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The games of January 2013

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With a new year comes new promise, and this year's slate of games is no exception. Between the arrival of long-awaited titles like BioShock Infinite and Grand Theft Auto V, and the inevitable announcements for Sony and Microsoft's “next big things”, there's plenty to look out for in 2013. Leading the way are this month's selection of releases, including Ninja Theory's Devil May Cry reboot, Level 5's eye-catching Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the Witch King, a Hitman HD Trilogy, and extra goodies for Sim 3. Throw in new seasons for Kinext Sesame Street TV and Kinect Nat Geo TV, sprinkle some Anarchy Reigns, and you've got yourself a solid month.


Have a look at what to expect on shelves this January, and keep checking our continually updated reviews listing for our opinions on 2013's new arrivals...


January 7

Kinect Sesame Street TV – Season 2

Platform: Xbox 360 Kinect


Big Bird, Grover, Oscar the Grouch, and company return to the Kinect for another season of motion controlled family tomfoolery. Similar to the first batch of interactive programming, Kinect Sesame Street TV – Season 2 will cast players as visitors to the famous kids' street, where they will be give the chance to play games and perform tasks for many of its iconic residents. The new season will include 8, 30-minute episodes in total and can be purchased individually or as a group.


Kinect Nat Geo TV – Season 2

Platform: Xbox 360 Kinect


Want to see the world, but can't be bothered to leave your house? Lucky for you, National Geographic is releasing a whole new batch of Kinect Nat Geo TV episodes that will allow couch surfers the opportunity to experience the many wonders of the globe from the comfort (and safety) of their living room. The 8-episode season will be hosted by Brady Barr, renowned reptile guru and host of Nat Geo Wild's Dangerous Encounters. Like Kinect Sesame Street TV, the 30-minute studios will be offered a la carte, or all together as part of a season package. Happy hunting.


January 8

Anarchy Reigns

Platform: PS3, Xbox 360
EU: January 11


It only took six months, but Platinum Games' downloadable smash-em-up is finally hitting North American and European shores after debuting in Japan this July. Anarchy Reigns (aka Max Anarchy) stars a cast of outlandish brawlers, including fighters from the studio's MadWorld and Bayonetta series. In addition to beating on baddies in the solo campaign, players can take the fight online in the Battle Royale, Capture the Flag, Death Match, Tag Team, and Survival multiplayer modes. Still not sure what to expect from this crossover actioneer? Watch us
play an hour of the Japanese demo from earlier this year.


January 15

Chimpact

Platform: Nintendo DS

505 Games is set to port Yippee! Entertainment's monkey flinging app to Nintendo DS this month. Much like the game for iOS and Android devices, Chimpact will find DS owners tasked with using the handheld's touch controls to toss "Chuck" around jungle environments in search of his home, while collecting floating bananas and hidden gems along the way. New abilities and secret paths can also be used guide the lost simian back to his family, and each level contains extra challenges to keep players flinging back for more.


DmC (Devil May Cry)

Platform: PS3, Xbox 360 (PC: January 25)

 


We've been following Ninja Theory's Devil May Cry (DmC) reboot for a while, and now it's time to see if this alternate-reality take on Capcom's demon-slaying series can live up to the hype. DmC finds a younger, more punk-rock Dante fighting a hangover and massive demonic invasion in a twisted land called Limbo City. In addition to his trademark moves and combos, Dante will have the aid of an Angel Mode and Devil Mode that will gives him the ability to fight fast and furious or slow and stylish, respectively. Check out Dante's new look for yourself in our DmC video archive, or read our DmC hands-on look at 6 ways it will improve on the original series..


Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2

Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PS Vita
EU:
Jan 18


City Interactive returns to the battlefield for a follow up to its 2010 first-person shooter. In it, players will assume the role of Private Security Consultant Captain Cole Anderson as he takes aim at targets around the globe in locations including Burma, Tibet, and other exotic camping grounds. Taking its cues from the first game, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 will place a stronger emphasis on offering an “authentic, modern sniper experience” by doing away with the fast-paced action sequences of the first and including more in the way of realistic sniper physics, techniques, and scenarios. The action will also carry over online with intense sniper duels, offering an ideal deathmatch experience for the more methodical FPS fans.

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30 comments

  • FAT47ITY - January 17, 2013 9:18 a.m.

    I totally read Ni no Kuni as "wrath of the lich king"
  • ertywerty - January 14, 2013 6:40 p.m.

    Hopefully we'll see KH in 2013, although I still dont know WTF is going on in that series lol
  • dlam - January 14, 2013 2:14 p.m.

    dat Kinect Sesame Street picture xD
  • jackthemenace - January 7, 2013 9:46 a.m.

    Aww crap, too much is coming out this first quarter. Anarchy Reigns and DmC mean that £60 is gone within a week, and then there's Metal Gear Rising mid February. After that I'm still on the fence about Bioshock Infinite, and The Last of Us and... a couple others I can't think of right now... Mean that until June, I'll have basically no money whatsoever.
  • Shokino - January 5, 2013 5:30 p.m.

    Wow, I didn't think there were that many games coming out this month. Thanks!
  • THEBIGJ3 - January 2, 2013 8:34 a.m.

    Some serious separating of wheat from chaff will need to be done in January!
  • THEBIGJ3 - January 2, 2013 8:39 a.m.

    (Man I must be bored) Firstly, who IS Adam?? Secondly, I earn more than $7328 a month, I earn $7328.49! so what can you do for me??
  • tranke82 - January 1, 2013 8:55 p.m.

    Devil may cry is at his best don't u tink
  • Nettacki - January 4, 2013 1 p.m.

    Debatable. HIGHLY debatable. Many will, and have, said that people like you are misled and need a knock in the head to come back to reality.
  • Skate360 - January 5, 2013 12:28 p.m.

    In my opinion its the only best game in that list :)
  • chavbuster1 - January 1, 2013 7:24 p.m.

    It seems January is going to be rather dull, Halo 4 was a disappointment, Black ops if full of 1337 zZDr0psho77ing QuiCksc0p3rZz and Skyrim dlc isnt out until after the ps3 issures are fixed, so thats like summer! Im growing tired as a gamer, im going to do something productive and worth my time like learning how to juggle or become a pokemon trainer or some sh*t.
  • BladedFalcon - January 1, 2013 4:37 p.m.

    Gonna depend a lot on the actual reception of both games, but I'm keeping my eye on Ni No Kuni, and DmC. Anarchy Reigns does interest me... But first I doubt it'll be easy for me to get over here, and secondly, I don't know if it'll stand on it's own as a single player experience.
  • slimjim441 - January 1, 2013 4:12 p.m.

    Ni No Kuni, maybe DmC, and a bunch of shit that don't matter. You're next, Colonial Marines. I'll be waiting.
  • 7-D - January 1, 2013 3:55 p.m.

    Anarchy Reigns?.. Maybe, just maybe? Though February is when the real Platinum action of going to kick off and I cannot wait.
  • bass88 - January 1, 2013 3:29 p.m.

    I just picked up a copy of Hitman: HD Collection. As of writing I've shot six cops and four civilians. In hindsight, I should have waited to buy it when it came out. This armed robbery has turned into a fucking disaster.

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