Top Video Game Releases December 2019

The busiest time of the year in gaming has come and gone. November came and went with giving us great games like Pokémon Sword and Shield and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. While there are no other big AAA releases for 2019, there are some nice re-releases coming to new consoles and DLC add-ons. Here are the best video game releases for December 2019.

Halo: Master Chief Collection + Halo: Reach

Halo Master Chief Collection + Halo Reach

Release Date: December 3rd

Platforms: PC, Xbox One

PC players will finally have access to the Master Chief Collection. The game comes with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2 Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3:ODST, Halo 4, and the newly released Halo Reach. Unfortunately, at release only Halo: Reach will be available. The rest of the games in the bundle will be released in 2020 in chronological order. Xbox One already has had the Master Chief Collection for years, so Halo: Reach is the only new addition coming to the console version.

The PC version will be available on both the Windows Store and Steam. Developer 343 Industries promises uncapped frame rates at launch along with 4K resolution, HDR, and proper mouse and keyboard support.

Life is Strange 2: Episode 5

Life is Strange 2: Episode 5

Release Date: December 3rd

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Life is Strange 2 finally finishes up its second season at the start of this month. Sean and Daniel Diaz began their journey in Episode 1 when their catastrophe struck home. After an altercation that resulted in both their father and a police officer dying, the brothers have been on the run. Daniel, the little brother, has some special force powers that allows him to control objects. You play as his older brother Sean who must look out for the both of them as they try and find a new place to call home. If you have yet to give the season a try, it is filled with great performances and storytelling. If you enjoyed the first season of Life is Strange playing as Max or the Before the Storm prequel as Chloe, you will feel right at home with Season 2.

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Darksiders: Genesis

Darksiders Genesis

Release Date: December 5th

Platforms: PC, Stadia

The Darksiders series made its return with Darksiders III in 2018. It returns once again with prequel Darksiders: Genesis. For the first time in the series you can play as Strife, the only horseman of the apocalypse yet to be playable. Also playable for the first time since the first game is War.

The top-down hack-and-slash game allows you to swap between the two horsemen on the fly. The gameplay seems more reminiscent of a Diablo game more than Darksiders, so THQ Nordic is trying something new.

Darksiders: Genesis can be played cooperatively and with it releasing only on PC and Stadia at first, you can finally have a brand-new game to play on the new streaming service. It will release on consoles February 14th, 2020.

Jurassic World Evolution: Return to Jurassic Park DLC

Jurassic World Evolution: Return to Jurassic Park DLC

Release Date: December 10th

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

The Jurassic Park creation game returns to its roots with the “Return to Jurassic Park” DLC. Following the events of the first film, you need to take back the island from the dinosaurs by rebuilding iconic locations and completing challenges set out for you by Dr. Alan Grant, Dr. Ellie Sattler, and Dr. Ian Malcolm, all voiced by the original cast.

New dinosaurs the Compsognathus and Pteranodon make their debut in Jurassic World Evolution as well as Jurassic Park-style attractions like the main gates and tour. You can also replay all existing Jurassic World Evolution challenge and sandbox levels with a 1993-inspired overlay and inventory.

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Detroit: Become Human

Detroit: Become Human

Release Date: December 12th

Platform: PC

David Cage’s latest narrative driven game is no longer a PS4 exclusive as of December 12th. Detroit: Become Human takes place in 2038. Androids are a common way of life. They are made to support human life, but many humans have issues with the thought of machines being equals and stealing their jobs. After dealing with so much abuse, the androids begin to band together and push back against their repressors.

The game is available through the Epic Games Store and supports 4K resolution and 60 frames per second.

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