December 2018 Video Game Releases: What To Play Next Month

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

  • RELEASE DATE: December 7
  • PLATFORMS: Nintendo Switch
  • DEVELOPER: Bandai Namco
  • PUBLISHER: Nintendo

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For those players looking to brawl with characters they're more familiar with, there's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In this title, players can step into the shoes of some of their favorite Nintendo characters, such as Mario, Ridley, Dark Samus, Link, Mega Man, and more. Then the fun begins: they can fight other players in an arena. The goal is to knock the other player out.

What makes this title so much fun, though, is that players can use a variety of fun tools at their disposal. This includes power-ups, Pokéballs and Assist Trophies, along with a Final Smash attack. This title also introduces a few new gameplay modes to players. In Smashdown, players can only use each character once. In Squad Strike, players team up and battle together. In Tournament, players can form teams of up to 32 characters and compete in tournament brackets.

Katamari Damacy Reroll (Retail Version)

Katamari Damacy Reroll
  • RELEASE DATE: December 7
  • PLATFORMS: PC, Nintendo Switch
  • DEVELOPER: Bandai Namco
  • PUBLISHER: Namco

In 2004, Bandai Namco released Katamari Damacy, a little game about a Prince who serves the King of all Cosmos who requested that he roll up the world, and later the universe, into a big ball. Although that premise sounds ridiculous, the instantly addictive game took players by storm and remains a favorite, even 14 years after its release. That game is getting an updated re-release, titled Katamari Damacy Reroll, that will offer new HD visuals, along with a two-player mode and special gyro controls. Players can also roll up entire cities and planets with enabled motion control for Joy-Con.

Perhaps there is no better way to spend the holiday season playing a game that does nothing but give players pure joy. Enjoy countless hours of gameplay while rebuilding the universe under the direction of the King. Sure, it's not a new Katamari game, but why mess with a classic?

Earth Defense Force 5

Earth Defense Force 5
  • RELEASE DATE: December 11
  • DEVELOPER: Sandlot
  • PUBLISHER: D3Publisher

In Earth Defense Force 5, players will become soldiers with the Earth Defense Force, a special army trained to protect Earth from alien threats. In the game, players come face to face with an alien species, beings that come from a planet called Primer. These alien insect-like invaders want to take over Earth, so it's up to the Earth Defense Force to stop them.

This might sound like a progressive game, but the wonderful thing about this franchise is that it's a lot like the B-movies of the 1950s. The Earth Defense Force games don't take themselves too seriously and don't worry about things like stellar graphics and fantastic voice acting. This franchise embraces the cheesiness of fighting bug-like invaders. The new title features more than 100 missions with five different difficulties. If that isn't enough, then there's also a two-player co-op mode.

Insurgency: Sandstorm

  • RELEASE DATE: December 12
  • PLATFORMS: PC, Xbox One, PS4
  • DEVELOPER: New World Interactive
  • PUBLISHER: Focus Home Interactive

New World Interactive recently partnered with Focus Home Interactive to bring the next Insurgency title to gamers, allowing the developer more creativity and ability to expand upon the first game in the series. In Insurgency: Sandstorm, players will enter into matches, but for the first time, it also has a story mode that will revolve around a squad of characters that have to face such challenging missions, starting with the 2003 invasion of Iraq to modern day.

For those wanting something a little more like esports, though, Insurgency: Sandstorm will also have a competitive tactical multiplayer component, as well as console split-screen capabilities. Players can also customize their characters for the first time. Combat is in close quarters and quite often lethal, with New World Interactive promising that it has greatly expanded upon what it built with the first Insurgency game.

Borderlands 2 VR

borderlands 2 vr screenshots
  • RELEASE DATE: December 14
  • DEVELOPER: Gearbox
  • PUBLISHER: 2K Games

While fans patiently wait for Borderlands 3, they can now relive Borderlands 2 in an entirely different way. That's right, Borderlands VR will finally land in December, bringing with it the bright and vibrant worlds gamers love. Relive the adventures of Axton the Commando, Maya the Siren, Salvador the Gunzerker, and Zer0 the Assassin as they make their way across the world, taking on missions and killing Psychos, all while armed to the teeth.

The VR version brings a new kind of aiming to gameplay, one that uses head movement. It also introduces a feature called BadAss Mega Fun (BAMF) Time. This is basically like bullet time, which slows down movement long enough to get as many hits in during combat as possible. The downside is that the VR adventure is a solo one, but seeing Borderlands come to life in virtual reality is still a must for hardcore fans of the franchise.

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