Some games don’t have to be Christmas-centered to get you in the festive mood! Sometimes, it’s all about a holiday setting or a single level, making the familiar gameplay as fun as possible.

Many titles use a festive setting to enhance the gameplay with hilarious contrasts like eliminating your enemies in a Santa costume. They’re not trying to deliver the whole X-mass thing, playing with its features to design something fresh and unique.

Explore our top picks from this category to choose the best holiday-inspired game for this season!

GameReleaseGenreTrailer
Batman: Arkham Origins 2013-10-24 Adventure
Dead Rising 4 2017-03-14 Fighting
Saints Row IV - How the Saints Save Christmas 2013-12-10 Adventure
Tom Clancy's The Division 2016-03-07 Action & Shooter
Hitman: Holiday Hoarders 2016-03-11 Stealth

Batman: Arkham Origins

Release date:2013-10-24
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Splash Damage

It is several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and the game sees the novice Batman fighting evil in a wintery version of the Gotham City map. With all festive decorations included!

Black Mask puts a bounty on Batman’s head on Yule. Our favorite hero confronts eight ruthless assassins while exploring the dark alleys of Gotham City, immersed in the festive spirit. Beat the bad guys to celebrate this holiday season in Die Hard style!

Key features
  • Survive Black Mask placing a bounty on Batman’s head
  • Enjoy the festive spirit in snowy Gotham City
  • Defeat dangerous enemies
  • Experience the combination of brutal combat and a charming atmosphere

Dead Rising 4

Release date:2017-03-14
Genre:Fighting
Developer:Capcom Game Studio Vancouver, Inc.

Play as Frank West, a photojournalist returning to the town of Willamette. When a man finds himself trapped in a local mall, it’s time to fight another zombie outbreak before help arrives!

Dead Rising 4 is a game where anything can be your weapon! But this time, everything is X-mas-themed, so prepare for lots of twinkling lights, snowmen, festive zombie outfits, and candy-like crossbows. No other zombie game delivers such an exciting holiday vibe!

Key features
  • See what happens when Frank West returns to Willamette
  • Use anything as your weapon
  • Relish in holiday-themed zombie slaying
  • Play solo or in multiplayer

Saints Row IV: How the Saints Save Christmas

Release date:2013-12-10
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Deep Silver

This 2013 DLC follows the Saints saving the holiday spirit and real Santa using the craziest methods possible!

Play three new missions using three exciting weapons and wearing sweaters your grandma would love. Wonder if there’s a new vehicle available? Yes, if you know how to steer a sleigh pulled by a flying reindeer!

Key features
  • Play the delightfully wintery Saints Row IV DLC
  • Complete three missions to save the real Santa
  • Enjoy new weapons and stylish outfits
  • Drive a new vehicle equipped with a flying reindeer

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Release date:2016-03-07
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Massive Entertainment

For many, Black Friday marks the beginning of holiday shopping madness. In The Division, the sudden pandemic makes admiring the festive decorations a little more brutal!

An unexpected pandemic and military intervention brought utter chaos to the New York streets. Only The Division can stop other factions from taking complete control over a city adorned with holiday decorations. This recommendation represents a tactical approach to the classic X-mas experience!

Key features
  • Discover the origins of the brutal pandemic
  • Complete missions to stop other factions
  • Explore a city covered in merry decorations
  • Play solo or in multiplayer

Hitman: Holiday Hoarders

Release date:2016-03-11
Genre:Stealth
Developer:IO Interactive

This single mission takes you to Paris, where Agent 47 has to eliminate two ruthless thieves trying to steal gifts at the Palais de Walewska.

Have you ever dreamed of becoming Santa 47? This wish can come true if you are willing to kill Santa himself! Travel to Paris to stop two Home Alone-inspired criminals and explore the stunning city in its most beautiful wintery guise.

Key features
  • Play as your favorite agent 47 in the holiday version
  • Explore the Palais de Walewska to invent new ways of eliminating two burglars
  • Assassin Santa to get your hands on his legendary suit
  • Enjoy the magical atmosphere to kill for

See? Some incompatible themes work surprisingly well in gaming, especially if you dream of beating your enemies while enjoying a festive vibe. Video games on our list ensure an adrenaline-fueled experience, with Santas showing up occasionally. But this time, you decide whether they have been nice enough this year!