What's the new year vibes like, y'all? How many days did you spend in the gym before you went "nah, this ain't for me...?" That "whole new year, new me motto" gets brought out every time the ball drops, yet folks go right back to doing the same things that kept them sane the year before. Ay, we respect it! Now that we've entered 2023, there are plenty of new things to be excited about. Besides all the new music, movies, and TV shows coming our way, there is a long list of top-notch games that are gonna fall into our laps all year long. But first, allow us to shine the light on the biggest January 2023 video game releases that'll kick your new year on a high note.
The Biggest January 2023 Video Game Releases
January 2023 Video Game Releases
‘One Piece Odyssey’ - January 12 (PC - Steam) and January 13 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4)
One Piece sits at the table of greatest manga/anime properties of all time. Bandai Namco Entertainment has taken several swings at creating game adaptations for the series, which range from meh to shockingly good. The latest One Piece game that's set to drop is a full-fledged turn-based RPG that takes Monkey D. Luffy and crew to a whole new island full of fresh adventures. The most unique aspect of this game is its battle system, where multiple battle parties engage with their own foes simultaneously and special events come into play based on party members' characteristics (Sanji freezes up if he's participating in a battle surrounded by women, for example). With crisp visuals and a soundtrack composed by Motoi Sakuraba (Dark Souls and Tales of), One Piece Oddyseey could turn out to be the first great game of 2023. Keep an eye out for the demo on January 10 for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, which lets you transfer your completed save data over to the full version and also unlock special items.
‘Fire Emblem Engage’ - January 20 (Nintendo Switch)
As the new year kicks off, Nintendo Switch fans are getting treated to a new mainline entry in the strategy RPG franchise called Fire Emblem. And this time, this game acts as a kind of "all-stars" situation where the presence of brand new "Emblem Rings" mark the presence of past Fire Emblem warriors. The continent of Elyos must be saved from the threat of Fell Dragon with the aid of the Divine Dragon Alear and a new band of heroes. Hopping into battle means you'll now get to call upon the aid of fan faves such as Marth, Celica, Sigurd, Leif, and more. Fire Emblem Engage keeps the RPG vibes going strong on this list of January 2023 video game releases you need to keep an eye on.
‘Forspoken’ - January 24 (PS5, PC - Steam)
Yes, we've heard and seen all the complaints about this game's dialogue delivery (and we tend to agree - it's admittedly pretty bad). But after playing the demo that dropped a month prior, Forspoken kept us enthralled by its combination of slick parkour exploration and fun magic-based combat scenarios. Once the full game releases, players will get the opportunity to navigate the entirety of a mystical realm called Athia and fight to free it from the tyrannical rule of the "Tantas." You'll employ the elemental magic toolset of a girl named Frey, who relies on the new powers granted to her by a sentient bracelet named Cuff. Flinging rock-based projectiles and swinging a flaming sword are just a few of the ways Frey can fend off her opposers in Forspoken's vast open world. We can't wait to hop right back into it.
'Hi-Fi RUSH' - January 25 (Xbox Series X|S, PC - Steam, Epic Games Store, Microsoft Store)
Don't you guys just love it when a publisher/developer shadow drops a demo or full game release the very same day they reveal it? That's exactly what transpired during publisher Bethesda Softworks and developer Tango Gameworks' demonstration of its latest project during Xbox's Developer_Direct. Hi-Fi RUSH incorporates a super flashy art style and characters packed to the brim with personality. Another feature that makes it worth checking out is its melee combat system that plays out like it's a rhythm game. Just imagine if Jet Set Radio, Metal: Hellsinger, and Sunset Overdrive had a bountiful baby and this is what you'd get. If you're subscribed to Xbox Game Pass, you can download this flamboyant rhythm action game for no extra charge.
DualSense Edge - January 26 (PS5)
Are you willing to drop $200 on an entirely new controller for your brand-spanking new PS5? If you're willing to take the plunge on this hefty gaming investment, then you'll probably be more than pleased with what this ultra PS5 controller has in store. The DualSense Edge is Sony PlayStation's pro controller model, which will come with a host of features that put it a step above the standard DualSense controller. This bad boy will allow you to remap its buttons, swap out & replace its analog sticks, change its back buttons, and do a whole bunch more. While it's disappointing to hear that this controller has less battery life than its basic predecessor, the DualSense Edge still has enough upgrades worth giving a chance to.
‘Dead Space’ - January 27 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC - Steam)
Sooooooooo...The Callisto Protocol ended up being a massive disappointment, huh? We figured it would be another quality survival horror game worth hopping into due to the fact that much of its development staff previously worked on the Dead Space games. The failure of their project has now paved the way for the Dead Space remake to show up and remind folks of who the true king of space horror madness truly is. This current-gen improvement of the first Dead Space improves the graphical presentation to a greater degree, which means the hideous necromorphs and dark corners of USG Ishimura will look even better (and more horrifying) this time around. Series protagonists Isaac Clarke will actually speak thanks to the return of voice actor Gunner Wright, so now we'll actually get to hear him freak out during his close encounters with some all-too-familiar space terrors.
‘SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake’ - January 31 (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC - Steam)
SpongeBob SquarePants and his buddy Patrick (who now doubles as a helpful balloon) are embarking on yet another platforming adventure. The whimsical and most likely hilarious treks they'll participate in take place in SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake, which looks and sounds like it'll be on par with what we got with SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated. SpongeBob will be the sole character to command this time around, but he'll come with a wide suite of special abilities and alternate costumes. Prepare to enjoy some wild boss fights and platforming, collect-a-thon goodness across numerous ''Wishworlds" with the most lovable talking sponge of all time.
‘COTTOn Rock'n'Roll -SUPERLATIVE NIGHT DREAMS-’ - January 5 (PC - Steam)
‘Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot’ - January 13 (PS5)
'Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition - January 19 (PC - Steam)
‘Persona 3 Portable’ - January 19 (Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC - Steam)
‘Persona 4 Golden’ - January 19 (Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch)
‘Monster Hunter Rise’ - January 20 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One)
'The House of the Dead: Remake' - January 20 (PS5)
‘Risen’ - January 24 (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch)
'World War Z: Aftermath' - January 24 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S)
‘Transiruby’ - January 25 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One)
'Miracle Snack Shop' - January 26 (PS4)
'GoldenEye 007' - January 27 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch)
'PowerWash Simulator' - January 30 (PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch)
'Trek to Yomi' - January 30 (Nintendo Switch)
‘Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition’ - January 31 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One)
'JETT: The Far Shore' - January 31 (PC - Steam)
'PowerWash Simulator' - January 31 (PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch)
‘We Were Here Forever’ - January 31 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One)