Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Star Fight

Monthly Must-Plays: 5 games you need to check out in December

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Dec 23, 2018, 1:00 PM EST

It's hard to believe, but we've already reached the end of 2018. December is our last month for new video game releases, and it's going out with a bang. Don't count the tail end of the year out just yet, because there's a ton of games you still need to make time to play.

From Nintendo's ultimate crossover brawler Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to a new port of one of the greatest PlayStation 2 titles of all time with Katamari Damacy Reroll, there's a perfect game for just about everyone rolling out this month. See what's on offer and try out some of these must-play titles before the holidays go into full swing!

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Donkey Kong Stage

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The biggest game of December is a colorful thrill ride that brings all the characters you know and love from the previous Super Smash Bros. titles and throws them into one game, then adds a whole bunch more. The most expansive Super Smash Bros. game yet ensures all your favorites are there and then some. With a massive collection of stages, assist trophies, moves, and surprises, this is the best Smash yet, and you owe it to yourself to experience the most ambitious crossover event in gaming history. 

JustCause4 - Rico Free Fall

Just Cause 4

Take on the role of Just Cause series protagonist Rico Rodriguez as he takes on the malevolent Black Hand in the fictional South American country of Solis. Something crazy is going down there with the weather, but that's not all Rico has to contend with. He's also got to deal with Gabriella Morales, the leader of the Black Hand herself. Blizzards, sandstorms, tornadoes, and other natural events are unleashed on Rico as he uses a physics-based engine to interact with the environment and cause havoc. Crazy? Yes. But oh, so awesome. 

Katamari Damacy Reroll - Royal Rainbow

Katamari Damacy Reroll

The coolest niche PlayStation 2 game is reborn with Katamari Damacy Reroll, a remake that brings the classic into the future and makes it more accessible with both Nintendo Switch and PC releases. The graphics have been updated, the cutscenes recreated, and now the game is in full HD. Roll up everything in your path to rebuild the night sky in this quirky little gem that you really should have experienced long ago – and if you haven't, you're in for a real treat. 

Gris - Watercolor


Gris is much like a watercolor painting that's come to life. The best part is, you can play through it. Nomada Studio's beautiful work of art is more than just a pretty face, however. Every jump must be timed precisely, every attempt at solving a puzzle treated like part of a deliberate narrative, and that's part of what makes Gris so addictive. Playing through the game, at least from the demo available at PAX West, is like piecing together a masterpiece - and it feels like you're really creating something worthwhile.

Mutant Year Zero - Heroes

Mutant Year Zero

The future of Earth following nuclear war is a vision we're all too familiar with, especially if you've ever played the Fallout series or anything like it. Humanity has been all but eradicated in Mutant Year Zero, and after the dust settled, the Mutants are the only thing left out there. You play as a scrappy squad of mutants in this tactical strategy game as you search for the Eden of legend you've heard about your whole life, trying to find salvation from the life you find yourself living. Fans of XCOM will love everything this title has to offer, and everyone else will be attracted to it because of its memorable and comedic characters.