With everyone still enjoying all the lovely games they got for Christmas, January has a few treats in store as the gaming cherry on top of December’s creamy roulade. Without further delay here is our list of video game releases for January 2018 across all platforms. As always if there are any titles you think we should know about, please comment below.

January 1st

Rad Rodgers: World One (Xbox One)

Coming out this December on PC Rad Rodgers: World One comes to consoles on Xbox One on January 1st. In this 90’s inspired platformer, you play as a boy who is sucked into his video game world after a long night of gaming. You will run and gun your way through 7 action packed and hard-core stages.

January 10th

Albert and Otto (Xbox One)

Originally coming out for Mac OS and Microsoft Windows back in 2015, the Xbox One port of Albert and Otto comes out January 10th. This 2D puzzle platformer which was inspired by Tim Burton’s early stop motion work, is set in Germany pre-World War II. In it you play as a boy Albert and his magical bunny Otto. Much like other dual protagonist titles such as Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons, in Albert and Otto each character has their own skills and strengths, and you must manage both in order to move forward.

January 11th

The Escapists 2 (Nintendo Switch)

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Another top notch indie out on Switch

The sequel to the popular 2015 indie classic The EscapistsThe Escapists 2 comes to Nintendo Switch on January 11th. Much like the original, in this strategy game you try to break out from different prisons with multiple rooms, floors and traps. The big improvement here on the original is that you can now play in co-op with your friends adding new layers of strategy to this already popular title.

January 15th

Light Tracer (PlayStation VR, HTC Vive)

Light Tracer a virtual reality platformer releases on PlayStation VR and HTC Vive on January 15th. In Light Tracer you play as god moving the environment to help the princess reach the end. Climbing a Babel-esque tower to save the fate of her people, you will grab and change the environment to aid her on her journey.

January 16th

Anamorphine (Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4)

An all new narrative experience Anamorphine comes to Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4 on January 16th. This walking simulator deals with difficult issues such as mental health, depression and loss. Separating itself from many other walking simulators Anamorphine has no talk or action button and instead you explore the world through viewing the protagonist’s dream-like memories. You play as Tyler a man in post-traumatic denial as he revisits his relationship with his wife who suffered a life changing accident. He struggles as he fails to help her from falling into a deep depression.

Beholder (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

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A choices matter game

Released for PC back in November 2016 Beholder finally makes its way to consoles on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 16th. In Beholder you play a landlord in a dystopian state run future, when you are given the task of spying on your tenants. In this choices matter game you are bombarded with moral choices as to whether to obey the state, or keep some crimes hidden.

Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition (PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows)

With the original version of Street Fighter V releasing in 2016, the upgraded Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition comes to PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows on January 16th. The updated edition will include all the content from the original release, as well as adding an Arcade mode, an Extra Battle Mode, new V-Trigger moves, an updated user interface and more. But do not worry if you already own the original Street Fighter V, all current owners will receive the Arcade edition upgrade for free, as well as all season one and two DLC characters.

January 17th

Full Metal Furies (Microsoft Windows, Xbox One)

From the makers of Rogue Legacy cooperative RPG Full Metal Furies comes to Microsoft Windows and Xbox One on January 17th. This combat focused RPG, allows up to 4 people to play together cooperatively in either local or online modes. With a complex battle system and 4 different classes to choose from, as well as gorgeous pixel art, this is one that any fans of RPGs should take a closer look at.

January 19th

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker’s Memory (PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita)

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Sequel to 2016s game of a similar name

The latest Digimon RPG Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker’s Memory comes to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on January 19th. In Bandai Namco’s newest game you play as Keisuke Amazawa, a man accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Trying to uncover the truth, he enters the digital world and teams up with a group of hackers to solve the case. This is the sequel to, and not to be confused with, 2016’s Digmon Story: Cyber Sleuth.

Kirby Battle Royale (Nintendo 3DS)

The next release in the ever popular Kirby series, Kirby Battle Royale comes to Nintendo 3DS on January 19th. Unlike traditional Kirby titles Kirby Battle Royale is a top down brawler, where Kirby can take on up to 3 more Kirbys in a battle royale style showdown. This game includes online multiplayer or local multiplayer with multiple systems and cartridges. It also includes a single player story campaign.

The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human (Xbox One)

Exactly 2 years after its release on Microsoft Windows, The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human comes to Xbox One on January 19th. In this pixel art, side-scrolling, action adventure game you play as the last human on earth searching under-water for the answer as to why your species became extinct. You search to find answers destroying sea creatures and taking part in tense boss battles along the way.

