Street Fighter V - PS4, PC - February 16
Street Fighter is one of the most long running and legendary Fighting game franchises around with its first release coming all the way back in 1987. The fact that this is only the fifth official entry (spinoffs not included) is a testament to how well each game has held up over the years. This time, Sony scored a console exclusive contract (and not the timed exclusive kind), limiting the game to only the PS4 and PC. The game is a pretty safe bet for those looking for a new epic fighting game, as Street Fighter IV managed to score a 92 average score on Metacritic upon release. Unfortunately, the game has not been without its controversy, but(t) what isn’t these days
Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest - 3DS - February 19
Fire Emblem has a long running tradition of successful game releases, and despite recent negative press
, Birthright and Conquest should continue that trend. What’s different this time is that the series is taking a page from Pokemon, and releasing two different versions of the game, with each being a different half of one story. When the game released in Japan, the alternate story was offered up as DLC, so that gamers didn’t have to commit full price on two games, but it remains to be seen if the same thing will happen here in the US.
Far Cry Primal - Xbox One, PS4 - February 23
Far Cry Primal is certainly a new direction for the series. Gone is the gun-toting, dictator-ruled island theme and in its place is a prehistoric romp with primitive weapons, tameable beasts and an open world that is unlike any that the series has delivered to date. Far Cry has proven in the past that it has been willing to try completely new things with its core mechanics, as evidenced by 2013’s spinoff Blood Dragon, but Ubisoft seems to have gone even further by completely taking away guns, in turn altering how combat plays out.