Firewatch - PS4, PC, Mac, Linux - February 9
Firewatch is arguably the most intriguing narratively-based adventure game on tap for 2016 due to its prevailing sense of loneliness, unique art style and the ominous mystery that surrounds the game’s overarching narrative. You play as a Park Ranger, Henry, who is attempting to get his chaotic life in order by trading city life for the Wyoming wilderness. His only contact is his supervisor, Delilah, who you will come to know over the course of your journey. It will be interesting to see how well Campo Santo can drive the story forward with only two characters at the wheel.
Unravel - Xbox One, PS4, PC - February 9
Unravel was quite the indie darling at EA’s showcase this past E3. A clearly nervous Martin Sahlin took the stage to show the world a game he and his tiny team at ColdWood Interactive had been cooking up in Northern Sweden and the world was instantly blown away. With EA’s backing as a publisher, the Studio has been able to polish the game and bring it to PC and consoles. Unravel, at its core, is a physics-based puzzle platformer, where you play as a tiny character named Yarny who explores and interacts with the world using the threads from its body. Unravel has proven to be very popular on social media, with lots of fan art and mentions flooding social media.
Pillars of Eternity - The White March Part 2 - PC - February 16
Pillars of Eternity was one of the PC’s best games (not just RPG’s) of 2015 and its first official expansion wraps up this month with The White March Part 2. The White March Expansion is a standalone story that benefits both experienced and new players, as it simultaneously provides a wealth of new end game content and doesn’t require you to have reached a certain level or point in the game, so you can take part in it at any time. The expansion brings new quests, new abilities and a raised level cap, so cRPG enthusiasts will find a ton of value with this package.