One month of the year down! Did you manage to make it through all of last year’s big holiday titles? What about the multitude of awesome releases that came out in January? Or maybe you’re still stuck on some puzzles in The Witness. Well, even if you are, I hope you are ready to get your game on this month.
Why? Because there’s a lot to love this February! A lot. No matter what type of gamer you are, there’s something coming out for you. We’ve got pocket monsters, Scandinavian yarn, woolly mammoths, and more. Get ready to cancel those Valentine’s Day plans, because you just might be too busy gaming.
Pokémon is turning 20 later this month, which means only one thing: a big ol’ birthday party. Get ready to go back to the adventure that started the craze. Nintendo and the Pokémon Company are re-releasing the classic Game Boy titles that made Pikachu a household name and created one of gaming’s biggest franchises.
You’ll be able to play through the games exactly as you remember them: sprite-based graphics; having to make the insanely tough decision between Squirtle, Charmander, and Bulbasaur; and battling and collecting all of Kanto’s eight badges. One change, though; these games now have local wireless trading and battling options, meaning you won’t have to dig through those boxes in your closet for your old link cable. Sorry, link cable.
So, grab those Pokéballs and get ready to catch all 150 Pokémon and become a Pokémon Master. Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow release February 27 on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console for $9.99 each.
Man, yarn is hot these days. Kirby and Yoshi have both had yarn-based adventures. And now there’s Yarny, star of Unravel. Developed by Coldwood Interactive, a small 14-person Swedish development studio, and published by Electronic Arts, Unravel is a physics-based puzzle platformer that tells a story completely without words; waiting for you to come knit everything together.
In Unravel, you’ll use Yarny’s yarn-body to travel through gorgeous environments based on real-life Northern Scandinavia, swing from things, and solve puzzles as Yarny slowly unravels; if you run out of yarn, you can’t keep going. Along the way you’ll uncover pieces of a story, reconnecting the memories of a long-lost family. Put those scissors down and get ready, because Yarny can’t tie everything together all by himself.
Unravel releases February 9 on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 for $19.99.
Far Cry Primal
I promised woolly mammoths on this list, didn’t I?
And well, look at that. Hello, Far Cry Primal. Primal takes the Far Cry series to the very roots of humanity. Get ready to explore the Stone Age, fight off enemy tribes, and tame animals to fight along side you. Wolves, bears… and yup, even honey badgers are all in-game, waiting for you to tame and use for your own survival.
Even if the guns-a-plenty world of Far Cry isn’t your cup of tea, Primal brings an interesting time-period grounding to the franchise. So sharpen those spears and get ready to go primal.
Far Cry Primal releases February 23 on Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, and March 1 for PC, for $59.99.
Aliens! Aliens! ALIENS! XCOM 2 takes places 20 years after the events of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The aliens have taken over, humans have lost the war, and now it’s up to you to uncover the truth behind the invasion and try to help humans take back their home in this turn-based tactical adventure. This is our rock and the aliens can’t have it!
Don’t worry, you’ll have help. New classes like the Ranger join in the fight as you take control of the new mobile base and headquarters, the Avenger. Procedurally generated maps and improved mod tools round out this sequel.
And come on. You can’t let the aliens win, right?
XCOM 2 releases on February 5 on PC for $59.99, with OS X and Linux versions also coming.
Get ready to get lost in Wyoming.
Firewatch, developed by San Francisco-based Campo Santo, places you in the shoes of Henry, a fire lookout in Wyoming in 1989. The only human contact you have in the game is your supervisor Delilah, who you interact with via a handheld radio. Get ready to explore caves, search for missing kids, and discover the deeper mystery of the Wyoming woods.
And remember, kids: only you can prevent forest fires.
Firewatch releases February 9 on Windows, Mac, Linux, and PlayStation 4. Price has yet to be announced.
What February video-game releases are you most excited to get your hands on? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.
Photo Credits: Nintendo, EA, Ubisoft, 2K, Campo Santo