Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

The 5 Games You Must Play In December

halo.jpg

Video games are a pain in the wallet. Unless you're planning on resorting to a diet of Pot Noodles and packets of sugar and locking yourself in a dark room for weeks on end, you're only going to fork out for one new title a month - at most. But how do you ensure you're spending your cash on a polished title that's going to entertain for more than a few hours? Glad you asked. 

With a deluge of new games looking to grab your attention, we've earmarked the five that you should consider splashing out on. Let us know which you go for and be a chum - invite us to a death match will you? Just don't make fun of our feeble skills.


Game of Thrones: Iron From Ice

Coming to: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PC, and iOS

Telltale Games - makers of the hugely successful Walking Dead video game series - has taken on George R. R. Martin and HBO's hit fantasy saga in a new six-part episodic point-and-click story. 

The game is set to follow the little-known House Forrester, a noble family from the north of Westeros loyal to the Starks of Winterfell. Caught up in the events surrounding the War of the Five Kings, they are dragged into the cauldron of bloody warfare, revenge, and horror as they fight for their survival while the seven kingdoms tear themselves apart (that's just between season three and five, HBO fans). Brimming with narrative, this is one for the 'thinkers' amongst you (which is all of you, obviously). 

Arrives: First week of December


The Crew

Coming to: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows

Massively multiplayer open worlds are nothing new to gaming - but the social mechanics haven't applied to the driving genre with much success.

The Crew aims to do just that: join a team of drivers, cruise around the United States, complete missions, compete in races, improve your garage, all while challenging other drivers you encounter on the finely detailed roads. It doesn't matter if you're prefer a bumper-to-bumper race or quick time challenge, there'll be something in here for you. There's also a 20-hour single player experience hidden in the midst of the online action. Think of it as an MMO role-playing game on wheels.

Arrives: 5 December


Halo: Spartan Strike

Coming to: Windows, Windows Phones

The world of Halo for your pocket (or more likely, PC, for the 98 percent of you who don't own a Windows phone) - a top-down twin-stick shooter that casts players as a Spartan IV in a classified ONI simulation of New Mombasa set during the events of Halo 2. Providing a similar experience to Halo: Spartan Assault, all the familiar enemies and toys from the Xbox series return, along with some new tricks: pick between the Warthog to clear the battlefield or go it alone on foot with your teleport and air strike tools. Save the Earth, kill the aliens - its' all a bit different to Candy Crush.

Arrives: 12 December


Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

Coming to: Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

Sequel to the brilliant-yet-ignored Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, The Temple of Osiris is a puzzle-heavy adventure from the world of Tomb Raider.

A top-down isometric platformer, shooter and puzzle solver, the emphasis of the new title will be on teaming up with three friends to raid a series of crumbling locales. In teams of four you'll fight your way through the underworld of Egypt, competing for treasures and artifacts. And if that doesn't tempt you, then maybe the chance of playing as the imprisoned gods Horus and Isis might sway it. You can literally be a god. 

Arrives: 9 December


Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta

Coming to: Xbox One

Okay, so this one is bending the rules slightly.

Not a full game but a test demo of the forthcoming multiplayer offering from 2015's Halo 5: Guardians, anyone who's purchased a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection will get to take part in 343 Industries' community test of its new title. The early indications are that the studio has taken everything that made the original Halo multiplayer experience great (a level playing field with no experience-based perks, balanced weapons and superb map designs) and polished them. There are some new bells and whistles though, including new movement abilities from a fancy jetpack and a controversial scope system - that they promise isn't controversial. This is all you're going to be playing for the first three weeks of 2015.

Arrives: 28 December

Related

game11.jpg

'Guess The Game' Art Series

sTAR-wARS.jpg

The First Trailer For Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

telltale.jpg

Madcap Tales From The Borderlands Launch Trailer

hero2.jpg

The 15 Most Addictive Apps Of 2014

creed11.jpg

Stunning Assassin's Creed: Unity Location Comparison

dead.jpg

Gruesome Zombie Trailer For Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Comments

More

Leaked poster appears to confirm Destiny 2 release date

And it sounds like they're doing a beta in June

by Matt Tate
23 Mar 2017

Android users can finally play Super Mario Run - and definitely should

Extended toilet breaks for everyone

by Matt Tate
23 Mar 2017

Zelda megafan controls his smart home with an ocarina

Pointless? Possibly. Are we envious? Definitely

by Matt Tate
20 Mar 2017

Why I pray every day for an 'SSX Tricky' remake

It's all about that Big Air Bonus

by Matt Tate
17 Mar 2017

How to cheat your way to victory in 'Mario Kart 64'

Anyone fancy digging the old N64 out again?

by Matt Tate
17 Mar 2017

5 new(ish) mobile games guaranteed to make any commute bearable

It doesn't have to be this painful

by Matt Tate
16 Mar 2017

Donkey Kong definitely dabs in new 'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe' trailer

Stop, stop, it's already dead

by Matt Tate
10 Mar 2017

The latest Zelda game will take over your life

Link is better than ever in Nintendo's open-world masterpiece

by Matt Tate
09 Mar 2017

There's a secret hidden message in your Nintendo Switch Pro controller

Have you found it?

by Gary Ogden
06 Mar 2017

5 video games you need to play in March

Those thumbs are going to be busy

by Matt Tate
03 Mar 2017