New year, same old list. January tends to be the quietest month of the year in terms of releases, but there are still releases happening, which means this list must also exist. That being said, my number one pick is likely going to be my most anticipated game of the year. Well, no point in waiting around, let’s get into it…after the rules.
The game has to release on at least one major systems (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch). I do not count re-releases or remasters, but I may make an exception for remakes. One thing I do count is a game either entering or exiting Early Access, but that game can only be counted once. If a game has multiple release dates like Destiny 2 or GTA 5, then I will only count the earliest release date. The exception to that is if the game has a pre-order bonus of entering the game early, in which I will count its normal release date. Finally, it has to be a game, not a DLC. With the rules out of the way, here are my top five anticipated titles of January.
3. Cyber Shadow
Cyber Shadow is a retro 2D platformer by Mechanical Head Studios about a cybernetic ninja rescuing his clan. The only reason I am excited for this title isn’t because of who is developing the game but because of who is publishing it: Yacht Club Games, developers of Shovel Knight. I would’ve preferred Yacht Club trying out something new instead of sticking to retro platformers, but at the same time that is their bread-and-butter, so I ‘m expecting the same quality here even in the publishing role. Cyber Shadow will release on the 26th for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.
2. Everspace 2
Rockfish’s Everspace 2 is the spaceship shooter sequel to the first game about exploring the universe and trying to strike it rich. I’ve heard a lot of great things about the first game, and this game seems to take that and iterate on it in an interesting way. Instead of being a rogue-like like the first game, this game is more of an RPG with a crafted world. No matter what changes they made, I still want to check this game out because of the love surrounding the first game, and I will be able to when it releases sometime this month into early access for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
1. Hitman 3
Alright, now let’s get to the real business. The other two games are filler more than anything else, but IO Interactive’s Hitman 3 is quite the opposite. As a big fan of the first two games, this may be my most anticipated release of the year because I know this game is going to be similar to the first two, so I know what to expect. On top of that, the idea of having all of the levels and even all of my progression transferred over into one game is enough reason to put this into the number one spot. Hitman 3 will release on the 20th for all systems.
That is going to wrap up this list. There were a bunch of Q1 2021 releases, so I’m expecting some games that would’ve made this list to release this month as well. Thank you for reading, and tune in next month for another set of releases.