Warpback: What We Played in February 2016

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Even when the calendar of new releases is sparse, we here at Warp Zoned know it’s important to keep our controllers charged. We hit our backlogs hard in February, playing everything from Dark Souls to Destiny, while still keeping it fresh with a handful of newer releases. Read on to see what games kept us warm during this cold month!

John Scalzo
Editor-In-Chief
I played two games pretty regularly in February, and both of them reach deep into the dark recesses of the human soul…

First, I finally fired up From Software’s Dark Souls. The game is definitely as impressive as people say, but I think what struck me the most was the fact that it reminds me of a gothic Legend of Zelda. I’m not sure I knew just how similar the two games are, but I clearly should have tried out Dark Souls sooner. I have so much to catch up on now.

I also took a chance on the latest Steam sensation, Devil Daggers. I couldn’t figure out what was so exciting about a budget FPS in this day and age, but as soon as I heard someone describe it as “Doom meets Geometry Wars,” I was all in. I’ve yet to survive the fiendish arena shooter’s gauntlet of monsters for more than 30 seconds so far, but I’m definitely enjoying each attempt.

Nicole Kline
Senior Editor
February was mostly a lot of the same old, same old for me, with a few exceptions. I’m still playing Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, Fallout 4, and Persona 4 Golden, of course. I was super excited about the release of We Are Doomed on the Vita, and I’ve been playing that as much as possible. It’s so perfect for that system! And Anthony Amato and I started Helldivers, thanks to it being free on PS Plus last month.

Andrew Rainnie
UK Correspondent
I can’t be certain, because February is a vague memory now, but I am pretty sure the only game I played was Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin. In fact, I played it for sixty hours, if my PS4 log is to be believed.

Wait, I lied… I tried Destiny: The Taken King as well, but I just couldn’t get into it. But I’m sure I will return to it when I finally complete the former.

Mike Ryan
Staff Writer
Last month I played some more Shovel Knight on both the Wii U and 3DS. Playing the Plague Knight story and using the surprisingly deep Amiibo features just keeps bringing me back. I’m relatively new to Destiny, so I’ve been blazing through that as well. I also dabbled in some Grand Theft Auto V, Rocket League, and Hyrule Warriors.

Right now, though, I’m heavily involved in Street Fighter V… which I am having a lot of fun with.

Sam Sheldon
Staff Writer
I always think of February as a quiet month that gives me time to check out games I missed in 2015. Between The Witness and Firewatch, I didn’t get time to do that this year, but I cannot complain because both of these games kept me fascinated for the whole month (check out my review of The Witness if you don’t believe me). I also enjoyed a feverish weekend with the Open Beta for Tom Clancy’s The Division, and look forward to playing the full game in March.

In my downtime, I continued to play Tharsis and experimented with different character choices to see if this increased my chances of survival. It didn’t, but this review should help explain why that’s just as interesting.

Finally, I’ve found myself going back to Rocket League to see what the new game modes offer. Changing the shapes of the goals really gives the game a different rhythm that has helped to keep it fresh, and adding raised sections to the field makes the aerial game a lot more interesting. If, like me, you enjoyed Rocket League when it came out but have since lost interest, these new modes make for a great twist on the formula and recreate the chaotic fun that originally attracted me to the game.

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