Buying Guide (February 2015)

How did you enjoy January? I didn’t buy anything last month except for Dying Light, which I have played for a few hours now. This month is a little busier, but have no fear. I’m here to catch you up. I apologize for the lateness, but you should be honored by it. Word to Kanye.

Anyway, we’ve got a couple of high profile releases this month and some smaller yet equally interesting titles. Let’s take a look.

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The Order: 1886 (PS4) – One of the most divisive titles in recent memory is finally here, and we finally get the answer to the most important question about it…..who was right? There are 2 very distinct sides here. It is either the first truly amazing PS4 exclusive, or a massive disappointment waiting to happen. The truth probably lies in the middle somewhere honestly. I mean it certainly LOOKS the part, but I don’t know enough about it to feel comfortable yet. Well, we will all find out on February 20th. Discover history’s darkest secret indeed.

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Evolve (XB1, PS4, PC) – The 4 vs 1 shooter is finally upon us after what felt like forever after its announcement. I didn’t get a chance to play the beta, and I have seen mixed reactions from people who did. I am still excited about the premise though, and the fact that you can play solo is wonderful news for those who don’t have friends readily available at all times. In any event, the hunt begins on February 10th. Will you be the hunter? Or the hunted? Choose wisely.

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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS) – Monster Hunter is back in a huge way. Capcom has gone to great lengths to ease newbies in, while retaining the same core game play that longtime fans expect and demand. Hunters also have an expanded sense of mobility, moving around the terrain as well as climbing the massive monsters to inflict extra damage. Kill, loot, profit. It’s worked for the franchise thus far, and it will work even better in the latest entry. 3DS owners should definitely be excited for this game on February 13th, as well as…..

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The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask HD (3DS) – THIS GAME! Remastered. Enhanced. And just as great as it was 15 years ago. Relive Link’s end-of-the-world Groundhog Day scenario all over again on the 3DS in all its visual glory. This was easily the creepiest and most outside the box title in the series, and it was a magical experience that is easily worth revisiting. Great month to own a 3DS huh. Two huge titles on the same Friday. What a weekend that will be.

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Dragon Ball: Xenoverse  (XB1, PS4, PS3, 360, PC) – Dragon Ball fans will get their chance to set the timeline right in this alternate universe. Travel through the Dragon Ball timeline as your original character, helping restore things to their natural order. The game looks really great, and I’m happy to know that there are events happening that we haven’t seen before. I always liked the alternate events in DBZ games, so building a title around that has me geeked. The fight begins on February 24.

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Resident Evil: Revelations 2 (XB1, PS4, PS3, 360, PC, Vita) – Sexy eyeball there. This RE game will be set between the events of RE 5 and 6. I’ve played neither of those, so you can probably figure out if I will play this. It will be released in episodic form, and the full title will be available once all episodes are released. I believe Claire is the main character. And most importantly, it has co-op. Because CO-OP MATTERS.

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Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (PS4, PS4, 360, XB1) – This will be the final version of Dead or Alive 5. We think. All DLC from DOA 5 Ultimate will be compatible. This final version has the biggest DOA roster ever, as well as the most costumes. Pervs…..rejoice! The current gen versions have a new engine to improve character models (in other words, make the women look sexier.) If you own Ultimate, there will be an upgrade program available for you. I’m not a huge fan of the series, but if you are, release will be on February 17th.

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Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Wii U) – This charming and visually arresting platformer will hit the Wii U on February 20th, and owners should take a look. Between the clay modeled graphics and the DS Stylus inspired control scheme (first used in Kirby:Canvas Curse) everything looks fantastic and fun. I expect a nice progression from ridiculously easy to controller throwing difficult, as with all Nintendo platformers.

Quick Hits

Not much to report here. Game of Thrones Episode 2 was released on Feb. 3rd, so pick that up if you have finished Episode 1. The Wii U store will be releasing SNES RPG Breath of Fire, which has one of the most awesome battle victory songs ever IMO. Other than that? I pretty much covered everything up above. So let’s talk FREE.

Free Stuff

Microsoft is giving Live Gold Members Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and Sniper Elite V2 for the 360. XBox One members will get ID@XBOX title #IDARB (It Draws a Red Box) this month. Sony is offering Apotheon and Transistor on the PS4. PS3 members get Thief and Yakuza 4, while Vita members will get Kick & Fennick. Finally, all 3 groups can download Rogue Legacy.

There you have it everyone. Again, sorry for being late. Luckily Tuesday was pretty light. There’s no more football, so MORE TIME FOR GAMING! Go forth and prosper.

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