January 18, 2021: Welp, it appears to be like like Strongholds: Warlords is delayed till early March 2021. Nonetheless, there’s an entire bunch of different video games to sit up for and we’ve added Phoenotopia: Awakening to the record.
Usually, January is a little bit of a quiet month for players searching for new video games, and for good purpose. Budgets are seemingly on the skinny aspect after Christmas, and when you’ve been good in 2020, Santa could have introduced you a number of new toys. If not, properly, it’s a great time to deal with that backlog you’ve been neglecting for years whereas your pockets recovers. We’ve all bought one and, to be frank, we’ve barely made a dent in ours!
However to say that January is ‘dry’ for releases, as we regularly do, is a little bit of a fable. With the frenzy of triple-A launch season behind us, there are nonetheless loads of handsome video games due on this coming month which you must actually find out about. Other than a sequel to Hitman, the subsequent wave of re-releases for the Yakuza sequence, the return of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Sport, and the spooky psychological horror The Medium, there are additionally fairly a number of indie video games which can be value a take a look at too.
So when you actually don’t have something in your backlog (lies!) or have simply accepted that you simply’ll by no means end the whole lot you’ve ever purchased and wish to play one thing new as a substitute, then we’ve bought a listing of eight video games that you must try in January 2021.
Our choice of video games this month covers a variety of genres, so there ought to be one thing right here for everybody. There’s an old-school RPG with a singular tackle exploration, a puzzle sport about teleportation, a chilled narrative expertise, and a notable Early Entry launch. Let’s dive in!
Hero’s Spirit – January 1
Each different sport right here is coming a bit in a while within the month, however maybe you have got some spare change in your pocket and are searching for one thing new, not all that costly, and a bit of lighter. Showing on Steam on January 1, Hero’s Spirit is a pixelated 2D RPG that carefully resembles the basic YS sequence. You might be an adventurer who should cease a witch from destroying the world by exploring the land and killing monsters.
There are two major mechanics at play in Hero’s Spirit. First is that your assault should match an opponent’s degree to defeat them, in any other case you’ll lose a coronary heart. You’ll find extra assault energy by amassing swords, however till it’s as much as scratch you could slip previous mightier enemies. That is simpler stated than achieved because of the second huge characteristic: the whole lot has line of sight that’s affected by terrain, and you may be slowed down or harm by strolling by way of sure tiles.
Woodsalt – January 9
We predict that Woodsalt is extra interactive fiction than journey sport from what we’ve seen of it to this point, but it surely’s undoubtedly bought some disturbing undertones which have piqued our curiosity. This cute-looking sport is about on an area colony a thousand years after the evacuation of Earth (apparently it bought overrun with large monsters and a wave of pure disasters). Having spent all that point in stasis, we observe Emcy as he wakes up in a brand new world, and discovers that not everybody is raring to return to our former dwelling planet.
Boasting a number of endings, aspect plots that have an effect on stated endings in important methods, and even another endings that are hidden, this might be one to replay a number of instances with a view to piece collectively the larger image. Even the trailers increase extra questions than solutions.
Yaga – January 12
Yaga is a roguelike action-RPG that’s impressed by Slavic mythology that’s coming to Steam for the primary time. You play as Ivan, a one-handed blacksmith with the worst luck on the planet, who should search out the witch Baba Yaga’s recommendation with a view to full some seemingly not possible duties given to him by the tsar.
Whereas having just one absolutely functioning arm could appear to be an obstacle, Ivan has the talent to craft attachments that may be mounted onto his bandaged stump, resembling a grappling hook, gauntlets, and even an enormous wheel.
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The Steam web page additionally exhibits Ivan flying throughout the sky on prime of a furnace, which is fairly cool in any context. You additionally get to satisfy and tussle with many monsters of Slavic mythology alongside the best way, together with a large rooster. What’s to not love right here?
Daylight – January 14
Final yr was a yr full of tension about all of our futures, so it’s essential to take a while to only chill and escape from all of it for some time. Daylight is a meditative expertise by which you might be free to wander and lose your self within the calming voices of the bushes.
Every tree has a special voice. Some calm and soothing like a therapist, others with regional accents, however importantly they’re all telling the identical philosophical story. The 3D audio is especially efficient when utilizing headphones, and is completely accompanied by the expressionist visuals, and the highly effective use of Tchaikovsky Hymn of the Cherubim. It gained’t take you lengthy to complete, but it surely was a chilled expertise that’s value testing.
Phoenotopia: Awakening – January 21
Phoenotopia: Awakening is a Metroidvania that is filled with puzzles to unravel and enemies to kill. You tackle the function of Gail as all the adults of her dwelling village are kidnapped by a star ship that seems within the night time sky. Because the defacto chief of the fragmented neighborhood, she units forth on a journey to save lots of the adults, and thwart the plans of the evil that lurks within the shadows.
This sport has some neat concepts too. We notably like how spears are used as makeshift platforms, how fishing is built-in into the sport, and the overworld design that borrows from Zelda II: The Journey of Hyperlink. It’s additionally fairly an enormous sport in response to the Steam web page, with an estimated size of 30 hours, or 50 if you wish to get the whole lot, so that you gained’t be wanting stuff to do.
Revisitor – January 23
First-person platforming puzzle video games are usually hit or miss, however Revisitor exhibits each signal of being a success. In its vibrant digital world, teleportation is vital to success, and there are two varieties of teleportation on supply: one which bursts you ahead a number of squares, and one other which units a degree within the map which you could warp to at a press of a button.
It’s unclear how fiendishly sophisticated the puzzles will get in Revisitor. They might be approachable but deceptively taxing, as in Portal, or maybe they’ll prove equally to the brain-melting conundrums introduced in Antichamber. Both means, it actually appears to be like the half, and we’re completely prepared for an additional sport on this lineage.
Cyber Shadow – January 26
If castle-building RTS isn’t your bag, however retro-inspired platformers are, then take into account Cyber Shadow in your bag-shopping wants. Cyber Shadow is little question taking many cues from the basic Ninja Gaiden sequence on the NES, however offers its ninja an expanded transfer set that has him flying by way of the air and slashing enemies in all places on his quest to get his clan again. It’s not fully clear if it is a Metroidvania or if Cyber Shadow may have a regular degree construction, but it surely appears to be like enjoyable both means.
What’s notable right here is that the sport is being printed by Yacht Membership Video games, the developer behind Shovel Knight and its myriad expansions. It’s the primary time that Yacht Membership has printed one other developer’s sport, but when Shovel Knight is something to go by (and it’s), the studio is aware of what makes a great sport. And from the extremely detailed sprites on-screen, it’s a little bit of a looker, too, for anybody who appreciates retro artwork types.
Everspace 2 – January 2021
Everspace 2 hits Steam Early Entry in the direction of the top of the month. Very similar to its predecessor, it is a house simulator with loot shooter and roguelike parts. It additionally has the potential to turn out to be among the best house video games on PC.
In the event you’ve all the time been tempted by the likes of Elite Harmful however been postpone by the dimensions of the dedication, this might be your sport – it places a premium on moving into the motion shortly, is single-player, and claims to supply a “considerate story”. The premise is comparable, although: you’ll start with a primary ship, and mine, commerce, or salvage supplies to improve it till you’re criss-crossing the universe, finishing quests, and blowing everybody else up.
It appears to be like mesmerising, notably as the sunshine from the solar sparkles by way of the asteroids that whizz by as you journey at hyper pace. Even dashing by way of enemy bases or clustered planets appears to be like as invigorating as any dogfight within the Star Wars movies. You’ll be able to obtain a demo proper now to get a style of what’s to return.