Best Games Releasing in December 2023

Best Games Releasing in December 2023

It’s the final month of the year and we still have some games to look forward to. However, there are not a lot of games in December. November was an absolute treat to gamers with so many good games and it is time to bookend the year.

It is also the time for deciding the best games of the year with the annual The Game Awards on December 7. So, here is the list of best games releasing in December 2023.

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora

Release Date: December 6, 2023
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is a first-person action-adventure game developed by Ubisoft and published by 20th Century Fox. Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora takes place several years after the events of the first film. The RDA has returned to Pandora and is once again mining the moon for its valuable resources. Players must unite with different Na’vi clans to protect their homes from the RDA.

Players will explore the vast and beautiful open world of Pandora, using a variety of traversal mechanics, including riding creatures and gliding through the air. They will also engage in combat with human and alien enemies, using a variety of Na’vi weapons and abilities.

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is developed by Ubisoft Massive, the same studio that developed the open-world games The Division and Tom Clancy’s The Crew. The game is being developed using Ubisoft’s Snowdrop engine, which was also used to develop Tom Clancy’s The Division 2.

This is definitely one of the most anticipated games of the year and if the early reviews of the game are any indication, it looks like a good game to have fun in the colourful world of Pandora.

Disney Dreamlight Valley

Release Date: December 5, 2023
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S

Disney Dreamlight Valley is a hybrid life simulation and adventure game that combines the elements of life simulation games like Animal Crossing with the storytelling and characters of Disney and Pixar. 

Players take on the role of a new villager who has moved to the titular Dreamlight Valley, a once-idyllic land that has been cursed by the Forgetting. The curse has caused the valley to be covered in thorns and has made the Disney and Pixar characters who once lived there forget their memories.

The player must help the Dreamlight Valley characters restore their memories and break the curse by completing quests, exploring the valley, and gathering resources. The game features a variety of activities, including fishing, cooking, gardening, and mining. Players can also customize their avatar and their home in the valley.

Disney Dreamlight Valley has been met with positive reviews from critics. The game has been praised for its charming atmosphere, its fun and engaging gameplay, and its wide cast of Disney and Pixar characters.

The game has been in the Early Access since September and reviews have been positive for the game. The game will exit Early Access and will add a new DLC – A Rift in Time.

The Day Before

Release Date: December 7, 2023
Platforms: Windows, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S

The Day Before is an upcoming open-world survival massively multiplayer online (MMO) role-playing game (RPG) developed by Fntastic and published by Mytona.

The game is set in a post-pandemic world where players must scavenge for resources, build shelter, and craft weapons to survive against infected and other hostile survivors. The game features a dynamic weather system, a day-and-night cycle, and a variety of vehicles that players can use to explore the world.

The Day Before was hyped a lot when it was first showcased as the next big thing on Unreal Engine 5. And it looks good, but now that we have seen some good games on Unreal Engine 5, the hype has died down slightly. However, we are looking forward to this game.

House Flipper 2

Release Date: December 14, 2023
Platforms: Windows, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S

House Flipper 2 is an upcoming simulation video game developed by Frozen District and published by PlayWay. It is the sequel to the popular 2018 game House Flipper.

In House Flipper 2, players will take on the role of a house flipper, buying and renovating houses to sell for a profit. The game will feature new mechanics, such as the ability to build houses from scratch and a new story mode. The game will also feature improved graphics and a larger world to explore.

One of the most anticipated features of House Flipper 2 is the new sandbox mode. In sandbox mode, players will be able to build houses from scratch, without any restrictions. This will allow players to unleash their creativity and design the homes of their dreams. 

Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader

Release Date: December 7, 2023
Platforms: Windows, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S

Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader is a story-rich classical RPG from Owlcat Games, developers of the critically acclaimed game, Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous. It is set in the Koronus Expanse, a region of space on the eastern fringe of the Imperium of Man.

