It’s been a surprisingly release-heavy start to 2015, but if you thought January was enough to make your wallet cry, that’s nothing compared to what February and March have in store. In fact, there are so many games releasing in the next couple of months that I thought I’d take a quick look at each one, so you can prioritise which you want. And, being the helpful person that I am, you can even click on a game’s title or image for a trailer. Now, we have a lot to get through, so let’s go!
Evolve… February 10th
The core principle of online multiplayer is that it feels balanced; something that is particularly difficult to pull off with asynchronous multiplayer. Enter Evolve, the first big release of February, which arrived earlier this week. The game sees four players attempt to take down a powerful monster, controlled by a fifth player. Originally intended to be published by THQ, Turtle Rock Studios’ first major release since 2008’s Left 4 Dead has had a troubled development, but the reception so far suggests the wait was worth it.
Dead or Alive 5: Last Round… February 17th (US), February 20th (UK)
The upcoming Dead or Alive 5: Last Round will be the fourth version of the 2012 fighting game to release; though, as the name suggests, it will presumably be the last. Crucially, this will also be the first game in the franchise on PS4, and Team Ninja has promised to take advantage of the console’s technical might, with improved graphics using an updated engine. As you’d expect, there’s also new content – including two characters and two stages – so it may be worth a look for fans of the series.
The Order: 1886… February 20th
From the moment of its announcement, we all knew The Order: 1886 was going to be a stunningly pretty game. However, it was less clear whether the gameplay would be as equally strong. Nearly two years later, we still don’t really have an answer, as hands-on previews have been critically divided. Personally, I’m still holding out hope for the game, as the swathes of released gameplay footage make it look a bit like a hybrid of Heavy Rain and Uncharted, which has the potential to be absolutely amazing.
Dragon Ball XenoVerse… February 24th (US), February 27th (UK)
This is where I somehow have to attempt to sound knowledgeable about Dragon Ball, even though I know literally nothing about it. Seriously, where’s Mitch when you need him?! Anyway, Dragon Ball XenoVerse is the latest entry in the (very) long-running fighting game franchise, based on the hugely popular Japanese manga series. DBXV is the first Dragon Ball game to be released on PS4, and will feature an original story with a player-created main character; a rarity for the franchise. Yes, I got through it!
Dying Light… February 27th (UK)
Dying Light is the latest open-world zombie game from Polish developer Techland, and is best described as a more serious take on the studio’s own Dead Island. Readers in North America are probably wondering why the title is included in this list, but the physical release of the game was delayed in many territories at the last minute for unknown reasons. The good news is that PS4 Attitude’s Matt has been obsessed with the title for the last two weeks, and you can’t get a better endorsement than that.
DmC: Devil May Cry – Definitive Edition… March 10th
If you’re one of those whiny people who dismissed 2013’s DmC reboot because it’s not a ‘real’ Devil May Cry game, then I’m sorry, but we can no longer be friends. But wait! Capcom is giving you the chance to make amends, as the title is coming to PS4 next month, looking extra shiny with full 1080p visuals, running at a 60fps frame rate; crucial, considering the fast-paced nature of the gameplay. Ninja Theory got a lot of unnecessary hate a couple of years ago, so let’s hope gamers have grown up a bit since then.
Resident Evil: Revelations 2… March 17th (US), March 20th (UK)
Capcom is currently working on a lot of PS4 games (including Deep Down and Street Fighter V), one of which is the episodic Resident Evil: Revelations 2, which releases digitally between February 24th and March 17th, with the full game arriving on disc in the same week. The first Revelations title (which originally released on the Nintendo 3DS in 2012, before being ported to other platforms the next year) was a surprisingly solid entry in the long-running horror series, so let’s hope the sequel can emulate its success.
Battlefield Hardline… March 17th (US), March 20th (UK)
After its announcement at E3 2014, there were a lot of debates on forums about whether Battlefield Hardline counts as a true Battlefield game, or if the BF brand was shoehorned in simply to sell more copies. The Los Angeles drug war setting sounds undeniably different to the usual military warfare of previous games in the franchise. Thankfully, players of the latest beta have attested that it does indeed feel like Battlefield (i.e. expect to see lots of destruction), which is certainly encouraging.
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD… March 17th (US), March 20th (UK)
Between Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster and, of course, Final Fantasy XV, there are a lot of FF games coming to PS4 in the next year or so. The first of these, however, is Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, a port of the 2011 PSP game which has never previously been released outside of Japan. The original Type-0 achieved an almost perfect 39/40 from respected Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, so assuming the quality of the port holds up, this could be something very special.
Project CARS… March 17th (US), March 20th (UK)
Mid-March looks like it’s going to be particularly straining on our bank balances, as Project CARS is yet another game releasing in that time frame. On PlayStation, Gran Turismo has been the undisputed king of driving simulators for two decades now. However, Projects CARS (developed and self-published by Slightly Mad Studios) has gained many fans since its announcement in October 2011, due to the open nature of its development; after all, CARS stands for Community Assisted Racing Simulator!
Ride… March 20th
Like Project CARS, Ride is a fellow racing game striving for ultra realism, although the focus of Milestone’s game is on motorbikes rather than cars; a far less saturated market. The studio is definitely no stranger to creating motorcycle racing games, having developed the MotoGP games since 2007, and the Superbike games between 1999 and 2012. Ride is a departure from these officially licensed titles, so it will be interesting to see what the Italian developer can deliver with its own new IP.
Bloodborne… March 24th (US), March 27th (UK)
The hardcore Souls games began life (not to mention many, many deaths) on PS3, so it makes perfect sense that From Software would create an equally punishing title for PS4. However, due to the fact that the main protagonist has no shield, Bloodborne demands a much more aggressive style of play than any of the Souls games, which possibly explains why you can reclaim lost health with a perfectly timed parry. It is this risk/reward aspect of the combat that has the potential to be a huge game changer.
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection… March 24th (US), March 27th (UK)
In April last year, it was slightly strange when the stupidly named Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! was announced for PS3, but not for the recently released (and commercially successful) PS4. It therefore wasn’t entirely surprising (but was still very welcome) when 2K revealed The Handsome Collection; a PS4 re-release of both Borderlands 2 and The-Pre Sequel!, together in one package. Yes, it’s another port, but my advice is to simply move on, and stop complaining about things that no one is forcing you to buy!