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Is there any game series out there with as bizarre an evolution as Resident Evil? Not for our money. Capcom’s survival horror games started off strong and reinvented themselves brilliantly with RE4, but they’ve struggled to be, well, scary in the sequels since. That’s a clear focus for Resident Evil 7 biohazard (yes, that’s how Capcom says we have to write it). The series is going back to basics in a big way, trading big action setpieces and lots of guns for intimate horror and a first-person viewpoint. This week, we’ll find out if the gamble paid off.

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:

Resident Evil 7 (January 24th)

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

Why we’re excited: Resident Evil 7 represents a fresh mix of classic Resident Evil and concepts cribbed from the new generation of indie horror games that taught us to scream again. What’s not to love? The early buzz: EGM’s own reviewmaster Ray Carsillo adored RE7, awarding it a 9.5 out of 10 in his review. Metacritic’s review average agrees it’s really good. Step into the nightmare: As a pretty nifty bonus for PS4 players, if you’ve got a PlayStation VR, you can play through the entire game in virtual reality.

Tales of Berseria

Tales of Berseria (January 24th on PS4, January 27th on PC)

Available for: PS4, PC
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Bandai Namco

Why we’re excited: The latest in Bandai Namco’s long-running series of JRPGs, Tales of Berseria flips the script by swapping out the standard hero’s journey for a revenge story with a demon-woman named Velvet in the starring role. The early buzz: EGM’s own Emma Schaefer gave Berseria a 7.0 out of 10, noting in her review that the game has “a fun premise and some great skits.” It’s at 79 out of 100 on Metacritic, too. Fashion crimes: Heroine Velvet’s outfit is a bit much. She’s the one in red and black in the above screenshot. We’re not sure if the caption is referring to her clothes, but it might as well be.

Yakuza 0

Yakuza 0 (January 24th)

Available for: PS4
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Sega

Why we’re excited: Gaming’s wackiest open-world action series, Yakuza, is finally going back to history’s wackiest decade, the 1980s. Since it’s a prequel, Yakuza 0 pares back some of the complex lore but keeps the silly antics of the copious side content intact. The early buzz: Plenty of reviews hit early, and the game is sitting pretty at an average of 85 out of 100 on MetacriticUh, don’t take our word for it: Listen, EGM’s Nick Plessas wasn’t a big fan of the game, as you can probably tell by his review. But it’s just one opinion among many (most of them positive), so don’t let it scare you off if you’re interested.
Also releasing this week:

January 24th

Cayne (PC, Mac, Linux)
Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek (PS4)
Heph (PC)
Hunter’s Legacy (PS4)
Kingdom Hearts HD II.8 Final Chapter Prologue (PS4)
Moto Racer 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Panty Party (PC)
Pineview Drive (PS4)
Resident Evil 7 biohazard (PS4, Xbox One, PC, PSVR)
The Sims 4: Vampires (PC, Mac)
Subterrain (PS4)
Tales of Berseria (PS4)
Tiles & Tales (PC)
Tracks of Triumph: Good Old Times (PC)
The Turing Test (PS4)
Yakuza 0 (PS4)

January 25th

Ellipsis (PC, Mac, Linux)
Firefighters 2017 — The Simulation (PS4)
High Noon Revolver (PC)
Memoranda (PC, Mac, Linux)
Puzzle Wishes (PC)
Super Pixel Smash (PC, Vive)
TowerFall Ascension (Xbox One)

January 26th

Akihabara – Feel the Rhythm (PC)
Arcade Archives NeoGeo World Heroes (PS4)
Candy, Please! (3DS)
Corona Blossom Vol.3 Journey to the Stars (PC)
For Honor closed beta (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
imprint-X (PC, Mac, Linux)
Lost Sector Online Europe (PC)
Mainlining (PC)
A Normal Lost Phone (PC)
Outrageous Grounds: The Maze (PC, Rift, Vive)
Rocketbirds 2: Evolution (PC)
Word Search 10K (3DS)

January 27th

Doodle God: Ultimate Edition (Xbox One)
Earthlock: Festival of Magic (PS4)
FormulaNext (PC)
Minos Strategos (PC, Mac, Linux)
My Super Tower 2 (PC, Mac, Linux)
Sakura Agent (PC)
Subterrain (Xbox One)
The Sun and Moon (Xbox One)
Tales of Berseria (PC)
TwelveSky 2 Classic (PC)

January 29th

Double Dragon IV (PS4)

January 30th

20something (PC, Linux)
Disgaea 2 (PC)
Double Dragon IV (PC)
HitBox (PC)
Learn Japanese To Survive! Katakana War (PC, Mac)
Samurai Sword VR (PC, Vive)
Wells (Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux)

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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 24th–30th

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 | 01/24/2017 11:45 AM PT

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Is there any game series out there with as bizarre an evolution as Resident Evil? Not for our money. Capcom’s survival horror games started off strong and reinvented themselves brilliantly with RE4, but they’ve struggled to be, well, scary in the sequels since. That’s a clear focus for Resident Evil 7 biohazard (yes, that’s how Capcom says we have to write it). The series is going back to basics in a big way, trading big action setpieces and lots of guns for intimate horror and a first-person viewpoint. This week, we’ll find out if the gamble paid off.

