2020 is going to be a game-changing year for video games and gamers alike. Not only are there several exciting releases debuting this year, but we’ll also see the beginning of the next generation of consoles. So to kick off the gaming year right, here are some titles we’re looking forward to playing this January!
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
I thought it couldn’t ever happen: a Dragon Ball Z game that wasn’t just a fighting game. But CyberConnect2 and Bandai Namco Entertainment have done it! The upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Kakrarot is an open-world action RPG. Finally, my plans to become a Super Saiyan and take over are about to come true. Fans of the series will recognize their favorite characters as well as battles truly iconic to the series. Not to mention, you can play as Vegeta and Trunks. I mean, that is worth all the money in the world, isn’t it?
Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE
What do you get when you blend Fire Emblem characters with Atlus‘ JRPG gameplay? Tokyo Mirage Session #FE! Tokyo has been plagued by hostile inter-dimensional creatures called Mirages. But you won’t be alone in your fight to save Tokyo! You’ll not only team up with other characters but also with other Mirages based on the characters from the Fire Emblem franchise. The gameplay is turn-based and blends the elemental weakness system from Atlus titles with the weapons weakness system of the Fire Emblem games. You can even build up chain link attacks that deal some devastating damage! And just for this Nintendo Switch release, there will be updated character outfits from Persona 5 AND Fire Emblem: Three Houses! I am a huge fan of both Atlus and Fire Emblem, and can’t wait to get my hands on this game!
Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE will be available on January 17th, 2020 for the Nintendo Switch.
Journey to the Savage Planet
I had the pleasure of demoing Typhoon Studios‘ Journey to the Savage Planet at E3 2019, and this game is an absolute blast. In this title, you are a corporate nobody, stranded on a planet, and it’s your mission to see if it is habitable. Likewise, Journey to the Savage Planet puts a hilarious spin on crafting and exploration games. Craft new items using the planet’s bizarre resources, consume strange new plants (that will PROBABLY not kill you), brutally interact with the planet’s wildlife, and more! What mysteries does this savage planet hold? It’s up to you to find out!
Journey to the Savage Planet will release on January 28th, 2020 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC through the Epic Games Store.
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
When Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire was released on the PC in May of 2018, gamers were excited about Obsidian Entertainment’s homage to 1990s-style isometric role-playing games (RPGs). And we were all equally ecstatic to learn at Gamescom 2019 that Obsidian and publisher Versus Evil would be bringing this fan-favorite swashbuckling fantasy RPG to consoles. The Deadfire Archipelago is a Caribbean-like playground, letting the player sail around and meddle in the affairs of various factions. Lance James (Head of Production at Versus Evil) shared the rewards and challenges of porting the game to consoles: “Every little nook and cranny has a little bit of life to it…So it has been challenging, rightfully so.” Both a Collector’s Edition and a Standard Edition will be available this month for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Both editions include the core game, plus all three story-driven DLC packs: Beast of Winter; Seeker, Slayer, Survivor; and The Forgotten Sanctum. If you missed out on this game during its initial PC release, these console versions are the perfect opportunity to splash into Pillars of Eternity!
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire will be available on January 28th, 2020 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC through the Epic Games Store.
2020 is just getting started, and January has already set the bar for great games! Likewise, if you’re an RPG fan (like me), you’ve got a lot of awesome games to play! What titles are you looking forward to playing this month? Did they make our list? Let us know in the comments below or on social media!