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After jam-packed gaming release calendars the last couple of months, December is looking a tad quieter. Still, some huge titles are coming to Best Buy this month, including Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six: Siege, Square Enix’s Just Cause 3, and Nintendo’s Xenoblade Chronicles X. But that’s not all though, so here’s a look at all the games coming out this month you won’t want to miss!

[Note: The below release dates are subject to change at the sole discretion of the game publisher at any time]

Rainbow Six: Siege

Release Date: December 1, 2015

Platform(s): PlayStation 4 / Xbox One / PC

ESRB Rating: M (Mature, 17+)

The game I’ve been looking forward to the most this month is definitely Rainbow Six: Siege, the latest entry in Ubisoft’s acclaimed Tom Clancy tactical shooter series. I first tried the game at this year’s E3 in June and walked away very impressed with the amount of strategy involved in this squad-based shooter. Not only can you choose from multiple different operators, each with distinct equipment and special abilities, but environments are also highly destructible, opening up possibilities like blasting holes in the floor to ambush enemies, or creating bullet holes in walls by shooting them. Expect a full review of Rainbow Six: Siege later in the month!

 

Just Cause 3

Release Date: December 1, 2015

Platform(s): PlayStation 4 / Xbox One

ESRB Rating: M (Mature, 17+)

Taking place a few years after the event of the last game, Just Cause 3 places you back in the role of Rico Rodriguez as he attempts to save his homeland from the hands of the ruthless General DiRavello. Fans of open world games and huge explosions will have a field day in Just Cause 3’s massive island, measuring nearly 1,000 km².

 

Xenoblade Chronicles X

Release Date: December 4, 2015

Platform(s): Wii U

ESRB Rating: T (Teen, 13+)

The next epic role-playing game from Monolith Soft, Xenoblade Chronicles X, has official arrived on Wii U. This massive, open-world RPG is set in the year 2054, and follows the story of Earth’s last survivors on the mysterious planet Mira. Xenoblade Chronicles X features a fast-paced, deep battle system that plays out in real-time, and you can also join squad online with your friends and embark on multiplayer-specific missions.

 

Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of Despair New (PlayStation 4)

Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders From Planet Space (PS Vita)

Release Date: December 8, 2015

Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PS Vita

ESRB Rating: Earth Defense Force 4.1 – M (Mature, 17+) / Earth Defense 2 – T (Teen, 13+)

The long-running Earth Defense Force series is back with not one, but two different games this month on PlayStation platforms. Get ready to defend Earth as different combat classes, including Infantry, Air Raiders, and Rangers, as you battle relentless giant insects in 78 unique missions on PS Vita, and 98 missions on PlayStation 4.

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Play Set for Disney Infinity 3.0

Release Date: December 18, 2015

Platform(s): Multiplatform

ESRB Rating: E10 + (for ages 10+)

Disney Infinity 3.0 continues its Star Wars theme this month with The Force Awakens Play Set, featuring Finn and Rey toy figures. This new Play Set releases on the same day as the upcoming film, and will let you journey to a galaxy far, far away to experience a whole new quest alongside Rey and Finn.

 

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

Release Date: December 22, 2015

Platform(s): PlayStation 3 / PS Vita

ESRB Rating: T (Teen, 13 years)

Japanese role-playing game fans will want to take note of this next exciting entry in Nihon Falcom’s acclaimed Trails franchise. The story takes place on the same continent as Trails in the Sky, and will let you explore the powerful nation of Erebonia, and all its internal political conflicts, for the very first time. In the game, you’ll take on the role of specially-selected elite military students and engage in tactical turn-based combat with the newly-developed “ARCUS” system.

 

Additional games releasing in December 2015:

December 1

December 11

  • Devil’s Third (Wii U)

Are there any games releasing this month you’re thinking of getting? Let me know in the comments section below!