The December-January period is always a little quieter than the rest of the year, with bigger games usually launching a little earlier in the run-up to the holidays, but there are still some cracking titles heading to PlayStation 5 and PS4 that are worth a look.

Below, you'll find our usual roundup of highlights hand-picked by us, as well as a larger selection of physical games that'll be available throughout December 2022 and January 2023. Enjoy!

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Marvel's Midnight Suns - 2nd December

Kicking off a packed 2nd December this year we have Marvel's Midnight Suns, a new tactical RPG that's set in the darker side of the Marvel Universe. You'll be teaming up with Midnight Suns – Ghost Rider, Magik, Blade and Nico Minoru – as you battle against demonic forces of the underworld to stop Lilith, Mother of Demons from resurrecting her master Chthon.

Check out this gameplay trailer to see the game in action, or secure your order below:

Need For Speed Unbound - 2nd December

Next up and also launching on 2nd December is Need for Speed Unbound, the latest entry in Criterion's racing franchise.

Promising "hours of electric, adrenaline-pumping racing action," Unbound will boast separate single-player and multiplayer campaigns, weekly qualifiers, custom riders that can be precision-tuned, and a fresh soundtrack. You'll be starting at the bottom and racing the top in this latest Need for Speed, and we can't wait to check it out when it arrives on 2nd December.

The Callisto Protocol - 2nd December

Did we mention that 2nd December was busy? Blimey.

The Callisto Protocol is a narrative-driven, third-person survival horror set 300 years in the future, where players take on the role of Jacob Lee – a victim of fate thrown into Black Iron Prison, a maximum-security penitentiary located on Jupiter's moon, Callisto. We're told to expect a "unique blend of shooting and close-quarters combat" in this one... We'll let the PR set the scene:

When inmates begin to transform into monstrous creatures, the prison is thrown into chaos. To survive, Jacob must battle his way to safety to escape Black Iron Prison, while uncovering the dark and disturbing secrets buried beneath the surface of Callisto.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion - 13th December

More Final Fantasy VII remake goodness is headed our way on 13th December, when Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion makes its way to PS5 and PS4.

A prequel to Final Fantasy VII, Crisis Core was originally released on the good old PSP in 2007. This new HD remaster introduces renewed 3D models, an "improved battle system", fully voiced dialogue in both English and Japanese, a newly arranged soundtrack, and – of course – fully remastered graphics. You can relive Zack Fair's story by grabbing a copy below.

Forspoken - 24th January

In January, we'll be following the journey of New Yorker Frey, who finds herself transported to the magical land of Athia in Forspoken.

The game is an action RPG that'll have you using magical abilities to traverse sprawling landscapes, battle monstrous creatures and defeat powerful matriarchs. It's said to have been designed to "harness the full power of the PlayStation 5's hardware" and has a score composed by none other than God of War composer Bear McCreary. One to keep an eye on, then.

More Upcoming PS5 and PS4 Games for December 2022 and January 2023

But of course, that's not all. Here's a tasty selection of upcoming physical games that are patiently waiting for you to snap them up.

PS5 Games

PS4 Games

Digital-Only PS5 and PS4 Games for December 2022 and January 2023

Below, we've listed some of the most notable digital releases coming to the PlayStation Store during the next couple of months. You can find complete release schedules for PlayStation 5 and PS4 at the links:

PS5 and PS4 Essentials

If you need to stock up on the essentials for your PS5 or PS4, such as new controllers, PS Plus subscriptions or SSDs for more storage, make sure to check out our dedicated buying guides:

What PS5 and PS4 games will you be buying in December and January? Tell us in the comments section below.