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TUGOF: Top Upcoming Games of Feb.
Here at pipedream we like to keep our finger on the pulse, so when it comes to new releases that are about to drop, we need to take a look and give you our thoughts. Below will be a list of the latest games coming out in Feb along with our signature rating to give you our opinions on how we feel the game may fair in the charts. So without further ado, Lets jump in and have a look!
First up, In no particular order, Its Anthem!
Anthem has a considerable amount of hype around it due to the fact it’s one of those classic “online multiplayer action role playing games” that we all wish for year after year. The promise of being able to forge our own destiny’s in a massive world with our friends is exciting for any gamer- in fact, the very idea takes up a third of any gaming conversation that is being had amongst friends.
Anthem is going to take us into a sci fi world overrun with its own version of terrifying monsters of the alien variety. We will be in control of a freelancer, forge alliances with other freelancers/humans and do our best to fight everything and everyone that comes in the way of humanity’s survival. Armed to the teeth with our own “javelin” suit we will be more than ready to take on the challenge. This not only makes for what looks like some really epic fighting scenes visually, but bioware have been very clear on how much importance they have put on making sure the combat is crisp. Allowing for combos between freelancers and the opportunity to really plan out attacks dependent on your surroundings and the enemies you’re fighting. If you add this to the things that bioware usually nail, the storylines, loot system/distribution and overall character progression. Who else is hearing the hype train in the background?
So is it going to to be worth its weight in gold? Well.. the developers, Bioware backed by the infamous EA, certainly have the capability to pull something big off here. They both have a lot of experience in the gaming world and, if it has only some of the elements that Mass Effect and Dragon Age brought us, it could be the next big thing for sure. Mix that with a shooter style akin to Destiny and/or The Division and we’d start seeing a mixture of elements that could really tick all boxes.
That being said, I know I’ve sounded very positive on this as a whole, but there is a couple of things to be aware of.. EA do have their moments sometimes when it comes to offering up a dose of hype but under delivering *cough* Star wars *cough* and Bioware are reeling a little from Mass Effect Andromeda’s underwhelming performance. Let’s hope this is the game they come out swinging for the fences on.
We at pipe dream are a little sceptical on the whole thing so I think it’s only best to rate this game as ‘pull a sickie’ until it launches and we really get a feel for things. Saying that though, it does have the potential to make you want to book a week off again and again. Keep your eye on this one!
Suit Up on the 22nd of Feb!
Next Up, Is one of our favourite franchises here at PD, Farcry:New Dawn!
Far Cry as a franchise has brought us some solid titles, From searching for survivors on a remote island to trying to overthrow a king in a fictional country in the himalayas, it’s safe to say it’s delivered on some truly epic moments. Last year’s montana epic – tackling a doomsday cult that really stretched the boundaries of what’s right and what’s wrong was a stand out experience for myself, playing with Smavez took it to another level. Far Cry never fails to entertain and the villains created are always both intriguing and fantastical.
New Dawn looks to change it up a little but still keep the core features that we know and love. Using the map of Hope county from Far Cry 5, it has remixed the original, offering up a post apocalyptic environment for us to explore – this is similar to Far Cry Primals’ refresh of the Far Cry 4 map. The story itself is set seventeen years after the events of Far Cry 5. After the nuclear exchange known as “the Collapse” devastated the world, survivors attempt to rebuild the community in Hope County. Their efforts are threatened by our new villain protagonists the Highwaymen, a roving band of organized bandits led by twin sisters Mickey and Lou. This once again sets a foundation to really build from, anything post apocalyptic has its own trials and tribulations, sprinkling in not one but two villains for us to hate, really does increase the flavour.
So we’re seeing a few things from Far Cry 5 return, along side of some slightly new additions. The ability to recruit companions and/or animals to fight by our side makes a welcome comeback, alongside some old faces that we may have met during our travels in the previous game. This helps transition us nicely into the new game and gives us that sense of continuation from the previous game.

