Monster Hunter World tops January’s list of video game releases.
The first month of 2018 is actually a really great time to catch up on games you missed or haven’t finished from 2017 (or 2016!) There just isn’t all that much coming out in January, at least not until the end of the month.
In fact, only two games are releasing for the Xbox One the entire month. That’s fewer than the Nintendo Switch (4) and just one more than the 3DS. PS4 will see 9 new releases including a VR game and a Vita cross-play game.
PC gamers will get several new releases, though there will likely be dozens of other Steam releases that aren’t included on this list. It’s virtually impossible to keep up with PC releases in any meaningful way given the flood of new games that come out each month on Steam.
In any case, here’s what’s coming in January 2018:
- The Escapists 2 – (Nintendo Switch) – Jan 11
- Street Fighter V Arcade Edition – (PC, PS4) – Jan 16
- Gintama Rumble – (PS4) – Jan 18
- World to the West – (Nintendo Switch) – Jan 18
- Death Mark – (Switch, PS4) – Jan 19
- Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory (PS4, Vita) – Jan 19
- Kirby Battle Royale – (3DS) – Jan 19
- Lost Sphear – (PC, Switch, PS4) – Jan 23
- The Inpatient – (PSVR) – Jan 23
- Dragon Ball FighterZ – (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – Jan 26
- Monster Hunter: World – (PS4, Xbox One) – Jan 26
- Railway Empire – (PC) – Jan 26
- Dissidia Final Fantasy NT – (PS4) – Jan 30
What I’m Looking Forward To
Well, first off I’m looking forward to finishing some games I didn’t finish in 2017—there were just too many excellent, lengthy titles to finish them all. Beyond that, however…
Street Fighter V Arcade Edition
Street Fighter V Arcade Edition
I mean, sure, it’s just a re-release of a game we’ve already played but I am at the very least curious to see what’s improved this time around. The UI is getting an overhaul. Arcade Mode is (finally) included, and a bunch of characters that weren’t in the original game at launch will also make an appearance. I’m not sure if that’s enough to justify buying the game again, but it will certainly be a less bare-bones edition. That’s something.
The Escapists 2
Not a ton has changed between the original and its sequel, but the basic premise of breaking out of prison in clever ways remains a very cool one and should be a great fit for the Nintendo Switch.
Credit: Rain Games
World To The West
Another game that’s already available on Steam, World to the West is one I haven’t yet tried but looks quite lovely and gets great Steam user reviews. It’s an action-adventure game and a 3D follow-up to the 2D side-scrolling indie hit Teslagrad. I feel like buying and playing both these games on Steam right now, but it also looks like a perfect fit for the Nintendo Switch.
From the makers of the popular JRPG I Am Setsuna, Lost Sphear has been hailed as a modern-day Chrono Trigger. It didn’t sell particularly well in Japan, but it looks quite beautiful and fun for fans of old-school Final Fantasy games and other retro JRPGs.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
A proper fighting game for Dragon Ball sounds pretty fun, though there sure are a lot of fighting games out these days. Still, for fans of the series this should be a nice chance to get your brawl on. Besides, the 2.5D 3vs3 fighter should be a nice change of pace.
Monster Hunter World
Easily the biggest release of the month, Monster Hunter World sounds pretty great (though I missed the beta.) Giant, seamless maps. 4-player online co-op. No regional barriers to playing online with friends the world over. And, of course, the series’ best-looking graphics to-date. Could a new generation of Monster Hunters be born? I’m certainly excited to play. I think the last game in this series that I played was Monster Hunter 3 on the Wii (well, on the Wii U, but it’s a Wii game.)
That’s all folks!
If there’s something I missed, let me know on Twitter or Facebook. There’s always some gem or other slipping through the cracks that deserve to be added.
What games are you looking for in January? What games do you still need to catch up on from 2017?
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