The Gaming Month Ahead – January 2017


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I never have much expectations from Januaries. Most of the time they tend to surprise and have some pretty great games hidden away in the post-christmas lull. This year is fairly slim pickings for big titles.
For most people Resident Evil 7 will likely be the biggest title this month. Personally for me it’s a huge departure from a series that was built on cinematic inspiration, not just lonely-house-slasher-stuff. Resident Evil has always been about silly plots, secret labs, chess pieces that fit in doors, herbs that heal and an obligatory self-destruct sequence. Resi7 looks more like someone’s attempt to copy Evil Within and P.T. I’m sure it will have its fans, probably a lot of VR ones too.

The other title of interest this month is Gravity Rush 2. The first one was a nice little title that didn’t fare so well being only on Vita initially. It was a lot easier to play on PS4 and looked quite nice. Hopefully the sequel has a story that actually makes sense and doesn’t leave everything hanging.

There’s also Yakuza 0. Bringing more brutal fist-fighting action, fishing, mahjong and whatever other mini-game you can think of that they can cram into their virtual world. I guess being a prelude it might not be so bad a point for new people to jump into the massive series, though I guess a coming remaster of the original would help with that anyway.


Full January Release List

10th January

  • Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone (PS4)

13th January

  • Forestry 2017: The Simulation (PS4)

17th January

  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle (XBone)
  • Siegecraft Commander (XBone)

20th January

  • Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (PS4/Vita)
  • Gravity Rush 2 (PS4)
  • Urban Empire (PC)
  • Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (3DS)
  • Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea (Vita)

24th January

  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (PS4)
  • Resident Evil 7: biohazard (PC/PS4/XBone)
  • Yakuza 0 (PS4)

27th January

  • ABZU (PS4/XBone)
  • Digimon World: Next Order (PS4)
  • Earthlock: Festival of Magic (PS4/XBone)
  • Tales of Berseria (PC/PS4)

30th January

  • Disgaea 2 (PC)

31st January

  • Adult Swim Collection (PS4)

Xbox Games with Gold

XBone

  • World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap
  • Killer Instinct Season 2 Ultra Edition Jan 16th Feb 15th

X360

  • The Cave Jan 1st to 15th
  • Rayman Origins Jan 16th to 31st

PlayStation Plus Titles

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