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The biggest new games out this week: January 23rd-29th


 

After a few weeks so slow we couldn’t even scrounge up three noteworthy games for this post, we’re finally back with a week that warrants highlighting. With the arrival of Monster Hunter: World and Dragon Ball FighterZ, the winter gaming drought has officially come to a close. We’ve awoken from hibernation, exited the cave, and started putting our heads together on all the dumb jokes we’re going to slip into these posts for the rest of the year. You’ve been warned.

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.

Monster Hunter: World (January 26th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom

Why we’re excited: In the West, Monster Hunter has been largely relegated to handheld releases, and even those have been sporadic. Monster Hunter: World is clearly Capcom’s effort to change that, with a launch on Xbox One and PS4 and a simultaneously worldwide release. The extra investment looks to have paid off, and even members of the EGM Crew who’ve never touched the series are interested in giving it a go.
The early buzz: All reviews are embargoed for a little while longer still, but we asked EGM reviewer Michael Goroff to give us a taste of what to expect. He called it “a deep, addictive, sometimes challenging action RPG with a lush, imaginative world and a ton of charm.” Sounds like he didn’t hate it! Check back in Thursday, January 25th, to read his full thoughts on the game.
PC Monster Race: If you were hoping to play Monster Hunter: World on your souped up rig, we’ve got some bad news. The game won’t be out on PC until fall 2018, ostensibly to make sure everything is properly optimized and matchmaking is up to snuff.

Dragon Ball FighterZ (January 26th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Arc System Works

Why we’re excited: Arc System Works has perfected fighting game graphics that look ripped straight from an anime, and no anime perfected ridiculous, over-the-top fights quite like Dragon Ball Z. In that sense, Dragon Ball FighterZ is pretty much a match made in Tengoku. With mechanics that borrow from the Marvel vs. Capcom series and a huge roster of characters, it looks like a must-play for Dragon Ball fans.
The early buzz: Early reviews for FighterZ have been quite strong. EGM’s Evan Slead gave the game a 9.0 in his review, and Metacritic is right there with him. The Xbox One version sits at an 89 out of 100 average, while the PS4 version is at 88. No reviews yet on PC, though.
Hate machine: FighterZ‘s main villain is Android 21, an original character designed by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama just for the game. Neither Toriyama nor Bandai Namco have yet to respond to repeated submissions of EGM’s original character, Android 420.

Celeste (January 25th)

Available for: PS4, Switch, PC, Mac
Publisher: Matt Makes Games Inc.
Developer: Matt Makes Games Inc.

Why we’re excited: Wunderkind Matt Thorson already gave us TowerFall: Ascension, one of the most simple yet ridiculously fun games of this console generation. We’re pretty much here for whatever he has to offer, now and offer. This time, he’s offering Celeste, a tough-as-nails platformer about a young woman climbing a mountain.
The early buzz: Reviews aren’t live yet, but if you want to get a feel for the game, we recommend watching Kotaku’s lengthy gameplay video, which features live commentary from Thorson as Professional Video Game Expert Tim Rogers plays through the first two hours or so. It’ll definitely sell you on the game.
Mistaken identity: Celeste‘s title actually doesn’t refer to its main character. Her name is Madeline. Celeste is the mountain (based off a real one in Canada). Still, you can bet that in the grand tradition of Metroid, Zelda, and Halo, people are totally still going to call her Celeste.

Also releasing this week:

January 23rd

AltCoin (PC)
The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human (PS4)
Assassin’s Creed Origins: The Hidden Ones DLC (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Ballz: Farm (PC)
Batman: The Enemy Within
    Episode Four – “What Ails You” (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, iOS, Android)
Bug Invaders (PC, Vive)
Chilie Peppers (PC, Mac)
Copierre (PC)
Crazy Pirate (PC)
Endlessness (PC)
Guinea-Pig (PC)
Hiro’s Forest Rumble (PC)
Iconoclasts (PS4, Vita, PC, Mac, Linux)
The Inpatient (PS4, PSVR)
Lost Sphear (PS4, Switch, PC)
Missing Road (PC)
My Time At Portia Early Access (PC)
Nostradamus – The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (PC, Mac)
OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
One Night on the Road (PC)
Rail Recon (PC)
Season’s Beatings (PC, Mac, Linux)
Shu (Switch)
Staxel Early Access (PC)
Steel Eagle (PC)
Subnautica (PC, Mac)
Super Slime Arena (PC, Mac, Linux)
Tile Typer (PC)
Total War: Warhammer II Rise of the Tomb Kings DLC (PC)
Unveloped (PC)
Wangan Warrior X (PC)
Woahds! (PC)

