Poll: What are you Most Looking Forward to Playing in December?

By Heidi Nicholas,
It's almost December. Everyone's winding up for the end of the year, and the end of the decade. This generation of consoles is drawing to a close; Project Scarlett and the PS5 release next year, along with some highly anticipated games. There's been a big wave of delays and games being pushed back; only this week we saw that The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe was being delayed to next year. But that doesn't mean December's completely devoid of anything to play. There's still life in 2019, and December in particular looks to be the month of DLC; we've got the first story DLC for Borderlands 3 coming out, for instance, as well as the Multiplayer and Campaign DLC for Halo Reach, and Episode 5 of Life is Strange 2, which wraps up the game for good. That's not to say that we haven't needed to get a little creative; we've added in some games coming to Game Pass in December as well, to spice things up a little. We want to know — what are you most looking forward to playing next month?

Borderlands 3 story DLC

Halo Reach: Campaign and Halo Reach: Multiplayer for Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Probably one of the most anticipated events of December is the addition of Halo Reach to the Halo Master Chief Collection. The Halo franchise continues its chronological march over to Halo MCC with this addition, and continues with the addition of Halo: Combat Evolved. Fans have been hoping for this since Halo: ODST was added as a DLC, fuelling hopes that even titles which weren't strictly related to Master Chief could be added. Now, we can expect to see Halo Reach's campaign and multiplayer coming to Xbox One and PC, as well as Xbox Game Pass for PC, on December 3rd.


Episode 5 of Life is Strange 2

Life is Strange 2 tells the story of Sean and Daniel Diaz. The player controls the older brother, Sean. In Episode 4, Sean woke up to find himself under arrest and in hospital, with no clue where his younger brother was. Episode 5, the final episode of Life is Strange 2, will wrap up the game's story for good. The achievement list for this DLC doesn't give much away. Three are secret and the rest looks to be pretty collectible-heavy, so we'll have to wait until Episode 5 releases to find out more of what it's about. Episode 5 of Life is Strange 2 will also release on December 3rd.


Jurassic World Evolution: Return to Jurassic Park DLC

Jurassic World Evolution's heading back into the past with its next DLC. Previous DLCs, such as Claire's Sanctuary, dealt with characters from the Jurassic World movie franchise, but Return to Jurassic Park takes players back to 1993, with the return of the original characters. Dr. Ian Malcolm, Dr. Alan Grant and Dr. Ellie Sattler will all be voiced by the original film cast, and the story revolves around reclaiming Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna, and rebuilding them into Jurassic Park. Payers have been requesting some more building variety pretty much since the game released, and Frontier have provided in the form of a new Visitor Centre, Aviary, Jurassic Park Tour, and the new Main Gates. The aviary will also be home to one of the new creatures being added: the Pterandon, a flying reptile which Evolution fans have also been hoping for. The DLC also introduces the Compsognathus, the teeny dino seen in the Jurassic World movies. There'll also be 1993 skins for the T.Rex and Velociraptor. Alongside the DLC will be a free update, with more features requested by the Evolution community. Both the paid DLC and the free update will release on December 10th.


Borderlands 3 DLC: Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot

Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot is the first major story DLC for Borderlands 3. Gearbox Studio Head Randy Pitchford appeared in the third episode of the Borderlands Show to say that whilst they had to be careful in making Borderlands 3 to stick to the correct lore and overarching universe, the upcoming DLC gave them a chance to do what they wanted without worrying about the underlying plot and world lore. Essentially, it gave them a chance to design a mad heist-themed DLC in which you join Mad Moxxi's crew and journey to Handsome Jack's cruise-ship casino, with the intention of looting it to the dregs. Moxxi claims that Handsome Jack, her ex-husband, stole the plans for the casino from her — to be fair to her, Jack has got a bar on his casino which has been renamed "Foxxxi's." The DLC will be around seven hours long, with new enemies, bosses, and loot. The Handsome Jackpot is perhaps the safe in the casino, full of Eridium, cash, and new Legendary loot. Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot releases on December 19th.


Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

Panache Digital Games's open-world evolution game, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, has been out for PC for a few months now, but heads to consoles in December. It's a pretty ambitious premise. You're sent back 10 million years to Neogene period Africa, and tasked with the evolution of your ape clan through the generations. You've got to learn the world around you from scratch, and pass on that knowledge to your descendants. The game's big focus is on exploration, evolution, and expansion. One issue that PC players had with it was the amped-up difficulty. The game literally starts with a message from the developers saying "Good luck. We won't help much". Panache have been listening to feedback, and the console release of Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey will come alongside new features; such as new objectives, new tutorial pop-ups, and new RPG, Generation, and Evolution menus, all targeted at easing the difficulty. Just today, Panache also tweeted about an improvement to the mimic command: players will be able to tell their ape clan to apply items to themselves and do more complex actions, such as hitting and grinding. Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey releases on December 6th.


Terminator Resistance

Terminator Resistance is Reef Entertainment's first person shooter, set in the "Future War" scenario shown in The Terminator and T2: Judgement Day films. The year is 2028, 31 years after Judgement Day, when Los Angeles looks pretty post-apocalyptic. Its protagonist is new to the Terminator World. Jacob Rivers is a soldier in the Resistance Pacific Division headed by John Connor. He's been targeted for termination, and is up against enemies both old, such as the T-800, and brand new. Crafting will feature, and Rivers will need to scavenge for items to trade with or craft into something more usable. He'll also have more lives to worry about than his own, as he'll apparently be protecting a group of survivors. Every action in the game affects their survival, and the ending of the game. It's out on December 3rd.


Trover Saves the Universe

Trover Saves the Universe is one for anyone who's a fan of Rick and Morty, and it's just as weird as you'd expect it to be. It comes from Squanch Games and Justin Roiland, the co-creator of Rick and Morty, and is about you, teaming up with a purple eye-hole monster named Trover, to save your dogs which have been kidnapped by another eye-hole monster, who's shoved them into his eye holes and is using them to destroy the universe. Ok? Ok. It's out on December 3rd.

Trover Saves the Universe

The Breaking Ground Expansion for Kerbal Space Program

Kerbal Space Program's next expansion, Breaking Ground, adds to the exploration and experimentation aspects of the game. Players will get a storage container and new science equipment to fill it with, including a central station, booster antenna, solar panel, weather station, RTG, active seismometer, goo observation, and ion detector. Once arrived at your destination, you can choose which pieces you want to deploy. There'll also be new cryovolcanoes, meteors, craters, and rock outcroppings to investigate and analyse. Breaking Ground adds new rover arms which can be used to scan larger surface features, whilst smaller features can be broken off and transported away. Breaking Ground comes out on December 5th for £11.99/€14.99/$14.99.


The Witcher 3

The Witcher 3 is coming to Game Pass on December 19th. You already know about this game and how great it is. It's my all-time favourite, and even if you weren't due for your first or millionth playthrough, the fact that it's a strong contender for Game of the Decade should be enough to lure you in. Start it up when it comes to Game Pass on December 19th and prepare to lose weeks of your life to one of the best games ever made. If you're new to the world of the Witcher, you don't need to play the first and second games to understand the Witcher 3; you can come into it completely new. The story, combat, world, and lore all raise the bar across the board for the standard of RPGs. If you're still not convinced, check out our site review which gave it a 5/5. Seriously, you can't go wrong with this one.


Bonus: Arise: A Simple Story

Arise: A Simple Story is an adventure story through the memories of two people, where you journey through your life and relive the hardships and joys once more. Piccolo Studios and Techland Publishing have been pretty vague on the details of the game; who's the second person? Who's the old man in the trailer? Why is everything so big? There's also going to be some sort of time-control element, as you can apparently rewind, fast forward, or pause time, and also change the seasons. Arise: A Simple Story comes out on December 3rd.

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Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!