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:

Resident Evil 7 (January 24th)

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

Why we’re excited: Resident Evil 7 represents a fresh mix of classic Resident Evil and concepts cribbed from the new generation of indie horror games that taught us to scream again. What’s not to love? The early buzz: EGM’s own reviewmaster Ray Carsillo adored RE7, awarding it a 9.5 out of 10 in his review. Metacritic’s review average agrees it’s really good. Step into the nightmare: As a pretty nifty bonus for PS4 players, if you’ve got a PlayStation VR, you can play through the entire game in virtual reality.

Tales of Berseria

Tales of Berseria (January 24th on PS4, January 27th on PC)

Available for: PS4, PC
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Bandai Namco

Why we’re excited: The latest in Bandai Namco’s long-running series of JRPGs, Tales of Berseria flips the script by swapping out the standard hero’s journey for a revenge story with a demon-woman named Velvet in the starring role. The early buzz: EGM’s own Emma Schaefer gave Berseria a 7.0 out of 10, noting in her review that the game has “a fun premise and some great skits.” It’s at 79 out of 100 on Metacritic, too. Fashion crimes: Heroine Velvet’s outfit is a bit much. She’s the one in red and black in the above screenshot. We’re not sure if the caption is referring to her clothes, but it might as well be.

Yakuza 0

Yakuza 0 (January 24th)

Available for: PS4
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Sega

Why we’re excited: Gaming’s wackiest open-world action series, Yakuza, is finally going back to history’s wackiest decade, the 1980s. Since it’s a prequel, Yakuza 0 pares back some of the complex lore but keeps the silly antics of the copious side content intact. The early buzz: Plenty of reviews hit early, and the game is sitting pretty at an average of 85 out of 100 on MetacriticUh, don’t take our word for it: Listen, EGM’s Nick Plessas wasn’t a big fan of the game, as you can probably tell by his review. But it’s just one opinion among many (most of them positive), so don’t let it scare you off if you’re interested.
Also releasing this week:

January 24th

Cayne (PC, Mac, Linux)
Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek (PS4)
Heph (PC)
Hunter’s Legacy (PS4)
Kingdom Hearts HD II.8 Final Chapter Prologue (PS4)
Moto Racer 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Panty Party (PC)
Pineview Drive (PS4)
Resident Evil 7 biohazard (PS4, Xbox One, PC, PSVR)
The Sims 4: Vampires (PC, Mac)
Subterrain (PS4)
Tales of Berseria (PS4)
Tiles & Tales (PC)
Tracks of Triumph: Good Old Times (PC)
The Turing Test (PS4)
Yakuza 0 (PS4)

January 25th

Ellipsis (PC, Mac, Linux)
Firefighters 2017 — The Simulation (PS4)
High Noon Revolver (PC)
Memoranda (PC, Mac, Linux)
Puzzle Wishes (PC)
Super Pixel Smash (PC, Vive)
TowerFall Ascension (Xbox One)

January 26th

Akihabara – Feel the Rhythm (PC)
Arcade Archives NeoGeo World Heroes (PS4)
Candy, Please! (3DS)
Corona Blossom Vol.3 Journey to the Stars (PC)
For Honor closed beta (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
imprint-X (PC, Mac, Linux)
Lost Sector Online Europe (PC)
Mainlining (PC)
A Normal Lost Phone (PC)
Outrageous Grounds: The Maze (PC, Rift, Vive)
Rocketbirds 2: Evolution (PC)
Word Search 10K (3DS)

January 27th

Doodle God: Ultimate Edition (Xbox One)
Earthlock: Festival of Magic (PS4)
FormulaNext (PC)
Minos Strategos (PC, Mac, Linux)
My Super Tower 2 (PC, Mac, Linux)
Sakura Agent (PC)
Subterrain (Xbox One)
The Sun and Moon (Xbox One)
Tales of Berseria (PC)
TwelveSky 2 Classic (PC)

January 29th

Double Dragon IV (PS4)

January 30th

20something (PC, Linux)
Disgaea 2 (PC)
Double Dragon IV (PC)
HitBox (PC)
Learn Japanese To Survive! Katakana War (PC, Mac)
Samurai Sword VR (PC, Vive)
Wells (Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux)

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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