The most effective video video games of December 2022

Whereas December is traditionally a quiet month for the online game trade, that was not the case in 2022. Delays induced a number of AAA video games to launch within the remaining month of the 12 months, whereas some charming indie titles additionally tried to carve out a spot for themselves in what would transform a surprisingly busy month. Whereas a few this month’s releases had been hit-and-miss, the December 2022 sport lineup featured a various array of experiences that may please gamers of all types throughout all platforms. 

Specifically, seven titles stood out to us most all through December. From an formidable Marvel RPG to a simulator 20 years in the making, these are the video games launched in December 2022 that you must take a look at. 

Marvel’s Midnight Suns

Marvel’s Midnight Suns – Launch Date Trailer | D23 Expo 2022

Superhero video games aren’t a rarity these days, however few are as formidable as Marvel’s Midnight Suns. Created by the previous XCOM crew at Firaxis Video games, it is a full-blown Marvel RPG the place gamers can spend a whole lot of time attending to know characters from the Avengers and past. On high of that, battles are enjoyable turn-based technique affairs the place playing cards are used to carry out particular talents, and gamers can discover a big open world round their Abbey dwelling base in-between missions. At 40-plus hours, it’s a protracted sport that takes some time to get going, however any Marvel fan will admire the stable worldbuilding and deep gameplay as soon as they get into its rhythm.

“Even at a time the place Marvel is extra fashionable than ever, Marvel’s Midnight Suns finds a method to stand out by going the additional mile,” I wrote in a four-star review of Marvel’s Midnight Suns. “The boring level design and issues with Abbey exploration can dampen an otherwise fantastic experience, but my appreciation for these characters and the well-thought-out nature of the card-based combat encouraged me to play until the final hours.”

By finding a middle ground between XCOM 2, Persona 5, and Slay the Spire, Firaxis created a game that has all of the hallmarks of a solid Marvel experience, but in a way that still feels fresh. It’s worth checking out if you are a fan of Marvel, card games, strategy games, or RPGs. Marvel’s Midnight Suns is available now for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S, and is in development for PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. 

Need for Speed Unbound

Need for Speed Unbound – Official Reveal Trailer (ft. A$AP Rocky)

Need for Speed Unbound’s launch earlier this month might have been muted, but that has no bearing on the game’s quality. While its trying-way-to-hard-to-be-hip dialogue will get on your nerves after a while, this is a fun street racing game with a wide selection of cars, lots of customization, and tough AI opponents. Those latter three elements always make for an entertaining racer, and Need for Speed Unbound sticks out even further thanks to its distinct cel-shaded art style. 

“The racer eventually hits its limits due to sometimes cringe-inducing writing and repetitive objects, but the ride there packs in a lot of fun,” my three-and-a-half star Need for Speed Unbound review explains. “Need for Speed Unbound is surprisingly challenging, making each race important and engaging, and it has a lot of style. During this gap between Gran Turismo 7 and next spring’s Forza Motorsport, this open-world racer refuels a series that has been running on fumes.”

While you’ll get the most out of Need for Speed Unbound in single-player, it also features an open-world multiplayer mode for those who want to race around a city based on Chicago with their friends. There haven’t been any major racing game releases this fall, so this game thankfully fills that void quite nicely. Need for Speed Unbound is available now for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S. 

High on Life

HIGH ON LIFE – Official Game Trailer – Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2022

Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland’s game studio Squanch Games just launched High on Life, a Metroid Prime-inspired sci-fi shooter where every weapon can talk (and spout quips). It’s a comedy game first and foremost, so your mileage will vary depending on your sense of humor. Fortunately, it’s additionally enjoyable to play. 

“Like Rick and Morty’s Pickle Rick episode, Excessive on Life doesn’t construct to a grand punch line,” Giovanni Colantonio writes in his three-and-a-half star overview of Excessive on Life. “It’s extra targeted on these instant hits of enjoyable that’ll preserve gamers entertained within the second — you in all probability bear in mind “I’m Pickle Rick!” clearer than any precise plot particulars of that episode. Satisfying fight, clean traversal, and a smattering of hilarious vignettes make for an admirable journey sport whose particular person elements are extra memorable than the complete image.”

