8 Video Games Coming Out The Week of Valentine’s Day

The year is young, but we’ve already gotten excellent titles like the cryptic puzzle game The Witness, the psychedelic music game Amplitude, and Firewatch, an adventure game Ansel Adams would love. As if that’s not enough, next week brings another heap of noteworthy titles from a variety of genres.

You can pummel combatants in Street Fighter V, fend off zombies in The Escapists The Walking Dead, and plot devious strategies in Fire Emblem Fates. That and a lot more is heading your way the week of February 15. Read on to find out which games you want to play.

1. The Ship: Remasted

Platform: Windows PC
Release date: February 15, 2016

In this refreshingly cruel multiplayer game, you and other players online are passengers on a ship. Each person is assigned one of the others as a target to kill. Your job is to kill your quarry before being killed yourself.

The game adds several layers of complexity to this basic premise, like the need to sleep and socialize, as well as security guards that will thwart your murderous plans if they see your weapon. This game originally launched in 2006 as a Half-Life 2 mod. This update polishes it up for a new group of fans of tension and murder.

2. Street Fighter V

Platform: PlayStation 4, Windows PC
Release date: February 16, 2016

Fighting game players have been waiting years for this new installment in the long-running series of excellent fighting games. With a varied cast of returning characters and graphics so stylish they could leap off the screen, this is just what the series needs to dragon-punch its way back to popularity. It’s also billed as a “back to the basics” installment, so Street Fighter V will have fewer characters than many recent games in the series, meaning each character received more attention during development. During the first year the game is on the market, Capcom promises six additional fighters will be released as downloadable content.

3. The Escapists The Walking Dead

Platform: PlayStation 4
Release date: February 16, 2016

For a pixelated, retro-style take on The Walking Dead, check out this game that brings players back to where it all started, with Rick Grimes waking up in a hospital bed to find that the world has gone to hell. It might look like an NES game, but there’s more going on in it than in most games from the early ‘90s. Following the story from the comics, you must seek out survivors and make your escape as zombies follow your every move. The goal is to escape each level while keeping as many people alive as possible.

4. Layers of Fear

Platform: PlayStation 4
Release date: February 16, 2016

If horror is what’s been missing from your gaming life, Layers of Fear promises to fill the void. This story-based adventure game has you exploring a creepy, shape-shifting mansion while you piece together the story of an insane painter whose work hasn’t always been appreciated. One look at his art will show you why, but things get stranger and stranger as you fill in the details of his dark and twisted past. Watch the trailer above to see if this kind of psychological horror speaks to you.

5. Project X Zone 2

Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Release date: February 16, 2016

In this game, characters from Sega, Capcom, and Bandai Namco join together for some serious strategy RPG action. Basically, if you dig Japanese games, you’ll probably know most of these characters and have a lot of fun seeing them interact in this series that delivers fan service by the truckload.

This sequel lets you play as characters like Akira Yuki and Kage from Virtua Fighter, Dante and Virgil from Devil May Cry, and Jin and Kazuya from Tekken. It might not have wide appeal to Western audiences, but if it follows in the footsteps of the series’s debut, it could be a lot of fun.

6. Rocket League

Platform: Xbox One
Release date: February 17, 2016

Rocket League is basically two-on-two soccer, but played by cars instead of humans. Once you accept the premise and move on, you’ll find that the game is delightfully fast-paced and enjoyable. Thanks to the arena-style playing field, you don’t have to worry about keeping the ball in-bounds, nor are there fouls or anything else that would slow down the action.

Up to four players can speed into the fray at a time, revving their engines and skillfully passing the ball toward the opponent’s goal. You can play online or on the couch, thanks to the split-screen mode. The game came out on PS4 and PC last year to rave reviews, so don’t hesitate to buy this one.

7. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

Platform: Windows PC
Release date: February 18, 2016

This PC port of a PS Vita game stars a group of teenagers trapped in a high school with a psychotic teddy bear. The bear gleefully tells the kids only one will leave alive, and only if that student can kill another one without being caught. As the game progresses, the students drop like flies, and it’s up to you to figure out who’s doing the killing. It’s dark, it’s bloody, and it’s impossible to put down. Fans of murder mysteries won’t want to miss it.

8. Fire Emblem Fates

Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Release date: February 19, 2016

Like Pokémon, this installment of the beloved handheld strategy series comes in two flavors: Birthright and Conquest. Which one you choose determines your allegiance in a battle between powerful families, but it also determines the game’s difficulty. Birthright is more welcoming to newcomers, thanks to its plentiful offerings of gold and experience points. Those looking for more of a challenge should buy the Conquest version, since it’s more stingy with its rewards. Either way you go, there’s little chance this game will disappoint.

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