Warpback: What We Played in February 2017

The month of February was a cold one, but at least we had our games to keep us nice and warm! We all did a little bit of dipping into our various backlogs, trying to get some gaming done before so many other games we’re looking forward to hit the shelves. Hit the jump to see what games we were playing here at Warp Zoned in February!

John Scalzo
In anticipation of tomorrow’s launch of the Nintendo Switch, I tried to clean up some of my ongoing gaming projects last month.

I finally managed to impress 9,999 Toads in Super Mario Run. And with the cheers still ringing in my ears, I also managed to scoop up every set of Pink and Purple Coins in the game. Unfortunately, I wasn’t so lucky in my attempt to master Pac-Man Championship Edition 2. I tried to earn all the Stars in Adventure Mode, but my eyes were definitely bigger than my stomach.

Finally last month, I transported myself back to my childhood with Arc System Works’s Double Dragon IV. The retro-styled brawler is decently entertaining, but it also includes all the flaws found in the original NES trilogy. I talk more about why it doesn’t entirely work in my review.

Nicole Kline
Senior Editor
February wasn’t much of a gaming month for me, unfortunately! I’ve been busting my butt just trying to get through this last term of graduate school. I mostly played the three games I’ve been playing for months now: Pokemon Go, Pokemon Moon, and Pokemon Picross. Other than that, when I really needed some serious gaming, I turned back to Dishonored. I played all of The Knife of Dunwall and started The Brigmore Witches, and they’ve both been very fulfilling. Looking forward to finishing the latter so I can start up Dishonored 2 once this term is over!

Andrew Rainnie
UK Correspondent
In an ideal world, I would have completed my pile of Wii U games in February to make some shelf space for the Switch, but I’ve barely managed to complete Yoshi’s Woolly World. It is a cutesy platformer that delighted and frustrated in equal measure, and like many things on the Wii U, feels a bit repetitive and half-baked.

Despite my claims last month that I wasn’t feeling Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate as much as previous titles, I found that my enjoyment of the game improved the more I explored, so long as I was playing Claire Frye, and not Jacob. I don’t know why, but he just irritated me – his cocky swagger and boyish charms were too much like Edward Kenway without the charisma of being a pirate.

Mike Ryan
Staff Writer
This month, I decided to finally get into Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright for the 3DS. I’m normally not one for RPGs, but I find the deep story and character progression fascinating. I also like that each chapter lasts around 30-45 minutes so I can feel like I accomplished something even if I only play for one short session.

I also played some more Destiny as per my usual Friday night plans, though it’s starting to get a bit repetitive. I think I’m probably going to take a break from it so I don’t get too burnt out before Destiny 2 hits. Other than that, I popped in Resident Evil 5 for the PS4 and man, did that bring back some memories. It was awkward trying to get re-accustomed to the controls, and playing with a friend was just as fun as it was eight years ago.

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In addition to being Warp Zoned’s UK Correspondent, Andrew Rainnie is a screenwriter and filmmaker. You can email him at andrew AT warpzoned DOT com or you can, if you’re inclined, visit his personal website.

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