Anticipated Games of February 2015
A new year is upon us! If all goes according to schedule, the delayed games from last year will arrive on store shelves and digital format this year. 2014 had many titles originally planned for release that year put on hold, opting to instead release in 2015 after more polish was applied to make the final product even better than it originally may have been. Many people view delayed games as a negative thing, but I see it as a necessary step. If the developers of a game do not feel like their product is up to their standards, I respect their decision to work on a title for longer to make that game the best experience it can be. Maybe our industry can soon learn not to establish official release dates for games until they know when the final product will be finished!
Anyway, let’s move on. Here are my top anticipated titles for next month, February of 2015.
Evolve – February 10th
Evolve comes to us from Turtle Rock Studios, creators of Valve’s popular zombie-shooting series Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2. I am a big fan of the Left 4 Dead series, devoting countless hours blasting away at zombies in cooperative modes with friends. A standard game of Evolve has four players cooperatively exploring multiple environments to hunt down a fifth player controlling a large monster exclusive to that area. The four hunters must hunt down the monster, while the fifth player controlling that monster either has to kill each of the hunters within a set period of time, or complete a set of objectives within each match. The gameplay and monsters found in Evolve already impress me, and the four versus one nature of the game is something that I look forward to diving into.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse – February 13th
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is the sequel to 2005’s Nintendo DS Kirby title, Kirby Canvas Curse. Rather than follow the traditional Kirby formula of enabling copy-abilities for Kirby’s consumption, this game focuses on players using the Wii U game pad to draw lines to direct ball-form Kirby through each stage. Because he cannot be moved manually using the control stick, lines drawn on the touch screen are used to navigate Kirby through a variety of areas. If this new game offers the high level of collectibles, large number of stages, and engaging music as Kirby Canvas Curse did, then count me all in for this entry.
The Order: 1886 – February 20th
This title is one of the biggest make-it-or-break-it games that I have seen in a while. Many elements of the game that we have seen so far have been positive, with solid gunplay, action-packed scenes, and beautiful areas to explore. Despite this, I am still rather apprehensive about The Order. The letterboxing format of the screen is something that I feel is not necessary to the game, and may actually hinder the player’s enjoyment of the title. After watching a play-through of last year’s survival horror game The Evil Within, which also featured letterboxing, I noticed that the gameplay suffered due to this decision. Pick-ups found on the ground were difficult to spot, and defending oneself became more difficult due to the limited screen space. I hope that The Order is a title that can use the letterboxing without watering down the game’s enjoyment factor, but we will find out once it releases next month. All of that said, I’m still looking forward to the game! The premise is interesting, and each character appears to have a ton of depth that I hope will be explored within the narrative. Also: Killer mustaches.
Resident Evil Revelations: Episodes 1 and 2 – February 17th and 24th, respectively
I was actually not aware of this until rather recently, but Revelations is being split up into an episodic format that will be released at certain dates throughout the first half of 2015. The first and second episodes will be coming to us in the second half of February, while the rest of the game will show up soon in the months to come. I’m looking forward to this title because while I did not have the chance to play through the entirety of the first Revelations game, I enjoyed what I saw. The game seemed to employ more of the horror aspect of early Resident Evil games, rather than relying on over-the-top action sequences like those found in Resident Evil 6. I hope this signals a return to survival horror with an emphasis on the genre horror.
Well, these are the games that I am most looking forward to in February. Let me know which games you’re interested in for next month! Thanks for reading.