Happy New Year! As expected, there wasn’t much going on in the last week, but the dispute over Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard continued. We also saw the Suikoden remasters and heard about some developers’ plans. New announcements and two reviews, our games of the year, the January releases and a few columns provided additional reading material over the holidays. Don’t miss anything – read the weekly review!
The drama surrounding Microsoft’s takeover of Activision Blizzard continues. In the latest episode leads Xbox now to the field that there are also exclusion deals by Sony. For example, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Final Fantasy XVI, Bloodborne and Silent Hill 2 Remake should never be allowed to appear on Xbox. Tenor: The takeover would not be a monopoly situation, because Sony does it too.
Konami used the last few days to two gameplay clips out Suikoden I & II HD Remaster: Gate Rune and Dunan Unification Wars (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC) to publish. As usual, there was also a look into the next year, with many developers formulating their wishes and goals. So plans Yoshinori Kitase a big announcement. Could this be a Final Fantasy IX Remake? Also the forefather of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchiwant it know again in the new year.
In the news lull between the years, you can also place a new announcement effectively. So goes the Fate series Fate/Samurai Remnant (PS4, PS5, Switch, PC) at Koei Tecmo and Omega Force further worldwide. Until now only announced for Japan is Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth Battle Chronicle (Mobile). The third series reissue Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse Remastered should also appear this year. Developer Laura Shigihara will be in March 2023 her new game Mr Saitou publish.
with the gameplay basics the latest trailer got stuck Fire Emblem Engage (Switch) apart. A happy sign of life reached us from Inazuma Eleven: Victory Road of Heroes (PS4, Switch, Mobile) from level 5. with a longer developer video we saw concrete content Project: The Perceiver (PS4, PS5), which shows the fast sword fights. The 2D side scroller Glimmer in Mirror (PC) already works into Early Access in a few days. This week’s video too Disgaea 7 (PS4, PS5, Switch) led the Item reincarnation as a new feature.
Go to vanillaware remaster GrimGrimoire OnceMore (PS4, PS5, Switch) we experienced the effects the glamor magic. The classic dungeon crawler series is reporting Wizardry Variants Daphne (Mobile) back soon. So far only for Japan is planned the romance visual novel ONE. (switches, computers). The Shoot ’em Up Collection Ray’z Arcade Chronology (PS4, Switch) showed the five games included in a teaser trailer. Capcom announced that the fourth update Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak (Switch, PC) follows in February.
Shortly before the end of the year there were two new reviews from JPGAMES. The space horror title The Callisto Protocol (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, PC) (to the test report) is an absolute must for genre fans. Especially if you have a thing for Dead Space. Besides, we have each other Valkyrie Elysium (PS4, PS5, PC) (to the test report) viewed one more time. This time we tested the action RPG on Steam Deck.
As every year, some team members gave you theirs games of the year presents. However, the gaze has already wandered to the Most Wanted 2023. You can find the corresponding articles from Marco, kerona, Robert, pino, Jan, Michi, Cassie, Isabel, Tim, Kevin and Ruben Read and compare with your personal top lists.
Of course, a new year also means a new month. This is how we throw our usual look on the New Releases in January 2023. Looking at the year as a whole, some of us could promising games expect which meanwhile something has been forgotten. However, there is also Games announced for 2023, which could be moved.
In two more columns we also dealt with the sense or nonsense of New GamePlus as with the problems encountered as a physical collector. Collecting is fun, but not at any price.