7 games to help get you in the Christmas spirit

Christmas isn’t just the day itself, you know? So don’t be sad, because there’s plenty more to go around. In fact, you’ve probably still got some leftovers and mince pies knocking around somewhere.

So crack them out, pour the last of that Buck’s Fizz into a glass, and download these seven games to help get you in the Christmas spirit.

Snow Jinks – get it on Google Play

Snow Jinks is an excellent little shooter that perfectly captures the spirit of Christmas on mobile. Throw snowballs to defeat neighbourhood bullies and drink hot chocolate to warm up. A classic.

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Alto’s Adventure – get it on Google Play

Alto’s Adventure could also have placed in yesterday’s relaxing games feature. You slide down a mountain on a snowboard, rescuing your runaway llamas. It’s absolutely gorgeous.

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Ski Safari – get it on Google Play

Without Ski Safari, there would be no Alto’s Adventure. This classic snowboarding game kickstarted the genre on mobile, and to this day still provides a ton of high score chasing fun.

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Red Bull Free Skiing – get it on Google Play

So not quite the festive option, but Red Bull Free Skiing is still a solid choice if you just want to ski down a 3D mountain. You can even do tricks and stuff like that.

Red Bull Free Skiing Android Christmas

 

Chilly Snow – get it on Google Play

Chilly Snow is a silly little high score chaser in which you slide down a mountain for as long as you can without hitting a tree. It’s a decent little snowy time waster.

Dog Sled Saga – get it on Google Play

N’awww. Everyone loves a good doggie, don’t they? Dog Sled Saga invites you to take that love to the next level, by caring for a bunch of your own in order to win races in beautiful snowy landscapes.

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A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build – get it on Google Play

Wrapping things up is A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build, which turns the art of building a great snowman into a puzzler. That’s a pretty terrific idea, and well executed here.

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Destiny 2 ads are popping up on PS4 Dashboards

Destiny 2 ads are popping up on PS4 Dashboards screenshot

Christmas has come and gone, and with it a lot of shiny new game systems have been brought into homes all around the world. Sony and Activision have thus seized the opportunity to push a sneaky, sneaky ad on your PS4 dashboard (similar to the “Gift” system on 3DS).

After turning my PS4 on today, I was greeted with a Destiny 2 icon on my game list. I do not own Destiny 2. This isn’t a new feature, as a similar stunt was pulled with the first Destiny. Still, knowing how to get rid of the ad — and future deceptive content of the same nature — might be relevant to you today, so here’s how you do it:

Josh Tolentino’s personal picks for Game of the Year 2017

Josh Tolentino's personal picks for Game of the Year 2017 screenshot

This is probably the second time in two years that I can say that it’s been a pretty good year for games and anime, if not necessarily a great year for everything else.

That might be true in the broader sense, but despite this more general similarity, the ends of 2016 and 2017 still feel like caps to altogether different years. Last year was full of anticipation and a bit of dread, particularly as long-in-the-making legends like Final Fantasy XV and The Last Guardian, my personal pick of the year, showed up for real to confound or delight the expectations of people who’d been waiting the better part of a generation for them to come out.

This year, though, felt more like a louder, more confident, almost manic expression. Rather than looking forward to one thing or another, we were bombarded from angles both anticipated and unanticipated, as surprise hits and preordained blockbusters landed one after another, with barely any time between them.

I’ll admit, I barely even had enough time to form a decent impression of lots of this year’s best games and shows, much less finish or truly appreciate them. Let these silly personal highlights serve as a tip to the iceberg of good content that made up my 2017, and hope 2018 goes as well, ideally in a video game sense as well as a real-life sense.

Check out Dragon Ball FighterZ’s intro movie, and me goofing with Beerus

Check out Dragon Ball FighterZ's intro movie, and me goofing with Beerus screenshot

Bandai Namco have released the intro movie for the upcoming Arc System Works title, Dragon Ball FighterZ. The game launches in just a little over a month, and hopefully this video will help to stoke the flames of HYPE.

The suitably chaotic movie introduces the game’s roster, as well as showing off some blistering, cataclysmic action, backed by music that your dad will call “just noise”. It certainly gets the blood pumping, that’s for sure. Check it out below.