Following Broketober, December was meant to give our wallets a break, but that never turned out that way with titles such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the PlayStation Classic and Just Cause 4, to name but a few arriving into a our homes this Christmas. However, January 2019 is not giving our wallets a break either, and neither are the next couple of following months from what I can see. This coming January 2019 we have the Resident Evil 2 REmake, Kingdom Hearts 3, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown and much more!
Naturally, as with any game, release dates can change in an instant and can differ depending on the region. So with that said, here are the highlights coming our way this January 2019 and be sure to let us know what you’re looking forward to across our social media channels.
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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo Switch) – January 11th
Super Mario Bros. U gets a re-release on the Nintendo Switch with the new Deluxe version of the popular game. As well as including the content found in the Wii U version, such as the base game and Luigi’s expansion, it will also include Nabbit and Toadette as playable characters for the base game and expansion. Not to mention that New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe will play and run that little bit smoother on the Nintendo Switch, but of course it will now be playable on the go, which is always a plus!
Onimusha: Warlords (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch) – January 15th
Originally releasing back in 2001 for PlayStation 2 and ported to Xbox in 2002, this challenging demon slaying, action-adventure, hack and slash title now comes to PC (not including the China and Russia releases from 2003/05), PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. This will be the same game that fans know and love, apart from this new updated version will come with HD visuals, widescreen support, a new soundtrack, analogue support and a new, additional easier difficulty setting. Hopefully if this port proves successful, it might lead to the other games in the series getting a remaster, and you never know, perhaps even a new instalment entirely.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (PS4, PSVR and Xbox One) – January 18th
The last time we were greeted with an instalment of the Ace Combat series was in 2014 with Ace Combat: Infinity which was exclusive to PlayStation 3. However now, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown comes to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (PC on February 1st). From what I had seen at EGX last September, this could very well be the finest in the series yet. Skies Unknown also comes armed with local two-player co-op and even PSVR support with exclusive missions. Will the sales of Ace Combat 7 reach the skies this January or will it crash and burn into the open sea? Only time will tell.
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes (Nintendo Switch) – January 18th
Following the events of No More Heroes 2, after our hero Travis slays the nemesis known as Bad Girl, someone new is now after his head, and its none other than Bad Girls father, Badman! However, following an intense battle between the two, both Travis and Badman are pulled into the world of iconic videogame, known as Death Drive Mk-II, and to say things get a little wacky is an understatement, even by the standards set by the games legendary developer, Goichi Suda. Hopefully Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes will be one of the first hits for Nintendo Switch in 2019.
Resident Evil 2 Remake (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) – January 25th
Not many games will be as highly anticipated as the remake of the 1998 classic, Resident Evil 2 (which is my favourite game of all-time by the way). Following the events of the first game, the T-Virus has now infested Raccoon City turning its population into blood thirsty zombies and horrific mutations. It also just so happens to be rookie cop Leon S. Kennedy’s first day on the job as Claire Redfield peruses the whereabouts of her missing brother, Chris. Much like the brilliant remake of the original Resident Evil that first released on the Nintendo GameCube in 2001, the Resident Evil 2 remake promises not only remade locations and enemies, but also all-new enemies, mutated foes and areas! At release at least, it will only feature the standard two campaigns for both Leon and Claire, so hopefully we might get Scenario’s A and B at a later date perhaps? However, if Resident Evil 2 isn’t one of the best games of this generation, I’ll inject myself with the T-Virus right now and cause a zombie infestation in my own town!
Kingdom Hearts 3 (PS4 and Xbox One) – January 29th
I’ll be honest; I’ve never played a Kingdom Hearts game properly. But there seems to be something about Kingdom Hearts 3 that gets me excited. I suppose for starters, the trailers we’ve seen so far makes the game look absolutely gorgeous with its wealth of Disney and Pixar universes, as well as familiar faces from the world of Final Fantasy. It probably helps too that I have a son that seems to be even more excited than I am for the release of Kingdom Hearts 3 this January. Sure, I’m going to have to brush up on my Kingdom Hearts knowledge on YouTube to get up to speed with its lore, but I can’t wait to see what all the fuss is about. However, for the loyal legion of fans that have been waiting years for this release for years, following multiple delays, I hope for them that Kingdom Hearts 3 will be more then worth the wait.
Well that concludes my highlights for January 2019, but be sure to let us know what you’re looking forward to across our social media channels. Also as always, you’ll find the best of the rest arriving this coming month below.
- Pikuniku (PC and Nintendo Switch) – January 7th
- Bury me, my Love (PC and Nintendo Switch) – January 10th
- Double Cross (PC and Nintendo Switch) – January 10th
- Aftercharge (PC and Xbox One) – January 10th
- Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch) – January 11th
- Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr’s Journey (Nintendo 3DS/2DS) – January 11th
- Smash Hit Plunder (PS VR) – January 15th
- Vane (PS4) – January 15th
- Smoke and Sacrifice (PS4 and Xbox One) – January 15th
- Hell Warders (PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch) – January 17th
- Octahedron (Nintendo Switch) – January 17th
- YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG (PC, PS4 and Nintendo Switch) – January 17th
- Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal (PS4 and PC) – January 18th/22nd PC
- A Fisherman’s Tale (Rift, Vive and PS VR) – January 22nd
- At the Gates (PC) – January 23rd
- Slay the Spire – full release (PC) – January 23rd
- Life is Strange 2 – Episode 2: Rules (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) – January 24th
- Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 (PC) – January 24th
- Anthem demo with pre-order (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) – January 25th
- Tropico 6 (PC) – January 25th
- Genesis: Alpha One (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) – January 29th
- Planetside Arena (PC) – January 29th
- Fission Superstar X (PC and Xbox One) – January 31st
- Sunless Skies – Official launch (PC) – January 31st
- Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times (PC) – January