"Snowflakes are falling, games are calling"

Six must have games for the start of the new year


Who says “Cuffin’ season” – that time of year we all just want to cuddle – is just about being attached to people and Netflix? People can get attached to games, too. The characters and world of Dragon Age: Inquisition, Far Cry 4 and Sunset Overdrive offer a lot to get attached to, let alone a great experience to enjoy without braving the elements. But those are the games of yesteryear.

Here you’ll find some of the biggest games coming out over the next few months. Pick a couple, cuddle up with your console, or computer, and enjoy the fond memories.


Developer: Turtle Rock Studious

Release date: Feb. 10 for PS4, Xbox One and PC

Four against one might not seem like fair odds. That is if the one isn’t controlling a boss caliber monster capable of ravaging the four hunters that seek its demise apart. Left 4 Dead developer Turtle Rock Studios is back with their next highly anticipated title, which has quickly become one of the most talked about games in recent memory.

Hunters maneuver through the danger-filled world of Shear as the Goliath, Kraken, Wraith and, the pre-order unlocked, Behemoth lurk about, waiting for their chance to strike in a variety of game modes.

Don’t miss the chance to control the big bad monster, or take it on with three of your friends.

The Order: 1886

Developer: Ready at Dawn and SCE Santa Monica

Release date: Feb. 20 exclusively on PS4

Elizabethan era monster hunters and ties to Arthurian legend are a few reasons The Order: 1886 is one of the biggest titles this spring. The PS4 exclusive title follows four knights who battle the unyielding half-breed monsters that have terrorized England, while confronting a rebellious lower class and serving the wealthy, royal and upper-class they protect.

More Gears of War than “Van Helsing,” The Order: 1886 is a solo adventure worth undertaking.


Developer: From Software

Release date: March 24 exclusively for PS4

Demon Souls started something that Dark Souls and Dark Souls II continued: A phenomenal RPG that was filled with grueling, unrelenting, yet satisfying gameplay that captured the essence of hardcore role-playing games. PlayStation 4 exclusive, Bloodborne is the next game by From Software and director Hidetaka Miyazaki, bearing resemblances to From Software’s previous titles and packs plenty of differences – none of which make the game less challenging.

The Gothic world of Bloodborne is one focused on mobility and offense. Gone are the days of slow and tanky knights. Will you find the hidden cure in Yharnam and fend off the bestial creatures that fill the town’s streets or will “You are dead” defeat you into exhaustion?

Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Developer: CD Projekt RED

Release date: May 19 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC

Geralt of Rivia’s final adventure has had many delays on its long march toward release, none of which have stymied the anticipation of this highly sought after title. An open world, vastly larger than the world of the first two Witcher games is among the many improvements being added to the series’ conclusion.

The Wild Hunt has come, leaving death, blood and fiery ruins in its wake. The ominous force ravages the Northern Lands as Geralt embarks on a personal adventure and only he can stop the mysterious forces’ onslaught.

Battlefield Hardline

Developer: Visceral Games

Release date: March 17 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC

A good war photographer knows where to point his camera; a good developer knows where to shift focus. Hardline takes this notorious shooter franchise away from the theater of potential modern military conflicts and onto the war on crime. The age-old genre of cops and robbers has finally come to a franchise known for sprawling intense action. Police vehicles and zip lines join the fray, will cops or the criminals rule the day.

Mortal Kombat X

Developer: NetherRealm Studios

Release date: April 14 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC

“Finish him … Fatality,” will once again ring out from TVs, monitors, headphones and headsets everywhere when the next Mortal Kombat from NetherRealm Studios fights its way onto shelves in April. Fan favorites like Scorpion and Sub-Zero return in the most immersive and detailed MK yet along with Goro, Reptile and plenty of other series veterans. Character variants and interactive environments, like those found in Injustice: Gods Among Us – NetherRealm Studios’ most recent title – are just a few of the improvements going into the next iteration of the beloved franchise.

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