Games coming out in January 2018

Alright, I’m done with the 2017-2018 transition posts. They’re the reason this post was late, it would’ve been weird to put it in-between that stuff. I do have a couple other posts I want to write soon, reviews that I didn’t get to writing earlier (and one game I do need to finish before I review it). So I’m trying to keep this up.

So January… Not a lot of note is coming out, but there’s a few cool releases. We have 6 multiplats, 3 PS4 games (I’m pushing here, one’s an import) and a 3DS release. A slow start for the year, but hopefully things will get better as the year goes on.

Usual disclaimer: This includes either games I’m interested in, games that may be/become popular and random stuff in-between… Basically anything I feel bears mentioning for any reason. Probably missing stuff because game companies are shit about announcing release dates nowadays (and good at delaying games near release), and I’m not gonna dig through the hundreds of trash indie games that come out on steam every day to find the one or 2 okay ones that pop up occasionally. So if there’s no/few indie games here, it’s pretty normal.

Also I’m skipping what is likely a bunch of indie game ports on Switch, there’s a few cool ones this month like Furi.

MULTIPLATFORM RELEASES

Street Fighter V Arcade Edition 01/16 (PC, PS4)
street fighter 5 bullshit edition
Capcom essentially ripping off people that bought the game already, as this includes all the current DLC (but not season 3 I think), at a much lower price than base game was at launch (and not much more than it is at the moment, not counting the DLC). It’s basically BS, as otherwise it’s just a patch (which the regular version is getting obviously). If it wasn’t for the stupid overpriced DLC bullshit before I wouldn’t pay much mind to this, but as it is this is Capcom telling its fans that they’re suckers.

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory 01/19 (Vita, PS4)
Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory
Last year’s Digimon game was in the Digimon World subseries, which was not my speed at all. Pretty annoying to play, maybe if it had been on Switch it could’ve kept my attention easier (but the Switch wasn’t even out). This year it’s back to the Digimon Story series, which I have a lot more fun with if the first Cyber Sleuth is any indication. It’s some fun, fairly simple JRPG stuff. Annoyingly the Vita version isn’t coming out physically (which may have been the case for the first one, I don’t remember).

Lost Sphear 01/23 (Switch, PC, PS4)
Lost Sphear
This is the next game from the makers of I Am Setsuna. I Am Setruna was a fun throwback RPG, with some unique gameplay elements and weird difficulty, with it being super easy until a throwaway boss halfway through the game which will kill you if you haven’t been playing the game “properly” up until that point. I’ve seen almost nothing of Lost Sphear, I am interested in picking it up, but strangely enough it’s a 60$ (canadian) release rather than being a slightly lower-priced digital release like I Am Setsuna (which came out at just around 40$ canadian). Odd. We’ll see, I might wait on a sale.

Iconoclasts 01/23 (Vita, PC, PS4)
Iconoclasts
This is made by the guy who made Noitu Love 2. It seems Metroidvania-ish, with nice visuals and fast-paced action. Looks fun and stylish.

Dragon Ball FighterZ 01/26 (PC, PS4, Xbone)

I played the beta for this and it’s really awesome. It’s fast, it’s fun to play, the combos are fun and probably a lot deeper than I could execute at the time and it looks amazing. This game is fucking fantastic. I’m just not getting it for 2 reasons: I don’t really buy fighting games anymore because I never end up playing them much (not really into the “getting my ass beat online” thing so I usually play these with friends, which doesn’t happen much), and the DLC really rubs me the wrong way (expensive, very little content included for the price). Also the beta didn’t have the Shenron system in battles which was revealed recently, that does seem to slow things down a bit but maybe it’s not too bad.

Monster Hunter World 01/26 (PS4, Xbone (I guess the PC version is later))
Monster Hunter World
I very much dislike Monster Hunter. It’s always really boring to me, the combat never struck me as interesting. This looked pretty bad to me when it was revealed, and people overall didn’t seem quite as excited as they would be for more “regular” Monster Hunter games, as this one went more open world. But after playing the beta people do seem happy with it, so good for them. I still have no interest.

PS4 RELEASES

Gintama Rumble 01/18
gintama rumble
Not a US release, but it is getting an english-subbed release in Asia. Seems to be a Musou game, or something very similar to that. I like Gintama so I figured this was a fun one to point out the release for. I’m not getting it though.

The Inpatient 01/23
The Inpatient
A VR game that’s a prequel to Until Dawn, 60 years before the event of that boring “game”. I figure 2-3 people might care.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT 01/30
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT
I played the “beta” for this. It was pretty eh. It’s the same Dissidia gameplay but now you have multiple characters on your team running around, doing stuff. It’s not really interesting overall, the levels weren’t as good to accommodate for the number of characters (lots of flat arenas with nothing in them) and the overall gameplay felt less fun.

3DS RELEASE

Kirby Battle Royale 01/19
Kirby Battle Royale
It’s a top-down 3D fighting game (with some minigames) featuring Kirby and a bunch of power-ups. It doesn’t look very fun TBH. And it’s getting a physical release for some baffling reason rather than being a 10$ eshop thing. Yeah I’m just ignoring this one. I’ll wait for Kirby Star Allies, regular Kirby is always high-quality stuff.

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