The weather outside may be frightful, but these Christmas-themed games are delightful
It’s the most wonderful time of the year and to get you in the spirit, without the eggnog, why not play some festive-inspired games?
Within our list of top games and DLC, that even Santa would love in his stocking, we’ve got a superhero title, prison breakouts, and much more.
The Escapists 2
Nothing says Christmas better than escaping from a prison… okay maybe not. But the highly-rated prison breakout simulator does have a Christmas themed level.
The Escapists 2 contains an aptly named Santa’s Shakedown level filled with Mince Pies, carrots, and Christmas lists!
Playable as single-player and multiplayer, the level puts a festive twist on the game with your prisoner able to don an elf hat, reindeer antlers or Santa hats as you plot your escape from the horrible, all be it very nicely decorated prison. Just tell me, which real-life prison has presents under their tree? I’m guessing none.
Saints Row IV
Known for its over the top story and action, Saints Row IV brings cheer to the holidays with the “How the Saints Save Christmas” DLC.
Within the story, Santa is trapped inside a simulation set by the Scrooge-like Boss of the Third Street Saints, and it’s up to you and the Saints to show them the true meaning of the holiday season. Of course, this includes lots of fighting as it is a Saints Row game after all.
The DLC contains three extra missions and is available within the Season Pass.
Batman: Arkham Origins
‘Tis the night before Christmas and Batman was out stopping a breakout.
Set on Christmas Eve, Batman: Arkham Origins has the Dark Knight fighting some of the deadliest Assassins looking to get Black Mask’s bounty on the Caped Crusader’s head.
Within this Arkhamverse prequel, our hero is still an outlaw by the Gotham police, so it’s a triple threat as an early present for Batman with the police, villains, and assassins all to capture before Christmas dinner.
In terms of gameplay, it’s more of what you expect from the Arkhamverse, but this younger Batman is faster than the experienced Bat you see in the other games. However, there’s still a heavy influence on detective work in the game and traversing a snow-covered Gotham by flight.
What is 47’s favorite holiday? Christmas of course, in the “Holiday Hoarders” HITMAN mission, you will be whisked to Paris, France to eliminate two targets.
This isn’t an ordinary mission though with the fashion show is decked with Christmas decorations and Christmas-inspired challenges.
The big man himself also appears at Christmas trees dotted about the level, with the opportunity to knock out Santa and don the famous outfit in order to commit the brutal murders.
Within the Saejima substories, Yakuza 5 has you finding Santa hunters who get their kicks out of beating up Santa cosplayers.
To do so, you have to dress up as Santa which leads to you being mobbed by kids asking for presents… because you would if you were a child.
In typical Yakuza fashion this is all over the top, but in the best possible way with Saejima even screaming “YOU SHALL GET YOUR PRESENTS ON CHRISTMAS!” at the children in a particularly amusing moment of the story.
Kevin the dog is a hound after our own heart and his Christmas Overcooked! 2 update looks like the delicious feast we need.
You will be tasked to make Hot Chocolate complete with marshmallow, Christmas Puddings, and Mince pies in five festive-themed levels. Complete with snow, Christmas trees, and the usual Christmas carnage, the co-op game is fun for a relaxing Christmas evening, but also to get you excited for all of the food on the big day.