Posted on: 03:26 PM IST Jan 01, 2016 | Updated on: 3:31 pm,Jan 1,2016 IST
Four of the largest January launches consist of a brick-by-brick adaptation of Marvel’s “Avengers” films (and supporting content) in “Lego Marvel’s Avengers,” a meticulously constructed puzzle island in “The Witness,” PlayStation’s proposed answer to the “Minecraft” phenomenon in “Dragon Quest Builders,” and a PC version of November’s Xbox One exclusive, “Rise of the Tomb Raider.”
1. Lego Marvel’s Avengers
For: 3DS, 360, PS3, PS4, Vita, WiiU, WinPC, XBO
Available: January 26
Following the warm reception afforded to predecessor “Lego Marvel Super Heroes,” the crime-fighting team returns to trace out the storylines of the two “Avengers” ensemble films as well as both “Captain America” adventures, “Iron Man 3,” and “Thor: The Dark World.”
2. The Witness
For: PlayStation 4, Windows PC
Available: January 26
Game designer Jonathan Blow was hailed for award-winning action game “Braid,” which helped usher in a new wave of innovative, independent games. “The Witness” invites players to explore an island full of puzzles and mazes, once which has been in development since 2008.
3. Dragon Quest Builders
For: PS3, PS4, Vita
Available: January 28
Now that “Minecraft” is a Microsoft property, an initial Japanese release for “Dragon Quest Builders” offers a chance to see how Sony PlayStation’s voxel-style construction and exploration game has turned out. The Dragon Quest franchise enjoys its 30th anniversary in 2016 and as such developer Square Enix has a established and fondly remembered history to call upon.
4. Rise of the Tomb Raider
For: Windows PC
Well received on Xbox One in November 2015 as a solid sequel to 2013’s “Tomb Raider” reboot, “Rise..” offers greater sophistication in terms of environment, survivalist scavenging, stealth, and sneaky play as Lara Croft seeks answers both archeological and existential. At the time of writing, publisher Square Enix had announced an early 2016 release date, with PC game retailer Steam narrowing it down to January, and Amazon France briefly indicating a January 29 launch.
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