Another year, another slew of games to start looking forward to. January is traditionally fairly barren, with one or two high profile games jumping in to try and stand out in the empty wasteland. I’m sure that’s some of the reasoning that went behind Sega’s bizarre decision to push Anarchy Reigns out from six months when it was released in Japan and known to be already fully localised. However, even with the budget pricing it will be in danger of being quickly overshadowed by the Devil May Cry reboot. Ninja Theories’ DmC comes out in the middle of the month (or near the end for the superior PC version) to bare itself for verdict.
Another hack and slasher hopes to make a better impression this time round as Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor’s Edge appears on Wii U mid-month. While it won’t convince me to get a Wii-U, the list of improvements over the original are staggering. Multiple weapons, a level up system, harsher combat, removal of many QTE moments and even the removal of a rather tasteless kill sequence at the start. It certainly shows Tecmo are listening – hopefully they’ll also hear fan requests to bring the improvements to PS3 and X360 (or maybe just release it on Vita)
Also at the end of the month is Ni No Kuni – Level 5 collaboration with Studio Ghibli to add their art and flair to a really strong RPG engine. The demo was certainly impressive and this is bound to do well.
- The Dark Eye: Demonicon (PC/PS3/X360)
- Anarchy Reigns (PS3/X360)
- Fractured Soul (3DS)
- Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge (Wii U)
- Sniper Ghost Warrior 2 (PC/PS3/X360)
- DmC: Devil May Cry (PS3/X360)
- Tokyo Crash Mob (3DS)
- DmC: Devil May Cry (PC)
- Abyss: The Wraits of Eden (PC)
- Football Director (PC)
- Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth (Wii U)
- Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PS3)
- Painkiller: Hell and Damnation
DmC on PC is my only must-have this month. February and March and going to pick up the pace severely – so it’s probably best to be quite picky this month.