In celebration of the most festive time of the year, we thought there was no better way to salute some of 2016's Goliaths of gaming than a good old-fashioned bar-brawl. A battle Royale filled with broken noses and bloodied brows galore, red is the colour of Christmas after all. 12 of this year's most memorable titles will be going head to head in a series of knockout rounds over the next 10 days, and in the words of Highlander, there can be only one.

On top of that, to add the brandy to the Christmas pudding, we'll also be giving one winner a game of their choice from the 12 entries on December 24th. Perfect for a spot of gaming in the holidays. All you have to do to win a copy of that game is tweet your support for any game in the 12 Games of Christmas, using the links provided in each article, and we'll pick a winner out of all of the tweets after the final bout. Multiple tweets for different games will count as additional entries to the competition. Tweeting is separate from the poll and does not count as a vote in the 12 Games of Christmas.

How the community voting works

Each day at 18:00 GMT two titles will battle each other with the victor being decided the next day at 17:00 GMT. Whichever title receives the most votes in the poll wins, and will then go through to the next round. 12 games in total will be battling away, and the first six rounds will take place from today and over the next five days - one battle per day. The six games that win will make it through to the semi-finals, where three further 1v1 fights will take place. The winners of these three battles will then make it to the *cough* three-way final to decide the ultimate game this Christmas.

The winner of this knockout competition is Game Debate's favourite choice of game to be played this Christmas, who will triumphantly reign over us all the way into next year.


Round 1: Fight 1- Watch Dogs 2 vs. Tom Clancy’s: The Division

So let’s get this royal rumble started. First off we have the battle of the Open Worlds. Where the goliath of Watch Dogs 2 is going to clash with the behemoth that is Tom Clancy’s: The Division. But whose virus will win this Christmas? The one that the Strategic Homeland Division’s fighting on the frozen streets of New York? Or the one that Marcus Holloway is uploading to your dear old ma’s laptop in San Francisco?

Despite slightly disappointing initial sales, Watch Dogs 2 has been an absolute treat to play so far and has definitely left behind its predecessor’s buggy launch. While The Division has had us glued to our screens for hours on end through their innovative multiplayer and oh-so-addictive weapon system. Yet the question stands, which one can beat the living crap out of the other this Christmas? There’s only one way to find out, let's jump onto the polls below!

Each bout will last 23 hours, and the winner is whichever game receives the most votes in the poll, which can be found towards the bottom of each article and make sure to Tweet to be in with a chance to win a copy of the overall tournament winner on Christmas Eve.

Vote in our poll at the bottom to help determine this round's winner.

Watch Dogs 2The Division



This is a blind poll. All votes are revealed when the poll closes
Poll closed: 17:00 Dec-14-2016