While the craziest month for gaming might be coming to a close, that doesn't mean that the rest of the year doesn't have some surprises left in store. Last month we were showered with titles like Dragon Age: Inquisition, Far Cry 4, Assassin's Creed Unity, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Halo the Master Chief Collection and tons more.
Whether you want to take a trip down memory lane with Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix for the PlayStation 3 and Ultimate NES Remix for the 3DS, or stick to the fast lane in The Crew, there is plenty to get excited about in December.
Here are the top 10 games you should get pumped to play in December.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (PS3 / December 2)
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix proved that fans still crave to play, and in some cases replay, the beginning adventures of Sora and friends, though this time at a much prettier resolution. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix will continue the adventure with the remastered version of Kingdom Hearts 2 and Birth By Sleep, while also including remastered cutscenes for Kingdom Hearts Re:coded.
And if for some reason you've never played the amazing collaboration between Square and Disney, there is literally no better time than right now, as you're also able to buy the Collector's Edition which comes with both titles, as well as a slew of extras
The Crew (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC / December 2)
While we may be wary of Ubisoft's open world racer, we're still excited to get our hands on the final version, and see how it stacks up. The most unique aspect of The Crew is its immensely large map, which is a scaled down version of the entire United States. When the first Beta hit on the PC, I did a test to see how long it would take to drive from the East Coast to the West Coast, and with minimal downtime, it took me nearly 40 minutes. That's a huge open world.
Now about that handling though…
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Wii U / December 5)
Don't let the cute aesthetics fool you, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will wrack your brain with devious platforming puzzles. Toad isn't Mario. He won't be able to jump and smash enemies with ease. Each stage will require brains over brawn. Combined with the ability to rotate the level to get the best view for potential danger, players will also be able to utilize the gamepad that zooms in on the action and are able to scope out for hidden treasures.
Ultimate NES Remix 3DS (Nintendo 3DS / December 5)
NES Remix 1 and 2 take classic retro titles and refresh them with awesome bite-sized challenges. Ultimate NES Remix hand picks select games from both Remix titles, and puts them on the 3DS so now you can take the challenge anywhere.
Classic titles will include Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Excitebike, Metroid, Kid Icarus, Kirby's Adventure and more. You can even take on 3 unique challenges from the Nintendo World Championships and the Nintendo Campus Challenge.
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC / December 9)
The Guardian of Light was a pleasant departure from Lara Croft's norm by taking the camera from behind her, and turning the game into an isometric twin-stick shooter with puzzle elements. It was also very co-op heavy, infusing cooperative gameplay into various puzzle and combat elements.
Temple of Osiris is the official sequel to Guardian of Light. This time, the co-op count will grow to 4 players, and will allow both online and offline co-op play. Lara and her group will have to venture into the Egyptian underworld to uncover sacred artifacts while fending off hordes of enemies.
Star Wars the Old Republic: Shadow of Revan (PC / December 9)
Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic has an amazing storyline with one of the best twists in gaming history. That twist will be making its transition to the online world of The Old Republic. The Shadow of Revan will bring the titular character in the forefront as the leader of an extremist cult bent on taking down the Republic and the Empire.
The expansion will offer five new levels of story-driven missions, increased level cap, new worlds, and high level Flashpoints and Operations for players to take part in.
Halo: Spartan Strike (Xbox One, PC / December 12)
You know when a company releases a game you hoped would be good, but then isn't and you just know that they'll rectify that with a sequel? We're hoping Halo: Spartan Strike falls into that category.
A sequel to Halo: Spartan Assault, the game will put you in the shoes of a Spartan IV on an ONI simulation of New Mombasa, which is set during the events of Halo 2. The sequel will have a slew of new content like weapons, abilities and vehicles.
Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 / December 16)
At first sight, you might think Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- is yet another 2D fighter from the masters over at Arc System Works, but your eyes are deceiving you. GGXrd is a 2.5D fighter that makes the game look 2D, even though the character models are in fact 3D. That means you'll get awesome finishing moves that shift the camera perspective to make them look extra flashy.
The roster will consist of returning favorites like Sol Badguy and Ky Kiske as well as new characters like Bedman and Ramlethal Valentine.
Elite: Dangerous (PC / December 16)
What if you had the freedom to venture off anywhere in the galaxy, that's comprised of 400 billion star systems. What would you do? Would you explore various star systems? Would you become a smuggler? Perhaps a pirate? Elite: Dangerous is a space sim that gives you these crazy options, all while being able to explore a full-scale recreation of the Milky Way.
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PC / December 18)
While Ground Zeroes has been out on for consoles since early this year, it's the first time PC players will have a chance to step into the shoes of Snake as he infiltrates a black site called Camp Omega, where he must recover Chico and Paz Ortega from imprisonment.
Ground Zeroes may not be full game experience that fans were hoping for when it was first unveiled, but despite its smaller size, it still packs a whole lot of gameplay into it. In fact, each separate mission that you can partake in changes the guard layout, as well as the necessary strategies to successfully beat the mission.