Release Date: Saturday, February 4th
Platforms: 3DS

Nintendo continue their streak of bringing major WIi U titles to the Nintendo 3DS. Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World includes the entirety of Yoshi’s Woolly World from the Wii U, but also adds Poochy as an assist for newer players and an all new mode where he’s playable too.

Shannon said: “Yoshi is one of my favourite characters in not only the world of Nintendo, but gaming as a whole. I never really got to spend much time with the Wii U version, but this game seems much better suited to the 3DS (or the Nintendo Switch). I’m super glad that Poochy is back for the ride too. Yoshi’s Island on the SNES is one of the best games of all time, so hopefully this game can pay tribute.”

Release Date: Wednesday, February 8th
Platforms: PS4

Nioh suffered an even more protracted development period than Final Fantasy XV, first beginning development in 2004. This Team Ninja developed action adventure slasher is best described as Dark Souls meets The Last Samurai, albeit in a much more supernatural embellished style. Extensive alpha and beta testing have helped shape Nioh, which should hopefully be well worth the wait.

Steven said: “I like Souls games. Other games have tried to emulate the Souls formula of intricately constructed worlds and immensely rewarding combat that is difficult to crack but so far none have really understood what made Dark Souls so special, at least in my eyes. Nioh is the next contender to the throne, and the Sengoku period Japanese setting definitely has my interest. Whether it comes good on it’s Souls-like aspirations, we will see.”

Release Date: Tuesday, February 14th
Platforms: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

The second collaboration from GamesTrust, the Gamestop publishing initiative, De-Formers is a frantic multiplayer game from Ready At Dawn.

While we don’t know much about the game, you play as squishy creatures in arena battles that support both offline and online play. And that includes split screen!

Release Date: Tuesday, February 14th
Platforms: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

For Honor is Ubisoft’s newest IP that sees player stepping into the role of a Knight, Samurai or Viking and engaging in vicious yet tactical battles while utilising a large variety of weapons and skills. For Honor is proudly historically inaccurate.

Whether it’s through the campaign or the comprehensive online multiplayer with multiple modes, there’s heaps of different ways to play For Honor.

Ewan said: “Vikings are the best, and it’s time more developers recognized that. Having been tearing it up as a Nordic marauder in the beta, I’m increasingly more intrigued by Ubisoft’s online hack and slash, action game. There’s a surprising amount of strategy and teamwork required, which translates to tense multiplayer matches. Hopefully there’s a robust single-player mode and progression system to compliment a decent roster of online game modes; that ought to help grow a community around this game. Mainly, I’m just excited about swinging my excessively big axe around some more.”

Jake said: “Man there are some great games coming out this month, but For Honor sparks my interest the most. Having not played any demos or the beta, however being impressed by everything I’ve seen, I’m keen to take on this hack and slash. Even more so I’m keen to conquer with the PS Crew – and we’re definitely going to be Samurai Ewan, not Vikings #worlddomination”

 

Release Date: Tuesday, February 14th
Platforms: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

Rebellion’s landmark Sniper Elite series returns with Sniper Elite 4. This time you play as an OSS agent who is fighting against the fascists in World War 2 in Italy. The game promises to be a major improvement on Sniper Elite 3 in almost every way.

Sniper Elite 4 promises larger maps, reworked animations and visuals, better intelligence of enemies and even night missions where light can be used to hide from or scare your enemies.

Release Date: Friday, February 17th / Tuesday, February 21st
Platforms: Xbox One / PC

Halo Wars makes a long awaited return with a new developer at the helm and a brand new villain leading it’s battles. Set just after the events of Halo 5: Guardians, Halo Wars 2 pits you against the Banished, a splinter group of the covenant led by the Brute warlord Atriox.

Halo Wars 2 is one of the most flexible games to play on Xbox One, featuring co-operative and competitive multiplayer modes including the new Blitz mode which utilizes cards instead of units.

Raymond said: “The first instalment took a risk with leaping into the RTS genre, but definitely pulled it off. More than anything, however, I appreciate the fresh perspective the game takes in following the crew of the Spirit of Fire. While I’m definitely more a fan of the main games, I expect Halo Wars 2 will do well in complementing the Halo universe.”

Release Date: Tuesday, February 21st
Platforms: PS4 / PC

Night In The Woods follows Mae, a college dropout who returns home to reconnect with friends she left behind. But when she returns to Possum Springs, her former home town, things just aren’t the same.

Night in the Woods is best described as an adventure game with a major emphasis on exploration, storytelling and characters. There’s heaps of people to meet and lots to do in a lush and vibrant world.

Damian said: “Upon seeing the artwork of a Night in the Woods, it immediately reminded me of the illustrations in Emily Rodda’s book ‘Power and Glory’. I was absolutely obsessed with this book as a child and always wished for an actual video game I could play that mirrored its style. A Night in the Woods has finally made this wish come true and I cannot wait to explore this intriguing anthropomorphic adventure game.”

Seamus said: “An adventure game which I only recently discovered, but has quickly shot up my most anticipated list for 2017. A coming of age story with a distinct artstyle and plenty of character, Night in the Woods has the potential to be the first sleeper hit of the year.”

Release Date: Wednesday, February 22nd
Platforms: PS4 / Xbox One

LEGO Worlds brings the freedom and construction prowess of games like Minecraft and Terraria with the charm and brand recognition that only LEGO can provide. In the game players can build their own world using studs as their currency brick-by-brick.

Previously available through Steam unfinished via the Early Access programme, LEGO Worlds is finally finished and seeing a release on all major consoles, with PS4 and Xbox One leading and Nintendo Switch following suit some time later.

Paradigm is a point and click adventure game from Perth developer Jacob Janerka, and you can tell he’s poured his heart and soul into every inch of this strange surreal experience.

The story revolves around the exploits and trials of the mutated character Paradigm, who faces off against his mortal enemy, the insecure sloth, Olof. When all he really wants to be doing is working on his next electronic EP.

Seamus said: “A point and click adventure game, where every line is a pun and every encounter is more ridiculous than the last. Following the story of a Paradigm, a horribly mutated chap who dreams of becoming the best electronic artist in the world, it’s a weird, silly and out there game. But it’s short demo at PAX Aus alone had me giggling and laughing at every turn, and left truly excited for the full release.”

  • Zach

    Why no love for the Knights on For Honor?