Although December’s releases are not as explosive as the ones from earlier months, we still have a decent list of games to look up to. As one of the most diverse months in terms of game genres, here you can find a little bit of something, whether you are more into horror or single-player experiences. These are some of the major game releases of December 2021.
1. Life is Strange: True Colors
Starting off with a story-driven single-player experience, we have the fifth game in the Life is Strange series. Developed by Deck Nine and published by Square Enix, Life is Strange: True Colors is a graphic adventure releasing on the Nintendo Switch in early December.
Played from a third-person view, the plot follows Alex Chen, a young woman who can experience the emotions of others as she tries to solve the mystery behind her brother’s death. The game is set in the fictional town of Haven Springs, where the player can explore various locations and communicate with non-playable characters, a signature characteristic of the Life is Strange franchise.
Alex’s powers allow her to read and manipulate emotions, which can be perceived as colorful auras around people’s heads. Through these auras, Alex can create a “nova” that transforms the world around her, reflecting the character’s elements of this trauma and giving the player the chance to figure out the reason behind that person’s emotions.
2. Among Us
The online social deduction game that took the world by storm in 2020 is coming to PlayStation 4 and 5 and to the Xbox Series X/S and One on December 14th. Developed by a small group of developers at Innersloth and despite being released in 2018, it wasn’t until 2020 that the game absolutely blew up in popularity.
Although you already probably know what the game is about, I’m going to do a quick rundown of the basic rules and mechanics. In Among Us, up to 15 players have to work together by performing several tasks across the map in order to win the game. While the other players are crewmates, one or two of these 15 are impostors. The impostors’ goal is to kill all the crewmates before they can complete all the tasks, without getting themselves kicked by their fellow players in voting sessions, where all of the participants can talk it out and eject who they think are the traitors.
As for possible locations, players can battle it out on the floating “MIRA HQ”, the “Polus” planetary station, the “Airship”, and on the classic map, “The Skeld”.
3. Halo Infinite
After multiple delays, one of the most expected games of 2021 is finally releasing on December 8th for Windows, Xbox Series X/S and One. Halo Infinite is developed by 343 Industries and published by Xbox Game Studios.
The first-person shooter is the sixth main entry in the Halo franchise and gives a more central continuation to Master Chief’s narrative. It follows Halo 5: Guardians, in which the character did not get a solo-focused story. Set in a damaged Halo ring, the protagonist will face the Banished, who make a return to the antagonist role.
As for vehicles and weapons, a large number of them will make a return from previous Halo games, like the Warthog. The game also allows the player to use multiple abilities specific to Master Chief, such as the Grapple Shot and Thruster, which enables him to pull himself towards enemies or retrieve items. One interesting fact about the game is that its multiplayer portion is completely free-to-play, unlike in previous installments.
4. Trash Sailors
Featuring a completely hand-drawn art style, the game puts you and 3 other friends in a scenario where a giant tsunami full of trash has flooded the world. You and your team have to build a raft using the multiple trash items found in the water. At the same time, one tries to not get eaten by terrifying monsters, like toxic sharks and swamp crocodiles.
Trash Sailors includes a recycling mechanic, where you can craft certain items like fuel, raft spare parts, and weapons using the trash you gather from the water. As for game modes, Trash Sailors can be played either online or in a local 4-player co-op setting.
5. Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach
Don’t worry, I did not forget about you, horror fans. Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach is a survival horror game developed by Steel Wool Studios, releasing for PC and the PlayStation 4 and 5 on December 16th.
The game takes place in a mall—unlike other installments—where a boy named Gregory is locked, trying to survive murderous animatronics until 6:00 a.m. The classic animatronics found in previous FNAF entries are back, such as Glamrock Freddy, Glamrock Chica, Montgomery Gator, Roxanne Wolf, and Sunnydrop.
Gregory has to complete multiple missions throughout the night in order to escape the mall without getting killed. All enemies get stronger as the night progresses, so the player must utilize their surroundings to their advantage in order to survive. Unlike previous installments, Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach allows free-roaming and combat, along with all-new boss battles and arcade minigames.
To enter the Christmas spirit, there is no better gift than a fresh videogame, right out of the oven.
What do you think about December’s game releases? Would you change anything? Does this list top November’s selection?