It’s January. It’s getting colder and wetter and new year’s resolutions are, in many cases, a distant memory. Fortunately, our resolution at MGL was to play more games, and to help you do the same we have our picks for January 2017 game releases. It’s not always the busiest month for you PS4, Xbox and PC gamers but there are some great games.
Not only will I highlight 5 games I think are really worth looking out for, you’ll find a handy list of all January releases at the end of the article.
Now this is coming out MUCH later this month than it will usually. This will be out the week before the month starts going forward. But with January being slow (and a rather epic new year’s hangover) we are looking at the games coming up in the next few weeks.
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1Gravity Rush 2
What We Think
Gravity Rush 2 is certainly a game to watch for PS4 owners. It’s also one you can try out as there is a nice demo on the PlayStation Store right now. Having played that the game is beautiful to look at and lots of fun to play. With gravity under your control, you are in for some very different gameplay mechanics to your normal action adventure title.
The reviews have lifted on this already so the game is coming in with a respectable 80 on Metacritic with the standard mix of views. This is only the beginnings of the PS4 exclusives and it’s certainly a lot of fun to play and one to tide you over until Horizon Zero Dawn.
Check out the trailer and info below.
- Gravity-Based Action –The franchise’s famous gravity-based action mechanics have evolved with two additional styles: Lunar and Jupiter. Players can seamlessly switch between gravity styles in order to unlock a wide range of combat maneuvers.
- Jump to PS4 – Boasting larger environments, more physics effects and an expanded story, Gravity Rush 2 is a giant leap forward from its predecessor.
- Vast Open World – Enter a bright and bustling floating city, bursting with life. The colossal, multi-leveled metropolis is packed with an abundance of missions to keep Kat busy.
- Signature Art Style – France’s “bande dessinée” comic book aesthetic is blended with Japanese manga and anime influences to create a unique and beautiful atmosphere.
2Kingdom Hearts 2.8 HD Final Chapter Prologue
Format: PS4 Exclusive
Release Date: 24 January 2017
Now there are a massive amount of decimals going on with Kingdom Hearts and you do wonder if Square Enix will ever get to 3. It is expected this year however, and series fans will be able to enjoy this remaster of Kingdom Hearts 3D.
The gameplay and presentation of these games are always amazing so it’s fitting to start the year playing this fun action RPG. Hopefully we’ll see a lot more from Square Enix and KH this year following this one. We’ll be on it soon and bringing our thoughts but this is certainly one to watch.
See the game description and video below.
Originally released in 2012, KINGDOM HEARTS HD is a full HD remastered version of KINGDOM HEARTS 3D. Series protagonists Sora and Riku take on the Mark of Mastery Exam in preparation for coming threats. The signature action of the KINGDOM HEARTS series has evolved, allowing players to experience faster-paced battles and exploration at a blistering pace.
This newly remastered title also features:
- KINGDOM HEARTS 0.2 Birth by Sleep: A Fragmentary Passage
- A completely new playable episode that links to the story of KINGDOM HEARTS III, taking place after the storyline of KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep played from the perspective of Aqua.
- KINGDOM HEARTS χ Back Cover
- A new HD movie that tells the mysterious story of the Foretellers, connecting the earliest parts of the series’ history, showcased in the upcoming mobile title KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ.
3Resident Evil VII
This game is too scary for a big softy like me! I was a bit unsteady getting the gameplay video I’ve embedded below. It’s safe to say that this new Resident Evil game is going for really tense horror experience from what we’ve seen so far. Brave people have even tried to play this very scary experience on VR; I’ll be sticking with the cartoon safety of Kingdom Hearts this month methinks…
For you braver, survival horror lovers this looks like a real return to the classic Resident Evil if not a step further into the darkness. There is more than a hint of a Silent Hill about it all too but there are classic series experiences to be found. This is the big multiformat game this month and one many have been waiting a long time for.
Some gameplay and game features are below.
