Howdy! It’s been an amount of time since I’ve written for TAY (last year’s Hotline Miami 2 review, in fact). I’m back for yet another installment of this year’s Four in February!

What is Four in February?

Well, I’m glad you asked, header question! What follows is shamelessly copy-pasted from my Four in February 2015 Prologue (with one small edit), and should answer your question:

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.

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Wait, you’ve done this every year?

Yup! Well, mostly. A lot of stuff came up last February and I had to add an extra week to my deadline to make up for lost time. But! I’ve done at least 12 games in the last three years.

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2013:

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

2014:

  • Spec Ops: The Line
  • Doom 3 BFG Edition (core game and both expaks)
  • Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV

2015:

  • The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
  • Bastion
  • Metroid Prime & The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (Had played both of them previously as a child, made them both count as my third game)
  • Tomb Raider (2013)

Not listed: several small titles that were played to destress/transition between games which were also completed.

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So, like, what do you do? Are there rules?

The only rule is that you must beat four games in February. Almost every year I’ve finished at least one game I had either previously made progress in or had beaten as a youngling. If I was only a little ways into the game, I’d just restart it from the beginning. If I was most of the way there, or had put a significant amount of time into the game, I’d continue.

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As previously mentioned, I had cheated a little bit for last year’s Four in February, and gave myself an extra week. I had some company over and work gave me some extra shifts I hadn’t taken into account, both of which dug into my free time to play games. I don’t see anything happening this year, the expected company has already come and gone; I’ve picked three fairly small games and one large game, and I’ve already taken into account that the 9th-15th will be largely eaten away by the Crimson Doubles event in Destiny (I’ve already got a partner for it, don’t even think about asking if you can partner up; plus, I’m not that great at PvP).

So you’re gonna be better at managing your time, blah blah blah. Just what exactly are your games gonna be this time around?

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Oh, right. My games this year will be:

  • F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin

I’m hoping that this one is almost as good, if not slightly better than the first F.E.A.R., which I enjoyed immensely. Also, it being an FPS, I don’t have any doubts that I’ll be able to finish it in the first few days

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  • Assassin’s Creed Unity

I know, it’s technically the worse of the two core AC games from 2014, but it’s the only one from 2014 I have. It’s also the reason I had to buy a new video card last year. Long story short: I was dumb and didn’t understand that Nvidia numbers their cards “XY0", where X is the generation, and Y is the model type. This resulted in me attempting to run ACU on a video card (higher generation, weaker model) that was too weak to run it and causing permanent damage to the card, impacting performance on other games the card should have been fine with. I have enjoyed what I’ve played of it (up to sequence 6, I think?), and will be restarting the game to play through it in it’s full capacity.

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  • Transistor

Having fully enjoyed Supergiant Games’ debut title Bastion last year in my Four in February, I fully intend to play through and finish their second outing, which I’ve already put a little bit of time into, but I’ll be restarting it, as I’m anticipating it to last me roughly the same amount of time.

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  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

Having thoroughly enjoyed 2014’s The New Order (has it really been that long since that game launched?), I’m going to play through the standalone DLC, The Old Blood. I’ll play through the game on “Bring’Em On!” to get familiar with the game again (it’s been a while since I played TNO), and gather collectibles. If there’s still time, I’ll be playing through the game on “Uber”, to mirror my playthrough of TNO. I’ve already gotten partway through the prison chapter where you de-electrify the Ubersoldats, but I’ll start again just because. I’m pretty sure I’ve missed a collectible or five anyways, so this’ll give me the chance to find them before the real challenge kicks in again. I also don’t anticipate the initial playthrough to take too terribly long.

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Is there anything else I should know?

Well, since you asked, I will let you know that I’ll be doing my writeups again this year, with one after every game. I’ll also do my usual recap which will sum up and link to the writeups. I’m not going to stream them this time around, I just don’t have the bandwidth to do so (my upload speeds are atrocious), so we’re just going to have to do with my words describing the experience of playing four games that I’m mildly familiar with.

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Also, if I for any reason whatsoever find that I’m not having fun with a game, I reserve the right to switch it out for a different game. I did this last year with Dishonored, a game I wasn’t having fun with. I wound up swapping it for the double feature of Metroid Prime and the then-recent remake The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, two games that influenced major parts of my childhood.


I’ll see you all in a few days for the F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin writeup!