This is the final episode of New Releases for 2019, which means we’re taking an overall look at December. The new month is packed with original games like Wattam and Arise: A Simple Story, remakes like SaGa: Scarlet Grace – Ambitions, and the final two Shovel Knight expansions: King of Cards and Showdown. Nintendo Switch owners get their own port of Alien: Isolation, and those of you looking for some apocalyptic adventure can try out Darksiders Genesis.
SaGa: Scarlet Grace – Ambitions — December 3
Available on: PS4, PC, Switch, iOS, Android
SaGa: Scarlet Grace has never been released outside of Japan, until now. The RPG has been remastered with improved graphics and technical enhancements like faster load times and game speed. It looks to be the best way to experience the story of four heroes adventuring across a shattered empire.
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Arise: A Simple Story — December 3
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Arise is part-platformer, part time-manipulator. It stars a deceased old man reliving key moments from his past life, and as you run, jump, and grapple hook around, you can also fast forward, rewind, and slow down time to control how the stages move around you. It’s playable in co-op too, with one person controlling the man and another in charge of scrubbing through time.
- Arise Is A Beautiful Collision Of Music And Emotion
Alien: Isolation — December 5
Available on: Switch
The survival horror game is coming to Switch with every bit of previously released DLC packed in. Isolation stars Amanda Ripley, daughter of Sigourney Weaver’s Eleanor Ripley, protagonist of the Alien films. As Amanda explores the abandoned Sevastopol station, she’ll have to hide from the Xenomorph and craft improvised weapons to fight back.
Darksiders Genesis — December 5
Available on: PC, Stadia
The Horsemen are back: this top-down hack-and-slash game puts you in control of Strife and War. You can swap between the two on the fly, using Strife’s pistols and War’s sword to chop down the horde of enemies on screen. It’s headed to PC and Google Stadia this month, with a console release coming next year.
Shovel Knight Showdown / King of Cards — December 10
Available on: PS4, PS3, Xbox One, PC, Switch, Wii U, 3DS, Vita
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is getting its final pair of expansions: Showdown and King of Cards. The former is a Super Smash Bros.-like multiplayer mode where the various knights can duke it out. The latter is a whole new adventure starring King Knight. You’ll get both for free if you own Treasure Trove, which runs $25.
Wattam — December 17
Available on: PS4, PC
Wattam is the latest goofy adventure from Katamari and Noby Noby Boy creator Keita Takahashi. It’s all about making friends with personified objects like trees and toilets. You can befriend them in single-player or team up with a friend of your own to play through the game in co-op.
That’s all for New Releases in 2019, but we’ll be back in the new year for a whole new decade of video games. The year 2020 is loaded with highly anticipated titles–Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Cyberpunk 2077, and Marvel’s Avengers, just to name a few.