Sonic Mania official artwork and logo

If you ever wanted to get into the Sonic the Hedgehog series, this latest Humble Bundle would be a pretty good place to start. It features a variety of classic Sonic games, as well as some of the more modern ones like Sonic Forces and the truly excellent Sonic Mania. 

The one thing the bundle is sadly missing out on is Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, a kart racing game that is more than capable of standing shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Mario Kart. I can only imagine this was done in order to prop up the recently released and somewhat disappointing Team Sonic Racing, but either way, it's a shame to have such an excellent game not featured in this kind of bundle.

Beat Saber screenshot of the player slashing boxes

At its core, Beat Saber is an incredibly simple VR game. It's all about listening to your favorite music and smashing boxes with lightsabers, which you wouldn't think would be all that addictive, but is actually strangely captivating and quite relaxing if you can accept having sore arms afterwards!

Because of this, Beat Saber has managed to achieve a great deal of success in the VR scene, so much so that Facebook's Oculus has now decided to acquire both it and its developer Beat Games. According to the press release, Beat Games will continue operating as an independent studio, while all of the currently planned Beat Saber updates and features will be arriving as expected.

Overwatch screenshot of Dragon Symmetra

Having Overwatch be free to try out around the Christmas season is a tradition at this point, though unlike the past two years, Blizzard has now pushed the date forward quite considerably. In other words, the free trial event is already live, and will remain active until December 4th!

So if you're interested in Overwatch and you've somehow managed to miss the previous dozen free trials, this would be a pretty good time to start out. Overwatch has just recently received Role Queue and the 2/2/2 role lock, which will give you a chance to experience the gameplay with as balanced of a composition as possible.

Total War: Warhammer 2 screenshot of Malus Darkblade

[Update]: Creative Assembly has now released a preview showcasing the new Dark Elf units, as well as what Malus Darkblade has to offer on the campaign map.

If you're not a fan of having free time, you might be interested to hear that Creative Assembly has just announced a whole bunch of new content for Total War: Warhammer 2. First and foremost, the The Shadow & The Blade DLC will bring with it Malus Darkblade and Deathmaster Snikch as unique Legendary Lords, as well as a whole bunch of new units and heroes to round up the Skaven and Dark Elf armies.

The update will also bring with it a variety of improvements and quality of life changes, the most important of which is a 60% end-turn timer reduction for Mortal Empires, all without cutting any factions or AI interactions! And if that wasn't enough to get you to start a brand new campaign, I'm also happy to say that the Bretonnian Jeanne d'Arc equivalent Repanse de Lyonesse will be coming to both Mortal Empires and the Vortex Campaign alongside her trusty Grail Knight companion Henri le Massif.

Detroit: Become Human official artwork and logo at the bottom

After being announced quite a few months ago, we now finally have the release date for the PC version of Detroit: Become Human. You can expect it to arrive this December 12th exclusively for the Epic Games Store, and alongside a variety of minor improvements and support for 4k resolutions.

You can get a pretty good idea of what the PC version looks like, as well as what the core storyline is all about, through the recently posted teaser trailer. Have a gander, it's a pretty short one:

Official artwork and logo for Deathgarden: Bloodharvest

One would think that if anyone is capable of creating a compelling, asymmetrical multiplayer game, it would be the team that had already managed to do just that with Dead by Daylight. Unfortunately, Behaviour Digital's newest game Deathgarden: Bloodharvest has not managed to impress players or maintain a decently sized audience, and as such is now being shut down.

"Over the past few weeks, our team has been rather quiet about the development of Deathgarden," reads the rather somber developer update. "Witnessing the decreasing player base, we’ve been working on finding solutions: we sought advice, considered many different scenarios, looked at various solutions, but unfortunately, none of them would change the fate of this project. Today, it is with a heavy heart that we’re announcing the end of Deathgarden’s development"

Half-Life: Alyx official artwork and logo from Valve

After not doing anything with the Half-Life series for what feels like an eternity, Valve recently came out to announce that they are working on a brand new VR game set in the Half-Life universe. Thankfully, we don't have to wait for another eternity in order to learn more as Valve has now officially unveiled Half-Life: Alyx!

The story will take place between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2, and as you might imagine, Alyx Vance and her father Eli will be working towards undermining the Combine regime through any means possible. As for the gameplay itself, you'll get a pretty good idea of what to expect through the recently posted teaser trailer. Have a gander:

Overwatch Mercy artwork from the official Valkyrie short story

In order to bridge the gap between major content updates, Blizzard has started releasing small challenges that expand the lore and give players a chance to acquire a couple of new cosmetic items. The challenge this time around, as you might imagine from the title, is all about Mercy and why she has decided to stick with Overwatch.

To explore this question, as well as further flesh out Mercy as a character, Blizzard has also released the Valkyrie short story. It's not exactly long, but it does provide some nice insights into a character that has so far mostly stuck to the background. So if you're a fan of Mercy, or just looking to keep up with the Overwatch lore as we wait for Overwatch 2, I'd say Valkyrie is worth the 10-15 minutes it'll take to read.

Vermintide 2 screenshot of Sienna and a whole bunch of Beastmen

A little while ago Vermintide 2 received it's biggest expansion yet - Winds of Magic. It brought with it the Beastmen as a brand new faction to face off against, as well as a plethora of changes to the combat, enemy behavior and overall weapon balance.

Unfortunately, while Winds of Magic had the right idea, the implementation of many of these features left a lot to be desired. The Beastmen were somewhat irritating to fight due to hard-to-read animations, enemy behavior had a variety of bugs that made enemies attack almost instantly upon spawning, while the numerous tweaks to the weapons had brought back the infamous 'phantom hits' bug from ages past.

WoW Classic screenshot of Azuregos

If you're on a PvP server, make sure to stock up on a variety of potions as Phase 2 has now arrived to World of Warcraft: Classic! In other words, PvP ranks and rewards have now finally become available, as have the two original world bosses: Lord Kazzak and Azuregos.

In order to advance through the PvP ranks you'll need to kill players that are within ten levels of you, as well as take down the various faction leaders for a sizable boost to your honor. However, do make sure not to attack civilian NPCs or players that are far below your level as that will grant you dishonorable kills, each of which will provide a fairly significant reduction to your honor.