This time round it also features an upgradable home base named Prosperity, which would slowly expand and grow in size as players progress. This is an interesting addition allowing us to really build something for ourselves and help us forge our own storyline within the game, some other titles have tried and arguably failed to do this, so I’m intrigued to see how they pull this off. New weapons and vehicles are also added alongside repeatable treasure hunts and outpost acquisitions which help really make the world feel alive, with the highwaymen constantly out to attack and reclaim said areas. Lastly The game also features a mode called “Expeditions”, which allows the player to travel to other locations in the United States such as Louisiana, to look for more resources and packages. As these regions are outside the main map and smaller in size, Ubisoft was able to create more complex environments for expeditions and hopefully turn it into solid replayable content. All of this is doable in a multiplayer format allowing for an extra layer of excitement throughout your daring journey through post apocalyptic Hope County.
We, as expected, are really hyped for this one. There is nothing more to tell you other than make sure you fill the fridge with your type of energy poison, purchase those guilty pleasure snacks and definitely book a week off for this one. It’s going to be a wild ride! Bring your friends. Feb 15th the journey into Hope County begins!
So who wants a new trials game? We know you have been waiting a long time for this one.. ITS TRIALS TIME BABY!
It’s been a long 5 year wait but trials is back with its latest installment named Trials Rising. There is not a massive amount to say about this one, it’s the same old physics-based motorcycle game, working through all different types of obstacle courses set in various parts of the world. The game of course offers local and online multiplayer as well as the very popular obstacle creator to keep the longevity of the game ticking over nicely. The only new feature that we have seen so far is a local multiplayer mode called “Tandem Bike”, which two riders control the same motorcycle. Each player will be responsible for controlling a part of the balance and power of the vehicle, it seems to add a different way of playing that may spice up those pre drink sessions.
There is a lot more to come on this one we are sure but Trials games on the whole have always got a place in everyone’s game collection, because of this, we dub this game as a solid frequent fallback, being able to be played in a variety of scenarios and really adding that arcadey vibe that is a welcome change from other more serious titles… remember, always wear a helmet.
Coming Feb 12!
It’s Coming, It’s not a lie, this is not fake news.. I promise! Crackdown 3 is dropping next month.
So, Crackdown 3, Nine years after its predecessor is finally going to drop in the middle of feb. The action adventure game set in the city of New Providence, lets the player take control of a agency member in their fight against the mysterious Terra Nova organization. Everyone loves a never ending fight against a mysterious foe that is protected by a multitude of gangsta organisations.. Am I right?
The main plot is set just after a terrorist attack from an unknown source, which kills power around the entire world. The Agency is then thrust back into action after the attack is traced to the city of New Providence, where they try to strike back at its location and find those responsible. Sadly the agency’s first strike against the organization fails, which leads to the player characters – super-powered Agent – being called into the field as a last resort to dismantle Terra Nova any way they can. That’s where we come in!
Lots of returning features are welcomed warmly. Crackdown 3 will feature a number of different organizations controlling the city of New Providence that players will need to take down by killing their bosses and Kingpins, destroying their facilities, and destabilizing their setups. Now of course we need an arsenal to do this so there is a variety of weapons to achieve this end, from guns to grenades to rocket launchers, as well as the players own physical power (boom). Players can also drive any vehicle found in-game and use whatever is necessarily to get the job done.. Very Jason Statham like. The game also features the “Skills for Kills” system as found in previous games, in which killing enemies with different tools and finding pickups hidden throughout the city will award the player with orbs, which act as a currency in a way and increase the player’s core skills – agility, firearms, strength, explosives, and driving, all the key elements needed when strutting around as a superhuman agent.
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! Let’s talk new things, and what’s better than being able to blow things up on a very grand scale. As shown in the trailers, most, if not all buildings are destructible in Crackdown 3, which really does add to the world in its own special way, making for some very unique and exciting moments in game. This is echoed by the addition of a competitive multiplayer mode called ‘Wrecking zone’ (Flex) in which we will battle each other and try and raise the city to the ground! Sign me up.
