3 Up, 3 Down – The Best (And Worst) Games From February 2016

February was a tough month to pick the three best games. Over the past 30-days we saw the much anticipated return of the XCOM franchise, a Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare sequel, the expansion for Techland’s Dying Light, Street Fighter made a triumphant return and a 3D puzzle game called The Witness blew us all away. Those games only scratch the surface as Sony and Nintendo released a couple of big games, and several indie games made a splash. It was unquestionably a great month for gamers. Yet, we also saw a few games that not only disappointed but put themselves as front runners for our annual toilet bowl awards. Well, we don’t really have those awards, but if we did that is what we’d call them. Just like January, February wasn’t a slow month for us at COGconnected as we reviewed over 30 games for the second consecutive month. Without wasting anymore time, let’s take a look at the best (3 Up) and worst games (3 Down) from the past month as we move closer to Spring Break.

The Best

Street Fighter V

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At the time we reviewed the game (pre-launch) it felt incomplete. A lot of content was missing at the time but Capcom was promising more post-launch. Regardless, what we did play was amazing. Street Fighter has been known as the king of fighting games. Street Fighter V only cemented the franchise as the undisputed champion of fighting games. It’s an absolutely stellar overall experience so if you are a Street Fighter fan, and are looking forward to seriously competing in this console generation’s great fighting game franchise, then your time has arrived.

This game is so good we’re giving away a copy. Click HERE for the SFV contest.

Karin Street Fighter V

Layers of Fear

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Where you disappointed P.T. was cancelled? Do you enjoy getting so scared you’ve gotta go underwear shopping the next day? Layers of Fear is an experience that will have you terrified at every turn. It is fun, thrilling and a very scary ride. Its fascinatingly-creepy environments will have you hesitating at times, and jumping at others. There are times the scares miss the mark a little but that doesn’t take away from what is arguably the best scary game of the year so far. If you are a fan of scary games, and you are still sad about P.T., this game is a must buy.

Layers of Fear preview pic 2


***Click here for COG’s full review***

About the only shitty thing about XCOM 2’s release this past month would be the fact it’s not available on the PS4 or Xbox One, yet. PC gamers on the other hand can rejoice as they can play one of the best games of the year so far. If you even remotely enjoyed the first XCOM game, you’ll love XCOM 2. The number of mission types along with the randomly generated tile sets and varying enemies will keep XCOM 2 feeling fresh even through your 4th or 5th play through. With mod support and multiplayer, the replayability just keeps on giving. Everything is bigger and better, XCOM 2 exceeds expectations and spawns new hope in future sequels.

XCOM 2 Featured Screen 3

Click on through to Page 2 for the worst games from the past month.