Wednesday, May 9, 2018

January 2018 New Video Games To Watch For

It's well into May now and I am finally starting my monthly lists. First off, starting with video games and I will change the format a bit this time. I will be listing overall video games instead of just those released on PC as I now have three platforms for gaming (PC, 3DS & PS4).

"Street Fighter V Arcade Edition"
Genre - Fighting
Platform - Microsoft Windows, PS4

Street Fighter V is a fighting video game developed by Capcom and Dimps. The game was released in February 2016 for the PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows; a Linux version was announced for release in Spring 2016, but has not emerged. The game features cross-platform play between the PlayStation 4 and Windows versions.
Similar to the previous games in the Street Fighter series, Street Fighter V features a side-scrolling fighting gameplay system. The game also introduces the "V-Gauge", which builds as the player receives attacks and adds three new skills. The game features 16 characters at launch, with four of them being new to the series. A story mode and additional characters were added through updates and downloadable content.
On October 5, 2017, Capcom announced Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, for release on January 16, 2018 in United States and Japan and on 19 January 2018 in Europe. The game includes codes for all of the DLC characters from seasons 1 and 2, as well as new interface graphics, two new gameplay modes (Arcade Mode and Extra Battle Mode), one additional V-Trigger per character, and an new CG opening cinematic. The game is available both as a free downloadable update for owners of the original game, and a standalone retail game sold at a reduced price.

Genre - Action, Platformer
Platform - PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, macOS, Linux

Iconoclasts is an action platformer video game by the developer Joakim "Konjak" Sandberg and published by Bifrost Entertainment. Iconoclasts is a 2D platformer with Metroidvania elements. Gameplay involves a mixture of exploring, fighting enemies, and solving environmental puzzles using Robin's tools. The game has a plot that plays out as the player completes levels. The game places a lot of emphasis on boss battles, and there are well over twenty different bosses in the game.The game was released on January 23, 2018.

"Lost Sphear"
Genre - Role-Playing
Platform - Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows

Lost Sphear is a Japanese role-playing video game developed by Tokyo RPG Factory and published by Square Enix. The game is the second to be developed by Tokyo RPG Factory, and considered a spiritual successor to their first title, I Am Setsuna. The game features a retooled variant of the Active Time Battle system found in I Am Setsuna, Chrono Trigger, and older Final Fantasy titles. It released for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows in Japan in October 2017, and worldwide in January 2018.

Genre - Survival, Adventure
Platform - Microsoft Windows, macOS, Xbox One

Subnautica is a survival adventure game developed and published by Unknown Worlds Entertainment. It allows the player to freely explore the ocean on an alien planet, known as planet 4546B, collecting resources to survive. Subnautica was first released in early access for Microsoft Windows in December 2014, Mac OS X in June 2015, and for Xbox One in May 2016. The full release out of early access was in January 23, 2018 Exclusive for PC on Steam, with a version for the PlayStation 4 also planned for a later date.

Genre - Platformer
Platform -  Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, macOS, Linux

Celeste is a platforming video game by Canadian video game developers Matt Thorson and Noel Berry. The game was originally created as a prototype in four days during a game jam, and later expanded into a full release. Celeste is a platform game in which players control a girl named Madeline as she makes her way up a mountain while avoiding various deadly obstacles. Along with jumping and climbing up walls for a limited amount of time, Madeline has the ability to perform a mid-air dash in any direction. Celeste was released in January 25, 2018.

"Dragon Ball FighterZ"
Genre - Fighting
Platform - Microsoft Windows, PS4, Xbox One

Dragon Ball FighterZ is a 2.5D fighting game developed by Arc System Works and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. Based on the Dragon Ball franchise, it was released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows in most regions in January 26, 2018, and in Japan the following month. The gameplay is inspired by concepts from several other fighting games, namely the control scheme and team mechanics. Players each select three characters to form a team, from an initial roster of 24. One character is controlled and can be switched with one of the other characters at any time. Players can also call one of their other characters to perform an "Assist" move, allowing simultaneous attacks and combos with the entire team. All three of the opponent's characters must be defeated to win the game. 

"Monster Hunter: World"
Genre - Action Role-playing
Platform - PS4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows (to be released)

Monster Hunter: World is an action role-playing game developed and published by Capcom. A part of the Monster Hunter series, it was released worldwide for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in January 26, 2018, with a Microsoft Windows version being scheduled later in the year. In the game, the player takes the role of a Hunter, tasked to hunt down and either kill or trap monsters that roam in one of several environmental spaces. If successful, the player is rewarded through loot consisting of parts from the monster and other elements that are used to craft weapons and armor, amongst other equipment. The game's core loop has the player crafting appropriate gear to be able to hunt down more difficult monsters, which in turn provide parts that lead to more powerful gear. Players may hunt alone, or can hunt in cooperative groups of up to four players via the game's online services.

[ Wow, January was a huge month for fighting games, it seems. The much anticipated 'Arcade Edition' of Street Fighter V was released in January as well as 'Dragon Ball FighterZ', the fighting game for which the fans of 'Dragon Ball Franchise' have been waiting for a long time. It also features another big name in 'Monster Hunter: World' and also a few small scale yet quite enjoyable games too. ]   

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