February 2021 Highlights

February is a funny month for new releases. Too late for the start of the year, but too soon to get things moving.

February is a funny month for me. It’s not that there isn’t anything happening/coming out that I am interested in. February is a holding month for March/April more than anything.

That said, there are a few things I wanted to talk about this month.

Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood

Back in my pen and paper RPG days, I played three main systems: Dungeons and Dragons, Cyberpunk 2020, and Worlds of Darkness. World of Darkness was somewhat unique, as you could play different rulesets as ‘monsters’ trying to make their way in the modern world.

You could play as Vampires, Werewolves, Wraiths, Mages and even Changelings. Each world had overlap, but each of the five rulesets was unique and had lore that rivalled Dungeons and Dragons.

The umbrella name for five different games, many players enjoy this series without knowing it

Vampire: The Masquerade is probably the more well-known system for video gamers. Bloodlines 2 is looking to be a great game and is coming out later this year. Be sure for that to pop up in a Highlights in the appropriate month!

Well in February, Werewolf: The Apocalypse players will finally get a video game! This may not seem like a massive deal for many, but the license has been bounced around for decades. Teasers and stopped projects have dogged a Werewolf adaption for far too long.

Now I haven’t followed Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthbound too closely. The impression from the trailer is a linear third-person adventure. Remember, this is just an impression – I am not saying what the game is like. That said, this video is where I get the impression from:

Now I will say that the game looks a little generic. That isn’t always a bad thing. Cyanide Studios has created games such as the Styx series and the official Call of Cthulhu game. While neither I would call revolutionary, they were fun to actually play, which is most important.

So I may not be lining up to buy Earthblood on February 4th. Still, I will be keeping an eye on it and barring terrible reviews grabbing a copy at some point.

Bravely Default 2 – Nintendo Switch

Bravely Default on 3DS was a fantastic game. Fairly standard JRPG fare, but there were a couple of twists in the story that have cemented it in my memory.

When Bravely Second was announced, I was ready. The bite-sized nature of exploration meant that I could do some grinding at work while making a coffee, and I absolutely devoured it.

The third game in the Bravely series is coming to the Switch on February 26th. What do I know about it? Very little to be honest. I am sticking my head in the sand on the news of Bravely Default 2.

I have enjoyed the series immensely, so I am looking forward to playing the next chapter. If you don’t know the series but would like to see what it is about, grab the demo from the Nintendo eShop!

There is a gotcha with the demo. You can play for 5 hours of the game, a good chunk, but you start a little way into the story. This means you can’t transfer progress from the demo to the main game.

Because of this, I would advise playing for an hour or two. Decide if you think the game is worth it, then stop. This way you won’t have to replay a sizeable portion of the game.

The Switch Screenshot doesn't do the graphics 100% justice, but if you know JRPGs, you know what you are largely in for

Watching for all the wrong reasons – Control Ultimate Edition Next Gen Upgrade

I enjoyed Control. You can read my thoughts on it here. I want to go back and finish the DLC I got with the Season Pass, but the Ultimate Edition’s announcement really put me off playing the game.

If you bought the repacked Ultimate Edition (what others would call the Game of the Year edition), you get the base game and all of the content. This kind of release is excellent for latecomers and allows players to experience everything with a single purchase.

But with the announcement of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, the only way to get the next-gen version was to purchase the Ultimate Edition.

Personally, this feels like a cash grab from the publisher 505 Games. For people who bought the game and the season pass to be told to rebuy the game is rude. That said, nothing is stopping me from playing Control in compatibility mode, which is what I will do.

If you bought the Ultimate Edition and have a next-gen console, you can get your free upgrade from February 2nd. The retail version appears in March, and if you haven’t bought Control, then this is a great deal. I just won’t be buying it as I already purchased the game.

Update Jan 28 2021:

I still disagree with at 505 Games for getting people to rebuy the game for a next-gen update. The silver lining if you have PlayStation Plus this month – you can get the Ultimate Edition for free with the included games this month!

If you have PlayStation Plus and have never experienced Control, grab Control Ultimate Edition and keep it in your library. You can also play Control on Xbox Game Pass, but it is the ‘standard’ edition, so base game and no console next-gen updates.

It's a great month for PS Plus games - three very different games

No Persona 5 Strikers?

The Persona series is incredibly popular. I haven’t played any variety of Persona 5 after the hours I put into Persona 4 on the Vita, which is a personal bugbear.

What I am not a massive fan of is the Dynasty Warriors series. No offence to people that enjoy the series – it’s just not a game that tickles my fancy.

So the new Dynasty Warriors crossover isn’t a game that really intrigues me. That said, there will be a lot of people that are interested in it. While there is plenty of Dynasty Warriors DNA in Persona 5 Strikers, there is also Persona crossover.

If you enjoy Persona 5, check out the reviews for Persona 5 Strikers when released on February 23rd.

Until next time,

JohnHQLD
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