Must-play games of February

Jack Mc Glynn, ClickOnline.com

, Last Updated: 12:04 PM ET

February is packed with great titles including, Thief, The Wolf Among Us, Outlast, Donkey Kong Country, Rayman Legends and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2.

The Wolf Among Us: Episode 2 - Smoke And Mirrors

Telltale Games - PC, PS3, Xbox 360, iOS, Vita, Mac - Feb. 5

Say you'd rather offer your brains on a gelatinous platter rather than settle into another post-apocalyptic zombie tale. Telltale got yo back! This adept and agreeably savage Noir is a cracking adaptation of the immensely popular Fables comics.

Episode 1 ended on a serious cliff-hanger: Can Bigby keep it together long enough to solve this mystery? Probably not. But at least he'll bust some skulls on the way!

Outlast

Red Barrels - PS4 - Feb. 5

The next generation isn't just gagging for Survival Horror, it's in dire need of games full stop! (That was an exclamation mark.) Free for PS4 Playstation Plus subscribers earlier this month, Outlast fills this void. But with a staggering lineage, Prince of Persia, Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell, Uncharted, Outlast has a lot to live up to…

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Retro Studios, Monster Games, Nintendo - Wii U - Feb. 21

This series has been *ahem* monkeying around for a very long time, with some fairly colossal gaps between entries. It's a wonder then, how Donkey Kong Country retains such playability - perhaps the objectively gorgeous colour palette, creative level structure and pristine controls have something to do with it...

Yes, this "freeze" setting is mere sugar coating. But all things DKC taste sweet!

Resident Evil 4: Ultimate HD Edition

Capcom - PC - Feb. 27

Remember when Resident Evil was AWESOME, that one time, back in 2005? Sure you do! So why not play it again?! For the umpteenth time! On a PC! For some reason!
Honestly though, if you've never played Resi's finest hour, this could be well worth your dollar.

Lords of Shadow 2

MercurySteam - PC, PS3, Xbox 360 - Feb. 28

I didn't like Lords of Shadow. The combat was too Kratos-y and someone obviously told Robbie Carlyle the amount of emotion he injected into his voice-work would be inversely proportional to his paycheck.

But, dammit, I respect Lords of Shadow: Bravely modernizing the series into a fully-fledged Hack/Slash while retaining Castlevania idiosyncrasies, it resonated with the modern player and Patrick Stewart enthusiasts. Hamtastic performances were buttressed by a sophisticated plot, and a last minute twist left fans yearning for a sequel for almost four years.

Well, Dracula is back.

And is disposition ain't exactly sunny!

Rayman Legends

Ubisoft Montpellier - PS4, Xbox One - Feb. 28

Rayman is the king of the platformers. You should hail him. We should all hail him!

Sure, he lacks the speed of Sonic, the invention of Sackboy or the star power of Mario. But with imaginative architecture, solid frame rate and genre leading UI, easy lies the strange floating head that wears this platform crown.

Thief

Eidos Montreal - PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 - Feb. 28

I've gone on about how I've played better versions of Thief twice before in the guise of Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Dishonored. But that doesn't detract from the solid design and gameplay Eidos Montreal has in store for all you budding Kleptomaniacs- A linear yet expansive level structure is bolstered by innumerable access points, assorted traversal avenues, myriad points of environmental interactivity and a consistent focus on player choice. Thief wants you to play it the way YOU want to play it - A linear experience counterbalanced with meaningful gameplay decisions.

Also, those rope arrows look pretty boss.

I say "boss" now.

I'm trying it out...


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