7 superb games to play this January

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games to play in january dragon ball z kakarot

A new year is upon us, and we all know what that means: cut-price mince pies, broken resolutions, and new games galore.

2020 is already shaping up to be an incredible year for gaming, with future classics such as Cyberpunk 2077 and The Last of Us Part II on the horizon, as well as the promise of PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X launching in the holiday season.

A new year is upon us, and we all know what that means: cut-price mince pies, broken resolutions, and new games galore.

2020 is already shaping up to be an incredible year for gaming, with future classics such as Cyberpunk 2077 and The Last of Us Part II on the horizon, as well as the promise of PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X launching in the holiday season.

But there’s still dozens and dozens of great games to play between now and then, including a smorgasbord of tantalisingly close titles due out in the next few weeks. Join us as we run through a selection of the games you’ll be playing as the month goes on.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

Play it on: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Out on: 17 January

Games to play in January Dragon Ball Z Kakarot

Sure, duking it out as Z Fighters has always been a spectacular thrill, but Kakarot goes one step further by letting you live the Dragon Ball lifestyle. Train, fly, and even eat with your favourite Dragon Ball Z characters as you grow in power.

Creed: Rise to Glory

Play it on: PS4
Out on: 17 January

games to play in january creed rise to glory

Ever wanted to reach into the screen and sock your rival in their repugnant mug? Now you can, thanks to the VR-powered pugilism of Creed: Rise to Glory. Strap on your PlayStation VR headset and punch your way to supremacy in this boxing epic that tracks your actual movements.

Rugby 20

Play it on: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Out on: 20 January

games to play in january rugby 20

Rugby. We all know it as the sport in which powerful men fight for the egg-shaped ball, but now you can experience the strategy and intensity of a match for yourself with Rugby 20. Play as the biggest and best teams in the world in a comprehensive single-player mode, or challenge your mates in online or local multiplayer.

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Play it on: PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Out on: 28 January

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You probably know Obsidian Entertainment as the developers of the superb Fallout: New Vegas and The Outer Worlds, but console players might not be so familiar with Pillars of Eternity, another Obsidian roleplaying series that’s been scooping up accolades since 2015. The superb second instalment is finally making its way to consoles – so clear your schedules, RPG fans.

Blair Witch

Play it on: PS4, Xbox One
Out on: 31 January

games to play in january blair witch

It’s 1996, and you’re in the middle of a forest. Frankly, that already sounds like a nightmare to us – no smartphones, no 4G, and there are probably bugs everywhere – but to make matters worse the woods are also extremely haunted. Can you hold onto your sanity as the horrors of the Blair Witch begin to reshape the very ground beneath your feet?

Monstrum

Play it on: PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Out on: 31 January

games to play in january monstrum

Survival horror games are already terrifying enough if you ask us, but the makers of Monstrum decided to cruelly up the ante by adding procedurally generated levels that change every time you play and the looming threat of permadeath to make your every session extra-scary. If you can outsmart your pursuer without collapsing into a whimpering heap, you’re braver than we are…

Journey to the Savage Planet

Play it on: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Out on: 31 January

games to play in january journey to the savage planet

Working for the 4th best aerospace company in the galaxy might seem like a cushy gig – you get to visit uncharted worlds, explore extraterrestrial environments, and catalogue entirely new lifeforms – but it’s actually far from easy. That’s why you’ll want to buddy up and bring a friend on this co-op adventure to chaotic alien world.

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