January... are you okay? You need to eat somethin' - you're looking positively anorexic! Back in 2010 we had Bayonetta and Darksiders, and 2011 gave us Dead Space 2 - what've you got?
You've got nothin', pretty much, 'till January 31st. That's barely even in January.
Still - you're here - and we'd best get this over with.
January 10th - or 17th, whatever.
Hype-O-Meter: (Shrug) eh.
Amy has relatively little hype surrounding it. Perhaps it's because it's relatively cheap-looking. Perhaps because it has mediocre production values. Perhaps it's because it's from a dev called VectorCell, and all they've done was a DS title nobody's heard of - under a different company name.
Still, this is all January has to offer, unless you count the last day - and given that it appears to be a story-driven survival horror game, that's good enough for me. Lord knows I have a soft spot for underdog horror games.
Hype-O-Meter: (Long shrug) ehhh...
NeverDead is a weird-as-hell Konami third-person shooter about an immortal dude who can be dismembered during combat to the point where he's just a severed head rolling around the battlefield - and he can never be killed, so you just keep on' rollin, reattaching yourself to your arms so you can shoot again and legs so you can hop again - and maybe grab your torso back, 'cause why not?
I suspect its overall quality will end up somewhere lower than 2011's (pretty good!) Shadows of the Damned - but given that I have zero interest in the next two games, I'm probably going to end up buying and reviewing NeverDead.
Final Fantasy XIII-2
Hype-O-Meter: For me? Nil. For everyone else? ...actually, I've never heard of anyone being hyped about this game. Still - could be way better than XIII.
It's Final Fantasy XIII! Again! This time, with Chocobos and Moogles and a cool time-travel plot and you don't seem to play much - if at all - as the only halfway interesting character from the first game!
Hype-O-Meter: For me? Nil. For others? Sky high.
Lots of folks love SoulCalibur, and point to it as the triple-A fighter with the lowest bar for entry. As such, I should love this game - plus, this one's got Ezio Auditore in it, and I'm all about that guy - but these titles have never grabbed me.
I'm saving myself, in other words, for VirtuaFighter 5: Final Showdown.
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And that's January! Hey January! Eat something.