Over the years, developers have been figuring out ways to sneak Holiday Easter eggs into video games, be it Santa and his sleigh flying across the sky in Mortal Kombat’a PIT level (both original and 2011) or Simpson’s Hit and Run
Here is my list of Holiday picks for 2013
Saints Row IV – How the Saints Saved Christmas – DLC – Sale $2.79/MSRP $6.99 – How the Saints Saved Christmas takes the ridiculous, over-the-top world of Saints Row IV and tells a cheesy Christmas special within it. It parodies a lot of great Christmas movies, A Christmas Story, Die Hard, and the Grinch to name a few. It is not something to share is younger players, but if you are an adult, who enjoyed the humor of SRIV, then pick it up during the Steam sale and save the holiday over three missions, and earn a bunch of new homies and toys to play with in virtual Steelport. Oh yeah, they introduce a Shaundi from the future too.
Side note, I recommend buying the season pass, then just buying this by itself.
Borderlands 2 – How Marcus Saved Mercenary Day - DLC – Sale $2.00/MSRP $2.99 - In the universe of the Borderlands, there is no Christmas; there is only Mercenary’s day. On Pandora all things related to Mercenaries are given freely to all with cheerful singing for all to hear. Once Marcus informs you of an issue with the Holiday gun shipment, and on Mercenary’s day, of all days, it is up to you, Vaulthunter, to save the day and face some new enemies, including a giant snowman. I really like the different touches throughout the game, including the Model Train Sets, Christmas Boss Music, and of course the singing Psycho. I talked about it on the podcast, but this was another good reason for me to go back to the Borderlands.
GTA V Online – Holiday Gifts – 12/24 to 1/5 - – FREE – This one got announced very close to the holiday, but it did deliver some cool experiences. If you were playing on Christmas, you would have see that rarest of events, snow in Los Santos. (editor’s note: according to the Weather services, Los Angeles has had measurable snow 3 times in the last 100 years). In addition to this meteorological craziness and impact on driving, Holiday Gifts also provided new holiday themed accessories with new hats, jackets, and masks, as well as discounts on explosives, apartments, and cars. If you have GTA, check it out and get the items before 1/5/2014, and lets hope RockStar turns the snow back on soon.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Toy Day – 12/1 – 12/25 – FREE – Jingle, a reindeer dressed in a holiday coat and Santa hat, appears in the player’s town on December 24th. He will say that he doesn’t want to deliver the presents, and would rather it be done by someone dressed as in a full Santa Claus outfit. During the previous month, Santa’s outfit have been on sale at the Able Sisters and Kicks shop. If the player has bought the outfit, they may talk to Jingle to receive a Magical Bag, which holds the presents of the player’s neighbors living in the town at the time. Earlier in December, the neighbors have been dropping small hints about what they want for Toy Day, such as furniture and clothing. On Toy Day, while wearing the Santa costume, neighbors will think that the player is actually Santa and will ask for their present. Once all of the presents are delivered, the player should talk to Jingle to receive a Festive Wreath. If all presents are delivered to the correct villagers, the player will get Jingle’s picture in the mail on Christmas day.
and by far the weirdest
Viscera Cleanup Detail - Santa’s Rampage – MSSRP $2.49 - Santa has finally cracked under the pressure of delivering i-Devices and Bieber CDs. Now, in theory, if on the day that he cracked, got very drunk and slaughtered all the elves and reindeer, leaving a very bloody mess behind. Someone would probably have to clean all that up, and that someone is you. This follows the Viscera Cleanup Detail, but put you in Santa’s messed up workshop, cleaning up after his holiday carnage.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays – Tiny415
Bonus – Every MMO runs a holiday event around this time. Check out the link below to Massively’s breakdown of what is going on in MMOs for Holiday 2013.