Christmas is nearly here and it seems like everyone who had a big game on the way has released it already to the masses. We’ve seen Fallout 4, the return of Rock Band and Guitar Hero, Halo 5: Guardians, and Star Wars Battlefront to name only a few. That doesn’t mean that December is going to be a bust though! We’ll admit, coming up with five titles for The Big 5 this month was a bit of a stretch but we managed. Here’s five games you could put on your radar for December.
Oh hey, do you like explosions? Do you like making things explode while dangling precariously by one arm from an airborne helicopter? Do you like driving cars off cliffs then jumping off said car and using your wingsuit to fly into enemy territory like a complete and utter badass? If you said yes to any of the above (and let’s be honest, who wouldn’t?) then Just Cause 3 is for you. Square Enix and Avalanche Studios are finally ready to debut the series on the current generation of consoles with much anticipation. Rico Rodriguez is back and on a mission to overthrow General Di Ravello, an evil dictator who controls his homeland Medici.
Fully open world with 400 square miles of map (above ground and below ground too) and unlimited opportunities for chaos. This is the Just Cause we know and love on the biggest scale ever.
Not content to let Square make all the money, Ubisoft competes for the contents of your wallet on Dec. 1st as well. The much lauded return of Rainbow Six is finally here. Making the move to multiplayer only with no single player campaign could be a risky one but if we’re being honest, R6 has always stood out when played with others.
Despite a bit of a rocky open beta we have hope that the ‘spiritual successor’ if you will to the cancelled Rainbow Six: Patriots will still stand tall. You can check out our early hands-on preview of the game where our man Lucas had a ton of fun regardless of some quirks that popped up.
Xenoblade Chronicles X – Monolith Soft/Nintendo – Dec 4 (Wii U)
Hype, hype and more hype. There are a lot of people out there who are pumped for the next game in the Xeno saga. Our man Stephan nearly lost his marbles just opening up the Special Edition box and that was obviously before he had even started playing the game.
Earth is facing obliteration and you take on the role of one of humanity’s last saviour on a hostile planet. This open world RPG features massive (and quite badass looking might I add) robots called Skells that you can pilot and engage in epic battles with so that’s already a win in my books. Of course the game itself is stunning in every possible way making it very likely the best looking game ever to grace the Wii U.
If you’ve got a spare 200 hours or so and a hankering to play a crazy mix between a Western RPG and a JRPG then look no further than Xenoblade Chronicles X.
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing – NeocoreGames – Dec 1 (Xbox One)
Released back in May of 2013 for the PC we see this Action RPG make its way to the Xbox One console this December. Obviously this isn’t a new game but people were pretty excited about it debuting on consoles when it was announced back in September of 2014.
You are the inimitable Abraham Van Helsing, son of the legendary vampire hunter of the same name. Carrying on in your father’s legacy you are tasked to help save the fictional Borgovia from the onslaught of evil monsters and spirits. In a decidedly twisted spin, the young Van Helsing actually finds himself aiding the very creatures his father had sworn to eradicate. Filled with pop culture jabs and a dropped into a glorious steampunk setting this is a great way to spend 7 to 10 hours hacking away.
Available on Dec. 1st for $14.99 or for free with the Games with Gold program you’d be a fool to not pick this one up.
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare – Activison – Dec 1 (PS4, Xbox One)
Alright, we’ll admit that this one is a stretch for a big game but as we said earlier, December is pretty barren. Still, this game, which was released first on PC way back in October of 2012, isn’t half bad.
Based on Age of Chivalry, a popular Half-Life 2 mod, Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is a multiplayer, first/third person action game. Donning everything from maces and swords to ballistae and catapults it puts you squarely into the Middle Ages combat.
It reviewed well when originally released and was eventually ported to the Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles as well. Figuring it will still stand as a title worth playing, Torn Banner and Activision bring the game to current gen consoles on Dec 1st.
The only question that remains is which game are you planning on picking up?