10 Games To Play This Holiday Season
With just a little more than a month left in the year 2016, what better way to spend the winter time than wrapped in a comfortable blanket and playing an excellent video game? There are no lack of exciting activities during this time of the year, but if you’re like me and enjoy relaxing in the comfort of a warm fireplace (or portable heater), then here’s a list of some great games coming out this quarter that you and your friends/family can enjoy; something that either the veteran gamer or the new player could find entertaining.
Final Fantasy XV
After its first reveal almost 10 years ago, fans of the Final Fantasy series can finally look forward to writing the latest entry onto their Christmas wish list. From what we’ve seen so far of Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix has really changed their outlook on modern JRPGs with this entry. Though FFXV will be a JRPG at heart, there have been many subtle design choices that have factored in modern design paradigms, so FFXV will be an interesting entry to say the least. All of that aside however, Final Fantasy XV delivers action paced combat with the leveling and progression aspects of an RPG, so I would venture to say fans of either genres could find something worthwhile in FFXV.
Final Fantasy XV is slated for world-wide release on November 29th, for the PS4 and the Xbox One.
The sequel to the critically acclaimed stealth action-adventure game Dishonored, is now out for those who are wanting to scratch an itch to stealth around and assassinate targets in a multitude of creative ways. The series wouldn’t be nearly as well regarded if it didn’t offer multiple ways of a sand-box method of approaching a mission, unique abilities and weapons that can let you pull off some satisfying maneuvers and great environmental aesthetics of a dystopian, steampunk world. If any of that sounds appealing, then I would recommend you pick up Dishonored II this holiday season (and its predecessor, if you haven’t played it already).
The Last Guardian
The Last Guardian is another entry that had dedicated fans waiting for years. If you’ve heard of the games Ico and Shadow of the Colossus for the PS2, The Last Guardian serves as a spiritual successor to these games, and appears to share similar themes and gameplay design from the earlier entries. The Last Guardian plays out as an action-adventure game, where you control a young boy who befriends a bird/mammal hybrid creature and must work together in order to escape individuals who seem to be pursuing you both. Directed by Fumito Ueda, I can say with confidence that it will deliver a unique story-telling experience, chock full of thematic richness and emotional power.
The Last Guardian will be released in North America on December 6th, and on December 7th for Europe, on the Playstation 4.
Pokémon Sun & Moon
Here’s a series that shouldn’t need any prior introduction. Game Freak and Nintendo will be releasing the latest entry for the 7th generation of Pokémon games, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. As with every other Pokémon game, Sun and Moon will put you in the shoes of a young trainer and detail your adventure as you become one of the greatest trainers around. The game will take place in the Alola region (loosely based off of Hawaii). Besides the standard features we’ve come to expect in a Pokémon game, Sun & Moon look to add Alolan forms of previous generation of Pokémon; so you can expect to see some familiar faces.
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will both be released for the Nintendo 3DS in North America on November 18th, and on November 23rd for Europe.
Watch Dogs 2
Sequel to 2014’s Watch Dogs, Watch Dogs 2 is coming this holiday season so you can hack your way through in an open world game set in San Francisco. Similar to other open world games like Grand Theft Auto, Watch Dogs 2 allows you to spend your time however you wish, and complete missions in the way that you want. Your primary weapon is not your gun, but your phone, which allows you to hack the variety of devices that you might come across during your time in Watch Dogs 2. If playing in an open world game with a predisposition on electronic security and warfare appeals to you, then Watch Dogs 2 should be on your wish list.
Watch Dogs 2 is out now for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and will be released on November 29th for PC.