It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time to go holiday shopping. Before you start hitting Wally World and Gamestop for all the latest titles, consider our 5 best games of December 2021. Oh, and we won’t make you click through five pages to look at the entire list.
5 Best Games of December 2021
Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain
Friends and family will be able to go “brain-to-brain” with the release of Nintendo’s Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain. A wide variety of activities are available, including memorizing a series of numbers, identifying an animal as it slowly comes into focus, or helping guide a train to its goal. For those who don’t have somebody nearby, Ghost Clash mode will allow players to compete against other users’ data.
Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain will come out for the Nintendo Switch on December 3, 2021.
The infamous Monokuma will make his way to the Nintendo Switch with the release of Spike Chunsoft’s Danganronpa Decadence. A collection of all things Danganronpa, included are Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Anniversary Edition, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Anniversary Edition, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony Anniversary Edition, and the new Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp. A gallery feature that allows players to view event illustrations, scenes, and listen to voiced dialogue has also been included.
Danganronpa Decadence will come out for the Nintendo Switch stateside on December 3, 2021.
Following up their release of Hyper Light Drifter, Heart Machine and Annapurna Interactive’s Solar Ash will transport players to a bright neon landscape. Players will control Rei as they set out to save the planet. Don’t be fooled though; the game focuses primarily on traversal as opposed to combat, setting out to focus on the grandiosity of it all.
Solar Ash will come out for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC on December 2, 2021.
Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX
Originally making its appearance on the PlayStation 1 back in the 90s, players will be able to raise their own monsters with the release of Koei Tecmo’s Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX. Monster Rancher and Monster Rancher 2 have both been included, and both titles will put a number of different monsters in players’ hands. As players train them to compete in combat and tournaments, they’ll be able to adjust each of their personalities and play styles.
Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX will come out for the Nintendo Switch and PC on December 9, 2021.
It’s time to finish the fight (again) – 343 Industries and Xbox Game Studios’ Halo Infinite is almost here.
This title will continue the story of Master Chief as he sets out to find a new AI known by the codename “The Weapon.” Set within the ringworld Zeta Halo, it features a semi-open world structure that has Forward Operating Bases that can be captured. Of course, the online components are alive and well too – slayer, capture the flag, and other modes will all be available in standard 4v4 and Big Team Battle variants.
Halo Infinite will come out for the Xbox One, the Xbox Series X|S, and the PC on December 8, 2021.