2017 was an incredible year for gaming and 2018 isn’t looking half bad either. Now with a confirmed date for Red Dead Redemption 2 (October 26), the 2018 game hype is on! We kicked off January with the big releases of Dragon Ball FighterZ and Monster Hunter Worlds.  Here’s a look at some of the most anticipated games to be released this February!

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Shadow of the Colossus

One of the most acclaimed games of all time is getting remastered. Shadow of the Colossus debuted on the PlayStation 2 in 2005 and immediately captured the hearts of many. The game is most well known for its simplicity, art, soundtrack, and scape. You play as Wander, and it is your job to journey forth and defeat the sixteen different Colossi that inhabit the forbidden land. Along with updated graphics, the remake will feature something truly unique to the game: controlling the look. Players can modify the appearance of the game to create the story they want to tell as they play. Enjoy big bold adventures? Use the Vivid Filter. Want to embrace the fear of fighting monstrous Colossi? Use the Night Filter. Ultimately, you get to artistically design your own game.  Shadow of the Colossus Remastered is available now on the PlayStation 4

 

Bayonetta & Bayonetta 2

Another game series receiving a remaster this month are Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2. Bayonetta is the popular hack-and-slash action-adventure series from Sega. The series focuses on the sultry and sophisticated witch Bayonetta. She battles against demons and angels alike while discovering her past and saving her colleague from the pits of Hell. The game has received releases on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U. Now, both Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 are headed for the Nintendo Switch. This is probably in preparation for the release of the much anticipated Bayonetta 3, which will be released later this year. The remaster will feature four different Nintendo costumes (Princess Peach, Princess Daisy, Link, and Samus Aran) for Bayonetta to dress in. Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 will be available on February 16.

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition

Next is this title that was the big announcement of the PC Gaming Show at E3 2017. The classic Age of Empires is back. This game remains one of the best historical real-time strategy games of all time. Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is the fully remastered, high-definition 20th Anniversary version of the original. In addition, the game now features a fully-remastered symphonic soundtrack, modernized UI, Xbox Live multiplayer capability, and more. This is a game that all Age of Empires fans should have in their collection.  Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will be released on February 20 for the PC. 
 

Metal Gear Survive

Additionally, we’ve got another Metal Gear game to add to the Metal Gear Franchise! Metal Gear Survive chronologically takes place between Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Unlike its predecessors, this game is an open world survival action game. The story is this: you are a soldier in Big Boss’ army that has been transported to a strange world where infected soldiers roam. Furthermore, players will run around in a team of three, either accompanied by two AI players or two online players in co-op mode. Together, teams will have to scavenge, build a base camp, and ultimately, survive. Metal Gear Surivive will be available for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on February 20. 

Payday 2

Finally, Payday 2 caps off the releases for February. This is another partner-publisher title headed to the Nintendo Switch. The original Payday 2 was released for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 in 2013. With the Nintendo Switch’s portability and online play, it’s no surprise that Overkill Software wanted to get on the Switch release bandwagon. Additionally, it’s pretty smart to re-release a four-person co-op multiplayer after five years. Those who were not familiar with the game will get a fresh look at it. This version of Payday 2 will feature an exclusive new character named Joy. She comes complete with her own mask and weapons. Payday 2 will be available on February 27

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Overall, I’m pretty impressed with February’s releases. Even though a majority of them are re-releases, each game has something new to offer players. This low amount of releases is understandable, as many companies are gearing up for March, the end of Q1. And the end of this Quarter is jam-packed! So join us March 1 when we’ll cover Far Cry 5,  Sea of Thieves, Kirby: Star Allies, and many more! 

 
 

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