In the game, players take on the role of a Rogue Trader, a privateer who has been granted a Warrant of Trade by the Emperor of Mankind. This warrant allows them to explore the Koronus Expanse, trade with alien civilizations, and establish their own trading empire.

The game features a turn-based combat system, and players will need to carefully consider their tactics when fighting in battles. They will also need to manage their crew’s morale, as this will affect their performance in battle.

Players will need to manage their crew, their ship, and their resources as they explore the Koronus Expanse. They will also need to make difficult choices about how they will interact with the different factions that they encounter, including the Imperium, alien races, and pirates.

SteamWorld Build

Release Date: September 21, 2023
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

SteamWorld Build is a city-building game with a twist, set in the award-winning SteamWorld universe. Players take on the role of a prospector who has crash-landed on a dying planet. The only way to escape is to build a mining town and dig up long-lost technology.

In SteamWorld Build, players must carefully manage their resources, trade with other factions, and defend their towns from the dangers that lurk beneath the surface. The game features a variety of different biomes, each with its own unique challenges and rewards.

Set in a bustling SteamWorld town inspired by the Old West, players must keep their steambots content by ensuring their complex needs are met. You must dig deep and spread wide to uncover resources and ancient technologies while defending the mine from lurking creatures.

You can explore five distinct maps filled with secrets and enjoy mouse and controller compatibility. You can also choose from four difficulty levels, including a sandbox mode for a relaxed building experience. 

If you are into quirky city-building games, this is a game you should definitely pick up!

Prominent DLCs releasing in December 2023 and some honorable mentions

LEGO® Bricktales VR

LEGO® Bricktales VR is a puzzle-adventure game developed by Clockwork Games and published by Thunderful Games. It is the VR version of the 2022 game LEGO® Bricktales and was released on December 7, 2023, for Meta Quest 3.

In LEGO® Bricktales VR, players use an intuitive brick-by-brick building mechanic to solve puzzles and bring their creations to life in a beautiful LEGO world where every problem has a constructive resolution.

Evil Nun: The Broken Mask

Evil Nun: The Broken Mask is a survival horror game developed by Keplerians and Carlos Coronado. It is the sequel to the 2018 game Evil Nun, and is set in the same abandoned school as the first game. Evil Nun: The Broken Mask is scheduled for release on December 7, 2023 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

In Evil Nun: The Broken Mask, players take on the role of a new student who has been kidnapped and imprisoned in the school. They must escape the school before they are captured by the evil nun, Sister Madeline.

The game features new mechanics, such as the ability to solve puzzles and hide from Sister Madeline. The game also features improved graphics and a larger world to explore.

Bulletstorm VR

Bulletstorm VR is an upcoming first-person shooter video game developed by Incuvo and published by People Can Fly. It is a virtual reality remake of the 2011 game Bulletstorm and is scheduled for release on January 18, 2024, for Meta Quest 2, PC VR (Steam) and PSVR 2.

The game will feature the same fast-paced, over-the-top action as the original game, with players controlling Grayson Hunt, a former member of the Dead Echo mercenary group, who is stranded on the hostile planet Stygia. Hunt must use his signature “Skillshot” system to chain together kills, earning points for stylish and creative takedowns.

Games in December 2023

  • Batman: Arkham Trilogy (Switch) – December 1
  • Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince (Switch) – December 1
  • SteamWorld Build (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – December 1
  • The Lost Legends of Redwall: The Scout Anthology (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC) – December 1
  • Arms Race 2 (PC) – December 5
  • Disney Dreamlight Valley (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – December 5
  • Kingpin Reloaded (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Switch, PC) – December 5
  • Arizona Sunshine 2 (PSVR 2, PC VR, Quest) – December 7
  • Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC) – December 7
  • The Day Before (PC early access) – December 7
  • Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X|S) – December 7
  • House Flipper 2 (PC) – December 14
  • Railbreak (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC) – December 22

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