The year has started off in fine form for single-player gamers. January delivered the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts 3, the amazing Resident Evil 2 remake, and the stunning Sunless Skies, and February is following suit with a swathe of promising titles.
Release Date: February 1, 2019
Platforms: PC, Switch, Xbox One
After publishing several charming indie hits including Stardew Valley and Risk of Rain, Chucklefish has turned its hand to development. Wargroove is the company’s sophomore effort and is already being recognised as a worthy entry in the turn-based strategy genre.
Indeed, many pundits are heralding the game as the successor to Nintendo’s classic Advance Wars series. Potentially hyperbolic comparisons aside, Wargroove delivers many hours of gameplay for single players, alongside its stunningly detailed pixel-art aesthetic.
Users assume the role of a queen whose kingdom becomes engulfed in war as she sets out to gain allies for her fight. Multiple commanders can be recruited, each of whom brings a unique ability to the battlefield, though, as is typical, most soldiers are drawn from the rank and file.
While PC, Switch, and Xbox One owners will be able to play the game this month, PlayStation 4 gamers will have to wait until later in the year.
Release Date: February 15, 2019
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Although Metro Exodus has recently courted disdain thanks to the publisher’s decision to make it exclusive to the Epic Games Store on PC, the enthusiasm of single players remains undamped.
The first two Metro games are among the most memorable of recent years, and developer 4A Games seems to be taking some significant risks with its latest project. Rather than focusing on the dark, linear tunnels of the Moscow Metro, the game offers open above-ground hubs and a day-night cycle.
These adaptations play into the new story, which sees series protagonist Artytom fleeing the underground and embarking on a year-long quest across the Russian landscape. As such, Metro should be more diverse than ever before, but the highly polished shooting and survival aspects will return to ensure familiarity.
Metro Exodus was one of the games nominated among OnlySP’s most anticipated of 2019, and many more reasons to be excited are available in that earlier article.
Release Date: February 13, 2019
Anyone unimpressed by Metro Exodus’s bombast (or simply seeking a reprieve from it) will want to give Eastshade a look.
The gorgeous RPG has been in development for five years and offers something different for the genre. Where most such games feature combat as a central contributor to character progression, Eastshade takes a more peaceful and even mellifluous approach.
Indeed, in its gameplay stylings, the title seems more akin to a walking simulator than an RPG. Players arrive as an itinerant painter on the eponymous island, tasked with nothing more than exploring, talking to the locals, and committing the fantastic sights to canvas.
However, with Eastshade pegged to last between five and twelve hours, it offers a longer run time than most walking simulators. For anyone whose interest is piqued, further details are available in the interview OnlySP’s Nick Calandra conducted with Weinbaum late last year.
In addition to the highlights listed above, two more of OnlySP’s most anticipated games of the year launch in February: Far Cry: New Dawn on February 15 and Anthem on February 22. Meanwhile, after years of hype, Microsoft is finally pushing Crackdown 3 out the door on February 15, and Square Enix takes the Front Mission universe to entirely new frontiers with the release of Left Alive on February 26.
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