January is moving right along as we get fully into 2016. As time marches on, we have new video game releases to check out. This week features a mix of intriguing smaller games and a couple of ports worth revisiting.
This week, we see the return of the granddad of horror franchises, a stunning episodic adventure game series, and a whole lot more, including a familiar Italian plumber.
Resident Evil 0
19 January 2016 (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
Resident Evil 0 is a prequel to the classic Resident Evil game that follows Rebecca and Billy on their misadventures through the hellhole that is Raccoon City. Mutant experiments and undead citizens haunt the city streets and underground, and our protagonists must fight and survive to uncover the truth behind the outbreak. This remaster includes updated visuals, as well as new game modes that freshen the experience.
19 January 2016 (PC)
Darkest Dungeon is a roguelike, dungeon crawler video game created by indie game developer Red Hook Studios. The game has the player manage a roster of heroes to explore dungeons below a gothic mansion the player has inherited. Played out in a mix of real-time movement and turn-based combat, a core feature of Darkest Dungeon is the stress level of each hero that increases with further exploration and combat; a character sustaining a high stress level may gain afflictions that will hamper, or possibly enhance, their performance as an explorer.
The Deadly Tower of Monsters
19 January 2016 (PC, PS4)
The Deadly Tower of Monsters is a homage to wonderfully low budget B movies of the 70s. Both its presentation with VHS and DVD filters and creature designs that’d make the likes of Quentin Tarantino and George Romero swoon. The game also comes complete with a director’s commentary from the game’s film’s fake director, Dan Smith. Players will experience a good amount of verticality in the gameplay as they climb the tower with the ability to fall off to discover new locations and secrets.
21 January 2016 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
While the Wii U isn’t necessarily known for its mature games, one of the standout titles was the gory survival horror, ZombiU, which released during its launch period. The game was ported to PC, Xbox One, and PS4 (albeit with some slight visual and feature enhancements) but was only available via digital download, but now the game is getting a physical release this week. In Zombi, you have to battle through a hellish London overrun by a zombie apocalypse, using nothing else but some melee weapons, a handful of guns, and a crafting system to survive.
Resident Evil Origins Collection
22 January 2016 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
The Origins Collection takes all of the hot and steamy eye action we can anticipate from Resident Evil 0 HD and bundles it together with last year’s excellent remaster of the Resident Evil remake. Both games now have high-resolution textures that have been created from scratch, including 1080p support on next-gen consoles, while still preserving the classic appearance of the original releases.
Life Is Strange
22 January 2016 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Life is Strange is a five part episodic game that sets out to revolutionise story-based choice and consequence games by allowing the player to rewind time and affect the past, present and future. It’s taken in some good reviews and should be on your radar this week. You play as Max, a photography senior who saves her old friend Chloe by discovering she can rewind time. The pair soon find themselves exposed to the darker side of Arcadia Bay, having uncovered the disturbing truth behind the sudden disappearance of a fellow student.
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
22 January 2016 (3DS)
In Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, the iconic Mario Bros. encounters Paper Mario, and the trio join forces to save the day. Paper Mario is a resourceful ally who can copy himself, fold into various paper craft shapes, slip into cracks, and help the Mario Bros. on their journey to defeat Bowser. Paper Mario also lends a hand in combat, introducing his own paper-style attacks to the turn-based coop action of the Mario & Luigi series.