Now that November has arrived, the holiday season has begun and many are putting away their favorite horror games in favor of something to celebrate the holidays. The tricky part is that there isn’t a “holiday” genre to correlate with celebrations like Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years or other occasions in the same way that horror games go together well. with Halloween.
While there is no vacation genre in the game, there are plenty of vacation themed games for enthusiasts. Some are tied to specific holidays, but others can be enjoyed even after the season ends and the New Year begins.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
When Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales revealed that it was set in December during the holidays, fans were excited to explore a snow-capped New York City on a scale never seen before. The city is its own character in Insomniac’s Spider Man games, but with Miles Morales the studio was able to strike players with nostalgia as they reminisce about the holidays while swinging around town and battling crime. Whether it’s chasing Rhino in a mall or walking through snowy Central Park, Miles Morales captures winter with excellent precision. Plus, much of its narrative revolves around celebrating with family and community, making it a perfect end-of-the-year game for anyone looking for those fuzzy feelings.
Batman: Arkham Origins
The debate surrounding Die hardChristmas movie status has been raging for years, but many players agree that Batman: Arkham Origins is a Christmas game. Located on Christmas Eve several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum, a bounty of $ 50 million is put on Batman. The game allows players to weave their way through waves of Christmas themed levels, and similar to Miles Morales, explore Gotham under heavy snowfall. It’s perfect for anyone looking to chill out with a hot drink and head banging while enjoying the Christmas vibes.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Few games make a vacation like Animal crossing, and the most recent entry in the series makes the winter holidays special. New Horizons serves as a comfort game for anyone looking to enjoy the season while playing their Switch next to a fire, and with the addition of Brewster Coffee in the upcoming 2.0 update, Animal crossing has never been so comfortable. The best part of the game is that no matter what vacation someone celebrates, Animal crossing wants to celebrate with them. It includes all kinds of seasonal items for different holidays. In addition, this is the perfect time to get many excellent gifts from the villagers who inhabit his island.
Saints Row 4: How Saints Save Christmas
The Saints Street the series is known for its slapstick humor and willingness to “lean on the bit”, which is exactly what the Saints Row 4: How Saints Save Christmas Is. This DLC expansion is full of irreverent humor and feel-good vacation vibe. While How Saints Save Christmas Focusing specifically on the titular vacations, there are aspects everyone can enjoy, from battling giant gingerbread men to re-enacting classic vacation flicks. It’s a great experience for anyone who loves the characters from the Saints Street series; it basically serves as a “holiday episode” that many TV shows produce to showcase the magic of the mind. It is clear to anyone who has played the Saints Street franchise that if anyone needs to be moved by the holiday spirit, it’s the Third Street Saints.
Dead Rising 4
The death rising the series was a perfect fit for the holiday season due to the mall settings of several games, but Dead Rising 4 was the first to do good on location and deliver a vacation packed outing to Frank West. Dead Rising 4the more wacky tone of making the game look like a DIY Alone at home video game thanks to the elaborate devices that Frank makes to send hordes of undead.
Fortnite, Overwatch, GTA Online
One of the best things about live service titles is that they are able to constantly update to adapt to the season, and games like Fortnite, Overwatch, and GTA Online are some of the best examples of service games that draw on real world seasons. Whether it’s something as simple as giving players vacation-themed skins for more complex vacation modes, it’s always nice when an online game can celebrate with its players, whatever their origin. Additionally, service games tend to shift from holiday to winter settings as the New Year approaches, giving players more reasons to stay and enjoy the season.
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