The best PC games, the action of which takes place in the winter holidays

Agree; there is such a wonderful feeling when December is outside, and you have a winter Skyrim or Syberia action game on your monitor. It’s great when the atmosphere in games matches what happens in life. Better yet, it’s great when a game’s story is infused with holiday spirit. For this purpose, some gamers immerse gamers in the Halloween atmosphere, and some developers devote their projects to St. Valentine’s Day.  CS2 skins

There are also enough games in the industry that show us Christmas. Even gambling games offer slots with a winter holiday theme. For example, Bollywood Dragon Tiger has a winter theme, activated with the first winter day. But today, we are going to talk about PC games. 

Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

  • Release Date: 2020
  • Genre: Action-adventure

Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a spin-off of the original Marvel’s Spider-Man, released in 2018. Insomniac Games also developed a new title. In the game, you will take on the role of Miles, a kid bitten by a radioactive spider, just like Peter Parker. However, the new hero uses his powers to fight against evil and follow in Spider-Man’s footsteps.

An important detail of Spider-Man: Miles Morales is that it takes place on Christmas Eve. There are decorated houses everywhere and Christmas trees in shopping malls. Throughout the game, it is snowing, which gives the project a distinctive and festive atmosphere.

Batman: Arkham Origins

Release Date: 2013

Genre: action-adventure

In the whole Batman: Arkham series, Origins is the one that gets the most abuse. In this game, gamers such as Batman will only have to start his way of defending Gotham – the Dark Knight will face his first severe enemies and learn not to lose his temper.

But the appeal of Batman: Arkham Origins is in its atmosphere. The tie-in action unfolds on Christmas Eve; during this period, Gotham is literally unrecognizable. Despite the constant problems of the city, its inhabitants still manage to keep the holiday spirit, decorate houses and enjoy something good. The snow cover is a massive plus to the atmosphere, which gives the game its charm.

Saints Row IV – How the Saints Save Christmas

  • Release Date: 2013
  • Genre: action

How the Saints Save Christmas is not a separate game, it is an addition to Saints Row IV, but the developers did their best. The game’s plot is about how the villain Ziniak imprisoned Santa Claus in the world without Christmas. Alone, Santa created his evil doppelganger. It’s up to the heroes to save Christmas and stop the mad copy of Santa.

The atmosphere in the game is perfect. There’s snow, holiday decorations, presents, bright toys and the spirit of Christmas everywhere. So even if you have already played this add-on, why not plunge into the festive atmosphere together with Saints Row IV?

Dead Rising 4

  • Release Date: 2016
  • Genre: zombie action

Dead Rising is a popular zombie franchise which includes several parts (the last, the fourth, was released in 2016). The game features journalist Frank West as its protagonist, who must return to Willamette, Colorado. It is where the first outbreak of the virus began in the Dead Rising universe.

The game has a full-fledged open world, and the tie-in events unfold on Christmas Eve. The environment around Frank consists only of dead people, but the festive spirit is 100% respected. Decorated trees, garlands, toys – all this accompanies Dead Rising 4.


  • Release Date: 2006
  • Genre: action-adventure game

In 2006 Rockstar Games, famous for the GTA series, released an extremely unusual game called Bully. The protagonist of the game is the school bully Jimmy Hopkins. Most of the game unfolds at Bulworth High School, which has no holiday spirit, but the game does have a voluminous piece with Christmas celebrations – and it’s the best remembered of the others.

There’s a holiday spirit all around, the school hallways are decorated, and Jimmy wears a funny sweater with a Christmas reindeer. Is there anything else that captures the holiday spirit better? Recently there have been many rumours about Bully remake development, but Rockstar hasn’t confirmed it.

Bayonetta 2

  • Release Date: 2014
  • Genre: slasher

The second part of the popular slasher series Bayonetta was released in 2014. The gameplay and style of the title are similar to the first part, but its main feature is the Christmas atmosphere. The action of the project unfolds almost at Christmas time. The game starts with heroine Bayonetta doing her shopping before the holidays, but in a moment, everything falls apart, and angels attack her.

There is another important character in the franchise, Rodin. Throughout the game, he appears in a Santa costume and delights players in maintaining the holiday atmosphere. The title will suit slasher fans and those who want to get into the holiday spirit.

Duke Nukem: Nuclear Winter

  • Release Date: 1997
  • Genre: shooter

Duke Nukem is a famous shooter series about the cool hero Duke Nukem that was very popular in the 2000s. On the wave of success, the developers created a Nuclear Winter add-on for the game that added new levels with Christmas themes. The gamers had to go to the North Pole and rescue Santa.

Atmospheric locations accompanied the gameplay, and among the enemies were evil snowmen, elves, furious reindeer and Duke Nukem’s look-alikes in Santa’s costumes. Undoubtedly, the project will perfectly suit fans of retro games and Christmas.

Tom Clancy’s The Division

  • Release Date: 2016
  • Genre: third-person shooter

Tom Clancy’s The Division has been waiting for many gamers. Ubisoft intrigued everyone with an impressive trailer, and players ended up with mixed impressions of the shooter. However, the title has one thing – a festive and winter atmosphere.

The action unfolds in New York City on Christmas Eve, only there are almost no people in the city because of the game events, but the whole entourage is perfectly preserved. While exploring New York City, you will find garlands, tinsel, beautiful lights in the form of snowflakes and many other festive elements. But, of course, the game has images with the symbol of Christmas – Santa Claus. You will have to do without him.

The Sims 4

  • Release Date: 2014
  • Genre: simulator

It is highly unusual to see The Sims 4 in our selection, but this is where the celebration of Christmas goes great! The game has different seasons; during winter, it transforms and allows you to decorate the whole house, make it festive and put a lot of decorative items—for example, snowmen, snowflakes, reindeer and more.

In The Sims 4, you can even have a real New Year’s Eve party with Santa. In this life simulator, you can celebrate the holidays just like in real life, which is perfect.

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