6 Games You'll Want to Buy in January

The holidays are over, but the New Year has a few gifts for gamers, from Resident Evil 2 to Kingdom Hearts III. These are the games we can’t wait to play in January.
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6 Games You'll Want to Buy in January

The holiday season is over, but January arrives with some excellent games to help you decompress from all the festivities.

We ended 2018 with a bang, or perhaps more aptly, a smash. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate arrived on the Switch early in December, delivering intense fighting action and insane party antics to gamers of all ages. Boasting over 70 characters from a variety of beloved franchises, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was easily one of the biggest releases of last year. But Katamari Damacy Reroll also bowled with clean puzzle-solving fun and magically adhesive antics with improved visuals.

This month, Resident Evil 2 gets the remake attention it deserves. This radical reimagining of the original game features huge gameplay improvements, including an all-new camera, ferocious enemies, and excellent visuals. Kingdom Hearts III, meanwhile, is set to give fans the closure they want via the melee action antics they’ve come to enjoy from the series’ many entries.

There’s plenty more in store this month, so have a look at our list to see what tickles your fancy. Happy New Year!

  • 6 New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

    Platform: Nintendo Switch
    Release Date: January 11
    MSRP: $ 59.99

    The Nintendo Switch is getting an enhanced port of New Super Mario Bros. U, which bundles the original game with the New Super Luigi U expansion, and adds a handful of new features. Toadette has been added to the cast, and shares Princess Peach’s abilities when powered up with the Super Crown item. Like the original release, Deluxe features multiplayer and makes for a great couch coop game. </ziffbin>

  • 5 Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition

    Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
    Release Date: January 11
    MSRP: $ 49.99

    Tales of Vesperia is an action-heavy RPG that pits the former imperial knight Yuri and his ragtag band of heroes against ambitious nobles and ancient evils. Vesperia features a rich, combo-oriented battle system that puts you and three AI-controlled allies against groups of roving monsters. You can switch between party members on the fly, perform cooperative attacks, and even engage in four-player local multiplayer. </ziffbin>

  • 4 Onimusha Warlords

    Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
    Release Date: January 15
    MSRP: $ 19.99

    This PS2 classic action game is getting a graphical facelift and re-release in January. Onimusha is set within Japan’s Sengoku era and pits the samurai Samanosuke against Nobunaga Oda and the supernatural forces that are overtaking the land. Unlike the Resident Evil games that inspired it, Onimusha is a melee-action game that focuses on precise attacks and counters. </ziffbin>

  • 3 Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes

    Platform: Nintendo Switch
    Release Date: January 18
    MSRP: $ 39.99

    This unique spin-off title takes the beloved otaku, Travis Touchdown, on a retro video game tour filled with death and chaos. Travis Strikes Again uses a top-down perspective, as opposed to the behind-the-character perspective of previous games. Badman is out to avenge his daughter, Bad Girl, whom Travis has killed in the original game. Both Travis and Badman get sucked into an evil video game console, and must hack and slash through a gauntlet or indie-style games to earn the Death Balls required to make their escape. </ziffbin>

  • 2 Resident Evil 2

    Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
    Release Date: January 25
    MSRP: $ 59.99

    Capcom’s remake of the PS1 classic is set to hit shelves in January, and delivers far more than a graphical overhaul. Resident Evil 2 is being remade from the ground up and incorporates an over-the-shoulder camera, remixed puzzles and areas, vastly improved enemy AI and aggression, and of course, some fantastic and grisly visuals. Slow-burning horror and tense action are a great way to start off the New Year. </ziffbin>

  • 1 Kingdom Hearts III

    Platform: PS4, Xbox One
    Release Date: January 29
    MSRP: $ 59.99

    Kingdom Heats III is finally upon us. It’s been well over a decade since the last mainline installment, though there have been plenty of side titles and re-releases to fill the time gap. Kingdom Hearts III incorporates the melee action gameplay from II with the additions introduced in the portable entries, like the Shotlocks, which are powerful enhanced projectile attacks, and team-up partner attacks. Kingdom Hearts III also gives come closure to the series’ grandiose story, so you definitely don’t want to miss it. </ziffbin>

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