While there are plenty of big releases this month, fans of some retro-style side-scrolling action also have plenty to look forward to. Joymasher, known for Blazing Chrome, releases Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider later this week. For a taste of what to expect, check out some extensive gameplay footage of Stage 3 below, courtesy of IGN.
In this footage, Moonrider traverses the Fallen City in search of Flamestalker. He can equip one of two modifiers that provide unique abilities beforehand. What begins as a chase eventually leads to Moonrider avoiding shots from a robot in the background while pressing forward. There are still plenty of obstacles to overcome, including the classic spike pits.
The battle with Flamestalker sees him unleashing flaming ninja stars, a rain of fire, and much more as time goes on. Defeating him nets the Flamearang, which sends out a flaming boomerang that returns to Moonrider. Based on performance, you receive a rank at the end of the stage.
Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider is out on January 12th for PS4, PS5, PC, and Nintendo Switch.