Most developers aim to get their AAA titles out for the holiday season. We normally get inundated with the top titles to delve into as presents and spend the next few months picking them all apart.
Not this month, though. There’s a bunch of new, and old-new (read: remaster/remake) games coming in the first month of the year.
Let’s have a quick look at what’s coming our way:
Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition
Initially released in Europe on the Xbox 360 way back in 2009. The Japan-only PS3 release had a new character, and made mild antagonist/protagonist Flynn a playable character.
Essentially, this is that version, but spruced up. Having played the original, I’d highly recommend it. It’s not going to blow your mind with its story, but it’s a beautiful game to look at. Featuring the usual Tales series active combat and team management, it’s a worthy RPG to get your teeth into.
Available on PS4 and Nintendo Switch from January 11th
Hitman HD Enhanced Edition
Featuring the absolutely seminal Blood Money and the other same generation follow up, Absolution, the Enhanced Edition has given these two the next gen makeover.
Much like the HD Trilogy for the Xbox 360/PS3 collection of the first two console attempts (as well as Blood Money), expect the same classic gameplay with a slight polish on 47’s shiny noggin. Also, you can play Absolution at some point.
Available on PS4 and Xbox One from January 11th
Again, another remaster going on here. But this one is worth your attention.
If you missed Capcom’s first foray in its fantasy series in 2001, and you want something to tide you over until Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice comes out, you shouldn’t pass up Onimusha.
Standard Capcom fast paced combat, corny dialogue and lovely visuals should keep you entertained.
Available on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch from January 15th
Ace Combat 7
The latest in Bandai Namco’s aviation action series, Ace Combat 7 takes its first steps onto the current generation of consoles.
Having played this at EGX last year, I can recommend it on what I got to mess about with. It looks stunning, there’s a lot of aerial combat to stop missions being boring, and features 42 planes to take into both the campaign and multiplayer.
Available on PS4 and Xbox One from January 18th
Whilst already available on PS4, it’s finally getting a release on Xbox One too.
Having reviewed this on launch of its PS4 counterpart, I can’t say anything new except, “Play it. Play it all the way, play it again, revel in how awesome and funny it is”.
Available on Xbox One from January 18th (PS4 version available now)
Resident Evil 2
No but seriously, this is shaping up to be incredible, and that’s not just bias because I love the original so much I got a Umbrella Corporation tattoo (fine, slight bias).
A full reimagining, incorporating elements of later series titles, boasting some beautiful graphics and a story retelling, it’s going to be spectacular.
Available on PS4 and Xbox One from January 25th
Kingdom Hearts III
There have been eleven titles in the Kingdom Hearts series, including spinoffs and remasters. The last main, numbered entry in the series was 2005’s sequel to the original.
Continuing the exploits of Sora, Donald and Goofy, as well as an ensemble cast of supporting Disney characters, KH3 expects to carry on where the story left off.
Unfortunately for series newcomers, that may be daunting as there is a lot of backstory to get into. That being said, KH games do tend to help you out with it, so it shouldn’t be too daunting.
It’s been thirteen years since the last console release, and the hope is that it isn’t the next Duke Nukem Forever. Considering the strong fan base for the series, we shouldn’t have that to worry about.
Available on PS4 and Xbox One from January 29th.
Is there anything we’ve missed that you’d like to get your hands on in January? Let us know in the comments.