Hello and welcome to 2020! Let’s all just forget that January ever existed and let’s jump right into February. In terms of game releases, February is still a little quiet and no real big blockbusters are set to release this month, especially with everything being delayed into oblivion so early in the year. The releases this month are mostly re-releases, remasters and DLC for existing games so this one is going to be a little shorter and I’m going to break my self-imposed rule of not including games that have already released otherwise we’ll only have a couple of games to talk about. Let’s jump into it, shall we?
Zombie Army 4: Dead War – PC, PS4, XBO – February 4
The Zombie Army franchise has always been vastly underrated due to the games not receiving much attention in the media, but it’s the premiere franchise if you’re looking for some mindless shooting fun. The games don’t have deep storylines or massively intricate gameplay systems, it’s just you, some guns and a whole lot of fascist zombies.
There’s something innately satisfying about a game that doesn’t want to appear more than it is. Obviously this means that more ambitious titles will always sweep something like this under the rug, but when you’re in the mood for some therapeutic shooting, you could do so much worse. The fourth instalment seeks to continue this tradition with some new polish and more ways to dispatch legions of the undead.
Prediction: Reviews are already swirling around the internet and the consensus is that it’s a solid 7/10 game which is what I was initially going to predict anyway. Like I said, no bells and whistles, just a whole bunch of mindless shooting fun.
Dreams – PS4 – February 14
Dreams has been around since the dawn of the PS4 with the game receiving a trailer on stage during the PS4’s reveal event. We didn’t even know what the console looked like, but Dreams was already an ambitious showcase of the PS4’s power. Fast forward to the end of the current console generation and Dreams is finally seeing the light of day, years after its announcement and a lengthy stint in Early Access.
The game hinges on the creativity of its players with everyone being able to create whatever they want using the game’s vast set of tools. We’ve all seen the various headlines about incredible little fan creations and with the official release, that number will surely grow much higher. It’s better late than never and it’s exciting to see what this ambitious game creator can really offer us.
Prediction: I’m going with an 8/10 here, but it is a pretty strange game to rate since most of it is going to rely on the creativity of the community. The creations within the game can be terrible with everyone creating phallic objects that walk around or we might see some more of the beautiful designs we’ve seen already. It’s a bit of an enigma and that can be pretty exciting as well.
Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition – PC, PS4 – February 14
Street Fighter V had a pretty rocky launch and the support for it was equally rocky. However, through the years it has accrued enough features and updates to be quite the decent fighting game and the Champion Edition will be the full culmination of everything that the game has managed so far.
The game comes bundled with all of the content that has been released except for a couple of exceptions and it will be the final definitive version of the controversial fighting game. If you’ve been holding off for a few years to get the complete edition, this will be the best time to jump into the fray.
Prediction: I won’t bother with a prediction since this will just be the base game with all of the additional content unlocked, but it’s good to see that there is one final clean version of the game to round off the franchise’s offerings this generation. It won’t change many of its controversies and faults, but at least it will now finally be complete without spending your life savings on content packs.
Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle – PS4, XBO – February 18
PlatinumGames are finally re-releasing their acclaimed titles of the past generation and Vanquish will finally get the remaster that fans have been clamouring for for years. Bayonetta is obviously a well-established character action game, but Vanquish was one of those underrated gems that didn’t really get its time in the sun.
I remember playing Vanquish one afternoon almost a decade ago and while I vaguely remember the super fast stylish shooting, I don’t have that many lasting memories from it. To get the opportunity to play it in its remastered glory with a modern mindset will be awesome. Many people that have missed out on the game will finally get to experience its madness and the remastered visuals will surely add some eye candy to the popping action.
Prediction: These are two legendary games and getting to play them in all their glory will be quite the occasion. If you haven’t played Vanquish, this will be your chance at redemption and Bayonetta getting thrown in as well makes this a remastered collection that you can’t afford to miss out on.
Here are some more releases for February:
- Dawn of Fear – PS4 – February 3
- The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch – February 4
- Monster Energy Supercross 3 – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch, Stadia – February 4
- 7th Sector – PS4, XBO, Switch – February 5
- Ghosts’n DJs – PC – February 6
- Knights and Bikes – Switch – February 6
- Throw Anything – PSVR – February 6
- The Turing Test – Switch – February 7
- The Yakuza Remastered Collection: Day One Edition – PS4 – February 11
- Best Friend Forever – PC, Switch – February 14
- Mokoko – PC – February 15
- Drone Champions League – The Game – PC, PS4, XBO – February 18
- Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition – Switch – February 20
- Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r] – PS4, Switch – February 20
- Ciel Fledge – PC, Switch – February 21
- Conan Chop Chop – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch – February 25
- Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch – February 25
- Neverwinter: Infernal Descent – PS4, XBO – February 25
- Samurai Shodown – Switch – February 25
- Two Point Hospital – PS4, XBO, Switch – February 25
- Overpass – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch – February 27
- One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows – PC, PS4, XBO – February 28
- Rune Factory 4 Special – Switch – February 28
February may be slow, but it still has a couple of bangers going for it. The year is still warming up and it’s set to be one of the most exciting years in gaming with some extremely anticipated titles seeing the light of day, so consider February to be a little appetiser for what is to come.