Happy New Year! The first few months of the year would be an ideal time to catch up on the many games that came out last year (or in 2016). But for those looking for something new to start the year, here are the big games to look out for in January.
Kirby: Battle Royale (3DS) - January 19
Nintendo reminding people that the Nintendo 3DS/2DS is still alive and well. Kirby: Battle Royale is a 4-player coop and competitive brawler with a variety of Kirbys having their own set of skills and abilities. There is a single player campaign but I'd like to think you'll appreciate the game more if you can battle your friends and those online to see who is the better Kirby. It's been out in Japan and Europe since last year and the release this month is simply the North American version.
Lost Sphear (PC, Switch, PS4) - January 23
Published by Square Enix and developed by Tokyo RPG Factory (I Am Setsuna), Lost Sphear is a turn-based JRPG with the usual setup of a group of characters banding together to save the world. This is the second title from the developers and by the looks of things and based on their first project, this is one title to consider if you are thinking of tackling some old school JRPG goodness.
The Inpatient (PS4) - January 23
The Inpatient by Supermassive Games is the first PSVR title to be released in 2018. Despite us trying it out back in ESGS 2017, we know very little in terms of how limited the player will be during gameplay. It's a psychological horror set 60 years before the events of Until Dawn and we are still optimistic on how the developers will immerse players within the world of a mental institution with the use of the PSVR.
Monster Hunter World (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - January 26
This is probably the biggest release this month. Monster Hunter World has made a good starting impression thanks to their two beta weekends. We played the beta content in the comforts of our homes and even tried it back in October during ESGS 2017 and it definitely has the potential to satisfy Monster Hunter fans and even bring in new blood that has never played a single game. 4-player co-op, no more regional map, 14 weapon types, there's a lot of things to get excited for and we can't wait to begin our hunt.
Dragon Ball FighterZ (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - January 26
This was one of the biggest surprises in 2017. Revealed in Microsoft's stage at E3 2017, we are finally getting a proper Dragon Ball fighting game with veteran fighting game devs System Arc Works at the helm. A 3v3 fighting game with characters across the old and new arcs of the series. Flashy and lengthy combos, character assists, gorgeous visuals to complement the source material, whether you are a big fan of the anime, or a pro fighting game player, this is the game to consider to start the year.
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (PS4) - January 30
Dissidia is a battle arena fighting game with all of the main characters of each Final Fantasy game and their respective antagonists being summoned by gods to battle in their war. Iconic summons from the Final Fantasy series are present and the gameplay is flashy and easy to pick up for first timers. This title is actually an arcade game in Japan and based on the popularity of the gameplay and how strong the Dissidia series has been through the years, it is finally getting its current console debut.