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THE SITEX TEAM RECOMMENDS: TOP 10 TRENDING GAMES: Our top picks for January 2021

2020 has certainly been a strange and path-breaking year in some ways. December 2020 saw a gaming boom with the launch of two consoles XBONE or XBSX, and lots of promises. As we step into 2021, the SITEX team has rounded up the best new gaming releases to give you something to look to forward to.

1. RTX 3060 Launch/Reveal Event

Nvidia recently announced an all-digital GeForce RTX event on January 12, setting the stage for what’s likely to be the official reveal of the GeForce RTX 3060 and laptop variants of the RTX 3000-series and launched during CES 2021

2. King Arthur: Knight’s Tale (PC)

This reimagining of the Arthurian myth makes Mordred the saviour of Avalon, on a quest to finish off Arthur, given to him by the Lady of the Lake. 

Being a knight is a risky business, though, and any of the 30 heroes you can recruit may expire on the battlefield, permanently. Or if they have a problem with your methods, they may even turn against you.

Experience Arthur’s tale retold in this exciting rendition of a classic story, coming 12 January to PC.

3. Five Nights at Freddy’s: Core Collection (XBONE, PS4, Switch)

Five Nights at Freddy’s: Core Collection is a physical bundle of several games in the Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise and includes the first five titles that started it all: 

Five Nights at Freddy’s, 

Five Nights at Freddy’s 2, 

Five Nights at Freddy’s 3, 

Five Nights at Freddy’s 4, 

and Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location

Five Nights at Freddy’s: Core Collection is slated for release 12 January for the XBONE, PS4 and Switch

4. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game Complete Edition (PC, PS4, Switch)

In Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, the hero has to fight his girlfriend’s seven evil ex-boyfriends. In Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game, Scott and his friends have to fight The World.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World harkens back to old-school side-scrolling beat-em-ups such as River City Ransom and Streets of Rage, but with a few fun twists that make for one of the coolest downloadable games around.

Originally released in 2010 for the XBOX 360 and PlayStation 3, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game officially comes back from the dead, with a re-release planned for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia, and PC on 14 January.

5. Hitman 3 (PC, XBONE, XBSX, PS5, PS4, Switch)

This stealth adventure will once again see our favourite assassin travel across the globe as he murders countless evildoers in search of his ultimate goal.

Rain-drenched streets tinted pink by neon lights? Well, Hitman 3 hasn’t gone all Cyberpunk on us just yet. Developers IO Interactive have given us a peek at the new visual upgrades with a trip to new location Chongqing, a Chinese city whose rain-swept roads are perfect for showing us lots of close-up shots of raindrops splashing off Mr Hitman’s extra-shiny scalp.

Witness the dramatic conclusion to the World of Assassination trilogy, coming 20 January to PC, XBONE, XBSX, PS5, PS4 and Switch

6. Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy (PC, PS4, PS5, Switch)

GUST Studios’ Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy take place three years after Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout. 

This time around, Ryza will journey to the Royal Capital of Ashra-am Baird to seek the truth behind the mystery of the lost legends. Along the way, she will pick up a whole arsenal of skills, including the ability to swim. And as you’d expect from an Atelier game, that will lead to a lot of new aquatic items to craft. It’ll also lead to an underwater dungeon for Ryza to explore. 

And of course, she won’t be doing it alone

Embark on a new journey with Ryza, coming 26 January for PC, PS4, PS5 and Switch

7. The Yakuza Remastered Collection (PC, XBONE)

A tale of grit, justice, redemption and a fighting lobster, the colourful and compelling Yakuza narrative has won fans the world over, now with its new home on the PC and Xbox platforms

The Yakuza Remastered Collection is a collection of the Western releases of Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4, and Yakuza 5. The three games are remastered at 1080p, running at 60 frames per second, and have all new localizations.

The Yakuza Remastered Collection will be made available for PC and XBONE on 28 January

8. The Medium (PC, XBSX)

Set in Krakow, Poland, in the late 90s. You’ll play as a medium named Marianne. 

After being haunted by her visions, Marianne decides to go to an abandoned hotel in Krakow where she’s set to discover the mysteries behind a tragedy that happened years ago. With the ability to travel between the real world and the spirit world, you’ll have to uncover mysteries and find out what’s going on.

The story as a whole is meant to give you different perspectives on what you know and what you think it’s the truth. As they say, there are two sides to every story.

Set for release on 28 January, The Medium will be released for the PC and XBSX.

9. Re: Zero − Starting Life in Another World: The Prophecy of the Throne (PC, PS4, Switch)

One month after Subaru’s new life in another world began, an emissary sent by the royal castle suddenly appears with news that the royal selection has been postponed, but offers no reason as to why. 

The postponement of this grand event that decides the next ruler of the Kingdom of Lugunica stirs Subaru and his friends into action. They return to the royal capital only to find that a sixth candidate has claimed their stake for the throne. 

But the Dragon Stone prophesizes that only five candidates would be chosen. With one candidate being an imposter, suspicions are immediately cast toward one woman in particular: Emilia. 

What answers lie beyond the mysterious web of assassinations, betrayal, and conspiracies? Find out on 29 January, on PC, PS4 and Switch. 

10. Gods Will Fall (PC, XBONE, PS4, Switch)

Unravel the dark secrets of each ancient God as you venture into their elaborate and perilous lairs. Crawling with minions who will stop at nothing to defend their deities, each location will be deadlier than the last.

With 8 different warriors of every size, each equipped with their exclusive weapon type, choose your next hero wisely. Success is hard-earned and brings unique skills, weapons and items but failure will see the challenger imprisoned and screaming for salvation.

A personal tale emerges with every decision made. Succeed and see legends born. Fail, and watch lives turn to dust. Gods Will Fall releases on 29 January for PC, XBONE, PS4 and Switch.

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