January 2017’s Highly Anticipated Video Game Releases

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2016 is way behind our backs now but we did see some awesome video game releases that tore our poor wallet apart. Now that the year’s beginning to unfold, we’re being greeted with more video game debuts that will make us fish our seemingly empty pockets for a few more bucks.

Note: Some of these games have been announced for January but have no firm release dates yet.

Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita)

January 17

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The game takes place after the events of the 2010 PSP dungeon crawler, Fate/Extra. It puts you in the role of a “master” who teams up with a spirit “servant” to battle enemies. The servants will be divided into eight different classes equipped with their individual fighting styles and abilities.

Gravity Rush 2 (PlayStation 4)

January 20

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Fans of the original Gravity Rush will have to get used to its sequel which is coming exclusively to the PS4. Unlike its handheld predecessor, Gravity Rush 2 would introduce new gravity modes that will affect what Kat controls and what combat moves she possesses.

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (PlayStation 4)

January 24

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Adding to Kingdom Hearts’ somewhat confusing plotline is Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8. It’s a collection of three games that take individually take place during different parts of the overall story. (Hopefully to answer questions and/or cover up some plot holes). There’s Dream Drop Distance which takes place right before Kingdom Hearts 3. There’s also Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover which is a cinematic set far before the events of the first Kingdom Hearts. And finally, there’s 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage which takes place before Kingdom Hearts 3. There’s still no word yet on whether the events of the final story will be parallel to Dream Drop Distance – and maybe it’s something we’ll find out once we actually get our hands on our game.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One)

January 24

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Resident Evil 7 will be parting ways with some familiar elements of the franchise while retaining others. In this game, players will be controlling a protagonist named Ethan from a First Person Point of View. Like previous games in the franchise, players would have access to a variety of weapons. Some mechanics of the previous games such as puzzle-solving and resource management still exist. You can also play the game using the PlayStation VR headset.

Tales of Berseria (PlayStation 4, Windows PC)

January 24

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Tales of Berseria, like previous Tales titles, uses a variation of the Linear Motion Battle System. Berseria’s version is dubbed the “Liberation-LMBS”. It’s fast paced and players are more free to move the arena and rotate the camera. Characters fight using physical and magical attacks as well as performing skills known as “Artes” which can have various effects on enemies. Expect loads of monster bashing in this game.

Disgaea 2 PC (Linux, MacOS and Windows PC)

January 30

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The PC port of a well-loved PS2/PSP game is coming to steam. Gamers will be playing as a character named Adell. They will be exploring his hometown, Holt, as they make their way through 13 chapters, each beginning with cut scenes that explain his next mission. With the beginning of a new chapter, a new area is unlocked in the town with multiple maps to be beaten in order to advance to the next chapter. Unlike its predecessor, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, Disgaea 2 PC will be compatible with Mac and Steam Machines.

Digimon World: Next Order (PlayStation 4)

January 30

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This game is a console port of the Japan-only PlayStation Vita title. Players are pulled into a Digital World only to discover that it is under siege by Machinedramons. After being rescued by two Digimon from impending doom, players must  journey through the Digital world to “discover the origins of the Machinedramon scourge and find a way back to the real world.”

 Which of these games are you interested in playing? Let us know in the comments section below!

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