These Are the Games You Should Check Out in January 2019

first_img A new year brings with it a fresh crop of new games to check out. January 2019 features an interesting mix of remakes, remasters, and new entries in long-running franchises. While January isn’t bursting at the seams with blockbuster titles, it has something for everyone. This is only the beginning of what should be another solid year of game releases.Resident Evil 2 RemakePlatforms: PC, PS4, Xbox OneRelease date: January 25The Resident Evil series is currently enjoying a new lease on life thanks to the excellent Resident Evil 7. As fantastic as that entry is, it never hurts to revisit the titles that made the series so legendary. To that end, Capcom is releasing Resident Evil 2 Remake. Unlike Resident Evil HD, this title is a complete remake of the original Resident Evil 2. Though it follows similar story beats, the modern graphics and third person perspective help make it feel like a new game. I’ve had the pleasure of playing two demos and I am eagerly anticipating playing through the finished product. Don’t let the “remake” moniker fool you, this is easily one of January’s must-play titles.Pre-order Resident Evil 2 Remake on AmazonKingdom Hearts IIIPlatforms: PS4, Xbox OneRelease date: January 29I think it’s safe to say Kingdom Hearts III is one of 2019’s most anticipated games. This makes sense considering how a large portion of the fanbase has waited its arrival for nearly 15 years. Like its predecessors, Kingdom Hearts III brings together beloved characters from Disney and Square-Enix franchises. It’s certainly an odd mix, but it somehow works. Even if you aren’t fully versed in the series’ labyrinthine plotline, you can still enjoy Kingdom Hearts III for its fun and varied gameplay. Based on what I’ve played, it should be enjoyable for both veterans and newcomers.Pre-order Kingdom Hearts III on AmazonTravis Strikes Again: No More HeroesPlatforms: SwitchRelease date: January 18One of the biggest surprises to come out of the Nintendo Switch reveal event was Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes. After all, it has been many many years since we’ve had a new No More Heroes game. This new installment serves as a sort of reboot of the franchise and isn’t directly tied to past entries. That’s good news for folks like myself who have never visited the No More Heroes universe. If you’re a Switch owner, this is definitely a game you’ll want to check out.Pre-order Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes on AmazonNew Super Mario Bros. U DeluxePlatforms: SwitchRelease date: January 11I think it’s pretty awesome how Nintendo Switch is getting ports of some of the best Wii U games. Many people (such as myself) never even looked at Nintendo’s ill-fated system and therefore missed out on some true gems. This month, Switch is getting New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. Much like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, this is an enhanced version of the original, featuring updated graphics and extra content. I really enjoyed the 3DS entry so I’m totally looking forward to checking out New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.Pre-order New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe on AmazonThe Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 3Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox OneRelease date: January 15The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 3 almost never came into existence following the massive layoffs over at Telltale Games. Thankfully, Skybound Entertainment (the owner of The Walking Dead) announced it would complete the final installment of the celebrated Telltale series. If you’ve been following these games for a while, this entry serves as a wrap up for the entire franchise. It could also be the last Telltale game we see for some time. It’ll be interesting to see if folks can judge the game on its own merits instead of focusing on the drama surrounding it.Pre-order The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 3 on AmazonOnimusha: WarlordsPlatforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox OneRelease date: January 15Capcom has done a superb job of re-releasing its classic games in recent years and that isn’t stopping in 2019. Longtime devotes are no doubt happy to see an HD version of Onimusha: Warlords. Though lauded at the time of its release, it seems all but the most hardcore have forgotten about Onimusha. Perhaps this HD remaster signals a new entry on the horizon? It’s hard to tell at the moment, but either way, it’s good to see Capcom continuing to please its fanbase with such releases. And hey, considering the slew of samurai based titles dropping this year (Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Nioh 2, Samurai Shodown, Ghosts of Tsushima), Onimusha: Warlords is coming out at the perfect time.Pre-order Onimusha: Warlords on AmazonTales of Vesperia: Definitive EditionPlatforms: PC, PS4, Xbox OneRelease date: January 11Those looking to get their JRPG fix this month should look no further than Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition. This updated version features enhanced graphics, additional cutscenes, and a new character. Tales of Vesperia was originally an Xbox 360 exclusive in the West so it’s great to see it come out on other platforms. Tales of games are somewhat more accessible than most JRPGs, making this a great entry for those unfamiliar with the genre. We’ve strangely not had a new Tales of title in a few years so this should hold fans over until a brand-new release.Pre-order Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition on AmazonAce Combat 7: Skies UnknownPlatforms: PS4, Xbox OneRelease date: January 18The Ace Combat franchise never gets a whole lot of media attention. However, considering the series is now seven games deep, it must be doing something right. Ace Combat 7 is more of what fans have come to expect; mainly a deep war story and tight flight controls. What makes this entry unique is its VR support. This means players can live out their Top Gun fantasies like never before. Expect Ace Combat 7 to release on Steam on February 1.Pre-order Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown on AmazonTropico 6Platforms: PC, PS4Release date: January 25Like Ace Combat, Tropico is another long-running franchise that’s mostly gone under the radar of the larger gaming public. As with previous installments, Tropico 6 lets players build their own tropical nation from scratch. They can choose to rule justly or tyrannically. If you’re a fan of SimCity or Civilization, Tropico should be right up your alley.Pre-order Tropico 6 on AmazonMore on Geek.comMost Exciting Video Games of 2019Hopefully Alien: Blackout Isn’t the Next Diablo ImmortalBest Video Games of 2018 Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on targetlast_img

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