There are so many games right now. This is awesome because it is impossible to run out of options to play. But this is also overwhelming because there are just so many games out there, so you can’t finish everything. So I’m going to help make things a little easier by making some suggestions of what you could try out in January 2021.

New Games

We get to see a big return of a cult favorite in January. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game will be returning, complete with DLC, after being removed from all digital platforms several years ago. Now those who missed out on this arcade brawler (like me) can get a chance to try again. Scott Pilgrim will return on January 14th for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

Then the big release for January is Hitman 3. It’s the continuation of the last two Hitman games. You’ll get to play as a hitman with a slew of different assassination techniques and weapons. This game looks to be an absolute blast. It will be available on January 20th for Xbox One, Xbox series X/S, PS4, PS5, and PC.

What I’m Playing

I don’t actually know what I’m playing now. I just ran through a bunch of super short games, so I’m looking to sink my teeth into something a little longer. I’m trying to decide between Super Mario Odyssey, Ghost of Tsushima, Death Stranding, Wolfenstein, No More Heroes 2, or Persona 5. Basically, I’m not good at making big decisions and those all look really good.

Free Games

On Xbox, with a Gold subscription, you’ll get access to Little Nightmares (1/1-1/31), Dead Rising (1/16-2/15), King of Fighters XIII (1/1-1/15) and Breakdown (1/16-1/31)

On PlayStation plus, you get access to Maneater on PS5, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and GreedFall on ps4. (from 1/5-2/1)

My Monthly Recommendation

I’ve played a lot of action games, shooters, adventure games, and puzzle games lately. I’ve been wanting a change of pace, I want to play some role-playing games. So I figured I would recommend some quality RPGs.

Let’s start with my childhood, in Pokemon. The newest releases, Pokemon Sword & Shield introduce lots of new pokemon in a new region. There’s also a new evolution battle mechanic. It has a pretty fun story but also sticks to the classic pokemon formula.

Next, I think everyone in the world should play Undertale. It’s an independent RPG where you play as a human that fell down a hole, tumbling into the world of monsters. You’ll meet kooky friends and crazy enemies during your quest to return home. The gameplay uses a unique mechanic where you dodge projectiles with a cursor. It is incredible, and the story is emotionally moving.

I just recently played Persona 4 for the first time, and this game was like a murder mystery where high school students have to figure it out, but there’s creepy magic going on. You and your friends join together to catch the bad guys in this fantastic, unique, turn-based role-playing game.

2020 was a big year for gaming, and I’m expecting to see 2021 continue that trend. Let’s see how January kicks us off. Play on, pals.

By:Benny Uhlich,