January 2021 Is Stacked With Major Releases
2021 is here and with it comes some epic new games. Though January is a little bit outside of the usual Christmas rush, there are still some interesting new titles coming to both PC and consoles this month. From side scrollers to space shooters, these are the hottest game releases for January 2021.
(PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) – Jan 14th
This isn't quite a new release, but it is one of the most anticipated titles to come out in 2021. A re-release of a long-since delisted game that first made its debut on the Xbox 360's Xbox Live Arcade, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game Complete Edition is a remaster and re-release of a game that many have come to call a modern classic.
Taking place in the world of both the film and the comic of the same name, players can take on the role of Scott or one of his friends as they battle through a version of the story's plot. With great art and some really outstanding music, this is one game that more than deserves to get a spotlight for a second time.
(PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) - Jan 18th
After a successful Kickstarter, Everspace 2 is finally almost here. A single-player space shooter filled with RPG elements, the game takes players into an open world to experience a brand new story while still providing them with some excellent, fast-paced space combat. A sophisticated game that's as much about exploration as it is dogfighting, Everspace 2 is definitely a game that's been on the radars of those who love this mostly dormant genre for quite some time. Though it's not heading to the next-gen consoles, early footage still shows a beautiful game that really looks to get the most out of its interstellar setting.
(PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S) – Jan 20th
Agent 47 is back again, and that means another jaunt into a world of creative murder and mayhem. The third entry in the now-episodic series, Hitman 3 continues the rebooted story of the titular agent, allowing players to take out targets in a variety of new locations and with some interesting new tools. Now with a unique VR mode and some interesting and improved features, Hitman 3 looks like it's going to be an amazing conclusion to the well-received trilogy.
(PS5, Xbox Series X|S) – Jan 21st
The beloved motorcycle racing sim has a new release in January, finally making its way to next-gen platforms. Players will get a chance to ride some of the most realistically-rendered bikes ever put on screen across real-world courses and wearing real gear. Ride 4 is a game for those who absolutely love motorcycle racing, the ability to play this on a console in 4K will definitely add an air of authenticity to a game series that is already known for a high degree of realism.
(Switch, Xbox One, PC, PS4) – Delayed to Feb 19
Defying gravity is one of those special things that you can really only do in a video game. Gravity Heroes takes the tried-and-true formula of arena shooters and throws gravity control in the mix, allowing players to frantically battle against one another and against computer opponents as they float, dive, and change orientation all at the same time. A fast and frantic game, it features both a campaign mode and a versus mode for those who want to test their skills against one another. This is a unique entry into the genre and one that will give even experienced arena shooter fans a challenge.
(PC) – Delayed to Mar 9th
Stronghold is back, and with it the siege-based gameplay that players have come to love. This iteration of the series takes players to the distant past of East Asia, as they take on the roles of the commanders of Mongol, Japanese, and Chinese armies and besiege fortified towns and castles. The game brings in some unique new features such as recruitable warlords and gunpowder-based siege weapons, both of which are sure to add some dynamic new wrinkles to the process of capturing enemy citadels. A fantastic strategy game, this one looks like a real return to form for the series.
(Switch, Xbox One, PC, PS4) – Jan 26th
Harkening back to the days of classic side scrollers, Cyber Shadow puts players in control of a cybernetic ninjas as he seeks to free his clan - and the world - from the control of robotic villains. With a definitively old-school aesthetic in terms of both artistic design and gameplay, this game is sure to be a blast from the past for those who loved classic titles like Ninja Gaiden or Shinobi. Though graphically it might look like a game from that era, don't be fooled - this is a very modern game that cribs from the best of the past while adding in a host of modern features.
(PC, Xbox One) – Jan 28th
The Yakuza series is already a hit on the PlayStation, but this phenomenal Japanese title has only recent found its way to the Xbox. With the recent titles finally jumping ship to Microsoft, many players have found themselves wishing they could go back and play some of the earlier titles in the series. The Remastered Collection finally gives players what they want, allowing them a chance to go back and relive the events of Yakuza 3, 4, and 5. Though the collection has already seen a PS4 release, this is the first time these titles will be available on Xbox or PC.
(PC, Xbox Series X|S) – Jan 28th
Psychological horror makes its way to the next generation of consoles on January 28th as The Medium releases on Xbox Series X and PC. Players take on the role of a Medium who can see into the world of dead as well as that of the living, tasked with the goal of solving a grisly murder mystery. The game is high on the psychological horror, with a score by the composer of Silent Hill and an aesthetic that evokes images of some of the best survival horror games of all time.
(PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox Series X|S, PS5) – Jan 28th
Sword of the Necromancer is a roguelike with a unique twist. While you can venture into the dungeons and defeat your enemies, that's not the end for those creatures. Instead, you're able to resurrect them and use them to fight for your on your journey to resurrect your dead love. A game where death isn't the end but rather just another step on a longer journey, Sword of the Necromancer manages to combine the usual elements of a roguelike with some unique new features in order to create a game that fans of the genre absolutely will not want to miss.