What better way to spend your holidays than with fam- I meant video games? Hello and welcome to my monthly ranking series looking at the upcoming month of releases. We have now made it to the end of the year, and soon we will be looking back on the year 2018 and analyzing the releases that happened over the course of the year. But before we get to that, we got one more month of games releasing, so here is my list. Well, rules first then I will get to the list.
The game has to be released on at least one of the major systems (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch). The game has to be new, so no remasters or re-releases onto new systems. One thing I do count is a game either entering or exiting early access, but that game can only be counted once. If a game does have multiple release dates like Destiny 2 or GTA 5, then I will only count the earliest release date. The exception to that is if the game has a pre-order bonus of entering the game early, in which I will count its normal release date. Finally, it has to be a game, not a DLC. With the rules out of the way, let's look at my top picks for December.
Dusk, a game by David Szymanski, is a retro fps that is meant to harken back to the days of Quake. This look back to the 90s is pretty much the reason why this game is on this list. I don’t think I have ever played a shooter with that exact style, so I believe that this game will be a good jumping in point for that. Dusk will be kicking ass retro style on the PC and the Switch on the 10th.
4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
I know what you must be thinking. Why isn’t this game higher on the list? To be honest, I am not a fan of fighting games. I never had a Smash game growing up because I was never a big fan of platform fighters. Because of that, I put this game up higher not because I think the game will in any way be bad, but because this is a game in a genre I am not a huge fan of. Still, I want to give this game a shot because I almost feel left out not wanting to play this game. Plus, adding every single fighter ever made and then some to the roster makes this game feel like the definitive one to have, which doesn’t hurt. Smash Ultimate will arrive on the 7th for the Switch.
3. Just Cause 4
Just Cause 4 by Avalanche Studios has you playing as Rico once more doing what he does best: fly around at ungodly speeds and take down dictatorial antagonists. The only Just Cause game I have ever played was Just Cause 3, so I think this will be a good opportunity to play a proper Just Cause game. On top of that, I think its various extreme weather dynamics looks like a lot of fun to be had. Just Cause 4 is wing suit gliding its way to PC, PS4, and Xbox One on the 4th.
2. Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden
MYZRTE (because I refuse to type that long title again) is a game by The Bearded Ladies and has you roaming around an apocalyptic land XCOM style. The only weird little thing is your allies that go with you are mutant animals. Mutant Year Zero combines two things I am a fan of: turn-based strategy and an apocalyptic setting. On top of that, being able to explore the world outside of combat similar to Mario + Rabbids could be a lot of fun. I still don’t know how I feel about playing as a human-sized talking duck, but I’m sure I will be able to figure it out when the game releases on the 4th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
1. Desert Child
Desert Child, a game by Oscar Brittain, has you playing as a guy in a dystopian world trying to escape to Mars by participating in hoverbike races. I remember this game catching my eye during E3 this year, and it is one of a few select games I kept up with. It’s beautiful art style and color palette as well as its interesting gameplay that goes beyond just racing blends to make this incredible world that I want to be a part of. I am surprised to see this game at the top of this list, but it’s the only game releasing this month I truly care about. Desert Child will be releasing on all platforms on the 11th.
That is going to wrap up this list. This month, unsurprisingly, is a slowdown on games, and I bet next month will be too. But hold on to your hats when February comes around. Thank you all for reading and have a happy holiday month.