Video game releases for the week: Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Owlboy, Fe, Bayonetta 2, more

Kingdom Come: Deliverance has majored on its commitment to medieval authenticity. — AFP Relaxnews

Kingdom Come: Deliverance has majored on its commitment to medieval authenticity. — AFP Relaxnews

Fantasy adventuring shuns magic for medieval accuracy in Kingdom Come: Deliverance, an accomplished labour of love arrives on console platforms in Owlboy, forest jaunt Fe debuts after an eye-catching 2016 reveal, and Bayonetta 2 takes a second shot with a Nintendo Switch remaster during the same week as international releases for Dynasty Warriors 9, The Legend Of Heroes: Trails Of Cold Steel II, and a remake of Secret Of Mana.

Dynasty Warriors 9
For PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC
From Feb 13 (international), since Feb 8 in Asia
Take part in more fantasy recreations of historical battles with historical characters at their helm, in which heroes turn the tide of these encounters through overwhelming proficiency in battlefield combat. Extremely well received upon its Japanese debut.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance
For PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC
From Feb 13
An ambitious first title from new studio Warhorse, it aims to offer a realistic medieval role-playing adventure – no dragons, no magic, and a commitment to realism wherever possible: expertise comes through learning and practice, armour affects defense and visibility, and so on.

The Legend Of Heroes: Trails Of Cold Steel II
For PC
From Feb 14
Entries to well-loved, attentively crafted Japanese role-playing adventure franchise The Legend Of Heroes seem to take an age to reach international shores – as a PlayStation 3 and Vita release, this one took two years to arrive, at a time when Sony was busy pushing the PlayStation 4 instead – but generally they are worth the wait. A PS4 edition is set for April.

For PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
From Feb 15
A small-team homage to platform adventures of the early 1990s (notably Super Mario Bros 3 and the Kid Icarus franchise) that, like 2017's Cuphead, took an absolute age in development to arrive but was hailed as a faithful and polished second coming when it landed a 2016 PC release.

Secret Of Mana HD
For PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Vita
From Feb 15
This classic Super Nintendo role-playing adventure celebrates its 25th anniversary in August. Ahead of that, a high-def remake arrives, swapping 2D for a new 3D perspective, plus voice acting and online multiplayer. Standard edition previously released on Switch, Android, and iOS.

Bayonetta 2 (including Bayonetta)
For Nintendo Switch
From Feb 16
A shapeshifting, super-competent, gun-toting witch with fearsome hair is on a mission to save the world from oblivion. Bayonetta 2 makes the jump to Nintendo's latest console, already more popular than the game's original Wii U home. Bayonetta 3 has been announced but there is no release date yet for the Switch.

For PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
From Feb 16
As a foxlike forest cub, save your woodland home and its inhabitants from silent interlopers by roaming through the landscape and using the power of song. Swedish studio Zoink previously produced the well-received Stick It To The Man! and Zombie Vikings.

— AFP Relaxnews