by Jessica Ham
February has been a great month for video games–from a new console being announced to new games in famous series being released.
Nintendo has been losing money for years, especially due to the failure of the Wii U console. But now, Nintendo has announced something new, the Nintendo Switch, which will release March 3, 2017. Over one-hundred games are being developed for the Nintendo Switch game library as of January 2017. The new Zelda game, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, will be released the same day as the Nintendo Switch. This Zelda game will have the largest open world of any Zelda game ever made, and Amiibo figurines can be used to change gameplay. Both the Switch and Breath of the Wild will be used to hopefully revitalize a dying Nintendo company.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard was released at the end of January and has been skyrocketing in popularity ever since. The reviewers have given this game high praise especially praising the VR compatibility which adds a whole new level to a horror game experience. The past few Resident Evil games have not been living up to people’s expectations, but Resident Evil 7 changed everything. The detailed story, combat style, and the different game modes and achievements, that make the game have a lot of replayability, have had everyone raving. This game has brought a lot of money and revitalized success to Capcom and the Resident Evil series as a whole. A new DLC for Resident Evil 7 titled Not a Hero is supposed to release sometime this spring. The DLC will feature a character you meet at the very end of the main story in Resident Evil 7 and will be free to all of those who already own the game.
For Honor was released on Valentine’s Day for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. For Honor is an action fighting game from Ubisoft featuring characters such as Vikings, Knights, and Samurai. Reviewers such as IGN have been raving about this game for its use of brutal melee, but many, such as Jeremy Dooley from Achievement Hunter/Rooster Teeth, have been complaining about its flawed level matching as new players can get matched with more skilled players making it an uneven and unfair fight. Overall, the game does well with introducing a fun new way to fight in a video game.
And finally, Horizon Zero Dawn comes out February 28, 2017, as a PS4 exclusive. Before the game has even come out, it has won Best Original Game at the Game Critics Awards two years in a row. It is one of the most anticipated games of the last few years. The game features a hunter and archer named Aloy who lives in a world run by robots. She has been sheltered her whole life due to the dangers of this world, and one day sets out to discover what exactly is so dangerous about this world she lives in. The game is open world that has side quests to have fun with while the main story guides you throughout the world. Game reviewers, such as Greg Miller from Kinda Funny Games, have been raving about the game and its fun and unique combat style and world development.
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