January 24th

Achievement Lurker: We Give Up! (PC)
Alan: Rift Breakers (PC)
Critical Mess (PC, Mac)
Delete (PC)
The Great One Hand Challenge (PC, Mac, Linux)
Infinity Escape (PC, Mac, Linux)
Jambo (PC)
Kakusankibou (PC)
Kenshō (PC, Mac, Linux)
Legrand Legacy: Tale of the Fatebounds (PC)
Loa: Me And Angel (PC)
Lowpoly Hero (PC)
Night Fly (PC)
Papich – The Game Ep.1 (PC)
Please Close the Doors (PC)
Puzzle of Santa Girl VR (PC, Vive)
Trivia Vault: Health Trivia Deluxe (PC)
Tsukumohime (PC)
Unstoppable Hamster (PC)
Wild Turkey Hunter (PS4)
Wildlife Park Gold Reloaded (PC, Mac)
Xuan Yuan Sword: The Gate of Firmament Xbox One
Zwei: The Arges Adventures (PC)

January 25th

Abstractism (PC)
Aim Trainer Pro (PC)
Amazing Trivia (PC)
Atomik: RunGunJumpGun (Switch)
The Beanstalk (PC, Vive)
Bitcoin Highway (PC)
Car Puzzler (PC, Mac, Linux)
Celeste (PS4, Switch, PC, Mac)
Clark | Hoova VR (PC, Vive)
Defend the Planet (PC)
Dust and Salt (PC, Mac)
Dustoff Heli Rescue 2 (Switch)
Endless Space 2: The Vaulters expansion (PC, Mac)
Floresia I: Intemporel (PC)
Gimbal Gravity (PC, Mac, Linux)
Guns and Notes (PC, Rift, Vive)
Laws of Machine (PS4)
Little Adventurer III (PC)
Midnight Quest (PC)
The Mind’s Eclipse (PC, Mac, Linux)
Murazu (PC)
Scary New Year (PC, Mac, Linux)
Shalnor Legends: Sacred Lands (PC)
Strikers 1945 II (Switch)
Super One More Jump (Switch)
Tachyon Project (Switch)
Tank 51 (PC)
Trials of The Illuminati: Assorted Jigsaws (PC)
Zero Gunner 2 (Switch)
Zig Zag Go (3DS)
Zombie Derby 2 (PC)

January 26th

New Nintendo 2DS XL Pikachu Edition
Achievement Clicker 2018 (PC)
Angelo Skate Away (PC)
Animals Memory: Insect (PC)
The Apartment (PC)
Celeste (Xbox One)
Clumsy Knights: Threats of Dragon (PC, Mac)
Creatio Ex Nihilo: Aition (PC)
Cyberpunk Arena (PC)
cyubeVR Early Access (PC, Rift, Vive)
Dragon Ball FighterZ (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Drift Zone (Xbox One)
Fruit Attacks VR Early Access (PC, Vive)
Hill Quest (PC, Mac, Linux)
In Between Games (PC)
Kicking Kittens: Putin Saves The World (PC)
Later On (PC)
Light of the Mountain (PC)
Monobeno (PC)
Monster Hunter: World (PS4, Xbox One)
My Life as a Maiden (PC)
Ninja Tycoon (PC, Mac, Linux)
Opus 1 – Social Justice War (PC, Linux)
Pokémon Crystal (3DS)
Polyventure (PC, Mac, Linux)
Psychedelic Platformer (PC)
Puke Simulator (PC)
Railway Empire (PC, Linux)
Soul for Two (PC)
Stratego Multiplayer (PC)
Survival Space: Unlimited Shooting (PC)
Tesla vs Lovecraft (PC, Mac, Linux)
Tunnels of Despair (PC)
Ultimate Spider Hero (PC, Mac, Linux)
Walhall (PC)

January 27th

Squares (PC)

January 28th

Food Monster and Animals Memory Match (PC)
Stick Adventures: Wizard Madness Chapter 1 (PC)

January 29th

Click and Fight (PC, Linux)
The Departure (PC)
Draft Day Sports: Pro Football 2018 (PC)
Escape (PC, Mac)
Fen: Prologue (PC)
Forbidden Clicker Party (PC, Mac)
Frontier Pilot Simulator Early Access (PC, Mac, Linux)
Ground Runner: Trials Early Access (PC, Vive)
Hollow Throne (PC)
Horse Riding Deluxe (PC)
The Master (PC)
The Orion Suns (PC)
Running King (PC)
SOS Early Access (PC)
SURV1V3 Early Access (PC)

The biggest new games out this week: January 23rd-29th

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

By EGM Staff | 01/23/2018 03:45 PM PT

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After a few weeks so slow we couldn’t even scrounge up three noteworthy games for this post, we’re finally back with a week that warrants highlighting. With the arrival of Monster Hunter: World and Dragon Ball FighterZ, the winter gaming drought has officially come to a close. We’ve awoken from hibernation, exited the cave, and started putting our heads together on all the dumb jokes we’re going to slip into these posts for the rest of the year. You’ve been warned.

