The whirlwind of February has come to a close; a month in which gamers were treated to a month full of notable games, including surprise heavy-hitting titles, as well as lesser-known, yet equally as charming indie titles. In our ongoing monthly feature, we take a look at some of last month’s biggest games as ranked by Metacritic score.
Metacritic Score: 60 (Averaged across platforms) / User Score: 4.2 (Averaged across platforms)
Although it certainly doesn't fall into Metacritic’s highest-ranked games, we would be remiss to not mention the (potentially) biggest disappointment of 2019. Anthem fought an uphill battle even before its release, with bugs and connection issues that are still plaguing the game. Considering the hype that surrounded the game in the buildup to its release, it’s a shame that BioWare didn’t release a more polished and complete game. Anthem is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
5. Metro Exodus
Metacritic Score: 81 (Averaged across platforms) / User Score: 6.6 (Averaged across platforms)
The third entry into the Metro series takes players above ground and deviates from its more linear type of gameplay, replacing it with a bit more of an open-world feeling that invites exploration and discovery. Although drama surrounded the title during the buildup to its release, 4A Games was able to create a game that elevated the relatively bleak series through its narrative of finding faith and hope in a desolate world. Metro Exodus is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC
Metacritic Score: 81 (Averaged across platforms) / User Score: 7.3 (Averaged across platforms)
While Wargroove has its fair share of minor issues, the strategy game is jam-packed with old-school charms that will likely leave you longing for the days of the Game Boy Advance. A spiritual successor of Advance Wars, Wargroove presents itself through adorable animations as players slaughter their way en route to dethroning the king. The title from developer Chucklefish is already exceeding expectations and is worth checking out on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, or PC.
3. Tetris 99
Metacritic Score: 83 (Averaged across platforms) / User Score: 8.6 (Averaged across platforms)
Have you ever thought to yourself, “You know what would be great? A Tetris battle royale game.” Neither have we, but that’s exactly what we got in Tetris 99; a free-to-play game on the Nintendo Switch for Nintendo Switch Online members. The game has sat well with gamers and already has an official online tournament happening this weekend. Especially for the price, Tetris 99 is at least worth checking out.
2. Dirt Rally 2.0
Metacritic Score: 84 (Averaged across platforms) / User Score: 5.8 (Averaged across platforms)
The Dirt Rally franchise returns to take players on an off-road experience that somehow improves upon the first game. Iconic rally locations including New Zealand, Argentina, Spain, Poland, Australia, and the USA make up the game’s levels, as players tear up terrain off the beaten path through the game’s single-player campaign, as well as a competitive online mode. Dirt Rally 2.0 is available now for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
1. Apex Legends
Metacritic Score: 88 (Averaged across platforms) / User Score: 6.7 (Averaged across platforms)
February’s most highly-rated game came seemingly out of nowhere. Apex Legends kicked off the month with an announcement that basically coincided the same day as it was released, taking the gaming (and streaming) world by storm. The battle royale game takes all of the best elements of the genre and puts them together in a game that has clearly made a positive impression on gamers. The sky’s the limit for Apex Legends, with developer Respawn Entertainment already having plenty of future content planned for the game. As if you didn’t already know, Apex Legends is currently available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, with eventual plans to bring the game to mobile devices.