This week, we get into the real meat of January’s gaming releases with a something for everybody. Marvel’s superhero team get a blocky adventure, Final Fantasy gets a portable entry, and PC gamers finally get their hands on Lara Croft’s latest adventure.
Rise of the Tomb Raider (PC)
Release date: 28 January 2016
The Tomb Raider reboot was a refreshing take on the life and antics of a young Lara Croft, and injected some new blood into a somewhat dying franchise, and now PC gamers are finally getting the chance to play the previously Xbox One exclusive-only title. We saw Lara go from scared 20-something to becoming an artifact-hunting heroine in the first game, and Rise of the Tomb Raider will continues that journey, as Lara must now explore the most treacherous and remote regions of Siberia to find the secret of immortality before a ruthless organisation known as Trinity.
LEGO Marvel’s Avengers
Release date: 29 January 2016
The Lego games are always silly, light-hearted fun. Lego Marvel’s Avengers follows the plots of The Avengers films and their many tie-in movies, but the game also incorporates hundreds of iconic characters from across the Marvel universe. You can expect lots of Lego-inspired puzzles, platforming, and exploration as you play through the events of the films. From Sokovia to Tony Stark’s Miami mansion, Lego Avengers makes what’s old new — and hopefully even funnier in brick form.
Release date: 26 January 2016 (PS4)
The Witness is the next major game release from the man behind Braid. It’s a first-person puzzle game, where you’re on an island devoid of life but full of the remnants of life. There are puzzles strewn all over the place and a variety of structures you can explore, but what is the meaning of it all? That’s up for you to discover, often through audio diaries or environmental clues. The Witness is a quiet, smart game that’s full of secrets. We’ll finally have a chance to discover them when it launches this week for PlayStation 4 and PC.
This War of Mine: The Little Ones
Release date: 29 January (PS4, Xbox One)
This War of Mine: The Little Ones explores the hardships of wartime survival as seen from an entirely new perspective: that of a child.
Based on the award-winning This War of Mine: The Little Ones puts you in charge of a group of adults and children stuck in the middle of hell, trying to survive in a besieged city and struggling with lack of food, medicine and constant danger.
The question is: how far will you go to make it just one more day?
Rise of the Tomb Raider – Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch DLC
Release date: 26 January (Xbox One)
Lara is on a mission to find a missing man. The man disappeared in a forbidden forest deep in the wilds of Siberia. While searching for the man in the Wicked Vale, Lara stumbles upon something that once again she cannot explain. She feels the witch, Baba Yaga may be haunting the forbidden forest, and must discover the truth of this legend.
Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch, the latest expansion for Rise of the Tomb Raider adds hours of new gameplay and expands on the story of the original game. It’ll also bring new enemies, a new tomb, and a new outfit and bow.
Final Fantasy Explorers
Release date: 26 January (3DS)
Unlike narrative entries in the Final Fantasy series, Explorers takes a page from the Monster Hunter series with players taking on quests to progress through the game. The co-operative play of the game has three ally slots available to be filled by either other players or with monsters recruited through battle. Summons are also available, as is the ability to transform into classic characters from the Final Fantasy series through the Trance ability. This looks like a great addition to the portable Final Fantasy world.