Hey! It’s almost February! Does everybody know what that means?

It means it’s time for my Four in February! And my articles! And the Prologue, full of questions!

What is Four in February?

Wow! I’m really glad you asked! (Wait, this is sounding suspiciously similar to last year’s Prologue) I’ll copy/paste my usual spiel from previous Prologues:

Four in February is an event that an amount of gamers participate in where we beat four games in the month of February. We don’t do it for any reason other than to devote some time to beating 4 games. Joystiq contributor Mike Suszek came up with the idea in 2013, and threw down the gauntlet to anybody who’d be willing to do it.

Alright, so why do you do it?

I have a really big backlog of games. Bundles and my very weak will during sales are to blame for this. Because of this massive backlog, I’ve decided to carve out some time to clear four games during the month of February. I also use the time to practice my article writing, as I write reviews/writeups after I finish each game. It’s almost like a book report for school, even though I’m not in school.

Okay, what did you do in years previous?

The first one is a little muddy, as I don’t have super clear records of doing it, and my achievements and my old TAY posts from back when it was just a fan-curated comment wall differ slightly. But here’s what I’m calling my Four in 2013:

  • Antichamber
  • Mass Effect 1
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Torchlight

2014 brought my first major speedbump: I wasn’t really motivated to play my original final game, which was Dragon Age: Origins. I wound up swapping it out for a game I was roughly 60% finished, Shin Megami Tensei IV, as I had been regularly putting time into the game as the month was progressing anyways. This was the first year I did anything resembling writeups, even though they weren’t my best work. My Four in 2014:

  • Spec Ops: The Line
  • Doom 3 BFG Edition (Doom 3 and the included Expansion Packs)
  • Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV

2015 brought my second and third speedbumps, one of which wound up being a major setback: firstly, I couldn’t bring myself to enjoy Dishonored, as I felt it was actively punishing me for trying to play non-lethally and perfect stealth, something that I knew was possible to do in the first place; and secondly, I had company, which wound up basically taking a week out of my month. I corrected the first speedbump by replaying two childhood games and combining it into one for my Four, and I corrected the second by adding a week to the end of my month to make up for the lost time to finish Tomb Raider (2013). My Four in 2015:

  • The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
  • Bastion
  • Metroid Prime & The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
  • Tomb Raider (2013)

The only real problem I had with 2016 was that I had issues getting my last few writeups up on time, even though I finished all the games within the allotted time. I even managed to play a bunch of Destiny during that time (Iron Banner and Crimson Doubles both happened, so it was a busy Destiny month), so aside from two late articles, I feel 2016 was a resounding success for my Four. My Four in 2016:

  • F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
  • Assassin’s Creed Unity
  • Transistor
  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

What are you doing this year?

This year I’m trying something a little different: I’ve themed my Four in February!

Wait, what?

Don’t interrupt me, header text! I’ve themed my Four in February to be spooky! I’ve got a small collection of horror games that I’ve been picking up as time has gone by, and I’ve never properly given them a go. My games, in no particular order (I will determine order as I play through them) are:

  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent
  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Tattletail

But… but... Assassin’s Creed Syndicate isn’t horror…

And that’s where you’re correct! I’ve usually got a space in my Four for a longer game, and I still haven’t played through Syndicate (or Rogue, for that matter). All I’ve heard is that it improves on Unity, a game that I actually really liked after I could get the game to run and the bugs were all fixed and the stupid companion app tethered stuff was untethered from the app. So, I’m looking forward to playing that!

Anything we should know?

If Outlast 2 comes out during February, but not some dumb date like February 28th, I reserve the right to swap out any game for that, as I loved the first Outlast and it’s DLC, Whistleblower; and the demo for Outlast 2 was really good. Also as always, if I’m not having fun with any of the games, I will swap them out for different games. I’ve got a few more spooky games that I can play and have my eye on, but I anticipate being able to enjoy and complete these games within the month!

See you after I finish the writeup for the first game!


Elihu typically lurks around TAY reading the occasional article and occasionally comments on Kotaku articles. Every February he writes his Four in February articles for TAY, and on rare occasions writes words about not-4iF things. You can reach him over at Twitter: @elihuaran or by contacting him via email: elihuaran@gmail.com