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Gravity Rush may not be have been a mainstream hit, but for fans of Japanese games, it was one of the most memorable original PlayStation games in recent memory. After making an outsized impression mark on Sony’s forgotten portable child, the Vita, the gravity-defying Kat went on to get a PS4 rerelease, and now, a full sequel. Not too bad for a girl with such humble beginnings.

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week. And if you’re wondering about future release dates, check out EGM’s full list of gaming release dates in 2017 and beyond, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

EGM’s top picks for this week:

Gravity Rush 2 (January 20th)

Available for: PlayStation 4
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: SIE Japan Studio

Why we’re excited: Gravity Rush was handily one of the most impressive games on the Vita in terms of sheer scope, and while that game eventually got a full console rerelease, we’re excited to see the concept fully stretch its legs in this sequel. The early buzz: In EGM’s review, Mollie L Patterson gave Gravity Rush 2 a 9.0 out of 10, calling it an adventure “as big in scope and substance as the concept designs its world and characters were born from.” Fall in love: If you want to get up to speed on the story, you might want to check out the two-part, 17-minute anime prequel available to watch free on YouTube.

Halo Wars 2 Blitz

Halo Wars 2 Blitz open beta (January 20th)

Available for: Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: 343 Industries, Creative Assembly

Why we’re excited: Halo Wars 2‘s Blitz mode is a mix of card games like Hearthstone with real-time strategy gameplay, and for a limited time everyone on Xbox One and PC can jump in to try it out absolutely free. Limited time offer: The beta only lasts until January 30th (barring any of the usual extensions that all betas seem to give these days), so don’t take too long to hop in. Wink, wink: If you’re thirsty for new Halo Wars 2 info and footage, be sure to subscribe to EGMNOW’s YouTube channel, a place where we might theoretically post something big soon, assuming anything like that came into our possession. If we say anymore than that, Microsoft will kill us.

Power Rangers

Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle (January 17th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Bandai Namco

Why we’re excited: Who didn’t grow up watching hour after hour of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in all its cheesy glory. Now you can actually take control of the rangers in this side-scroller. Mighty Morphin Preview Rangers: If you’re curious, check out our own Ray Carsillo’s preview video of the game’s first level. Small screen only: While there’s a new Power Rangers movie coming out that reboots the series in grittier fashion, the game is based on the TV show, so don’t expect any spoilers.

Also releasing this week:

January 17th

2064: Read Only Memories (PS4)
Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea (Vita)
Dead Effect 2 (PS4)
Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (PS4, Vita)
The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition (PS4)
Joe’s Diner (PS4)
Monumental Failure (PC, Mac, Linux)
Outbreak (PC)
The Pasture (PC, Mac)
Quest of Dungeons (PS4)
RWBY: Grimm Eclipse (PS4, Xbox One)
Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle (PS4, Xbox One)
She Remembered Caterpillars (PC, Mac)
Siegecraft Commander (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Rift, Vive)
Super Rock Blasters! (PC, Mac, Linux)
Supermagical (Vita)
Torn Tales (PC, Mac, Linux)

January 18th

Arizona Rose and the Pharaohs’ Riddles (PC, Mac)
Rage Against The Zombies (PC, Mac)

January 19th

Ashbourne (PC)
Color Cubes (3DS)
Crab Dub (PC)
Faces of Illusion: The Twin Phantoms (PC, Mac, Linux)
Greenwood: The Last Ritual (PC, Linux)
Hollow Halls (PC)
Koi DX (Wii U)
Mega Maze (Wii U)
Monster Slayers (PC)
Pro Basketball Manager 2017 (PC)
Punch Club (3DS)
Red’s Kingdom (PC, Mac)
Toby: The Secret Mine (Wii U)
Warhammer 40,000: Sanctus Reach (PC)

January 20th

The Assembly (Xbox One)
Bloody Boobs (PC)
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (3DS)
Frequent Flyer (PC, Mac, Linux)
Gravity Rush 2 (PS4)
Halo Wars 2 Blitz open beta (Xbox One, PC)
Hunter’s Legacy (Xbox One)
I am Bread (Xbox One)
Infinitum (PC)
Isolation (PC, Mac)
Metrico+ (Xbox One)
Queen of Thieves (PC, Mac, Linux)
Red Haze (PC, Mac)
Save the Ninja Clan (PC, Mac, Linux)
Spheroids (Xbox One)
Tiny Thor (PC, Mac, Linux)
Toby: The Secret Mine (Xbox One)
Unhappy Ever After (PC, Mac)
Urban Empire (PC)

January 22nd

Don Bradman Cricket 17 (PC)

January 23rd

Hellenica (PC)
The Turing Test (PS4)

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About Josh Harmon

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Josh picked up a controller when he was 3 years old—and he hasn’t looked back since. This has made him particularly vulnerable to attacks from behind. He joined EGM as an intern following a brief-but-storied career on a number of small gaming blogs across the Internet. Find him on Twitter @jorshy

The biggest new games out this week: January 17th–23rd

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week.

