New Releases is back for another year of video games, and this week in January is all about that anime. This episode features Goku’s adventure in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, the match-three action of Puzzle & Dragons Gold, and a revamped Tokyo adventure with Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore. There’s also a double dose of indie titles with Red Bow and Super Mega Space Blaster Special Turbo.
Super Mega Space Blaster Special Turbo — January 14
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Space Blaster is a shoot ’em up with bullet hell elements, which means you’ll be dodging all sorts of lasers and bullets as your fly around the exosphere. With 15 different ships and multiple power-ups, there are plenty of ways to lay waste to your space-faring opponents. You can fly with friends in co-op or against others in online multiplayer too.
Red Bow — January 14
Available on: PS4, Vita, Xbox One, Switch (Jan 14) / PC (Jan 17)
Red Bow is the story of Roh, a young girl trapped in a nightmare. This is a brief, story-driven adventure you can complete in only a few hours. Just be aware that the developer does warn players of Red Bow’s exploration of some dark and mature content.
Puzzle & Dragons Gold — January 15
Available on: Switch
The fan-favorite puzzle fighter is making its debut on Switch Puzzle & Dragons Gold. For the uninitiated, combat is carried out by matching three orbs of the same color. That sounds simple enough, but when you factor in special abilities and monster lineups, the strategic possibilities really open up.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot — January 17
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Kakarot is an action-RPG starring more than just Kakarot, aka Goku. You can also play as Piccolo, Gohan, and even fusion forms like Vegito. Series creator Akira Toriyama has also drawn up a new character for the game, a former Ginyu Force member named Bonyu. Kakarot covers that story, the Cell arc, and many other iconic moments from the series.
- Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot’s Opening Cinematic Is A Blast Of Nostalgia
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore — January 17
Available on: Switch
The Wii U JRPG is getting a second life on Switch, which includes new story content, music, and party members. If you missed the original adventure, here’s the pitch: combat is a combination of the Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem series, using both elemental weaknesses and the weapon triangle. Outside of combat, you’ll be hopping between real-world Tokyo and an alternate dimension where the evil Mirages have spawned.
- Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Review
This is only the first episode of New Releases for 2020, and for the month of January. Next week, we’ll take a look at another wave of games, including Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD and The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners.
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Author: Tony Wilson