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February is a great month, mild cool weather, super bowl and even Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re the world’s most popular couple or just a lone wolf doing your own thing, it’s the perfect time to spend an evening playing some awesome games. And boy are there some big ones coming out this month. I’m Andrew Hamilton and this is your download for February 2024.
Helldivers II | February 8 | PlayStation 5 and PC
Strap on the armor of a Helldiver’s Starship soldiers to defend and conquer Super Earth. Travel to unique alien worlds with up to three friends to face a host of gross creatures, all in the name of freedom. As some of the most elite soldiers in existence, it’s up to you and your squad to take the most aggressive democracy in the universe and back it up with the biggest, most powerful stick you can. -I’m doing my part- and you can do yours by putting your boots on the ground in Helldivers II now available on PlayStation 5 and PC.
Banishers Ghost of New Eden | February 13 | PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S/X and PC
How far are you willing to go for what you want? Banishers Ghost of New Eden puts you firmly on that question. Set in late 1600s America, take on the roles of Antea Durate and Red Mac Raith, two Banishers who head to the city of New Eden to investigate a deeply disturbing mystery. Tragedy unfolds as Antea is mortally wounded and Red must begin his mission to save his beloved. Spectral enemies, fiendish creatures, and malevolent entities plague the area, but the real difficulty comes when you’re forced to make difficult decisions to change history. I love seeing Don’t Nod studios continue to branch out. Banish the darkness when Banishers Ghost of New Eden launches on February 13 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S and X, and PC.
Ultra | February 13 | PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC and Mac
Some games ask tough questions like, what if Samus ends up on LSD? That’s exactly what developer Hadoque’s Ultros is aiming for anyway. But don’t let the bright and colorful world fool you, as it really does ask tough questions. Exploring deep meta themes of mental health, life, death and rebirth. Karma and the very nature of the cycles in which we exist. All that giddy commentary wrapped up in tight combat, claustrophobic corridors, and a metroidvania world design. Start the loop again when Ultros launches on February 13 on PlayStation 4 and 5, PC and Mac.
Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered | February 14 | PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, Nintendo Switch and PC
Many of us started our gaming adventure back in the corner days of the original PlayStation with games like Tekken, Metal Gear Sold and Tomb Raider. Well, if you’re a fan of those classics, then you’ll be happy to hear, Tomb Raiders 1-3 is being remastered for modern consoles. True to developer Aspyr, who have handled other remasters on Jedi Outcast and Knights of the Old Republic, all original content is included, as well as all dlc and secret levels. Relive those triangular adventures when Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered launches on February 14 for PS4/PS5, Xbox one, Xbox Series S/X, Nintendo Switch and PC.
Mario v Donkey Kong | February 16 | Nintendo Switch
February also marks the return of one of the world’s greatest rivalries. He plays one of the most broad-shouldered characters of all time. That’s right Mario v Donkey Kong is back. Donkey Kong is gone with the mini Marios and now the regular sized Mario must return. Solve puzzles with the signature Mario Bros. that we all know and love. A great soundtrack, fun level design, and silly premise make this a must for any die-hard Mario or Donkey Kong fan. It’s in Like DONKEY KONG when Mario v. Donkey Kong releases on February 16th exclusively on Nintendo Switch.
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth | February 29 | PlayStation 5
Finally, what is probably one of the most anticipated games of the year, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. Join Cloud, Tifa, Barrett, Aerith and friends as they venture into a new unknown wilderness. With stunning visuals, a massively expanded world to explore, and an absolute glut of mini-games to conquer, Rebirth looks to be chock full of things to do. I played the demo and the combat is better than ever featuring a new skill system and partner attacks to spice things up this time around. World building is expanded through odd jobs, fully open world areas and of course the ability to choose who will be Cloud’s best girl. Plus the soundtrack is suffused with elegance and whimsy in equal measure. Challenge Sephiroth’s fate and chaos when Final Fantasy VII Rebirth launches on February 29th exclusively on PlayStation 5
2024 is off to a pretty great start gaming-wise, with even more greatness to come. So whether you’re running it alone or snuggling up with a special someone, get out there and play some great games. For the full list of games coming out in 2024, head over to our Hardwired section on KWTX.com and as always subscribe to us on YouTube to support what we do. Oh, and before I go, you are worthy of love and happiness, so don’t let anyone take that away from you this year. For Hardwired, I’m Andrew Hamilton.
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