Let’s Get Prepped for Four in February!


Four in February is an annual gaming event that encourages people to focus on their backlog, rather than spend money on new games. The objective, as the name implies, is to pick four games from the ol’ backlog and complete them before the end of the month.

This is something I look forward to participating in every year, and knowing that many of you also suffer from atrocious backlogs I figured I’d share my list and encourage you all to do the same!

While it’s easy to just pick four of the shortest games you own and call it a day, I tend to pick three reasonably short games and one meatier one (spreading them across four different consoles to share the love). You can find out the average completion time for any of your games over at HowLongToBeat.com, which always comes in handy during Four in February.

This is meant to be a fun and motivating event, not a stressful task working under a deadline. If you don’t finish, you don’t finish. Last February I didn’t finish ANY of the four games I chose, but I did knock out two other games from my backlog–still an accomplishment.

For this year’s Four in February, I’m going with two bigger games that I just started yesterday, along with two smaller games to break things up.


#1 – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS)

This has been on my backlog for a while now, and although I’ve played the game on N64 and the Wii’s Virtual Console, I just started my first playthrough of the 3DS remaster yesterday. I hear it’s an incredible upgrade to an already timeless game, and I’m hoping my familiarity with this one cuts down my completion time a bit.

Average completion time: 24-31 hours


#2 – Megadimension Neptunia VII (PS4)

I started this JRPG the same day as Ocarina of Time 3D, so I’ve only managed to shave a few hours off the completion time thus far (making it not feel like a cheap addition or anything). Like any other JRPG, I expect it to be grind-heavy, overly verbose, and time consuming, so I’m a little worried about finishing Nep-Nep before the end of the month.

Average completion time: 37-60 hours, depending on side quests


#3 – MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune vs. Zombies (Vita)

It’s a double dose of Nep-mania in February! However, while Megadimension Neptunia VII is a full-length JRPG, MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune vs. Zombies is more akin to a Dynasty Warriors clone instead. It’s a hack-n-slash and it’s on Vita, making it the perfect pre-sleep ritual while I’m all snug in my bed.

Average completion time: 7-12 hours


#4 – Freedom Planet (Wii U)

This love letter to the good Sonic the Hedgehog games of yore has been installed on my Wii U for more than a year, but I’ve yet to finish it. It’s beautiful, it’s fast, and with Freedom Planet 2 on the horizon now seems like a great time to put the original behind me.

Average completion time: 4.5-5.5 hours


Perhaps I’m being a little overly ambitious this year, going for two lengthier titles and two shorter ones, but we’ll see at the end of the month how things went.

Do you ever take part in Four in February? Any interest in starting this year? If so, write up your list and drop a link in the comments. We’ll motivate each other.

29 thoughts on “Let’s Get Prepped for Four in February!

  1. I suppose I should finish some I’ve kind of been lagging behind on.
    #1: Dishonored II
    #2: God Eater II: Rage Burst
    #3: Steins;Gate
    #4: Torment: Tides of Numenera [Early Access]


    1. Dishonored 2 is also on my backlog, but I wanted to take a little break from the series first since I just finished the original game (which stressed me out pretty good lol).

      God Eater 2 is in my backlog too. I have maybe 7 hours logged in to Resurrection, I think.

      Have fun!


  2. I should probably use this event to clear out some of my backlog. Yesterday I bought Yakuza 0 though, so I’d rather play that rather than give games I abandoned a second chance.

    Good luck with your quartet. Freedom Planet and Blanc are doable, but you might have your work cut out with Zelda and Neptunia.

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    1. Yeah, those two have me worried but hopefully the familiarity with Ocarina will cut its playtime down a bit. Someone had mentioned Neptunia VII wasn’t too long if I stay away from all the free DLC dungeons, so we’ll see.

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  3. I can almost play Ocarina of Time with my eyes closed I’ve beaten it so many times! I don’t any other game will ever knock this from the all time favourite game place in my heart :) Good luck on your February quest! I think I’ll participate this year too, but I haven’t decided yet.

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  4. Personally for me, time is pretty limited to tackle four games, so my plan currently is to finish a single game before March 3rd (I’ll let you guess why :)

    That game.. is Final Fantasy X. I generally game about 40-60 hours per month, depending on how busy work and life gets, so I’m fairly confident I can pull it off. About 10 hours in at this point and loving it!

    Besides FFX? I’d love to finish Sword of Mana on GBA, but it’s pretty low priority and I’m a little stuck, so probably Kirby Planet Robobot on 3DS. If I can pull of Robobot and FFX I’ll be good and ready for Breath of the Wild.

    Love this idea by the way!


    1. Side note, your list is pretty ballsy, tons of hours! I use HowLongToBeat religiously to keep track of my gaming and it’s helped burn through my backlog super fast. Anyone who works full time and needs help finishing games you already have, I second CBA’s recommendation to use HowLongToBeat!

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    2. Four in February is considerably easier to do if you have four short games in the backlog you’ve been neglecting, but I try to pick things I’d rather play sooner than later.

      I wish you the best on your FFX journey, and hope you find enough time to tackle Planet Robobot or Sword of Mana. =)

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  5. Neat idea! I’m hoping to beat some more games, particularly my Wii U backlog, before the Switch comes out. I’m definitely going to at least beat the games that I’m working on for review though, though I’ll have to reach if I really want to delve into my backlog of RPGs, haha.

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    1. I hear you on the RPG front–that’s most of my backlog. So I’ve been steadily trying to play one while juggling it with something far less demanding. It’s worked so far!

      Right now my Wii U backlog consists of both Zelda remasters, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Freedom Planet, and a few virtual console games I’m in not hurry to get in to. Xenoblade is the one that has me worried, with its 100+ hour completion time.

      If you comprise a Four in February list, let me know!

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  6. This is a fantastic idea! And I am impressed with the games you’ve picked for your Four in February. I might join in with this. I love HowLongToBeat; it’s really been fantastic for helping figure out the best way to work through my backlog. I’ll have to take a look at my list and choose a few games to get through this month!

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      1. Fast decision making (haha)… I’m thinking Dragon’s Dogma, MGSV, The Last Story, and Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag. I’m not anticipating getting all supposed 135 hours done, but it’ll start putting a dent in the list!!

        And thank you, you too :)


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