Top 25 NEW Games Released in February 2019
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The official Monster Energy Supercross game gets a sequel and it's still about as...decent as the last one. After a passable but lackluster debut in 2018, this year's installment has a slew of new features. They change the game for the better with the introduction The Compound and the improved career mode. It also amps the accuracy of their simulation, which almost makes up for some of the presentational shortcomings. It has a PlayScore of 7.41 on the PS4, 6.93 on the Xbox One, and a Provisional score of 7.68 on the Switch.
Still considered one of the most addicting sidescrolling sports platformers on the 3DS, Olliolli skates into the Switch with this twofold bundle. Switch Stance will include the first game as well as the equally exciting sequel, Welcome to Olliwood. While it's been criticized for a half-pipe learning curve, it still stands as an excellent, if not masochistic, a platformer for the Switch, with a Provisional PlayScore of 7.72.
THQ Nordic and King Art makes a return to the world of Aventasia with this sequel to this point and click adventure. First released in 2015, this switch port reintroduces us to Wilbur, Ivo, Nate, and Critter as they embark on quests in a magical world of war, romance, and political intrigue. Bogged down by its slow movement and odd puzzle designs, it makes up for it with its hilarious characters and interesting storylines. A Provisional Score of 7.75.
22. Yakuza Kiwami
The remake to SEGA's open-world action adventure set in Japan. Once a PlayStation exclusive, it finally comes to the PC to positive reviews. A remake of the PlayStation 2 game, this port has brought some of its age along with it. Fortunately, it doesn't steal much from the spotlight of its original charm. Adding some tweaks to liven up an already awesome game, it's still a pretty impressive port, and it earns a rating of 7.77.
21. City of Brass
Jumping off from itchy trigger fingers, this title from Uppercut Games aimed to put your lightfingered-ness to the test. From the senior developers of Bioshock, this first-person action adventure was first released on the PC and consoles where it was mostly panned for its hefty price tag and iffy controls. Critic reviews on the switch have been positive though, praising the game for its roguelike elements and the crack of their whip. It has a rating of 7.78.
A cyber simulation at heart, Spinnortality lets you play the other side of the revolution coin by putting you at the heart of an evil global megacorporation. Mastermind stock market crashes, forward automation in place of human workers, or rig the next developing nation's elections--all with a click of a button. All of this is presented in their sleek UI that never fails to update you on your latest bad deed. Entertaining for the most part but needs a little bit more options, it gets a score of 7.79.
This videogame adaptation of Warner Bros awesomely animated comedy is back for more LEGO hijinks. Set after the events of the second movie, Emmet and friends go beyond their world to save their friends from alien monsters. Getting its first scores on the PlayStation 4, this lego installment had some polarizing reviews, getting high ratings from users and scathing ones from critics. Not the best for the master builder, it has a PlayScore of 7.84.
Just one out of their many successful lines of grand strategy games. Paradox Development Studios has brought the richness of their diverse alien races to the consoles. Delivering the goods to an underserved market of strategists, Stellaris fits right in on the PS4 and Xbox One. Offering a vast universe of story and discovery in a convenient package, there's nothing quite like it yet. It receives Provisional PlayScores of 7.95 on the PS4 and 7.76 on the Xbox One
17. Trials Rising
This the first new title in the Trials series since 2014's Trials Fusion. Entering the 2.5 Dimension, Rising opens up new horizons for trials enthusiasts. And that's especially true, with their fresh exotic locations and numerous track offerings. BUt the numbers aren't the only thing that's impressed, it's the level of creativity in each one. The whole package of quantity and quality. It has the highest score on the Xbox One with a provisional rating of 7.97.
16. God Eater 3 on PS4 and PC
The latest installment of Bandai Namco's hit post-apocalyptic JRPG brings us to an unrecognizable Earth. Populated by hostile Aragamis, it's once again our task to rid home of the invading threat. The curtain call to a popular series, it's not the most memorable ending. Critics complain against their dull interactions, distorted storytelling, and lack of innovations. On the other hand, it did get a lot of praise from challenge seeking fans for the vast improvements since the last title. It gets a rating of 7.99 on the PS4, and 7.56 on the PC.
This installment of the award-winning fighting game arrives on the Switch with style. Perhaps the definitive edition of their fourth game, not only does this Special Edition contains all of its DLC, it also has more than 40 hours of new storyline. Which means it ties up all of the loose ends of the original for that sweet, satisfying finale. Already a captivating 2D Fighter, experience it all on the Switch with a Provisional PlayScore of 8.07.
Here's a controversial one. A horror game from a Taiwanese developer, Devotion has been scaring people shitless on Steam since its very recent release. While it has earned acclaim from various reviewers for its well-paced scares and tight story, Devotion sadly disappeared off the face of Steam since its Winnie the Pooh meme sparked a backlash from Chinese gamers. Probably aware of its mocking undertones against sitting president Xi Jinping. Currently unavailable on Steam, if you're looking for a good scare, it's out there online, with a Provisional PlayScore of 8.08.
After getting our pants stained in the last entry, Eastshade Studios' atmospheric game is the perfect palette cleanser. With an open world that's ripe for exploration, Eastshade is just one incredible beauty to the next. Playing as a traveling painter, roam around their scenic environments, make friends, and capture the beauty that their world provides. A canvas for painting, talking, and all-out relaxation, Eastshade is a beautifully enveloping experience--technical warts and all. It has a PlayScore of 8.09.
