Month in Review: February

Month in Review: February

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From eSports to exciting releases, plenty is going on this February. Read on to find out why it’s been our busiest month yet.

February may be the shortest month of the year, but it certainly hasn’t been the quietest. With the eSports scene heating up and some great releases on the horizon, we take a closer look back at everything that happened these past 28 days:

Top Game Releases for February

Apex Legends

Apex Legends – PS4, Xbox One, PC

EA’s introduction to the Battle Royale genre via Respawn Entertainment’s Apex Legends has been this month’s true surprise hit. With millions of players swarming the game on its opening weekend, Apex takes a tried and true formula and gives it their own unique twist, with tight gameplay and reliable mechanics that may even rival Fortnite in time.

Read More: https://www.darkspawngaming.com/legendary-apex-legends-attracts-more-than-25-million-players-in-first-week/

Far Cry: New Dawn – PS4, Xbox One, PC

The latest entry in Far Cry’s ever-expanding roster, Far Cry: New Dawn has gone the way of its past spin-off, Blood Dragon, with a unique and colourful environment that’s distinctly different from anything we’ve seen from the series so far. A direct sequel following the aftermath of Far Cry 5, New Dawn doesn’t do as much new as we might have hoped – but what it does do, it does well.

Metro Exodus – PS4, Xbox One, PC

A popular and beloved novel and series, Metro Exodus extends the hapless and mostly silent Artyom’s adventures beyond the winding subway tunnels beneath Moscow, depositing our protagonist into a larger and sprawling open world complete with exploration and crafting. For fans of the series’ style and feel, Exodus is a brand new way to experience post-apocalyptic Russia through the eyes of its survivors.

Anthem – PS4, Xbox One, PC

A divisive and ultimately unpolished title, Anthem released with little fanfare, and already seems to be losing its small fanbase after a hesitant first weekend. A game in the vein of the modern shooter, Anthem’s focus on RPG-style questing and grinding seems like a natural progression from the popular Destiny titles, but just doesn’t quite hit the mark.

God Eater 3 – PS4, PC

For epic RPG combat and Japanese-style action, God Eater 3 from BANDAI NAMCO is top of its league. Following on from the fun and innovative gameplay of previous titles in the series, God Eater 3 brings its own unique set of challenges in a beautifully stylised and well-designed world that fans of the series will enjoy exploring.

Gaming News

The Sims 4 StrangerVille

Sims 4 Strangerville Trailer Released

A throwback to the famous Sims 2 world of Strangetown, Strangerville is the latest in EA’s line of additions to its famous simulation game. Taking a decidedly dark turn, your Sim must explore a new and mysterious town where everything is not as it seems – and the local Sims are acting pretty strange, too.

Read More: https://www.darkspawngaming.com/the-sims-4-strangerville/

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime is Retiring

After 16 years at the helm of Nintendo of America, President Reggie Fils-Aime is retiring from his prestigious role at the age of 57. Known for his enthusiasm for the Nintendo community, and his commitment to many of the company’s skits over the years, he will be missed by Nintendo employees and fans of the company alike.

Read More: https://www.darkspawngaming.com/nintendo-of-america-president-reggie-fils-aime-is-retiring/

The US Makes Move Towards Taxing Gamers

In an unprecedented appeal, the state of Pennsylvania in the US is moving to tax the sale of Mature and Adult-rated titles. Should the bill succeed, it seems likely that other states will soon fall into line with the new tax scheme – but what does this mean for gamers? Read on to find out more.

Read More: https://www.darkspawngaming.com/tax-on-gaming-us-state-moves-to-tax-mature-and-adult-only-games/

eSports Spotlight

Tarik

CS:GO: Tarik To Be Traded To NRG?

Following a 16th place finish in their most recent tournament, it seems NRG might just be looking further afield for their upcoming player roster, with rumours flying of Made in Brazil’s Tarik getting swapping onto the team.

Read More: https://www.darkspawngaming.com/csgo-tarik-to-be-traded-to-nrg/

An Update From DarkSpawn’s League of Legends Manager

With Team DarkSpawn now several weeks deep into their UKLC tournament, we take the time to chat to team manager, Alex “Synygy” Winton, to talk about the upcoming competition, strategy, and DarkSpawn’s first win of the contest.

Read More: https://www.darkspawngaming.com/darkspawn-gaming-lol-manager-syngy-talks-week-two/

Blizzard Announces Hearthstone Masters Tour

With a $250,000 prize pool and a wide range of competitors looking to take the top prize, Blizzard’s Hearthstone Masters Tour proves that the card game is still alive and kicking when it comes to the world of eSport. Stay posted for more information about the tour as it is released, including the competitors involved.

Read More: https://www.darkspawngaming.com/blizzard-introduces-hearthstone-masters-tour/

An Interview With MRatedUK

Following the success of epic.LAN 26, a grassroots LAN tournament based in Kettering, we sit down with Events Manager Mark “MRatedUK” Illingworth to find out more about what their plans are for the future, how they perceived this year’s tournament and what, exactly, epic.LAN 26 offers to the gaming community as a whole.

Read More: https://www.darkspawngaming.com/epic-lan-26-interview-with-mrateduk/

That’s Just Our Opinion

Link Soul Calibur 2

Fighting Game Guest Characters: Good or Bad?

Do you love a good gaming crossover, or loathe the concept of guest characters in your fighting games? Whichever camp you fall into, DarkSpawn takes a closer look at why guest characters are A Thing in gaming, and whether they’re a necessary evolution – or an annoying intrusion.

Read More: https://www.darkspawngaming.com/fighting-game-guest-characters-good-or-bad/

The Unsung Heroes of Gaming

Think a title has to be popular to be great? Well, this list proves that some of the best heroes in gaming are the neglected ones. We discuss some of our top gaming characters, who do so much and get so little back in return. Let us know your favourites in the comments.

Read More: https://www.darkspawngaming.com/the-unsung-heroes-of-gaming/

Games As Art

Is the look of your game as crucial to you as the gameplay? These titles take style to the extreme, in all the right ways. Click through to find out more about these titles that are as good to look at as they are enjoyable to play.

Read More: https://www.darkspawngaming.com/games-as-art-3-titles-that-look-as-good-as-they-play/

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