What’s New in Video Games: January 2020

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 8:56 am

Journey to the Savage Planet lets you interact with alien creatures on a colorful world.

A new year is almost here, and with the arrival of January 2020 comes a bunch of new games. This month, we can look forward to the teen-friendly Journey to the Savage Planet, as well as Moons of Madness, a horror game that’s appropriate for adults.

Journey to the Savage Planet
Rated T
Appropriate for: Teens who like collecting things

Journey to the Savage Planet is described as an “upbeat first-person adventure game” (first-person means the game is played looking through the eyes of the main character). It takes players to a fictional uncharted planet, where they’ll be tasked with cataloging the planet’s unique plants and animals to determine if the planet is suitable for humans to live on. Journey to the Savage Planet is rated T for Teen by the ESRB, with content descriptors for “Blood and Gore,” “Crude Humor,” “Language,” “Use of Drugs,” and “Violence.” Check out the ESRB’s website for an in-depth rating summary, which includes gameplay details that explain why these content descriptors are appropriate.

Great if your kids love: No Man’s Sky, Dragon Quest Builders 2, exploration games

Kingdom Hearts 3: Re Mind DLC
Rated E10+
Appropriate for: Older kids who are comfortable with console controllers

Rather than being a standalone game, Kingdom Hearts 3: Re Mind is downloadable content (DLC) for Kingdom Hearts 3, which launched last year. The DLC features over a dozen boss battles, a “Secret episode,” and more. Kingdom Hearts 3 follows a young boy named Sora, who teams up with Donald Duck and Goofy on an adventure that takes them to multiple worlds, many of which are themed after Disney and Pixar films, such as Monsters, Inc. and Tangled. You need to own Kingdom Hearts 3 to be able to play this Re Mind DLC. For more information about Kingdom Hearts 3, head over to our review.

Great if your kids love: The Kingdom Hearts franchise, Final Fantasy XV


Moons of Madness
Rated M
Inappropriate for young teens and children

Moons of Madness is a horror game for adults that takes place on Mars. After a signal is detected to be coming from Mars, a base is constructed on the red planet to investigate it. The game places you in the shoes of an engineer at the base, who has no knowledge of the signal. You’ll be challenged to explore the base and survive as “[y]ou begin seeing and hearing things that aren’t there.” Moons of Madness is rated M for Mature by the ESRB, meaning it contains content that’s been deemed inappropriate for players under 17. The game has content descriptors for “Blood,” “Strong Language,” and “Violence.”

Try These Games Instead: Hello Neighbor, Little Nightmares, Among the Sleep

Full List

Notable kid- and teen-friendly titles are in bold.

Release dates can change at any time.

Thursday January 2, 2020

Link-a-Pix Deluxe, Switch

Saturday January 4, 2020

Mad Age & This Guy, Switch

Monday January 6, 2020

Blackmoor 2, Switch

Ultimate Racing 2D, Switch

Invisible Fist, Switch

Wednesday January 8, 2020

Regions of Ruin, Xbox One

Animal Friends Adventure, Xbox One

Dragon Sinker: Descendants of Legend, Xbox One

IN-VERT, Xbox One

Thursday January 9, 2020

THOTH, Switch

140, Switch

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne [DLC], PC

AO Tennis 2, PC

Friday January 10, 2020

Aborigenus, Switch

Technosphere, Switch

Drunk-Fu: Wasted Masters, Switch

Paperbound Brawlers, Xbox One

Tuesday January 14, 2020

Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack, Switch, PlayStation 4, PC

Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk DX, Switch, PlayStation 4, PC

Atelier Escha and Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky DX, Switch, PlayStation 4, PC

Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea DX, Switch, PlayStation 4, PC

Super Mega Space Blaster Special Turbo, Switch, PlayStation 4

Without Escape, PlayStation 4, Vita

Darwin Project, PlayStation 4

Eclipse: Edge of Light, PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR, PC

Hardcore Mecha, PlayStation 4

Red Bow, PlayStation 4, Vita

Seek Hearts, PlayStation 4

Track Mayhem, PlayStation 4

Wednesday January 15, 2020

Puzzle & Dragons GOLD, Switch

Gravity Error, PlayStation 4

Without Escape, Xbox One

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments Redux, Xbox One

Thursday January 16, 2020

Super Crush KO, Switch

To the Moon, Switch

Maitetsu:Pure Station, Switch, PlayStation 4

SELF, Switch, PC

Sorry, James, Switch

Seek Hearts, Switch

The Surge 2: Kraken [DLC], PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Total War: Three Kingdoms – Mandate of Heaven [DLC], PC

Friday January 17, 2020

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore, Switch

Red Bow, Switch

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Hovership Havoc, Xbox One

Far-Out, Xbox One

Tuesday January 21, 2020

Psikyo Shooting Stars Alpha, Switch

Moons of Madness, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Shadow Legend VR, PlayStation VR

Wednesday January 22, 2020

Football, Tactics & Glory, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Thursday January 23, 2020

198X, Switch

Warhammer 40:000: Space Wolf, Switch

EarthNight, PlayStation 4

Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind [DLC], PlayStation 4

Rugby 20, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, PC [VR Headset Required]

Monday January 27, 2020

Stone, Xbox One

Tuesday January 28, 2020

It Came From Space, and Ate Our Brains, Switch, Xbox One

Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire – Ultimate Edition, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Journey to the Savage Planet, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Milo’s Quest, PlayStation 4, Vita

Coffee Talk, PlayStation 4

Pro Deer Hunting, PlayStation 4

Shadow the Ronin, PlayStation 4

Vigilante Ranger, PlayStation VR

Warcraft III: Reforged, PC

Warhammer Underworlds: Online, PC

Wednesday January 29, 2020

Coffee Talk, Switch, PC

Music Racer, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Code Shifter, Switch

Lode Runner Legacy, PlayStation 4

Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire, PlayStation 4

Top Run, PlayStation 4

Milo’s Quest, Xbox One

Thursday January 30, 2020

Skellboy, Switch

Arc of Alchemist, Switch, PlayStation 4

Prison Princess, Switch

Never Again, Switch

Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire, Switch

Aviary Attorney: Definitive Edition, Switch

Bookbound Brigade, Switch, PlayStation 4, PC

It Came From Space, and Ate Our Brains, PlayStation 4

Code Shifter, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Autobahn Police Simulator 2, PlayStation 4

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III, PlayStation 4

Mad Age & This Guy, PlayStation 4

Throw Anything, PlayStation 4

Friday January 31, 2020

HYPERCHARGE Unboxed, Switch

Willy Jetman: Astromonkey’s Revenge, Switch, PlayStation 4, PC

Milo’s Quest, Switch

The Inner Friend, PlayStation 4

Kwaidan, PlayStation 4, PC

oOo: Ascension, PlayStation 4

Saboteur!, PlayStation 4

HyperDot, Xbox One

Sky Rogue, Xbox One

Coffee Talk, Xbox One

Brandy Berthelson

Brandy Berthelson has been writing about video games and technology since 2006, with her work appearing on sites including AOL Games, Digital Spy, and Adweek. When she’s not gaming, Brandy enjoys crafting, baking, and traveling with her husband.

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