By Josh Harmon | 01/17/2017 03:45 PM PT | Updated 01/17/2017 03:48 PM PT

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Gravity Rush may not be have been a mainstream hit, but for fans of Japanese games, it was one of the most memorable original PlayStation games in recent memory. After making an outsized impression mark on Sony’s forgotten portable child, the Vita, the gravity-defying Kat went on to get a PS4 rerelease, and now, a full sequel. Not too bad for a girl with such humble beginnings.

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week. And if you’re wondering about future release dates, check out EGM’s full list of gaming release dates in 2017 and beyond, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

EGM’s top picks for this week:

Gravity Rush 2 (January 20th)

Available for: PlayStation 4
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: SIE Japan Studio

Why we’re excited: Gravity Rush was handily one of the most impressive games on the Vita in terms of sheer scope, and while that game eventually got a full console rerelease, we’re excited to see the concept fully stretch its legs in this sequel. The early buzz: In EGM’s review, Mollie L Patterson gave Gravity Rush 2 a 9.0 out of 10, calling it an adventure “as big in scope and substance as the concept designs its world and characters were born from.” Fall in love: If you want to get up to speed on the story, you might want to check out the two-part, 17-minute anime prequel available to watch free on YouTube.

Halo Wars 2 Blitz

Halo Wars 2 Blitz open beta (January 20th)

Available for: Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: 343 Industries, Creative Assembly

Why we’re excited: Halo Wars 2‘s Blitz mode is a mix of card games like Hearthstone with real-time strategy gameplay, and for a limited time everyone on Xbox One and PC can jump in to try it out absolutely free. Limited time offer: The beta only lasts until January 30th (barring any of the usual extensions that all betas seem to give these days), so don’t take too long to hop in. Wink, wink: If you’re thirsty for new Halo Wars 2 info and footage, be sure to subscribe to EGMNOW’s YouTube channel, a place where we might theoretically post something big soon, assuming anything like that came into our possession. If we say anymore than that, Microsoft will kill us.

Power Rangers

Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle (January 17th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Bandai Namco

Why we’re excited: Who didn’t grow up watching hour after hour of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in all its cheesy glory. Now you can actually take control of the rangers in this side-scroller. Mighty Morphin Preview Rangers: If you’re curious, check out our own Ray Carsillo’s preview video of the game’s first level. Small screen only: While there’s a new Power Rangers movie coming out that reboots the series in grittier fashion, the game is based on the TV show, so don’t expect any spoilers.

Also releasing this week:

January 17th

2064: Read Only Memories (PS4)
Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea (Vita)
Dead Effect 2 (PS4)
Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (PS4, Vita)
The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition (PS4)
Joe’s Diner (PS4)
Monumental Failure (PC, Mac, Linux)
Outbreak (PC)
The Pasture (PC, Mac)
Quest of Dungeons (PS4)
RWBY: Grimm Eclipse (PS4, Xbox One)
Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle (PS4, Xbox One)
She Remembered Caterpillars (PC, Mac)
Siegecraft Commander (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Rift, Vive)
Super Rock Blasters! (PC, Mac, Linux)
Supermagical (Vita)
Torn Tales (PC, Mac, Linux)

January 18th

Arizona Rose and the Pharaohs’ Riddles (PC, Mac)
Rage Against The Zombies (PC, Mac)

January 19th

Ashbourne (PC)
Color Cubes (3DS)
Crab Dub (PC)
Faces of Illusion: The Twin Phantoms (PC, Mac, Linux)
Greenwood: The Last Ritual (PC, Linux)
Hollow Halls (PC)
Koi DX (Wii U)
Mega Maze (Wii U)
Monster Slayers (PC)
Pro Basketball Manager 2017 (PC)
Punch Club (3DS)
Red’s Kingdom (PC, Mac)
Toby: The Secret Mine (Wii U)
Warhammer 40,000: Sanctus Reach (PC)

January 20th

The Assembly (Xbox One)
Bloody Boobs (PC)
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (3DS)
Frequent Flyer (PC, Mac, Linux)
Gravity Rush 2 (PS4)
Halo Wars 2 Blitz open beta (Xbox One, PC)
Hunter’s Legacy (Xbox One)
I am Bread (Xbox One)
Infinitum (PC)
Isolation (PC, Mac)
Metrico+ (Xbox One)
Queen of Thieves (PC, Mac, Linux)
Red Haze (PC, Mac)
Save the Ninja Clan (PC, Mac, Linux)
Spheroids (Xbox One)
Tiny Thor (PC, Mac, Linux)
Toby: The Secret Mine (Xbox One)
Unhappy Ever After (PC, Mac)
Urban Empire (PC)

January 22nd

Don Bradman Cricket 17 (PC)

January 23rd

Hellenica (PC)
The Turing Test (PS4)

Read More


About Josh Harmon

view all posts

Josh picked up a controller when he was 3 years old—and he hasn’t looked back since. This has made him particularly vulnerable to attacks from behind. He joined EGM as an intern following a brief-but-storied career on a number of small gaming blogs across the Internet. Find him on Twitter @jorshy