The biggest games of 2019 are out, so that means we finally have time to work on our backlog again. Of course, a few things will appear in December, such as Arise: A Simple Story, Darksiders Genesis, and Life is Strange 2: Episode 5. These are the game releases of December 2019.
Arise: A Simple Story
|December 3||PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC|
Arise: A Simple Story is the first project of indie game developer Piccolo, in which players experience memories of an old man in the afterlife. These memories are dynamic because players can use the right stick to influence the time they want to move around the environment. Think of large flying bees that give you a lift through beautiful landscapes or falling boulders that form a path at a specific moment.
Platforms in Arise thus become a time puzzle in which you constantly figure out how you make progress. Although that concept is not original, the game seems to be full of good ideas and charm.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection / Halo Reach
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a special project. The Halo games collection had a very rough launch five years ago but has improved considerably over the years, with excellent support for the Xbox One X, among others.
In December the game will also be coming to Steam but in phases. The first title is Halo: Reach, after which the remaining parts will be rolled out next year. Halo: The Master Chief Collection also contains the features that you expect from a PC version, such as support for 4K and 60fps and ultra-wide screens.
Progress of the Xbox One version is also transferred when players log in with their Microsoft account. Although the collection is still far from complete, it ultimately concerns an overwhelming amount of content with all Halo games up to and including the fourth part.
Life is Strange 2: Episode 5
|December 3||PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC|
Perhaps the game is no longer on your radar due to the time span in which the various episodes were released, but in December Life is Strange 2 will end. Sean and Daniel Diaz are mentally and physically damaged, but they also have a number of important experiences. Probably the brothers will reach their destination in this fifth episode and it will become clear whether the trip has been worthwhile. It also becomes an important moment to assess to what extent players’ choices influence the end of the story, which is probably more versatile than the first part.
Julian Gollop once made the turn-based strategy classic X-COM: Ufo Defense and returns this month with his new game Phoenix Point. Similar to that title and X-COM: Enemy Unknown, players control a group of soldiers who fight against mutant aliens.
A special feature of the alternating combat system is that bullets are fully animated and do not always hit the desired target. Each character also has unique skills and players can join forces with one of the three factions. The latter influences the course of the story and the end of the game. Although Phoenix Point will initially release only on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions are also planned.
|December 5||PC and Google Stadia|
The Darksiders franchise is ideal for a Diablo-like dungeon crawler. At least, that’s what Darksiders is trying to prove in Genesis, in which players cut demons into pieces and shoot puzzles and solve puzzles from an isometric perspective.
The game is built around cooperative gameplay, with one player taking control of War and the other take over the new character Strife. Together you defeat enemies, find upgrades and explore the world to find secret paths and even optional bosses.
Genesis is not so much about endless amounts of lottery tickets, so it might be a bit difficult to handle, but it seems to be a very nice Darksiders spin-off.
Shovel Knight: King of Cards and Shovel Knight: Showdown
|December 10||PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Vita, 3DS, and PC|
Yacht Club Games will finally complete Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. The collection is supplemented with Shovel Knight: King of Cards and Shovel Knight Showdown. King of Cards is the last story extension, in which players follow King Knight on his way to the throne.
The DLC offers thirty new levels in three worlds, a new set of moves and a brand new card mini-game. Although the length is not lesser than the previous expansions, levels are shorter to offer more variation according to the developer.
Shovel Knight: Showdown appears on the same day and is built around multiplayer action. In a Super Smash Bros. style arena, four players must beat each other out of the level with one of the sixteen available characters. A story mode for each character is also present. King of Cards and Showdown can be downloaded free of charge from 10 December for owners of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, but also available separately.
|December 17||PlayStation 4 and PC|
Five years after the unveiling, Katamari Damatsu maker Keita Takahashi releases his new project: Wattam. Even compared to his previous titles, Wattam is a remarkable game with a beautiful theme: bringing the world together.
The intention is that players find characters and things together that match, such as shit and a toilet. Once together, the characters hold each other’s hands, followed by an explosion.
Wattam brings players to different countries, who teach them about the local language and culture. Whether it will be fun to play? We are not sure, but Wattam has certainly aroused our interest.