December 2016 Game Release Schedule

December 2016 Game Release Schedule
 
 

The holiday season is fast approaching. Whether you're buying gifts for your kids, significant other, or just treating yourself, don't worry! We've organised some of the biggest upcoming releases into one handy article, so you can decide where to best spend your money.

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Note: While this list is intended to be as comprehensive as possible, it is difficult to cover everything, especially with the growing prominence of downloadable and indie games. The dates of some releases can also shift around. If you notice anything that's missing, please let us know in the comments, or by emailing news@nzgamer.com.

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December 1st

The Dwarves

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PS4, Xbox One, PC

The Dwarves is a fantasy role-playing game with a strong story and tactically challenging real-time battles. 15 playable heroes, each with individual skills, are to be deployed cleverly. Take on superior numbers of orcs, ogres, älfs, bögnilim, zombies, dark mages and many more foes, to give them the low-down. Based on the bestselling novel “The Dwarves” by Markus Heitz you’ll experience a fascinating tale revolving around the coolest fantasy race ever: The Dwarves!

We Sing

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PS4, Xbox One

Featuring the hottest hits from the world’s biggest artists, from across five decades including original recordings from artists including David Bowie, Coldplay, Sia and Britney Spears along with their official HD music videos. We Sing brings the award winning party experience, direct to the comfort of your living room. Sing together or sing-off against up to 8 friends at the same time, or go solo to top the online leaderboards and become the star you were born to be!

December 2nd

Steep

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PS4, Xbox One, PC

A massive open-world, action-sports mountain playground! Ride a massive open world of the Alps and Alaska, where the powder is always fresh and the run never ends.Defy and master the world’s most epic mountains on skis, wingsuit, snowboard, and in paraglide. Go solo or drop in side by side with other players. Record and share the most insane stunts ever captured, then challenge the world to beat your best tricks, ride your custom lines, and relive your most epic wipeouts. The mountain is yours to explore. So strap in, suit up, and drop in.

Marvel Pinball Epic Collection Volume 1

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PS4, Xbox One

From the pinball wizards at Zen Studios comes Marvel Pinball: Epic Collection Vol. 1, a thrilling collection that bundles together ten classic Marvel pinball tables based on some of the greatest heroes and storylines in the Marvel universe! Swing through the streets of New York City with Spider-Man, shrink to gigantically tiny proportions in the Ant-Man table, become the Daywalker to combat the nefarious vampire forces in Blade, and choose your side in an epic showdown in the Civil War table, and many more! Each table has been lovingly crafted by the Zen team to feature fantastic details pulled from the original comics.

December 3rd

Super Mario Maker

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3DS

Making courses is easy. Players use the touch screen to easily drag and drop elements they want in their levels. Place blocks, pipes, lifts and enemies anywhere and play through the level. Want a Goomba to wear a Piranha Plant on its head, build a tower 10 Goombas tall or make a Piranha Plant fly by giving it wings?

December 6th

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

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PC

Shadow Tactics is a hardcore tactical stealth game set in Japan around the Edo period. A new Shogun seizes power over Japan and enforces nationwide peace. In his battle against conspiracy and rebellion, he recruits five specialists with extraordinary skills for assassination, sabotage and espionage.

VR Sports Challenge

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PC

Grab a helmet, polish your lucky bat, lace up your kicks, and sharpen your skates as you step out of the tunnel and onto the gridiron, ballpark, hardwood, and ice as an elite athlete in VR Sports Challenge. Live the mythical moments from your favorite sports that you've only dreamed about: call the plays and drive your team to the end zone as an all-pro quarterback, knock the ball out of the park as long ball slugger, drain threes from around the horn as a hot handed shooter, and lock down victory on the ice as an impenetrable goalie.

Dead Rising 4

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Xbox One, PC

It’s the holiday season in Willamette, Colorado and a mysterious outbreak has overrun the Willamette Memorial Megaplex Mall and surrounding town with dangerous and deadly predators. Join Frank West as you explore a vast, open world sandbox filled with dangerous new zombies and a million ways to kill them as you seek to uncover the truth behind the outbreak – or die trying.

The Unspoken

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PC

Learn the secret art of spellcasting. Veteran developer Insomniac Games presents The Unspoken—an Oculus Touch‐enabled VR action game that pulls players into a hidden world of spellcasting and magicians’ duels. Manipulate the environment around you with the powerful arcane forces that flow through your fingertips, summon unfathomable monstrosities with your bare hands, and rise up through the ranks of an urban magic fight club.

Werewolves Within

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PS4, PC

Werewolves Within is a fast-paced game of hidden roles and social deduction for five to eight players. In one game, you might be a villager trying their hardest to cleanse the town of werewolves, while minutes later you could be the werewolf, lying and betraying friends in order to survive the vote.

December 7th

The Last Guardian

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PS4

The Last Guardian is the latest work of the game designer, Fumito Ueda, who has created the beloved and award-winning titles ICO and Shadow of the Colossus for the PlayStation 2 system. It is an action-adventure game where the player will take on the role of a young boy who goes on a journey along with a mysterious and gigantic creature, Trico, feared as a man-eating beast. The two will adventure through treacherous ancient ruins and gradually deepen the bond between each other, facing many difficulties on the way.

