December is the first month since this past summer that we can all finally take a breather. The video game release schedule is manageable for the first time in months.
December 5, 2017.
Here’s the full list of December 2017 video game releases:
- Doom VFR (PSVR, Vive) – December 1
- Gear Club (Switch) – December 1
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch) – December 1
- Dead Rising 4: Frank’s Big Package (PS4) – December 5
- Steep – Road to the Olympics (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – December 5
- Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris – December 5
- Bravo Team (PSVR) – December 6
- Reigns: Her Majesty (PC, iOS, Android) – December 7
- Hello Neighbor (Xbox One, PC) – December 8
- Loco Roco 2 Remastered (PS4) – December 9
- Fallout 4 VR (Vive) – December 12
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (Xbox One) – December 12
- Resident Evil 7: Gold Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – December 12
- Okami HD (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – December 12
- Tiny Metal (PS4, Switch, PC) – December 21
What to play
It’s been an exciting end of the year for Bethesda, with both Skyrim and Doom getting pretty solid ports on the Nintendo Switch. We also saw a well-received VR version of Skyrim land on the PS VR, and now we’re getting Doom VFR on both the PlayStation VR and Vive headsets.
So that should be interesting, and potentially pretty nauseating, to play. Then, later in the month, we get Fallout 4 VR on the Vive, so that’s a third major Bethesda title on VR in two months. VR hasn’t had many major AAA releases; now they’re all landing at once.
Naturally, none of these are coming to the Oculus Rift, as Bethesda and Facebook remain in litigation over that device. It’s a bummer that Skyrim is only on PS VR, and Fallout 4 is just on Vive, but I guess that makes Doom the particular case.
Beyond this, I’ve got a few other highlights for December.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
The Switch’s last big game of 2017 promises to be a very big, very bold game indeed. The sequel to the popular Wii RPG looks pretty amazing, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Given that the game launches in just a few days, there’s no imaginable way I’ll be able to review it before launch, but I’m hoping to play it and write about it as soon as possible. A vast, gorgeous open-world, deep combat systems, and a fascinating story were all present in the first game. Years later and far better graphics should make the sequel a treat. This is my most-anticipated game of December.
Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris
The first expansion to Destiny 2 hasn’t been getting the best press from journalists who have previewed it, but it’s still the first expansion of the game since launch. So you know Destiny 2 players will be playing it like crazy. That includes me. I haven’t picked up Destiny 2 in a while—with all the games releasing these days, who has time to play a title that released way-way back in September?—so It’ll be fun to dive back in. Hopefully, all the XP shenanigans will be ironed out by then.
This is one of the more exciting releases of the entire year as far as I’m concerned. The classic PS2 game is getting an HD release. It was already beautiful back in the day; now it’s going to be even more so. I can’t wait. It’s also cool that the game is coming to Xbox One and PC, and that it supports 4K resolution. It’s sad that it won’t be launching the Nintendo Switch.
The battle royale phenomenon, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, has already made huge waves on PC and inspired the Fortnite: Battle-Royale free-to-play game/knock-off. Now Xbox gamers can get their hands on the last-man-standing game, and they really should. It’s fantastic, tense, and really fun to play. I’ll be curious to see how it fares on the console.
Not a long list, especially if you compare it to November or October. That’s fine with me. I suspect that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and my ever-growing backlog will keep me plenty busy.
What are you looking forward to in December?
By Erik Kain
Read original article at forbes.com