Well boys and girls it's almost the 2nd Month of the Year, which means its time to play four games in your backlog that you haven't finished yet! In Other words, its Time for 4 In February!!!
May is just around the corner, and with it, comes the most Mexican holiday that's celebrated in the US. Cinco de Mayo, or May 5th, commemorates the victory over the invading french in the state of Puebla. Here in Mexico it's not a big deal, schools are closed for the day and that's it. For the Americans it meant that France wasn't able to support the South during the Civil War. Things would be very different now if the outcome would have been different... perhaps we would be like Canada and have a double first language.
Now, you're probably thinking, what does it have to do with video games? The battle of Puebla was like David and Goliath. The French had more and better equipped soldiers, but the Mexicans stood their ground and scored a critical hit against European invasions. In this case Goliath is our backlog and David is our willingness to finish five games during May. See? Cinco de Mayo, wink, wink.
That's right, since May has 4 and a half weekends this year, it should be enough time to play through 5 games. I know I did it last year, and this year I invite you to join us in this challenge just like we did back for #4iF.
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Now that four-in-February is behind us, I thought I'd take some time to look into games that I'm at least a little curious about for the calendar year of 2016. I have divided my choices into three broad sections:
Things that will almost definitely be with us in the near-future or before the end of 2016.
Things that might make it into 2016, but you never know.
And, finally, things that I'm totally worried about. Sometimes with good reason.
So, let's take a look and see, shall we? Read more
I had such high hopes for February, I really did.
I sat on Banjo Tooie, because I wanted to experience it, but I didn't want to experience it quite so close to Banjo Kazooie. I was genuinely looking forward to what Plague Knight had in store for me at the end of Shovel Knight. I wanted to delve into Simon the Sorcerer and find out if time - and my memory of that game - had treated it well. I also wanted to see if - a year on - Jazzpunk was still that spellbinding, silly experience I found it to be while watching Lucahjin play it.
You can read my gung-ho and ready post about all that here.
This tragic tale is a tale of how that all fell flat and how I ended up playing three games that weren't even on my list. Well. Kind of.[Please Note: Some of the links in this article will take you away from Twinstiq. They have been formatted such that they will open new browser tabs.]
Well, now that February is over, I've put my controller down and it's time to see how I did. Not particularly well, as it turns out. I had my four games in mind, I thought finishing them up would be achievable, and I was excited to give it a try. But I guess it just wasn't in the cards this time. Here's what happened.
I finished A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda first...
And I have to say it was a fun little side-scroller platformer. But I do mean little, it only took about three hours to complete from start to finish. Some quick thoughts follow. Read more
Some people think that October is the true month of horror, some people are fools. No dear friends, the true month of terror belongs to the accursed February. February shows not only its contempt for humanity by being the shortest month of the year, but by also flogging us with the dreaded “Four in February”. It dares us to complete four games by the end of the month to sate its masochistic love of human degradation. This year I face its true horror and prepare to make the following sacrifices:
Legend of Grimrock
I will attempt to defeat this tile-based dungeon crawler for the first time. It has sat in that damnable Steam Library for far too long, god only knows what it has been plotting. I only hope that never ending dungeon landscapes do not drive me mad first.
Legend of Grimrock 2
Why stop with the first game in a series? Why not do BOTH? These are questions that I ask for no other reason than to fill space as I delay the inevitable. After completing the first game in the series I will also do attempt to crush its sequel set on an island for some reason. Maybe there will be a "Joe Versus the Volcano" joke I can squeeze out of it after completion?
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic:The Sith Lords:Escape From Peragus
I will make an offering to this hellish god with this classic game as well. I hope the eldritch beast chokes on the excessive colons.
Legacy of Dorn: Herald of Oblivion
A Warhammer 40K choose your own adventure/Chaos dating sim. It’s like Livingstone and Jackson went back to Games Workshop and made the “Fighting Fantasy” books even more grim dark.
I am also something of a charlatan, so I will include two backup options if I finally pick up a new 360 this week. These will be Dark Souls 2 and Space Marine.
What up, Twinstiq? AJ here, evidently back from the great beyond, and just in time for 4 in February. Having followed joystiq for several years, I've been a long-time observer of #4iF but this will be my first year as an actual participant. You see, I've always been great about keeping up with all the latest hits in the gaming world, be they on Steam, Wii U, PlayStation 4, or wherever; the only problem is that having to update my gaming catalog so frequently leaves me little time to properly see anything through.
Truthfully, my expectations going into this are anything but high, but I have decided to at least give it the old college try. So, without further ado, here are the four games I think I might have any kind of a shot at.
#4iF is back and right around the corner! I can't wait to start playing! But first we have to see what games I will be attempting to finish this month. Which may be hard as I am in the middle of a move to a new house! But that won't stop me!!