Black Friday has come and gone, giving players a chance to pick up some of the video games they didn’t buy earlier in 2017, but the holiday season is not going to stop developers from releasing new games. We will see new games this December, from a variety of genres, including the return of a beloved role-playing series to the Nintendo Switch, and two Bethesda games reimagined for virtual reality. Whether you’re ready to return to Destiny 2 or are ready to master the new slopes of Steep, these are the best new games you should check out in December, 2017.
‘Doom VFR’ (December 1)
Id Software’s Doom was one of the best first-person shooters of 2016, with an intense, over-the-top campaign mode, lightning-fast multiplayer, and user-generated SnapMap mode. With Doom VFR, the studio took that same gory demon-killing action and turned it into a virtual reality adventure set shortly after the events of last year’s game. You play as a cybernetically enhanced survivor of the demonic invasion that left most of the Union Aerospace Corporation Mars facility dead and it is up to you to murder thousands of hellspawn in your mission to save the facility — and the planet — from total destruction.
Doom VFR will allow you to explore areas of the UAC not seen in the original game. Instead of using a keyboard or a joystick, VFR features “teleportation and jet-strafe movement,” which should help to combat the motion sickness often associated with fast-paced VR games, and it will be available on both PlayStation VR and HTC Vive on December 1.
‘Xenoblade Chronicles 2’ (December 1)
The original Xenoblade Chronicles was one of the best role-playing games on the Wii, and developer Monolith Soft is hoping that its sequel will be able to find an even larger audience on the smash-hit Nintendo Switch. Set in a world populated by enormous creatures known as Titans, the story focuses on a hero named Rex who must escort a girl to a paradise known as “Elysium.” As a “driver,” Rex fights directly against enemies in combat and is assisted by “blades,” who provide him with additional abilities.
By combining different Blades’ abilities and using special attacks, drivers can unleash devastating damage on their opponents, and the possibilities for customization are nearly endless. They can even chain different blades’ special “arts” together to perform “driver combos,” for even more impressive results.
‘Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris’ (December 5)
Destiny 2 is one of our favorite first-person shooters of 2017 and the game’s first expansion, Curse of Osiris, introduces us to a character who has been a mystery since the original game. The expansion takes Guardians to Mercury in a mission to stop a massive invasion of machines from both the past and the future, and only with the help of the Vanguard Osiris can you hope to succeed.
Curse of Osiris will feature a new area on Mercury called the “Infinite Forest,” a simulated region created by the Vex. It will also include access to the “devourer of worlds,” a new area inside the existing Leviathan raid that includes new enemies and an additional boss. The game’s overall level and power caps will be increased, as well, so you will be able to take down the Cabal and Fallen even more efficiently.
Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on December 5.
‘Steep: Road to the Olympics’ (December 5)
The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea are right around the corner and Ubisoft will launch what may be your best companion game in its Steep expansion, Road to the Olympics. The DLC includes access to new zones in South Korea and Japan. More importantly, the snowboarding game will expand to include 12 Olympic events, including Giant Slalom, Big Air, Halfpipe, Super-G, and Cross.
Steep: Road to the Olympics even features real-life Winter Olympics athletes like Sage Kotsenburg, Gus Kenworthy, Lindsey Vonn, and Bode Miller, and they will offer advice to your character on how to bring home the gold medals for your country. If you haven’t yet picked up Steep, you can purchase it with the expansion in the “Winter Games Edition,” which also includes the full season pass for $60.
Hit the slopes when Steep: Road to the Olympics comes to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on December 5.
‘Hello Neighbor’ (December 8)
Most horror games rely on pre-planned tricks in order to terrify the player and keep them guessing over the course of the game. Hello Neighbor isn’t like most horror games. As you sneak into your neighbor’s house and uncover its murderous secrets, the neighbor will adapt. Using a particular entrance or relying on a certain tactic will result in him countering with traps and cameras.
Developer Dynamic Pixels opted for a pastel color scheme in Hello Neighbor, resulting in a look that is almost soothing, if not for the homicidal maniac just feel away from you at any given time. Once he sees you, however, the music abruptly shifts to a terrifying mess of noise as you sprint in the opposite direction, moving deeper into a basement with seemingly no end.
Hello Neighbor sneaks onto Xbox One, PC, and Mac on December 8.