January was a surprising month for game releases, with several big releases hitting their mark and starting off the year with a bang. Ubisoft’s Metroidvania, Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, came out to bat first and was quickly lapped up by critics and audiences alike for its refined platforming, smooth combat and many small innovations in the genre.
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But its limelight was shortlived as Palworld stormed into the scene. The ‘Pokemon with Guns’ survival game shook up the entire industry by selling 8m copies in just six days and still continues its reign with the most concurrent players on Steam. And to close out the month, Bandai Namco’s Tekken 8 brawled into the scene, and judging from the reviews, it seems the game is poised to not only be the best Tekken game ever released but maybe one of the finest fighting games ever.
February seems like a stellar month, too, with several anticipated games to look forward to. From Helldivers 2, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, and the long-in-the-making Skull and Bones, there are a lot of games to mark your calendar for.
Best Games to Play in Feb 2024
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Action | PC, PS, Xbox | Feb 2
Developed by Rocksteady Games, the makers behind the legendary Batman series comes Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, a live-service co-op shooter featuring the popular band of misfits from DC comics.
Amanda Waller’s infamous Task Force X, which includes Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, and King Shark, set out on an impossible mission: save the world by killing the Justice League.
The game, which can be played solo or with friends, will feature a sprawling and battle-torn Metropolis, high-octane combat, different player styles and free-roaming exploration.
Online Shooter | PS4, PS5 | Feb 6
Square Enix is putting its own unique spin on Splatoon, Nintendo Switch’s popular squad-based shooter, which swaps out the ink-based traversal for…err, foam.
Set to release exclusively for the PS4 and PS5 (and free for PlayStation Plus subscribers), Foamstars is a 4v4 online shooter where players will wield weapons that spray out colourful jets of foam, which can either be used in combat to defeat enemies or create fresh terrain to use to their advantage.
Co-op Shooter | PS5, PC | Feb 8
Sequel to the 2005’s Helldivers, developers Arrowhead Game Studios are looking to refine the formula of its co-op shooter as it takes players across a hostile galaxy in a quest to defeat pesky aliens and gain back freedom.
Helldivers 2 is a mission-based third-person shooter where players will get a wide array of explosive firepower, armour, and battle-changing stratagems to conquer enemies. They can either rain down carnage from the skies, sneak into enemy territory, or charge in head-first.
Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden
Action, Adventure | PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S | Feb 13
Life is Strange developer Don’t Nod’s latest action-adventure follows the story of Red and Antea, two experienced spirit hunters who must investigate the source of evil plaguing the town of New Eden, unravel the sinister mystery at play and dispel the malevolent curse through powerful rituals.
The game will feature classic action-adventure elements like upgradeable gear and abilities, as well as retain Don’t Nod’s penchant for complex storytelling and difficult choices that will shape your journey as you come across unforgettable characters and situations.
Tomb Raider I-III Remastered
Action, Adventure | PC, PS, Xbox | Feb 14
Aspyr Media and Crystal Dynamics are bringing back the classic adventures of Tomb Raider to modern platforms in a neat little bundle.
Tomb Raider Remastered will feature Tomb Raider I + Unfinished Business, Tomb Raider II + Golden Mask, and Tomb Raider III + The Lost Artifact. Players can choose to either play with upgraded graphics or switch to the original polygon look at any time during gameplay.
Skull and Bones
Action, Adventure | PC, PS, Xbox | Feb 16
Ubisoft’s much-maligned, long-in-the-making seafaring online adventure is finally releasing this month.
Skull and Bones allows players to don the boots of a pirate as they set sail to engage in thrilling naval battles, face cutthroat pirate hunters, deadly wildlife, unpredictable weather, and plunder as much loot as possible. Players will be able to craft up to 10 different ships at launch, each equipped with powerful weapons and unique perks, and can go about their pirating ways either solo or with two other friends.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Platformer | Switch | Feb 16
Did you miss out on playing Mario vs Donkey Kong for the Game Boy Advance twenty years ago? Well, we have some good news for you.
Nintendo is releasing a remake of the game with modern controls and upgraded visuals, giving players a chance to experience an old classic.
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth
JRPG | PS5 | Feb 29
Continuing from 2020’s Final Fantasy VII Remake, Rebirth is the second chapter in the three-part reimaging of the iconic PlayStation role-player classic.
The adventures of Cloud and his friends continues as they escape the city of Midgar and set out on a journey across the planet. Unlike the first game, Rebirth will adopt a classic open-world format with a vast and beautiful world to free-roam, complete various side quests and mini-games, and uncover the many mysteries and the fate of Cloud along the way.
Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.