Coming Soon: Games To Look Out For In January

by Sage Ashford

As 2020 approaches, there’s a huge number of quality games releasing — even despite this coming year being presumably when we get new consoles. Because of this, we’re keeping track of the best games releasing every month; meaning everyone can cry equally with how empty their wallets are about to be this year.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release: January 17th, 2020
Bandai-Namco has gone all out to try and make this as close to the “story of Goku” as possible. From the looks of things, it seems like they’ve succeeded; perfectly emulating all the biggest and best story beats of Dragon Ball Z from the battle with Raditz to the fight with Kid Buu. The real concern with this game is whether there will be enough side material available to fill out a full RPG length game, particularly with them mentioning they have no intention of including the movie material in the base game. (No information about DLC has been mentioned yet.) We do know that Toriyama and Bandai-Namco have filled out the game with side missions where characters who never met in the series get to do so though, so perhaps this will truly be the Dragon Ball Z game to go over 9000.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Release: January 17th, 2020
Originally referred to as “Fire Emblem x Shin Megami Tensei,” Tokyo Mirage Sessions wound up being a pretty well-received game on the Wii U. Of course, this means it’s going to be ported to the Switch with new music, new story content, and added characters to join everyone’s parties. The story takes place in Tokyo, with a group of teenagers battling against Mirages — beings who drain energy called Performa from humans. Eventually, these teenagers wind up working with Mirages from the Fire Emblem universe. Fusing with them to become Mirage Masters, they work as the talent agency Fortuna Entertainment to discover what caused the Mirages in the first place.

The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners
Platforms: Oculus Rift, Rift S, HTC Vive, and Valve Index
Release: January 23rd
Skydance Interactive and Skybound Entertainment have teamed up to bring us another story in the growing Walking Dead universe. This time around, it’s a virtual reality RPG that’s in first person. The game seems to be focused on allowing the player to define who they are, whether they want to be a monster among monsters or retain their humanity.

Journey to the Savage Planet
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release: January 28th
Typhoon Studios works with 505 Games (Sniper Elite, Abzu, Bloodstained) to bring us this new first-person action/adventure title. Here we play as explorers who have traveled to an uncharted planet to determine if it is safe for humans. Players will explore vastly different biomes and encounter dozens of new creatures while learning all about the world and figuring out whether they’re even the first people to inhabit this planet. They’ll also be able to upgrade their equipment and take random junk discovered and turn it into useful equipment with their 3D printers.

Warcraft III: Reforged
Platforms: PC, Mac
Release: January 28th
The past is back with a vengeance as Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos comes back with new and improved graphics, a different campaign featuring environments similar to specific locations World of Warcraft designs, as well as balance patches to help with online mode. It still maintains the same gameplay as the original, and people who don’t want to play Reforged can play with those who have the upgraded version. They’ve also added a “story mode” difficulty for people who aren’t experienced with the title yet.
That’s it for this month, we’ll be back at the end of January for the massive number of games coming for February.

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