Here are the video games to check out in December

Gabe Gurwin
Digital Trends
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Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, has come and gone, but for many of us there may still be a few video games left that to pick up in the final month of the year. The first couple of weeks of December will see its fair share of long-awaited titles and major sequels, including one particular game that some believed would never see the light of day. If you’re looking for a new game to buy next month, these are the ones to look at.

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Steep (December 2)

Taking influence from classic games like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and 1080° Snowboarding, Ubisoft’s Steep is a winter action-sports mashup, allowing players to snowboard, ski, paraglide, and wing suit glide down enormous mountains in the Alps, and it does so without the linearity typically found within the genre.

Emphasizing the social play and the “wow” moments people associate with action sports, Steep sports the expansive world we’ve come to expect from Ubisoft — one that allows players to seamlessly transition from one area to the next — and uses it as the playground for players’ creativity rather than a “bunch of stuff” map.

Emphasizing the social play and the “wow” moments people associate with action sports. A “replay” mode allows for you to capture the very best angle on your latest McTwist, and a first-person GoPro camera makes the experience of shooting down the side of a mountain even more terrifying.

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Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (December 2)

Super Mario Maker was one of our favorite games of 2015. By combining the simple platforming fun of the early Super Mario series with robust creation tools, players created a bountiful host of creative and brutally difficult levels. With Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, you’ll be able to create Mario courses on the go, using almost every creation tool available in the Wii U version.

Though you won’t be able to upload your creations to the internet like the game’s home console sibling, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS supports local sharing, and will also allow players to download some of the best creations from the Wii U version. The “100 Mario Challenge” will also be available, with 100 new courses, should you need some inspiration before diving in and designing your own.

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Werewolves Within (December 6)

Werewolves Within, a VR game coming to the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR, is a very literal adaptation version of the classic party game, Werewolf. (You might also know it as “Mafia.”) Werewolves Within mimics the real-life interactions friends have when playing a board game together, and sees participants sitting around a virtual roundtable as they attempt to deduce who among them is more than human.

Werewolves Within is one of the few VR games we’ve seen that truly couldn’t be possible in a more traditional gaming environment. Having to, in the real world, keep your composure together to avoid giving yourself or your allies away as the werewolf is a particularly novel approach, and one that has us very excited for the future of VR.

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Dead Rising 4 (December 6)

The only game on our list that’s actually Christmas-themed, Dead Rising 4 brings back series protagonist Frank West, who returns to the Willamette Memorial Megaplex Mall just in time to fend off a new army of the undead. Taking a decidedly lighter tone than its predecessor, Dead Rising 4 features some of the craziest “combo weapons” we’ve ever seen in the series thus far, including a deadly Slurpee machine and a powered exosuit that makes use of two enormous gloves.

Dead Rising 4 will initially be a timed exclusive for the Xbox One, but the game will also be available for Windows 10 machines. Unlike many other Microsoft-exclusive games, however, it will not be a part of the buy-one-get-one “Xbox Play Anywhere” program.

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Super Mario Run (December 15)

At long last, Nintendo is bringing everyone’s favorite plumber to iOS in the form of Super Mario Run. An auto-running platformer in the spirit of games like Rayman Jungle Run, the game’s visuals closely resemble the latest Wii U Mario games, and are clearly designed to be played with replayability in mind.

The title’s platforming modes let you play pre-made levels and compete against other players’ top times, while a third mode allows you to “create your own Mushroom Kingdom” with the items you’ve acquired from playing the rest of the game. Super Mario Run is meant to serve as a complement to the “main” Mario games rather than a replacement for them, but it remains one of Nintendo’s biggest question marks. Still, early footage points to another hit.

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