Welcome to the next entry in a Fextralife series highlighting the Top 5 RPGs for the upcoming month. In this edition, we’re going to take a look at what we think are the Top 5 RPGs of December 2017, talk a little about each, and why we think they belong on the list. Hop in and discover some new games you haven’t heard of, or learn a little more about ones you have. Watch the video above and read on for the text!
Top 5 Upcoming RPGs Of 2017: December
Unlike November, December 2017 seems to fair a little better when it comes to RPGs to get lost in. And aside from the usual DLCs, Expansions, Remakes and Remasters; there are actually some new games launching in the coming month, which is something you can look forward to in this chilly winter. So, first up on our list is the much-awaited Episode Ignis story chapter for Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XV JRPG.
Honorable Mentions: Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ignis
Release Date: December 13th, 2017
Platform: PlayStation 4 & Xbox One
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
As its title suggests, this Final Fantasy XV DLC stars the brains and cook among Noctis and friends, Ignis Scientia. “Episode Ignis” is an all-new story-line taking place after the “Trial of Leviathan” quest of Chapter 9 in the game, and recounts Ignis’s struggle in Altissia during Noctis’s absence. Players will be able to control Ignis and wield his special Spelldaggers, in addition to his “Total Clarity” ability, which enables him to attack multiple targets simultaneously.
Also featured in this expansion is Ravus, an antagonist from FFXV and Lunafreya’s brother (who teams up with Ignis), as well as music from composer Yasunori Mitsuda of Chrono Trigger fame. This final story expansion looks to be a thrilling one and we can’t wait to get on hands on Ignis’s kit.
5. Fallout 4 VR
Release Date: December 12th, 2017
Platform: HTC Vive
Developer: Bethesda Game Works
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Bethesda’s Fallout 4 VR brings us back to the wastelands in this upcoming HTC Vive VR game. Note that this is a full game and one that Bethesda has been been advertising as a complete Fallout 4 experience. It’ll feature all the gameplay aspects found in the 2015 original like the Crafting system, Gunplay and the compelling story, all done up in true first-person perspective. Vault dwellers will have options in controlling and getting around in the game via the standard walking or running locomotion, or with teleporting.
Unfortunately, this re-release will not include any of the previously released DLCs, at least not initially, and will not include support for mods as well, since VR titles are a little more susceptible to breaking when tinkered with than regular PC titles. Nonetheless, it’ll be interesting to explore the vast post-apocalyptic nuclear wastelands of Fallout 4 with VR. One can only hope the graphics are better than that of Skyrim VR, or else players might be very disappointed…
4. The Surge: A Walk in the Park
Release Date: December 5th, 2017
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One & PC via Steam
Developer: Deck 13 Interactive
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Although we had this game on our list last month, as it was hinted by the developers it would be released then, we finally have a concrete date for Deck 13’s first major DLC for The Surge. “A Walk in the Park” will come this December 5th and its looks to be a real fun treat, as the content’s premise brings us to the wonderland of the CREO World amusement park.
Filled with new enemy types in the form of lethal mascots, deranged A.I. and workers; as well as a plethora of 16 all-new weapons, gear, upgrades and implants. Since this DLC can be accessed at the beginning of the game, it would stand that players will be able to use this new equipment for much of the game, in the same vein as Bloodborne did with The Old Hunters. Also, rumor has it that “A Walk in the Park” may feature the iconic Ironmaus as a boss, which is both exciting and terrifying.
3. Path of Exile: War for the Atlas
Release Date: December 8th, 2017
Platform: PC & Xbox One
Developer: Grinding Gear Games
Publisher: Grinding Gear Games
From Grinding Gear Games comes the “War for the Atlas“, the seventh expansion to their action-RPG, Path of Exile. Path of Exile is a free-to-play online game set in a Dark Fantasy universe. It features a robust and frantic Diablo-esque gameplay with an in-depth character customization, an item economy, a competitive PvP and more, making it one of the most popular hack and slash RPGs to date.
This expansion introduces 10 new Gems including 4 new Skill Gems and 6 new Supports. The new skills have a focus on necromancy, while the support gems are designed to augment as many skills as possible in new and interesting ways. War for the Atlas adds 32 maps to Path of Exile’s ever-evolving end-game and as you fight in maps the Shaper or Elder control, you may find rare Shaped and Elder items which can be crafted to have powerful properties that don’t normally occur. War for the Atlas also contains over fifty new Unique Items, many of which have been designed by the community itself.
2. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Release Date: December 1st, 2017
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Monolith Soft
As the giant beasts march toward death, the last hope is a scavenger named Rex—and Pyra, a living weapon known as a Blade. Can you find the fabled paradise she calls home? Command a group of Blades and lead them to countless strategic victories before the world ends.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is the highly-anticipated action-RPG for the Nintendo Switch, and is the sequel to the 2011 Xenoblade Chronicles. And much like the Final Fantasy series, this installment will feature its own contained story along with a new cast of characters, whom players will take control of a one out of a party of three. The game is set in a world brimming with an endless ocean of clouds, where the remaining pockets of civilization live on the backs of Titans, the inhabiting colossal beasts.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 also features a dynamic open-world design, where players can seamlessly traverse the interconnected environments, in addition to a day-and-night time cycle that has an effect on enemies, events, quests, and item availability. This dynamic system should encourage replayability as well as longevity for the fans of the series and new players alike.
1. SEVEN: The Days Long Gone
Release Date: December 1st, 2017
Platform: PC via Steam
Developer: IMGN.PRO & Fool’s Theory
And finally, a much-anticipated game, Seven: The Days Long Gone. It is from the minds of the newly formed studio, Fool’s Theory, whose members comprise of former members of the Witcher series development team. Seven is inspired by games such as Thief for its stealth elements, while merging the classic isometric gameplay of Diablo.
The world of Seven is inhabited by a diverse society that won’t always remain indifferent to your presence, so getting on peoples’ good side is not a bad idea. Life is tough in Peh, and a few well-chosen friends and allies can mean the difference between pay-dirt and a dirt nap.
Magic exists in the world of Seven, and while there’s no room for logical explanations of some of its phenomena, it’s definitely something you’ll have to deal with. But although it’s a common feature of everyday life, the way people access it and react to it can vary. Of course, simple farmers and labourers understand it differently than academics and scholars, but it must be said that the mage’s path is not for everyone.
Seven introduces an innovative parkour-like traversal system that lets you climb, run and jump with absolute freedom, in ways we see with Assassin’s Creed. And sees players take hold of a master thief and be able to complete objectives in anyway they see fit through the use of stealth, traps, disguises, cunning and more. All set in a freely exploration sandbox of the post-apocalyptic world of the Vetrall Empire. Seven’s unique traversal mechanics and stealth elements is a genuinely refreshing take on the isometric CRPG genre and its a game worth looking forward to, especially at the price of 29.99$ USD.
That’s a wrap for the Top RPGs of December. Thoughts on the list? What are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below.
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