Even during the slowest months of the year, you'll find the release list stocked with literally hundreds of games across consoles, PC, and mobile. It's madness.
Given that, it can be easy to overlook some magnificent game releases amidst the stack, but worry not: we're here to help. Our Games Watch column points out the five biggest and brightest games on the immediate horizon, and outlines why each seems like it'll be well worth your time and money.
With that in mind, here's your monthly compendium of the five most scintillating new releases coming before February rolls around. You can thank us later.
Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition – 16 January
Street Fighter V didn't feel fully-baked when it launched two years ago, but as you might've learned from the last 25 years of the franchise, Capcom never stops with just one edition. Updates have improved the game significantly since, but now here's the big Arcade Edition release to bring even more into the fray.
Available as a new retail package, the Arcade Edition bundles in all of the DLC characters, a fresh Arcade mode, extra V-Trigger special moves, and some other perks. And if you already have Street Fighter V, all of this stuff will come in a free update for you.
Platform: PS4, PC