Games to look out for in February 2019
February 2019 is shaping up to have an unusual release schedule.
Not much as far as new releases for the first half of the month, but right in the middle we get a ton of big releases all on the same day. Then, the month finishes out with perhaps one of the biggest releases of this year, Anthem.
It’s going to be a busy month for gamers, but since the winter winds are still blowing, there isn’t a better time to stay inside and start tackling all these new releases.
Wargroove (Feb 1 – PC, Switch, Xbox One)
Wargroove is one part Advance Wars, one part Fire Emblem, one part Mario Maker, and it’s about as awesome as it sounds. It’s essentially a turned based tactical RPG with nearly endless amounts of community driven content. What more could you want while you wait patiently for Fire Emblem: Three Houses?
We’ve already reviewed Wargroove, and had a good time with it. You can read the full review here.
Etrian Odyssey Nexus (Feb 5 – 3DS)
The 3DS allowed for the grand resurgence of the first person dungeon crawling RPG, and no franchise better encapsulates this genre than Etrian Odyssey. Etrian Odyssey Nexus is the latest game in the franchise which hit Japan last summer. After a lengthy localization period, it’s finally ready to hit our shores. This is going to be the last Etrian Odyssey game on the 3DS as the 3DS software library winds down and Nintendo focuses on the Switch.
It’s a fitting swan song for the handheld that allowed this genre to continue existing.
Crackdown 3 (Feb 15 – PC, Xbox One)
Crackdown 3 has guns, superpowers, huge open worlds, and Terry Crews.
You’ll take the role of super powered super cops infiltrating an organized crime controlled city after a global power outage. So choose your loadout, bring a couple friends, and kill some lowlife scum in the flashiest way possible for the best rewards.
Given the notoriously troubled development cycle, it will be interesting to see how the final release turns out.
Far Cry New Dawn (Feb 15 – PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Far Cry New Dawn is the Blood Dragon to Far Cry 5, which is to say it’s going to use the same system and mechanics, but drastically different content. New Dawn takes place after the events of Far Cry 5, in a nuclear post apocalypse. You’ll be playing on the same map, in the fictional Hope County, Montana, but seventeen years after the nukes dropped. You’ll get to watch as Hope County rebuilds itself, figure out the fates of your favorite Far Cry 5 characters, and probably blow some stuff up along the way.
Jump Force (Feb 15 – PC, PS4, Xbox One)
What if anime were real? We would all be in a huge amount of trouble.
This is exactly what Jump Force is all about. All your favorite anime characters from Shonen Jump properties have made their way to the real world, and are waging war with their villains in ways that absolutely obliterates the world around them. Will humanity survive the invasion of the anime characters? Heck no! But this is one apocalypse that is going to be awesome to watch.
Metro Exodus (Feb 15 – PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Metro Exodus takes place two years after Metro: Last Light, continuing the story of post nuclear survival in the underground tunnels of the Moscow Metro. However, unlike previous Metro games, Metro Exodus will take the player beyond the tunnels of the metro, into the greater ruined world.
Death end re;Quest (Feb 19 – PS4)
You’d think that any game that starts with the premise “the protagonist is stuck in an MMORPG” is about ten years too late to make that genre interesting, but this title mixes things up by playing with genre.
You get to play inside the game as a standard turn based strategy RPG, outside the game as a Phoenix Wright style mystery, and in several “hacked” versions of the game world, changing the genre into everything from an FPS to a fighting game. It’s a great idea that may also be saturated with a bit too much skimpy outfit fan service for the general gaming populace, but don’t let that steer you away from one of the most unique games coming out this month.
Anthem (Feb 22 – PC, PS4, Xbox One)
If you haven’t heard of Anthem at this point, then you have been living under a rock. BioWare’s take on the online multiplayer shooter RPG has been hyped up for years. The comparison to Destiny is inevitable, but BioWare has done a lot to make Anthem feel like an interesting game in its own right. We recently got a chance to visit EA’s offices and take the game for a spin, so if you want to hear our in-depth thoughts on the shooter prior to release, head over to our preview.
Trials Rising (Feb 26 – PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One)
Lastly, let’s veer away from all the doom and gloom of the post apocalypse, and just have some fun on a stunt bike. In Trials, you’ll take your rider through a variety of 2D obstacle courses, trying to score the highest time without breaking your face on every last ramp. Trials Rising includes more levels set in iconic real world locations, more modes, more online features, and a new tandem bike mode which allows two players to play cooperatively.