10 Amazing Games to Play in December

2016 is almost over but there are still some great games to play

This year saw a number of great titles, from the Aussie adventure that was Forza Horizon 3 to the epic Gears of War 4 and sneaky Dishonored 2. We hacked into mainframes in Watch Dogs 2, warred in space with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and even went back to World War 1 with Battlefield 1. Does the year have anything left in the tank? Thankfully, there are still some really great games waiting to close out 2016. Whether you're on PC, consoles or  mobiles, these ten top games that deserve your attention.

Darksiders Warmastered Edition

Caption: War is on the prowl.

Image credit: (c) THQ Nordic

Release date: Available Now

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC

War rides again. Darksiders Warmastered Edition is a remaster of the original game, containing all the puzzle-solving and brutal combat that made it great. Tons of visual improvements like re-rendered cut-scenes, double resolution textures and support for 4K are included but best of all? If you own the original on Steam, then you get the Warmastered Edition totally free.

Final Fantasy 15

Caption: Onward to adventure!

Image credit: (c) Square Enix

Release date: Available now

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4

Ten years, two iterations, changing directors and a massive ambition have given us Final Fantasy 15. The kingdom of Lucis is under siege thanks to the sneaky tactics of Niflheim. It's all about that magical crystal but as Prince Noctis, your job is to find your bride Lunafreya and eventually beat the opposing empire. With a huge open world, real time action combat and great characterization, Final Fantasy 15 is a return to form for the bumper franchise.

Dead Rising 4

Caption: Frank West just can't catch a break.

Image credit: (c) Capcom

Release date: December 6th

Platforms: Xbox One, Windows 10 PC

Is Frank West cursed with the worst luck? If Dead Rising 4 is any indication, then yes. Our intrepid photojournalist turned professor returns to Willamette in the sequel...only to face the undead once again. Fortunately, you're not defenseless. There are elemental weapons to forge, killer vehicles to customize and even a power suit for even more havoc. Dead Rising 4 even includes the ability to run around freely without a timer along with 4 player co-op support.

 Steep

Caption: Explore the Alps.

Image credit: (c) Ubisoft

Release date: December 2nd

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC

Imagine an open world game from Ubisoft. Really difficult, right? However, Steep is a different experience with extreme sports activities in place of assassins and secret agents. Paragliding, wing-suiting, snow-boarding and skiing are all on hand. The Alps are your playground with various locations to explore, tricks to perform and devastating wipe-outs to be had. With four play-styles and online connectivity to share your activities with friends, Steep offers a different kind of sports experience.

The Last Guardian

Caption: Finally, Sony's platformer is here.

Image credit: (c) Sony

Release date: December 6th

Platforms: PS4

Final Fantasy 15 isn't the only decade-long title that's finally upon us. Sony's The Last Guardian is nearly here, presenting the same emotional story-telling and mythic setting that defined classics like Shadow of the Colossus and ICO. The jury is still out on how the game will actually be but we know that it involves a healthy amount of platforming, puzzle-solving and cooperation between the protagonist and the guardian. Whether it's great or not, it's here and we couldn't be happier.

Space Hulk Deathwing

Caption: Team up with friends against the Genestealers.

Image credit: (c) Focus Home Interactive

Release date: December 9th (PC)

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4

Loved Left 4 Dead's co-op? Enjoyed messing around in the Warhammer universe with Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide? Then Space Hulk Deathwing is the game for you. Battle Genestealers – and yes, that's actually their race name and it's awesome – in dark environments as a squad of Terminators. For a fun romp with friends, Space Hulk Deathwing should be good.

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier

Caption: Years later, Clementine's struggle continues.

Image credit: (c) Telltale Games

Release date: December 20th

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, iOS, Android, PC, Mac

Several years have passed since the undead nightmare infested the world but society is starting to emerge in The Walking Dead universe. A New Frontier is the third season in Telltale's stellar adventure series and stars a grown-up Clementine still fighting for survival. Joined by Javier, Clementine will once again have to make less-than-easy choices. Episode 1 arrives on December 20th with subsequent episodes to follow in the coming months.

Don Bradman Cricket 17

Caption: Hit 'em high.

Image credit: (c) Tru Blu Entertainment

Release date: December 22nd (for consoles)

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC

Cricket hasn't exactly had the best video games over the past few years. However, the Don Bradman Cricket series has been doing fairly well. The 2017 iteration brings a new Career mode, letting you work your way up from regional to domestic and international teams. You can also opt for “Be A Pro” that lets you take any character through Career Mode or mess around with the stadium creator to create your very own cricket ground.

Super Mario Run

Caption: Endless running meets Mario.

Image credit: (c) Nintendo

Release date: December 15th

Platforms: iOS

Finally, Mario is on mobile devices. Super Mario Run marks the debut of the plumber and his classic platforming on the iPhone, iPad and whatnot. The game is actually an endless runner where you tap the screen to make Mario jump. Toad Rally functions a lot like Time Attack in that it challenges you to beat ghosts of other players. Of course, there's a meta game at hand where you gather coins to customize your very own Mushroom Kingdom. Sounds simple but it is Mario after all.

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

Caption: Band together with your squad in Edo-era Japan.

Image credit: (c) Daedalic Entertainment

Release date: December 6th

Platforms: PC

A niche title that almost slipped beneath the radar is Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun from Mimimi and Daedalic Entertainment. Set in early 17th century Japan, Shadow Tactics sees you controlling five different characters in a tactical strategy setting, exercising stealth and violence with equal discretion. The Commandos-like vibe and faithful visuals make Shadow Tactics a worthy addition to any strategy fan's library.

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