Top NEW Games of January 2019 on PC, PlayStation 4, Switch and Xbox One
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Amazon takes you to your fantasy white knuckling experience with legends like Clarkson, Hammond and May. This video game adaptation of The Grand Tour lets you be their own guinea pig of each host’s attempt for some questionable automotive antics. Pick from a wide variety of cars and drive around its exotic locations straight from the show. Play with up to four of your friends in split-screen mode and enjoy some vehicular hijinks together. It receives a PlayScore of 7.32 on the PlayStation 4 and a Provisional of 7.57 on the Xbox One.
A game that shows us how music can save the world. With the magical bard as guide around the silly, color-coded world, go on a globe trotting adventure and learn as much as you can about the fabled Earthsong. A puzzle game slash platformer, Wandersong has a great balance of whimsy and sentiment that will leave each player satisfied in both its gameplay and emotionality. A Provisional PlayScore of 7.64.
Tindalos Interactive’s real-time strategy game pits you against extraterrestrial forces of epic proportions. Set in the Warhammer 40,000 Universe, this full-blown sequel is bigger and better than ever with an ambitious storymode, refined combat, and improved multiplayer modes. It’s considered as one of the best RTS games so far. It receives a PlayScore of 7.65 on the PC.
Radiation Blue's roguelike first person shooter takes to a near future of corrupt policies and self-destructive regimes. A bit like a more grounded No Man's Sky, Genesis Alpha One also offers ship building, resource gathering, and management alongside the natural gunplay. Though criticised for the tedium of some of its gameplay features, it's nonetheless a promising indie title that's great anyone that likes shooting with a side of simulation. It earns a PlayScore of 7.76 on the Xbox One and a Provisional score of 7.61 on the PS4.
A remaster of the 1987 classic, this pixel-perfect cyberpunk adventure is set in a future where technology is essential for humanity’s survival. The world isn’t what it once was and civilization is slowly crumbling. Explore its post-AI fallout packed with colorful pixel visuals and brilliant sound design. It’s somewhat reminiscent to Prince of Persia and Another World with its cinematic style of platforming. It receives a PlayScore of 7.76 on the PC.
Brimming with pulsating lights and polygonal entities, Demimonde’s music-platformer is unlike any other. “Surf” through the game’s luminescent underworld and unlock devastating abilities across its 50 hand-crafted levels. Defy gravity and fry your enemies with your high powered laser beams. It’s a fantastic and colorful adventure and this edition contains brand new features including new Timed modes, dozens of new special challenges and some post-game unlockables. It receives a Provisional PlayScore of 7.84 on the Switch.
We’re never gonna run out of voxel games. WonderlandKazakiri’s indie-sandbox RPG is a playground where you create your own dungeon and share it to the world for them to enjoy, or suffer. It’s a creative haven for kids and adults alike. There’s no limit to imagination and everything is up to the player to craft their own perfect world. It receives a Provisional PlayScore of 7.86 on the Nintendo Switch.
18. Guacamelee! 2
Finally coming to the platform, Guacamelee 2 serves up their vibrant cultural celebrations with this port to the Xbox One. The action metroidvania game from DrinkBox Studios is equally impressive on the Microsoft console with all their handcrafted levels, bustling maps, and new upgrades system. Enjoy the coop adventure along with friends as it has a Provisional PlayScore of 7.93.
No one wants to think about what would happen if Ski Lifts go wrong, but with Hugecalf Studios construction puzzler, you'll know what to do when it does--theoretically. Centered around the ski holiday gone wrong, conquer over 100 of their creative physics based challenges and master the art of angles and trajectories to take passengers safely to their destinations. Like their improbable slopes, the difficulty curve might be a bit too steep for some. But, if you're looking for a challenge, this is one. Released on Steam, it has a PlayScore of 7.99.
The game we've all been waiting for on the Switch has finally come and it's been making waves ever since. With one of the biggest collections of Nintendo superstars yet--from all time favorites, to the newcomers with their first taste of the limelight--unlocking everything with and against friends is never ending treat. Dive into their colorful arenas with an arsenal of new moves and bring down your friends all in good fun. It has a PlayScore of 8.01.
15. My Memory of Us
Juggler Games’ indie puzzle slash adventure game is a friendship story between a girl and a boy. Powered by beautiful sketch-like graphics and a grotesque take on humor, Memory of Us masks the innate tragedies of the conditions the two characters find themselves in with their hopefulness and sense of wonder. An artistic puzzler that shows a different side of the war, it has a Provisional PlayScore of 8.02 on the Switch.
14. Pikuniku on the PC and Switch
A Devolver Digital release, you already know it's gonna be a strange yet fascinating experience. A platformer at heart, Pikuniku takes players to a dystopian future rendered in their simplistic but undeniably charming artstyle. Consisting of flat hues, irregular geometric citizens, and wobbly appendages, it's an endearing puzzler whose oddness will only get you begging for more. It earns ratings of 8.07 on the PC and a Provisional score of 7.73 on the Switch.
Bringing back the retro feel of their arcade classic, SEGA invites us to breeze through the familiar streets of this award-winning racer. Keeping true to the pixels of the original game, this Switch game is a port of the 3DS version which also offered additional tune up features and groovy background tracks. The beaches and cities await you with a Provisional PlayScore of 8.15.
