After the whirlwind month that was November, video game fans may find themselves in desperate need of a break when it comes to new releases. December, as it stands, offers something of a reprieve for overwhelmed gamers, featuring a handful of notable new games, but nothing comparable to the barrage of last month’s impressive release schedule.
Below, readers will find December’s best new releases. Despite being a thinner month, December’s selection is still one that gamers may want to consider cozying up with as the year comes to a close.
Juju is the perfect offering for gamers who grew up on platformers and want to share the magic of the genre with their family. Featuring a vibrant world and a colorful cast of characters, Juju packs a whole lot of charm in its friendly design. In addition to being welcoming to all players, Juju still has plenty to offer for those who want a little challenge thanks to its inspired boss design and multi-layered level design.
9) Guilty Gear XRD:
PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 owners looking for a new fighting game to sink their teeth into will be pleased to know that Guilty Gear Xrd releases this month, bringing the intense action of the arcade title into their living rooms.
8) Elite: Dangerous:
Featuring a massive universe to explore and a robust interstellar trading system to master, Elite: Dangerous is a space fan’s dream come true. The follow-up to the Elite series popular in the 90s, Dangerous’ scope is nothing short of impressive. With numerous features to master, ships to customize, and players to battle, Elite: Dangerous looks to be one of this year’s most enticing massively multiplayer offerings.
7) Halo: Spartan Strike:
A new twin-stick shooter set in the Halo universe, Halo: Spartan Strike will launch for Windows PC and Windows Phones this month, allowing gamers to dive into frantic battles from throughout the Spartans’ history. The war simulation gameplay element ensures that there will be no limit to the amount of battles that players will be able to fight in, ensuring that every Halo fan will be able to earn their stripes.
6) Kingdom Heart HD 2.5 ReMIX:
After much waiting, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX will finally be available to PlayStation 3 owners this month. Featuring three Kingdom Hearts titles, each remastered in HD, 2.5 ReMIX offers an insane amount of content at an affordable price. Included in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX is Kingdom Hearts II HD Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix, and Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded. Strange naming conventions be damned, this is one game RPG fans will want to pick up.
5) Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris:
Combining exciting platforming and intense gun battles, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is the highly anticipated sequel to Crystal Dynamics’ Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. Temple of the Osiris looks to build upon the success of its predecessor by throwing Lara and company into another exciting adventure full of twists, turns, jumps and Egyptian locations. To sweeten the deal Temple of the Osiris supports cooperative play, ensuring that gamers will be able to explore the game’s interesting locations with friends.
4) The Crew:
Fans of racers will be thrilled to jump behind the steering wheel in The Crew. Featuring a persistent open-world modeled after real world locations, an emphasis on teaming up with friends to create ‘crews’ and top-notch racing action, The Crew has enough going on for it to entice even those who don’t like racing titles.
3) The Talos Principle:
Created by an indie developer super group, The Talos Principle boasts intense philosophical questions among head-scratching puzzles. The juxtaposition of ancient ruins and highly advanced technology creates an air of strange, contradictory logic in The Talos Principle. Forcing players to choose between acceptance of the world around you and questioning everything you see, The Talos Principle looks to be an interesting and metaphysical journey players won’t soon forget.
2) Captain Toad Treasure Tracker:
An evolution of the Adventures of Captain Toad minigame from Super Mario 3D World, Captain Toad Treasure Tracker allows players to take on the role of the titular toadstool as he traverses dangerous locations in order to nab numerous Golden Stars. Interesting in its omission of a jump button, Captain Toad Treasure Tracker is a different kind of puzzle platformer that deserves the attention of Wii U owners.
1) Game of Thrones:
The world’s hottest book series and most popular television show, Game of Thrones, is getting the Telltale Games treatment this month, offering gamers a chance to experience the fantasy drama like never before. In Game of Thrones, players will take up the mantle of House Forrester as they are wrapped up in the sordid affairs of Westeros. Fans of the series will be pleased to see that numerous familiar faces will be making appearances in Game of Thrones, bringing the popular characters to life like never before.
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