Three February Video Game Releases
The drought of games is almost over, you know the one we mean. Happens usually through January and can sometimes roll on through Feb, and even March in some cases. What with big-name games like S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 being put way back to December this year, and Saint’s Row reboot set for August unless there are more delays, there’s a few titles rolling out in Feb that I felt were worth talking about.
Starting with one that’s out today, Life is Strange: Remastered Collection!
Known for it’s strong narrative, moving story, excellent story, representation, inclusion, and LGBTQIA+ content – Life is Strange is one of those games that takes the Telltale Episodic style content formula and pushes it to the next level.
Life is Strange Remastered has better visuals, and a list of features and updates.
If you’re curious about it, you can see a Comparison Video here.
- Remastered visuals across characters and environments
- Vastly improved character animation using full facial mocap performance (Life is Strange Remastered only)
- Updated and refined gameplay puzzles – Engine and lighting upgrades
- Choice and consequence driven stories with multiple endings
- Harness the power of Max’s rewind ability or Chloe’s quick-witted attitude to change the course of events
- Distinct licenced soundtrack & original scores
One of the bigger releases this year, and delayed several times. With various reasons, Dying Light 2 is the direct sequel to the fantastic parkour zombie-bashing hit game by Techland years ago. Techland have been supporting the original with events, content, DLC, and free updates since the game launched and they recently dropped a final event to prepare for the arrival of 2 on Feb 4th this week.
2 boasts a huge city, improved visuals, combat, parkour, hundreds of hours of gameplay and a story you can complete in about 30 hours. Add to this hundreds more hours of side content and there’s going to be a lot of this new city to explore. You can also play the whole thing co-op with up to 3 other friends.
2 also places a greater emphasis on choice/consequence with the city evolving to the choices you make during the game.
Check out the Reason trailer here.
I’m not too hot on Dark Souls, or the games that followed it. Elden Ring on the other hand, everything I’ve seen and watched about it has given me a sense that this might be the first Dark Souls style game I don’t bounce off hard. I even failed to stay the course with Sekiro. But, there’s something about ER which brings me in and makes me want to play come Feb 25th when the game launches.
From Software are masters at this kind of game, and have a passionate fanbase. They’ve promised a more accessible game, and one that is still as hard as many *Souls style games.
What really draws me though?
“Journey through the Lands Between, a new fantasy world created by Hidetaka Miyazaki, creator of the influential DARK SOULS video game series, and George R. R. Martin, author of The New York Times best-selling fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. “Bandai Namco website
It promises a massive but easily traversable open world, packed with secrets. A sense of real exploration, dynamic and tough combat, but fair with it.
See the Elden Ring story trailer here
I think the one out of this lot I’m most stoked for is Elden Ring.