The remakes are coming! The remakes are coming! There aren’t many original games making their way to store shelves in February, but if you’re interested in exploring some of gaming’s greatest hits thanks to some new remakes and remasters, then you’ll definitely want to pay attention to this month’s upcoming releases.
Sony is rebuilding Shadow of the Colossus “from the ground up” on the PS4, and Square Enix is giving a similar full makeover to Secret of Mana. Atlus is stuffing a wide variety of new content into Radiant Historia to create Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology for the 3DS. And Nintendo and Sega are bringing Bayonetta back for another fight against the heavenly horde in both Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2.
You can find what we’re looking forward to after the break, along with a complete release schedule for all of this month’s new releases.
Shadow of the Colossus (February 6)
Only a select few games have been powerful enough to hit me square in the emotion gland, and Shadow of the Colossus is definitely one of them. I played the original on the PlayStation 2 during the Summer/Autumn time period, and I think that played into my strong feelings for it. It’s hard to explain, but you know how John Carpenter’s The Thing is best watched on a cold winter’s night? It’s kinda like that; but in this situation, I don’t think I can wait seven months. I have heard great things about this remaster, and since I skipped the PS3 re-release, I feel enough time has passed to warrant another run-through with Wander and Agro. – Mike Ryan
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology (February 13)
I’m looking forward to Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology dropping for the 3DS on February 13! I played the original when it came out in 2010, and I was absolutely smitten by the game. I am excited to see all the new content – there will be added gameplay, more story, an updated presentation, redesigned character art, new voiceovers, and, perhaps what I’m most excited for, new music! The original game’s soundtrack is one of my favorite of all time, so I cannot wait to hear what Yoko Shimomura is adding to it.
I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with this game – if I’m going to play the original story and then hit up New Game+ for the new content, or play it in Perfect Mode, which allows you to play the game with the new content already included. If I had the time, I’d do it the first way, but as an adult, time to play video games can be really hard to come by! I guess I still have some time to make that decision, though! – Nicole Kline
Secret of Mana (February 15)
Secret of Mana felt like a seismic change to the action RPG experience when it was released back in 1993. The game featured an incredibly deep set of inventory/magic options, a sprawling story, and a massive world that required a dragon to circumnavigate. But it’s biggest gift to gamers was a multiplayer option for up to three players. We never got Secret of Mana 2 in North America (or that awesome Secret of Mana Collection that Square Enix released last year), but I am very intrigued by this 3D remake. – John Scalzo
Bayonetta + Bayonetta 2 (February 16)
Bayonetta and its sequel coming out for the Switch is interesting. I have a long history with the Umbra Witch, which began when I bought the original game for the PlayStation 3. However, I felt the game was riddled with bugs, so I gave up very early on. I then picked up the two games in a double pack for the Wii U, thinking I would enjoy them more. But I still haven’t completed the first game, or touched the sequel.
I wanted to like it so hard, but as with other games a lot of people loved (Bloodbourne being a perfect example), I was just underwhelmed and frustrated. The frustration from Bayonetta was just that there was so much going on that it was hard to keep up. But now that a third Bayonetta game is coming out, do I get the games again on the Switch, or dust off my Wii U and play them there? – Andrew Rainnie
What are you looking forward to this month? More games scheduled to be released in February 2018 can be found right here…