Already one month through 2019? Well, at least it wasn’t uneventful- we’ve kept busy with a selection of games and music that we’d like to recommend to you!

But this goes both ways, head here to share your favourite January time killer, and go into the draw to win some eShop/PSN/Xbox Live credit! All the details are there, but you only have today to enter! Now, let’s jump straight in!

Stew/Troy

My obsession this month, has been catching up on the Persona spin off games. I’ve managed to get Platinum trophies for Persona 3, 4 and 5 Dancing within a week or so of each other, getting my fill for amazing Persona music remixed in different ways.

If I had to pick just one, though, I’d have to say Persona 5 Dancing in Starlight. The jazzy soundtrack gives so much more to work with that’s outside of the usual, and the characters are much more familiar to me (I sold my Vita before I could finish Persona 4, and I just never had the chance to play Persona 3, so I’m relying on the anime adaptions for both).

Chocobalt

Okay, so I’m cheating a bit here, because my favourite thing from January is a song… from a game. More of an EP, really. Of course, it’s Utada Hikaru’s Face My Fears. It features four songs from Kingdom Hearts 3 — Face My Fears, in both English and Japanese, and Don’t Think Twice/Chikai, again, English and Japanese, respectively. It’s basically the only music I’ve listened to for the entire month, and after dozens of listens, I’m still not sick of it.

We’d seen snippets of both songs in Kingdom Hearts 3 trailers before, but they always stopped short of the real heart of both of these songs. Face My Fears, co-written and produced by Skrillex, is an energetic mixture of Utada’s powerful, sombre vocals and the eclectic, electric beats of Skrillex. Don’t Think Twice is a Utada solo special, a deep and rich song that is closer to past Kingdom Hearts songs like Simple & Clean and Sanctuary. Alone, these songs are fantastic, but together, they’re a perfect harmony of emotion, a truly fantastic way to bookend the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts 3. If you haven’t heard them yet, please, do yourself a favour, and take the time to soak it all in.

LycanLabs

My favourite thing in January…well…as much as I am still in a state of disbelief that I finally have access to Kingdom Hearts 3, I think it’s too late in the piece to call it my favourite thing. But I do think I’ll go with a game. I’m really keen on Pikuniku – a sweet little indie produced by Devolver Digital, released on PC and Switch about a week ago, now.

It’s kind of hard to explain what draws me to Pikuniku. It has this combination of puzzle platforming, surrealist humour, and vaguely anti-capitalist social commentary that combine together into a bizarre fever dream that I’m still not really sure happened. I really think that, if you’ve got a spare $20 or so, it’s something you should pick up and spend an afternoon drinking in. It’s not perfect, to be sure, but I’m told that beauty lies in imperfection.

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