No time during the year is busier for video game releases than the run up to Christmas. Whether its yearly iterations of well-loved franchises, family favourites or new titles trying to make a big impression, this is the season to be a gamer.
With that in mind, we’re taking a look at some of the biggest titles on the way between now and when Santa comes knocking. Plenty of different genres are represented and many are available across old and newer console generations. So dive in and see what you’re going to be playing this holiday season!
The Evil Within(PS3, PS4, X360, XBO, PC) – 14/10
From Shinji Mikami, the man who created Resident Evil, comes a new tale of terror. A detective must struggle to survive in a deranged alternative world where nothing is as it seems and everything is out to get him. Survival horror from the best in the business. This game is rated 18’s.
Sunset Overdrive (XBO) – 31/10
A year on from the launch of the Xbox One, it might have a real killer app in the form of Sunset Overdrive. From the makers of Ratchet & Clank its an over the top third person shooter with a cartoonish style and fast paced gameplay. Gear up with crazy weapons and earn extra points for capping critters while rail-grinding!
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC) – 04/11
The blockbuster of shooter is back in 2014 with Call of Duty Advanced Warfare. It’s the year 2054 and the world has fallen to a global terrorist threat. As a member of a Private Military Corporation, war is your business. And business is good. First person shooting with an all new Exo-Suit that makes you more powerful than ever before plus hours of multiplayer entertainment.
PES 2015 (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC) – 13/11
The rivalry between FIFA and PES may be a moot point these days but that hasn’t stopped PES developers Konami from continuing to update and refine their game. For the 2014 edition, they’re focused on playability and bringing the beautiful game to life like never before, with some of the most detailed player models ever.
Assassin’s Creed Unity (XBO, PS4, PC) – 13/11
The Assassin’s Creed series has come on in leaps and bounds since is lacklustre 2007 debut and Unity promises to be the biggest shake up in years. Marking the franchises true next gen debut, the game is set during the French revolution when things get dicey for both Templars and Assassins. All new gameplay elements come together to create what could be a real sea change for the franchise.
Assassin’s Creed Rogue (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) – 13/11
Ubisoft has done well by Assassin’s Creed fans this year. While Unity is a next-gen only title, they’re also releasing an entirely different game for older consoles. Rogue is a story of revenge with a young Irish protagonist who ends up on the Templar side of the divide as he hunts his former Assassin brothers. Guaranteed to be the darkest Assassin’s Creed yet. That Irish accent is still really dodgy though.
Far Cry 4 (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – 18/11
2012’s Far Cry 3 was an incredible re-invention of a series which had lost its way. And the sequel is looking even more tantalising. Set in an isolated region of Nepal, it features a young man and a scary tyrant as well as the ability to ride elephants and nip into a dream world and fight alongside a massive albino tiger. In short, it looks absolutely immense and insane, just what we were looking for.
GTA V (PS4, XBO) – 18/11
One of the best-selling games of all time is back in an attempt to wrest more money from your beleaguered wallets! The long-rumoured next gen release has more graphical detail than before (including more traffic to crash into!) and prettier weather. And that’s on top of the same game which earned rave reviews back in 2013.
Dragon Age: Inquisition (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – 21/11
If you’re looking for something with a massive story and some true RPG credentials this Christmas, look no further than Dragon Age: Inquisition. First started in 2009, the series has built up a huge and detailed world, which you can go about saving yet again from the ravages of a magical war. Tactical combat, hundreds of side quests and awkward romances await.
LittleBigPlanet 3 (PS4, PS3) – 26/11
Sackboy is back, and he’s brought some friends. This time, there are four playable characters and you can swap between them in game. The main plot deals with the gang trying to save the planet of Bunkum but it’s really about the creative side. Any level from previous games can be imported and upscaled here and the creation tools are more expansive and accessible than ever!
The Crew (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PC) – 02/12
If you like your open world action a little more driving-oriented, you’ll want to keep an eye out for The Crew. The developers are touting it an RPG with massive multiplayer elements. You’ll be able to skip straight from the story mode into online multiplayer, all without any loading. Saddle up with a crew to take on bigger jobs as you race across the United States.
In Short: Check out our list of the biggest and best games that you could be asking for this Christmas – from racing to sports and action titles