December Entertainment Guide
The holidays can be a stressful time. There’s shopping to do, family to contend with, and the constant possibility that find a parking spot at a mall could turn into a blood sport. Thankfully, there are also a lot of things to do and see in the month of December, which is where this December Entertainment Guide comes in.
We have a list of the top games, TV shows, and movies coming this month. This is by no means a comprehensive list. It is also focused on something of a niche. We’ll update this list as more shows, games, and films are announced.
If you have any suggestions, or want to point out some things we missed, please let us know in the comments below!
Battlefield 4: Final Stand DLC (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
The final planned expansion for Electronic Arts and DICE’s online shooter promises to offer a lot of additional hours for the people that stuck with it. Battlefield 4 featured a launch that would be generously called “troubled,” but things are running smooth now (mostly). If you own the game and it’s just collecting dust, now’s a good time to get back in to it.
The Crew (PC, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
For fans of racing games, this one has probably been on your calendar for quite a while now. In fact, you probably just got done trying out the open beta. Now you have the chance to race across an open digital United States, jump into missions with friends, race against others, or get up to all manner of tomfoolery. Check it out, but don’t play it before driving out into holiday traffic. Just because you can drive 100 mph in a game doesn’t mean you can do so on the way to the mall.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (PS3)
This is a simple one. If you haven’t played the Kingdom Hearts games, or even if you have but it’s been awhile, this game is for you. It’s a rare game that can be played with the family and still appeal to older gamers. If you are a PlayStation 3 owner, this is may be the best option you’ll get this month.
Telltale’s Game of Thrones – Episode 1: Iron from Ice (December 2: Mac, PC, PS4; December 3: Xbox 360, Xbox One; December 9: PS3)
If you are looking for a gift to give someone that isn’t necessarily a gamer, but is a fan of Game of Thrones, consider buying them the first episode of Telltale’s adaptation, or even the full season. If the person you are looking to buy for is a gamer, they probably already have it. It is a companion to the HBO series and expands the story, and does so using Telltale’s proven formula.
Destiny The Dark Below DLC (December 9 – PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
What more is there to say about Destiny at this point? The game is a massive success and it has a community that continues to pour countless hours into it. With the coming of the DLC, the active community will certainly jump on it, while the people that have fallen off will probably come back to check it out.
RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus
This is as much an event as it is a movie. RiffTrax is teaming up with Fathom to present the RiffTrax crew recorded live, as they riff on the bizarre and slightly disturbing 1959 Mexican film, Santa Claus. It’s tough to say exactly what the film is about. There are adorable children slaving over toys, a devil shows up, Merlin makes an appearance… The RiffTrax live events are a good time, check it out.
Exodus: Gods and Kings
This film has taken a bit of criticism lately over its depiction of Egyptians as pale, white guys, but Ridley Scott is directing and Christian Bale stars. Factor that into your decision making process when deciding if you want to go see a big budget disaster movie taken from the Bible. There are plagues of locusts, parting seas, and Bale as Bat-Moses.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
At this point, you are either a fan of the series (or at least committed to it), or you gave up a long time ago. Based on the box office though, it seems like there are plenty of people still on board. Besides, it’s the final film in a six film series that has been wildly influential. It’s an event. You’ve already decided whether or not you are going to see this film, so enjoy. Or don’t.
Into the Woods
Disney has staked its claim to Christmas Day with its adaptation of the Tony-award winning musical, Into the Woods. It combines several Disney properties and fairy tales, then goes and throws a handful of major stars in just because it can. There’s even a touch of Oscar buzz about it. If you are looking for a film that everyone can enjoy, check this one out.
Where the previous film, Into the Woods, is made for families, The Interview is not. At all. The film is about a pair of journalists sent to North Korea to interview Kim Jong-Un. The CIA then insists they kill the North Korean leader. Thankfully for the film, North Korea helped the marketing by being incredibly pissed about it, so much so that it threatened military action. The angrier the country gets, the more people will likely go see this dark comedy.
Toy Story that Time Forgot
Not long ago, Pixar announced that it was working on Toy Story 4. That film won’t hit theaters for a few years, but on December 2, ABC will air a 22-minute original Toy Story short, complete with the original cast. What more do you need to know?
December 2 & 3
The Flash and The Arrow crossover
Ever since the show The Flash was announced, fans began to wonder how long it would take for it and sister show Arrow to do a crossover story. The answer was not very long. The two shows are part of a shared universe that will continue to grow, and a two part episode just makes sense. If you are a fan of one or both shows, this is must watch TV. If you’ve never seen them, it may be a good place to jump on.
A few years back TNT introduced a budding new franchise starring Noah Wylie as a slightly bumbling, slightly charming librarian that hunts rare and often supernatural artifacts around the globe. The franchise created a trilogy of films, and now a TV show. The Librarians stars Wylie and several others in a 10 episode run, and hopes to expand the property.
The new series, Marco Polo, will debut as a Netflix exclusive, meaning that all episodes will be available at once. The subject matter is right there in the title, as it focuses on the famed explorer. Perhaps as intriguing as the subject though is the pedigree. Netflix is on a roll right now, and Marco Polo will hopefully continue that trend.
Doctor Who Christmas Special
Following the debut of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor in the show’s eighth season of the revitalized show, he returns for a night cap of sorts with the show’s annual Christmas Special. The episode, titled “Last Christmas,” has the Doctor meeting Santa. If that isn’t enough to lure you, it may or may not be Jenna Coleman’s final episode on the show. If you are a fan of Doctor Who, you probably already have your calendar circled.
Although it doesn’t have an exact air date yet, Sony is planning on releasing its original series Powers, based on the Brian Michael Bendis comic, at some point in December. The story focuses on a pair of homicide detectives that investigate murders involving people with superpowers. Sony has a lot riding on this show, and so do fans of the comic.