This feature has been missing from Words About Games for a couple of months. By the time I had a chance to write it in December, half the games on the list had been released (on December 1 no less). And the early part of January was dominated by game of the year coverage. It’s back for February, however, and should be back on proper schedule next month.

Cobalt

Platforms PC, XBO, 360
Developer Oxeye Game Studio
Publisher Mojang, Microsoft Studios
Release Date February 2, 2016

Cobalt looks a pretty strange game at first glance – a 2D, run-and-gun platformer focused on rolling to deflect bullets fired at you by robots. With your head. It’s also from Mojang, creators of Minecraft. I’ve actually sunk about an hour into this game already, and I’m having a good time with it. Expect a review early next week, providing the next game on this list doesn’t suck away my entire life…

XCOM 2

Platforms PC
Developer Firaxis Games
Publisher 2K Games
Release Date February 5, 2016

The previous game in the series, from legendary developer Firaxis, was a Words About Games game of the year. The changes to this sequel seem like they’re all improvements, and I’m particularly intrigued by the new guerilla warfare style campaign. Playing a resistance unit instead of a defending army sounds like a blast, as does the new concealment phase and the procedurally generated maps and mission objectives. XCOM 2 looks set to be just as addicting as Enemy Unknown.

Firewatch

Platforms PC, PS4
Developer Campo Santo
Publisher Panic
Release Date February 9, 2016

I still don’t know a whole lot about Firewatch, other than its lead development team reads like some sort of video game supergroup. Campo Santo are made up of Jake Rodkin and Sean Vanaman, former creative leads at Telltale Games, Nels Anderson, lead designer for Mark of the Ninja, and Chris Remo, who contributed the music to Gone Home and Thirty Flights of Loving. All I know for sure about Firewatch itself is that it’s a story-driven game, but with a development team like that, I have high hopes for it.

Unravel

Platforms PC, PS4, XBO
Developer Coldwood Interactive
Publisher Electronic Arts
Release Date February 9, 2016

What more can I say about Unravel? Since its reveal at E3 last year I’ve consistently sung its praises – giving it an E3 game of show award, making it one of my most anticipated games for 2016, and generally speaking enthusiastically about it every chance I get. It’s safe to say I’ve never been this enthusiastic about yarn in my entire life. I can’t wait to dive into Yarny’s world and play later this month.

Megadimension Neptunia VII

Platforms PS4
Developer Idea Factory, Compile Heart
Publisher Idea Factory International
Release Date February 12, 2016

The latest in a long, long line of sequels to the Compile Heart developed series of JRPGs – Megadimension Neptunia VII is three games in one. In fact it was originally developed as three separate adventures before being stuffed into one package. It’s the first game in the franchise developed exclusively for Playstation 4, and features a revamped battle system and a host of new characters.

Street Fighter V

Platforms PC, PS4
Developer Capcom, Dimps
Publisher Capcom
Release Date February 16, 2016

This PS4 console exclusive entry into the franchise is hotly anticipated amongst fighting game fans. Developed by Capcom in conjunction with Dimps, who worked on the previous entry in the series as well as games such as Dragonball Xenoverse, Street Fighter V sees the franchise return from a seven year absence with a mixture of new characters and returning  fan favourites. The game will also feature cross play, with Capcom aiming to unite its fans on PS4 and PC for the first time.

Layers of Fear

Platforms PC, PS4, XBO
Developer Bloober Team SA
Publisher Aspyr
Release Date February 16, 2016

While horror games are a dime a dozen (especially on PC), good, effective horror games are harder to find. Layers of Fear had been in Early Access for a little while now on Steam and the feedback has been generally quite positive, which leaves me hopeful that the final product will be another great entry into the genre. We’ll find out when it leaves Early Access and comes to PC and consoles later this month.

Far Cry Primal

Platforms PS4, XBO
Developer Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher Ubisoft
Release Date February 23, 2016

Ubisoft Montreal have taken an interesting turn with the latest entry into their Far Cry series. Primal sends players back to the prehistoric age, eschewing machine guns and modern technology for bows, arrows, spears and fire. Lots of fire. It’ll be interesting to see how far from the well worn Far Cry formula Primal will stray, or whether the game is simply yet another Far Cry game with a vastly different skin.

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

Platforms PC, PS4, XBO
Developer PopCap Games
Publisher Electronic Arts
Release Date February 23, 2016

There’s not a lot different between Garden Warfare 2 and its predecessor, if the recent open beta is anything to go by. The biggest shake up is the ability to play as zombies in modes like Graveyard Ops. There are, of course, new maps, modes and classes being thrown into the mix, but this is essentially more of the same. Which, as series fan Keith said during our lets play of the beta, is exactly what he’s looking for.

Bravely Second: End Layer

Platforms 3DS
Developer Silicon Studio, Square Enix
Publisher Nintendo
Release Date February 26, 2016

After that cliffhanger, it’s about time we got the sequel to the critically and commercially successful Bravely Default.