January isn’t a month traditionally known for big releases.
All the high-profile titles tend to get shunted out in time for the big shopping season, ready or not. Publishers know us gamers don’t have much money left to spend after Christmas and New Year. And we’re probably still playing the games we got as gifts, anyway.
So it’s a nice surprise to see some pretty decent offerings on the release schedule for January 2016.
If you’re looking for a brand new gaming fix for the brand new year, here’s our pick of the best new releases.
Platforms: Playstation 4, PC
The Witness is a mysterious game. It’s so mysterious, we’re not 100% sure it will actually release on 26th January. Assuming it does, it looks like a digital-only release for now.
It’s been a long time coming. A follow-up to Braid, a game often credited with kickstarting the current indie games scene, hopes are high this island-exploration puzzler. We can’t wait to see how it’s turned out.
Final Fantasy Explorers
Quest-oriented action RPG series Monster Hunter has been a huge hit, so it’s no surprise to see Square Enix trying that kind of game structure out with its Final Fantasy series.
The game also features 4-player co-op and a job system that seems inspired by the excellent Bravely Default. Sound promising to us.
LEGO Marvel’s Avengers
This must be the hundredth licensed Lego action game; and we only had LEGO Marvel Super Heroes a while back. Fortunately, the games are just plain fun, especially in co-op.
The game takes its story from a bunch of the latest Marvel movies, like Age of Ultron and Winter Soldier. And it’s coming to every current platform you can think of, including Vita and Wii U. So if you’re not already sick of LEGO action games or Marvel films, this is for you.
Which January 2016 game are you looking forward to?
While those are our pick of the biggest three releases this month, we’re also interested to see how Resident Evil Origins Collection (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3 and PC, 22 Jan), Oxenfree (XBO and PC, 15 Jan) and The Banner Saga (PS4 and XBO, 12 Jan) play.
So, does anything catch your eye? Or have we stupidly left out your favourite? Let us know in the comments – and happy new year!