3 Up, 3 Down – February 2021
February 2021 has come and gone, bringing with it some of the biggest releases of the year. While there were undoubtedly some great games, there are always some duds as well. We take a look at three of the highest and lowest scoring games of the month.
Persona 5 Strikers
The sequel to Persona 5 deviates from its predecessor’s primary combat loop, turning toward a more action-oriented system. Despite the difference, Persona 5 Strikers is more Persona 5, and the story continues in a meaningful manner. In our review, we found that “fusing the rich game world of Persona with real-time combat, Omega Force and P-Studio have created a new Persona of their own and it is a worthy addition to a classic franchise.”
Little Nightmares II
The follow-up to 2017’s side-scrolling horror platform-adventure game, Little Nightmares II continues the franchise with a new main character. While the game undoubtedly takes inspiration from other games, the franchise has become its own entity, one that thrives by properly implementing different aspects. In our review, we concluded that “the perfectly paced gameplay and luscious visuals combine to elevate the game above others in the genre making Little Nightmares II an absolute dream to experience.”
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
As one of the best games from the Nintendo WiiU, it was only about time until Super Mario 3D World came to the Nintendo Switch, though now bringing along with it Bowser’s Fury. While not a single-player 3D Mario game, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury takes the stages element of classic Mario games and combines it with contemporary mechanics and co-op play. In our review, we found that “if you’re open to something slightly unlike anything that’s come before, maybe Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury will be a perfect fit.”