10 New Game Releases [December 5th to December 11th]

Once again, I have found more than 10 worthwhile games releasing in one week, but for the sake of brevity and my own sanity, I’ve chosen to feature just 10 of them. Don’t fret, I’ve still included a small compilation of all the others at the end of the article and video.

And yes, it is, in fact, Cyberpunk week, finally!

The video was slightly rushed to keep up with my normal schedule, I would have liked to rerecord some of the audio. My apologies.

Guildmaster: Gratuitous Subtitle

  • Publisher: Jim Makes Games
  • Developer: Jim Makes Games
  • Release date: December 7th, 2020
  • Platforms: PC
  • Links: Steam, Trailer

Guildmaster: Gratuitous Subtitle is a tongue in cheek turn-based RPG full of humor. You form a party of four, out of 15 different heroes, and you can customize your own guild master who can support your party with spells.

The weapons in the game grant spells and abilities in a similar vein to Final Fantasy Tactics Advance or even Battle Brothers, barring the magic. It doesn’t take itself too seriously though, and should be full of laughs in addition to the great looking tactical turn-based combat.

I get serious D&D and Pathfinder vibes from the game, which is a huge win in my book. I could honestly imagine Guildmaster being a gamified rendition of a story played at someone’s table.

With the current damper on in-person group activities, I very much miss playing that kind of game, so I’m hoping Guildmaster can fill that void.

Monster Sanctuary’s Full Release, Plus Console Versions

  • Publisher: Team17 Digital LTD
  • Developer: Moi Rai Games
  • Release Date: December 8th, 2020
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch.
  • Links: Steam, Trailer, Nintendo Store

Monster Sanctuary is a Metroidvania monster raising game with turn-based combat. It has been in early access for a while, but it’s full and console release is this week. It’s even coming to Game Pass, which is great!

You will raise, and take your monsters into 3v3 combat. But you also use their abilities to help you explore the side-scrolling environment. If you’re my age and want to reexperience the past joy of battling your friends, you can do that online. All the fun, none of the pain in the ass link cables.

I sort of grew apart from Pokemon, but not the monster raising genre as a whole, some of my favorite games harken back to the days of Monster Rancher and Digimon World. Bringing the genre to the realm of Metroidvania feels novel, and I’m excited about it.

It also helps that the monster’s growth system looks pretty deep. Even in early access, the game’s reception was positive. It will be interesting to see the full product in a few days. There’s a demo on Steam if you want to try it early.

Call of The Sea

Call of the Sea is a story-based game of exploration and puzzle-solving. You play as Norah, a woman on the hunt to find her husband who has gone missing in the South Pacific.

The environments look stunning, and this is another title coming to Game Pass, which is awesome. I get serious Myst vibes from it, and I’m betting fans of The Outer Wilds may also find a place here.

It’s definitely not my type of game, but I had to feature it anyway for its neat concept and beautiful world that looks full of mysteries waiting to be uncovered.

TemTem Early Access PlayStation 5 Launch

TemTem has been out in Steam Early Access for almost a year, but it’s making a console debut on the PlayStation 5 this week, and it will feature cross play between the two platforms.

TemTem is a massively multiplayer monster raising RPG featuring a story campaign, cooperative and competitive multiplayer battles, and even player housing. It has received frequent updates since it entered early access, and its reception has been pretty positive.

I’ve had my eye on TemTem for quite some time, and it’s looking to be shaping up quite well. The fact that it’s a multiplayer based monster raising game has me even more intrigued. Plus it’s a new MMO that isn’t World of Warcraft, so that’s cool too.

The Kate Bishop Content Drop for Avengers

  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Developer: Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal
  • Release Date: December 8th, 2020
  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia
  • Links: Trailer

Go ahead and laugh, get it out of your system. Feel better? The reality is I stand by my review and the fact that I really enjoy the game. On the flip side, other people’s criticisms are just as valid as my praise. Marvel’s Avengers is not a perfect game, and the delayed launch support didn’t do it any favors.

Hopefully, we start to see Crystal Dynamic’s turn it around with Kate Bishop. She is the game’s first large content drop and releases for free on the 8th.

