As we head further into January, the gaming release schedule starts to heat up – and we have some interesting-looking games arriving this week, including the physics-bending Gravity Rush 2, along with some other exciting titles. Here’s what you need to know about the games releasing this week, 16-21 January 2017:
Gravity Rush 2
Release date: 20 January 2017 (PS4)
Gravity Rush can be a bit hard to explain at first — is it a game about a colourful girl who can fly? Sort of. The main protagonist can bend the laws of gravity to her will so that she’s never flying, just falling in a different direction at any given time; and the sequel, Gravity Rush 2, releases this week, but of course, there’s been some changes for the follow-up. For fans of the the original Gravity Rush, the biggest change in the sequel is the introduction of new gravity modes that shift how main character Kat controls and what combat moves she has access to. It’s an interesting and different type of action/adventure game that should appeal to those looking for a game with a new twist rather than the usual affair pf shooting and stabbing.
Release date: 20 January 2017 (Xbox One)
Last year, The Assembly made its way to PC and PS4 via PSVR. Although playable without a virtual reality headset, most tried this narrative-focused adventure title due to its VR capabilities, but it’s releasing on Xbox One this week with a non-VR mode. The game itself is a first-person interactive story, and centres around the Assembly, a collective of scientists, academics and engineers who have hidden themselves away from the world. In an unknown underground bunker, the Assembly conducts covert experiments and discovers shocking new truths outside of the constraints of government scrutiny and society’s morals. Explore the secrets that the Assembly is hiding through the perspectives of two characters, newcomer Madeleine Stone and experienced scientist Cal Pearson.
Dragon Quest 8: Journey of the Cursed King
Release date: 20 January 2017 (PS4)
Dragon Quest VIII was a remarkable entry in the Dragon Quest series when it first appeared on PlayStation 2 over a decade ago. It gave players a chance to experience an epic storyline with plenty of additional content after the game ended with memorable characters. The ports new updates include more story content, full voice acting, two additional playable characters, new side quests, StreetPass functionality and an alternate ending. There’s also a fast-forward feature to cut down on time spent in random battles, as well as a quick save option. If you haven’t played the PS2 classic then now is the perfect time to re-discover a gem.
RWBY: Grimm Eclipse
Release date: 20 January 2017 (PS4, Xbox One)
RWBY: Grimm Eclipse is a 4 player, online co-op, hack and slash game based upon Rooster Teeth’s international hit series RWBY. The fast paced, hack and slash gameplay takes inspiration from games such as Dynasty Warriors, combined with team play elements from Left 4 Dead, to create over-the-top, co-op combat along with engaging missions and storytelling.
Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star
Release date: 20 January 2017 (PS4, PS Vita)
Set after the events in the 2010 PSP dungeon crawler, this single-player action game puts you in the role of a “master” and lets you team up with a spirit “servant” to battle various enemies. The servants will be divided into eight classes, each featuring a different fighting style, including melee and magic abilities. The series has had an interesting take on historical and mythical characters, which gives the series such an inventive and creative universe, and it’s a great RPG series for fans of the genre to check out.
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