12. Far Cry New Dawn on PS4, Xbox One and PC
It looks like it all turned out decent for Far Cry's latest installment--at least on some of the platforms. It's set in the same Hope County we knew from Far Cry 5--albeit with a nuclear blossom 17 years after. Most of the concern pre-release was about rehashed mechanics and sights. Some of those did come true as New Dawn is packed with the same, familiar Far Cry gameplay, with some new features attached. The consensus seems to be that if you loved Far Cry 5, and wanted, it's still worth the pickup. It has a PlayScore of 8.14, on the PS4, 7.73 on the Xbox One, and 7.49 on the PC.
Etrian's last game for the 3DS is nothing less than magical. The sixth mainline title to Atlus' award-winning RPG, it brings us back to an adventure to the world tree Yggdrasil. This time, by the orders of Princess Persephone. Combining the strengths of their past titles, Nexus serves up a grand dose of RPG action with 19 playable classes and a grand, standalone story. Another good reason to return to the 3DS, as it has a PlayScore of 8.15.
10. Tetris 99
Did somebody say… Tetris Battle Royale?! The Switch is getting some love with this polygonal warfare from developer ARIKA. Nintendo’s free to play Tetris game faces you off with 99 players! Just like any BR game, last one standing wins. So utilize your fancy t-spins and other tricks to dominate the battlefield and be the champion amongst these shapes. It receives a Provisional PlayScore of 8.19.
Who could ever forget this souls-like adventure game? Ska Studios' fourth game is a cleverly crafted 2D action RPG that will challenge amateur players with the brutal difficulty of its Metroidvania action. Despite inspiring a number of comparisons with Castlevania and Dark Souls, Salt and Sanctuary is its own magic. It becomes an addictingly visceral adventure with its combination of complex combat and seamless animations. Gather and craft up to 600 pieces of armor, weapons, and spells, and use them to survive the doom and gloom world. Initially released on Steam, the game has reached the Xbox One community and it received a PlayScore of 8.26.
EXOR Studios’ unique fusion of this top-down shooter with tower-defense elements lets you invade the Earth with your massive horde of extraterrestrial wonders. Use a variety of destructive weapons and select from different types of alien towers. Once it’s all set, throw yourself into the heat of the battle. As an X-Morph, terraform the surface by harvesting the resources of the planet. Defend these alpha aliens from the waves of incoming human forces. It’s a pretty fun twist to the mainstream genre, and it receives a Provisional PlayScore of 8.28.
Play like the pros in the real-life tracks of Barcelona, Montalegre, Hell, Silverstone, and more in this leading racing game in the market. Offering stunning environments from 6 global locations, it's by far the best of the series. Experience a spectacular racing adventure filled with realistic visuals, atmospheric soundtrack, and various vehicles to choose from. Though it has its flaws, the game still shines with Provisional PlayScores of 8.28 on the PC, 8.18 on the PS4 and 8.04 on the X1.
6. Steins;Gate Elite on PS4 and Switch
Taking snippets from the successful anime adaptation, 5pb's upcoming visual novel game will be a fully animated adventure game. Forgoing the standard visual novel format, this is the first for the entire series. Injecting the vibrancy of their 24-minute episodes, this latest entry will also feature new routes never before seen in the anime. It's a fully remastered version of the first Steins Gate title, creating a fully immersive world with various endings depending on your choices. It scores an 8.28 on the PS4 and 8.11 on the Switch.
Rovio is still not done with their Angry Birds craze. Developed and published by Resolution Games, go on a virtual reality trip with the amazing angry avians of the franchise. Gone are the days when we use our mobile devices to fling these pesky critters to the air. The best thing about this VR adventure is its simplicity. With the four iconic birds, play the game the way it was meant to be played using the games simple controls but with an added VR twist. It’s only available on the PC with Oculus and Vive. It receives a rating of 8.29.
Before the legendary new Pokemon titles come out, let’s head back to the other successful RPG series on the Nintendo 3DS, LEVEL 5 answers to the demands with another installment of the adorably energetic Yo Kai Watch series. Spawned from the perfect formula for a long-lasting series, Yo Kai Watch revolves around making friends and summoning to battle the feline-like versions of Japanese Yokai. It has a PlayScore of 8.37.
3. Wargroove on PC and Xbox One
From the publishers behind the adorable indie farming simulator, Stardew Valley, Chucklefish comes out of their picturesque farms and into the world of turn-based tactics. Inspired by the 2001 tactical classic, Advanced Wars, they bring back their signature retro pixel aesthetics to reintroduce the turn-based genre through their detailed sprites, memorable characters, and inviting storyline. Not to mention it’s paired with Chucklefish's style with a mesmerizing soundtrack to accompany the game's many campaigns. It receives a PlayScore of 8.40 on the Switch, 8.07 on PC, and 7.58 on the X1.
2. Metro Exodus on PC, PS4 and Xbox One
The sudden and controversial switch from Steam to the Epic Store makes no difference when we’re talking about Deep Silver’s post-apocalyptic first-person survival shooter. The nuclear winter is no longer a threat, and it’s up to Artyom and his band of brothers to bring back civilization outside the Metro. Danger lurks in every corner as the game improves on all fronts with new features that make irradiated Russia feel alive. Explore its semi-open world and rebuild a new frontier for humanity amidst the mutated creatures and radioactive mess. It has a PlayScore of 8.42 on the PC, 8.48 on the PlayStation 4 and 8.05 on the Xbox One.
1. Apex Legends on PC and PS4
Nothing like a good ol’ Battle Royale game again. Respawn gets inside the BR bandwagon in this fast-paced hero-based first-person shooter. Be the last one standing and strive for that Champion title as you take down an arena full of 30 3-squad teams. Choose from a growing list of characters with unique abilities that let you manipulate the battlefield. With its initial week of release, it gained a whopping 25 million players. Let’s hope this doesn’t distract us from Titanfall 3’s inevitable release. It has a Provisional PlayScore of 8.67 on the PC and a rating of 8.66 on the PlayStation 4.