- Opening the doors to a new era of horror – The next major entry in the renowned Resident Evil series makes a dramatic new shift as it comes to next generation consoles, Windows PC and PlayStation VR
- Returning to the series’ roots – Resident Evil 7 biohazard will deliver an experience reminiscent of the series’ signature gameplay including exploration, puzzles and a realistic tense atmosphere for players to encounter. The classic inventory system returns but with limited space meaning players must choose what they carry with them carefully, making sure they remember to pack their green herbs!
- Immersive, visceral horror – A new shift for the series to first person view brings the terrifying horror directly up close and personal.
- Welcome to the family! – Introducing Jack and Marguerite Baker, residents in the plantation house in Louisiana but no-one has seen or heard from them for a while causing all kinds of rumours and speculation to develop.
- Mysterious female – A frightened young woman who seems to go by the name Mia appears in the plantation. Who is she? Why has she been taken by Marguerite Baker?
- Step inside the plantation – Explore the dark sinister hallways and take shelter in the hidden passages. Can you find somewhere safe to hide from the evil lurking all around in the shadows?
- Built from the ground up on the RE Engine – Capcom’s brand new VR compatible development engine works in tandem with industry leading audio and visual technologies to create a disturbingly photorealistic experience for an unprecedented level of immersion
4Tales of Berseria
Format: PS4, PC
Release Date: 27 January 2017
The Tales Games have a big following, David Game is the man for them here on MGL and he was left somewhat flat after Tales of Zestiria (review). The game was good enough but not to the standards expected, so it will be interesting to see how this JRPG fairs when it releases January 27. But the best part is, there is a demo on PSN to try.
We’re currently having a play and will bring our thoughts later but the game focusing on a female protagonist is an interesting one. Her journey is the series’ first female lead and could make for a welcome change for this long running series.
See some information and gameplay below.
In Tales Of Berseria players embark on a journey as they assume the role of Velvet, a young woman whose once gentle nature has been replaced and overcome with a festering anger and hatred after a traumatic experience three years prior to the events within Tales Of Berseria imbued her left hand with a special ability.
Velvet will visit a wide range of breathtaking environments as she travels the world in an all-new adventure developed by the celebrated team behind the Takes Of-series. Along her journey, Velvet will meet a whole cast of characters, including a young boy named Laphicet.
If Velvet is the embodiment of “darkness,” then Laphicet is created in the image of “light” and will be an important ally to Velvet.
It has taken some time to get this game over to the Western world. A PS3 game released in 2015 will finally come to us and the PS4 this month. The E3 showing of the game got a nice response from the crowd and looks like a very nice upgrade to the original.
If you are wanting some open world action, combat and a rich story this is one to watch this January. Particularly for those who like a good fight, with the new combat system based on different fight styles. It could be a nice addition to any fans library.
See a bit more on the game below.
Yakuza 0 is a prequel set in 1988 to the Yakuza series of games developed by Sega, taking place before the first Yakuza game. Like in the previous games, the game’s main setting is the fictional town of Kamurocho in Tokyo.
But there are more…
There are other January 2017 game releases to enjoy gamers, we just didn’t want to talk about all of them and keep you here forever! Next is a list of all the game coming this month and a number are getting reviewed for MGL right now.
Also there are more monthly releases previews coming with a video accompaniment the last week of every month. Until next time gamers, leave me a comment, share and game on.
6All January 2017 Game Releases
|Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone||PS4||10-Jan|
|Rise and Shine||Xbox One – PC||13-Jan|
|Road Redemption||PS4 – Xbox One||15-Jan|
|2064: Read Only Memories||PS4||17-Jan|
|The Flame In The Flood||PS4||17-Jan|
|Gravity Rush 2||PS4||20-Jan|
|Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King||3DS||20-Jan|
|Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: Mega-Battle||PS4 – Xbox One – PC||20-Jan|
|Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue||PS4||24-Jan|
|Resident Evil 7: Biohazard||PS4 – Xbox One – PC||24-Jan|
|Tales of Berseria||PS4 – PC||24-Jan|
|Double Dragon IV||PS4 – PC||29-Jan|
|Constructor HD||PS4 – Xbox One – PC||31-Jan|
|Hitman: The Complete First Season||PS4 – Xbox One – PC||31-Jan|
|Digimon World: Next Order||PS4||31-Jan|