December is one of the more quiet months of the year, where the bustling fall release schedule has died down as a result of pretty much everything having come out already. If you’re a single-player gamer and have exhausted your options, however, there are three notable releases coming out next month that are worthy of your attention. Let’s take a look!
Far Cry 3 (Dec. 4)
As the last triple-A game of the year, how could we not put this one on the list? Early reviews for Far Cry 3 are overwhelmingly positive, citing a thought-provoking story about the nature of insanity, a vast world, and smooth stealth as reasons to play it and love it.
Developed by Ubisoft Montreal with the help of several other Ubisoft studios, it’s been repeatedly said that their goal was to address many of the complaints people had with the previous two titles while imbuing the game with a sense of personality that makes it stand out in the world of shooters. From the look of things, they’ve largely succeeded, though you’ll be able to find out yourself in about a week. The amount of play options available means that anyone from a run-and-gunner to a stealth enthusiast should be able to enjoy it.
Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition (Nov. 28)
Ok, so this one isn’t really coming out in December. Rather, it’s dropping on Nov. 28 for PC. However, we’re starved enough for choices on this list that we feel obligated to cheat somewhat, and the Mac version is yet to be announced. Yes, let’s go with that.
Essentially a remake of the original Baldur’s Gate, Enhanced Edition is developed by Overhaul Games, which houses some former-Bioware employees. A traditional RPG that has been lauded for its depth and storyline, the original is able to stand tall on its own. This upgrade, which includes a visual facelift, refinement to the combat, and additional sidequests to tie up loose ends, looks to be well worth looking into for anyone who grew up on the series. Perhaps newcomers will enjoy it too, as the interface has been cleaned up and the game is slightly less difficult this time around.
Mass Effect on PS3 (Dec. 4)
Why are we trumpeting a five year old game, you ask? The answer is simple: the following month marks the first time it has ever come to PS3. Edge of Reality have worked their tushies off to port the original Mass Effect to Sony’s console, sporting a smooth framerate and free of visual hiccups.
Many fans still laud the first game as the best in the series due to its emphasis on RPG mechanics more than straight-up shooting. It’s unclear if the choices made in this PS3 release can the affect the sequels the same way it did on PC and Xbox 360, but if it does it should be reason enough for PS3 gamers to pick this up. If not, the game is still a solid Action-RPG in its own right thanks to its rich story, grand scope and touch choices.
Bonus: Resistance Collection (Dec. 5)
If all else fails and you’re still uninterested in the above offerings, why not give the Resistance Collection a try?
Although this is not technically a new release, Insomniac’s shooter series is one of the best we’ve played thanks to its inventive weaponry, large scale, solid pace and apocalyptic atmosphere. All three are quite different from each other, but it’s highly recommended you at least check out the third one, which just had a price drop itself.
Will you be picking any of these up, single-players? Let us know, and stay tuned for more single-player news, reviews, and editorials!