Last month was a dud, but this month is a stud. Hello and welcome to my monthly series looking into the releases of the month. Originally, this month had multiple large releases set for the same day in February, but unfortunately many of those games left for different parts of the month or for later months. Still, I think this is a very exciting month of releases. Without further ado, let’s get right…into the rules.
The game has to be released on at least one of the major systems (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch). The game has to be new, so no remasters or re-releases onto new systems. One thing I do count is a game either entering or exiting early access, but that game can only be counted once. If a game does have multiple release dates like Destiny 2 or GTA 5, then I will only count the earliest release date. The exception to that is if the game has a pre-order bonus of entering the game early, in which I will count its normal release date. Finally, it has to be a game, not a DLC. With the rules out of the way, let's look at my top picks for February.
5. Trials Rising
Trials Rising is another entry in the Trials franchise made by RedLynx, which involves you racing motorbikes in 2.5d with plenty of physics to laugh and scream at. When it comes down to it, I chose this game because I still haven’t got to playing Trials yet. I have been thinking about getting into it for a little while now, and this may be the game that gets me in the door. Ultimately, this number five spot came down to this game and Anthem, and a mix of wanting to play a Trials game and not wanting to play a loot-shooter any time soon put this game on the list. Trials Rising is crashing its way to all four platforms on the 26th.
4. Far Cry New Dawn
Ubisoft Montreal brings the world of Far Cry 5 back to life (by killing it and waiting seventeen years) with their newest edition to their open world FPS franchise, Far Cry New Dawn. After the nuclear ending of Far Cry 5, humanity is trying to rebuild in Hope County, only for some Rage 2 knockoffs to come in and ruin the show. Despite my waning interest in the franchise, I am still excited for New Dawn. I know and am fully aware that this game is essentially a Rage 2 post-apocalyptic coating on Far Cry 5, but that is enough for me to get excited for the game (as well as the cheaper price tag). On top of that, some of the small new features around the edges sound neat. Light RPG mechanics, new weapons and vehicles that cater to the new setting, and expeditions that take you to small levels around the dystopian world all sound like fun little additions worth checking out. Far Cry New Dawn will be out on the 15th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
3. Crackdown 3
Sumo Digital’s Crackdown 3 follows in the footsteps of the first two games by offering an open world and things to shoot. Just like Trials, I put this game on the list because I haven’t played a Crackdown game despite wanting to. Its open world destruction looks like a lot of fun, and I don’t want to be haunted by Terry Crews for not getting this game. Joking aside, I think the gameplay looks fun and I am a sucker for cel-shaded art. Terry Crews is coming for you when the game releases for Xbox One and PC on the 15th.
Wargroove is an upcoming turn-based strategy game by Chucklefish that takes in a fantasy setting and follows warring factions fighting for glory. Not only do I love good turn-based strategy games; I also never got the chance to play Advanced Wars, so this game seems like it will fulfill both needs. On top of that, the game has a really cool level editor, which will allow others to make full campaigns complete with every little detail the normal campaign has to offer, which means a near-endless amount of content to play. Wargroove is strategically making its way to all four systems on the 1st.
1. Metro Exodus
All aboard 4A Games’ third entry into the post-apocalyptic FPS series that follows Artyom’s journey across a nuclear Russia. I am a big fan of the series, so right off the bat I knew this would be on the number one spot. What makes this even better though are the gameplay improvements. You now spend the game outside of the tunnels, taking a train ride to various locations over the course of a year. Levels are more open, new weather effects are in place, and the game takes a larger stance on scavenging elements. I am a bit sad to see the game leave Steam in favor of Epic Games (because I have some Humble Bundle money I want to spend), but I am still extremely excited for this game. Metro Exodus is releasing on the 15th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
That is going to wrap up this list. A lot of releases on the 15th, and a lot of post-apocalyptic games. Thank you for reading, and come back next month when March arrives with its new set of releases.