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The Most Anticipated Games of January 2019

VO: Adrian Sousa WRITTEN BY: Nick Spake
The best and most anticipated games coming out in January!

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If you got any gift cards for Christmas, we have some recommendations on how to spend them. Welcome to MojoPlays and today we’ll be taking a look at our Most Anticipated Games of January 2019.

January is often seen as a slow month for gaming, with very few releases. And while this is a small list; What is coming out is worth paying attention for. Hopefully these will kick off another great year for gaming.

#6: “Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition”

Release Date: January 11, 2019

If you missed out on “Tales of Versperia” when it was released on Xbox 360 in 2008, the “Definitive Edition” is the ideal way to catch up. This upcoming remaster is based on an expanded version that was released on PS3 that was never released outside of Japan. While also featuring upscaled graphics and the option to use either English or Japanese voice tracks for the hardcore anime fans out there. But playing in English is also worth play in considering it was one of voice actor: Troy Baker’s earliest yet acclaimed performances as protagonist Yuri Lowell. So it’s worth checking out even if you’re not a JRPG fan.

#5: “Onimusha: Warlords”
Release Date: January 15, 2019

“Onimusha: Warlords” was one of the most successful games on the PS2, becoming the console’s first title to sell one million units, that’. In addition it also ended up being the precursor to “Devil May Cry” and it’s easy to see why. For some reason, though, the franchise hasn’t been touched since 2006. While it might not be a new adventure, this remaster will give fans a chance to revisit the original hack and slash classic. If you’ve never had the pleasure of playing as Samanosuke, or you need an appetizer to get ready for “Devil May Cry V” in March; you’re in store for an epic journey full of samurais, ninjas, and a princess in need of rescuing.

#4: “Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes”

Release Date: January 18, 2019

“Travis Strikes Again” takes its title quite literally, as the gameplay largely revolves around Travis Touchdown striking his opponents again. It’s also worth noting that the game isn’t called “No More Heroes 3” because director Goichi Suda views it less as a direct sequel and more as a new beginning. While maintaining many of the core elements from the previous two games that were released on the Wii, this Switch title is also shaking things up a bit. For starters, it’s shifting to a top-down perspective and introduces two-player co-op. And just when you thought the series couldn’t get more meta, the story takes Travis inside multiple games to destroy bugs and the forth wall.

#3: “Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown”
Release Date: January 18, 2019

As one of the most iconic Flight Combat franchises of all time, The “Ace Combat” series arguably hit its peak in the 4th iteration “Shattered Skies”. But the series hasn’t seen a retail release since 2011, with the “Assault Horizon” spinoff; which took the series in a more gritty direction, and a free-to-play game that shut down in 2018. “Ace Combat 7” looks like a return to form, however, showcasing the most realistic graphics the franchise has ever seen and an immersive, modern setting. We’re particularly interested in the PlayStation VR missions, which could bring the aerial dogfights to whole new heights. And fans of the series may notice a very familiar call sign. (0:22 “Prioritize Mobius One”)

#2: “Resident Evil 2”
Release Date: January 25, 2019

Holy Moley, now this is how you do a remake. While the 1998 classic remains a highlight of the survival horror franchise, it’s definitely dated; as the old school style tank controls certainly won’t resonate well today. Considering that the game will take on the over-the-shoulder perspective of “Resident Evil 4” and use the same engine as “Resident Evil 7,” it’s hard to imagine this being anything less than the ultimate edition, because it’s not only is the perspective being reworked, but so is the enemy A.I., the Story, even the acting performances seem fantastic, which is especially incredible considering it’s a Japanese production. For fans of the genre and series, this game looks to be a must play.

#1: “Kingdom Hearts III”
Release Date: January 29, 2019

If you’re a fan of this RPG franchise, you’ll notice the irony in the fact that there’s a gap between the releases of “Kingdom Hears II” and “III” of roughly 13 years. After numerous tie-in games and compilations spread over multiple console generations, Square Enix is FINALLY giving fans the sequel they’ve been asking for. In addition to worlds based on modern Disney classics like “Tangled,” “Frozen,” and “Big Hero 6,” “Kingdom Hearts III” is also bringing Pixar into the mix with characters from “Toy Story” and “Monsters, Inc.” While there are still a few other properties we’re hoping to eventually see, this should be the biggest Disney crossover since… well, Ralph broke the internet.

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