The year may be winding down, but the gaming world is still heating up.

December may not seem like the biggest month for game releases–that’s usually reserved for the middle months, just after E3, or right at the beginning to set the tone for a stellar twelve months–but the past have proven time and again, developers and publishers crank out some pretty incredible titles in the final 31 days of the year. 2017 is, thankfully for us, no exception to this oft-glossed-over rule.

Here are our top picks of video games and DLCs launching December 2017 to help answer that nagging question, “What the heck should I play this month?”

DOOM VFR (PSVR and HTC Vive) — December 1

DOOM VFR brings the fast-paced, brutal gameplay fans of the series love to virtual reality. Immerse yourself in the UAC facility on Mars and the depths of Hell, as your skills are put to the test through intense combat and challenging puzzle-solving. Play as a cybernetic survivor who is activated by the UAC to fight the demon invasion, maintain order, and prevent catastrophic failure at the Mars facility. Lay waste to an army of demonic foes as you explore and interact with the outlandish world of DOOM from an entirely new perspective.” — PlayStation

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Nintendo Switch) — December 1

“The hero of the tale is Rex, a young man who embarks on an epic journey to find the promised land of Elysium alongside his Blade, Pyra. The land of Alrest has developed on the bodies of vast beings known as Titans. At Alrest’s centre stands the World Tree–and above it, the ultimate paradise for all of humanity, Elysium. In this world, individuals known as Drivers can team up with artificial lifeforms called Blades to borrow their weapons and powers in battle. Rex and his companions are not the only ones seeking Elysium. Among the many people they’ll meet are enemies who have the Aegis, Pyra, in their sights. All manner of monsters lie in wait for our heroes. Switch between Blades mid-battle, each with their own unique abilities and weapons, and take the fight to the enemy.” — Nintendo

Dead Rising 4: Frank’s Big Package (PS4) — December 5

Dead Rising 4: Frank’s Big Package is a special delivery that will let PlayStation 4 players unwrap the Dead Rising 4 main game, in addition to all other previously released game content. The new bundle will also introduce a game mode called ‘Capcom Heroes,’ an all-new way to experience the Dead Rising 4 story that lets Frank West wear outfits and perform outrageous special attacks inspired by classic Capcom characters.” — PlayStation

Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris (PC, PS4, and Xbox One) — December 5

Destiny 2 Expansion I: Curse of Osiris continues your Guardian’s journey with all-new story missions and adventures set in a new destination, Mercury. Journey through time and space to learn the secrets of Osiris, avert a dark future, and rebuild the ties between the legendary Warlock and his greatest student–Ikora Rey.” — PlayStation

The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series Collection (PS4 and Xbox One) — December 5

“All 19 episodes of Telltale Games’s award-winning series, The Walking Dead, are visually enhanced and available in one package for the first time! The Walking Dead is an unparalleled journey into the heart of what it means to be human in a world that has lost its humanity. Set in Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book universe, your story is determined by the choices you make.” — PlayStation

Steep: Road to the Olympics (PC, PS4, Xbox One) — December 5

“Think you can maneuver through the air at breakneck speeds amongst the mountains? You’ll want to head right for the Rocket Wingsuit events and see if your reflexes are up to the challenge. Maybe you prefer a more leisurely glide across the slopes with an occasional burst of speed to vary things up? Speed Skiing will give you the opportunity to take in the sights as you swiftly glide from area to area before touching down with your skis to gain some speed and show off your skills. Finally, Base Jump will give all thrill seekers a chance to jump from the top of the mountain and enjoy a ripping ride down the cliffside before pulling your ‘chute and safely touching down.” — PlayStation

Bravo Team (PSVR) — December 6

Bravo Team is set in a fictional modern day Eastern European city. When your escort mission goes wrong and results in the President’s assassination, a country threatens to tear itself apart…and your team along with it.” — PlayStation

Hello Neighbor (PC, Xbox One) — December 8

Hello Neighbor is a stealth horror game about sneaking into your neighbor’s house to figure out what horrible secrets he’s hiding in the basement. You play against an advanced AI that learns from your every move. Really enjoying climbing through that backyard window? Expect a bear trap there. Sneaking through the front door? There’ll be cameras there soon. Trying to escape? The Neighbor will find a shortcut and catch you.” — Xbox

LocoRoco 2 Remastered (PS4) — December 9

“The Moja Boss is not willing to accept defeat. Armed with a deadly song that sucks the life out of all living things, the evil Moja army have returned to enslave the LocoRoco! Help the LocoRoco bring life and music back to the planet in this exciting new sequel. Experience the addictive Tilt and Roll gameplay that made it an instant classic and discover brand new abilities and challenges.” — PlayStation