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.

Monster Hunter: World (January 26th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom

Why we’re excited: In the West, Monster Hunter has been largely relegated to handheld releases, and even those have been sporadic. Monster Hunter: World is clearly Capcom’s effort to change that, with a launch on Xbox One and PS4 and a simultaneously worldwide release. The extra investment looks to have paid off, and even members of the EGM Crew who’ve never touched the series are interested in giving it a go.
The early buzz: All reviews are embargoed for a little while longer still, but we asked EGM reviewer Michael Goroff to give us a taste of what to expect. He called it “a deep, addictive, sometimes challenging action RPG with a lush, imaginative world and a ton of charm.” Sounds like he didn’t hate it! Check back in Thursday, January 25th, to read his full thoughts on the game.
PC Monster Race: If you were hoping to play Monster Hunter: World on your souped up rig, we’ve got some bad news. The game won’t be out on PC until fall 2018, ostensibly to make sure everything is properly optimized and matchmaking is up to snuff.

Dragon Ball FighterZ (January 26th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Arc System Works

Why we’re excited: Arc System Works has perfected fighting game graphics that look ripped straight from an anime, and no anime perfected ridiculous, over-the-top fights quite like Dragon Ball Z. In that sense, Dragon Ball FighterZ is pretty much a match made in Tengoku. With mechanics that borrow from the Marvel vs. Capcom series and a huge roster of characters, it looks like a must-play for Dragon Ball fans.
The early buzz: Early reviews for FighterZ have been quite strong. EGM’s Evan Slead gave the game a 9.0 in his review, and Metacritic is right there with him. The Xbox One version sits at an 89 out of 100 average, while the PS4 version is at 88. No reviews yet on PC, though.
Hate machine: FighterZ‘s main villain is Android 21, an original character designed by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama just for the game. Neither Toriyama nor Bandai Namco have yet to respond to repeated submissions of EGM’s original character, Android 420.

Celeste (January 25th)

Available for: PS4, Switch, PC, Mac
Publisher: Matt Makes Games Inc.
Developer: Matt Makes Games Inc.

Why we’re excited: Wunderkind Matt Thorson already gave us TowerFall: Ascension, one of the most simple yet ridiculously fun games of this console generation. We’re pretty much here for whatever he has to offer, now and offer. This time, he’s offering Celeste, a tough-as-nails platformer about a young woman climbing a mountain.
The early buzz: Reviews aren’t live yet, but if you want to get a feel for the game, we recommend watching Kotaku’s lengthy gameplay video, which features live commentary from Thorson as Professional Video Game Expert Tim Rogers plays through the first two hours or so. It’ll definitely sell you on the game.
Mistaken identity: Celeste‘s title actually doesn’t refer to its main character. Her name is Madeline. Celeste is the mountain (based off a real one in Canada). Still, you can bet that in the grand tradition of Metroid, Zelda, and Halo, people are totally still going to call her Celeste.

Also releasing this week:

January 23rd

AltCoin (PC)
The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human (PS4)
Assassin’s Creed Origins: The Hidden Ones DLC (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Ballz: Farm (PC)
Batman: The Enemy Within
    Episode Four – “What Ails You” (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, iOS, Android)
Bug Invaders (PC, Vive)
Chilie Peppers (PC, Mac)
Copierre (PC)
Crazy Pirate (PC)
Endlessness (PC)
Guinea-Pig (PC)
Hiro’s Forest Rumble (PC)
Iconoclasts (PS4, Vita, PC, Mac, Linux)
The Inpatient (PS4, PSVR)
Lost Sphear (PS4, Switch, PC)
Missing Road (PC)
My Time At Portia Early Access (PC)
Nostradamus – The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (PC, Mac)
OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
One Night on the Road (PC)
Rail Recon (PC)
Season’s Beatings (PC, Mac, Linux)
Shu (Switch)
Staxel Early Access (PC)
Steel Eagle (PC)
Subnautica (PC, Mac)
Super Slime Arena (PC, Mac, Linux)
Tile Typer (PC)
Total War: Warhammer II Rise of the Tomb Kings DLC (PC)
Unveloped (PC)
Wangan Warrior X (PC)
Woahds! (PC)