The content drop introduces Kate Bishop with her own unique moves involving arrows, a sword, and teleportation, as well as a new story arc and gameplay mechanics. She’s also voiced by Ashly Burch, so her character is in good hands.

ARCANIUM: Rise of Akhan Early Access

  • Publisher: Rogue Games Inc
  • Developer: Supercombo Inc
  • Release date: December 8th, 2020
  • Platforms: PC
  • Links: Steam, Trailer

Arcanium: Rise of Akhan is a single-player rogue-lite deck-building game. The card art is incredibly well done and the gameplay itself looks deep. You can control three heroes at a time, each with their own abilities and equipment. The progression is nonlinear, much like another popular deck builder, and there’s even a day and night cycle that can affect the mechanics.

I always advise caution with early access, but I wouldn’t feature a game on this list if I didn’t have a little confidence in it. The core gameplay loop is implemented, and they are planning a pretty short early access cycle of just six months. That’s a good sign.

My gut tells me this is another potential Slay the Spire hit. Even if you don’t pick it up right now, keep an eye on how it evolves. There’s already a Steam demo you can try in any case.

Unto The End

  • Publisher: Big Sugar
  • Developer: 2 Ton Studios
  • Release Date: December 9th, 2020
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Stadia
  • Links: Steam, PlayStation Store, Trailer

Unto the End is a unique action-adventure game created by a husband and wife development team. It’s another title coming to Game Pass. December is a damn good month for Game Pass subscribers.

Unto the End features an incredibly fluid combat system based on observation and reaction. But that’s not what caught my attention. The developers crafted a world where the “enemies” aren’t just mooks to slaughter, they simulate living beings.

If you learn to communicate with some of them, despite not speaking the same language, you can bypass entire encounters, or make them worse if you screw up. What you do influences the potential items you can use in future encounters. It’s nice to see games that try to emulate living beings to be more than just fodder for the player.

Cyberpunk 2077

It’s here! It’s finally coming! The wait is almost over. And what a wait it has been. The last delay even managed to catch me off guard. Cyberpunk delays have practically become a meme at this point. Other companies are even poking fun at it by making announcements on that iconic and heart attack inducing yellow background.

But in just a few days we’re going to be able to enter our own Cyberpunk dystopian fantasy with cyber guns, cybernetics, and cyber dicks…I’m not actually sure if that last part is true. There’s apparently a dick size slider though, so I’m counting it anyway.

I’m as excited as anyone, but this game has been hyped for 7 years. Take it from me, hype like that can be your worst enemy. I learned my lesson from a game called Spore, which hurts even now…I would bet on Cyberpunk 2077 being a great game, just keep in mind it’s still a videogame with limits, that’s all.

The game does look incredibly awesome though, from the open world, the dialogue, the customization, and the combat. I can’t wait.

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

  • Publisher: ustwo games
  • Developer: ustwo games
  • Release date: December 11th, 2020
  • Platforms: PC, IOS
  • Links: Steam, Trailer.

Alba is a cozy and relaxing game about helping animals and cleaning up the environment on a Mediterranean Island. It’s a causal adventure where there’s no need to rush, and you can play at your own pace.

You have a whole island and town to explore, and it looks like animal photography plays a pretty big part in the game. It’s a cute and wholesome experience, one that you might use to decompress after playing more intense titles.

Calmer games definitely have their place, and I really like being reminded of Pokemon Snap, but with actual animals. Come to think of it, more photography gameplay would be welcome in general. I still remember taking pictures in Beyond Good and Evil.

Plummet

  • Publisher: ORBMIT Productions
  • Developer: ORBMIT Productions
  • Release date: December 11th, 2020
  • Platforms: PC
  • Links: Steam, Trailer

Plummet is a couch co-op game with very charming pixel art. It’s about knocking your friends off the edge of seven different trap-filled maps.

There sadly isn’t a ton of info on the game, but it apparently features different game modes and 8 different heroes to play as. Each one has different powers to knock your friends out of the arena.

I thought the trailer looked really fun, and I’ve rarely been let down by Indie party games such as Plummet. It could certainly be a worthy game night pick for the right price.

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Other games releasing this week.

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