Known as the metal g0ear of the skies, Ace Combat's return is marked with even more anime-like dialog and storylines, performed in their character's charmingly hammy way. Where this 7th installment really shines though is the fast-paced action of their air combat flight simulations. This latest game even enhances the immersion on the PS4 with its VR implementations. While it's bogged down by some technical problems on the PC with 7.96, it's a great success on other platforms with ratings of 8.17 on the PS4, and 8.11 on the Xbox One.
The days of the emulator is gone for this 2011 PS3 Classic. Finally getting an official release on the PC, the generations to come will get a hold of Vincent's hilariously sexy puzzle adventures. Enhanced for the PC, it comes with 4K resolution support as well as Japanese Voiceovers made availabe in the west for the first time ever. It has a PlayScore of 8.23.
Another remaster for the books, this time from the PlayStation 2 days. A classic from CAPCOM their iconic series returns to bring us back to a world of samurai adventures. Made for that trip down memory lane, Warlords will seem extra familiar for fans of the original with all its addictive hack and slash action. Keeping many of its more annoying quirks though, some gamers and critics weren't satisfied with this modernization, giving it a score of 8.25 on the PS4, 8.03 on the PC, 7.40 on the Xbox One, and 7.21 on the Switch.
Impressing on the PS4 and the PC, this indie platformer likewise made waves on the Switch--though with the lack of user reviews it's a little less obvious. With its roguelike structure, we all wondered how it would play on the Switch's tiny joycons. Thankfully the worried were addressed thanks to the console's many control options that let us optimize it according to our preferences. Successfully translating the challenge and charm of the indie hit on the hybrid console, it earns a rating of 8.31.
Paying tribute to the pioneers of the farmlife RPG in a brand new way, My Time at Portia not only expands the genre with their 3D visuals but also in its consuming open world setting. Less about farming and more about building and battling, it's a delightfully unique spin that kind of combines the best parts of Harvest Moon, Animal Crossing, Minecraft into one. Though there are some criticisms about its crafting times, it's still a stellar game with a rating of 8.32.
A celebration of its 10th anniversary, Bandai Namco brought back the power struggles of its 10th mainline entry with a renewed and refined edition. Already a classic JRPG title, its beloved cast is joined by two new playable characters in Patty Fleur and Flynn Scifo. Aside from new characters, the biggest draw for this definitive edition is the full voice acting which only serves to make the world feel more alive than ever. A JRPG remaster done right it has a PlayScore of 8.52 on the PS4, 8.25 on the PC, 8.12 on the Xbox One and 8.33 on the Switch.
A different kind of Mario Brothers adventure, Bowser's Inside Story follows the two plumbing superstars on a RPG quest to rescue Princess Peach while seeing the Mushroom Kingdom from the perspective of the angry King Koopa and combine their trio's skills to battle against awful Fawful. A 3DS remake that succeeds in bringing the combat and excitement of the original to the stage, along with some decent additions, it has a PlayScore of 8.53.
Hi Rez Studios pivot towards the new and trendy Battle Royale genre might not be doing too well on the PC, it looks like its working its magic--at least somewhat--on the PS4 and Xbox One. Featuring the heroes of their hero shooter Paladins, enter the arena and compete in the same 1 vs 100 type gameplay we've now come to love. Another addition to the free to play royale genre, it has Provisional PlayScores of 8.60 on the PS4 and 7.91 on the Xbox One.
Here comes another game in the running for best 3D farming simulator. While it doesn't have the open world, crafting delights of Time At Portia, Farm Together amps up the simulation side with its real-time considerations. It makes for a slower paced farming game than usual but it helps to capture the zen tranquility of the countryside. Build up your house and farm in your own special way, unlock all the animals, and cultivate your crops together with your friends and neighbors. It has a PlayScore of 8.68 on the Xbox One.
After 13 long years, the biggest sequel to Tetsuya Nomura’s grand and magical adventure is finally out. No, we’re not going to talk about the entire plot right here. But just picture this, what if Disney goes Anime? That’s Kingdom Hearts.
Return to the shoes of Sora as he tries to save his friends from the clutches of DARKNESS. The battle of light and dark is coming to an end and it’s up to him to save the world. Meet familiar faces from various Disney and Pixar worlds. Enjoy its fantastic hack and slash combat, solid visuals and a powerful soundtrack by Yoko Shimomura. It’s truly a game worth the wait. It receives a PlayScore of 8.82 on the PlayStation 4 and 8.30 on the Xbox One.
2. Resident Evil 2 on PS4, Xbox One and PC
Play as Leon and Claire as they try to uncover the mysteries behind the Raccoon City outbreak.
A masterclass in remakes. CAPCOM steps up their game with the return of their beloved franchises with better and improved designs. Resident Evil 2 is the perfect example of a remake done right. It not only stayed true to its original, it also shows the series’ potential to be even better in the years to come. Its new third person perspective lets players feel the rush of horror crawling to their veins. Don’t even get us started with Mr. X. It receives a PlayScore of 9.09 on the PS4, 8.29 on the PC, and 8.67 on the Xbox One.
Among the other contenders on this list, Acke Hallgren’s free-to-play Indie-Adventure game manages to take over our January charts. Inspired by the various walking simulators that came out before it, What Never Was takes you to an emotionally driven short-story that takes you to a surreal feels-trip inside your grandfather’s attic.
Relish the wonderful memories with your grandfather as you are tasked to clean out his attic. It’s a game that rewards exploration and puzzle-solving. It receives a Provisional PlayScore of 9.47 on the PC.