7 great video game releases happening in January

Jan 5 2018, 2:39 pm

With 2017’s unending parade of gaming greatness behind us, the new year brings a slew of new releases for gamers.

After dropping Zelda and Mario last year, how will Nintendo maintain Switch’s momentum from its superb launch year?

Will Microsoft find its footing again this year with its powerful XBox One X? Can Sony turn things around for PSVR this year or is it destined to be abandonware?

In the meantime, we’re kicking off 2018 with January’s stand-out video game releases that range from kicking Majin Buu’s butt to hunting down goliath beasts.

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Image: Matt Thorson and Noel Berry

Developer: Matt Thorson and Noel Berry
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Steam
Release Date: January window release

From the Vancouver-based indie developers behind Towerfall, Celeste brilliantly mixes up cute pixel art with hardcore 2D platforming challenges. As Madeline, players must master air-dashing and jumping to conquer 600 levels of frosty mountain terrain.

Along the way, you’ll encounter an eclectic cast in the game’s modern Pacific Northwest setting. While mountaineering mishaps are near inevitable, each death is always another lesson towards reaching the next screen.

World to the West

Image: Rain Games

Developer: Rain Games
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: January 18

For Switch players looking for a new adventure game to sink their teeth into, check out the light-hearted World to the West. This whimsical tale stars four playable characters who bring their own specific abilities to help move the adventure along.

Each character influences how you approach exploration, combat, and puzzles due to those aforementioned abilities. For instance, Teri can use her whacky mindbending powers to control enemies and even squirrels to do her bidding!


Image: Konjak

Developer: Konjak
Platforms: Steam, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Release Date: January 23

After a seven-year incubation, Iconoclasts, a crowdfunded indie game, is finally coming out this month. Here you’ll help renegade mechanic, Marie, as she grabs her trusty wrench and explores every nook and cranny of a dying planet.

The action platformer is topped off with screen-filling boss encounters and several areas to maneuver through to keep players busy. Plus, the game boasts a warm and bright aesthetic that will appeal in these winter months.

Lost Sphear

Image: Tokyo RPG Factory

Developer: Tokyo RPG Factory
Platforms: Steam, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: January 23

As a spiritual successor to the studio’s previous offering I Am Setsuna, this JRPG adds a hearty dosage of stocky robot suits to freshen up its turn-based battle system and exploration.

Join Kanata and his party as they try to rid their world a mysterious white fog that has been erasing parts of the world. Like its predecessor, fans of classic JRPGs will find solace here.

Dragon Ball FighterZ

Image: Arc System Works

Developer: Arc System Works
Platforms: Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: January 26

As one of 2017’s most surprising video game reveals, Dragon Ball FighterZ is a 3-on-3 tag-team fighter with enough muscle to be a runaway hit.

Beyond its legendary cast rendered in lovely cel-shaded art, the game goes a step further by giving anime fans a story mode with three arcs to fight through. When Guilty Gear developers’ polished fighting game mechanics meet the cultural anime zeitgeistboth anime fans and fighting game enthusiasts win.

Monster Hunter: World

Image: Capcom

Developer: Capcom
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: January 26

Easily January’s biggest release, Capcom’s Monster Hunter: World starts the year off with the series’ most ambitious entry to date. The game sports larger maps, seamless transitions between zones, and four-player online co-op, which allows players to play together across the world for the first time in the series.

Being on current-gen consoles also means this is the sharpest-looking Monster Hunter as the game’s fearsome beasts have never looked more stunning. Get together with some friends and prepare to hunt once again.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT

Image: Final Fantasy NT

Developer: Square Enix
Platforms: PlayStation 4
Release Date: January 30

Originally a Japan-only arcade game, the iconic JRPG series ditches polite turn-based combat for real-time combat in this squad-based fighting game.

With its cast that features main characters from the series’ 30-year history, FF fans will delight at seeing older characters get a modern facelift. Beating up fan favourites from the series is a weird, but fun way to celebrate Final Fantasy‘s vibrant history.

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