December has arrived to cap off an excellent year in video games. We've sen some truly excellent games in 2017, even during the slower summer months, so there is much to enjoy if you missed out earlier this year. December is a light month, comparatively, but there are still a handful of solid games you'll want to grab before year's end.

Games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey dominated this year, but there were plenty of other gems worth buying: action RPGs like Nioh, and Nier: Automata, survival horror The Evil Within 2, and the run-and-gun Cuphead, among many others.

This month, the Nintendo Switch gets the much-awaited Xenoblade Chronicles 2, giving RPG fans a spectacular and sprawling game world to explore, a new cast of characters to develop, and the unique portability that only the Switch provides. If you want a game that is easier to jump into and play, Gang Beasts hits the PlayStation 4 this month, and delivers silly party-game fighting action for you to enjoy with friends.

Of course, there are more RPGs, action games, and platformers to look forward to this month, so read on to learn more. Stop by the comment section to let us know what you're anticipating in 2018. Personally, I'm awaiting Monster Hunter World with baited breath.

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  • 1Gang Beasts

    Platforms: PlayStation 4
    Release Date: December 12, 2017
    MSRP: TBD

    Gang Beasts drops the technical one-on-one experience you expect from a fighting game and instead gives you a silly multi-player brawler set across a wide variety of dangerous stages. You gelatinous hero must punch and kick his opponents to submission, then seal the deal by tossing them out of bounds or into any number of hazards. If you're itching for a kooky party fighter, Gang Beasts has what you're looking for.

  • 2Xenoblade Chronicles 2

    Platforms: Nintendo Switch
    Release Date: December 1, 2017
    MSRP: $59.99

    Xenoblade Chronicles was a sprawling RPG set in a highly detailed world, made all the more impressive by the fact that it was a Wii exclusive title. Chronicles 2 delivers more action RPG goodness, with a brand new cast of playable characters, improved action combat mechanics, and a massive new world to explore. A must-buy for Nintendo Switch owners.

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  • 3Tokyu Xanadu eX+

    Platforms: PC, PS4
    Release Date: December 8, 2017
    MSRP: $59.99

    Though it shares some common themes with the Xanadu dungeon crawling series, Tokyo Xanadu eX+ is a party based game with a greater emphasis on party interaction, and is set within a modern-day, Tokyo-esque suburb. You still expect Xanadu's dungeon crawling gameplay, though this iteration twists the formula by giving you modern labyrinths to explore with your crew.

  • 4Okami HD

  • 5Dead Rising 4

  • 6End is Nigh

  • 7Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon

    Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
    Release Date: November 17, 2017
    MSRP: $39.99

    Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon take place in the Hawaii-inspired region called Alola, and they build on what was established in the previously released games. The Ultra games introduce all new Pokémon, gameplay tweaks, and an alternate storyline. The setting has been expanded to include new locations as well, giving fans plenty to enjoy as they explore familiar territory.

  • 8Sonic Forces

    Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
    Release Date: November 7, 2017
    MSRP: $39.99

    Doctor Eggman and his army of robots have once again laid waste to the world, and Sonic and friends must band together to stop him. Forces is similar to Sonic Generations in that levels are divided into 2.5D side scrolling gameplay, and fully 3D gameplay. Forces also lets players create their own avatar to use in levels.

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