Thank Christ 2020 is over. While we’ll be able to regale our grandkids with stories about toilet roll shortages and inept federal governments, in 2015 would’ve been better if we had the ability to just do the important things we ‘d all been preparing to do.

Nevertheless, now that we’re a couple weeks into the brand-new year, we understand that things didn’t considerably change at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

While January is frequently light on huge hitters, there are a few out this month that you should definitely keep your radar.

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Gunman 3(January 20 th)

IO Interactive’s barcoded baldy young boy returns this month for the final entry in the developer’s World Of Assassination trilogy. After breathing new life into the series with 2016’s Gunman, and hammering home the point in the terrific follow up, the devs are as soon as again sending out Ian Gunman all over the world to do loads more murdering. The Agatha Christie-style English manor, the neon-soaked streets of Chongqing, the extravagant Dubai skyscraper: I can’t wait to check out all these places and see my well-intentioned plans go up in smoke.

The creepy girl from horror game The Medium

The Medium(January 28 th)

The studio behind Layers of Worry, Bloober Team, are back with Quiet Hill-inspired psychological scary The Medium. This is probably their most ambitious game yet, as The Medium is played out in two various environments: the world of the living, and the world of the dead (featuring a weird little lady who’s slathered her face in melted down Milky Bars). Naturally, you’ll need to browse both realms in order to get to the bottom of what’s going on, fixing some puzzles and outrunning some nasty monsters along the way. Fingers crossed the scares depend on snuff in this environment-switching effort.

The Yakuza Remastered Collection(January 28 th)

By now I’m sure you’ve rinsed No, both Kiwamis and Like A Dragon, so it’s time you filled in that OCG-shaped space. If you’re playing Yakuzas 3 through 5 for the first time, then it’s worth keeping in mind that these aren’t remakes: they look nicer than they did on PS3, but they don’t include all the quality of life improvements that have actually popped up in the more recent games.

Scott Pilgrim from Scott Pilgrim vs The World smashing some piggy banks

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Video Game– Total Edition(January 14 th)

For seven long years, console players have been clamouring to get their favourite pixelated beat ’em up back on digital shop racks. As the base video game, this variation of Scott Pilgrim comes with two DLC packs that came out during the video game’s initial release, online multiplayer, and some brand-new mini video games and modes.

A screenshot from Sunlight that shows a tree in the distance and some flowers up close in the bottom right-hand corner

Sunlight(January 14 th)

Does your heart avoid a beat every time you hear the little BBC notice alert on your phone? If after approximately 5 years of extreme volatility, you’re just looking for some calm, Sunshine might be the perfect video game for you.

Absolute chaos happening on screen in ARPG Sword Of The Necromancer

Sword Of The Necromancer(January 28 th)

This dungeon-crawling, roguelike ARPG is everything about reanimating slain baddies to eliminate together with you. Your sword is both deathbringer and lifegiver, as you can stroll over to any beastie you’ve simply eliminated and bring them back from the dead. On top of your magic blade, you can just have three other items (yes, the sentient departed are considered “items”) on your individual at any one time, so select your reanimated buddies wisely. You do have access to other weapons to assist you go deeper underground, too, all of which ought to be various thanks to the video game’s procedural weapon generation system. If you wish to attempt before you purchase, you can download a demo on Steam today.

A warrior from Gods Will Fall standing up to a massive crow

Gods Will Fall(January 29 th)

The name does a great deal of the heavy-lifting for me, in fairness, however in Gods Will Fall you will go individually with a load of various gods, and consequently kill the bastards. Or you’ll get caught while trying to carry out the hit. Don’t fret, however, because you have 8 randomly-generated warriors at hand– all with weapons exclusive to them– so if among your lot finds themselves locked up, you can send out another in on a rescue objective. And, while they exist, they can also do the crucial killing the gods bit. They’ll need to, due to the fact that if you lose every last warrior, this hack and slash video game boots you right back to the beginning. And the dungeons are procedurally-generated, so no learning designs, I hesitate. Might be one for the masochistic team to keep an eye on.

Faraday from Olija throwing their harpoon at an enemy

Olija(January 28 th)

After playing the demonstration, I’m all in on Olija. Get the demonstration on Steam now and see for yourself.

The two playable characters from Encodya inside an Asian restaurant

Encodya(January 26 th)

Encodya is a Monkey Island and Studio Ghibli-inspired point-and-click adventure set in a dystopic, cyberpunk Berlin.

The main character from Cyber Shadow taking on some bad guys

Cyber Shadow(January 26 th)

A bit Contra, and a lot Ninja Gaiden, Cyber Shadow is a retro-looking side-scrolling action video game where you– a nimble shuriken lover and the last remaining member of your ninja clan– should slice and dice every last robot fella you come across. Incredibly, prior to Shovel Knight developer Yacht Club came on board to advise and release, Cyber Shadow was simply a one male operation!

Whatever you end up playing over January, I hope you have a charming time with it. Do tell: what are you looking forward to getting your hands on this month? Is Representative 47’s globetrotting experience top of your to-get list, are you excited to give some timeless Yakuza games a go, or do you want to play Derek Acorah in Bloober Team’s latest? Let us know in the remarks.

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