Christmas may only come once a year, but he definitely knows how to make life so difficult. Not only does it force you to brave the familiar cold of winter in order to buy a million gifts, it also poses the problem of involving all your family members. Cooperative computer games.
The holidays are the perfect time to indulge in some video games that will help you get through those cold and lazy days. Fortunately, a lot of the games only contain winter-themed updates for the holiday season, but let’s not ignore all the games that have Christmas levels throughout the year.
Make yourself a warm friend, light a fire, and relax as we show you some of the best Christmas-themed levels PC games have to offer – some from existing PC games, others from past PC games. As for the future – he will have to wait for the upcoming birthday.
Hatuful boyfriend: Holiday Star
Since Nobirdy must feel lonely during the festive season, everyone’s favorite pigeon dating simulator is here to spice up your vacation with this four-episode Christmas-themed DLC.
Playing as the only human in the world of talking birds, you are tasked with working side-by-side with returning cast of colorful bird characters to solve various puzzles around town – from discovering who steals every Birdie’s Christmas trees, to a silly plot revolving around a king creature in Dreamland .
Although not as romantic as its predecessor, the Holiday Star brings enough irrational magic of the series to the table that it makes you wonder if you have too much mogul.
Bully – Chapter 3
The third chapter of Bully Winter is nothing short of a Christmas miracle for anyone with a penchant for misconduct and perversion. Jimmy, dressed in his best Rudolph jacket, decides to bring his own Christmas traditions to Bullworth, which mostly involve throwing lots of people in the face with snowballs and chasing angry elves (most of them have been hit by the said snowballs).
Never miss a beat, Rockstar’s meticulously designed festive missions are a real treat, each tied to a distinctive sense of humor, from helping an alcoholic Santa decorate his litter cave to participating in what feels like an acid-filled Christmas contest while dressed as a creepy nutcracker. That’s what the holidays really are about, folks.
Undertale – Snowden
If Bully is the Gremlins in Christmas-themed video games, Undertale is arguably his counterpart in Home Alone: the whimsical tale of a child who has left by himself to fend off monsters who don’t understand personal boundaries.
Snowdin is an overwhelmingly charming and always festive town in Undertale. It is decorated with fairy lights, gifts, and the giant Christmas tree, nach. It’s also home to fan favorite skeleton brothers Sans and Paryrus – two brothers who enjoy nothing but jokes and cook spaghetti, who like protagonist Frisk at their first meeting. The rest of the whimsical townspeople, along with the music and nostalgic puzzles, are more than enough to make you positively sick with the joy of Christmas.
Hitman: Blood Money – You better watch out …
No Christmas is ever complete without a little karma. In Hitman: Blood Money, Agent 47 has a very long list of hooligans, with one particular mission tasking you to infiltrate a posh mountain lodge to assassinate a porn mogul and the son of a senator, whom you probably know from that description alone they aren’t the nicest folks in town.
The site itself is filled with quirky characters, including a crew from the warring Santa Claus who you can meaninglessly knock and use their costumes as camouflage, or if you are completely absent from the Christmas spirit, kill without remorse. Either way, there’s something oddly satisfying about wearing iconic Saint Nick’s clothing and killing expert precision. Nobody doubts Santa Claus …
Agent 47 looks especially good in a Santa Claus suit, but you probably wouldn’t want anything he brought you. You are will Want to play Hitman 2 Limited Time Christmas Event. It’s a repeat of last year’s event, this time called Holiday Hoarders, and takes place on the updated Paris map – mirrors and everything. Like all the best gifts, it is also free.
Splinter Cell: The Blacklist – American Consumption
Christmas is not just about spending time with loved ones and the gift of giving. It’s also about sharing the nightmare that is unabashed capitalism in all its gift-wrapped glory.
American Cosmetics sees Sam Fisher sneaking into a shopping mall covered in the most adorable Christmas decorations you will ever see. His intention to prevent the terrorist organization The Engineers from using the mall to poison Chicago’s water supply.
You need to use every tree, ornament, and festival available in order to successfully sneak through the complex, and do so during the Tom Paxton Song. “We’ll go get a Christmas treeYes, it’s almost as unbearable as Christmas shopping at a mall in real life.
Batman: Arkham Origins – Gotham
Nobody is having a good time at any time of the year, Batman vacations get off to a tense start. By placing a large bounty on the head of the headless crusader, Black Mask crime boss lures a diverse cast of Batman villains to Gotham, including Bane and Deadshot, who all fancy the chance of a mega Christmas bonus.
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While Arkham is not the best received game in the series, there is something special about seeing Gotham covered in a layer of snow and motifs in Arkham Origins, with the cold of winter being the perfect backdrop for a younger Batman’s battle against the odds. It’s also a great nod to Batman’s comeback from the 1980s, which also sees Gotham set against a Christmas backdrop. In one particularly painful moment, Alfred LeBros (aka Batman, spoiler alert) wishes “Happy Birthday” during their calls, to remind you who you should be spending the holidays with instead of hitting goons in the streets.
Dead Rising 4 – Willamette
Nothing lets the sheer madness and creativity of Dead Rising shine more than Willamette at Christmas. It’s a playground for protagonist Frank West to unleash chaos among the undead wandering around. Returning for the first time since the series’ original iteration in 2006, Frank brings his unique brand of photojournalism to investigate why the outbreak could happen again, this time on Black Friday.
Willamette’s bizarre, cheerful atmosphere – packed with Christmas carols and flashy neon decorations – is the perfect place for you to vent some steam against the hordes of zombies. It doesn’t matter if your weapon of choice is a baseball bat decorated with fairy lights, a gun that fires festive decorations, or a wand that turns murder hordes into the most malevolent gingerbread men, Willamette meets the needs of happy and bloody birthday. Good intentions to all men! Except for the dead.
Borderlands 2 – How Marcus saved Mercenary Day
There seems to be a piece of Borderlands DLC for every occasion in the sun, and Christmas is no exception. Gearbox’s short and adorable holiday season tribute sees you visit Frost Bottom through a magical wardrobe at Marcus’ workshop (a cool nod to CS Lewis’s Narnia series) to investigate a weapons shipment that has vanished without interruption.
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By following a series of instructions from the Grinch-like Marcus, you face opposition from all kinds of ceremonial villains – from hostile snowmen to packs of yeti in the belly – as you prevent the destruction of a mercenary’s day. The level culminates in your standoff against Tinder Snowman, which I suppose has nothing to do with the dating app, as the Christmas gift is his head gift (which you can wear) when beating the creature.
World of War – Feast of the Winter Veil
Winter Veil, or the great feast of Winter, is the holiday season’s World of Warcraft movie. For weeks, players can throw snowballs, perform quests to obtain flashy Christmas jackets or festive skirts, and defeat the unsavory Greench to stop his attempts to steal Christmas in a Grinch-like fashion.
Santa, I mean Greatfather Winter, will not give free gifts to good girls and boys, in World of Warcraft you need to buy seasonal goodies from him and collect milk and cookies for the cheerful old fellow in exchange for gifts. But it is worth it to get delicious beer and dessert juices.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Celebration of the Stars
Most MMO games feature a seasonal event of some kind, for sure, but Final Fantasy XIV knows how to party in more style. Taking a more wholesome holiday approach, Starlight Celebration is all about spreading the season of Goodwill, turning Eorzea into a winter wonderland, while complementing subtle dental decor and a host of quests that reward you with holiday-themed items. Take this, Christmas.