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THE blue month of January is finally behind us, and the loved-up month of February is finally here.

Sadly, in the world of gaming, there's still a dearth of releases - but among the few titles hitting the market this month are a few gems.

There's a new adventure with Yoshi on the 3DS, Halo Wars 2 blasts onto the Xbox One and Telltale's The Walking Dead: A New Frontier, gets a season pass disc release.

Poochy and Yoshi's Woolly World (3DS) RELEASE: February 3 NINTENDO'S adorable Yoshi is back in his woolly world, and this time he's bringing his pal Poochy along.

This bright, breezy platformer sees players exploring the world using balls of yarn. Weave yourself platforms to scale hard-to-reach places, bend pipes to clear your route, and pull loose threads to unravel walls to uncover secret areas.

Easily one of my favourite Nintendo characters, you can add a little more colour to your gaming with a woolly Poochy amiibo to really bring the game to life.

SNIPER ELITE 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) RELEASE: February 14 A SHOOTER game released on Valentine's Day - who said romance was dead? Set in the aftermath of the last game, our agent has been sent to a secret Nazi U-Boat facility to take out the commander. What he finds will send him down a path which will hopefully end with Hitler squarely in his crosshairs.

The physics on these games never ceases to amaze me. The ballistics are as close to realworld as possible, and the stealth skills needed to complete mission gets the old blood pumping. This fourth game also boasts the largest map in the series, so expect hours of fun.

HALO WARS 2 (Xbox One, PC) RELEASE: February 21 TO CELEBRATE the launch of Halo Wars 2, a live streaming event is being held on February 16.

Taking place at the studios of developer 343 Industries, there's a chance to win prizes, see exclusive chats with developers who worked on the game, and watch Halo pros battle it out.

It's fair to say that this is one of 2017's most anticipated games, and early feedback from the beta testing is that it's really something special.

If you can't wait till the 21st to play, then grab a download code for the Ultimate Edition of the game, which gives players access from Feb 17.

THE WALKING DEAD A NEW FRONTIER (Xbox One, PS4) RELEASE: February 28 TELLTALE'S Walking Dead series has been nothing short of breathtaking.

I've eagerly followed the fortunes of young Clementine, as she fights to survive amid the horrors of the zombie apocalypse. A New Frontier is the third season, and episodes one and two were released in December. This season pass disc gives players access to these two episodes, plus the three new episodes which have yet to be issued.

Fans were upset when Telltale announced Episode 3's release had been delayed. But Job Stauffer, at Telltale, has promised it's worth the wait, telling fans on Twitter it was a "big episode" and that "Clem has an Ep3 scene that literally broke me".

I'll get the tissues ready.


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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 2, 2017
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