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Oracle of Wisdumb - January Game Releases

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Well the holidays are certainly over and the trees put out to pasture. Gaming gets a new start, a re-do as if the last year meant nothing at all. Awards, recognition and fame mean nothing as it is 2011. Let’s see what the gaming gods have in store for us this January.

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Wii

Lost In Shadow
Get Fit With Mel B
101-in-1 Sports Party Mix
You Don’t Know Jack

Even though the Wii is a nice shade of snowy white it is not reaching much gaming warmth this January. Only four games we could find are being released for the system. Lost in Shadow gets our gold medal as this unique looking puzzle game could stir up the mix on the Wii. Past memories of ICO flood your mind watching this one in action. Lost in Shadow is already out in stores so go check it out. Bringing back some classic PC games into the mix You Don’t Know Jack is about to get revived on the Wii as well. 101-in-1 Sports should round out those left over holiday party pounds.



Gold –Lost In Shadow
Silver – You Don’t Know Jack
Bronze – 101-in-1 Sports Mix

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Xbox 360

Venetica
Mindjack
Two Worlds II
Dead Space 2
Breach
Mass Effect 2

The much anticipated Mass Effect 2 and Dead Space 2 take the top honors this month. We are giving Mass Effect 2 the nod because survival horror just seems out of place when most of the country is covered in 3 feet of white stuff. Also check out Breach it has some promising ideas let’s see if it can execute.



Gold – Mass Effect 2
Silver – Dead Space 2
Bronze - Breach

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PS3

DC Universe Online
Venetica
Mass Effect 2
Little Big Planet 2
Mindjack
Two Worlds II
Dead Space 2

As cool as Little Big Planet 2 may be we can’t help but join the bandwagon at the start of DC Universe Online. Mass Effect 2 also gets released on the PS3 this month. Battling players around the world as some of the most famous DC heroes sounds too good to be true.



Gold – DC Universe Online
Silver – Mass Effect 2
Bronze – Little Big Planet 2

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PSP

Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood!
Lord of Arcana

The PSP is really in hibernation this January as only 2 releases are scheduled this month. Our bet goes with Lord of Arcana with the exciting looking 4-player mode. Prinny 2, reminiscent of Metal Slug's art style, is a side-scrolling action game which features killer penguins.




Gold – Lord of Arcana
Silver – Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood!

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PC

Emergency 2012
18 Wheels of Steel: Extreme Trucker 2
Commander: Conquest of the Americas: Pirate Treasure Chest
DC Universe Online
SpellForce 2: Faith in Destiny
Two Worlds II
Dead Space 2
Stronghold: Kingdoms
Mass Effect 2

The PC is showcasing three great looking games this month so the choice is going to be pretty hard. But taking full advantage of your PC’s power with DC Universe sounds like the winner. If you are done doing the pixel count on Superman’s cape you might want to also try Mass Effect 2 or Dead Space 2.




Gold – DC Universe Online
Silver – Dead Space 2
Bronze – Stronghold: Kingdoms

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DS

Kingdom Hearts : Re:coded
Ghost Trick Phantom Detective
The Mysterious Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Battle vs. Chess
Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Osborne House
Plants vs Zombies
Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove
Touch ‘n’ Play Collection
Rec Room Games
Paws & Claws Marine Rescue
Junior Brain Trainer 2
Montessori Music

The DS cuts the holiday left over cake with ease as it is getting the most releases this month. Kingdom Hearts :Re:coded hopes to rekindle players from with its tried and true game play. Other noteworthy titles look to be the overly long game title Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Osborne House and The Mysterious Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde.



Gold – Kingdom Hearts : Re:Coded
Silver – Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Osborne House
Bronze - Ghost Trick Phantom Detective


This article contained games that are scheduled to be released during the month of January. We cover the major console makers Playstation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, PC, DS & PSP. We don’t cover virtual console, Playstation or Xbox live marketplace releases.

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Updated 10-01-11 at 08:08 by Nate Nickels

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