Unsurprisingly, December won’t be a particularly crazy month for PC gaming, with only a few titles here and there to break the monotony leading to the holiday season, and more importantly, to some much needed time off. This doesn’t mean we’re stuck playing just older games this Christmas, though. As it happens, there will be a handful of new PC games launching in December that you should definitely keep an eye on, at least a couple of which seem very promising. As always, many of these games are multi-platform releases but just as the title suggests, we are only going to discuss the PC versions of the games launching throughout December 2016.
Dwarves have been a staple in fantasy RPGs for ages but they often take the back seat to humans, elves and other, more popular races. Well, not anymore. The Dwarves is an upcoming story-driven tactical RPG that’s all about the bearded mountain folk and is based on the best-selling book bearing the same name by German author Markus Heitz. Almost 6,000 backers helped developer KING art Games bring this title to completion by pitching in over $300,000 during its Kickstarter campaign. Needless to say, quite a few people are interested in the potential of this game and based on what we’ve seen so far it looks like they’re not going to be disappointed by the final product. The Dwarves is scheduled to launch on December 1st for PC.
Interested in extreme winter sports but don’t have any snow in your area? Not a problem because Ubisoft is soon launching a new game that simulates skiing, snowboarding, paragliding, and other extreme winter activities. Sure, it’s not as adrenaline-inducing as actual extreme sports, but it seems to be a pretty good alternative to the real thing and certainly a lot safer. Steep managed to get a lot of people excited back at E3 2016, primarily thanks to the game’s open world and focus on online multiplayer. Given that we haven’t seen a good extreme sports game in a while, it’s probably worth giving this one a shot just to see what the genre has to offer. I do suggest bringing along a few friends, though, because this is one of those games that’s likely to get boring after a while if played alone. Steep is scheduled to launch on December 2nd for PC.
Dead Rising 4
Just as its name suggests, Dead Rising 4 is the latest entry in Capcom’s popular survival horror beat ’em up series. The game was officially announced only a few months ago at E3 and has since sparked more than a few debates among gamers. On one hand, the game does look somewhat more visually impressive than its predecessors and there’s an interesting selection of weapons at Frank West’s disposal, many of which were specifically designed to help deal with zombies in new and creative ways. On the other hand, it was recently revealed that Dead Rising 4 will not feature a co-op mode, which is kinda of a bummer given that this is often seen as the best aspect of the series. The good news is that the game will be available on PC at launch this time around, unlike its predecessor. Dead Rising 4 is scheduled to launch on December 6 for Windows 10.
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun
While perhaps not technically a spiritual successor to Commandos, this games certainly shares quite a few similarities to the series in question. In fact, it may very well be its main selling point. Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a tactical squad-based stealth/action game set in feudal Japan that allows the player to control a team comprised of five different characters, each with their own unique skills and abilities. A demo for the game was released earlier this month and the first impressions so far have been positive. That said, Shadow Tactics is part of a pretty niche genre so it may end up falling a bit under the radar unfortunately. Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is scheduled to launch on December 6 exclusively for the PC.
Space Hulk: Deathwing
Yet another game set in the Warhammer 40K universe, Space Hulk: Deathwing comes courtesy of Streum On Studio, the same team behind E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy. This time around, the developers are cooking up an Unreal Engine 4 powered FPS based on the Space Hulk boardgame where you, along with three other people, get to don Terminator class armor and kick some Tyranid teeth in. The game certainly looks very good thanks to the aforementioned game engine, however, it’s possible that the gameplay itself might not be up to par based on what Beta testers are saying. Still, at least it seems like Space Hulk: Deathwing will be relatively faithful to the source material so it might not be such a bad pick if you’re a long-time Warhammer 40K fan. You should probably wait until the first reviews are out, though, just to be on the safe side. Space Hulk: Deathwing is scheduled to launch on December 9 for PC.
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