Lets all just take a moment to be thankful that the miserable year that was 2016 has ended. *Ric Flair Woo*.
Now, it’s time to move onto 2017, and there’s certainly a lot for us nerds to look forward to. Whether you’re a gamer looking at all of the upcoming games of 2017, a reader looking for some new sci-fi and fantasy books to read, a movie fanatic or a TV-lover, the year ahead looks pretty damn good; needless to say that we’re all excited here at the Nerd Much office. But let’s take the scope down a little bit and focus on what’s right in front of us: the month of January.
January 2017 has a surprising number of things to look forward to, especially when you compare what’s new this month with the January months of the last few years. January is typically considered a dumper month, with most game and movie publishers letting people recover their finances after the brutal holiday season. Not in 2017, though, as there’s going to be plenty for us to play and watch this month. Here are all of January’s new games, movies, and TV premieres:
*Note: Any bolded entries are ones we’re personally looking forward to.*
New Games Releasing in January 2017
- Rise & Shine – Xbox One, PS4, PC (January 13): Rise & Shine is one of our most anticipated indie games of 2017, and we’re currently playing through it for a review later this month. It follows the story of a boy (Rise) and his newly found gun (Shine) who is out to save Gamearth, a formerly peaceful planet that’s now overtaken by Space grunts of Nexgen. It’s an unforgiving game with difficulty on par with RIVE, and it’s fully aware of itself, and gives numerous nods to some of gaming’s biggest franchises.
- Gravity Rush 2 – PS4 (January 18): Gravity Rush 2 is the upcoming sequel to the popular PlayStation exclusive franchise, and it will expand the gravity-controlling mechanics introduced in its predecessor. The game will also have three times the number of missions than the first game of the series, and it’ll come in between 20-40 hours long. It looks to be a major improvement upon the first game, which was generally well-received. It’s one of the most anticipated PS4 exclusives of 2017.
- Urban Empire – PC (January 20): You may remember Polygon’s coverage about Urban Empire last year, which was how the game first hit our radar. The game hails from Kalypso Media (publisher of the Tropico games and Omerta), and it’s developed by Fragment Production. The game is a mix of city builder and political management, tasking players with establishing infrastructures, debating political decisions at the town council, blackmailing your opponents, spreading or ignoring democracy, and more.
- Dragon Quest 8: Journey of the Cursed King – 3DS (January 20): The long-awaited Nintendo 3DS port of Dragon Quest 8: Journey of the Cursed King will serve as the first new 3DS game of 2017.
- Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue – PS4 (January 24): If you’re looking to catch up on the Kingdom Hearts franchise before the release of Kingdom Hearts 3, check out this month’s release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, which will include HD remaster of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance and adds Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover (which details events not shown in the original game) and Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep, an all-new game that takes place after BbS from Aqua’s perspective. If it sounds super confusing, well, it is, but hey — it’s more Kingdom Hearts!
- Resident Evil 7: Biohazard – PS4, Xbox One, PC (January 24): One of the most anticipated horror games of 2017 is January’s release of Resident Evil 7: biohazard, which is set to release on January 24th for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC (although, let’s be honest, the PS4 copy is going to outsell both of the others combined). In RE7, players will take control of Ethan Winters who is on the search for his missing wife, leading him to a haunted plantation mansion, home of the Baker family. Ultra spooky.
- Yakuza 0 – PS4 (January 24): Although it’s not nearly as huge in the west as it is in Japan, Yakuza 0 will finally hit the states later this month, nearly two years after its Japanese release. It’s an open world action-adventure game that will follow two unlikely figures from the Yakuza world, Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima, who find themselves involved in the Vacant Lot dispute. The game is being touted as the best in the series so far.
- Disgaea 2 – PC (January 30): The 10 year old game will make its way to PC in January.
- Hitman: The Complete First Season – PS4, PC, Xbox One (January 31): A collection of the first season of Hitman, the highly-rated missions for the first season will be packaged together into one, whole game.
- Conan Exiles (Early Access Release January 31): Conan Exiles looks absolutely brilliant, and we can’t wait to hop into the world of Conan, which is set in a barbaric wasteland. You’re able to play together locally or fight alongside others on public servers, or host your own server and control everything. You’re tasked with surviving in the brutal landscape, discovering dark secrets from ancient civilizations as you fight vicious monsters from the darkest holes of the earth. It’s definitely going to be a huge hit on Steam.
New Movies Releasing in January 2017
- A Monster Calls (January 6): What’s sure to be one of 2017’s best fantasy movies will release on Friday. The film will star Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, and Felicity Jones in a tale about a boy seeking help from a tree monster to cope with his dying mom’s terminal illness. It’s getting high review scores from a number of different outlets, and it looks like it’s going to be the first hit movie of 2017.
- Hidden Figures (January 6): Hidden Figures follows the true story of a team of African-American women who provide NASA with important mathematical data that’s needed to launch the first successful space missions. It’ll star Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, and Kirsten Dunst. It’s also receiving generally positive praise.
- Underworld: Blood Wars (January 6): Underworld: Blood Wars is said to be Kate Beckinsale’s final portrayal of Selene, who fights to end the neverending war between the Lycan and Vampires that betrayed her. It will also star Theo James and Tobias Menzies.
