6 NEW Game Releases [Week of Christmas, 2020]

There’s no doubt. Given the kind of year that 2020 has been, this Christmas hardly feels like Christmas. Many of us, won’t be seeing our families, exchanging gifts or taking part in much holiday cheer. Videogames have been an incredible boon this year, and will continue to be one over the next several months. Here are 6 new games releasing before Christmas that might help keep you company during this period of isolation.

Kinesis

  • Publisher: Cosmic Key
  • Developer: Cosmic Key
  • Release Date: December 21st, 2020
  • Platforms: PC
  • Links: Steam

Kinesis is a platforming first-person puzzle game centered around manipulating Kinetic energy and magnetism. With these powers you can stick to walls or convert the Kinetic energy of an object, into yourself, allowing you to leap great distances.

Watching the trailer gives you a real sense of scale and velocity when the character makes those supercharged leaps. I’ve seen a ton of low-quality first-person puzzle games in the wake of Portal, but Kinesis seems to have a well thought out concept that looks like fun.

The whole environment has a great otherworldly feel, and I think it helps Kinesis set its self apart from the others I’ve seen. The jumping massive distances just looks really satisfying and the puzzles look pretty clever.

Lab Craft Survival

  • Publisher: Doriteam
  • Developer: Dorime
  • Release Date: December 21st, 2020
  • Platforms: PC
  • Links: Steam

If you look past the simple visuals for a moment, you will find that Lab Craft Survival is an incredibly unique survival game. To start with, you’re playing as a strange creature in a lab, fighting for dominance within an artificial ecosystem.

This creature’s stats grow by eating, but it also converts food it digests into useful materials. You still scavenge, build, and hunt, but the unique identity of the character you control and its mechanics has me really intrigued.

Beyond that, the game features a living ecosystem in relation to how the other plants and creatures behave. It’s an aspect often left out of survival games, but it’s one that I think can be pretty key to elevating a survival game above the masses. I’m really looking forward to this one.

Gem Deeps

  • Publisher: Gemboi
  • Developer: Gemboi
  • Release Date: December 21st, 2020
  • Platforms: PC
  • Links: Steam

Gem Deeps is an action platforming RPG with a really great looking art style that the developer claims is hand-painted. I’m inclined to believe it. The combat looks flashy and is apparently based on precision, with most enemies having weak points.

Gem Deeps also features an RPG-like progression system with a pretty substantial skill tree. There’s nothing on it’s store page about being a Metroidvania, but after pouring over a couple of developer blogs, I think it’s leaning in that direction.

It also looks like it’s going to feature a lot of narrative with hidden lore that you can find and plenty of characters to speak with.

Override 2: Super Mech League

  • Publisher: Modus Games
  • Developer: Modus Studios Brazil
  • Release Date: December 22nd, 2020
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox Platforms, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch
  • Links: Steam, PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store

Override 2 is an arena brawler about smashing together a variety of different mechs. I actually reviewed the first Override, and it was fun but shallow. If Override 2 improves on the formula it could end up pretty great.

Override 2 will feature 20 unique playable mechs, hazard filled arenas, and a career mode based around fighting in a mech league, quite a departure from the alien invasion of the first game. A good move, in my opinion.

Naturally, the game will also feature multiplayer and should be a great choice for a party game online, or on the couch.

One Last Dungeon

  • Publisher: Thawmus
  • Developer: Thawmus
  • Release Date: December 23rd, 2020
  • Platforms: PC
  • Links: Steam

One Last Dungeon is a rogue-lite deck builder with an anime theme. You choose between three different classes, draft a starting deck, and traverse a randomly generated dungeon.

I’m sure this sounds familiar, but if I’m being honest. The deck builder genre feels almost fatigue proof, at least for me. I’ll devour as many as I can find.

One Last Dungeon does have it’s own unique spin on the genre as well, with skill trees for each character and blessings you can obtain. Beyond that, there isn’t a lot of info, but it looks solid.

Twin Ruin

  • Publisher: Front Room Arcade
  • Developer: Front Room Arcade
  • Release Date: December 23rd, 2020
  • Platforms: PC
  • Links: Steam

Twin Ruin is a twin-stick bullet hell rogue-lite with a focus on a polarity switching mechanic much like Ikaruga. By switching polarities back and forth, you can damage enemies with your weapons and charge up a superweapon by absorbing attacks of the same color.

Twin Ruin also claims to be part battle royal, and there isn’t too much info on the game. However, the game is entirely single-player. I suspect the battle royal part is referencing the fact that you run around scavenging loot before taking on the boss.

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Anyway, Ikaruga is pretty well-loved, so I could see Twin Ruin doing well with its own take on the polarity switching mechanic.

Hopefully you found a nice stuffer for your digital stocking. Have a happy, and safe holiday. Thanks for reading.