With 2023 having been absolutely amazing in terms of game releases, it is only fair that the last month of the year is a little…relaxed. With only Ubisoft’s Avatar as the big-billed release in December, everyone should have plenty of time to finish their mounting backlog before the new year starts.

That said, there is still plenty to look forward to if you are itching for new games.

Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince

RPG | Nintendo Switch | Dec 1

Square Enix invites you to become the master of Monsterkind with the release of its new Dragon Quest Monsters game. You will play as Psaro, who is cursed and unable to harm anything with monster blood. To circumvent the issue, he must now become a Monster Wrangler to create an army for battle. 

The key to Psaro’s success will be synthesis, which allows him to combine two monsters and create a stronger offspring. The hunt for conquering monsters will take our hero through new and unique challenges and meet Rose, a kind-hearted elf, who will join him on the monster quest across the world of Nadiria.

Batman: Arkham Trilogy

Action, Adventure | Nintendo Switch | Dec 1

Rocksteady’s popular Batman series is finally coming to the Nintendo Switch in the form of Batman: Arkham Trilogy. The games will have you done cape of the iconic superhero as he takes arms against DC super-villains like Joker, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Riddler, and more while working overtime to keep thugs, gangsters and criminal masterminds off the streets of Gotham.

The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria

Survival, Crafting | PS5 | Dec 2

The critically panned survival-crafting game, The Lord of the Rings Return to Moria from Free Range Games is coming to the PlayStation 5 this month. The game follows the Dwarves as they embark on a precarious journey to reclaim their home of Moria. As players, you must craft, build, and explore sprawling mines while staying vigilant for the dangers that await in the dark. 

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora

FPS | PC, PlayStation, Xbox | Dec 7

Based on James Cameron’s smash hit movie series, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is Ubisoft’s latest attempt at adapting the popular sci-fi world to video games. Players will take on the role of a Na’vi, who is tasked to protect Pandora from the RDA. The game aims to present a beautiful and lush world to explore, craft new gear, upgrade skills, and use Na’vi’s incredible strength and agility to your advantage. And yes, players will be able to soar the skies by bonding with a banshee and also use it for aerial combat against the RDA. 

Outer Wilds – Archaeologist Edition

Act-Adv | Nintendo Switch | Dec 7

Outer Wilds – Archaeologist Edition, the indie action-adventure, is coming to Nintendo Switch this month. Outer Wilds is a weird and thought-provoking open-world mystery about the solar system stuck in an endless time loop. The Archaeologist Edition features the base game, plus the Echoes of the Eye DLC.

The Day Before

MMO | PC | Dec 7

With a series of long delays, a delisting from Steam over a trademark dispute, and months of radio silence from the developers, we finally have a solid release for Fntastic’s upcoming MMO shooter: December 7. It will be released on Steam as an Early Access game.

The Day Before is pegged as ‘The Last of Us meets The Division’ and is set in a world where zombies overrun following a killer pandemic. The game received much attention when it was initially announced, owing much to its stellar visuals.

Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising

Fighting | PC, PlayStation | Dec 14

The latest installment in the GBVS series, Cygames is pitching Rising as a game for both beginners and veterans alike. Besides the single-player story campaign, players can take part in a variety of obstacle courses and survival games in an all-new party mode called Grand Bruise Legends. There is also a dedicated mode for newcomers to the series which does away with memorizing complicated controls and keeps the focus on the battles with simple inputs used to perform high-level skills.

Mufaddal Fakhruddin
Mufaddal Fakhruddin

Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.

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