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Monthly Must-Plays: 5 games you need to check out in January

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Jan 10, 2019, 2:30 PM EST

It's finally 2019, and that means it's time to kick off another month of fantastic video games. January is so chock-full of huge releases, your wallet will likely be left weeping by the time February rolls around. Hope you've cleared your schedule to get started on epic titles like Kingdom Hearts 3 at long last and Resident Evil 2, a remake that folks have been clamoring for since what feels like the beginning of time.

If you're looking for a great game to play this month, try out one (or all) of these suggestions for January! 

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Tales of Vesperia - Definitive Edition

Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition

The 10th anniversary of the classic RPG brings us a new edition with updated HD graphics, new music, mini-games, bosses, and previously unreleased costume DLC. Tales of Vesperia fans will also get two new characters in the form of Patty Fleur and Flynn Scifo. The colorful entry in the long-running Tales series is absolutely worth a look, especially as it's one of the best the franchise has to offer. If you need another RPG to add to your collection, make it this one!

Release Date: January 10

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe - Stage Clear

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

If you missed New Super Mario Bros. U back when it debuted on Wii U, you've got your chance to play it for the first time on Nintendo Switch, with some special bells and whistles. Nabbit joins the battle this time around as a playable character, as well as Toadette. Toadette can power up with a special crown to become Peachette, which you've probably heard a lot about thanks to the Bowsette memes that practically owned the internet in late 2018. The game includes all courses from New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U, as well as plenty of fun surprises. It'll be a great option for players of all ages.

Release Date: January 11

No More Heroes - Travis Strikes Again

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes

Assassin Travis Touchdown is back, fresh from his stints in No More Heroes and No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle. This time, however, he's got to face off against Badman, the father of Bad Girl, a kooky assassin Travis previously wiped off the face of the earth. When the two are sucked into a video game console, they have to fight their way through a variety of different games if they ever want to make it back to the real world. This fast and frenetic collection of mini-games gives Touchdown a "fresh start" while acting as something of a stopgap between No More Heroes titles, of which we're likely still getting a third installment. 

Release Date: January 18

Resident Evil 2 Remake - Claire

Resident Evil 2 Remake

The hotly-anticipated Resident Evil 2 remake is coming in hot, and you won't want to miss what Capcom's done to the classic survival horror game. Completely remade from the ground up, this adventure has players joining rookie police officer Leon S. Kennedy and college student Claire Redfield on their journey through a zombie-ravaged Raccoon City. With completely new content to scare the pants off of new and old fans alike, this is one horror game you won't want to miss this year — it's time to go back to Raccoon City and see how things have changed. 

Release Date: January 25

KINGDOM HEARTS III – Opening Movie Trailer

Kingdom Hearts 3

The third entry in the Kingdom Hearts trilogy has been awaited by fans for quite some time, and with development that can be traced back to 2006, it's high time for a payoff. The 12th overall installment in the Kingdom Hearts series aims to close the book on the Dark Seeker saga as Sora, Donald, Goofy, King Mickey, and crew reunite once more to search for the seven Guardians of Light and find the Key to Return Hearts, all the while working to thwart another Keyblade War. With your favorite Disney characters and worlds to explore, there's plenty to see and do in this epic adventure, so make sure to keep a few weeks open to find everything the game has to offer. 

Release Date: January 29