January 2018 was a bit of a quiet month for gaming, with only two huge games coming out. February looks to be a similar month, but there are still quite a few games to look forward to.
There’s something for everyone this month, so let’s have a look at what exactly we have to look forward to, the biggest new games of February 2018.
1. Shadow of the Colossus
Platforms: PS4 Release Date: February 6, 2018
Arguably one of the games with the biggest hype surrounding its release this year, the remake of Shadow of the Colossus promises to be even more beautiful than the original, improving on it in many ways, while still keeping the feeling of the PS2 classic. It was already remastered for PS3, but in the last few years, Bluepoint Games and SIE Japan Studio have been rebuilding the game from the ground up. They’ve promised that the contents of the game will be exactly the same as the original, with only the assets being redone, and new control schemes implemented to fit current player control preferences. They have said, however, that the original control method will still be playable.
2. Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox One Release Date: February 13, 2018
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is another heavy hitter that fans have been awaited for quite a while now. It’s looking to be a medieval action role-playing game without any kind of magic or dragons. It will feature period-accurate music, weapons, combat techniques, armours, and even the world and the castles therein were created with help of historians.
The game takes you back to Bohemia of the fifteenth century, as Lord Kobyla is leading a resistance against the invasion of King Sigismund of Hungary after the king of Bohemia dies. There are many different ways to go at every mission, and everything will influence you and the world around you. You can even choose not to fight if that’s your wish.
3. Secret of Mana
Platforms: PS4, PS Vita, PC Release Date: February 15, 2018
The second remake on this list, Secret of Mana was one of the most beloved games of the SNES era. Now it’s back, with a full 3D remake of the game, featuring tons of new content such as fully-voiced dialogue, new arrangements of the classic score, assignable hotkeys and more.
Players that couldn’t quite get into the SNES original will most likely have a much better time with this remake, as it seems to be a lot more accessible than the original without being inherently easier. Square Enix has also expressed their thoughts on bringing the remake to the Nintendo Switch, or possibly even bringing a collection of both versions to the newest Nintendo console.
4. Dragon Quest Builders
Platforms: PS4, PS3, PS Vita, Nintendo Switch Release Date:
Dragon Quest Builders was probably one of the most surprising announcements Square Enix could have made for the franchise. Although at first glance, it looks like a Minecraft clone with a Dragon Quest skin, the game is not about building to survive. It’s more about fulfilling side quests by building and is now coming to Switch.
You start off near a destroyed town and throughout the game, you work to rebuild it, discovering its lore and getting more and more people back to the city until you have a chirpy bright little town just like you used to find in old JRPGs.
You can already try the demo if you’re not sure whether it’ll be your thing, but it one thing’s for sure: even if the combo is unexpected, it works.
5. Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology
Platforms: 3DS Release Date: February 13, 2018
There’s something about this month and remasters/remakes/re-releases. Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is an expanded remake of Radiant Historia, which released for Nintendo DS seven years ago in America, and never in Europe. It comes with redesigned character art, new voice-overs, more difficulty settings and a whole third timeline.
When war breaks out in Vainquer, Stocke, a Special Intelligence agent will need to go back to the past to change the present. In the new timeline, a mysterious new character will teach him about the world’s history, showing the effects his actions have in several different scenarios.
This time-travel JRPG looks like it’ll be a lot of fun when it hits the Nintendo 3DS later this month.
6. Dynasty Warriors 9
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One Release Date: February 8, 2018
It’s been five years since the last Dynasty Warriors game, which released only on consoles from the last generation. Now the franchise known for its hundreds of crossovers and spinoffs is back with another main series game, this time gracing the PS4 and Xbox One. It’s been confirmed that all of the characters from Dynasty Warriors 8 are returning, with a bunch of new character to boot. On top of that, every character is confirmed to have their own ending.
Dynasty Warriors 9 starts in the year 184, during in the Yellow Turban Rebellion and continuing in nine further chapters, where players have the possibility to play as they like, rushing through missions are taking their time as they please.
7. Metal Gear Survive
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One Release Date: February 20, 2018
It’s not even out yet and it’s already the most divisive game of the year. On one hand, you have fans of the Metal Gear franchise who absolutely abhor what Konami is doing to the franchise, and with good reason, then, on the other hand, you have mindless dopes who like buying every zombie game because “wow, zombies”. Those are just the two vocal minorities though. Most of the others, especially the greater part of those who are going to buy the game, are those who see the title and think “wasn’t Metal Gear Solid 5 that one really cool stealth game where I didn’t get the ending cause I didn’t play the other games? This one has the same gameplay but zombies and a less confusing story by the look of things… Sounds good!”
There’s almost no chance that this game ends up anywhere near as good as any of the Metal Gear Solid games, but being a AAA Konami release, it still deserves the mention.
8. Civilization VI: Rise and Fall
Platforms: PC Release Date: February 8, 2018
Technically, this one’s cheating because it’s not a game in and of itself, but only a DLC, though it’s the first DLC for the newest game in one of the biggest RTS franchises, so we’ll let it slide. The new expansion introduces the possibility for civilizations to rise and collapse, depending on many factors. It also adds global eras, which can push you into a prosperous Golden Age or lead to you slip-sliding into a Dark Age, which can be disastrous. It looks to be a highly interesting turn for the franchise, which despite its longevity is still looking for new ideas on how to change everything up.
Which of these games do you have on pre order? Have you tried the Dragon Quest Builders Demo yet? What do you think about Metal Gear Survive?