January 22nd

Hidden Dragon: Legend (Microsoft Windows)

Released for PlayStation 4 back in September, Hidden Dragon: Legend comes to Microsoft Windows on January 22nd. A 2.5D action platformer set in imperial China. After waking up in a prison the protagonist breaks out looking for answers.

January 23rd

Lost Sphear (PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows)

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Lost Sphear known for its beautiful art style

An all new JRPG Lost Sphear comes to PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Microsoft Windows on January 23rd. Developed by Tokyo RPG Factory a development team formed by Square Enix, Lost Sphear is a spiritual successor to 2016’s I am Setsuna. Trying to emulate early 1990’s RPGs such as Chrono Trigger, in Lost Sphear you play as Kanata, a man trying to protect his hometown from the descending white fog.

The Inpatient (PlayStation VR)

The Inpatient a new game exclusive to PlayStation VR comes out January 23rd. This choices matter, survival horror game is set in the Until Dawn world, sixty years prior to the events taking place in that story. In The Inpatient  you wake up in Blackwood Sanatorium without your memories. You can interact with other members of the asylum in order to try and reclaim your lost thoughts. This is the second Until Dawn based PlayStation VR game following 2016’s Until Dawn: Rush of Blood.

Iconoclasts (PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows, Mac Os)

Nearly 8 years in development, Iconoclasts finally comes out on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows and Mac Os on January 23rd. A solo developed game by Konjak, every element from the music, gameplay and gorgeous pixel art was all designed by him. This Metroid Fusion style 2D action platformer boasts more than 10 locations and 20 boss battles.

Shu (Nintendo Switch)

Originally released back in October 2016 for PC and PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita in May 2017, Shu makes its way to Nintendo Switch on January 23rd. In this 2.5D scrolling platformer with a hand drawn art style, you travel through the landscape seeking refuge from the storm harnessing the powers of others along the way.

January 25th

The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia (PlayStation 4)

The first ever video game adaptation of the anime series The Seven Deadly Sins, The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia arrives on PlayStation 4 on January 25th. In this action adventure title you can play in single player or two player in both local and online co-op modes. The title promises fast paced action sequences similar to those featured in the anime.

January 26th

Monster Hunter World (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

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a whole new world

Possibly the biggest release of January, Monster Hunter World is set to launch on January 26th for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This is the sixth game in the main line Monster Hunter series, and has been eagerly awaited as the last release Monster Hunter Generations was Nintendo 3DS only. The first home console title for the series since 2013, in Monster Hunter World you can battle the open world in order to become the ultimate hunter, with up to 4 player co-op. The Microsoft Windows port is scheduled for sometime later in the year.

Pokemon Crystal (Nintendo 3DS)

Following up the popular ports of Pokemon Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold and Silver in previous years, a port of 2001’s Pokemon Crystal comes to the Nintendo 3DS eshop on January 26th. The updated version of the second generation of Pokemon games changes things up by making Suicune the water type legendary beast, the mascot, making his encounter inevitable and therefore easier to catch.

Dragon Ball FighterZ (Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4)

The all new 2D Dragon Ball Fighting game Dragon Ball FighterZ comes to Microsoft Windows, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on January 26th. In this latest fighting game, you create teams of three from a cast of super powerful Dragon Ball characters. While the cast is not fully confirmed, eight extra characters will become available as DLC following the launch. There are seven confirmed arenas each with destructible elements to them.

Railway Empire (Microsoft Windows, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Railway building simulator Railway Empire comes to Microsoft Windows, Linux, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 26th. The last railway simulator game Sid Meier’s Railroads was released back in 2006, and so it has been a twelve year wait for a revival of the genre. Set in 1830’s U.S.A you can choose from over 40 different kind of trains to build you railroad empire across The States.

January 30th

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (PlayStation 4)

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Team based brawler

Originally released in Japan in 2015, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT finally comes to North America on January 30th for PlayStation 4. The follow up to PlayStation Portable titles Dissidia Final Fantasy and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, in this team based brawler set in the Final Fantasy universe you can play as more than twenty different heroes and villains from previous Final Fantasy titles. The combat is arranged in teams of three.

Call of Duty WWII: The Resistance (PlayStation 4)

The first DLC pack for Call Of Duty WWII will be released first for PlayStation 4 on January 30th. The trailer highlights new multiplayer action taking places around France, Poland and Czechoslovakia. It is unclear yet whether it will include extra single player content. Release dates for Xbox One and Microsoft Windows have yet to be announced.

What do you think of the video game releases for January? Are there any titles you will be picking up?


Georgina Young

Contributor

British girl, currently in Japan. Surviving on a diet of retro games. Worshiping the god that is the Sega Megadrive. I like Nintendo.