I’m going to be real with you, dear reader, this is going to be a short post. November has left us breathless, exhausted and poor with the absolute onslaught of games that we were barraged with. It’s the month of December, supermarkets are in full Christmas mode and you’re probably going to have an awkward lunch with your family at one point. It’s also the time for relaxation. Take some time off from work, kick back and enjoy all of the wonderful games that have released. However, December is going to be absolutely barren. We only have a few heavy hitters and even the indie scene is slowing down a notch. But as a testament to how strong this year was for gaming (which is probably the only good thing this year has done), even the small selection of titles are incredibly solid. Let’s have a look, shall we?
Steep (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – 2 December: Steep kind of just sprung on us, didn’t it? The rad snowboarding and Rich Kid Activity Simulator game is coming in hot and it’s actually looking pretty good. It looks to be scratching the SSX itch that a lot of us have and it does look ambitious. It’s a Ubisoft game, so there’s always some hesitancy, but it looks like it can just be a fun time gallivanting in the snow. We have been sorely lacking good arcade-y titles recently and Steep looks like it can fill that gap. 7/10. It has the potential to be good, but it’s a Ubisoft game. I’m also hesitant of most of its promises and features.
The Last Guardian (PS4) – 6 December: You can pinch yourself, you’re not dreaming. If it wasn’t enough that the 10 year spanning Final Fantasy XV released, The Last Guardian is also upon us very soon. This seemingly emotional game with a strange dog-bird is probably going to bring us all to tears at one point. A funny caveat, I still have a centrefold poster of the game on my wall that I got in 2011. I was in high school and still untouched by the horrors of the adult world. And now it’s releasing. It feels almost surreal. I’m going to be a bit provocative and say 7/10. Hear me out for a second. This game went through so much development hell and unfortunate incidents that I feel like there will be some noticeable flaws because of it. I would absolutely love to be proven wrong though.
Dead Rising 4 (Xbox One, PC) – 6 December: Frank West is returning in the latest instalment of the batsh!t insane zombie mass slaughtering franchise. I’ve always had a soft spot for the Dead Rising games and their wackiness with a touch of grounded reality. It’s just a fun game to play even if a lot of its mechanics and tendencies are inferior, confusing or just downright bad. The franchise has never been a real system seller for Microsoft, but it does have a nice cult following and the promise of more tiaras and lawnmowers tied to punching gloves. 6/10. I don’t have much faith that the game will have a lot of quality. I predict it will be a fun experience, but there will be some considerable flaws.
Telltale’s The Walking Dead Season 3: A New Frontier (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC, iOS, Android, Toaster) – 20 December: Let’s not forget about the new chapter in the beloved Clementine’s horrific adventure. Telltale’s The Walking Dead put the developer on the map with their incredible storytelling and harrowing choices. Season 1 was a tear jerker, Season 2 equally so but it really showed us the extent of humanity’s evil. It’s a powerful game and we’ll soon be able to experience a new chapter in this saga with Season 3. Things are bound to get interesting following the events of Season 2 and the fact that Clementine is older and wiser now is going to elevate the experience some more. You know what, I don’t like giving scores to episodic games. It will probably be a quality first episode, but we should wait until the full season is out before we evaluate it further.
Don Bradman Cricket 17 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – 16 December: If you think that 11 players running around after a red ball is your kind of fun then you’ll want to check out this sequel. The last game was regarded as one of the great cricket game of all time and it’s likely that it’s going to match (or exceed) what we saw in the first
innings outing. What I know about sport is scary, but because the Proteas are (apparently) doing so well and kicked some Aussie backside recently I’m going with a solid 8.5/10. As I mentioned in the opening paragraph – we have some *cough* heavy hitters *cough this month.
And that’s it for December. There are a few scattered indie games, but nothing really of any importance, unless you know of something that might be great. Let us know in the comments! It’s a sparse month, but there’s some great quality games releasing and very soon at that. I hope you enjoy Christmas and get that console/game/limited edition fetish DVD/4K TV that you’ve always wanted. I know I won’t. I’ll be seeing you here again in the new year where I will provide you with a simple and convenient way to see how poor you’re going to be.