Next Week’s Big Game Releases: ‘Dying Light,’ and More

It’s been nearly a month since Christmas, which means you may have beaten all of the video games you found under the tree and might be in the market for something new. Next week brings several anticipated games, including a remake, a sequel, and the introductory episode to one of the more intriguing series of the year. Read on to see what games are coming out the week of January 26.

Source: Techland

Source: Techland

Dying Light

Releases January 27 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC

Do we really need another zombie game? If Dying Light is as good as it looks, then the answer is “absolutely.” This game takes place in a gorgeous open world that’s teeming with undead creatures that want nothing more than to feast on your delicious flesh.

One of the main twists here is that your character is something of an acrobat, so you can pull off lots of very cool parkour moves to navigate around the environment. On the flip side, although the zombies are lazy slowpokes during the day, they become much more nimble at night, going for your throat with savage intensity. Think 28 Days Later meets Mirror’s Edge.

The only potential cause for concern is that the publisher hasn’t sent out review copies yet, which could mean the it’s not confident that the game will get positive reviews. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Source: Double Fine Productions

Source: Double Fine Productions

Grim Fandango

Releases January 27 for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita

A remastered version of a classic point-and-click adventure game, Grim Fandango takes place in the afterlife and draws heavily on film noir for inspiration. The focus here is on talking to other characters and exploring the environments, so don’t expect tons of action — but that doesn’t take away from how great this game is.

You play as Manny Calavera, a travel agent who helps newly departed souls make their way through the Land of the Dead. But just like in The Maltese Falcon and On the Waterfront, things go sideways quickly, and you find yourself wrapped up in a complicated conspiracy you’ll have to untangle before the credits roll.

Source: Compile Heart

Source: Compile Heart

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation

Releases January 27 for PS Vita

The first game in this series came out last year to enough fanfare that a sequel was a sure thing. This game is a port of a PS3 role-playing game that’s set in the world of Gamindustri, where video game consoles and companies are represented by anime girls who also happen to be deities.

This sequel continues the fourth-wall-breaking saga where the first game left off. The world is in ruin, which means it’s your job to put it back together. It’s an oddball concept for a role-playing game, but it’s proved popular both in Japan and the West.

Source: Topware Interactive

Source: Topware Interactive

Raven’s Cry

Releases January 26 for PC

If it’s a pirate’s life for you, check out Raven’s Cry, a swashbuckling action game that takes place in the Caribbean in the 18th century. The game tells the story of a man out for vengeance after his family is murdered, which is far from original, but at least it gives you a reason to go out and impale a bunch of bad guys.

The combat fits with the setting, so you’ll send enemies to meet their maker by using swords, guns, and the freshly sharpened hook you have in place of a hand. The game has you traverse both land and sea, engaging in combat with other ships and meeting mysterious natives on the islands you discover. It sounds like it could be an interesting historical romp if they pull it off. There hasn’t been much buzz about this game, however, so look for reviews if it sounds interesting.

Source: Square Enix

Source: Square Enix

Life is Strange: Episode 1

Releases January 30 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC

With titles like Gone Home and The Walking Dead coming out in recent years, the very definition of the term “video game” has been expanding. Life is Strange follows a similar path, focusing on characters and story over gameplay.

In this game, which will roll out across five episodes, you play as a teenage girl with the ability to rewind time. The game gives you lots of choices to make, and each one leads to its own branching path — and usually unintended consequences. It looks like a good mix between a character-based drama and a sci-fi story set in modern times. Check this game out if you’re looking for something a little different.

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