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Here are the games you need to be playing in February

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With so many top-notch games releasing in February, trying to figure out which ones to play and which ones to skip can be quite daunting. Also, I mean, money is a thing and unless you’ve “got it like that,” you’ll need to figure out which games suit your gaming style the best.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the best games coming out in February 2019, make sure to check them out below.

Anthem

  • Platform: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Origin
  • Release date: February 22, 2019
  • Publisher: EA

Thanks to the recent (very rocky) launch for the game’s “VIP Demo” (only EA could call a buggy pre-order beta a freaking VIP demo), there’s a couple of things that became strikingly clear about Anthem.

First, the bad news Console versions are subpar. Yep, I played it on Xbox One X and the game suffered from heavy frame-rate drops, looked blurry, and wasn’t nearly as smooth and good-looking as the E3 Gameplay Reveal on Xbox Press Conference made it out to be.

Second, it’s actually is more of a “The Division meets Avatar” title than “Destiny and Mass Effect had sex” game. Which might be good news, all things considered. There’s something a tad magical about flying around a sprawling green world, and the enemies are a bit bullet-spongy, but the shooting is solid.

Get it if you really dig: flying around a Pandora-esque world in a full metal suit with a rocket jetpack. (But maybe wait a few days before playing so can EA sort out the inevitable connectivity issues).

Price: $59.99 | Xbox One, PS4, Origin


Far Cry: New Dawn

  • Platform: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Steam
  • Release date: February 15, 2019
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

(FAR CRY 5 SPOILERS AHEAD, WE WARNED YOU)

The new Far Cry standalone game boasts a lower $40 price tag and sits right between a proper sequel and a standalone add-on to Far Cry 5. Remember Far Cry: Primal that re-used the map from Far Cry 4, but put you into a pre-historic setting? If so, then you get the idea behind Far Cry: New Dawn perfectly.

Set right after the apocalypse that happened at the end of FC5, New Dawn features some very familiar traits of other post-apocalyptic games like Rage 2: vehicles made from junk, crazy weapons, bright colors. But hey, it’s still Far Cry 5 gameplay at its finest – capturing outposts is never boring, and now you can bring your dog with you when driving. I mean, how can you beat that, Rage 2?

Get it if you enjoy: bringing your pet along for the ride, even if the pet is a boar named Horatio.

Price: $39.99 | Xbox One, PS4, Steam


Crackdown 3

  • Platform: Xbox One, Microsoft Store
  • Release date: February 15, 2019
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios

It’s mind-boggling how little do we know about Crackdown 3. This Xbox and PC exclusive has been in development for years now, and we’re still unsure what the single-player will be like.

The multiplayer, however, promises some fantastic destruction and chaos brought by the power of Microsoft Azure cloud – but it promised so four years ago. Even Xbox boss Phil Spencer went on record last year to note that more work is needed to finish the game. Still, Crackdown 1 and 2 were fun, so this might as well be considered a sleeper hit at this point. And if you have an Xbox Game Pass subscription, you’ll get to play it for no extra charge.

Get it if you have: Xbox Game Pass subscription

Price: $59.99 | Xbox One, Microsoft Store


Metro Exodus

  • Platform: Xbox One, Playstation 4, Epic Games Store
  • Release date: February 15, 2019
  • Publisher: Deep Silver

I can talk about Metro Exodus for hours but just look at that gameplay trailer. And that new, crazy, incredibly rare Artyom’s Collectors Edition, and that RTX-accelerated graphics you probably are not going to be able to afford.

It looks like A4 Games are on top of their craftsmanship: the level of details in the game’s world is incredible. Metro Exodus gives you a thick atmosphere of post-apocalyptic Russia that is, well, strikingly different from anything you’ve seen before. It’s dark, but it also tells some really deep human stories.

Get it if you really wished: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and Crysis had a baby.

Price: $59.99 | Xbox One, PS4, Epic Games Store


Feeling sick of blockbuster shooters? Check out Jump Force from Capcom and Dirt Rally 2.0 from Codemasters.

What do you think of the games above? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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