Hurrah, it’s February, the most boring month on the calendar. Unless you are in love, that is. Still, at least we can all look forward to a nice selection of games being released, can’t we?
Well, February is the most boring month and that is traditionally mirrored in the games industry. That being said there are some interesting and noteworthy titles coming our way. Let’s have a quick look -
From February 4th
The month actually starts quite well with the launch of the hilariously fun arcade racer Nail’d for PS3, PC and Xbox360. For the PC fans we also have Dungeons, which puts the player in charge of entertaining aspiring heroes before harvesting their soul energy in a modern take on the classic Dungeon Keeper, or The Sims 3: Outdoor Living Stuff pack for those who just can’t leave their little people alone. If you fancy a bit of Wii gaming, the plumber is back in Mario Sports Mix.
If handhelds are your thing, then the DS/DSi gets more of the Italian plumber, albeit in mini form, with Mario Vs Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem. Also the PSP gets some epic action from Square Enix with Lord of Arcana.
I would likely go with Lord of Arcana from this little lot. There are some good looking games here, and lots of fun to be had, but with co-op play, customisation and some truly gorgeous bosses to battle with, Lord of Arcana is the game I am most looking forward to.
From February 11th
A quiet week with only a couple of games of note. Driving fans will be pleased to see the return of open world island cruising in Test Drive Unlimited 2 for Xbox360, PS3 and PC. We also have the “multi-sensory shooter” Child of Eden offering something a little different for the Xbox360 and PS3 with Move support.
I am not going to beat around the bush here. Test Drive Unlimited 2 is a game that I have been yearning for since it’s announcement. With two islands on offer to cruise around, some incredibly gorgeous cars and revolutionary multiplayer, TDU2 will certainly keep me happy for a while.
From February 18th
Another lean week. We do, however, finally see the UK launch of Two Worlds II for PC, PS3 and Xbox360, the RPG which has been doing so well in Europe. There is also the slightly strange Deathsmiles for Xbox360, offering side-scrolling shoot ‘em up action.
The game has been selling like hotcakes across Europe, so I am eager to get my hands on the epic RPG action of Two Worlds II. Expect this game to last for weeks, if not months.
From February 25th
Plenty to be happy about for shooter fans this week, with Killzone 3 coming to the PS3 and over the top action with Bulletstorm for Xbox360, PS3 and PC. There is also the colourful fun of DeBlob 2: Underground for Wii, DS/DSi, PS3 and Xbox360. If Wii is your chosen console, then the delightful Kirby’s Epic Yarn could be the game of choice. Finally, February rounds out with the long awaited return of the strategy RPG Tactics Ogre on PSP.
Much as I am looking forward to Tactics Ogre, being a big fan of the original game, and I really want to get my hands on Kirby, I think Bulletstorm is the way to go this week. Kill with Skill is the tagline and the game will allow for, and reward, players who take out the enemy in the most inventive ways. The games looks good, is brimming with action and seems like it will be a lot of fun.
Suddenly February doesn’t look quite so boring…