December is traditionally a quite calm month in terms of releases and usually consists of niche releases or games that didn’t quite manage to make the November cut and this year is no different. Nonetheless, there are some interesting games that you should keep an eye on!
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
The first Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii was arguably one of the best J-RPGs of the previous console generation and while the spiritual successor Xenoblade Chronicles X had an overall good critical reception the fan reception was rather mixed. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is looking to be a true successor to the first game and the gameplay looks pretty good. The only things that I dislike thus far are some of the character designs and the horrible English VA. Thankfully Nintendo confirmed that this game will support Dual-Audio. This will be the first big J-RPG release on the Switch and I am sure that JRPG fans on that console can’t wait to play it. This game is definitely on my list once I buy a Switch next year.
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer / Publisher: Monolith Soft / Nintendo
Release Date: December 1st
Tokyo Xanadu eX+
Tokyo Xanadu eX+ is an enhanced port of Tokyo Xanadu that was released on the Vita in June. The port will obviously feature higher resolution graphics and a higher framerate compared to the Vita version. It also contains additional story content in form of additional side stories and other post game content. I actually skipped the Vita release in June in order to get the PS4 Version since this is arguably the definitive edition of the game. The game is actually releasing in Europe at the same date as in the US, but as with past Aksys Games releases the EU versions are nowhere to be found… Will probably import the US version just to make sure.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC
Developer / Publisher: Nihon Falcom / Aksys Games
Release Date: December 8th
Technically Okami HD already existed after the original PS2 game was remastered for the PS3, but that doesn’t stop Capcom from releasing a “new” HD Remaster on PS4, Xbox One and PC (it’s kinda ironic that Capcom continues to milk this game after closing down Clover due to the commercial failure of the original Okami). This will be the first time that Okami is officially released on PC and Xbox consoles and the game will run in 4k on PC, PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. I admit that I haven’t played Okami yet although I always wanted to play it (I won it digitally on the PS3), but I guess now is finally the time to do it. The game is being released as a budget title, so it’s definitely worth a look.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Developer / Publisher: Clover Studio / Capcom
Release Date: December 12th