Let me start by saying; congratulations, you've made it. You have survived another almost-twelve month period in this world. With that said, 2019 is already shaping up to be another fantastic year for gamers. January does prove to be a bit of a slow month for game releases, but, as always, will provide something for everyone. Let's dive in and take a look.
New Super Mario Bros. U (Nintendo Switch)
Releasing January 11
This is actually a re-release of a Wii U game. Originally released on the Wii U as Super Luigi U, the enhanced version, titled New Super Bros. U will release on Nintendo Switch on January 11. The plot is also a bit different from "normal" Mario games. This time, Bowser and Bowser Jr. decide to invade Princess Peach's castle. They use a giant arm to throw Mario and Luigi far away, so as to not foil their plans. new power-ups will have players flying around in a squirrel suit and carrying baby Yoshi around, each with their own unique powers.
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch)
Releasing January 11
The beloved Tales of Vesperia is also getting the remaster treatment, releasing as Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the definitive edition comes packed with goodies. Updated full HD graphics, new music tracks, exciting new mini-games and a complete collection of unreleased costume DLC's form part of this version. Two brand-new characters also join the adventure. Patty Fleur, the cheerful pirate girl in search of treasure and her forgotten memories; Flynn Scifo, Yuri's best; and Imperial Knight. The Definitive Edition looks like a must-have for fans of the original game.
Yakuza 4 (PlayStation 4)
Releasing January 17
Not much is known about the Yakuza 4 release on PlayStation 4. If the other Yakuza (Yakuza 0, Kiwami 1 & 2, and Yakuza 6) is any indication, we'll see the usual upgrades. More story points to flesh out the plot, upgraded graphics using the new Dragon Engine and ironed-out controls. The biggest change from the original game is the recasting of the main protagonist. Hiroki Narimiya will be replaced by Toshiki Masuda. The main protagonist will also sport a new model design to resemble the new actor.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Releasing January 18
(Releasing February 1 for PC)
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is the new entry in the long-running Ace Combat flight action series. The first game in the series to use the Unreal Engine 4, Ace Combat 7 will feature local co-op gameplay and, exclusive PlayStation VR mission for certain missions. PlayStation 4 pre-orders will come with an emulated download for Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War, while Xbox One pre-orders will come with Ace Combat 6: Fire of Liberation.
Resident Evil 2 (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Releasing January 25
The anticipated Resident Evil 2 remake will also follow fan-favorite characters Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield as they try to escape Raccoon City during a zombie apocalypse.
Gone are the fixed camera angles and tank controls, Resident Evil 2 remake will feature "over-the-shoulder" third-person shooter gameplay. The team developing the remake aimed to make the game more realistic by using the same engine Resident Evil 7 used, the RE Engine. By dumping the fixed camera angles, the creative team opened up a whole new world for themselves to play with. Enemies could be better concealed, sound didn't have to come from a specific angle and ideas like room layout and visual obstacles could be used in puzzles.
Kingdom Hearts III (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Releasing January 29
Yes, my friends, your eyes do not deceive you; Kingdom Hearts III is actually releasing. After many years in development, the hotly anticipated third installment is finally coming out for players to enjoy. Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy returns to face the evil keyblade master Xehanort. In the third game, instead of having a fixed party of three, two additional characters can join you on specific moments in the game. Character summons, this time called "Links", make a return and look better than ever. Each world in Kingdom Hearts III will feature unique mechanics such as first-person shooting, naval traversal, underwater, and aerial combat. A whole shed full of worlds has also been confirmed for Kingdom Hearts III: 100 Acre Wood, San Fransokyo, The Caribbean, Arendelle, Andy's House, Monster's Inc and even Mount Olympus. Kingdom Hearts III is an extremely ambitious project and has had fans excited ever since it's first announcement.
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Kingdom Hearts devotee, From Software fanboy and aspiring Audiophile (the good kind that believes in FLAC files). Vincent enjoys writing about games almost as much as playing them.
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