All in all this game does sounds exciting whilst owning its arcadey roots. It has been a long time since we have had a Crackdown game and this one has been pushed back multiple times, So I am interested to see how it lands. For now, let’s say it has the potential to worth pulling a sickie for. Feb the 15th, it is all yours.
So who played the other Metro games? In my eyes they have always flew under the radar a little, but I cannot dodge the fact that there was little flaws that in my eyes, hindered the games longevity and maybe hampered the player base somewhat. That being said, it’s back for its next installment and I am personally excited to see how it lands.. Let’s take a brief look at what we can expect.
Metro: Exodus is the newest installment in the franchise, bringing back the first person shooter style with a solid dose of butt clenching horror, accompanied by opportunities to do things a little different with optional stealth chances, all the things that really give Metro its own unique style.
Set in 2036, two years after the events of metro last light, on a post-apocalyptic Earth that has been devastated by a nuclear war 23 years ago, the player assumes the role of 28-year-old Artyom who flees the metro in moscow and sets off on a continent-spanning journey with Spartan Rangers to the far east. The player must contend with the new hazards whilst engaging in combat against the classic mutated creatures as well as hostile humans to help add some diversity. The usual arsenal style also returns with a wide variety of hand-made weaponry which can be customized through scavenging materials and a crafting system, making you really feel like a survivor doing anything to get by.
The levels in the game are a mixture of linear levels and sandbox environments. Which also include a dynamic weather system, a day-night cycle, and environments that change along with the seasons as the story progresses. It will be set over the course of one whole in-game year giving us a real chance to really immerse ourselves into the storyline and world of Metro.
I think this could be one to watch, but it definitely won’t make the same kind of splash on the market as other titles. Maybe have a cheeky one night stand with this one and see if its worth keeping its number.. All love begins with fun right? Get your hands on this one on the 22nd of feb.
Lastly what would a gaming month be without a new racer. Well worry no more, February brings us one to wet your whistle. It’s time to get our rally on with Dirt Rally 2.0!
Developed and Published by codemaster, Dirt Rally 2.0 gives us another installment of rallying and rallycross like never before. Players compete in timed stage events on tarmac and off-road terrain in varying weather conditions in a whole host of varying countries, with also a solid amount of cars and circuits that are used in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, adding some real content for us to relate to and to help keep us interested.
Codemaster have also tried to give us some more complex aspects to think about. The new weather system where changes in the weather will affect the relative level of grip and require players to take a steadier approach to driving. The weather will also affect visibility in certain stages and the surface of the stages is also subject to change; as more cars pass over a stage, the road surface will start to shift and break up, also affecting grip levels. This really gives us much more to think about when driving, instead of training our way to the finish line.
They are also bringing back the favoured ‘My Team’ Mode from Dirt 4, giving us the ability to hire staff members to look after our cars between races and help reduce any damage caused from previous races, allowing us to, hopefully, not go into the next race all banged up. Players will also be able to make a wider range of strategic choices, such as tyre compounds; softer tyres offer more grip but wear out faster, while harder tyres are more durable but produce slower stage times. Uh.. Yea.. If you’re like me and have no clue what i just said in those last two lines, Codemaster are right there with you! By planning to introduce a more in depth tutorial for setting up the car to make the process more accessible for newcomers, amateurs and players who have just not really been interested in the past. I think, if done well, this can really expand the games reach.
In my opinion, with nostalgia fully in the forefront of my mind, we are in need of a solid Colin McRae style game. This looks to be a decent choice if you are like me and trying to find something to bring back those fond memories. I think the real problem with these type of games at the moment is replayability, and with that in mind it’s hard for us to really look beyond a one night stand for this one. I think it could sneak into the frequent fallback category if you really get into its complexity. Lets see how it goes. We will be defo be giving it ago. 26th of Feb is the day for this one.
This brings us to the end of our games worth looking at in the month of Feb. I hope this gives you enough of an incite in what they all have to offer and hopefully persuades you to pick up one or two at least. As always we love to hear your thoughts on anything stated here or just in general, hit us up on the socials and lets get to talking.
Thanks for reading..
                                      ..and remember, it’s never just a pipe dream.
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