So 2022 has come. The gaming industry is still moving away from the holidays in January, so the new year starts very slowly.
This month we are going to have mainly ports: from PC to console, from consoles to PC, and from consoles to console. There are also a couple of new projects, but nothing outstanding.
A former Nintendo Switch exclusive, Monster Hunter Rise, will be released on Steam on January 12th . Owners of powerful enough PCs will be able to hunt monsters in 4K, with improved textures and higher frame rates.
On January 13, the console release of the tactical role-playing Battle Brothers should take place . The game was released on Steam back in 2017 and has managed to acquire a loyal fan base over the years, and now the owners of Xbox and PlayStation will be able to join it.
On the same day, the minimalist strategy Mushroom Wars 2 will reach consoles , where armies of mushroom kingdoms converge in short but fierce battles.
But the main port of the month (if not the year) will go on sale on January 14th: for the first time in history, the mighty Kratos will officially appear on the PC. Yes, almost four years after the original release on PlayStation 4, God of War will hit Steam. As it should be, the graphics were adjusted to the most top-end configurations, and the controls were adapted to the keyboard and mouse. The price tag, however, is solid, especially for a game four years ago: more than 3000 rubles.
On January 20, the first notable novelty of the month will be released – the long-suffering Rainbow Six: Evacuation , formerly known as Rainbow Six: Quarantine. This is a sci-fi spin-off of the series in which operatives will have to fight alien mutants. There are 12 cards to choose from, inhabited by various creatures, as well as 13 types of tasks.
The alien invasion will also have to be stopped in the isometric action movie Blackwind , which will appear on all current platforms on the same day. The protagonist got an experimental power armor, equipped not only with an advanced arsenal, but also with an assistant drone. It can be taken under control by both artificial intelligence and a cooperative partner.
Then, on January 20, the tactical role-playing game Expeditions: Rome will reach release. A rare case when the action RPG takes place in a strictly historical setting without any fantasy elements. You will play the role of a young legate who was forced to leave Rome after the death of his father and now must suppress the uprising of the Greeks. The developers promise a rich in details world, twisted plot and tangible consequences of each choice.
And on the 20th, the curious sports arcade Windjammers 2 will be released. In it, players are invited to roll discs in a small arena. But the trick is that each of the ten athletes has their own parameters of strength and speed of the throw, as well as their own unique techniques. In addition to the amusing mechanics, the game also boasts stylish hand-drawn graphics and a soundtrack in the style of arcade machines of the nineties.
On January 25, another turn-based RPG will see the light, but this time the most fantasy one: Reverie Knights Tactics. In it you have to break through hordes of orcs and goblins in order to liberate the elven city of Lenorien. Outwardly, all this resembles a much more optimistic version of The Banner Saga.
Hotel Life: A Resort Simulator should be released on January 27 on all current platforms.
As the name suggests, you will become the owner of the resort hotel. And you have to not only place bungalows and hire staff, but also personally do the dirty work: for example, paint the walls in the first person. The game is strictly contraindicated for those who have been trying unsuccessfully to get out to sea for a couple of years.
On January 28, Switch will receive a major exclusive: Pokémon Legends: Arceus . The new part will take players back to ancient times, when people and outlandish creatures lived in parallel, and no one even thought about any tournaments. Arceus will feature large maps fully open to exploration, crafting, and random encounters with aggressive wild monsters. And for the first time in 25 years, a Pokémon-branded game has been released without an alternative version.
And on the same day, Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection will appear on PS5 – a collection of the fourth part of the adventures of Nathan Drake and an independent add-on The Lost Legacy . Both adventures come with slightly improved graphics and higher frame rates. Owners of both games on PS4 will be allowed to upgrade with an additional payment of 700 rubles – and this is, in fact, half the cost of an entire trilogy of remasters from the same series.