Our Favourite Games From December

Our Favourite Games from December

December — a time for sun, Doctor Who Christmas specials, and slow game releases. But slow doesn't mean we didn't come across anything worth checking out. And so, below is what we played and liked in December.


Amplitude

Our Favourite Games from December

Mike played the Kickstarted reboot of Harmonix's rhythm game, and found more of the same stuff he fell in love with back in 2003.

You can buy the game for PS4.


ARK: Survival Evolved

Our Favourite Games from December

The ever-popular Steam dino survival game had its Xbox One debut last month. It was Mike's first exposure to ARK, and he had a pretty good time.

You can buy the game for PC and Xbox One. Note that both versions are in Early Access.


Assassin's Creed Syndicate: Jack The Ripper

Our Favourite Games from December

To Stephen's experience, not only was Jack The Ripper a pretty good piece of AC DLC, but it also explored a historical topic that video games don't often do.

You can buy the expansion for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. You need to own Assassin's Creed Syndicate to play it.


Aviary Attorney

Our Favourite Games from December

Phoenix Wright, but with animals. Mike dug the concept, and the execution.

You can buy the game for PC.


Badland 2

Our Favourite Games from December

Badland was a brilliant mobile puzzle-platformer with some problems. The sequel, Mike found, eliminates those problems, for an all-around awesome game.

You can buy the game for iOS.


Dreamfall Chapters: Book Four: Revelations

Our Favourite Games from December

It's the fourth instalment in Red Thread Games' adventure series. If Richard's impressions are any indication, this isn't the chapter where you should stop playing.

You can buy the game for PC.


Fast Racing Neo

Our Favourite Games from December

Mike wants you to know that this is not a new F-Zero. It's like a new F-Zero, though. It scratches that itch.

You can buy the game for Wii U.


Force of Elements

Our Favourite Games from December

Mike found his perfect competitive online game in Force of Elements, a match-3 puzzler that looks like a MOBA.

You can buy the game for PC. Note that it's in Early Access.


Pokémon Picross

Our Favourite Games from December

Catching Pokémon by drawing pixel puzzles. This makes for a great game but, as Stephen notes, you might be annoyed by the free-to-play energy mechanic.

You can get the game for 3DS.


Progress to 100

Our Favourite Games from December

This mobile puzzle game can get pretty obtuse with its solutions. But that didn't stop Evan from finishing it.

You can buy the game for iOS.


RWBY: Grimm Eclipse

Our Favourite Games from December

Mike had a blast with this fan-game-turned-official-game — a co-op brawler — based on the Rooster Teeth webseries.

You can buy the game for PC. Note that it's in Early Access.


Squad

Our Favourite Games from December

A more realistic Battlefield with large, daunting skirmishes. Nathan thought it made for a fascinating experience.

You can buy the game for PC. Note that it's in Early Access.


Total War: Attila: Age of Charlemagne

Our Favourite Games from December

The well-focused final downloadable campaign for Total War: Attila and — much to Luke's joy — a bright end to the Rome II saga.

You can buy the DLC for PC. You need to own Total War: Attila to play it.


Turok: Dinosaur Hunter

Our Favourite Games from December

Night Dive Studios did a great job updating this shooter for modern systems. Mike's had a lot of fun shooting dinosaurs.

You can buy the game for PC.


Comments

    How did xenoblade slip everyone's mind? I'm 80 hours in and it's goddamned glorious!

      I haven't gone back to Fallout 4 since I got Xenoblade Chronicles X.

      Oh my god.. I cant wait to get it tonight! Thanks to Xmas I had to put it off a couple of weeks (atleast I got to complete Fallout 4). Sad that everyone is overlooking it...

        The whole game is set out like a sprawling anime story. The story missions are the core arc, and the affinity missions are the character development side arcs (and the run the gamut from maudlin to quite funny). There's bucket loads of story, and the amount available to you just keeps expanding. Whoever said that it was light compared to xenoblade 1 clearly didn't branch out at all!

        And even though it has been a sore point with many, I find the character models to be a pretty good representation of the anime aesthetic, especially when compared to 3d based series like knights of sidonia.

        The skells hit every mecha cue you can imagine, and even the music feels like it was ripped from a funkier Gundam series, strangely Germanic lyrics and all.

        I wish the music volume knew when to back off during cutscenes, and the interior camera speed needs to be adjustable. The way your silent protagonist makes choices is also a bit clunky, but it's serviceable.

        The voice acting is above average, and the translation writing is commendably sharp with a lot of attention paid to accents, turns of phrase, and Western pop culture.

        And L is just the best.

        I haven't quite finished the story because I'm plugging away at the affinity missions, but I've enjoyed this more than the witcher 3 and xenoblade 1, which is seriously high praise.

    To whomever thinks ARK is great: Do you play on an 'Official' server? Does the rubber banding not annoying you?

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