December 15th

Don Bradman Cricket 17

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Don Bradman Cricket 17 features a new lighting system that creates the most true-to-life characters yet, photo realistic skin tones, and 30 per cent more controls than in the predecessor for gamers to further refine their players. For the first time, gamers will be able to give their players tattoos enabling them to recreate their cricketing heroes and local club into the game with complete precision for the first time. Importing cricket players from the previous Don Bradman Cricket title also allows a seamless transition to the new Don Bradman Cricket 17 game for veterans making the upgrade.

Super Mario Run

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iOS

Mario constantly runs forward while you time your taps to pull off stylish jumps and moves to gather coins and reach the goal!

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Comments Comments (23)

 
oconnomiyaki
Posted by oconnomiyaki
On Tuesday 22 Nov 2016 3:56 PM
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I was going to get The Last Guardian but I think I'll hold off for a lull period.

That VR sports game looks cool, though. Talk about a dream factory. :)
 
 
 
Posted by atipuss
On Tuesday 22 Nov 2016 4:03 PM
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Nothing for me :) more time to play owned games right? :D
 
 
 
Posted by Coddfish
On Tuesday 22 Nov 2016 4:21 PM
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The Last Guardian and Super Mario Run for sure. Shadow Tactics looks really good, but I don't think my crappy lappy is up the challenge, sadly :(

Vaguely interested in Steep and VR Sports Challenge, but I think I'll wait to see what people are saying.
 
 
 
Posted by Nick2016NZ
On Tuesday 22 Nov 2016 4:29 PM
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The Last Guardian... never thought I'd see the day it actually had a release date. Nothing for myself personally, time to work on that backlog.
 
 
 
Posted by Bank
On Tuesday 22 Nov 2016 4:42 PM
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22 November 2016, 04:29 PM Reply to Nick2016NZ
The Last Guardian... never thought I'd see the day it actually had a release date. Nothing for myself personally, time to work on that backlog.
Oh I thought you were gonna get it, after your first sentence. Dangit
 
 
 
Posted by CloudAxel16
On Tuesday 22 Nov 2016 4:57 PM
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Just two more weeks til we can get our hands on The Last Guardian!
 
 
 
Posted by captain X nz
On Tuesday 22 Nov 2016 5:13 PM
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Need to find a new #BELIEVE campaign for E3 now.

Last Guardian all the way for me baby.
 
 
 
Posted by Nick2016NZ
On Tuesday 22 Nov 2016 5:16 PM
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22 November 2016, 04:42 PM Reply to Bank
Oh I thought you were gonna get it, after your first sentence. Dangit
I was, about 8 years ago. Have little interest in it now to be honest.
 
 
 
Posted by Ron
On Tuesday 22 Nov 2016 6:19 PM
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22 November 2016, 04:57 PM Reply to CloudAxel16
Just two more weeks til we can get our hands on The Last Guardian!
Amen. Looking forward to playing it.
 
 
 
Posted by Bank
On Tuesday 22 Nov 2016 6:54 PM
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The last guardian coming on the last month. Cannot wait to get my pre-order sleeve :)
The devs stay humble.
 
 
 
Posted by Overdrive5000
On Tuesday 22 Nov 2016 7:03 PM
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The Dwarves looks interesting, anyone know if it will actually release on the NZ xbox store?
 
 
 
Posted by predatorhunter
On Tuesday 22 Nov 2016 7:20 PM
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Only one I'm really interested in is DR4 love me some mindless zombie slaughter.
 
 
 
Posted by souljah685
On Tuesday 22 Nov 2016 7:25 PM
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Out of the whole list The Last Guardian will have to be my buy for December
 
 
 
Posted by drunk_monk
On Tuesday 22 Nov 2016 7:30 PM
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I'm so keen on super Mario run but not android :(

Last guardian will be interesting and thanks to the years of waits I'm expecting a wide review spectrum.
 
 
 
Posted by polarbear
On Tuesday 22 Nov 2016 11:28 PM
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Last Guardian for sure. Will probably wait for some reviews though
 
 
 
Posted by AdamC
On Tuesday 22 Nov 2016 11:33 PM
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Nothing for me from the looks of it, I might have a look at that Dwarves though. I cant believe its almost December already though....
 
 
 
Posted by sassydot
On Wednesday 23 Nov 2016 8:43 AM
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Oh man I'm tempted by WeSing
 
 
 
Posted by NZBuc
On Wednesday 23 Nov 2016 9:42 AM
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22 November 2016, 07:03 PM Reply to Overdrive5000
The Dwarves looks interesting, anyone know if it will actually release on the NZ xbox store?
If not, just get it from USA Xbox store
 
 
 
Posted by birdman
On Wednesday 23 Nov 2016 11:34 AM
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I'm probably the only person here that's super hyped for Marvell Pinball lol. Steep still interests me but I'd like to see where "Snow" ends up and maybe give "Mark McMorris Infinite Air" a hire to see if it's as bad as the reviews I've read.
 
 
 
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On Wednesday 23 Nov 2016 3:12 PM
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Posted by Paorio
On Wednesday 23 Nov 2016 10:31 PM
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I can't wait to see if DR4 has returned to being slightly difficult and less dreary and easy, ps I liked the timer and lack of weapons it gave the game a bit more urgency
 
 
 
Posted by Paorio
On Wednesday 23 Nov 2016 10:32 PM
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23 November 2016, 03:12 PM Reply to NZGamer
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Mafivee
Posted by Mafivee
On Thursday 24 Nov 2016 1:45 PM
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Nothing of interest for me this time round. Backlog time over the next short while to give a bit of breathing room of my current faves.