A new year is on the horizon. What games will be there to usher it in? We've organised some of the biggest upcoming releases into one handy article, so you can find out where to spend your holiday cash!
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SEGA is ready to raise the curtain on the biggest Hatsune Miku rhythm & action game yet with Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone. A PlayStation®Network exclusive, it kicks off with a bang by giving players more than 200 songs for Miku and her digital friends to perform. Newcomers and veterans alike will have new controls to master, and tons of customization thanks an unparalleled amount of costume modules to unlock!
In the sequel to the acclaimed PS Vita original, you will have brand new gravity-shifting options and combat mechanics at your disposal. Kat can now use three gravity styles that add more variety and combat options: Normal, Lunar and Jupiter.
The story begins when a jester, Dhoulmagus, comes to Castle Trodain and steals the King’s sceptre. He then uses its power to turn his majesty into a troll, the Princess into a horse, and the castle inhabitants into plants. The only one left unscathed from this attack is a castle guard who escaped the curse and must now step up to save the kingdom he’s sworn to protect. Only by travelling the lands, recruiting allies, and following the trail of destruction that Dhoulmagus leaves in his wake will The Hero be able to retrieve the sceptre in order to restore Trodain back to its former glory.
With Yakuza 0, newcomers to SEGA’s Yakuza series will be able to get in on the ground floor, with the game’s standalone, story-driven action that focuses on navigating the seedy underworld of Japan with series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu, and for the first time in a numbered title, players will be able to play as long-time NPC, Goro Majima – the Mad Dog of Shimano.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is a compilation that brings the popular Kingdom Hearts [Dream Drop Distance] to the PlayStation 4 platform remastered in high definition.
PS4, Xbox One, PC
Resident Evil 7 biohazard sets a new course for the Resident Evil series as it leverages its roots and opens the door to a truly terrifying horror experience. Set within a sinister plantation mansion in modern day rural America and taking place after the dramatic events of Resident Evil 6, players experience the terror directly from the first person perspective for the first time in the Resident Evil series. Embodying the iconic gameplay elements of exploration and tense atmosphere that first coined “survival horror” some twenty years ago, Resident Evil 7 biohazard delivers a disturbingly realistic experience that will define the next era in horror entertainment.
The game's story centers around two potential main characters: Japanese third-year high school students Takuto and Shiki.Takuto was once a passionate Digimon fan in his youth, even becoming runner-up in a national tournament, but has since become more concerned with adolescent life and wondering about his future. He and Shiki are transported to the Digital World, where they meet their Digimon partners, including Agumon, Gabumon, Biyomon, and Palmon. They are joined on their journey by classmates Kouta Hirose, whose partner is Guilmon, and Himari Ōbuchi, who is partnered with a Salamon she nicknamed "Rikka".
In the vast land of a kingdom made of continents and countless archipelagoes, inhabitants work to advance shipbuilding and sailing technologies, and climate varies greatly ranging from severe winters to everlasting summers. There, Velvet's life took a complete turn after a certain incident that woke her up three years ago. She is an entity that greatly shocks the world.
When Adell and his family accidentally kidnap the Princess of the Netherworld, all hell breaks loose. Adell races to return the Princess to her home, where he hopes to defeat the Overlord and break the curse on his world.
PS4, Xbox One, PC
The Complete First Season will deliver the ultimate physical version of the game, with over 100 hours of gameplay. Featuring all of the Season One locations and episodes from the Prologue, France and Italy to Morocco, Thailand, USA and Japan. Play as Agent 47 to take out powerful high-profile targets in an intense spy-thriller story across a world of assassination.