This Month in Entertainment: February 2016
A guide to all of the biggest video games, movies, and TV premieres coming in February.
February’s here, and with a new month comes a mass of new releases in entertainment. There’s so much here to get excited about. The TV releases have dried up, but there are still some really interesting premieres to check out, with The Walking Dead also returning this month and Deadpool coming to mark the first R18+ Marvel movie to launch so far. There’s also the release of Campo Santo’s hugely-anticipated title Firewatch, and the return of XCOM. Damn, February’s looking fantastic.
Video Game Release Schedule
Campo Santo’s first person adventure game is set in the Wyoming wilderness, as you take control of Henry – a lone fire lookout. There’s no one else in this wilderness, and your only connection with the world is the person at the other end of your handheld radio.
The game picks up as something out of the ordinary draws you out of the lookout tower you’re stationed in, and it’s up to you to find out what it is. There’s a lot of exploration to be had, and the game’s said to force you into making interpersonal choices that can build or break the only contact you have with the outside world. I’ve been looking forward to this one for quite some time, and it’ll be out on February 9 on PlayStation 4 and PC.
Many PC and Xbox One players may know of Layers of Fear. Bloober Team’s psychedelic horror experience is a truly terrifying exploration game that continues to mess with your insanity.
In the game, you take the role of a painter as you help create his next project. Unfortunately, this particular painter is going insane as he begins to see things, hear voices, and divulges into his own insanity. I played this one back on the Xbox One last year, and it’s scary as all heck. I’d absolutely recommend it wholeheartedly to fans of Alien: Isolation and Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Layers of Fear is quite reliant on jump scares, but it also nails tension building which is huge for a game of this nature. Seriously, horror fans – grab this one on PlayStation 4 this month.
Full Release Schedule:
Aveyon 4 – PC – February 1
Spellweaver – PC – February 1
Tales of Symphonia – PC – February 1
Albedo: Eyes from Outer Space – PlayStation 4 – February 2
Calendula – PC – February 2
Cobalt – Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC – February 2
Crypt of the Necrodancer – PlayStation 4, PS Vita – February 2
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – PlayStation 4, PS Vita – February 2
Dreii – PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android – February 2
Megadimension Neptunia VII – PlayStation 4 – February 2
Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel – PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 – February 2
Not A Hero – PlayStation 4 – February 2
Steve Jackson’s Sorcery – PC, Mac – February 2
Gravity Rush Remastered – PlayStation 4 – February 3
American Truck Simulator – PC, Mac, Linux – February 3
Fortified – Xbox One, PC – February 3
Agatha Christie: The A.B.C. Murders – PC, Mac – February 4
Shutshimi – Wii U – February 4
Dungelot: Shattered Lands – PC – February 5
XCOM 2 – PC – February 5
Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 – PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC – February 5
The Legend of Legacy – 3DS – February 5
Alekhine’s Gun – PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC – February 9
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Trilogy Pack – PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC – February 9
Firewatch – PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, Linux – February 9
Unravel – PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC – February 9
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime – PlayStation 4 – February 9
Neverwinter: Underdark – Xbox One – February 9
Dying Light: The Following – PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC – February 10
Terraria – 3DS – February 11
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight – February 12
Arslan: The Warriors of Legend – PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC – February 12
The Ship: Remastered – PC – February 15
The Escapists: The Walking Dead – PlayStation 4 – February 16
Layers of Fear – PlayStation 4 – February 16
Pillars of Eternity: The White March Part 2 – PC – February 16
Project X-Zone 2 – 3DS – February 16
Street Fighter V – PlayStation 4, PC – February 16
Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright – 3DS – February 19
Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest – 3DS – February 19
Project X Zone 2 – 3DS – February 19
Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon – 3DS – February 20
Far Cry Primal – PlayStation 4, Xbox One – February 23
Mega Man Legacy Collection – 3DS – February 23
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 – PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC – February 23
Toki Tori 2+ – PlayStation 4 – February 23
Spacejacked – PC – February 26
Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow – 3DS eShop – February 27
Bravely Second: End Layer – February 27
Movie Release Schedule
This one was a pretty easy pick. I’ve been fairly burnt out on the second phase of Marvel movies (Ant-man and Ultron were particularly hard to watch), but I’m coming around to this year’s selection. And this one, amongst the others, stands out as something that’ll be a little different to Marvel’s well known and well criticized formula.
Ryan Reynolds picks up the role of Deadpool, and he’s basically out to kick some ass. Do I need to talk more about this one? It’s R18+, has lots of swearing, and a lot of gore. It’s different for Marvel and I’d like to see them continue on with this (if the movie’s any good, of course).
The Coen Brothers have done some incredible films, most notably Fargo, The Big Lebowski, and No Country for Old Men, and it’s interesting to see the way they’re taking up their next film – Hail, Caesar!
Part comedy, part drama, and part musical, Hail, Caesar! is set in the 1950s and follows a Hollywood fixer as they try to keep the studio’s huge amount of stars in line. The all-star cast is comprised of Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, George Clooney, and Jonah Hill… just to name a few. This one’s certainly different to what the Coen’s have been known for previously, but it’s one I’m really looking forward to checking out.
Full Release Schedule:
Anomalisa – February 4
Life Off Grid – February 4
Steve Jobs – February 4
The Choice – February 4
Ghayal Once Again – February 5
The Monkey King 2 – February 5
Metopera: Lulu – February 6
From Vegas to Macau 3 – February 8
Brooklyn – February 11
Deadpool – February 11
Zoolander 2 – February 11
45 Years – February 18
Concussion – February 18
How to be Single – February 18
Ride Along 2 – February 18
Risen – February 18
Trumbo – February 18
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – February 25
Gods of Egypt – February 25
Hail, Caesar! – February 25
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – February 25
Teatro Alla Scala – February 25
TV Premiere Schedule
This one’s an obvious one. As will be a recognisable name in April’s edition of this feature. I’ve been following The Walking Dead since Season 2, and while I’ve not been incredibly fond of the stop-start formula and flashback episodes that seem to plague this series, I’m still very keen to see what happens next.
We’ve come close to seeing a few notable characters die – especially this season – and I’m going to expect at least one will be gone by the end of the series’ sixth season. Things are really going down now in The Walking Dead – characters are turning on each other, and I can already see the group’s plan going pear-shaped within the first two minutes of the episode airing. The trailer also mentions a very prominent villain, and if the crew follow the show’s source material – thing’s are going to get very, very interesting.
Based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel of the same name, the eight-part Hulu mini-series stars James Franco, Lucy Fry, and Josh Duhamel, as Franco finds himself traveling back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Of course, problems arise, and the past itself starts pushing back as it doesn’t want to be changed.
I haven’t read 11.22.63 but I’ve heard great things about King’s mystery thriller, as well as being quite keen to see how Franco goes in such a serious role. This one’s going to be something I’ll be following fairly feverishly each week, because honestly – Stephen King, JJ Abrams, and James Franco sounds like a pretty killer combo for me.
Full Premiere Schedule:
American Crime Story: The People vs O.J. Simpson – February 3
Madoff – February 4
Animals – February 6
The Venture Bros. – February 8
Vinyl – February 15
The Walking Dead – February 15
11.22.63 – February 16
Better Call Saul – February 16
Girls – February 22
Togetherness – February 22
Fuller House – February 27
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny – February 27
Note: Some dates may change and shuffle around, and we apologise for any confusion this may cause.
Be sure to check back at the beginning of each month for an article similar to this one, discussing all of the month’s upcoming releases!