Welcome to a new DDNet feature! Each month our resident list expert, Jim, will pull together a list of the must-play games for the month – and that means you won’t miss any of them!
January was a slow mouth for gaming (as is traditional for the industry) but each year in February things pick right back up again. Here’s our picks of the bunch for your February gaming.
Please note all release dates are for the North America release dates unless otherwise noted.
Bravely Default – 3DS – Release Date 2/7/2014
Bravely Default is a highly anticipated JRPG by Square Enix. Fans of both the Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest franchises should feel at home with this title as it is designed to be very reminiscent of both. With a hand-drawn watercolor background aesthetic Bravely Default should not only play well but look gorgeous as well. Fans of the genre should defiantly pick this one up. (This one is already available in Australia and Europe).
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII – PS3, 360 – Release Date 2/11/2014
Final Fantasy XIII’s epic conclusion is almost here and we are excited to see how this story ends. With a revamped gameplay system, a action-oriented battle system, and the ability to customise the player character’s outfits should make this the best in the Final Fantasy XIII series!
Toukiden: The Age of Demons – Vita – Release Date 2/11/2014
Toukiden is a third person monster hunting game developed by Omega Force (known for its Dynasty Warriors series). Set in a fantasy world with medieval Japanese themes, warriors must fight oni (demons) in groups with other players or NPCs. Yep, toukiden features co-operative play over ad-hoc WiFi connection, or over the Internet. Fans of Monster Hunter should feel right at home with this title.
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc – Vita – Release Date 2/11/2014
Danganronpa may not be for every one being a murder mystery visual novel, and all, but it’s going to be awesome for its niche. Fans of the likes of Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and the Ace Attorney series will be right at home with this game. Each chapter of gameplay takes place in two types of gameplay; the Daily Life and Deadly Life sections, in which the player explores the academy and progresses through the story, and the Class Trials, where the player must deduce the culprit of a crime.
Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze – Wii U – Release Date 2/21/2014
Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is the first Donkey Kong on Wii U and the first Donkey Kong in HD. Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze will feature more playable character’s then ever with Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, and Cranky Kong. In fact, this will be Dixie Kong’s first appearance since 1996’s Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble!
Tales of Symphonia Chronicles – PS3 – Release date Release Date 2/25/2014
Tales of Symphonia Chronicles is a HD remaster of the PlayStation 2’s Tales of Symphonia (one of the most celebrated Tales of game to date) and Nintendo Wii’s Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World.
Thief – PS3, PS4, 360, Xbox One, PC – Release Date 2/25/2014
Thief is a reboot of the Thief series of stealth games, and the first one we’ve seen in a decade. Leading man Garrett the master thief returns to his hometown named The City to find it ruled by a tyrant called ‘The Baron’. Delightfully vague, isn’t it? Thief is one of the first big next gen games coming out in 2014, so it’s worth attention for that reason alone.
February’s Quick Picks – Other games to look forward to
Ragnarok Odyssey ACE – PS3, Vita – Release Date 2/18/2014
Earth Defense Force 2025 – PS3, 360 – Release Date 2/18/2014
Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare – 360, Xbox one – Release Date 2/25/2014
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 – PS3, 360, PC – Release Date 2/25/2014
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy – 3DS – Release Date 2/28/2014
– Jim S.
The List Guy