The Games of February 2012

February has a lot going on that brings love and happiness to the hearts of gamers everywhere! There’s a little something for everyone, whether you like RPGs or QTEs. And let’s not forget what we know most of you will be doing – cuddling up with your sweet new Vitas. What will the Warp Zoned staff be playing and cuddling up with this month? Read on to find out!

John Scalzo
Oh February, where have you been all my year!

OK, the year is only four weeks old, but January was deader than Newt Gingrich’s Presidential aspirations (that’s right, we’re getting political today!). That’s why the February debut of the Vita has me so excited. It’s not just a whole passel of new games, but a brand new system that looks to fix almost all of the PSP’s problems. And on top of that, new Lumines (Lumines: Electronic Symphony) and new Katamari (Touch My Katamari)?!?! Sign me up!

The annual Xbox Live Arcade House Party also opens its doors this February, which means I finally get a chance to try out I Am Alive. I have to admit, losing the earthquake and replacing it with a supernatural “Event” is a bit disappointing, but it still looks to take the XBLA to new heights.

Jumping systems, the addition of The Simpsons Arcade Game to the PlayStation Plus freebies list has me seriously contemplating adding another subscription to my already stretched gaming budget. Jeebus knows I dropped enough quarters on the game at my local Noiseland back in 1991.

Nicole Kline
Senior Editor
It’s pretty obvious what I’m going to say here: I plan on spending at least most of the beginning of February playing Final Fantasy XIII-2, which releases too close to February to even really be considered a January release. Other than helping to find Lightning, I am really excited about Asura’s Wrath (though I’m sure the Quick Time Events are going to destroy my joints). And let’s not forget that the Vita will be released this month! I’m looking forward to going on another adventure with Drake in Uncharted: Golden Abyss, and I’m going to make a billion inappropriate jokes about Touch My Katamari. Whew. Bring it on, February! I can handle it.

Ryan Littlefield
Podcast Producer
February seems to be bringing in some pretty awesome stuff. I, for one, am particularly interested in the Jak and Daxter Collection – but I’m also a sucker for any HD release. The demo for Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning was very promising, so I’ll be keeping that one under close watch as well. Rhythm Heaven Fever should be an interesting departure from the original Rhythm Heaven on DS. Tales of the Abyss and Twisted Metal are going to make for a crazy week, but anything and everything Vita will temporarily cloud out any of those desires for the time being. I’m not sure what launch games I’ll pick up just yet. Lastly, I’m pretty interested in Hyperdimension Neptunia MK2 and Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2. RPGs galore!

John Martin
Staff Writer
This year, for Single’s Awareness Day, I’m going on a date with Tales of the Abyss for the 3DS. Cue the foreveralone.jpg! While I’m not swirling in the abyss (of loneliness), I’ll try to regain my 8-way running skills and count frames in Soul Calibur V. The inclusion of Ezio is a little bit weird to me, but I’m sure I’ll be fine as long as all of his moves aren’t crazy counters and disarms. I’m also looking forward to the wonderfully awkward tank controls in Resident Evil: Revelations. It’s so wonderful to get so much mileage out of my 3DS. It may make me go cross-eyed and brings upon headaches aplenty, but it’s got my portable gaming needs covered.

Andrew Reinnie
Staff Writer
I find myself very much unemployable at the moment, and so games have had to be cut from my budget (toilet paper is next). My friends have been kind enough to lend me some to pass the time (getting into Red Dead Redemption as we speak). But if money was no object, I would be buying a Vita for Uncharted: Golden Abyss alone (although Golden Abyss makes it sound like its somehow related to a Golden Shower. Just saying).

I am also looking forward to getting my grubby hands on Syndicate. The original was great, and while I was skeptical about turning an isometric team assassin game into YET ANOTHER FPS, I was won over by the great trailer (“Activating Suicide”). Second on the list would be Binary Domain, because I was a massive fan of the underrated Vanquish and it looks like Sega has fused bits of that with Gears of War.

Continue on to the next page for a complete look at the February release schedule.

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