Video Game Releases to look out for in February 2021
January may have started slow, but February is picking up pretty fast with many notable AAA and indie releases. Whether you are waiting to fight Bowser as a giant kaiju, itching to survive a claymation hell hole, looking for some classic JRPG goodness, or you just want to get the Phantom Thieves back together, February has a game for you.
Nuts (Feb 4th – PC, Switch)
Who knows what goes on in Melmoth Forest? The squirrels know. The squirrels know everything. You know what you have to do. Watch the squirrels. Uncover their secrets. This game bills itself as a single-player surveillance mystery, but we know what it is. It’s a conspiracy nut simulator, and it looks super fun.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood (Feb 4 – PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X)
One of White Wolf’s new video game outings, Werewolf: The Apocalypse Earthblood adapts the Werewolf tabletop setting into a God of War-style action game. You’ll have to master your three forms, human, wolf, and Crinos, a half man half wolf beast, to tackle the game’s challenges, but your real enemy is the rage festering inside you.
Little Nightmares II (Feb 11th – PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Switch)
Ah yes, the sequel to the much-beloved horror, puzzle, survival game where the player is stuck in a claymation boat where horrible giant monster adults want to eat them. Little Nightmares 2 puts you back in that environment, except now there are co-op and combat elements, and a deeper focus on the lore. Be prepared to be horrified and disgusted as you barely make your way through this distorted world with your lives intact.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (Feb 12 – Switch)
Nintendo continues to put all of their award-winning Wii U titles on the Switch, making that old failed console completely obsolete. This time around, Mario gets to go on a new adventure with Bowser Jr. It’s an open-world exploration style collect-a-thon that takes inspiration from Super Mario Sunshine. It’s a whole other game tacked on to one of the best 3D multiplayer Mario games of all time!
Fallen Legion: Revenants (Feb 16 – PS4, Switch)
This is another indie game that got delayed again and again due to the COVID pandemic, but now it’s finally coming out. Think of the setting of Castlevania meets the gameplay of Valkyrie Profile, with a heavy focus on crafting, battle, and party management.
Shattered: Tale of the Forgotten King (Feb 17 – PC Early Access)
One part open-world game, one part platformer, one part souls-like, Shattered: Tale of the Forgotten King is attempting to put an interesting spin on several beloved genres. This is just an early access release, but if these genres sound like your cup of tea, you might want to pick it up and give it a shot.
30XX (Feb 17 – PC Early Access)
Speaking of early access releases, 30XX might be the one early access release that you absolutely, positively, don’t want to miss this year. It’s basically rogue-lite Mega Man X, coupled together with Mega Man X maker, coupled together with a full non-rogue-lite Mega Man X title, and so much more. If you are a fan of classic jump and shoot gameplay, do not sleep on 30XX.
Altdeus: Beyond Chronos (Feb 17 – PC (Oculus))
This game is a lot of things. First, it’s very Japanese. It combines giant robot battles, pop idols, and incredibly convoluted plotlines. However, it is also one of the first VR giant mecha simulators, and you know how anime fans love their giant robots. It’s really surprising that VR developers haven’t fooled around with this narrative space before. Regardless, check out Altdeus: Beyond Chronos if you want to fire giant rail guns at alien enemies from the cockpit of your own mech legally distinct from a Gundam.
King of Seas (Feb 18 – PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
Pirates were a big thing in gaming for a hot minute. So what sets this pirate game apart from all the rest? Two things. First, it’s an indie RPG that is focused primarily on naval warfare. You’ll be spending more time on a ship and less time on land than any other pirate-themed title. Second, the entire world is procedurally generated, so no two playthroughs will be the same.
Persona 5 Strikers (Feb 23 – PC, PS4, Switch)
The phantom thieves are back at it again, and this time they are road tripping across Japan to change the cognitions of the evil people in this world. This is a fantastic fusion of the deep RPG mechanics of Persona 5 and the frantic 1 vs. 100 gameplay of Tecmo Koei’s Warriors titles. But it’s far more than just Dynasty Warriors with a Persona skin. It has a lot of really interesting systems and a compelling plot that makes it a satisfying follow up to Atlus’s award-winning RPG.
Curse of the Dead Gods (Feb 23 – PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
Riches, power, all you could ever want is yours. All you have to do is tread where dead gods lie. Will you find success or die trying, only to find yourself corrupted enough to raise and try again? This is a top-down isometric rogue-lite similar to Hades but instead of Greek mythology, you are fighting through straight-up Lovecraft. Proceeding onward is sure to curse you, but who knows, some curses can be a blessing if used in the right way.
Ghosts n’ Goblins Resurrection (Feb 25 – Switch)
The classic platforming of Ghosts n’ Goblins is back, coming to the Nintendo Switch with brand new levels, brand new powers, and the same absurd difficulty. Capcom hasn’t released a mainline Ghosts n’ Goblins title on consoles since the SNES, and it’s about time that we got to see it come back from the dead.
Bravely Default II (Feb 26 – Switch)
If you are looking for a classic JRPG experience, look no further. Bravely Default II is everything you know and love from classic Final Fantasy right down to the job system. Gather a party and fight against a great evil, and if previous Bravely titles are any indicator, you’ll eventually time travel and face off against some dark gods as well. It’s also worth noting that Square took note of a lot of fan feedback after they released the first few demos for this game, so you, the community had one of the biggest roles in designing the game’s systems and U.I.
Destruction AllStars (Feb TBA – PS5)
One of the killer apps for PlayStation 5, Destruction AllStars, is classic vehicular combat, but it trades in the grungy ‘90s aesthetic of Twisted Metal for a more neon 2020s aesthetic, reminiscent of Fortnite. Race, crash, and explode your way to the top in this new era of car combat that makes use of all the PS5’s new hardware features, including its nifty new controller with adaptive triggers.
Capcom Arcade Stadium (Feb TBA - Switch)
Look, sometimes you just need a combo pack of old arcade games to remember the good old days. From Street Fighter to Bionic Commando, from Strider to 1942, this collection brings back 32 Capcom favorites, playable right on your Switch.