January is already getting off to a good start, being jam-packed with some pretty impressive titles.
However, there are a few smaller games that shouldn’t be overlooked; here’s four we can’t wait to get our hands on:
January 21, 2016 (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
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. Now, however, the game is getting a physical release this January.
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.
This War of Mine: The Little Ones
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?
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 who are tasked with exploring the 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 for 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. We’re talking depression, fear and confidence playing a role in your dungeon crawl.
Resident Evil 0
19 January 2016 (PS4, Xbox One, 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 as well as underground below, and our protagonists must fight and survive to uncover the truth behind the outbreak.
This remaster of the Wii U title includes updated visuals, as well as new game modes that freshen the experience.