December is never really a huge month for video game releases and 2018 is no exception.
That said, there are a handful of games that might be worth a look. In fact, there are at least two that could register as must-haves for hardcore gamers. It starts with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The latest edition in the hit Nintendo series arrives in stores on December 7 and it is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch.
The beat-em-up features a whopping 74 playable characters from a variety of iconic gaming series. Take a look at this extended trailer below which shows off some gameplay:
Visually, this is easily the most beautiful game in the series. If you’re a Switch owner it’s hard to imagine this game wouldn’t pique your interest. Let’s look at the other four releases you should have on your radar just before Christmas.
Just Cause 4 [PC, PS4, XBO] – December 4
Rico Rodriguez is back for Just Cause 4 and the world Avalanche Studios has created, on the shoulders of the powerful new Apex engine, looks pretty impressive in the trailers and deep dives I’ve seen. The one below is a great example.
The Just Cause series is known for its fun and over-the-top gameplay and all signs point to continuing on that path. It’s a risk to release this late in the year, but if you own a PS4 and Xbox One, this might be the last game of the year that makes your Christmas list.
Override: Mech City Brawl [PC, PS4, XBO] – December 4
If you like mech games, this is one to look into. There are a number of ways to play–including a story mode–however the developer, The Balance Inc hasn’t yet produced the kind of titles to turn gamers’ heads. We’re talking Posthumous, a martial arts/zombie beat-em-up and other little-known titles.
Override: Mech City Brawl is published by Modus Games which also released the ambitious, but repetitive Extinction earlier this year.
The visuals look sharp, but if you’ve played a mech title with shaky controls, you know that can ruin the entire experience. Hopefully, that’s not an issue in this one and we’ll get an opportunity to play it to give more information post-release.
Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds [PS4] – December 7
The popular battle royale title finally makes its way to PS4. PUBG was at its height of popularity as a PC game and a number of fans were disappointed with the Xbox One version.
PS4 fans are hopeful they will receive a better and more polished version on their console. We’ll find out for sure in a few weeks.
Borderlands 2 VR [PSVR] – December 14
Many traditional gamers and Borderlands fans are hungry for the announcement of Borderlands 3, but that still hasn’t happened. That said, Borderlands 2 VR is coming to PSVR in December and it promises to maintain the series’ edgy personality and humor while also delivering brand new missions VR style.
I’ve struggled to find a lot of reasons to play my PSVR, but if you are a major Borderlands fan, this might be the nudge you need.