As we enter the holiday month, families around the world are gearing up for this special day later this month. With gifts to have and food to share, it’s a moment of joy and togetherness. As we head into the day itself and you’ll be spending most of that day off playing video games, you might want to hang out with your friends online (or solo) before it arrives. With so many holiday events steeped in various games, it’s hard to decide which games you should be playing. No need to worry though, because I’ve got you covered. Here are some of the best and most festive vacation related video games that you can play with friends, family or on your own to end the year!
Kicking off our list of vacation-related video games is one that will arguably send more families and groups of friends into swirling mayhem than you will enjoy (still fun, right?) . In Overcooked 2, you and up to three other highly skilled chefs will prepare various dishes for some hungry customers in a short window. With so little time and so many dishes to prepare, these kitchens become absolute chaos. While fun from friends and family is enough to make this list, Overcooked 2 has a set of fully themed levels around the Christmas season. Oh, and a DLC linked to summer for the few of you in the southern hemisphere.
It takes two
While I wouldn’t recommend this game for kids due to some traumatic scenes and deeper themes, this title is perfect for couples or friends looking for a solid co-op adventure. It takes two sees a husband and a wife considering divorce because their marriage has not been functional. When their child begins to believe that she is at fault, her tears send their consciousness into dolls and they are forced to work together to break free from their wooden jails. While that alone might seem less than ideal for the Christmas season, the title’s spirit of friendliness and major winter level has earned it a place among the best holiday-related video games you can play this Christmas season.
You might notice a slightly odd theme, this one loosely tied to the Christmas season, and with this latest entry, it’s not going to go away anytime soon. fall guys is a battle royale that bypasses bossy guns and your standard fare’s fast-paced shooter. Instead, you are part of a bunch of beans vying for a crown and the world’s cutest battle royale first place. With a mix of silliness, potential teamwork, and a plethora of true winter-themed levels for you to participate in, fall guys can be a great family game to play before or after Christmas dinner, allowing all of you to enjoy the hundreds of references and the range of wacky costumes while falling on an ice slide. That, and the hot dog bean is the best costume. No, I will not accept any counter-arguments at this time.
Animal crossing: new horizons
Let’s take a little detour to more peaceful games, okay? Animal crossing: new horizons probably doesn’t need an introduction to Switch fans, but it can be great for those who want a more laid back and relaxed experience. That and the inevitable Christmas event will turn your island into a winter wonderland. In Animal crossing: new horizons, you play as a self-designed little person while interacting with new villagers, building your island, collecting new resources, and more! With so many adorable villagers (especially Tom Nook’s Apprentices), you’ll definitely appreciate how warm and colorful a game like this is. Just be careful, because a few hundred hours in this game will come a lot sooner than you think.
Super Mario Odyssey – The Snow Kingdom
While with most games I have talked about games as a whole, Super Mario Odyssey is a bit too much on the nose with video games related to vacations across its Snow Kingdom. Introducing a new outfit for Mario, themed in a sort of Santa Mario (Santa Claus looks a lot more Italian than usual lately), the platform gets fully festive alongside enemies on Christmas theme. If you’ve wanted a reason to return to this critically acclaimed puzzle platformer game, then Snow Kingdom may be the place for you. Who knows, maybe it’ll inspire a whole new rerun and give you something to do in your spare time.
Resident Evil Village
With those friendly and family Entries aside, let’s throw in some more mature games for those who want something a little more in their age group. Resident Evil Village sees the players return to the shoes of Ethan Winters, who enjoys a beautiful family life with his wife Mia and daughter Rose. Everything goes wrong, as Ethan finds himself captured by Chris Redfield and his team, who kill Mia and take Rose. Trapped in a dark village, he must use all his strength to face off against werewolves, mutations and the evil Mother Miranda. You might have already figured out why I added this game, but in case you haven’t, the game’s winter setting makes it perfect for the holiday season. That, and who doesn’t like a little horror to contrast the increasingly festive world around them?
Completing us (in more ways than one, clearly) is Bayonet 2, which was considered a Christmas classic among fans. While I wouldn’t let kids touch this game with a 10ft pole, it can be ideal for adults who want a vacation-related video game that is fast-paced, beautiful, and full of sexual innuendos straight from Bayonetta her- same. In addition, with Bayonet 3 currently slated for next year, what better way to prepare for its release than by playing or replaying its predecessor?
Now I want to hear from you. What are your favorite games for the Christmas season? Something in this list? Let me know in the comments below!