Single Player Games December 2018 GRIS Just Cause 4 Mutant Year Zero

December has arrived, and with it comes the final games of 2018—including some hidden gems. The final month of the year will be a busy one for OnlySP, with The Game Awards kicking off next week and the Australian Games Awards later in the month (vote for OnlySP for Gaming Publication of the Year!). However, nothing is more important than the games, so here are three of the best single-player titles to look out for this month.

Mutant Year Zero

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden

December 4, 2018 — PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Adapted from the Mutant series of role-playing board games, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden couples XCOM-influence combat gameplay with a novel setting and real-time exploration. Bearded Ladies, the team behind the game, consists of former Hitman developers and the designer of Payday: The Heist.

Announced earlier this year, Mutant Year Zero is set in a post-apocalyptic world, but it is also decently far into the future, giving it more of a Fallout feel. The title includes a real-time stealth mechanic that adds a lot to a genre that could easily be worn thin, as well as RPG elements, exploration, and story. This mixture of RPG, story, and turn-based combat is setting quite the epic scale, especially considering this project will be the developer’s breakout.

Selected as a nominee of OnlySP’s Best of E3 2018Mutant: Year Zero is shaping up to be one of the most engaging games of this year, and is a must-have for any fans of tactical adventure games.

Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

December 4, 2018 — PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Leaked just before its official announcement at E3 this year is the latest installment in Avalanche Software’s open-world action-adventure series, Just Cause 4. Series protagonist Rico Rodriguez returns, this time on a mission to rid the island of a paramilitary organisation called The Black Hand, while simultaneously uncovering new details about his own past. The key new feature of the game is the weather system, which introduces lightning storms and tornadoes that promise to shake up the gameplay experience.

Despite featuring a smaller map than its predecessorJust Cause 4‘s world features four separate biomes, according to the developers, and those appear to jungles in the south, swampland in the east, and desert in the west, all of which are kept apart by the snow-peaked mountain range and river system at the centre of the island.

Any fans of the series, or the action-adventure genre in general, would be foolish to miss Just Cause 4, which is available now.



December 13, 2018 — PC, Nintendo Switch

Nomada Studio’s debut title GRIS promises to be an emotional one. The game’s protagonist, Gris—which translates to ‘grey’ in English— is a young girl “lost in her own world” following a painful experience in her life. Gris’s experiences are manifested in her dress, which grows and grants new abilities as the game goes on, similarly to the main character’s outfit in 2012’s Journey.

The game is a left-field puzzle platformer, but the real appeal is its gorgeous aesthetic. The detailed and delicate art, accompanied by a soft original score, will certainly appeal to any fans of artistic titles. Similarly to Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, the project embeds itself in an obscurely “faded reality” to discuss mental health.

Announced earlier this yearGRIS is coming to PC and Nintendo Switch next week. Stay tuned to OnlySP for a full review of the title.

Of course, these are not the only games releasing in December—titles such as Super Smash Bros. UltimateKatamari Damacy Reroll, and Earth Defense Force 5 will also be keeping players busy until the New Year.

What are you most looking forward to in December? Let us know, and for the latest in single-player gaming, stay tuned to OnlySP on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube.

Rhain Radford-Burns
Rhain discovered a long time ago that mixing one of his passions (video games) with the other (writing) might be a good idea, and now he’s been stuck in the industry for over six years with no means of escaping. His favourite games are those with deep and captivating narratives: while it would take far too long to list them all, some include L.A. Noire, Red Dead Redemption (and its sequel), Wolfenstein: The New Order, The Last of Us, and the Uncharted series.

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