It’s time to blow off steam and kick back with some groovy games. We’ve got battle royale epic-ness with Apex Legends, some fight-for-your-life survival horror with Metro Exodus and Alien: Blackout and, just for balance, some seriously beautiful peacemakers with The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince and Linn: Path of Orchids.
Here are all the games to play this month.
PS4, Xbox One, PC
If Overwatch, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout and Titanfall had a baby, it would be called Apex Legends. Taking all the best traits from its predecessors, Apex Legends is a first-person shooter battle royale with major squad goals (by that we mean, team-ups). Unlike other battle royales, however, in Apex Legends your characters have *extreme Taken voice* a particular set of skills. If you’ve been hankering for a slightly more “grown-up” version of Fortnite, this is the game for you.
Fancy a break from the apocalypse to hang out in… a different apocalypse? Welcome to Metro Exodus, a story-lead, get-stealthily-out-of-dodge, survival horror first-person shooter. Based on the popular Dmitry Glukhovsky books, and third in the series, players inhabit the body of Artyom once again to escape the Metro in Moscow and prove there is still life on Earth outside the nuclear winter wonderland that is Russia’s capital city. The single player game of your end-of-days dreams, Metro Exodus is out now.
Live your anime fantasy in this epic crossover fighter game, pulling together characters from multiple series, including Dragon Ball Z and Shōnen Jump. But, this ain’t your average 2D battle game, this bad boy is in 3D, so you can enjoy going Super Saiyan in a fully realised arena. Join the Jump Force to defeat Kane and Galena’s villainous “venoms” and stop them invading the real world.
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Honourable Mention: third-person shooter action-adventure Anthem is out on February 22nd.
The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince
Designed like you’ve fallen head-first into a storybook, The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince is a side-scrolling action-adventure game and one of the most unique art concepts you’ll see this year. It’s the tragic tale of a wolf that accidentally blinds a young prince, then bargains with a witch to transform it into a princess so she might lead the boy to the sorceress and have his sight restored. You must switch between the princess and her true wolf form to guide the prince through a dangerous forest and defeat the terrifying beasts that stand in your way. The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince is out now on both Switch and PS4.
Honourable Mention: 8-bit 80s style role-playing game Deltarune, from the makers of Undertale, is out February 28th.
Linn: Path of Orchards
Step into a winsome and dream-like world to play Aban, a guardian of nature, as she makes her way up the "sky temple’s" many levels to save the tree of light. Yes, Linn: Path or Orchards is a platformer, in the most mesmerising and mystifying way, sure to bring you as much peace as it does puzzlement. If you liked Monument Valley, you are sure to like this game. Out now on iOS, available on Android in March.
We all remember Alien the movie, and now you can be freaked out on your phone. Just try to stay alive on your stranded spacecraft while the terrifying Xenomorph stalks you through the halls. Every choice you make changes the game, potentially putting you and your crew at risk, so you better have a good strategy. Let the horror begin, Alien: Blackout is out now on iOS and Android.
The Stillness of the Wind
Following up the critically acclaimed Where the Goats Are, The Stillness of the Wind is a beautifully designed game of life that almost defies categorisation. After all her friends and family move away from their little village, Talma is left to tend her farm and care for her goats alone; but what is she to do when a travelling merchant brings progressively worrying news of her loved ones in the big city? A question only you can answer. The Stillness of the Wind is out now.
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