This holiday season is packed with all sorts of hit games to choose from, whether you prefer interactive toy games (Disney Infinity 3.0, Lego Dimensions, Skylanders SuperChargers), first-person shooters (Halo 5: Guardians, Call of Duty: Black Ops III) or adventures that whisk you away to a brave new world (Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Xenoblade Chronicles X).
But that doesn’t mean you’re going to catch all the games that will come out. In fact, chances are a few key titles are likely to slip under your radar, which would be a shame considering the hours of fun they’ll provide.
Here now are five “sleeper” video game titles to keep your eye on. They’re sure to be ideal additions to your growing library, provided you don’t miss out…
Sword Coast Legends (PC)
Adventure game fans won’t want to miss this awesome epic, which releases for PC and Mac on October 20th. Players will find themselves back in the Dungeons & Dragons universe exploring the world of the Forgotten Realms. With five playable races and six unique character types, players will have a wide range of choice while engaging enemies and creating their own legend in the popular series. For good measure, the new Dungeon Master mode enables players to create their own adventure and invite friends to come along for the ride. For D&D fans, this will be all the holiday joy they’ll need.
Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash (Nintendo 3DS)
It’s been a while since players have seen the delightful cleaning robot and titular character of Chibi-Robo, who first made his debut on the GameCube. With Zip Lash, he’s back in action, using a special whip-like cord to complete various objectives, such as hanging onto a balloon while soaring across the landscape, hitting enemies that come within his range, or even going water skiing. Fans of Nintendo’s Amiibo toy line-up will also be able to snag a collectible Chibi-Robo figurine, which will unlock additional levels in the game on the New Nintendo 3DS handheld. As Devo once said, “Whip it good!” Look for it October 9th.
Persona 4: Dancing All Night (PlayStation Vita)
While anime fans patiently await the arrival of Persona 5, there’s something that they can pass the time with: the quirky music/rhythm game Persona 4: Dancing All Night for the PS Vita. Featuring a variety of characters from the popular series (yes, including Teddy) and a fun gameplay system where you match up beats with a variety of tunes, the game offers an inventive combination of dancing and role-playing elements. Hey, even detectives need a break sometimes. So why not get into some electric boogaloo? It’s available for download now.
Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water (Wii U)
Arriving just in time for Halloween, this terrifying new addition to the Fatal Frame series promises to be the most effective to date. Players will once again grasp a “spirit camera” as they attempt to capture a variety of deadly ghosts. With the GamePad, players will be able to feel the action like never before by moving around to get the right angle to put those spirits into captivity. Do yourself a favor and make sure you play with the lights off… that’s the best way to go.
Transformers Devastation (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4)
After the release of the lackluster Rise of the Dark Spark, Activision decided to go back to basics with Transfomers Devastation, reverting back to the animation style from the 80’s. On top of that, the publisher also called on the development talents of Platinum Games (Bayonetta 2, Vanquish) to produce the game, creating a magnificent action style that suits the Autobots to a tee. Throw in a number of favorites from the series including Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Grimlock and a solid blend of shooting and blasting Decepticons, and you have a game that’s more than meets the eye. It’s available on October 6th.