January, the first month of the calendar, brings a host of unique video games from major studios and indie game developers in 2023.
The games touch a spectrum of genres, from action-adventure to immersive atmospheric exploration. PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC – the titles are available on all types of consoles and computer.
Gaming enthusiasts had a great January 2022 with releases like dive bar 2, rugby 22, Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection and Pokémon Legends: Arceus. In fact, one great video game after another was coming out in 2022.
Dynasty warriors 9 empires, elden ring, F1 22, FIFA 23, surveillance 2, Saints Row, A Plague Tale: Requiem, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and God of War Ragnarok were some of the biggest hits of the year.
However, January 2023 is not as packed with great titles as it was 12 months ago. while there is Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, it seems to be the only acclaimed legacy title of the month. Most of the others, which seem promising but are completely new, such as A space for the unbound and Season: A Letter to the Future.
But it’s only the beginning of 2023, and no doubt some of the best games will be released in later months. These include The Last of Us Part I, Hogwarts legacy, Resident Evil 4 Remake, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, Final Fantasy XVI and the much-anticipated street fighter 6.
Things would potentially start looking more interesting from the second month of 2023 when Sony releases its PlayStation VR2 (PS VR2). The virtual reality gaming system will launch on February 22nd along with free DLC of the 2021 game Resident Evil Village.
upcoming video Game Publications and their dates in January 2023
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Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider
Release date: January 12
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch
Remember those 16-bit video games from about two decades ago? Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider is a throwback to the retro era of gaming.
The side-scrolling action game follows Moonrider, a powerful super warrior who seeks to end the tyranny of those in absolute control of a totalitarian state. Interestingly, Moonrider, who looks like a ninja, is a creation of the same forces that control the world.
Combat in the game is challenging but very responsive. There are eight levels in total and the eye-catching graphics have been impressively designed to give the most immersive feel of pixel art games from the 16-bit era.
Photo credit: Screenshot/thearcadecrew.com
Release date: January 12
Platforms: PC, switch
Lonely ruin is a twin stick shooter game where the player character is controlled with two joysticks.
Developed by Cuddle Monster Games and published by Super Rare Originals, the game follows an unnamed explorer – the player character – who must find an ancient power in a ruined magical city.
The character has to fight against strange creatures in the city, which is located on a magical spring from which magicians of the past got their powers.
The goal is to find the ancient power and help rid the ruined city of the corrupted magic that led to its downfall a millennium ago.
In addition to the usual adventure mode Lonely ruin also has a survival mode for those who like to take on waves of enemies.
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Release date: 13th January
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PC
Released by Bandai Namco Entertainment, one of the best things about One Piece Odyssey is that it was created with the direct participation of Eiichiro Oda – the author of the acclaimed manga series on which the game is based. Perhaps that’s why its graphics and gameplay combine the artistic elements of both Japanese role-playing games (JRPG) with manga.
The game marks the 25th anniversary of One piece.
Fans of the franchise will find new characters as well as monsters in the game, which revolves around the main protagonist Captain Monkey D. Luffy and the Straw Hat crew as they explore the ocean route called the Grand Line.
Stranded on a mysterious island called Waford after a storm, the scattered crew must find a way to come together while confronting enemies, forces of nature, and island natives.
Besides the main story, players can also engage in side missions and battles to delve deeper into the game and its characters.
Credit: One Piece/@OnePieceAnime/Twitter
A space for the unbound
Release date: January 19
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch
The game is set in rural Indonesia in the 1990s. It’s a slice-of-life adventure, a genre in which the story reflects the day-to-day lives of real people.
A space for the unbound is a coming-of-age story about a boy named Atma and a girl named Raya. They’re high school sweethearts and almost always together.
Atma and Raya face an existential crisis when a mysterious supernatural force threatens their world. They team up to uncover the mysteries of supernatural power and learn more about themselves in the process.
The plot of A space for the unbound explores themes of depression and anxiety, as well as playing with fantastical elements. The game features beautiful pixel art that adds depth to the game environment.
Developed by Indonesian indie game developer Mojiken Studio, A space for the unbound was released by Toge Productions and Chorus Worldwide.
Credit: Chorus Worldwide/@ChorusWorldwide/Twitter
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable
Release date: January 19
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch
Popularly known as Persona 3 wearable or P3Pthe game is part of the evergreen Shin Megami Franchises of games, manga, anime and other media.
P3P was originally released for PS2 in 2006 by its developer Atlus. The game was later released on the PSP console. The original game was positively received by critics and players alike.
The story of the video game will be essentially the same as in the PSP version for the new consoles on which it will be playable in January 2023.
The player character is a member of a secret school club and must save humanity from its demise at the hands of dangerous creatures by channeling an inner power called Persona. Players can choose a female protagonist – a choice that affects the dynamics of the game and introduces new abilities along with other gameplay effects.
Atlus had officially announced the release date of the P3P for PC and modern consoles on October 8, 2022. That’s what the company said Persona 4 Gold (P4G), another game from the same franchise, will also be released on modern platforms on the same day.
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Release date: January 24th
Platforms: PC, PS5
Developed by Luminous Productions and published by Square Enix, leaving is about Frey Holland, who lives in New York City.
In the game, Frey suddenly finds herself in a mysterious world called Athia and discovers that she has magical abilities and enhanced parkour skills.
She learns that the land was once beautiful, but a phenomenon called the Fracture has corrupted it and all beings living on it. She faces monstrous beasts and evil sorceresses known as tantas, who were once benevolent matriarchs.
Frey must use her newfound powers to battle enemies and find a way through the treacherous land back to New York.
The open-world game features breathtaking landscapes with deep canyons, floating boulders and majestic walls – all perfect for showing off Frey’s extraordinary parkour skills.
Photo Credit: Screenshot/forspoken.square-enix-games.com
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition
Release date: 31 January
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
Universally acclaimed as one of the greatest games of all time, Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition was originally released for PC in 2019. The console version brings the outstanding gameplay to those who enjoy building empires with a joystick in hand.
The game is essentially a remastered high-resolution version of the critically acclaimed 1999 original, Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. The new version contains all previous extensions, incl The Conquerors, The African Kingdomsand Rise of the Rajas – the last focuses on the ancient kingdoms of Southeast Asia. Later extensions such as Dawn of the Dukes and dynasties of India are also included Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition.
Not much changes to the core gameplay of this strategy game. Players can choose their civilization and use resources to build armies and defeat the enemy. There are unique campaigns featuring the exploits of numerous real historical characters.
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Season: A Letter to the Future
Release date: 31 January
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5
A gameplay trailer by Season: A Letter to the Future from developer-publisher Scavengers Studio features a stunningly beautiful world that immediately exudes Studio Ghibli vibes.
The colors and atmospheric third-person adventure are guaranteed to draw players into the game environment. It also follows the adventures of the protagonist Estelle, who travels by bicycle and records her observations as a document for the future.
“Close your eyes, take a deep breath and let yourself be carried away in this atmospheric adventure. Capture memories, experience the story and witness the last gasp of the season,” the creators tweeted describing the game.
Though there seems to be an air of impending doom, it’s not clear why Estelle, as the player character, harbors deep feelings for her secluded community. In the game, she can get off her bike anywhere to record sounds, take photos, or draw sketches of ancient artifacts, landscapes, people, and just about anything that catches her eye. It’s like she’s documenting everything before it all ends.
Photo credit: SEASON: A Letter to the Future/@SeasonTheGame/Twitter