If you happen to take pleasure in watching a great episode of Rick and Morty or enjoying Metroid Prime, Excessive on Life is without doubt one of the extra novel and refreshing releases this month. Comedy video games are inherently divisive, nevertheless it’s good to see Squanch push the boundaries of what humor in a online game can appear like. Excessive on Life is on the market now for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Sequence X/S through Xbox Sport Move. 

The Callisto Protocol

The Callisto Protocol – The Reality of Black Iron Trailer

The Callisto Protocol, Glen Schofield’s religious successor to Lifeless Area, lastly launched this month. Whereas reception has been combined as a consequence of some tech points and divisive fight, it nonetheless gives a lot of scares, gross gore, and top-notch visuals on current-gen platforms. It’s a reasonably brief expertise, so you must see all the things the sport has to supply in below 10 hours. It additionally incorporates a star-studded forged that includes the likes of Josh Duhamel, Sam Witwer, and Karen Fukuhara.

The Callisto Protocol does greater than sufficient to scratch the Lifeless Area itch that’s been lingering for a decade,” Colantonio claims in his three-and-a-half-star overview of The Callisto Protocol. “It’s acquainted with out feeling like a rehash, placing its personal inventive stamp on the horror style. It’s not with out its fleshy weak spots although, as overworked fight and efficiency instability go away room for the brand new IP to mutate into one thing extra highly effective down the road.”

For these searching for yet one more stable horror expertise earlier than the 12 months ends, The Callisto Protocol gives that in abundance. Though it doesn’t seem to be it’s going to outright exchange Lifeless Area in horror players’ hearts anytime quickly, enjoying by means of the sport looks like a pleasant method to whet your urge for food forward of the Lifeless Area remake’s launch in January 2023. The Callisto Protocol is on the market now for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Sequence X/S.

Chained Echoes

Chained Echoes – Launch Trailer

Retro-inspired JRPGs aren’t a brand new idea, however the video games that get it proper might be simply as enjoyable because the classics. Fortunately, Chained Echoes is a pleasant throwback RPG. Strong pixel artwork backs up fascinating worldbuilding that blends fantasy and sci-fi, and the battle system facilities round an Overdrive meter. Utilizing assaults will fill the meter, and shifting right into a sure candy spot will buff your assaults; use too many although, and also you’ll overheat and get debuffed, forcing you to make use of assaults that transfer you again down the meter.

It’s a intelligent method to stability the risk-and-reward techniques seen in RPGs like Bravely Default, nevertheless it additionally retains issues participating as gamers aren’t locked to only one assault or battle possibility with Overdrive. After all, a lot of different gameplay parts, in addition to a hefty quantity of story and overworld exploration, preserve this RPG expertise recent over time. For an RPG largely made by one individual, it’s fairly spectacular. Chained Echoes is out now for PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Swap. The sport can be obtainable through Xbox Sport Move. 

Dwarf Fortress

Dwarf Fortress Steam Version – Launch Trailer

Dwarf Fortress is a 20-year-old sport that’s by no means seemed this good. It’s onerous to elucidate in its entirety, however in essence, Dwarf Fortress is a fantasy simulation sport the place gamers construct and handle a colony of dwarves. Its open-ended nature makes it an incredible simulator for emergent fantasy storytelling. Beforehand, Dwarf Fortress was a freeware sport with minimalist ASCII graphics that gained a cult following as developer Bay 12 Video games slowly up to date it over the previous 20 years.

This month, a model of the sport with extra modern graphics hit Steam and, making Dwarf Fortress extra accessible than ever. It’s a really daunting sport to get into due to its advanced techniques and overwhelming UI, however when you get the dangle of it, it’s actually onerous to place down. Dwarf Fortress is on the market now for PC through Steam and 


Aka – Announcement Trailer – Nintendo Swap

Aka is one of the best chill and healthful sport of this month. Gamers management a purple panda residing its life in a tropical archipelago after combating in a battle. The sport can get fairly somber in tone at instances, nevertheless it sometimes has a constructive, reflective outlook on life. It balances enjoyable exploration with crafting and gardening to create an expertise that may not be groundbreaking, however is all the time entertaining. This can be a cute little indie sport that’s not getting that a lot consideration, nevertheless it ought to be in your radar if you happen to take pleasure in healthful video games, life and farming sims, or purple pandas. Aka is on the market now for PC and Nintendo Swap. 

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