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Games to Watch Out For This December

Avatar Frontiers of Pandora

It’s nearly the end of the year and, as usual, December is pretty quiet in the world of videogames. After the deluge of game releases over the last few months, however, we’re pretty glad.

Of course, there are some releases worthy of note in December, including a AAA open world adventure based on a major film franchise, and not one but two games involving surviving against zombies in VR. For many though, December will present a good opportunity to start clearing their backlogs. After all, 2023 has been stacked with great games releases. Still, without further ado, here are the games to watch out for this December.

Disney Dreamlight Valley: A Rift in Time

Disney Dreamlight Valley
Image: Gameloft
  • 5th December
  • Available on: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch & PC

If, like us, you’ve spent an obscene amount of time with Disney Dreamlight Valley this year, you’ll be glad to know that its first expansion is on the way this month. A Rift in Time brings a new island to the game, full of new gameplay opportunities. You’ll be able to spend time with four new villages and complete a whole new range of quests as you unravel a brand new story. There’s a even a board game to play, called Scrabblecoin. Needless to say, this is likely to be a must-have for Disney Dreamlight Valley fans.

Arizona Sunshine 2

Arizona Sunshine 2 (1)
Image: Vertigo Games
  • 5th December
  • Available on: PS5 & PC

The original Arizona Sunshine is widely regarded as one of the best VR experiences around, and this sequel aims to be even better. Take up the mantle of the dark-humoured protagonist once more and fight your way across a post-apocalyptic Arizona. This time you’re not alone in your zombie-slaying endeavours, however. For a start, you’re accompanied by Buddy, your new four-legged friend. You can also enjoy the campaign via online co-op this time around, too. Throw in a new mutilation and gore system, and zombie fans are in for a treat.

Born of Bread

Born of Bread (1)
Image: WildArts Studio Inc.
  • 5th December
  • Available on: PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch & PC

We’ve played games as speedy blue hedgehogs, goats and a whole lot more. Now we can add bread to that list. That’s right, Born of Bread puts in control of a protagonist made of bread; a flour golem, to be exact. Needless to say, this isn’t a game to be taken seriously, which is ideal considering it’s a humour-filled RPG, much in a similar vein to Paper Mario. This is definitely one to watch, and it looks great.

Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader

Warhammer Rogue Trader (1)
Image: Owlcat Games
  • 7th December
  • Available on: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S & PC

There are so many Warhammer games. Perhaps too many, in fact. Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader from Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous developer Owlcat Games, however, promises something a little bit different. Made in close partnership with Games Workshop, this is a classical styled RPG with a deep story, where your choices really matter. So, of you want to get really immersed in a Warhammer game this December, this might be for you.

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora

Avatar Frontiers of Pandora 1
Image: Ubisoft
  • 7th December
  • Available on: PS5, Xbox Series X/S & PC

Love the Avatar film franchise? Even if you don’t, you might find yourself drawn into Ubisoft’s latest open world adventure. Take control of a Na’vi orphan, unite local tribes and fight back against an organisation known as the RDA in a region of Pandora never seen before in Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. There’s one thing for certain: this game is a looker. Even if it plays half as good as it looks we’ll be in for a good time. We’re certainly looking forward to exploring its lush world, that’s for sure.

Resident Evil 4: VR

Resident Evil 4 VR
Image: Capcom
  • 8th December
  • Available on: PS5

Released earlier this year, the remake of Resident Evil 4 did not disappoint. For those who own it on PS5 and also have a PS VR2 headset, however, it’s about to get a whole lot better. The long-awaited DLC that enables the game’s VR mode launches early this December, letting players battle through the game’s campaign as if they are seeing through Leon’s eyes. It’ll be the most intense and immersive way to play Resident Evil 4 yet. And even better, it’s absolutely free.

Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising

Granblue Fantasy Versus Rising (1)
Image: Cygames, Arc System Works
  • 14th December
  • Available on: PS4, PS5 & PC

One for fighting game fans, Granblue Fantasy Versus returns this December with Rising, a sequel that builds on its predecessor to make it more accessible and enjoyable. Jump into Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising and you’ll find the option to play it with simplified inputs, making it welcoming to newcomers. It also has a campaign that features action-RPG elements, and for those who like to have fun with others, alongside its standard multiplayer options there’s a new Grand Bruise Legends party mode. What’s not to love?

Cookie Cutter

Cookie Cutter (1)
Image: Subcult Joint LTD
  • 14th December
  • Available on: PS5, Xbox Series X/S & PC

There have been quite a few Metroidvania games released in 2023, but few look as interesting and maniacal as Cookie Cutter. Putting players in control of Cherry, an android hell-bent of rescuing her creator, Cookie Cutter takes place in a dystopian world. Utilising Cherry’s rage, players will be able to eviscerate her enemies across ten distinct zones in a game that boasts sumptuous hand-drawn animation, buckets of blood, and more action than you can shake a stick at. Needless to say, we’re pretty excited for this one.

House Flipper 2

House Flipper 2
Image: Frozen District, Empyrean
  • 14th December
  • Available on: PC

We’ve had loads of fun buying, renovating and then reselling houses in the original House Flipper and its various expansions. Now we’re looking forward to doing it all over again in House Flipper 2. Aside from boasting improved visuals, House Flipper 2 will also have new gameplay mechanics. Those returning from the original game have been polished and improved, too. The real draw of House Flipper 2 for many, however, might be the fact that you can now build houses from scratch. It’s just a shame that while the PC version launches this December, console players have to wait until next year.

Editor in Chief // An avid gamer since discovering the wonders of the Acorn Electron in the '80s, Rich has nearly played more games than he's had hot dinners. Not one to put all his eggs in one basket, Rich is happy to play games of all genres, but he particularly enjoys racing games and anything that's full of non-stop action, especially if it includes a good dose of humour, horror or crudeness!