3. Dying Light 2: Stay Human – February 4
Dying Light 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the original first-person parkour zombie survival horror classic. The story takes place 20 years after the original, so newcomers do not need to worry. Dying Light had over 17 million players, so expect similar hype over this sequel released 7 years later. It’s pretty crazy that Dying Light 2 is heavily overshadowed by the top 2 releases of February, especially considering that it will be available for all consoles and PC.
2. Horizon: Forbidden West – February 18
Horizon: Forbidden West is not the top release of February 2022. That’s insane. Horizon: Zero Dawn was a massive critical and commercial success for Sony. Expect more of the same triple-A, narrative-heavy, cinematic, third person action, but now with the ability to explore underwater. The original sold over 10 million copies as a PS4 exclusive. Forbidden West will stay on PS4 and PS5 for the foreseeable future, and is perhaps a major PS5 system-seller for many.
1. Elden Ring – February 25
Was there any doubt? Hidetaka Miyazaki created some of the all-time most beloved video game worlds with Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Sekiro. He decided to up his world-building ante by conceptualizing a new one with the help of George R. R. Martin, arguably the most popular fantasy novelist of the past 20 years. Elden Ring will likely be another award-winning, ruthlessly difficult, super beloved third-person action RPG. It’s won awards for most anticipated game at the last two Game Awards. The only console not getting it is the Switch, which isn’t a huge surprise. You all know this, but Dark Souls + Game of Thrones = win.
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