Already one month into 2016, and the release calendar has been kind to us. Most everyone is still trying to get through Jonathan Blow’s epic puzzle game, The Witness, but that’s not going to stop the train of games coming your way this month. Firaxis’ X-COM 2 is easily the biggest game PC gamers have to look forward to this month (sorry console fans) while long awaited games like Firewatch, Unravel and Street Fighter V all vie for the spotlight in everyone’s living room. Let’s take a look at the games we can’t wait to get our hands on (while shoving more into our already epic backlogs) this month.
Crypt of the Necrodancer - PS4, Vita - February 2
You’ve often heard the adage that battle is metaphorically referred to as a dance. Well Crypt of the Necrodancer, turns that metaphor literal in one of the most original game ideas I’ve ever seen. The game combines roguelike dungeon crawling with rhythm based gameplay where the movement of your character and the enemies is completely tied to the rhythm of the music. Dungeons are randomly generated, so no player gets the exact same experience. Crypt of the Necrodancer was an Early Access success story on Steam that officially released in April of 2015 and it is just now making its way to Sony’s platform. It’s also worth noting that the game is cross-buy, so if you buy one version, you get the other for free.
XCOM 2 - PC - February 5
XCOM: Enemy Unknown launched back in October 2012 to widespread critical acclaim after the series had been on an extended hiatus (11 years to be exact). XCOM 2 is the direct sequel to Enemy Unknown, taking place twenty years after Earth lost its war against the alien invasion. Humanity is finally ready to restart the XCOM project and fight back after spending years in the dark. The game also adds to an already deep repertoire of Strategy with new enemies, tactics and classes creating the most intense XCOM experience to date.
Dying Light: The Following Expansion and Enhanced Edition - Xbox One, PS4, PC - February 9
Dying Light was the first notable release last year, and now in 2016, Developer Techland is planning on building upon the already massive world with the upcoming expansion, The Following. The new expansion is promising to double the size of the original game by adding new areas including a granary, a graveyard and a dirt race track with vehicle customization mechanics. Dying Light has already proven to be Techland’s most successful game yet, and the fact that they continue to build on it is a testament to their commitment.