After a bit of a slow start, this month is finally starting to get interesting. January isn’t typically known for being rich with new horror game releases, and yet here we are, about to plunge face-first into a pool of them. There’s something for everyone, too. Alien: Isolation is all about them jump scares, Resident Evil is making old school survival horror sexy again, H1Z1 borrows liberally, and shamelessly, from DayZ, and Monstrum is here to represent the indies.
Alien: Isolation received its third add-on this week, adding a new challenge mode called Salvage, and while I haven’t had time to play it myself, it sounds like a real doozy. In this mode, the goal is to survive long enough to complete ten tasks. Making this difficult is a brand new enemy type, a much larger challenge map and the inability to respawn, should you make a grievous mistake.
Release Date: Available Now (PC, 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One)
Ever since DayZ and Rust became the new hotness, developers have been scurrying to take advantage of some people’s needs to be dicks to strangers online. Sony isn’t messing with the proven formula with the similarly themed H1Z1, but I doubt that will hurt the game when it arrives on Steam Early Access this week.
Release Date: January 15 (PC)
Capcom’s made a habit out of remastering their older titles lately, it was just a matter of time before they turned to the universally beloved GameCube remake of the first Resident Evil. This remaster is different from their previous efforts in that it’s the first to make a truly substantial improvement over the original.
Release Date: January 20 (PC, 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One)
Techland isn’t in charge of the Dead Island franchise, but that’s not keeping them from returning to their roots with Dying Light. The major difference between this and the other open-world zombie apocalypse series is this game introduces parkour and an asymmetrical multiplayer into the mix, alongside 4-player co-op and weapon crafting.
Release Date: January 27 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Monstrum climbed to the top of my most anticipated list ever since I got my hands on it back in June. When I had the opportunity to play the game again last October (see above video) it felt like a totally different game.
I’m very much looking forward to seeing how it’s shaped up when it hits Steam Early Access later this month.
Release Date: January 29 (PC)
This remaster of the 2005 supernatural thriller brings with it higher resolution textures, full controller support on PC and uncensored naughty bits.
Release Date: January 29 (PC, Mac, Linux, iOS)