Here is our pick of game releases that will see the light of day in January 2022:
Demon Gaze Extra (6 January): It is a dungeon crawl video game developed by Kadokawa Games.In Demon Gaze, the player controls Oz, a young man that possess the power of a magic eye capable of sealing demons. The gameplay is split between venturing into dungeons and spending time at the inn where players can build relationships with non-player characters or spend the money they have earned in the dungeons. A manga adaptation for Demon Gaze illustrated by Kurono began serialisation in Dengeki Maoh in December 2013. An international version of the game was released in Japan as Demon Gaze: Global Edition in 2014. An enhanced version of the game titled Demon Gaze EXTRA with a western release set for January 2022.
Monster Hunter Rise (12 January): Monster Hunter Rise is an action role-playing game and is the sixth mainline installment in the Monster Hunter series after Monster Hunter: World. Monster Hunter Rise is an action role-playing game developed and published by Capcom for the Nintendo Switch. It is the sixth mainline installment in the Monster Hunter series after Monster Hunter: World. As with previous Monster Hunter titles, Monster Hunter Rise has the player take the role of a Hunter, tasked with slaying or capturing large monsters using a variety of weapons, tools, and environmental features to damage and weaken them while surviving their attacks. Successful completion of the offered quests provides loot, typically in the form of various monster parts from the monster, which are used to forge new armor and weapons that can be used to take on more powerful monsters, forming the series’ notable core loop. Several of the series’ monsters return along with a host of new monsters developed for Rise. All fourteen weapon types that have been present in both Monster Hunter Generations and World, which mix archetypes of swords, shields, staves, bows, and guns, are present in Rise.
Astroneer (13 January): A game of aerospace industry and interplanetary exploration. Explore and reshape distant worlds! Astroneer is set during the 25th century Intergalactic Age of Discovery, where Astroneers explore the frontiers of outer space, risking their lives in harsh environments to unearth rare discoveries and unlock the mysteries of the universe. In this space sandbox adventure, players can work together to build custom bases above or below ground, create vehicles to explore a vast solar system, and use terrain to create anything they can imagine. A player’s creativity and ingenuity are the key to thriving on exciting planetary adventures!
Blackwind (20 January): Blackwind is a top-down sci-fi action game that puts you in the shoes of a teenager trapped inside a prototype battle armor suit during an alien invasion. Face off against enemies, cut through their ranks, and fight back to stop a planetary invasion.Blackwind is a top-down sci-fi action game that puts you in the shoes of a teenager trapped inside a prototype battle armor suit during an alien invasion. Face off against enemies, cut through their ranks, and fight back in a last-ditch attempt to stop a planetary invasion. When the starship Pandora is shot down, James Hawkins finds himself trapped inside a military prototype Battle Frame armor as he hurtles towards Medusa-42. As the Raknos hordes ravage the planet and leave every human mining colony in ruins, James doesn’t have long to discover how to operate the Battle Frame if he wants to survive his dangerous surroundings and find his missing father. Platform: PS4, PS5, PC, Xbox Series X/S,
God of War (14 January): God of War is an action-adventure game franchise created by David Jaffe at Sony’s Santa Monica Studio. Given a new beginning, Kratos leads his son through a Scandinavian wilderness filled with mythological Norse creatures. The third-person action-adventure has dragons, dark elves, and other formidable foes. Kratos has been living a new life as a father in Midgard. When his wife Faye passes, Kratos and his son Atreus journey to the highest peak of the nine realms to scatter her ashes. Kratos uses the journey to teach his son how to survive in the hostile lands. The pair bond during some of the best third-person battles in any game ever. Kratos’ Leviathan Axe is a highlight of the game: cut through enemies with a quick fluid motion, upgrade it with runes (everything from close combat to distance attacks), and throw or recall it in a devastating arc. The axe action and combat is utterly satisfying. Platform: PC
Rainbow Six Extraction (20January): Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction is an upcoming tactical shooter developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. A spin-off of Rainbow Six Siege, Extraction is a cooperative multiplayer game in which players must work together to combat and defeat a type of parasite-like aliens called the Archaeans. Rainbow Six Extraction is a cooperative multiplayer game that can support up to three players. In Extraction, the operators must infiltrate an alien-infested location and complete objectives, such as collecting samples, extracting materials from computers, and gathering intel. Each play session, known as an “incursion”, is made up of three interconected sub-maps, and players will be assigned any one of the twelve objectives randomly in each sub-map.The location of the objectives and the placement of enemies are procedurally generated. Once the player secured their objective, they can choose to extract themselves, or explore the next sub-map. New area would be more difficult than the previous one, but players would receive more rewards by completing them successfully. Extracting early ensures that all the operators would be safe. If an operator is taken down by enemy, they will become missing in action, and players cannot play as them until they have rescued them in an extraction mission. Characters which are severely injured in the previous mission will also remain hurt and will only recover slowly.
Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Stadia, PC
Windjammers 2 (20 January): The best flying disc game of all time is back! With amazing hand-drawn graphics, crazy new moves, gameplay mechanics and awesome new characters and stages, Windjammers 2 is the sequel you’ve been dreaming of. Fast-paced, strategic, easy to learn but hard to master: Windjammers 2 follows the steps of the first episode and brings back what makes the Windjammers series an amazing fun and competitive game! New challengers, new stages, brand-new mechanics and awesome new power moves will make your head spin and enhance your windjammin’ experience. Master the slapshot, dropshot, the jump, the smash and the powerful EX MOVE, and enjoy the kickass soundtrack coming straight out of the ’90s.
Platforms:PC,PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One
Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX 2 (27 January): Luminous Avenger iX 2 takes the series’ original speedy and stylish 2D action gameplay to the next level as Copen rips through enemies with his new “Break-Shift” form. His new destructive capabilities makes high-speed action more satisfying than ever! With his new spinning blade weapon, the Razor Wheel, Copen rips through any enemy standing in his way as he traverses an enormous tower. A wide variety of stages with powerful boss characters lurking in them await him.Copen earns a new EX Weapon for his arsenal whenever he defeats a boss. He uses these weapons to target enemies’ weak points to bring them down faster; a key strategy to clearing stages and ascending the tower quickly. Copen’s Bullit Dash that allows him to fly freely through the air has also been powered up! Super-stylish maneuvers reward those who master the Bullit Dash’s high-speed capabilities!
Platform: PC, PS4,PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Pokemon Legends Arceus (28 January): Pokémon Legends: Arceus is an upcoming 2022 action role-playing game that preserves the core gameplay of past entries in the main line series.The game is set in a bygone era of the Sinnoh region’s history (which appears to be based on Japan in the 19th century), when it was known as the Hisui region, long before the events of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl and its remakes take place. It was stated that the objective of the game would be to create Hisui’s first Pokédex. The mythical Pokémon Arceus will play a major role in the story.Players can capture Pokémon directly in the overworld immediately without going through a battle and can engage in battle by releasing Pokémon they have previously captured near a wild Pokémon (some wild Pokémon still need to be caught via battle though). Poké Balls in this era were made of wood and puffed steam when the Pokémon was caught. At the start of the game, three starter Pokémon options are available: Rowlet (from Pokémon Sun and Moon), Cyndaquil (from Pokémon Gold and Silver) and Oshawott (from Pokémon Black and White), making it the first main series game to feature starter Pokémon from three different generations of games.
Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collections (28 January): it is an adventure game where players seek fortune and leave their mark on the map in the UNCHARTED: Legacy of Thieves Collection. Uncover the thrilling cinematic storytelling and the largest blockbuster action set pieces in the UNCHARTED franchise, packed with all the wit, cunning, and over the top moments of the beloved thieves – Nathan Drake and Chloe Frazer.In an experience delivered by award winning developer Naughty Dog can, the UNCHARTED: Legacy of Thieves Collection includes the two critically-acclaimed, globe-trotting single player adventures from UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End and UNCHARTED: The Lost Legacy. Each story is filled with laughs, drama, high octane combat, and a sense of wonder – remastered to be even more immersive.Play as Nathan Drake and Chloe Frazer in their own standalone adventures as they confront their pasts and forge their own legacies.
Platform: PS5, PC