Fresh off making that New Year’s Resolution that you swear you will keep this time around, it’s time to take a look at the games on tap for the first month of the year. In January we have a lot of PC exclusives making their console debuts (and vice versa) but there are a couple of new games looking to steal the spotlight. Arguably the biggest release of the month comes from Jonathan Blow’s The Witness, which has been long awaited for some time now coming to PC and PS4 and one of last year’s most popular Early Access titles, Darkest Dungeon, finally releases in full. We’re very excited for what the new year holds for the gaming industry so here is the first batch of releases for 2016.
Amplitude - PS4, PS3 - January 5
Amplitude was a rhythm game that released for the PS2 back in 2003 and went on to be something of a classic for music and rhythm game fans. It wasn’t 2014 that Developer Harmonix took to Kickstarter, and announced that they were rebooting the series on the PS4 and PS3. The campaign went on to earn over $840,000, and this month, the final product will finally be released. The music and rhythm genre has fallen by the wayside in recent years, but we are hopeful that this version of Amplitude can rekindle some of that lost fire.
The Banner Saga - Xbox One, PS4 - January 12
The Banner Saga is another Kickstarter success story that came out for PC about two years ago. It is a narratively driven, turn-based strategy game steeped in viking culture where players guide a massive caravan of warriors and villagers across a harsh and unforgiving land all presented in a beautiful hand-drawn art style reminiscent of old animated motion pictures. The game is a constant barrage of frigid winter weather, personal squabbles and dangerous mythological enemies that lurk everywhere. Death is prominent and unavoidable. You will lose countless numbers of people along your journey, and every decision you make can have devastating consequences.