- Arsenal (January 6): Arsenal is going to fly under many radars this month, but it’s an upcoming thriller starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and Adrian Grenier. The story follows a Southern mobster who attempts to rescue his kidnapped brother.
- Railroad Tigers (January 6): A Jackie Chan movie that follows a railroad worker in China in 1941 who leads a team of freedom fighters against the Japanese to get food for the poor. It’s equal parts comedy and action flick. Stay tuned for our Railroad Tigers review tomorrow morning.
- The Summoning (January 10): The Summoning will follow a rough-around-the-edges detective who gets assigned to the case of a law student who uncovers chilling secrets that puts her life at risk. It’ll star Eric Roberts, Leila Almas, and Jaime Zevallos.
- Patriots Day (January 13): Mark Wahlberg will play another Bostonite. This time, he’ll play the role of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis following the events leading up to the 2013 Boston Marathon. The film will also star Michelle Monaghan and J.K. Simmons.
- Live by Night (January 13): Ben Affleck and Elle Fanning star in a story revolving around the Prohibition Era and a group of organized criminals.
- The Bye Bye Man (January 13): The Bye Bye Man will follow three friends who discover the horrific origins of a mysterious figure who is the cause of man’s most unspeakable acts known as the Bye Bye Man. Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, and Cressida Bonas will star in this upcoming horror movie. Stay tuned to NM for our Bye Bye Man review later this month.
- Monster Trucks (January 13): Looks absolutely atrocious, and the MetaScore makes us not even care about detailing what the film is. But it’s basically about a monster-possessed truck and the teen who owns it.
- 48 Hours to Live (January 13): “A 3D hybrid merging the genres of film noir, dance, and mystery. It’ll follow a loner fresh out of rehab who is hunted by both sides of the law who returns to his hometown to solve his sister’s murder.”
- The Crash (January 13): The Crash is set in the near future where a team of white collar criminals are hired by the Federal government to stop a cyber-attack that threatens to bankrupt America. It’ll star Maggie Q, Minnie Driver, AnnaSophia Robb, and Ed Westwick.
- xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage (January 20): An eye-roll inducing third outing for Xander Cage, starring Vin Diesel and Donnie Yen. If it weren’t for Donnie Yen, we probably wouldn’t even have an eye on this movie at all.
- Split (January 20): Another movie that isn’t getting a ton of press that’ll likely fly under a lot of radars is Split, which will star James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Haley Lu Richardson. It’s directed by M. Night Shyamalan, but hear us out — it has an interesting story. It’ll follow three girls who are kidnapped by a man with 24 distinct personalities who will use some of the personalities to help them run away and survive his other personalities.
- Detour (January 20): Detour is a thriller starring Tye Sheridan and Emory Cohen that will follow a young law student who has to decide whether or not to kill his unfaithful step-father while grieving for his dying mother.
- Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (January 27): Probably THE most anticipated action horror film of the year is this month’s release of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which will be Milla Jovovich’s final Resident Evil movie. It’ll pick up after the events of Resident Evil: Retribution.
- Gold (January 27): Gold will star Matthew McConaughey, Bryce Dallas Howard and Edgar Ramirez, and it will follow a money hungry businessman who sets out into the Indonesian jungle in search of gold.
New TV Series Premieres in January 2017
- The Mick – Fox (Sunday, January 1 at 8:00PM): Kaitlin Olson, Sofia Black-D’Elia, and Thomas Barbusca will star in The Mick, which centers around Mickey Murphy, a hard-living, foul-mouthed, cigarette-smoking woman who moves to affluent Greenwich, CT to raise her wealthy sister’s spoiled kids.
- Ransom – CBS (Sunday, January 1 at 8:30PM): Ransom will follow the professional experiences of a crisis negotiator and his partner who are considered two of the best negotiators in the world. Sarah Greene, Luke Roberts
- Beyond – Freeform (Monday, January 2 at 9:00PM): A young man wakes up from a coma after 12 years and discovers he has new abilities that will cause him some trouble.
- The Wall – NBC (Tuesday, January 3 at 8:00PM): The gameshow from Chris Hardwick and Lebron James.
- Emerald City – NBC (Friday, January 6 at 9:00PM): A modern reimagining of some of the elements in The Wizard of Oz.
- Taboo – FX (Tuesday, January 10 at 10:00PM): Tom Hardy’s new TV mini-series in which he plays the role of Adventurer James Keziah Delaney who attempts to build a shipping empire in the early 1800s.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events – Netflix (Friday, January 13): After losing their parents in a mysterious fire, three children face trials and tribulations attempting to uncover dark family secrets. It’ll star Neil Patrick Harris, Usman Ally, and Matty Cardarople.
- The Young Pope – HBO (Sunday, January 15 at 9:00PM): The controversial new series starring Jude Law who plays the first American Pope in history. It’ll also star Diane Keaton and Silvio Orlando.
- Victoria – PBS (Sunday, January 15 at 9:00PM): The new TV series surrounding the early life of Queen Victoria, from her accession to the throne to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert.
- Riverdale – The CW (Thursday, January 26 at 9:00PM): A new take on the Archie comics, exploring small town life, and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.