The End Is Nigh (Nintendo Switch) — December 12

The End Is Nigh is a sprawling adventure platformer where the player takes control over Ash, one of few ‘things’ that have ‘survived’ the “end of the world.’ Follow Ash as he flops his way through a future of pain and suffering. Feel his stress levels rise as you throw him into an endless swarm of decaying, mutant animal-like creatures and help aid his final epic quest… to simply make a friend (out of pieces of people he finds along his journey).” — via Steam

Fallout 4 VR — December 12

“With the power of VR, you’ll be able to get up-close-and-personal with the dangers of a post-apocalyptic world as you fight for survival. Featuring new combat, crafting and building systems fully reimagined for VR–including VR-enhanced V.A.T.S.–Fallout 4 VR isn’t just a jaunt through the Wasteland, it’s the entire game. The whole world is fully explorable. That includes hundreds of locations, characters and quests. This is your opportunity to step into the Wasteland and experience Fallout 4 in a whole new way.” — Bethesda Softworks

Gang Beasts (PS4) — December 12

“Prepare to scream with horror and delight as gangs of saggy, pugnacious thugs from Beef City punch, kick and slapstick their way across your screen, hurling their foes into hazardous machinery or mercilessly head-butting them into flaming incinerator pits! Gang Beasts will launch with local and online multiplayer, a whole glut of customization, and with several new modes too–including clumsy-yet-brutal 2 vs. 2 soccer matches, and a cooperative mode where up to 4 players battle against waves of thugs. Settle all your holiday arguments with a trip to Beef City, where harmless, brutal, violence is fun for all the family!” — PlayStation

Okami HD (PC, PS4, Xbox One) — December 12

“EmBARK on an epic journey to banish evil and restore beauty to the land of Nippon in Okami HD.” — Capcom Unity

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (Early Access) (Xbox One) — December 12

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a tactical, last-man-standing shooter being developed with community feedback where players must fight to locate weapons and supplies in a massive 8×8 km island to be the lone survivor. Not just a game. This is BATTLE ROYALE.” — Xbox

Resident Evil 7: Gold Edition (PC, PS4, Xbox One) — December 12

“Fear, combat, exploration, and item management: these are the four pillars of survival horror, a genre that has never been more masterfully executed than in the gameplay of Resident Evil. The horror continues in the ground-breaking Resident Evil 7. Step into the new Isolated View and experience true survival horror in a world created by the all-new RE Engine.” — Capcom Resident Evil 7: Gold Edition includes the “Not a Hero” and “The End of Zoe” DLCs.

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ignis (PS4, Xbox One) — December 13

“An original episode told from the perspective of Ignis. With Altissia in ruins after the Trial of Leviathan, Ignis faces the Niflheim Empire to protect Noctis at all costs. Joining him along the way is Ravus, high commander of the Niflheim Empire, who is determined to rescue his sister Lunafreya. Featuring fast-paced battles and multiple endings, it is finally time to learn about the untold events that transpired during one of the most dramatic moments in Final Fantasy XV.” — Final Fantasy XV

Star Wars Battlefront II: The Last Jedi Season (PC, PS4, Xbox One) — December 13

“Things kick into high gear on December 13. Your favorite stormtrooper-turned-hero Finn joins the fight for the Resistance and Captain Phasma steps on to the Battlefront for the First Order. They can be purchased with in-game Credits from that week. Whichever faction is victorious in completing the most challenges that week will net a reward as well: a special Crate of high-power upgrades for Finn or Captain Phasma.

New locations and vehicles will also arrive. On December 13, the cinematic content from Star Wars: The Last Jedi continues with a new planetary map: Crait. The Starfighter Assault map of D’Qar will join as well, plus a new hero ship – Tallie Lintra’s RZ-2 A-wing. Poe Dameron’s T-70 X-wing is also upgraded with a new ability inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” — EA

Yooka-Laylee (Nintendo Switch) — December 14

Yooka-Laylee is an all-new open-world platformer from genre veterans Playtonic! Explore huge, beautiful worlds, meet an unforgettable cast of characters and horde a vault-load of collectibles as buddy-duo Yooka and Laylee embark on an epic adventure to thwart corporate creep Capital B!” — via Steam

Tiny Metal (PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch) — December 21

“In this TBS war game for Switch, PS4, PC and Mac, follow the gripping story of Nathan Gries and answer for yourself what is, and what isn’t, worth fighting for.” — via Facebook

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