Welcome to December single players. We won’t sugar coat it for you: this month will not compare with last month. We had Dragon Age Inquisition, Far Cry 4, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and a bunch more. We hope you are having fun with those, but if you have some spare time or just can’t help yourself here are a few games to purchase or receive for the holidays.
Game of Thrones Episode 1: Iron From Ice
Release Date: December 9th
(Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC)
If there were ever any doubts about who could handle a game based on the popular TV series based on popular books, TellTale put them to rest after their work with The Walking Dead franchise. If I may weight in personally, I think in many spots the writing for The Walking Dead surpassed that of the television series.
With fantasy world politics, powerful family struggles, high drama and original cast members all under our sway the gaming world will be watching to see if TellTale can strike gold again. If it’s nearly as good as the show then it promises an incredible single player experience.
Release Date: December 2nd
(Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360)
Despite top billing as an online game this racer needn’t be just that. While being online is required and keeps the persistent open world rolling the fact is The Crew has more than 20 hours of single player greatness for those of us who don’t like a back seat driver.
Racing can stress me out so sometimes it’s nice to take the wheel and just drive, if you do such a thing you can cross the country from coast to coast (depending on speed) in about an hour and a half. That gives you an idea of the space you’re dealing with. Missions will comprise various story lines involving the criminal underground; while you aren’t infiltrating the bad guys races you can test your skills on the many challenges spread across the country.
It’s about time for a good open world racer, the last Burnout was a long time ago. Racing fans shouldn’t fall asleep at the wheel on this.
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
Release Date: December 9th
(Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Lara may have got herself and her world rebooted for the main series but this side universe keeps the more fantastical journeys of a Lara Croft closer to her original design alive in a way that makes even yours truly not hate top-down isometric gaming.
The Guardian of Light was a surprisingly addicting dungeon crawler and the follow up effort will probably be even better with nowhere to go but up. This Egyptian adventure has Lara and a rival looking for a fabled staff and stirring up some angry gods in the process. It may be awhile before we get to play Rise of the Tomb Raider (even longer for Playstation fans) but you should get your Lara fix here while you can. The game has room for co-op but there’s a solid single player campaign here too.