2015 is here, people, and with it comes some massive gaming releases to get us kickstarted for an epic year of gaming goodness.
Check out the five biggest releases hitting South African shelves this month:
Dying Light (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
30 January 2015
Techland is continuing its zombie hack-and-slash fighting from Dead Island with publisher WB. The title introduces parkour-style traversal and traps to the mix. It’s Mirror’s Edge meets Dead Rising.
You’ll have to use your skills and scavenging wisely though, because if you thought things were dangerous in the day, just wait until night falls.
Saints Row: Gat out of Hell (PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360)
Saints Row is back this year and with it comes some more chaos, gang-related craziness and some new additions to the already-bananas franchise.
This time, players control Johnny Gat or Kinzie Kensington in the open-world sandbox standalone sequel. Gat out of Hell shares many gameplay aspects with the previous installments, being primarily played as a third-person shooter scattered with quests, secondary objectives, and various collectibles. Superhuman abilities return from Saints Row IV, as Gat out of Hell introduces “angelic flight”, giving wings to the player.
Unlike past Saints Row games, players cannot customize the playable characters; however, by importing a Saints Row IV save, players can import their custom Boss character to replace the default Boss.
Resident Evil HD Remaster (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
Capcom is bringing back some old-school frights with the HD Remaster edition of Resident Evil, which is an updated and enhanced version of the original horror classic set for release on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC this month.
Resident Evil HD Remaster will feature full 1080p visuals as well as support for 5.1 surround sound audio.
Players will be able to pick between playing in the original 4:1 ratio or switching to 16:9. A classic control style, in addition to a style suited to modern games will be available to choose from.
Grim Fandango: Remastered (PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, PS Vita)
Tim Schafer’s cult classic Grim Fandango returns with a new coat of polish to its bony skeleton.
The game features new higher-resolution background textures, improved resolution for the character models as well as having real-time lighting models, and the ability to switch back and forth between this presentation and the original graphics at the touch of a control.
Grand Theft Auto V (PC)
And of course, what PC gamers have been waiting for finally arrives: GTA V. The Xbox One and PS4 gamers have been enjoying the boosted-up version of Rockstar’s masterpiece, but now it’s time for the mouse and keyboard enthusiasts to have their fun.
The developer has made some changes to 2013’s best-selling video game by introducing features like new weapons; vehicles and activities; additional wildlife; denser traffic; new foliage system; enhanced damage and weather effects, and more. The PC version of the GTA V also features 100 new songs and new DJ mixes across 17 in-game radio stations.