If anything, our monthly top video games feature is a celebration of what’s on the horizon and also a reminder that you still need to finish Hitman 3 and the rest of the games that you purchased last month. There’s no doubt that we will all make time for the new Super Mario game (even if it is technically a re-release). Same goes for the Nioh Collection. Featuring two games that you may have easily overlooked, both Nioh titles score a next-gen remaster, so PS5 early adopters have a little more to play.
JRPGs receive a lot of love this month with a new Persona and a sequel to Bravely Default. Plus indie gem Little Nightmares just spawned a sequel. In between everything mentioned above, we’ll be checking out the PS Plus title Destruction AllStars and the next-gen version of Control (the best game of 2019). Here’s what you need to know about February 2021’s top new games:
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1. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
The cat’s out of the bag with Super Mario 3D World arriving on Switch. So what if this game first released over seven years ago? It’s platforming perfection. Who can blame Nintendo for delving into their archive of timeless treats?
Expanding on the original release is a brand new and separate game bundled in called Bowsers Fury. Described as Mario’s first-ever open-world adventure, Mario dons the now-familiar catsuit to take on Bowser who has grown to be Godzilla-like in size. With a classic Mario game and a brand new adventure rolled into one, we can think of a popular Futurama-themed meme that sums up our attitude perfectly right about now.
Release date: February 12
2. The Nioh Collection
Two of the best Soulslike games score a remaster for PlayStation 5. Now featuring ultra-fast load times and 120 frames per second, Nioh and Nioh 2 have never played better. The hardcore combat appears smoother and the graphics crisper.
Taking place in Sengoku-era Japan, players face nightmarish foes and legendary warriors across both the games with all six expansions of DLC included. If you’re on the fence with this one, both Nioh remasters can be purchased separately via the PlayStation Store, although you will save money by buying the games as the collection.
Release date: February 5
3. Little Nightmares 2
Indie gem Little Nightmares expands with a big-budget sequel that’s equal parts charm and horror. Players dive into a suspense-driven adventure playing as Mono, a young boy trapped in a world distorted by an ominous transmission.
Mono is accompanied by Six, the girl in the yellow raincoat who acts as his guide. Together the two set out to uncover the dark secrets of the transmission. The journey won’t be easy as the two travellers face a host of new threats from the terrible residents of the world.
Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1, Switch
Release date: February 11
4. Destruction AllStars
Dominate the glittering arenas of Destruction AllStars–the prime-time sport for dangerous drivers available as part of February’s PS Plus lineup and free for existing members. Players will master the art of intense vehicle-based combat through timing, tactics and skills to cause colossal damage, destruction and devastation.
Pile-on the destruction from behind the wheel or leap into the arena with a breathtaking reel of parkour action by dodging attacks, taking over vehicles or using abilities to disrupt the onslaught. The roster of 16 heroes is revved up and ready to compete in the name of entertainment.
Release date: February 3
5. Persona 5 Strikers
One of the most critically acclaimed RPGs of the generation returns in Persona 5 Strikers. Part spin-off, part sequel, the Phantom Thieves are back with an all-new adventure that replaces the turn-based combat with real-time hacking and slashing.
Our heroes are taking a summer vacation when corruption overtakes Japan. Players control Joker and the team through explosive combat as they road trip across the country to prevent a distorted reality from imprisoning the citizens. Persona 5 Strikers is co-developed by the studio behind the Dynasty Warriors franchise, who are masters of the hack n slash genre.
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch
Release date: February 23
6. Bravely Default II
A new role-playing game of epic proportions makes its way to Nintendo Switch. Despite the sequential numbering, Bravely Default II is an original story with new characters, making it a great entry point for fans of JRPGs.
The saga begins when Seth, a young sailor, washes up on the shore of one of Excillant’s five kingdoms. Here, he meets Gloria of Musa, a princess who fled her kingdom when it was destroyed by evil forces bent on stealing its Crystals. He also encounters Elvis and Adelle, two travellers determined to decipher a mysterious and magical book. It’s up to you to stop the forces that threaten these heroes and all of the land. A free demo is available for download via the Nintendo eShop.
Release date: February 26
February 2021 Top Video Game Release Dates
- Control Ultimate Edition (PS5, XSX) – February 2
- Destruction AllStars (PS5) – February 3
- Blue Fire (PC, Switch) – February 4
- Nuts (PC, Switch) – February 4
- Haven (PS4, Switch) – February 4
- Project Winter (XB1) – February 4
- Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood (PC, PS4, XB1) – February 4
- Nioh Remastered (PC, PS5) – February 5
- Nioh 2 Remastered (PC, PS5) – February 5
- The Nioh Collection (PS5) – February 5
- Little Nightmares 2 (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – February 11
- Undermine (Switch) – February 11
- Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (Switch) – February 12
- 30XX Early Access (PC) – February 17
- King of Seas (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – February 18
- Steven Universe: Unleash the Light (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – February 19
- Curse of the Dead Gods (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch)
- Persona 5 Strikers (PC, PS4, Switch) – February 23
- Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos (PC, Switch) – February 23
- Taxi Chaos (PC, PS4, XB1) – February 23
- Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection (Switch) – February 25
- Bravely Default II (Switch) – February 26
- Capcom Arcade Stadium (Switch) – February TBA
What games are coming out in February 2021?
This month’s best games are lead by Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, Persona 5 Strikers, Bravely Default II, Little Nightmares 2 and the next-gen version Control.
When does Resident Evil Village come out?
Resident Evil Village or Resident Evil 8 is set for release on May 7 2021. You can download a demo of RE VIII right now.
When is Mass Effect: Legendary Edition coming out?
You can expect to save the universe as Shepard and his ragtag group of heroes on May 14, 2021. All the DLC will be included, but one - Pinnacle Station from ME1 was lost due to corrupt source code.