Christmas is a time of year where you can enjoy time with family, over indulge with turkey and enjoy the festive season. However, you might be looking for other ways to spend your time once the food coma has subsided. Here are a list of games that are perfect to crack open during the month of December 2018.
Best Games to Play This Christmas
RPGs are awesome, so many different creations, universes, storylines, decisions to be made and a multitude of sub-genres to experience. However, you have to admit they do take up a good deal of time specially with variations of builds or even difficulty modes to choose from. This is why times like the Christmas holidays is the right opportunity to settle in and tackle that game you’ve been waiting to put some time aside for. We’ve got a list of titles that are ready to whisk you away for an adventure or two.
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
I don’t know about you but nothing says festive than the fantasy world of Elder Scrolls. I’ve been recently playing a lot of Elder Scrolls Online (I know, completely different game type and time frame according to the Elder Scrolls series), visiting the frosty town of Wrothgar has me thinking back to the snowy veil of the Skyrim world. Venture on a journey or two, choose between joining the Imperials or the rebellious Stormcloaks. Shout out your Fus-Ro-Dah and maybe tackle a Dragon? Just be careful not to get caught killing chickens, they don’t take that offence lightly.
While we wait for pretty much any news of Elder Scrolls 6 (seriously Bethesda when?) it’s a good time to revisit Skyrim now that it’s available on more platforms than ever, launching not only on Nintendo Switch this year but also PSVR. If you really want to get into the roleplaying aspect and feel like you’re really there, PSVR could be for you, not mention the VR title just won an award at this year’s Playstation Awards 2018.
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is available on PS4, PSVR, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.
A game that combines being a hero AND allows you to get paid for it by selling your loot at prices you decide…well as long as your customers think it’s fair that is. This retro inspired pixel RPG Moonlighter let’s players roleplay as a shopkeeper by day and brave adventurer by night. As you slay monsters and beasts, you can gain items that you can sell in your very own shop. But be warned, it’s not only the monsters that are mischievous, thieves will try to steal your precious wares when you’re not looking.
This quirky game does well to bring a new spin to inventory management, some items are cursed and can cause items stacked below, to be destroyed. If this doesn’t stop those with hoarding habits I know know what will.
Moonlighter is available to play on PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
If you’re looking for souls rogue-lite to play this Xmas look no further, Dead Cells will promise action, challenge and death and then death again in this metroidvania inspired title. The graphics are in 2D artstyle that is not only amazingly detailed but provide satisfying hack and slash effects when taking on enemies. Combat is unforgiving yet rewarding and if you truly want to up the stakes try perma-death. Choose from over 50 weapons, making this one you can play again and again.
Dead Cells is available to play PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.
If you’re looking for a game that not only combines retro nostalgia but comes with some more modern features, then look no further than this versatile RPG that will have you reminiscing with the ghost of Final Fantasy’s past. Octopath Traveller is a turned-based game that follows the lives of eight characters each with a special talent. While the conversations throughout are mostly text based, Octopath does mix in some voice lines to help you feel more immersed. While the stories aren’t super explicit, it does contain more mature content specially when it comes to the “entertainer” Primrose, which does hold some strong suggestions.
Those who have played previous Square Enix games especially early Final Fantasy titles will definitely find the gameplay to be quite familiar, however there is a modern twist with the added “boost” mechanic which gives increased power attacks. As Octopath is available on the Switch, players can also take their gameplay on the go, or play in docked mode to enjoy a larger screen experience.
Octopath Traveller is exclusively available on the Nintendo Switch.
Looking for something fast paced? A feel of an MMO but without actually having to play online with other people? Then this one could very well be for you. This gem combines puzzles, a feeling of a wide-world to explore and a fast action shooter all in one. If you like the puzzle elements that made Zelda so popular, you will enjoy the clicky world of CrossCode.
Experience a storyline that revolves around an android that suffers amnesia, navigate the MMO world of “CrossWorlds” while running into some feisty characters and some not-so friendly players who will even challenge you to PvP. If you’re looking for a unique RPG to play this season, this one will keep you entertained for quite some time.
CrossCode is available to play on PC, you can check out our review to see what we thought.
What RPG adventures will you be experiencing this festival season? Let us know in the comments below.
If you enjoyed reading about this mix of RPGs be sure to read next Octopath Traveler Preview – A Retro Turn-Based RPG With A Modern Twist and CrossCode Review – A Fast Paced Sci-Fi Puzzle RPG.