With February in the books, it’s time to look back at what we were playing last month and we’d love to hear what you were enjoying in the comments below as well! So here are some thoughts from TechRaptor’s writers on what games they were playing.
I continued playing Pathfinder: Kingmaker this month, finding the game to be increasingly buggy and have more minor frustrating elements as it went on but still an enjoyable adaptation of the Pathfinder RPG. They could definitely have worked better on some of the town building stuff though and the game really still needs a lot more bug fixing. I’ve also played Civilization VI: Gathering Storm which is an interesting expansion in that I wish they did more with some of the new weather stuff, but also feels like they did a good job of creating a lot of interacting knobs that let the game turn out in different ways.
Alex Santa Maria
This month, outside of the bigger disappointments of Far Cry New Dawn and Crackdown 3, I played a bit of Yakuza for the first time with Kiwami‘s PC port. It’s fascinating to play an older game that’s been visually updated but retains the same PlayStation 2 structure. If time allows, I’m definitely going to be putting in more time to explore the series.
Like last month, most of what I played in February were games I had to review, such as Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, Kingdom Hearts III, Anthem, 2084, The Walking Dead: The Final Chapter, and The Textorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia. I have thoughts of them all somewhere on the site. Also currently playing both Re-Legion and The Greater Good for this reason.
A friend helped me build a new gaming PC this month and then bought me Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus to go with it. I’ve been greatly enjoying shooting fascist Nazi pigs and KKK members, as all Americans should. Another friend also convinced me to buy Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days because it was 99 cents and he said it had A S T H E T I C S to spare. It was… a video game. Okay, I guess. Beat it in four hours, did indeed have A S T H E T I C S but not much else.
In an effort to clear out my backlog I went back to finish a couple of games I wrote Coverage Club entries on. One was Subsurface Circular, which I thought was excellent and really want to play the sequel to. The other was Cradle, which I’m still playing. Highly suggest both for adventure game fans. Finally, I’ve gotten addicted to an idle clicker called Cell to Singularity: Evolution Never Ends, which I just leave on in the background when I write. Upgrades and numbers are my jam.
What I played during February: This month I played a good bit of Apex Legends, like a lot of the staff. It’s the only battle royale I’ve ever gotten hooked on or even gave it the time of day. It’s excellent and I look forward to new heroes, weapons and maps. I played a bit of Anthem for the game’s EA Trial but ultimately ended up dropping it. I think that there isn’t enough to keep me hooked and the loot isn’t anywhere near as exciting as, say, Diablo 3. Which is funny because I’ve also played Diablo 3 a bit. I started the new season with some friends. I’ve never played Diablo 3 with a group of three other friends, and it’s something I wish I had done earlier.
I’ve been losing myself in Unknown Worlds’ savagely beautiful submarine-’em-up Subnautica. There’s nothing quite like fleeing for one’s life from a giant sea snake whose only goal in life is to make sure you no longer exist. Crafting is a bit obtuse at times, but it’s refreshing as all heck to play a survival game with a compelling and constantly evolving narrative element. It’s gorgeous, its difficulty is pitched just right, and if you haven’t played it yet I strongly recommend you do so, even if you’re not usually a survival game buff (as indeed I’m not).
My plan was to play Kingdom Hearts III, but instead, I played more Final Fantasy XIV. Apex Legends looked pretty cool, but then I played FFXIV instead. I almost gave Anthem a shot…but then I played more FFXIV. I don’t have a problem, I swear!
I’ve spent a lot of time in February finally catching up with my backlog. This has meant a lot of time pretending to be a cowboy in Red Dead Redemption 2 which I have enjoyed the crap out of, even if most of my time in the game is spent crouching on hills waiting for deer to poke their heads up.
I also spent a fair amount of time mourning the death of the Vita by playing Killzone: Mercenaries which is a great FPS game if you want something portable that doesn’t play like it was made by a 90’s indie developer.
For games I played, as well as Ape Out for my review, I did a bit of Prison Architect’s Escape mode. I was feeling nostalgic after seeing a video where a YouTuber called The Spiffing Brit used the power of lighters and power drills to escape prison.
Anthem has actually become my obsession for the past few weeks. Despite the mixed reviews and some connection issues, Anthem’s core gameplay has been extremely addicting. It’s great in short bursts; the jump-in and out kind of gameplay style, perfect for when you have a constantly busy schedule.
I played through the last half of Kingdom Hearts II in anticipation for the third game. I beat Kingdom Hearts III a couple of weeks after release and am still not sure how to feel about it. I think I enjoyed it? There were a lot of story issues and almost no sense of progression. Still processing my thoughts on that one.
Apex Legends stole the rest of my game time this month. I don’t even like Battle Royale titles, but this one has me playing every single day. I’d like to go competitive in it, so it has taken over me trying out some other games. Excited for the battle pass and new content this month.
I’m a battle royale junkie, and February was almost completely comprised of playing Apex Legends for me. My Royale (check out our video series) partner and I just can’t put the game down, or hop into any other games right now! Between the ping system, guns, and just general balance and speed of gameplay, it’s no surprise that the game has over 50 million players now, and I’m really excited to see where this game goes.
When I wasn’t playing Apex, though, I’ve been having a great time building and exploring the world of My Time at Portia. It’s just a delightful game that’s super relaxing to hop into and build all sorts of things, so I can’t recommend it enough.
What were you playing throughout February? Any games you want to talk share your experiences on? Tell us in the comments below!