With 2023 in the rearview mirror, we can now look forward to a whole calendar year of new releases. January might seem a little light on marquee titles (comparatively to the past few months, at least), but there are a few games that are worth our attention, including the likes of a new Prince of Persia game, Tekken 8, The Last of Us Part II Remastered, Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, and much more. Let’s take a look at the best games to Play in Jan 2024
Best Games to Play in Jan 2024 across the PC, PS5 and Xbox
Momodora: Moonlight Farewell
Action, Adventure | PC | Jan 11
Picking up right after the events of Momodora III, Moonlit Farewell once again follows Momo, the High Priestess of the village of Koho, as she embarks on another dangerous mission to save her people from imminent destruction from a demon invasion. The game features gorgeous pixel art and animation, a focus on melee combat, a new revamped Sigil system to customize your play style, and a promise of a lore-packed world to explore.
Simulator | PC | Jan 11
In Radiance, the player assumes the role of a nuclear power plant employee who is tasked with avoiding a core meltdown. From finding, sorting and cleaning parts and checking for radiation to assembling and installing broken pipes and machinery and to even catching radioactive rats infesting the many sublevels, the player must use creative and efficient ways before the world goes kaput. While doing so, they will uncover the plant’s secret past and land on the opportunity to save the world.
Shooter | PC, Meta Quest, PSVR 2 | Jan 18
People Can Fly’s popular shooter, Bulletstorm, is getting a VR version, bringing a whole new dimension of chewing gum and kicking ass and running out of none of them. Players assume the role of Grayson Hunt, an exiled member of the elite assassin group Dead Echo, who gets stranded on the hostile world of Stygia and must plow through hordes of mutated creatures and skyscraper-sized beats by using as many BFGs as they can get their hands on. The VR version will introduce two brand new levels, capability to dual-wield Energy Blade weapons, and a new playable character in Trishka Novak.
Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown
Action Platformer | PC, PlayStation, Xbox | Jan 18
Prince of Persia is returning to its roots with a brand new 2.5D side-scrolling action platformer that has garnered positive previews since its announcement a few months back. As Sargon, the player must sharpen their sword-wielding skills as well as make use of the franchise’s staple time-warping powers to perform deadly combos, defeat time-corrupted enemies, solve tricky puzzles, and save the actual Prince of Persia while he is at it.
The Last of Us Part II Remastered
Action, Adventure | PS5 | Jan 19
PlayStation and Naughty Dog are remastering PS4’s The Last of Us Part II for the PS5, but the new edition promises to be much more than simply a facelift. Besides higher visual fidelity and support for the DualSense controller, the Remaster also offers No Return, a new roguelike mode; Lost Levels, which lets players explore early-development versions of three levels not featured in the original game; Guitar Free Play, which includes new instruments to play; a new Speedrun Mode; and a revamped Photo Mode with additions like dynamic lighting, Frame Forward, and Gaze Direction.
Platformer | PC, PS4, PS5, Switch | Jan 19
Inspired by classic SEGA games of the 90s like The Jungle Book, Aladdin and the Lion King, Demagog Studio’s The Cub follows the story of a small child who developed immunity to the hostility brought forth by the Great Ecological Catastrophe that hit Earth. As the small child, players must parkour through the remains of humanity, outwit evolved wildlife and dangerous hybrid flora, crack tricky puzzles, and outwit cunning humans in what seems like a twisted apocalyptic safari hunt.
Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth
RPG | PC, PlayStation, Xbox | Jan 24
Featuring both the main protagonist from the mainline and spin off Yakuza series, Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth will bring Ichiban Kasuga and Kazuma Kiryu together in yet another rambunctious and emotional tale that has been the main draw of the popular JRPG franchise. In addition to that, the game will also feature fast-paced RPG battles where environmental objects become your weapon, as well as more outlandish jobs and customizations to beef up your party and subdue enemies with over-the-top moves.
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy
Adventure | PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch | Jan 24
The game features a collection of three Ace Attorney games: 2008’s Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, 2013’s Dual Destinies, and 2016’s Spirit of Justice, making a neat little bundle for those who would want to jump into the popular series for the first time.
Fighting | PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S | Jan 26
Tekken 8 features an all-new narrative, completely redesigned visuals thanks to the Unreal Engine 5, and a new battle system called Heat that promises to “dial up the aggressive nature of battles”, the latest entry into the legendary franchise sounds like a good time for fans of the genre. And taking a leaf out Street Fighter 6, the game will also feature an Arcade Quest mode which will allow players to create their own unique avatar and battle their way through a variety of rivals across multiple arcades, providing the opportunity to experience a new storyline as well as master the basics of the new fighting system.
Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.