We hope you enjoyed the holiday festivities, and what better way to usher in 2018 than with some quality gaming? We know what you're thinking: 2017 was packed with excellent games, so you have quite a backlog. Well too bad, because January waits for no one. So start playing through old games and prepare yourself for no less than six great new titles hitting shelves in the coming weeks.
You've no doubt heard all the hype surrounding last year's biggest hits: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Injustice 2, Divinity: Original Sin II, Splatoon 2, The Evil Within 2; the list goes on and on. The gems kept coming well into December, with last month giving gamers Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Okami HD.
January starts off on a fighting-strong leg, with the launch of Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition. This version of the game gives you access to the DLC characters from earlier seasons, as well as new fighting modes. The end of the month is crowned with Monster Hunter World, a major overhaul for the franchise that expands weapon move sets, introduces new monsters, and sets the hunting in a beefy open world map.
Check out the full list below. And let us know what you're looking forward to in 2018.
1Street Fighter V Arcade Edition
Platforms: PC, PS4
Release Date: January 16
Capcom starts the year off by reinvigorating Street Fighter V with all-new content. The Arcade Edition gives you access to the DLC characters from season 1 and 2, a new V-trigger skill for each character, an Arcade Mode gauntlet, and an Extra Battle mode, which offers monthly challenges and rewards. Arcade Edition is a free update for players who already own Street Fighter V. For newcomers, Arcade Edition can also be purchased for $39.99, which comes with all the bells and whistles in addition to the base game.
2Kirby Battle Royale
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: January 19
Kirby's video game adventures come in many forms, perhaps reflecting the titular character's own shape-shifting malleability. This time around, Kirby must do battle against other versions of himself in a top-down arena brawler. Kirby Battle Royale supports both competitive multiplayer as well as coop, letting players challenge one another, or the game's story campaign.
Platforms: PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: January 23
Lost Sphear is a successor to I Am Setsuna, a 90's styled Japanese RPG that takes inspiration from Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger. Like those games, Lost Sphear utilizes an active turn-based combat system and dynamic attack ranges to give combat an old-school feel, while also keeping fights action-oriented and engaging. You play as Kanata, a young man who ventures forth to eliminate an evil white fog that is devouring his town.
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4Dragon Ball FighterZ
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: January 26
From the makers of Guilty Gear and BlazBlue comes Dragonball FighterZ, an energetic tag-oriented fighting game set within the Dragon Ball universe. In addition to the four attack buttons, characters have access to a dash, teleport skill, and launcher attack, as well as their tag-oriented assist abilities. The combination of skills available to each player creates highly dynamic and creative combat scenarios, and the excellent anime-styled visuals only add to the impressive look of the game.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: January 26
Monster Hunter returns to home consoles this month with the release of Monster Hunter World. For those not familiar with the series, Monster Hunter games are action-heavy RPGs with a focus on gathering materials and tacking boss-sized monsters. Featuring enhanced visual fidelity, rebalanced weapons, new movement options, all new monsters, and an open world environment to explore, fans and newcomers alike will have much to do.
6Dissidia Final Fantasy NT
Release Date: January 30
Dissidia, the Final Fantasy-themed fighting game, makes its way onto the PS4 this month, boasting some radical changes from the PSP originals. Dissidia NT focuses on 3 versus 3 player combat, as opposed to the 1v1 battles of the original. Character move sets are condensed into basic archetypes for ease of use, but the game launches with 28 characters, including all new protagonists like Ramza from Final Fantasy Tactics.
7Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: November 17, 2017
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon take place in the Hawaii-inspired region called Alola, and they build on what was established in the previously released games. The Ultra games introduce all new Pokémon, gameplay tweaks, and an alternate storyline. The setting has been expanded to include new locations as well, giving fans plenty to enjoy as they explore familiar territory.
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Doctor Eggman and his army of robots have once again laid waste to the world, and Sonic and friends must band together to stop him. Forces is similar to Sonic Generations in that levels are divided into 2.5D side scrolling gameplay, and fully 3D gameplay. Forces also lets players create their own avatar to use in levels.
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