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It’s only the second month of 2016, and already things are heating up with a whole slew of games that is sure to delight all types of gamers. From tactical role-playing, puzzle-platforming, and fighting games, there is a game that everyone will love.
Here are the games of February 2016 that you must play:
Gravity Rush Remastered (February 2nd, PlayStation 4)
My all-time favourite PlayStation Vita game, Gravity Rush is coming to the PlayStation 4 and is getting a glorious HD upgrade. The technical wizards at Bluepoint Games, responsible for the amazing Uncharted: The Nathan Drake HD remake, are harnessing the power of the PlayStation 4 to provide vibrant 1080p HD visuals that are sure to make your mouth water.
Join Kat as she seeks answers about her forgotten past, and her gravity-defying powers. With 360 degree, go anywhere action, this action-adventure game is unlike anything you have ever played before. Whether you’re new to the series or a fan of the original game, Gravity Rush Remastered is one of the top PlayStation 4 games of February that cannot be missed. Did I mention that the all-new sequel Gravity Rush 2 is coming later this year exclusively to the PlayStation 4? ‘Nuff said!
Unravel (February 9th, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
Available only via digital download, Unravel follows the adventures of Yarny as you guide him on a heartwarming adventure trying to re-connect the memories of a long lost family. Don’t let Yarny’s cute appearance fool you; this unique physics-based puzzle platformer will make use of Yarny’s thread in clever and creative ways, which will keep you on your toes.
As you make your way through the lush, breathtaking Northern Scandinavian environments, you will be faced with obstacles big and small. Xbox One owners, if you’re an EA Access member you can play two select levels starting February 4th, and receive 10% off the game. Watch the trailer below and you’ll be hooked; Unravel has the potential to be one of the biggest sleeper hit games of 2016.
Street Fighter V (February 16th, PlayStation 4, PC)
Quite possibly the most famous fighting game in the world, Capcom’s Street Fighter franchise is well known for its unique cast of characters with their own distinct fighting styles. Featuring 16 playable characters from around the world at launch, the most substantial story mode in franchise history, and stunning visuals powered by the Unreal Engine 4 technology—Street Fighter V is shaping up to be the best game in the franchise yet.
In a shocking announcement, it was revealed that for the first time ever in the franchise’s history, Street Fighter V will feature cross-platform play. Capcom is taking a radical departure from the norm, and announced that all post-launch gameplay related content can be earned for free, just by playing the game. In addition, all balance and system adjustments will be free to download.
If you’re a fan of fighting games, look at this mouthwatering, juicy gameplay video below—you won’t want to miss Street Fighter V.
Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest (February 19th, Nintendo 3DS)
The ever-popular tactical role-playing game, Fire Emblem franchise is getting not one but two new games on the Nintendo 3DS this month. Developed by the team that brought us Fire Emblem Awakening, you’ll have the ability to experience two different sides of one brutal conflict.
For the first time in the series, your avatar is the main hero/heroine of the game with an army of knights, mages, and more at your command. As you are reluctantly caught up in a war between your birthplace and your now adopted home, each game features a unique path, and a complete experience. In Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest, a misguided kingdom must be changed from within, and in Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, you’ll battle a corrupted king.
No matter which version you purchase after completing the game you will have the option to download the other version of the game at a reduced price. Furthermore, a third story, Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation launches in March on the Nintendo eShop with a brand new adventure.
Far Cry Primal (February 23rd, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
The latest installment of the award-winning, first-person action franchise, Far Cry hit shelves later this month. Far Cry Primal takes you back to 10,000 BC—the days of the Stone Age. Filled with sabretooth tigers, and giant mammoths, you’re the last survivor of your hunting group. You must now fend off fierce predators, construct deadly weapons, and outsmart enemy tribes to become the Apex Predator.
In Far Cry Primal, you can tame predators such as wolves, sabretooth tigers, and cave bears to use them as weapons against your enemies. With the ability to summon these tamed predators at any time, you can use them to scout an area, attack your enemy, and as a distraction during battle.
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 (February 23rd, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2, the funniest, craziest most over-the-top shooter yet launches February 23rd. Go on the offense as the plants in an all-new 24-player Herbal Assault mode, or play as the zombies and defend against the plants in Graveyard Ops—a 4-player co-op mode.
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 has even more ways to play then before, including the wild playground known as Backyard Battleground. The Backyard Battleground is unlike anything you have experience before where you’ll have the freedom to explore by yourself or with friends.
You’ll battle across 12 brand new maps ranging from Moon Base Z, to a map modeled after our beloved country entitled “The Great White North”. Featuring six new character classes, there are over 100 unique characters to collect. Xbox One owners, if you’re a member of EA Access you can play the full game before launch, and get a 10% discount on the digital version of the game.
Are there any must play games coming out in February that you think I should have included in my list? Let me know in the comments section below.