February saw a slight improvement in the quality of theatrical releases, starting off with the launch of the brilliant The Lego Movie, laugh a minute riot that enthralled families the world over, but it was clear that the industry was only starting to emerge from its winter slumber. Also hitting theatres this month were The Monuments Men, along with its phenomenal ensemble cast, and the surprisingly enjoyable Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Sadly, we also lost one of contemporary cinema’s most talented stars this month when Philip Seymour Hoffman died aged just 46.
In the gaming world, this was a fine month for RPG fans, with both Bravely Default for 3DS and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII acquitting themselves very well on the review front. Other key launches for the month included the superb Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on Wii U, Rayman Legends for PS4 and Xbox One following its release on all other formats the previous year, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare as a timed release on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and the eagerly awaited Thief from Square Enix which, although failing to live up to expectations, was nevertheless a fine adventure - if a little flawed.
The big technology news in February was Samsung’s wholly expected unveiling of the Galaxy S5, its latest flagship smartphone, at 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The company also used the show as an opportunity to showcase its Gear 2 and Gear Fit smartwatches, both of which used the company’s new Tizen operating system in place of Android.