The Month In Games: February 2017

February brings with it a whole new host of games to play and enjoy. From exploring a world of yarn to battling with a renegade alien faction and even heading to wartime Italy, there’s something for everyone this month.


Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World

Take a trip to Craft Island to help Yoshi unravel this latest adventure. In this platforming adventure, Yoshi is joined by his friend Poochy to help save the inhabitants of this once peaceful island. Yoshi and Poochy will have to work together to undo the work of Kamek, who has turned some of the other Yoshi into yarn with his powerful magic, and time is running out for them to undo the damage done to the island.

With new game modes and activities for all players to enjoy, Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World has something to offer for everyone. Players who pre-order the game will receive an exclusive poster. The Amiibo Edition will also include a special Poochy Amiibo to aid players in their journey. Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World will also be fully compatible with other Amiibo – allowing players to take aspects from other characters and add them to their own Yoshi designs.

Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World will be available on 3DS from February 3*

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Nioh

The lands of war-torn Japan provide the backdrop for this action RPG. In Nioh, players take on the role of a young man named William, who has arrived in Japan to track down his enemy. Set in the early 1600’s, Japan is in the midst of a civil war – with clans all over the nation battling each other for supremacy. On his journey through this re-imagining of the Sengoku period, William will encounter historical figures and fantastical creatures on his mission for vengeance.

Combining fantasy with history, Nioh takes players across the country as it is gripped by civil war. Players will be able to learn new fighting techniques with a variety of different weapons at their disposal. Learning new skills and adapting fighting styles for each new set of combatants, players will be challenged at every turn with this adventure.

Nioh will be available on PlayStation 4 from February 8*

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For Honor

Choose your side as war is coming to the world of For Honor. After years of peace, the warlord Apollyon is plotting to start an all out war between the three warrior societies – the Vikings, the Knights and the Samurai. Believing they have grown weak during the years of peace, Apollyon seeks an all-out war in order to weed out the weakest and have only the strong survive, using the inherent distrust among the clans as a catalyst for conflict.

The game’s Gold Edition will include the Season Pass, which will allow players to access new content as it becomes available. The game’s Deluxe Edition will feature a mix of physical and digital content. Included with a copy of the game will be an exclusive Lithography and a copy of the game’s soundtrack. The edition’s Digital Deluxe Pack will include 3 new Helmet crests, an exclusive emblem, an Execution Mood effect and a boost package.

For Honor will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC from February 14*

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Sniper Elite 4

The Sniper Elite series continues in this latest edition. In Sniper Elite 4, players take on the role of Karl Fairburne, an agent for the Office of Strategic Services, who has been tasked with helping the Italian resistance in the fight against fascism in the midst of the Second World War. Following on from the events of Sniper Elite III, this new chapter will put players in the middle of one of the most important campaigns of the war while capturing the reality of conflict.

The Limited Edition of Sniper Elite 4 will feature new content and missions to expand on the core story. The Target Führer Mission pack takes Karl to a secret U-boat facility in the Mediterranean, where his mission to assassinate the base’s commander takes a drastic turn with the appearance of a more valuable – and elusive – target. The Camouflage Rifles Skin pack contains detailed wraps for Karl’s weapons, all accurate recreations from the era.

Sniper Elite 4 will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC from February 14*

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Halo Wars 2

A new enemy rises in this latest addition to the Halo franchise. Set in the year 2259, Halo Wars 2 follows the crew of the Spirit of Fire – a UNSC ship thought lost during the war. With the crew now awake from their cryosleep, they encounter a new threat: Atriox. This brute, a former soldier of the Covenant, is the fearsome leader of the Banished – a group who have broken away from Covenant rule. With only the information from a recovered AI to go on, the crew must find a way to halt the advance of the Banished.

Players who pre-order through selected retailers will receive two packs of cards to use in the Blitz multi-player mode – a Shipmaster pack and an Atriox pack. The Ultimate Edition will include a Season Pass token and Halo Wars: Definitive Edition – which includes the original Halo Wars with all the DLC included. In addition, the Definitive Edition also includes Early Access to Halo Wars 2 – allows players the chance to play the game four days before release.

Halo Wars 2 will be available on Xbox One and PC from February 21*

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LEGO Worlds

The world is your (brick) oyster in this new LEGO title. Players take on the role of an average LEGO being, who has ambitions of becoming a Master Builder. Travelling around the worlds of LEGO, players will be able to build whatever they choose, unlocking more tools and items by collecting them or by helping out other LEGO characters. Players will be able to meet a whole host of different characters along the way – each with their own piece of this build to share.

LEGO Worlds will truly give players the freedom to build their own world as they play. As they build, players will have the choice of using pre-constructed items and buildings or making their own – one brick at a time. This will also be the case with landscapes – with players only limited by their own imagination. LEGO Worlds will also feature an online multiplayer function, allowing players to connect with their fellow builders to share ideas and content, while also competing (or cooperating) in various challenges.

LEGO Worlds will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC from February 24*

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Free to Play

On Xbox, Gold subscribers will have four new titles to enjoy for free. On Xbox One, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime will be available from February 1-28*, with Project Cars: Digital Edition available from February 16* – March 15*. Over on Xbox 360, Monkey Island 2: Special Edition will be available from February 1-16* and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed will be available from February 16-28*. As always, the Xbox 360 titles will also be available on Xbox One via Backwards Compatibility.

PlayStation users with a PS Plus account can visit the PlayStation Blog for information on this month’s deals and free titles.

Also Released This Month

February 2* – Diluvion (PC), Alwa’s Awakening (PC), Fire Emblem Heroes (Android)
February 3* – Forestry 2017 – The Simulation (PS4), Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4: Road to Boruto (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
February 7* – Nights of Azure (PC), Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book (PC), Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – Gold Season 2 (Xbox One, PS4)
February 9* – Quarantine (PC – Steam Early Access), [email protected] (PC)
February 10* – Slain: Back from Hell (PS4), Syberia 3 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
February 17* – All the Delicate Duplicates (PC), Dragon Ball Fusions (3DS), The Walking Dead: A New Frontier (Xbox One, PS4 – disc release)
February 21* – Ys Origin (PS4, PS Vita), Night in the Woods (PS4, PC)
February 24* – Berserk and the Band of the Hawk (PS4), Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch (PS4)
February 28* – Torment: Tides of Numenera (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

*Dates refer to UK release. International dates may vary and are subject to change.

Words by Megan Roxburgh

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