January 24th

Achievement Lurker: We Give Up! (PC)
Alan: Rift Breakers (PC)
Critical Mess (PC, Mac)
Delete (PC)
The Great One Hand Challenge (PC, Mac, Linux)
Infinity Escape (PC, Mac, Linux)
Jambo (PC)
Kakusankibou (PC)
Kenshō (PC, Mac, Linux)
Legrand Legacy: Tale of the Fatebounds (PC)
Loa: Me And Angel (PC)
Lowpoly Hero (PC)
Night Fly (PC)
Papich – The Game Ep.1 (PC)
Please Close the Doors (PC)
Puzzle of Santa Girl VR (PC, Vive)
Trivia Vault: Health Trivia Deluxe (PC)
Tsukumohime (PC)
Unstoppable Hamster (PC)
Wild Turkey Hunter (PS4)
Wildlife Park Gold Reloaded (PC, Mac)
Xuan Yuan Sword: The Gate of Firmament Xbox One
Zwei: The Arges Adventures (PC)

January 25th

Abstractism (PC)
Aim Trainer Pro (PC)
Amazing Trivia (PC)
Atomik: RunGunJumpGun (Switch)
The Beanstalk (PC, Vive)
Bitcoin Highway (PC)
Car Puzzler (PC, Mac, Linux)
Celeste (PS4, Switch, PC, Mac)
Clark | Hoova VR (PC, Vive)
Defend the Planet (PC)
Dust and Salt (PC, Mac)
Dustoff Heli Rescue 2 (Switch)
Endless Space 2: The Vaulters expansion (PC, Mac)
Floresia I: Intemporel (PC)
Gimbal Gravity (PC, Mac, Linux)
Guns and Notes (PC, Rift, Vive)
Laws of Machine (PS4)
Little Adventurer III (PC)
Midnight Quest (PC)
The Mind’s Eclipse (PC, Mac, Linux)
Murazu (PC)
Scary New Year (PC, Mac, Linux)
Shalnor Legends: Sacred Lands (PC)
Strikers 1945 II (Switch)
Super One More Jump (Switch)
Tachyon Project (Switch)
Tank 51 (PC)
Trials of The Illuminati: Assorted Jigsaws (PC)
Zero Gunner 2 (Switch)
Zig Zag Go (3DS)
Zombie Derby 2 (PC)

January 26th

New Nintendo 2DS XL Pikachu Edition
Achievement Clicker 2018 (PC)
Angelo Skate Away (PC)
Animals Memory: Insect (PC)
The Apartment (PC)
Celeste (Xbox One)
Clumsy Knights: Threats of Dragon (PC, Mac)
Creatio Ex Nihilo: Aition (PC)
Cyberpunk Arena (PC)
cyubeVR Early Access (PC, Rift, Vive)
Dragon Ball FighterZ (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Drift Zone (Xbox One)
Fruit Attacks VR Early Access (PC, Vive)
Hill Quest (PC, Mac, Linux)
In Between Games (PC)
Kicking Kittens: Putin Saves The World (PC)
Later On (PC)
Light of the Mountain (PC)
Monobeno (PC)
Monster Hunter: World (PS4, Xbox One)
My Life as a Maiden (PC)
Ninja Tycoon (PC, Mac, Linux)
Opus 1 – Social Justice War (PC, Linux)
Pokémon Crystal (3DS)
Polyventure (PC, Mac, Linux)
Psychedelic Platformer (PC)
Puke Simulator (PC)
Railway Empire (PC, Linux)
Soul for Two (PC)
Stratego Multiplayer (PC)
Survival Space: Unlimited Shooting (PC)
Tesla vs Lovecraft (PC, Mac, Linux)
Tunnels of Despair (PC)
Ultimate Spider Hero (PC, Mac, Linux)
Walhall (PC)

January 27th

Squares (PC)

January 28th

Food Monster and Animals Memory Match (PC)
Stick Adventures: Wizard Madness Chapter 1 (PC)

January 29th

Click and Fight (PC, Linux)
The Departure (PC)
Draft Day Sports: Pro Football 2018 (PC)
Escape (PC, Mac)
Fen: Prologue (PC)
Forbidden Clicker Party (PC, Mac)
Frontier Pilot Simulator Early Access (PC, Mac, Linux)
Ground Runner: Trials Early Access (PC, Vive)
Hollow Throne (PC)
Horse Riding Deluxe (PC)
The Master (PC)
The Orion Suns (PC)
Running King (PC)
SOS Early Access (PC)
SURV1V3 Early Access (PC)

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