For the GamesBeat Decides podcast this week, we kicked off a brand new month-to-month section the place we decide the perfect sport of the month. January had some unbelievable new releases, and hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti discuss concerning the large three throughout this episode.

You can hearken to our dialogue within the video above or within the full audio episode under. Scroll right down to see our choice.

January 2018’s sport of the month is … Celeste

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Runners-up: Monster Hunter: World, Dragon Ball FighterZ

That was top-of-the-line opening months for a 12 months ever. Dragon Ball FighterZ is an accessible and lovely fighter, and Monster Hunter: World‘s satisfying gameplay loop is catching on with mainstream avid gamers for the primary time in its lengthy historical past. But because the calendar clicked over to February, it was the troublesome indie platformer Celeste that stood above all the things else.

Celeste is the most recent sport from developer Matt Makes Games, which made the pixel brawler Towerfall for Ouya (ports hit different platforms). It has you taking part in as Madeline, a younger woman who’s climbing Celeste Mountain as a result of … properly, she doesn’t actually know or clarify whenever you begin. But as you progress, you be taught that she’s doing this as a result of she hates part of herself that’s riddled with doubt and anxiousness. You additionally be taught that Celeste has a few of the sharpest platforming in any sport ever made.

Madeline has solely a handful of strikes. She can run, soar, climb, and sprint. You get one sprint early on, and you’ll solely climb so long as your stamina meter holds out. Matt Makes Games throws one impediment after one other at you to maintain issues recent regardless of a restricted set of strikes.

The studio constructed every world round a brand new platform or powerup that augments Madeline’s capabilities. In one stage, you may uncover platforms that reply to your dashes that allow you to construct up a number of momentum. Another world could have turning right into a ball of sunshine that may fly round freely for just a few seconds.

But whereas all the things round Madeline is altering, one factor stays fixed: the issue. Every room in each stage is difficult. And which means you continuously really feel completed as you progress. Of course, the sport is so onerous that it’d flip off some individuals, so Matt Makes Games made an help mode that allows you to change how Celeste works. You can add infinite dashes or decelerate time or flip the spikes into innocent bouncy springs. So I can benefit from the sport because it’s meant (and scream in frustration within the course of), and others may also get pleasure from it however on their very own phrases.

Celeste is particular. The gameplay is tight and pleasant, the story is considerate, and it’s visually putting. This is well the perfect sport of January.

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