is a remake of the 2014 Earth Defense Force 2025 by developer Sandlot. The story is that the Earth is under attack from a Alien race known as the Ravagers and the EDF (Earth Defense Force) is our planet’s only protection from these invaders. Check out more on our Unpause Review.
Layers of Fear – 16th February
Layers of Fear is easily one of the best-looking horror games out there, and it has atmosphere to spare. The game takes you into the mind of a struggling artist losing his grip on reality. As you explore, you move through your own past, and the house twists around you. Walls melt, gravity shifts, reality ebbs and flows. The game is lavishly detailed and beautifully lit, and that makes it that much more stunning when it begins to fall apart.
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Street Fighter V – 16th February
The legendary fighting franchise returns with Street Fighter V, powered by Unreal Engine 4. Get ready for the classic side-scrolling fighting gameplay that’s become so iconic to the Street Fighter series, with all your favourite returning characters as well as four new ones.
Platforms: PC, PS4
Mega Man Legacy Collection – 23rd February
Not a new game per say, the Mega Man Legacy Collection is a game compilation of the first six Mega Man titles originally released for the NES from 1987 through 1994. Fans of the classic 8-bit graphics and sprite work, rejoice! The game has been remastered exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.
Far Cry Primal – 23rd February
Far Cry: Primal brings us back into the Stone Age, to a time of extreme danger and limitless adventure, where giant mammoths and sabretooth tigers roamed the lands. These massive beasts, set in breathtaking environments will be out hunting and let’s hope that you’ll live long enough to conquer the land of Oros and become the Apex Predator. Read up on what we’re expecting to come out in this latest release on Unpause.
Bravely Second: End Layer – 26th February
When the evil Kaiser Oblivion abducts Agnès Oblige, the heroine of Bravely, and her bodyguard Yew Geneolgia pledge to rescue her from the kaiser’s Skyhold, an impregnable fortress floating high over Eternia. Bravely’s tactical battle system returns with even deeper layers of strategy. With a vast world to explore, a deep tactical battle system to master and much more.
So there we have it my life for the next month. Plan your paycheck accordingly!